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    Headed out next week on my annual western trip. First stop South Dakota, then Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and back to Georgia. Planning on being gone about a month. Looking forward to visiting many National Parks along the way. Hope to see some of you on the road.

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    That sounds like a great trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drypowder View Post
    That sounds like a great trip!
    Yeah. I been through all of those places but was always to busy to stop and enjoy.
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    Been to South Dakota and Wyoming by bike, from Michigan and still want to go west again, hopefully in August. Years ago my neighbor moved to New Mexico. We would fly out there annually and he would pick up
    my wife and I at the airport. Lots of sweet roads and scenery out there. Flew out there one year and drove a car home that we bought out there. We took the long way home from Southern New Mexico and into Colorado. Some day im going back there on the bike, dammit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drypowder View Post
    Been to South Dakota and Wyoming by bike, from Michigan and still want to go west again, hopefully in August. Years ago my neighbor moved to New Mexico. We would fly out there annually and he would pick up
    my wife and I at the airport. Lots of sweet roads and scenery out there. Flew out there one year and drove a car home that we bought out there. We took the long way home from Southern New Mexico and into Colorado. Some day im going back there on the bike, dammit.
    I know I'm going to enjoy it but I'm sure I'll be ready to get back to Georgia after a month on the road.
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    You have a month, heck you could hit the California coast lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drypowder View Post
    You have a month, heck you could hit the California coast lol

    Calif and I look at the 2nd amendment differently. Don't feel comfortable there.
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    [QUOTE=JayD;1359435]Calif and I look at the 2nd amendment differently. Don't feel comfortable there.[/QUOTE

    good point, guess i totally forgot about their stance.

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    Sounds like a great trip, its getting hot here in Arizona, about 95 in Prescott, 105 in Phoenix. Carry lots of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
    Sounds like a great trip, its getting hot here in Arizona, about 95 in Prescott, 105 in Phoenix. Carry lots of water.

    Been looking at weather forecasts for that area and saw that it getting quite toasty there but I was told it was a dry heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayD View Post
    Been looking at weather forecasts for that area and saw that it getting quite toasty there but I was told it was a dry heat.
    It is - much nicer than riding in swamp heat. But, it'll suck the moisture right outta ya if you're not careful. Cover up all skin and drink constantly (rather than a quart every fillup) if you can.

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    So.......what route are you taking to get to South Dakota ?

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    Yeah, it's a dry heat, so is my oven. Still in AZ, 108 here today, hopefully will be on the road back to SD on Sat. Some good roads and sights to see near the Blackhills are; Badlands, take Hwy 44 E after you get most of the way thru the park. Custer Park, don't miss Needles Hwy, Old Hill City Rd from Hill City to Keystone, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Nemo Rd from Rapid City out past Nemo and either take Nemo RD to 385 to Deadwood or take Vanocker Canyon to Sturgis. Cook Hwy from Whitewood out to 14a to Deadwood or back to Sturgis, Devils Tower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayD View Post
    Calif and I look at the 2nd amendment differently. Don't feel comfortable there.
    Playing tourist through some of the most beautiful country in the land has absolutely nothing to do with a position on the 2nd Amendment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayD View Post
    Been looking at weather forecasts for that area and saw that it getting quite toasty there but I was told it was a dry heat.
    It will be much more comfortable than riding back East, especially before the sun rises and after sundown BUT if you are not used to temps above 95 or so or have any compromising health issues you can get into trouble very quickly. Summer is not the time to be sightseeing in the desert. Plan your route so you can stay above 4,000 feet if at all possible and if you must cross the lowland desert do so very early in the morning or after the sun goes down. Also, if you ride the high country at night be aware AZ has elk and mule deer. Colliding with one of those can ruin your day.

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    Get to town, call! We can show you the sights in our little town. We have a few places to eat, stuff to see, and whatnot. Number below! Enjoy your trip!! Joe
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    my hubby & some of his friends do a *Wild Hawgs* style trip out west every year, they leave this year on June 20th. they like going to National Parks & Monuments too, maybe ya'll shld meet up & ya;ll may end up riding together sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Arm View Post
    So.......what route are you taking to get to South Dakota ?

    Georgia to Columbia, Mo to Sioux Falls then to Rapid City.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOZFST View Post
    Yeah, it's a dry heat, so is my oven. Still in AZ, 108 here today, hopefully will be on the road back to SD on Sat. Some good roads and sights to see near the Blackhills are; Badlands, take Hwy 44 E after you get most of the way thru the park. Custer Park, don't miss Needles Hwy, Old Hill City Rd from Hill City to Keystone, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Nemo Rd from Rapid City out past Nemo and either take Nemo RD to 385 to Deadwood or take Vanocker Canyon to Sturgis. Cook Hwy from Whitewood out to 14a to Deadwood or back to Sturgis, Devils Tower.
    You hit it. Most of those sites are on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RinconRyder View Post
    Playing tourist through some of the most beautiful country in the land has absolutely nothing to do with a position on the 2nd Amendment.
    It does if you are carrying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RinconRyder View Post
    It will be much more comfortable than riding back East, especially before the sun rises and after sundown BUT if you are not used to temps above 95 or so or have any compromising health issues you can get into trouble very quickly. Summer is not the time to be sightseeing in the desert. Plan your route so you can stay above 4,000 feet if at all possible and if you must cross the lowland desert do so very early in the morning or after the sun goes down. Also, if you ride the high country at night be aware AZ has elk and mule deer. Colliding with one of those can ruin your day.

    The heat is why I scheduled my trip in May instead of late June or July. Riding in an oven is never fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cptjam View Post
    Get to town, call! We can show you the sights in our little town. We have a few places to eat, stuff to see, and whatnot. Number below! Enjoy your trip!! Joe
    I'm thinking of a side trip to Vegas, depending on how my time runs. If I make it I will contact you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redneck diva View Post
    my hubby & some of his friends do a *Wild Hawgs* style trip out west every year, they leave this year on June 20th. they like going to National Parks & Monuments too, maybe ya'll shld meet up & ya;ll may end up riding together sometimes.
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    I will be posting about my trip maybe we'll cross paths.
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    You are going to have a great time, I'm sure. Last July me and 3 friends did the same thing, we took the whole month of July and hit a lot of National Parks along the way. We visited 19 states and covered 9100 miles. Left Arkansas on July 1 and got back home July 29. Here is a few of the National Parks we visited. Mt Evans, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Royal Gorge, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite N.P. , Four Corners, Deception Pass, Pacific Coast Hwy. , Coulee Dam, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone N.P. , Theodore Rosevelt State Park. Even stopped in at Sturgis, but not during the rally. We had a blast.

    You should invest in a National Parks Pass, that way you don't have to pay at every Park you visit, just show your pass. Enjoy your trip.
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