Summer Tour 2012


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.

At the top of Hoosier Pass along CO-9 (6/23/2012)

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.

Summer Tour 2012 Map

Click on the map for a larger version, or click on the following link to display the tracking map on

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.

Click on the specific travelogue entry in this list to begin reading with that posting:

  1. Trip update from Brewton, Alabama (June 8, 2012)
  2. Trip Update from Pine Bluff, Arkansas (June 9, 2012)
  3. Trip Update from Eureka Springs, Arkansas (June 10, 2012)
  4. Day Tour Update (Devils Den State Park, June 11, 2012)
  5. Day Tour Update (Jasper, June 12, 2012)
  6. Day Tour Update (Table Rock Lake, June 13, 2012)
  7. Day Tour Update (Buffalo National River, June 14, 2012)
  8. Day Tour Update (Bull Shoals Lake, June 15, 2012)
  9. Status update prior to departure from Eureka Springs (June 15, 2012)
  10. Trip Update from Dodge City, Kansas (June 16, 2012)
  11. Trip Update from Salida, Colorado (June 17, 2012)
  12. Trip Update from Boulder, Colorado (June 18, 2012)
  13. Update from Boulder (June 21, 2012)
  14. Trip Update from Avon, Colorado (June 23, 2012)
  15. Day Tour Update (Steamboat Springs, June 24, 2012)
  16. Day Tour Update (Independence Pass, June 25, 2012)
  17. Day Tour Update (Grand Mesa, June 26, 2012)
  18. Day Tour Update (Leadville, June 27, 2012)
  19. Status update after leaving Avon (June 28, 2012)
  20. Update on Trip from Avon to Green River (June 28, 2012)
  21. Trip Update from Kamas, Utah (June 29, 2012)
  22. Non-Travel Update from Kamas, Utah (July 1, 2012)
  23. Trip Update from Torrey, Utah (July 2, 2012)
  24. Trip Update from near Bryce Canyon National Park (July 3, 2012)
  25. Trip Update from Kanab, Utah (July 4, 2012)
  26. Trip Update from Tuba City, Arizona (July 5, 2012)
  27. Trip Update from Flagstaff, Arizona (July 6, 2012)
  28. Trip Update from Holbrook, Arizona (July 7, 2012)
  29. Trip Update from Socorro, New Mexico (July 8, 2012)
  30. Trip Update from Carlsbad, New Mexico (July 9, 2012)
  31. Trip Update from Junction, Texas (July 10, 2012)
  32. Trip Update from Brenham, Texas (July 11, 2012)
  33. Trip Update from Houma, Louisiana (July 12, 2012)
  34. Trip Update from Perry, Florida (July 13, 2012)
  35. Trip Update from Home in Jupiter, Florida (July 14, 2012)