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Roadie 2022


shepp
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I left the 13th of October, no more sleeping on an air mattress, my buddy helped me build a bed rack for the back. took a 20 min longer route to bypass Illinois, no locking up guns, and I could travel with my suppressor. First stop is the freedom rock west of Des Moines it’s 5 min off I 80 and I stop every time to pay my respects. Pushed thru to a city rv park in brush CO to sleep

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Dude. As grueling as the 34 hour ride is from my front door to Tom's front door. This country has some absolutely beautiful areas, that you only get to see as you're traveling by ground. Aircraft give you a breathtaking perspective of this great country of ours. But ground level grinds across this vast country of ours, shows you some truly awesome sights.

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Day three was the start of the rim rocker trail in Montrose Co, 160 miles of gravel road from Montrose to Moab. I camped at buckeye reservoir which due to drought is now a cattle pasture. I was the only person there, I could see some hunters a mile or so away, but I was basically alone in the forest. 

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Day 4 sleeping in bear country I was awoken freaking out cuz I thought I heard a grunt of a bear at 2 am, but making coffee It was affirmed it was black angus not black bear. Got into Moab mid after noon lots of first come first serve camp sites all full ( the pandemic taught the masses about camping 🤬) took me about two hours but I found a place on some blm land. Camp site ended up being out by Dead horse point state park one of the places on my places to see so I went and checked it out 

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Left Moab headed to Torrey UT, nice guys finish last. about a 1/4 of the way I took a detour up a mountain on the back side I met a truck and I backed up to let it thru. When I did I didn’t see a stump and smashed my bumper, which resulted in not being able to open my tail gate. The rest of the day I dwelled in that fact. When I got to the camp ground they had a large framing hammer and I was able to beat the bumper back into place and made the gate operational again 

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On 11/2/2022 at 9:03 PM, Rsquared said:

Dude. As grueling as the 34 hour ride is from my front door to Tom's front door. This country has some absolutely beautiful areas, that you only get to see as you're traveling by ground. Aircraft give you a breathtaking perspective of this great country of ours. But ground level grinds across this vast country of ours, shows you some truly awesome sights.

Fuck flying. I flew to Washington in July, I’d rather drive. Airports suck, people in airports suck and flying sucks lol. 

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Thanks

Great pics, I like the story about the ashes and the tribute.

Beautiful country and I don't think most people appreciate what is out there. People are lazy for the most part and seem content to do packaged holidays. On the plus side it keeps them out of the backcountry

It's pretty amazing how much open land is still out there in the lower 48 considering the size of the population

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I'm right there with you when it comes to the fact that airports and people SUCK. Hey......that's why I'm a hermit for christ's sake.

BUT, somewhere around that 28 hour mark of grinding. You start to feel it in your organs. I can't put it into any other words. I felt it each time driving non stop from the east coast to the SDTF. And then back. Just something starts to really let you know that you're NOT having a good time.

Now granted.....that's because I'm a psychopath.....and would do the gumball rally (all you young ones, look it up) ride from point to point.

At least you're taking your time and actually looking at what you're driving through.

Me...........and whoever the unlucky bastard that has drawn the short straw to be riding with me (Matt and Kate). All that was seen was...........................................

 

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2 hours ago, shepp said:

Day 4 sleeping in bear country I was awoken freaking out cuz I thought I heard a grunt of a bear at 2 am, but making coffee It was affirmed it was black angus not black bear. Got into Moab mid after noon lots of first come first serve camp sites all full ( the pandemic taught the masses about camping 🤬) took me about two hours but I found a place on some blm land. Camp site ended up being out by Dead horse point state park one of the places on my places to see so I went and checked it out 

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We build the 20 ton scrapers they use in those salt mines.

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On 11/2/2022 at 11:06 PM, Cunuckgaucho said:

Thanks

Great pics, I like the story about the ashes and the tribute.

Beautiful country and I don't think most people appreciate what is out there. People are lazy for the most part and seem content to do packaged holidays. On the plus side it keeps them out of the backcountry

It's pretty amazing how much open land is still out there in the lower 48 considering the size of the population

It really is amazing after day two I didn’t drive on an interstate hwy for about 6.5-7 days. When I drove from Moab to Torrey UT a five hour drive I went thru less than 5 towns! 

On 11/2/2022 at 11:12 PM, Rsquared said:

I'm right there with you when it comes to the fact that airports and people SUCK. Hey......that's why I'm a hermit for christ's sake.

BUT, somewhere around that 28 hour mark of grinding. You start to feel it in your organs. I can't put it into any other words. I felt it each time driving non stop from the east coast to the SDTF. And then back. Just something starts to really let you know that you're NOT having a good time.

Now granted.....that's because I'm a psychopath.....and would do the gumball rally (all you young ones, look it up) ride from point to point.

At least you're taking your time and actually looking at what you're driving through.

Me...........and whoever the unlucky bastard that has drawn the short straw to be riding with me (Matt and Kate). All that was seen was...........................................

 

I took it slow this trip didn’t really have anywhere in particular to be expect a few camp ground reservations I made prior. I can do 15-16 hours. I’ve done 18, and I started to go loopy. 

On 11/2/2022 at 11:22 PM, sagebrush said:

thanks shepp, the pictures are great. never heard of freedom rock, quite a deal that the artist is painting with ashes. the backing up for the truck i'm sure you know 'no good deed goes unpunished'. look forward to the rest of your pictures

There are many thru out Iowa this is the first one I think. It’s pretty moving for a rock out in the middle of a corn field! If you have Facebook their page is really cool other wise I’m sure he has a web site too. 

On 11/3/2022 at 12:08 AM, jim3326 said:

We build the 20 ton scrapers they use in those salt mines.

That’s really cool!! 

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8 hours ago, Cunuckgaucho said:

Thanks

Great pics, I like the story about the ashes and the tribute.

Beautiful country and I don't think most people appreciate what is out there. People are lazy for the most part and seem content to do packaged holidays. On the plus side it keeps them out of the backcountry

It's pretty amazing how much open land is still out there in the lower 48 considering the size of the population

I am going to show you and Sketch a big Part of country you have never seen when we leave my Tipi....

And Shepp the pictures and stories are awesome Not often we travel just to discover what we have never seen.... Good on you ...

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On 11/3/2022 at 7:34 AM, Magwa said:

I am going to show you and Sketch a big Part of country you have never seen when we leave my Tipi....

And Shepp the pictures and stories are awesome Not often we travel just to discover what we have never seen.... Good on you ...

You were in my thoughts on my travels I talked to a native friend of mine this weekend about my travels when I got back. Everywhere I went I had ravens with me. To the point that I’d be like hey the ravens are back. One time there were like 3-4 and all but one flew off, the one that stayed let me get fairly close to take photos. When I was done I thanked him and he flew off. crows and ravens have always been one of my favorites but the interactions I had with them in my travels was spiritual in a way 

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I was wondering why the internet kept lagging yesterday. Shepp was uploading photos and hogging bandwidth from the rest of the Country. 
 

damn man, you went through some beautiful places and got some great photos to remember the trip. The bumper is just another memory. Beat that thing into function and leave it as a reminder of a great time. 

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On 11/3/2022 at 9:20 AM, DNP said:

I was wondering why the internet kept lagging yesterday. Shepp was uploading photos and hogging bandwidth from the rest of the Country. 
 

damn man, you went through some beautiful places and got some great photos to remember the trip. The bumper is just another memory. Beat that thing into function and leave it as a reminder of a great time. 

I knew it could be replaced and done cheaply,  I was happy it wasn’t the box or a fender. But being alone with my own mind the what ifs got ahold of me. I would have tried fixing it right there to ease my mind but I was afraid of making it worse in no man’s land, he’ll I passed thru Hanksville and Torrey and couldn’t even buy a damn hammer lol

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