On June 8th I embarked on a second cross-country trip on my 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 motorcycle, this time primarily to Arkansas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, while also riding through Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. After 37 days and 13 states, I returned to my home in Jupiter, Florida on July 14th after adding 9,462.6 miles to my odometer, which showed 60,333 miles as I pulled into my storage garage.
In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I attended the national rally of the Concours Owners Group from June 11th through 15th. The following week I visited my good friend K.C. in Boulder, Colorado for a few days. From June 23rd to 28th I attended the MSTA national rally in Avon, Colorado. Over the weekend of June 30th, I again visited my step-niece and her husband in Kamas, Utah.
In contrast to my Summer Tour 2011, on this trip I posted many travelogue reports and photos directly to this website and only sent out a couple notices by e-mail. Following my 2011 tour, I had found the process quite time-consuming to convert the numerous e-mailed reports into suitable web pages. However, during this trip I discovered that I was needing to spend too much time on each travelogue report, causing me to fall behind. On a future trip, I will need to revise the procedure yet again.
As on last year’s trip, I again used the Spot Messenger device and Spotwalla web service to track my path and current location during my journey. The following map shows my complete route. The green and yellow flags are numbered indicators of my progress and stops along the journey.
Click on the map for a larger version, or click on the following link to display the tracking map on Spotwalla.com:
The photos in each of the following postings are at reduced size and resolution to display quickly within a posting. Please click on the image with the mouse to view the higher resolution photo in a new window in your web browser. Some panoramic photos will be wider than the browser window and you may need to scroll the view horizontally to see the entire image. Recent versions of Internet Explorer will automatically resize a large photo to fit within its window. When that happens, the mouse pointer turns into a magnifying glass with a small “+”. Click on the photo again to see the full size photo.
Since I took many more photos than were included with the travelogue reports, nearly all of them will soon be available under the “Additional Photos” menu, grouped by state and titled by the area, topic or destination. The maps from each day’s travel will also be collected under the “Maps” menu.