Salt Flats, Here I Come!
The bike is loaded, and the helmet is painted, in preparation for leaving at 5:00, tomorrow morning. I will head west on I-70 to Silverthorn, turn north on CO-9 and follow it to US-40 on my way to Utah. This will take me through Steamboat Springs, and Craig, then through Vernal, Utah, on my way to SLC. From there, it is I-80 Westbound toward Wendover, Utah, on the border of Nevada. There, I will get a room, and on Friday I will go out to the Bonneville Speedway for the last day of 2012 racing. Then, back home on Saturday. Should be 1400 miles, or so, round trip.
I decided to wear my full-face helmet on this trip, but I couldn't leave it plain black...So, to commemorate my first ride to the salt, I printed out the iconic photo of Rollie Free rocketing along at over 150 mph, prone on a Vincent Black Lightning, wearing only his helmet, swim trunks and tennies during his record run in 1948. From that, I cut a stencil, and sprayed the image onto the back of my helmet.
I may add some other touches, later, but this will do for the trip.
I packed pretty light, and managed to get everything except my water bottle in the tank bag. The water bottle is in the soft cooler on the rack. I figure that I will fill the cooler with ice, before I go out onto the salt.
Stay tuned for plenty of photos. And, you might want to check my Tumblr blog (So Many Voices in My Head), over the next couple of days. Cellphone pictures post to it a lot better than they do to this blog...