September 3.rd "West or Bust" is getting close. We're taking inventory of all we need to cram onto our bikes. I'm trying my best to eliminate stuff I "think" we won't need. Decisions decisions. We're changing oil on the bikes this weekend, along with a good visual to make sure everything is buttoned up and secure.
The plan is to get to Nashville, TN on Saturday, Kansas City, KS Sunday, Sioux Falls, SD Monday, at which point we'll ease back on the travel speed, and start enjoying and having fun. From there we'll head over to The Badlands before heading to Rapid City, and drop down to Mount Rushmore. Then we'll roam around in the Black Hills of SD for a couple of days. Devils Tower, WY and The Bighorns is next before we drop down into Cody, WY. From there, head north-west into Chief Joseph Highway, up through Beartooth Pass, before returning into Yellowstone, where we probably will spend at least two days.
From Yellowstone we drop south through the Grand Tetons into Jackson (Hole), then continue south into Utah, heading down through Flaming Gorge and continue down south into Colorado via Grand Junction. From there we'll ride up through Independence Pass and Twin Lakes, then south into Buena Vista, CO.
From Buena Vista we will cut across up through Cottonwood Pass over to Taylor Park Reservoir before continuing to Gunnison and Black Canyon of Gunnison NP. From there, over to Montrose going south on The Million Dollar Hwy. We'll follow Million Dollar all the way down to Durango, CO, but in between are a lot of awesome off-road mountain passes (around Silverton) we plan to check out. Cinnamon Pass, Ophir Pass, maybe part of Engineer Pass. From Durango, we drop south into New Mexico to catch I40 and turn the handlebars east to head home. This is gonna be epic. This is gonna be good. We can hardly wait. Stay tuned for pictures and videos….