Torrey HOG Rally 5.2009

 

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Greg & Laura, Mike & Lisa, Craig & Pat and Linda and myself all met at South Valley Harley Davidson to start the ride.  The shocking thing about this ride was  Craig and Pat were late.  It might have only been one minute but they were late still the same.

Proof that Linda did carry her own crap..

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Pat and Staci Dunn caught up with us on I-15 just past Provo.  They knew it was us because of Linda’s Pink helmet.

Our first stop in Nephi to introduce Pat and Staci to everyone

Our first stop in Nephi to introduce Pat and Staci to everyone

The night before we left Staci had smashed her finger with a rock while gardening.  This women is tough every time she put her gloves on she went through some serious pain.  she also had to shift with the side of her hand because it was to painful to do it with her fingers.

The finger

The finger

Lunch at Mom's cafe in Salina

Lunch at Mom's cafe in Salina

This was our last stop before we started the climb up over the mountain, this is were we started hooking up our heated vest’s and gloves because at ten thousands foot elevation it gets cold in May.  To bad for Linda because she blew her fuse on her heated suite before we reached the top.  It is such a beautiful ride up and over the mountain to Loa and Bicknell.

Our hotel for the weekend The Best Western Capital Reef Hotel

Our hotel for the weekend The Best Western Capital Reef Hotel

 

The rooms are great and they have a huge hot tub, a pretty good restaurant and a great Bar just across the street.  It is ran by a Mother and two daughters who were very good natured and fun to joke with.  they have to be good natured to put up with Mike and Pat Dunn.

The bar across the street. We ended up here every night.

The bar across the street. We ended up here every night.

 

First night at the bar and feeling no pain

First night at the bar and feeling no pain

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we spent most of the morning and early afternoon just playing card games in the restaurant because it rained most of the day.  But when we just couldn’t stand it any more and there was a little break in the clouds we all jumped on our bikes and started out for a ride.

We only got about 10 miles out of town when Pat Dunn had an accident with an on coming truck, they were both sharing the center line when the truck’s mirror hit Pat right on his clutch hand.  The amazing thing was it broke the truck’s mirror, bent Pat’s clutch handle and Pat didn’t even swerve or lose control of his bike.   The driver of the truck turned around to tell Pat he had broke his mirror and he need to pay for it.  While Pat discussed all the reasons why he was not going to pay for anything and the best thing for him to do was to get back in his car.  Pat was feeling pretty puffed up because he knew Laura was right behind him and if things got ugly he knew she had his back. 

We looked at Pat’s finger, it didn’t look like it was broken or anything so now we know there is some thing harder than Pat’s head.

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It rained so hard on the way to Hanksville there was a flash flood that crossed the road, we needed gas so bad that we decided to cross it (not the smartest thing to do) because it was over a foot deap.  We rode through it as slow as we could but the water and Mud was still spashing over my gas tank.  Craig and Pat went though it a little faster than I did because the water came over their windshield.

On the ride back the rain stopped so it was a nicer ride back.

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when we got back we rode right to the car wash.  We washed the bikes first then we turned took turns spraying the mud off of each others rain gear.  We had mud from head to toe and needed the high pressure hose to get it off.

That night Jim and Dor rode to Torrey from St. George Utah by way of HWY 12.  Think of all the rain we got in the flat lands and times that by ten and then add the exstream cold weather from being at such a high altitude and I begin to think that riding through a flash flood is a little smarter than riding the canyons roads when they can’t see from all of the rain and they can’t feel their hands and feet because of the cold.

The good news was they made it safe and we could enjoy their company the rest of the weekend.

Greg & Laura, Jim & Dor, Pat, Staci and Linda

Greg & Laura, Jim & Dor, Pat, Staci and Linda

 

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Pat’s Mirror crushing finger-vs- Staci’s Gardening finger

 

Sunday morning we started our ride to Bryce canyon by way of HWY 12.  HWY 12 in my opion is one of the best rides in Utah and one of the top five in the Western States.

Just outside of Boulder Utah

Just outside of Boulder Utah

The weather was fantastic and the riding was wonderful. 

My little family of Bikers Pat & Craig Mike & Lisa and Linda and myself

My little family of Bikers Pat & Craig Mike & Lisa and Linda and myself

 

Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon.

Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon.

Craig found us front row parking right in front of the door.  Now I look at the picture I think that was a “no parking zone”  I don’t think anyone cared to much because everyone was taking pictures of our bikes.

Ruby’s is a great place to stop where you can buy just about anything and the food is fantastic.  If your riding to Bryce canyon I would recommend spending some time here.

Lunch at Ruby's  You have to try the Bar B que sandwitch.

Lunch at Ruby's You have to try the Bar- B- Que sandwich.

 

Pat Dancing to Keith Urban (her fantacy boy friend)

Pat Dancing to Keith Urban (her fantasy boy friend)

 

Linda and I at the top of Bryce Canyon

Linda and I at the top of Bryce Canyon

 

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Here’s our group at the top of Bryce Canyon.  Notice the smile on my face I had just won $60 by having the best poker hand. 

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We made it back to the bar just in time for Pat and Laura to find another boy friend, his name is Porter and he’s the coolest kid around

Mean while Linda was not having any fun at all..

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This hot tub could fit 20 people easy.  This is Pat & Craig and Mike and Lisa enjoying a little time by them selves. 

Linda, Dor and Laura with their matching jackets.

Linda, Dor and Laura with their matching jackets.

 

On Monday we started back to Salt Lake City, we took HWY 72 north to I-70 so we could take Laura back to the place where she totaled her bike six years ago.

This "is" the place

This "is" the place

 

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This is what Laura looked like six years ago after Linda lifted  her Harley Davidson off of her.  Linda is one strong women.  DO NOT get her mad at you.

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THE END !

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