Wyoming 1998
I made a return trip to the upper plains region of the U.S. in 1998 with a plan to ride mountain roads on my Kawasaki
KLX650-C, a tank of a dual-sport motorcycle I'd bought earlier in the year. My faithful Suzuki SP200 didn't have the
engine to handle any sort of altitude during my trip to Montana and the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1997, and I knew I
needed more power if I was to come back and ride in the mountains again. The KLX650 never complained as it reached
heights of around 10,000 feet in the Medicine Bow and Bighorn National Forests.
I was fascinated with cowboy boots on fence posts.
This was the bike I took with me to Wyoming.
I came across the remnants of an old flue
that was used to move logs from the high
country down to the lowlands. The
mountain streams were too rocky to float
the logs downstream, so loggers
constructed this wooden flue to carry
water and logs down the mountain.
This jeep road
eventually turned
into a short section
of singletrack that
ended where
loggers were cutting
trees with the
largest chainsaws I'd
ever seen (for some
reason they didn't
seem real happy to
see me). I
discovered very
quickly that
singletrack is no
place for a KLX-650
dual sport bike. The
rear suspension was
set up for a
Cadillac-like ride,
which is great for
pavement but was
too soft for anything
rougher than
braking bumps.
I spent a day in the
Black Hills of South
Dakota on the way
back. This photo was
taken at the top of
Flag Mountain,
which has an
awesome view of a
grassy valley below.
Something about
this bridge over
Lake Francis Case in
South Dakota was
cool to me.