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I had training (for the new 2020 Porsche 911) at Salt lake City in July of 2019. Instead of flying out I decided to ride and after that head though Oregon and Washington state, out to BC and ride home across Canada.

I left Sunday, July 7th and got back home Sunday July 21st. riding solo means I am happy doing lots of miles in a day when slabbing as I don't feel any overwhelming urge to check into a hotel early by myself. I left with my Odometr reading 178,354 km / 110,824 miles and got home with it reading 188,862 km / 117353 miles. total mileage 10,508 km / 6,529 miles

Lots of slabbing so nut to many pictures at first.

Here are some of the pictures:

First day. Loaded up ready to go. Home is in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. About an hour east of Toronto.



Uneventful first day,. although my GPS traffic app told me there was terrible traffic on my route ahead as I worked my way towards Chicago and the GPS rerouted me to save about 4 minutes.

Not much to show this day but I did cross the Mississippi:



1,150 km, about 730 miles. Mainly slabbing. I stayed the night in Davenport, Iowa.

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2nd day: Davenport to Cheyenne, Wyoming

This is pretty typical of what you see off I80 in Nebraska, tons of corn:



"The Archway" over I80, Kearney Nebraska:



Some wicked weather showing up in the GPS radar ahead. No practical way to avoid it:



After going through the first squall I headed into the second. I didn't take pictures when in it but it looked much like the video people take when a tornado goes just outside their house:




1,280 km / 790 miles, all slabbing.

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3rd day

The night before when gassing a local started talking to me and asking where I was heading. He suggested I take a little side-trip into the Snowy range so I decided to add it to my route.



It was a very worthwhile side trip with lots of nice scenery:



This site is a memorial to the 66 people that died in a plane crash on Medicine Bow Peak on October 6, 1955





It got over 10,300 feet. At a few points temperatures dropped to the 40's although on this shot it is low 50's.



I slabbed a bit on I80 then went down 191 to Flaming Gorge National recreation area.

Very desolate empty countryside:







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Tom - just got home to Victoria from Ontario after picking up my new to me Vee - picked it up in Toronto two weeks ago. First adventure sport touring bike I've owned and it performed well. Came across from northern Ontario, Larder lake - about an hour south of Timmins. Couple of cool mornings, but otherwise good. Some 5200 Kms total with 4000 Kms this week. For a poor man's adventure sport touring bike, these VStroms are quite good. Glad you enjoyed the ride, and had a good route. Great pics. Cheers
 
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Tom - just got home to Victoria from Ontario after picking up my new to me Vee - picked it up in Toronto two weeks ago. First adventure sport touring bike I've owned and it performed well. Came across from northern Ontario, Larder lake - about an hour south of Timmins. Couple of cool mornings, but otherwise good. Some 5200 Kms total with 4000 Kms this week. For a poor man's adventure sport touring bike, these VStroms are quite good. Glad you enjoyed the ride, and had a good route. Great pics. Cheers
Awesome way to start your Strom ownership!

I ran out of time to finish the pictures today so will likely continue next week. I continue out to Vancouver, and head home via Sea-to-sky, Duffy's Lake road, Banff and then along Trans Canada. (Unfortunately my camera wasn't working from part of Washington state and until Lilloett. There was room on the SD card but looks like the camera can't handle over 10,000 pictures or something like that. New SD card fixed it.)

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Tom, you're kinda a boring guy! Why don't you take some time for yourself and enjoy life a little!:laugh2:

^^Sarcasm meter on full, bent needle mode!^^

Great ride and pictures!!!
 

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Day 4 Started in Evanston Wyoming and ended around 1 or 2 pm at the "Grand American Hotel" in downtown Salt Lake City for the training with Porsche. (Beautiful Hotel, Glad Porsche was paying for it instead of me!)

Low mileage day, only about 160 miles. I think the pictures below were mainly in the "Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest":












When I left that area I went along 189 to 92 and went over another set of mountains. Nice twisties in there and didn't take much for pictures.

This was leaving the area just before entering Salt Lake City:




Temperature when I left Evanston was in 40's iirc. It dropped briefly into the upper 30's at some point and was 100°f when entered Salt Lake City.

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I checked into the hotel Weds aft and left Friday after lunch. Unfortunately it interrupted my trip and I was stuck driving the new Porsche 911 on the track and on the roads plus several training seminars. :)


The new 911 being presented to us:



Getting ready to drive it on the track:



Sure is a great looking car!




Sometimes you just have to suck it up and make the best of it. :)

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So I did have some issues with the bike.

One I didn't realize happened somewhere in Iowa or Nebraska. I heard a bang and noticed after that some stuff on my right boot and pant leg. I thought it was maybe something I hit that splattered and didn't actually think of it until Washington. In Washington I visited my Daughter's boyfriend's parents as I had never met them. Wonderful couple living on a small farm in Washington State and I spend two nights and a day there. The BF's father pointed out that the stuff was something that had been leaking from the radiator. Hard to say exactly where it was coming from as it could easily be stuff dripping from the rad-cap area or a small leak in that general area. I checked the coolant level in the rad and it was full, the overflow tank was very low. I topped it up and bought some stuff to stop the rad from leaking (but never used it there.) It didn't seem to leak for the next day riding. Later in Vancouver it seemed to be leaking again and I topped it up and kept an eye on it. After that the next time anything happened was after a bit of spirited riding in Western Ontario following Bob Collins. When we stopped it was spewing some coolant out. After that no issue, I might have overfilled the overflow tank in BC as that issue didn't return on the trip (but has recently resurfaced so I put some stop-leak in it and it seems to have settled down for now. (I also had the Rad Cap checked and the pressure release is working fine.) Over winter I will likely have my dealer pressure check the cooling system and try and find out what is going on.



I had some engine drive-ability issues that I talked about in this thread:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000a-2014-2016/425605-odd-issue-my-dl1000-fueling.html

This started when I entered Salt Lake City and the temperature when i parked was in the high 90's on a clear sunny day.

The drive-ability issues never returned so I am pretty sure it was fuel related. having said that the fueling issues also went away as I rode into cooler temperatures so maybe there is something waiting for the next hot ride.

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500,000+km in 13 years? Apparently I’ll never be a real rider.

I did Duffy Lake in the opposite direction in mid-July, and just returned from a quick trip into Washington state. I love the open roads and desert scenery in central and eastern Washington, and no traffic.
It’s such a contrast from the coast which is packed with traffic.
 

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You are a riding machine. Nice pics and read. I have a friend in Europe that gets to race porsches on the ice.
 

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You are a riding machine. Nice pics and read. I have a friend in Europe that gets to race porsches on the ice.
Porsche has a winter driving course in Quebec and in Scandinavia. I went to the Quebec one a few years ago... absolutely the most fun you can ever have on 4 wheels!

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Day 6, Friday July 12, 2019 : I left the Salt Lake city after lunch and headed West. I wanted to stop at the Bonneville Slat Flats and then was going to spend the night in Wendover.

Along Great Salt Lake:



Warming up a bit (38°c is 100°f)



A stop at a rest area on the way to Bonneville:



Bonneville off in the distance::





This is the road that ends at Bonneville Salt flats:



At Bonneville. There is actually nothing there, at least not when there is no event going on. Just a road that ends and lots of salt. I didn't take the bike onto the salt flats.



My plan after Bonneville was to stay in Wendover.

It's casino town that straddles two states. This is on the main drag:




I got there way earlier than expected so changed my hotel to Wells, Nevada. I was still fairly early there but late enough to make settling in okay. I took a little lap of the town. Not much to see but thought this was an interesting place:



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Day 8 (Saturday, July 13th)

1,123 km, about 700 miles.

If I had followed my original plan I would have woken up in Wendover but going as far as Well's Nevada made it easy to ride up to my Daughter's Boyfriend's Parent's place in Chewela Washington State and get there a day earlier than planned (they liked the idea.) My Daughter and her BF were there already.

Was was 10 minutes out of Wells, Nevada heading north. Wide open desolate country.




Snake River, Oregon:



I arrived at my daughter's BF's Parent place Saturday eve in time for dinner!



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Been busy, might be more commentary later. Camera didn't take pictures from somewhere in Oregon to Lillooet in British Columbia.


I started in Vancouver and finished the day in Calgary. 1,087 km, a bit over 600 miles.

Here are picture from Lillooet on:

Kamloops Lake



In the Rockies:







Into Alberta:





I Stayed in Calgary that night.

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Went from Calgary to Winnipeg Manitoba. 1,315 km, roughly 800 miles. Pretty much all praries.

typical view as you head south east in Alberta:





Into Saskatchewan:





Saskatchewan Provincial Forest:



I think this Helicopter is outside of Brandon Manitoba:




Lots of modern grain elevators:



And some old deserted farm houses:



tons of wide open space:



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