If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.
This summer was great. I rode 14,235 miles from Indiana to Alaska and back with a friend. Read more at trevstravelblog.com
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It kills me to think of my bike sitting in the garage all winter. There's no way I'm staying here after I graduate; I can't wait to live somewhere I can ride everyday. This summer I'm hoping to ride to Costa Rica, but there's still a lot of planning to do.
12 October 2007
My name's Trevor and I'm 25. Jezebel is 4. She's a beautifulHonda VTX 1300 C. She's my first real motorcycle, but I grew up playingaround on dirtbikes. I bought her in April '07 as a birthday present tomyself with the last bit of cash I had from 5 years I spent in theMarines. I couldn't wait to put some real miles behind me, so in June'07 I quit my part time job and headed west from my home town of WestLafayette, IN.
I stayed with an old marine buddy in MO, then another friend inArkansas and finally made it to Austin, TX where I spent a week with myold roomate from Okinawa.
From there I stoped in Fort Worth for a night, then rode toRoswell, NM and spent a night in a campground before heading toColorado. Without a windscreen, I adjusted quickly to riding in rainand cold weather and learned to love everything about the road. Istoped worrying about where the next gas station might be or where Iwould sleep next, and just enjoyed the experience.
I have cousins and friends in Denver, and my brother was workingon a ranch south of Denver, so I had plenty of places to stay. I spentmy days either cleaning my bike or riding it.
^ heading towards a rainstorm near Salida.
^ Great Sand Dunes National Monument
^ St Elmo, a recovering ghost town
I spent a few days just cruising around Colorado, based onsuggested routes from this site. I ended up at a campsite and ran intoCyrus, who was out on a custom chopper he'd put together himself.
^ me & Cyrus
^ the campsite where I ran into Cyrus
A while later, my girlfriend flew out and we took a trip fromDenver to Cyrus' house for a night, then took off in the rain to Moab,Utah.
We spent three great days in Moab, hiking through the ArchesNational Park. Then we took Hwy 128, which goes through a beautifulcanyon along the Colorado River.
Later some more of my friends flew out to Colorado and they drovetheir car as I followed on my bike and we went to Garden of the Godsand then took the ride up Pike's Peak, which is partly paved, with somedecent dirt sections and goes all the way to the top, above 14,000 feet.
^ it was a bit dusty, but the views were worth it.
The next day we rode along Skyline Drive, which is a short, onelane, paved road that goes along a ridge, with steep hills on bothsides.
A few days later, I regretfully rode home to Indiana to startclasses at Purdue University. I took a pretty straight route throughKansas, along US 50 and the Santa Fe Trail.
I was still feeling pretty good when it got dark around KansasCity, MO so I kept going and ended up riding straight home in 27 hours,with a 2 hour break. I don't advise it, but I had a lot of stuff tosort out back home.
^ In the end, I rode over 8,500 miles during my trip.
I'm not sure when my next trip will be, but I'm getting restless now that it's getting too cold to ride here in Indianda.
thanks for reading, and if you'd like to see more, check out my blog at: trevstravelblog.com
trev1300 has been a member of our motorcycle community for 9 years, 127 days. trev1300's home location for riding is Lafayette, IN.
Sounds like a great trip, with new places, friends and story's. That trip will probably always keep you restless, just waiting for the next time! Good for you for doing it when you did, and the way you did, I put off a trip and sold my bike once and it took me 13 years to get going again.
Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 5:21 AM
Great Story and Pics. Good Luck in Your studies.
Sun Nov 4, 2007 at 4:35 AM
I really enjoyed reading this and looking at your pics... is the fourth pic down from US350 in the Grasslands? I'd recognize that stretch of road and hill from anywhere.
Sun Nov 4, 2007 at 6:52 AM
Sorry I didn't get to ride with you. Next time your in Colorado, send me a message and will will go riding. Vthirma@comcast.net
Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 10:58 PM
I know the "cabin fever" feeling every winter, but NC allows me some time to ride. I plan one soon. I enoyed your pictures and story. EZRider
Mon Feb 2, 2009 at 6:12 PM