Trip of doom – we are back!

This trip wouldn’t have lived up to it’s reputation without rain, cold & technical difficulties. While I had hoped that the later would not prevent progress, we did have to bring a trailer pretty far north to get Brandon’s bike back to Salt Lake. Upon arriving in Idaho falls we were met by a severe thunderstorm, we decided to spend the night there but the hotel was such a crap hole we said “fuck it” and loaded the second bike on the trailer and drove back to Salt Lake. This is not the return I had expected but we had to get home. And Nicole rocks for bringing the trailer all the way to Idaho Falls and putting up with the major driving that ensued, I’m in serious debt.

The trip was awesome, being back home is amazing, I fell like we’ve been gone for 2 months. I’ve gotten exactly what I wanted to get out of it: a good break outside of my comfort zone and by that token there’s nothing like asphalt moving at 75 mph bellow your feet, wind in your face for hours, camping with wildlife & being far from home.

The grand total for the trip is 1534 miles (2469 kilometers), and we had to work for every mile.

On a side note, the pictures are lacking because of how hard it is to stop, unwrap & get the camera out every time we saw something noteworthy. Motorcycles aren’t great for photography and I now understand the use of helmet cams. So we mostly have shots of when we stopped for breaks. We have a few more pics on Brandon’s camera that I’ll upload later today.

Trip of doom – problems

It’s been a rough day, Brandon’s bike wouldn’t start so we tried to push
start it, jump start it and finally we replaced the battery. This only took
us to Beavertail Hill (which I first missread as Beverley Hills). A major
"oh shit" moment followed. The alternator is probably busted, and we needed
to figure out a way to get back home. Brandon hitch-hiked to Butte MT, I
rode to Idaho Falls ID where Nicole joined me with the trailer. We got back
to Beavertail Hill (many hours north of Idaho Falls and picked up the bike.
We’re now headed back south, I’ll pick up my bike and keep going, Brandon
will drive back. It’s been an exhausting past couple of days. Limits have
been tested.