Cannonball Run and Leisurely Return
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my aging parents in Missouri asking if I could help with some pre-winter projects. I've been wanting to do a big mileage trip in preparation for some other plans for extended trips I'd like to do, so I geared up my 06 Wee and set out.
The weather looked dicey. A storm was going to blow through Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, possibly dumping a decent amount of early season snow, so as much as I wanted to take my time on the side roads, I decided to ride the super slab I84 to I80. I did enjoy a trip over Washington Pass on Highway 20 and the long, slow ride down Highway 17 before getting on the interstate.
I just beat the weather. I experienced some blowing snow from Wamsutter down to Laramie Wyoming, and then thunderstorms across Nebraska. I learned that the storm dumped 6 to 18 inches the day after I rode through.
After three days at my folks, I rode Highway 36 across Kansas through more heavy rain and thunderstorms. But after that, all was well. After a very short stretch of I70 through Denver, I got on Highway 40 and rode through the Rockies across to northeast Utah, cut up to visit some family outside Boise Idaho, then wheedled my way back across Stevens Pass and back up to Bellingham.
Odometer gives me 4709 miles round trip. I wasn't very active with my camera during the trip, but here's a shot of Rabbit Ears Pass above Steamboat in Colorado.