lawrencef800gs

94 months ago

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Larry's Open Road West ride

Mill Valley, California, United States

the Open Road West HOG rally started on Friday, sept. 9. Myself and a group of fellow Golden Gate HOG members proceeded to Santa Fe, leaving San Francisco on Sept 5.

We rode first to Barstow, and then onto Flagstaff-already the riding was getting good!

on the way, in style!

on the way, in style!

Barstow to Flagstaff

Barstow to Flagstaff

scenery getting good.

leaving Flagstaff, I had to see the Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

and, of course, stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona

winslow, arizona

winslow, arizona

Next, a stop at the Grand Canyon Harley Davidson ... HD dealers were gracious hosts for most of the stops on the rally.

Grand Canyon HD

Grand Canyon HD

onto Albuquerque, and our ultimate destination for the start of the Rally, Santa Fe.

Jemez Mountain trail

Jemez Mountain trail

The Jemez trail went from red rock canyons to mountain pines, looping back to Santa Fe via Los Alamos. Views at almost every turn!

the Rio Grand Gorge was breathtaking!

Gorge

Gorge

Onward to Durango and Silverton, hitting the Million Dollar highway

million dollar highway

more million dollar highway

more million dollar highway

Silverton, Co.

Silverton, Co.

If you look carefully, you can see the Harley dealer down the street, the highest elevation HD dealer in the country.

A stop at Grand junction, and then onto Flagstaff again, for a trip to the Grand you know what...

the Canyon was magnificent-not the fellow in the foreground

the Canyon was magnificent-not the fellow in the foreground

more Canyon

more Canyon

Oh, and those clouds meant some rain, lightning, and yes hail...

Had to stop at Route 66

get your kicks at ...

get your kicks at ...

More to come in the exciting conclusion of the journey.

Larry

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lawrencef800gs

94 months ago

@TomAustin

yes, it was spectacular country.  some of the views of the valleys reminded me of the Shire (from Lord of the Rings) seen from a distance.  almost too beautiful to be true.

lawrencef800gs

94 months ago

@zyonsdream

that's a shame.  my group does 100-200 mile rides almost every weekend during the riding season, sometimes 2 a weekend.  And they are all good to really great rides!

TomAustin

94 months ago

Good ride, Larry! That's some beautiful country!  Million Dollar Highway / San Juan Mountains are amazing!  That was my favorite part of my CO tour!

zyonsdream

94 months ago

This looked like it was a great trip. All of the HOG chapters in my area do 5 mile rides from gas station meet ups to the local cigar/ice cream or hotdog shops. More about cliques and drama than piling miles on.