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post #1 of 9 Old 06-30-2019, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I bought my KLR brand new two and a half years ago. I wanted to ride it everywhere and take it trail riding and camping. The first year I owned it, I basically just drove it in the Wasatch Front/Salt Lake Valley. I did take it on a trip to Zion (which was amazing,) but that was about it.

The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, I was diagnosed with a labrum tear in my hip, Pagets disease of the bone (small bone tumor/benign) and a herniated disc and pinched nerve. 2018 was a challenging year to say the least. I drank way more than I should, I came really close to selling my bike. I drove it maybe 10 miles the whole year.

I had my hip operated on and received an epidural steroid injection for my sciatica (that was a damn life saver I tell ya.) And slowly, but surely, I recovered.

This year I told myself I want to start living my dream instead of just dreaming it. Sometimes, I find myself liking the idea of doing something way more than doing it, and it's a sad way to live life. I started motovlogging on my YouTube channel and riding weekly to places I've never been on my bike. I've also been hitting up the national parks. I've been to Arches twice, Canyonlands and Bryce. Utah is one of the most unique places to ride in the world, and I feel very lucky.

This year has been great and riding has been therapeutic. I'm happy, motivated, and itching to explore.

If anyone lives in Utah and wanna ride somewhere, I'm game.

Happy to have found this forum and be part of the community. My KLR is like my third dog. I love her. Haha

Cheers 🙂

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-30-2019, 02:17 PM
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The Wyoming Range & the Grays River Road from LaBarge to Alpine WY are calling your name. Grand Teton & Yellowstone N.P.s are just a few more miles north of Alpine.
Yellowstone & over Beartooth Pass puts you into Red Lodge MT. Beartooth Pass is about as close to Swiss Alps type of highway as USA has to offer. The Chief Joseph highway, WY 296 will allow one to ride the Beartooth stitch-backs twice. The Big Horn mountains in north central WY have 3 very nice motorcycle highways thru them, US 14A, 14 & 16.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-30-2019, 04:58 PM
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Utah is magnificent: kind of like a giant movie set.......... Enjoy your riding!
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-30-2019, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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The Wyoming Range & the Grays River Road from LaBarge to Alpine WY are calling your name. Grand Teton & Yellowstone N.P.s are just a few more miles north of Alpine.
Yellowstone & over Beartooth Pass puts you into Red Lodge MT. Beartooth Pass is about as close to Swiss Alps type of highway as USA has to offer. The Chief Joseph highway, WY 296 will allow one to ride the Beartooth stitch-backs twice. The Big Horn mountains in north central WY have 3 very nice motorcycle highways thru them, US 14A, 14 & 16.
I actually go to Billings or Bozeman once a month for work. About 3 or 4 times a year, I'll go down to Thermopolos, Riverton, Cody and Lander. I'd love to go on my bike one of these times, especially around the Wind River.

One of my theories as to where Forest Fenn's treasure is in that location. Maybe I'll have to schedule a trip on my bike where I actually look for it instead of using Google earth and imagining.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-30-2019, 07:56 PM
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Recommend that you avoid Lander.

Hooligans in that place.

Dangerous.

I was there once.

Lucky to get out alive.

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Recommend that you avoid Lander.

Hooligans in that place.

Dangerous.

I was there once.

Lucky to get out alive.
As I remember it, you were almost stoned to death getting out of Wyoming. Hail stones on Beartooth Pass. lol

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Yeah, that and getting the bike sideways crossing that stupit bridge. Black ice on both ends of it. Had a good time at Top Of The World, though. The guy charged a buck for a cup of coffee and I think I gave him $10 before I decided to head over the pass and on to Red Lodge.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-01-2019, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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You need a GoPro 7 with stabilization STAT!
Not sure if you're responding to me, but yeah, for sure. I have the black 6 but couldn't find a 3.5 mm Jack for my mic, so I got the gopro silver 4. It's been a learning curve, but it's been a blast.

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