The vast majority of these photos were taken with a Sony NEX 6.
Nearly 20,000 kms for the trip. I estimated between 16 and 17. Distance is not that material when you're having fun.
The Columbia River Gorge from the Washington side. To start and end a trip with such beauty is a huge privilege.
Main Street, Ritzville, Washington
Rainbow at Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming. (And yes I have one with the bike in it, Derry!)
Bear Lake, Beartooth Pass Montana. It was pretty icy and dicey on that dirt road.
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming.
Montana landscape with clouds!
Red Lodge Montana. Downtown
Red Lodge Montana. I am am reminded of Leadville, Colorado.
Red Lodge Montana. Deer well within the city limits.
Near Bear Creek Montana
Near Bear Creek Montana. Smith Mine, now derelict.
Meeteetse Wyoming. Chocolatier where I had my mocha dessert.
St John's Lutheran Church Riverton Wyoming.
Wyoming. High desert landscape.
Tower Pillar. Sheep Creek Geological Loop Utah.
Flaming Gorge Dam, Utah.
Vernal Utah. C-A-L Ranch Store. My kind of place.
Vernal, Utah. The Mormon Temple, which is used for religious rites such as marriage and... baptisms for the dead. Many people are unaware that Ancestry.com is owned by the Mormon Church.
Vernal Utah. Main street. Cobble Park. The flowers are pretty and are found extensively throughout the town.
Living in Vernal Utah was once upon a time more exciting than it is today.
Douglas Pass Colorado 139. Not a great shot.
Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction. View of the Balancing Stone.
Grand Junction Colorado. Main Street.
Grand Junction Colorado . The statue of John Otto in the main street.
Mount Sopris, near Carbondale Colorado.
The photo says it all
Independence Pass Colorado
Leadville was once upon a time a mining town.
Leadville Colorado. A handsome old building on the main street.
Leadville, Colorado. First winter snow.
LoDo Denver has some interesting older buildings.
Denver Colorado. 16th Street Mall by night.
Denver Colorado. Tram full of Bronco fans.
Denver, Colorado. One for Liz.
Denver Colorado, 16th Street Mall
Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado. The Painted Wall.
View of the Black Canyon from the floor.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado. Not too close to the edge!
A view from Colorado 92 near Blue Mesa on the way to Crawford.
Another view from Colorado 92.
In Colorado, some of the trees are beginning to turn. Silver Thread Scenic byway.
Third feature. The Slumgullion landslip.
Second feature. Mt Uncompahgre. Over 14,000 feet.
Red Mountain. One of three features visible from a single view point on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway Colorado
I was there. The fourth highest paved pass in Colorado. On the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.
Silver Thread Scenic Byway Colorado
Silver Thread Scenic Byway Co 149N.
Treasure Falls, on the Wolf Creek Pass on Route 160 E, Pagosa Springs to South Fork Colorado.
Pagosa Springs Colorado. View from Reservoir Hill.
Pagosa Springs Colorado. The rules of disc golf.
New Mexico. US 64 at the Lookout to the Brazos Cliffs. 10,500 feet.
New Mexico. US 64. Just near to where I took the bike photo, I found this hidden behind some trees.
Rio Grande Bridge over the gorge. That is my boot.
Near Taos New Mexico. Gorge of the Rio Grande.
Taos New Mexico. Central Plaza.
Taos New Mexico. Church of San Francisco de Asks. Completed 1815. Mud adobe.
Conchas River Bridge on NM104 near Trementina New Mexico. This is a 'rat rod'. It is apparently street legal and roadworthy. My jaw dropped when I saw it coming down the road.
Near Trementina New Mexico. John and the chap who built the 'rat rod'. He told us that he had built four this summer!
Palo Duro Canyon. Near Amarillo Texas
A feature in the Palo Duro Canyon
Elk City Oklahoma. Still on Route 66.
Elk City Oklahoma. A 75mm 12 pounder gun made by General Electric. Interesting design. It might be made for transport by air and dropping by parachute.
Tulsa Oklahoma. My old and very dear friends Terence (on the right) and Martha Ann; with their brother in law Ernest.
Kingfisher Oklahoma. This Methodist church doesn't really look like a church, does it?
Sapulpa Oklahoma. Y'all wanted to know if I would be doing Route 66. This is the answer.
Tulsa Oklahoma. All too soon it was time to leave.
Norman Oklahoma Gaylord Stadium. Oklahoma University versus Tulsa University. My first live American football match, my birthday present from Terence and Martha Ann.
Hot Springs Arkansas. Downtown has quite a number of very impressive buildings.
Minden, Louisiana. Timeless Café and Tea Room. A very special place that deserves to be supported.
Natchitoches Louisiana. Very pleasant and a little cooler in the shade of the trees.
Natchitoches Louisiana. A very pleasant promenade.
Natchitoches Louisiana. Front Street. Saved from being sacked by retreating Union forces during the War Between the States. Other towns in the vicinity were not spared, and the CSA army was not blameless.
Leesville Louisiana. My friends Morris and Jackie in the dining room of their gracious and historic stately home.
Another day at the office. On the road to Leesville Louisiana. Note the temperature of 36 C.
Alexandria Louisiana. Kwyncy from Tamp and Grind, with John. Kwyncy understands the rules of cricket!
Old River Lock Gates Louisiana. They can cope with the river rising 64 feet!
Old River Lock Louisiana
St Francisville Louisiana. Old church.
We wuz in the South, now we is in the DEEP South! Alabama Welcome Centre.
My friend from Melbourne, John H. I picked him up at Atlanta Airport. This is at the Alabama Welcome Centre.
Amicalola Falls, Georgia.
The staircase at Amicalola Falls, Georgia. Make that the top half of the staircase.
Great Smokies NP Tennessee. Cades Cove
A view from the Cherohala Skyway which runs between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Great Smoky Mountains NP, Tennessee side.
One of the most iconic and exciting stretches of road in the world for motorcycles. US129 between North Carolina and Tennessee. Eleven miles, 318 bends.
Photo credit: www.killboy.com
Photo credit: www.killboy.com
Parson Branch 'Road' Great Smoky Mountains NP Tennessee side
Great Smoky Mountains NP. Time to try out the G in GSA. (Gelände = country)
Great Smoky Mountains NP. View from below Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park, over 6,000 feet. The mist was rolling in fromthe
Patrick performing the 20,000 km service on my bike. Motorcycles of Charlotte NC.
Charlotte NC. Something I never knew. First movers in the drive for independence.
Charlotte NC played a part in the last days of the War Between the States.
Charlotte NC. Hot dogs for lunch. This chap picked my accent.
Charlotte NC. The Lynx light rail track and interesting parking garage. Just across the way from the Time Warner Stadium and the Lynx station.
It could be Melbourne, but it is Charlotte NC.
It could be Melbourne, but it is Charlotte NC
Bethany outside the Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte NC
My friend and owner of The Commons, Jennifer, with Pamela and Dennis. Really great meeting them.
Murfreesboro NC. The wine bar within The Commons B&B. This is my kind of place.
Murfreesboro NC. Houses over a century old are quite usual.
....them cotton fields back home. Standing in the heat and humidity of the south Virginian afternoon gave me a personal, physical insight on slavery.
*Sigh* Staircases go up, not sideways. This is a Jefferson staircase. Narrow, plain and tucked out of the way
Myrt, Frances, Jackie and Tammy. Thanks to Dave for taking the photo.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. A tantalising glimpse of a spectacular view through the heavy, swirling mist.
On my way to the Blue Ridge. It is very attractive furniture.
Arlington National Cemetery. The Changing of the Guard. Tomb of the Unknown.
The Changing of the Guard. Inspection.
The Tomb of the Unknown.
Arlington National Cemetery. Silence and Respect.
Gun Emplacements at Battlefield of 1st Manassas VA.
Stonewall Jackson. 1st Manassas
Arlington National Cemetery. From Here to Eternity.
Harpers Ferry Railway Station.
Harpers Ferry WV. All the station of the B & O Railroad were designed and painted to look the same. This was restored in 2005.
Harpers Ferry WV. Was the US Army inspired by the Voortrekkers? John Brown's Fort in the background.
Harpers Ferry WV. The railway bridge across the Potomac River. The race to Ohio between the train and river barge was won by the former, floods eventually destroying the canal and bringing about the demise of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal company.
Harpers Ferry WV. Lower Old Town.
A farm on the Antietam Battlefield.
A quaint covered bridge in southern Pennsylvania built in 1890
This is a very poor photo of an Amish horse drawn buggy in southern Pennsylvania. I had stopped ahead of them but before I could prepare myself, they were right upon me. I can't say if it was intentional to frustrate the photo opportunity, but they had put the horse into an extended trot and they were flying along!
There is a number. Is there a name?
Gettysburg. The view from Little Round Top at the southern end of Cemetery Ridge.
Gettysburg. The open ground over which Pickett and Pettigrew charged, only to be slaughtered. What was Lee thinking when he gave that order?
Nathan, me and the bike. I really had a good time with him, even helping catch the ducks at 10.30 pm!
My couch surfing hosts, Nathan and his wife Gleice. It was great to meet them, their family and friends.
I spent an afternoon and evening with the folk at Sovereign Grace Church Gettysburg. This is of course evening, roasting marshmallows.
Dinner in New York with my nephew Alex and his wife Jackie
Richard C, one of my colleagues at ANZ NY. Thanks for showing me around the new offices. I should have taken a pic of Pam as well.
Grand Central Station. Very grand concourse above ground, Dickensian labyrinth below.
This is not below Grand Central Station, but it is on the same line. Dickensian indeed!
Showing the odometer on arrival in New York. The ambient temperature is 29.5C and you can see on the left the grey bars indicating the temperature of the engine is at its operating limit. The scale on the right = fullish fuel tank :-)
Caledonia NY Charming little place.
Niagara Falls. It is fantastic to be able to stand within say twenty feet of them.
Liz really enjoyed ringing the bells. They were made in Nurnberg and have never hung in a steeple.
The back garden of Andre and Lee in Poynette WI
The (very) short history of McGregor Iowa
Main Street, McGregor Iowa. Looks a little run down but one can easily imagine it in its heyday.
Main channel of the Mississippi River. McGregor Iowa.
A rather ancient structure near the boat ramp. McGregor Iowa.
What is/was this? Outside Cafe McGregor.
McGregor Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Effigy Mounds National Park Iowa. I didn't know about this. Did you?
Effigy Mounds National Park Iowa. Another insight into early American Indian culture.
Sioux Falls SD has a program of promoting sculpting, perhaps modeled on the Portland OR scheme. Some really interesting works on display. This is 'The Farmer'.
Sioux Falls South Dakota. Downtown is very pretty.
When in Mitchell, you understand that nothing is corny.
Mitchell SD. The Corn Palace.
Chamberlain SD Main Street
Badlands National Park South Dakota. Taken using the Panorama feature of the Sony NEX6. I hope it uploads OK. It is, I think, a rather fantastic view.
A pity about the tour bus, but the tourists in it were all as wide-eyed as we were.
The Badlands of South Dakota. More amazing scenery!
The famous Wall Drug Store
They have a Travelers Chapel at Wall Drug. It has a reverent atmosphere.
Wall Drug SD. A tourist trap, but very well done.
Mount Rushmore National Monument South Dakota. Iconic of course; but more than that, inspiring!
This is what was originally intended. I think the simpler result actually works better.
One should not annoy the natives! Custer State Park SD
Taking photos of a Bison herd, Custer State Park, South Dakota
Pretty little waterfall over the road from where we ate in Hot Springs SD
The main street of Hot Springs South Dakota
The oldest buildings at Fort Robinson Nebraska. Wooden.
The museum building at Fort Robinson. Very worthwhile visit.
Rocky Mountain National Park, from above the timberline.
Rocky Mountain National Park. Just too beautiful!
Hotel East in, Kremmling CO Established 1906. This is our living area.
Hotel Eastin, Kremmling CO Established 1906
Liz was intrigued by this traffic sign. Please remind her she is on holiday!
The main street of Carbondale CO
Mesa Verde National Park. Near Cortez, Colorado.
Photo opportunity with the cliff dwellings in the background. It needs to be said again just how well the US Government does its history. Outstandingly!
Monument Valley AZ/UT. if you have seen it before, you may enjoy classic Western movies. There is something awesome about these monoliths standing silent sentry in a hot, red desert.
The Grand Canyon. Taking a photo from the restricted aspect of a copilot's seat cannot, does not, do justice to the sheer size of this wonder.
Marble Canyon Arizona. Our bonus, having missed Zion Canyon.
Yeah, we know this is not biking, but we just had to make a plan to see the Grand Canyon.
I went for a short walk on a path down into the canyon at Sunset Point. I am so glad I did.
There is free shuttle bus that runs every twelve minutes or so throughout most of the day. Way to go in August as parking is a hassle. We dropped off at each stop, marvelled all over again and tried to take photos that did justice to this unique part of God's creation. This is from Inspiration Point.
Louise and Alan. Lake Oswego OR 27 July 2013
Bryce Canyon National Park. How does one select a photo and not one hundred? It is spectacular, beautiful and visiting it has been a powerful experience.
Perfectly understandable how Utah 12 became a National Scenic Byway
Riding on the crest of Scenic Byway 12 Utah. It is not really evident in the photo but the road falls away on both sides for perhaps a thousand feet or more - with no safety barriers!
Liz chatting to an English couple at a view point on Utah 12. We didn't get their names but importantly, he rides an Aprilia and she rides a Triumph Tiger.
Grand Tetons National Park, WY Impressive. Beautiful. Majestic
The Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
A street band in Jackson WY.
Old Faithful, perhaps the most predictable geyser on earth. It erupted maybe five minutes after we arrived and we were delighted. Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Downtown Helena, the capital of Montana. Pedestrian Mall. Only established 1864.
Lake Oswego Farmers' Market 27 July 2013
Motorcycle Touring can be fun! Idaho. Clearwater River. Route 12 - Lewis and Clark Trail
Liz and Louise Lake Oswego OR 27 July 2013
McDonald Pass Route 200 between Missoula and Helena Montana
Liz with the Columbia River in the background and snow capped Mount Hood on the horizon. 28 July 2013