Southwest Adventure 2015… Trip Overview

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ May 17, 2015/ BMW R1200RT, General Rants & Raves About Riding, Southwest Adventure 2015, Touring/ 0 comments

Twelve Days, 6100 miles, and the chance to see more of this great country!

Twelve Days, 6100 miles, and the chance to see more of this great country!

In less than two weeks, I will join a group of friends on another adventure of a lifetime!  This year, we set our sights on the great southwest and will experience a wide variety of terrain, altitude, temperature, and culture.

At the end of this journey, my endeavor to ride my motorcycle in each of the lower 48 United States will be just one state shy of completion.  Even though we rode through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona last year, we did so in a manner that was more focused on the destination for our third evening of Oakland, CA, than really taking in any of what these great states had to offer. (Our second night, for example, was spent in Williams, AZ and we were less than 20 miles from the Grand Canyon… yet the closest thing to the Grand Canyon that we saw was the drainage ditch abutting the interstate next to the hotel.)

With roughly 6100 miles to cover in 12 days, we will still be keeping a brisk pace with several 600+ mile days on the itinerary.  Some of the roads we will ride include:

the famous “Twisted Sisters” in southwest Texas,

Twisted Sisters

the Coronado Scenic Byway,

Coronado Trail Byway

Salt River Canyon (the mini Grand Canyon),

Salt River Canyon

Brice Canyon National Park with its colorful eroded rock forms,

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The San Juan Skyway,

San Juan Skyway San-Juan-Skyway 2

The Peak to Peak Skyway,

Peak to Peak

and of course, Pike’s Peak.

Pikes Peak1 Pikes Summit

I will rely on my BMW R1200RTw this year as my trusted steed and almost all trip preparations are completed, save my final pre-trip service this coming week at BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge.  Beyond the compliment of standard features on my BMW such as heated seats and grips, my RT will sport Michelin Pilot Road 4’s to grip the asphalt, Wunderlich engine protection guards, Illium highway pegs, Clearwater Darla lights, and a Cee Baileys windshield.  I will also have my heated liner for the cold mornings we will likely encounter in the higher altitudes as well as my mesh gear for the blistering heat of west Texas, New Mexico, and Utah.

My plan is to create daily blog posts that recap the events of the day as I have in the previous two years.  Photos, trip stats, and other daily details may also be found directly on my Facebook page.  Thanks for reading, and if you think of me during the day… our group would appreciate your prayers for safe travel and good weather!



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