|Capitol Reef National Park|
This reminds me to write a little bit about the set up we used for this trip:
Andrea's tank bag has a removable camera insert where she carried the Canon 40D with a 70-300mm zoom lens. She also had our compact Canon SD880 in there, while I took photos with the iPhone 5 only. This was a pretty good set up, although it would have been even nicer if we had also brought the 17-40mm lens for the DSLR. We could have used it quite a bit, but overall it wasn't a big issue to use the compact camera for wide angle shots and the DSLR for zoomed in and close up photos.
I had mostly all kinds of small stuff in my tank bag, from tire pressure gauge over power cable for the Sena SMH10 to additional earplugs, GPS carry bag, visors, and so on. It was a very workable setup that allowed Andrea to sometimes take photos with both cameras without getting off the bike, just stop, put down side stand, pull off gloves, grab camera, take desired photo, put everything away / back on and move on.
|The trusty Tiger|
Regarding our bikes – the Triumph Tiger 800 did very well on this trip. On the second day I had to fix an issue that was a left over from the repairs earlier this year after I had a run in a with a deer - the idiots in the shop had installed the ABS sensor wrong + overlooked a slightly warped left brake disk, that just on top of all the other mistakes they have made while repairing the bike.
Of course, I couldn't fix the brake disk while on the tour and it seemed that the heat in Death Valley and Nevada and later Utah made it warp even more so that it started grinding on the ABS sensor in some part of the wheel revolution. I took out the ABS sensor, found that the shop had mounted it with "fork leg, sensor bracket, washer, bolt" instead of "fork leg, washer, sensor bracket, bolt" order, meaning that the washer actually belongs between sensor bracket and fork mount, which pulls it back about 1mm from the ABS ring. I checked this in the repair manual and luckily it was also the fix I came up with on the road when I heard the sensor grinding against the ABS ring. Fortunately, everything still works, and with my fix there was no grinding anymore, just a stutter when coming to a stop, thanks to the still warped disk.
A new disk got in today and I'm going to install it tomorrow, that should now hopefully cure the last issue of what these guys at the shop did to my poor bike. Did I tell you that I'll never spend another cent at this shop?
|Capitol Reef in the morning sun|
|Mordor in the sunshine?|
After going through Capitol Reef National Park we hit I-70 and headed further East towards Moab.
In Moab we decided to stay at the KOA campground, but to have at least a little bit of luxury we took a cabin for the two nights we wanted to stay there.
The cabin had power and WiFi, the restrooms and shower were just 20m away, so it was actually quite nice.
|Cabin at KOA Campground|
After settling in at the campground we headed back North to Arches National Park.
|Obligatory Park Entrance Photo|
In the photo below you can see "Delicate Arch" - we didn't want to hike there in our heavy motorcycle boots and other gear, so the 300mm zoom came in VERY handy!
Delicate Arch is also on this panorama shot, can you see it?
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|One of the rare shots with Andrea|
The day ended nicely with a dinner at the campground, cooked on our camping stove, with the rest of the red whine we still had from Henderson.
Again, it was a beautiful day.