Today is day 9 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride… Larry T., Larry A. and myself are together for the past 8 days seeing some of the most scenic parts of the western US. On day 5 we turned onto US-89 just north of Prescott, AZ. Today we continue riding up US-89 leaving Utah behind, catching the southwest corner of Idaho as we ride to Jackson, WY. This part of the ride is more virgin territory for me.
Today is another beautiful riding day, cool with beautiful blue skies and few clouds. The ride up US-89 north is a scenic ride through more picturesque Mormon farm and ranch country. The further north we rode the more mountainous the scenery became.
Riding out of Ogden we headed north up I-15 20 miles to US 91. From I-15 we did get a brief view of the Great Salt Lake. A short ride down US 91 we picked up and continued our ride north on US-89.This section of US-89 is scenic rolling hills. The road is wide and is an easy ride, with mountains in front of us.
We rode into Logan; Logan has an old-fashioned downtown and a beautiful old Mormon church. Instead of a courthouse or town square, Mormon churches are a common sight in this part of the country. Leaving Logan, we are riding in the mountains with a lot of nice curves and scenery. I love running rivers. Logan River parallels US-89 for most of our ride through the mountains. At a pullout we stopped to stretch our legs and take a few pictures. At Brush Canyon, Logan River turns north where Brush Creek flows into it. Brush Creek then parallels US-89 to SH-243.
At Logan Canyon Summit, there is a panoramic view of Bear Lake, a beautiful natural freshwater lake, on the Utah-Idaho border. A few miles from Garden City we pulled over to take pictures of the panoramic views of Bear Lake and Garden City below.
At Garden City, US-89 turns north and follows the scenic shoreline of Bear Lake. Not long after riding into Idaho, we leave Bear Lake behind in our rear-view mirrors as we continue 90 miles up US-89 to Palisades Reservoir. The lay of the land from Garden City changes from mountainous to hilly plains with quaint small towns, scenic farm and ranch lands along the route. This is an amazingly scenic route. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but being here, seeing it from the seat of my motorcycle, is worth millions…
Riding into Afton, WY we are welcomed by “The World’s Largest Elk Horn Arch”. The arch spans 75-feet across US-89 at a height of 18-feet and has over 3,000 elk antlers and weighs more than 15-tons. We stopped for gas, stretched our legs a bit and took pictures of another picturesque small town founded by Mormons.
Continuing north, US-89 parallels the Idaho-Wyoming border as it meanders through the valley to Alpine, WY. More scenic small towns, farms and ranches are all along our route. At Alpine we cross the Snake River (of Evil Knievel fame) and head northeast on US-89. US-89 parallels the Snake River as it winds through the majestic Teton Mountain Range to just south of South Park, WY. There are nice views of the Snake River’s emerald green water rushing over the rugged terrain and occasionally rafters enjoying their trip down the river.
Today has been the coolest day (low 80’s) riding so far. It is a welcome break from the triple digits days that we have ridden in.
After arriving in Jackson, our home away from home for the night, we checked-in with Larry C., my old Air Force and riding buddy. Yes, another Larry. Larry wanted to come on this ride but it conflicted with other travel plans he had made. Larry and his wife, Jo, are traveling by car with another couple Larry S. (yes, another Larry. That’s 4 if you counted correctly) and his wife Janet. It happened that our trips crossed paths here in Jackson, so we are meeting for dinner tonight to swap lies and catchup on old times. We met at Bubba’s BBQ, a midway point, for a good meal and great visit. We decided to meet tomorrow and ride/drive to “The Most Photographed Barn in America” to visit and take pictures before heading our separate ways. It was a great end to a great day’s riding…
Tomorrow we continue our ride up US-89 to Gardiner, MT via “The Most Photographed Barn in America”, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. Come follow along and enjoy the ride over the next 8 days… I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…
If you liked this ride post, you may checkout the other post from this ride below…
- Introduction to our Motorcycle Ride (5000+ Miles In 17 Days)
- Day 1 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Georgetown, TX to Canyon, TX 458 Miles)
- Day 2 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Canyon, TX to Ft. Sumner, NM 173 Miles)
- Day 3 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ft. Sumner to Eagar, NM 343 Miles)
- Day 4 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Eagar to Payson 231 Miles)
- Day 5 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Payson to Cameron 222 Miles)
- Day 6 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Grand Canyon to Cameron 130 Miles)
- Day 7 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Panguitch 287 Miles)
- Day 8 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Panguitch to Ogden 287 Miles)
- Day 10 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Jackson to Gardiner 203 Miles)
- Day 11 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Gardiner to Great Falls 226 Miles)
- Day 12 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride
- Day 13 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Great Falls to Billings 402 miles)
- Day 14 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Billings to Spearfish 332 miles)
- Day 15 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Spearfish to Alliance)
- Days 16 & 17 of My 5000+ mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Alliance to Home)
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- National Park Motorcycle Ride – 5542 Miles in 16 Days 2013
- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014
- Big Bend & Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Trip September 09
- Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride
- Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007
I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…