San Francisco to Broomfield, Colorado and back -- 3300 miles of adventure

I was worried that nothing could measure up to my Baja trip from 18 months ago. Luckily, I was wrong -- this trip ruled. The plan was to go take 6 days to get out to Broomfield, Colorado. My employer, Sun, has an office there full of co-workers that I needed to get together with anyway. I'd work there for a week and then dash back the following weekend. It was a heck of an adventure.

The whole way I rode back-roads -- two-lane, undivided roads and unpaved dirt roads. I avoided divided highways and interstates because they're boring :-) On the way there I stopped at lots of national parks -- Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Capitol Reef. The way there was about 2000 miles, including 315 miles of unpaved roads. The way back was around 1300 miles, which I did in around 48 hours.

Having just broken in my new Suzuki DL650 (whose purchase was motivated by this trip), I set off on July 6, 2004. Follow the links below for pictures and stories:

Day 1: San Francisco to Monitor Pass, CA (250 miles)
Day 2: to Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, NV (350 miles, 35 mi dirt)
Day 3: to Tuweep, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (360 miles, 130 mi dirt)
Day 4: to Grand Staircase - Escalante NM, UT (280 miles, 60 mi dirt)
Day 5: to Owl Creek Pass, CO (370 miles, 30 mi dirt)
Day 6: to Broomfield, CO (300 miles, 60 mi dirt)

Return trip: Days 11-13: 1300 miles from BRM to SF

the way out: pink=pavement green=dirt blue=sleep
email me: mahrens at alumni dot brown dot edu