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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Talking 5 National Parks and 8 States

I went on vacation for 2 weeks. I rode my Harley to see my family. I'll spare you the details of my family visits but I also did a lot of sight seeing along the way. During my trip I visited the following National Parks:
Grand Tetons
Yellowstone
Devils Tower
Mount Rushmore
The Badlands
Rocky Mountain National Park.

EDIT: I forgot to count the Badlands when I started this thread. I don't know how to edit the name of the tread but it really doesn't matter. In actuality I visited 6 national parks.

Here's a GPS map of my route:
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I just got back yesterday.

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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I woke up early August 31st and had breakfast. I headed north out of Durango on Highway 550 through the mountains. I saw these Big Horn Sheep on the side of the road.





Highway 550 north of Durango is the "Million Dollar Highway". It's one of the greatest motorcycle highways in the US but it's so close to my home that I didn't take many pictures of it.

I headed north to the northwestern corner of Colorado. I took highway 139.



Highway 139 took me over Douglas Pass.





Here's a view looking back the way I came from.


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Then I got on Highway 40 and headed west to Utah.



When I reached Vernal Utah I turned north to the Flaming Gorge area of SW Wyoming.





This is the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River. It's the largest reservoir in Wyoming.





It's beautiful terrain near Flaming Gorge.



Then I headed north along the border of Idaho and Wyoming.

I saw this mountain at Cokeville WY.



At 6:30 pm I checked into a motel in Afton WY near the Idaho border. I've been riding for 11 hours and covered 606 miles.

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I left my motel and headed north. I followed the Snake River.



Then I went up the Teton Pass highway just because my Butler Motorcycle map rated it so high.



Next I entered the Grand Teton National Park. The entry fee was $30. I bought an annual entrance fee for $70. I could use this to enter any National Park up to a year from now. My annual fee paid for itself on this trip alone. It would have cost $150 to pay for each park separately that I went to on this one trip. That would have almost been twice as much.



The above picture is of the Grand Teton, the largest mountain in the picture. To the left are the South Teton and the Middle Teton. The Teton mountains were named by French trappers. Grand Teton is French and literally means the grand tit. I honestly don't see the resemblance. To tell you the truth I think it's been a while since these Frenchmen have been with a woman.



This is Mount Moran.


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From the Grand Teton National Park I went directly into Yellowstone National Park.
Here's Old Faithful



This next picture is of the Old Faithful Inn.





This was Labor Day Weekend, not a good time to visit Yellowstone. The traffic was terrible and Yellowstone is a HUGE park. It covers a large part of northwestern Wyoming. Driving across Yellowstone at 35 miles an hour is like driving across New Jersey at that speed. I was planning on staying in Yellowstone for another day but changed my plans and headed for the northeastern park entrance.



There were lots of Bison (don't call them buffalo. They get very sensitive if you don't use the politically correct term).





I left Yellowstone Park.

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I use Butler Motorcycle maps to plan my route. Beartooth Pass is a great motorcycle road well worth tracking down.



Beartooth Highway goes up over some rocky mountains.



Here's a lake near the top of Beartooth Pass.



I have to reach my motel in Cody Wyoming. I'd like to get there before dark but it's getting late.
I take Highway 296, also called the Chief Joseph Highway.



This is another great motorcycle road.



I get into Cody WY just as the sun is going down. I don't like riding after dark. You can't see the scenery and the risk of hitting wildlife increases.

I like Cody. It's a small western town that reminds me of Durango. The restaurants are locally owned with few chains.

This is my home for the night.
I rode 433 miles today.

To be continued ...

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Great pics and trip report. Thanks for bringing us along.

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