Posted by: caryandjohn | August 17, 2014

Sonoma …

Lisa and Kalle posted these cool pics of the club ride on Saturday …

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The gang in front of the clubhouse … Cary, Bob, Dave, Daryl, Ben, Phil, Fred, Lisa and Kalle …

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On the ride … Cary and Phil on their Honda VFRs in Sonoma County, California …

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Cary and Noel, enjoying a swim …

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Marylee and Benny …

There’s some more pics posted on Flikr, here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfmc/sets/72157646548305691/

Cary spent the night up at Cathy and Frank’s house and hopes to swing by Charley’s house on the way home today to go to a going-away-to-college BBQ for Simon and to visit with August Jeanne, Charley John and Ruby …

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Posted by: caryandjohn | August 3, 2014

Nevada, Ruby Mountains, Sand Mountain… heading home

We took State hwy 51 south out of Idaho into Nevada /225 south through Mountain City- beautiful canyon road with wild horses running about…

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We made it over to Elko and headed over to the Ruby Mountains- southeast of Elko- to camp for the night… Such an incredibly beautiful place…

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Camp spot…

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Ruby pink sunset …

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In the morning we headed west on I80 for just a bit to Battle Mountain where we took highway 305 south to Austin… And picked up highway 50- the “loneliest highway” to start heading home… We made an obligatory stop at Middlegate Station…

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We checked out Sand Mountain to see about camping, but it seemed they wanted the full recreation fee- $40 each to enter… So we passed… Although not before snapping some pics of the impressive sand dunes- two miles long and 600 ft high- they lie on the edge of the ancient Lake Lahontan, that for the most part dried up 9,000 years ago… Pretty impressive!

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Highway 50 follows along the original Pony Express… There was an exhibit with an ruins of an old store/stop with this sign I thought was pretty entertaining- “wanted: young, skinny, wiry fellows…”

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We settled for camping at Grimes Point Archaeological Area- just east of Fallon, Nevada- a pretty cool open space with the place to ourselves and a nice desert sunset- not bad!
Camp site…

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Campsite – color changing with the light…

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We woke up an headed home – out longest day haul – 344 miles- which is usually how it goes- so close to home- you just keep going… A total of ~3300 miles over 13 days- averaging ~250 miles/ day… Awesomeness!

Posted by: caryandjohn | August 3, 2014

Jackson and Craters of the Moon!!

With enough daylight left, we headed on down to Jackson and then camped near Victor, Idaho at the Wyoming border…
Hanging out in Jackson…

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In town center- one of four elk antler arches guarding the corners of Jackson Hole’s George Washington Memorial Park…

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The “Million Dollar Cowboy Bar” with a horse drawn carriage that will take you around town…

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From Jackson, we headed west over Teton Pass- highway 33/22… Beautiful as the afternoon was setting… We found simple designated camping just outside of Victor- there were no spots left but Raoe, the camp host, let us set up camp on his spot with free firewood to boot! Our neighbor, Titan, noticed our bikes and came over to see what we were all about!

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In the morning we headed east on Highway 33 and after a short time, stopped in the town of Victor for a really good breakfast at “The Station“-Wow! “The Sonora”- huevos rancheros with poblano green sauce were insanely good.. The service is super friendly and helpful… Well worth the stop if you’re on your way into or out of Teton National Park

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From Victor we drove east on hwy 33 through Arco – the “first city in the world to be lot by atomic power”

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Mural on one of the walls in the town of Arco

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We stopped early and decided to camp at Craters of the Moon National Monument – a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush…

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Craters of the moon is a super cool place to check out and camp for the night – with all sorts of easy places to walk around and explore, an evening program with the ranger- we learned all about the moon!- and a seven mile loop road to stop along the way and check out the volcano formations…we went for a little hike as the sun was heading down

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And the next day drove around the seven mile loop to check out the formations…

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Next we hit the road east on hwy 26 to I84 a bit – stopped in lunch at Glenns Ferry- then 78 east to 51 south into Nevada…

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