Photos from 2011 and riding through FIRE

I have thousands of photos from last year’s trip – many of them never looked at, especially the photos taken with my little Sony NEX5 (now sold).

I needed to empty my portable external 500GB hard drive for this year’s trip but I didn’t want to simply transfer all my photos to the hard drive of my Mac – so, yes, I had to go through them and a long job that was. I did find some great memories though and have picked out a few for you to look through; you may see dust spots on some of them – the majority of these photos were taken from the back of the bike while riding and dust on the lens was inevitable. Apologies for not having time to go through them and edit them out.

I will try to give a brief explanation (if I can remember where we were or what we were doing)

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Heading south to see friends in Florida

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We encountered a lot of smoke – it came from a forest fire  caused by lightning striking a tree on the Interstate

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This is NOT something you want to be close to in these conditions!

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The fire was in Mississippi but we soon crossed into

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Still hot, still muggy – but lots of rain

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A lovely Southern Belle

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REAL Southern fried chicken

But we will pass on the pickles, thank you….

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From here on, I will add as I have them – which means they may be all over the place.

A sunset – somewhere….

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A grand Louisiana house

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Heading across country and up now – Texas

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It would get much hotter than this at times….

Below – New Mexico

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Above – Just the job after a hot, dusty ride.

UTAH

Below Kanab, Utah (Little Hollywood) hundreds of westerns were filmed here in the heyday of actors such as John Wayne.

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Now this is a real welcoming gas station!

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The guy above has circled the globe around four times on various motorcycles

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Capitol Reef National Park is so beautiful

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The lonely little figure walking off into the desert is me – on my way to Sunset Point to watch the the sun go down.

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One of the two Natural Bridges – this is an extremely remote location.

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I often wonder how we get all this stuff on that poor bike!

 

Colorado

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Above is Monarch Crest, Colorado, right on the Continental Divide – so on the left (east) all water flows to the Atlantic Ocean while, to the right (west) all water flows towards the Pacific Ocean.

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The above signs seem to indicate that this home-owner is not fond of the government, the church or anything establishment!

More to come…….

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