Allan's trip to NAFO 2008
NAFO stands for North American
FJR Owners, and NAFO 2008 is the first national convention of Yamaha FJR1300
owners. It takes place in Golden, Colorado over the weekend of July 24-27.
I'm going there from my home near San Jose, CA, but I'm going the long way,
starting July 19th.
Starting Saturday morning, July 19th. I'll enable my
SPOT tracker, so you can
see where I am and where I have been lately. The map only
shows the last 24 hours of data, so come back once in a while.
map page can take a while to load. Be patient.
In the map you see, "Track" points are dropped every ten minutes or
so. Don't freak out if you don't see any points for a while; the signals
don't always get through. If you see an "OK" point it means "I stopped
here on purpose" for the night or a meal or something. Those don't
always go through either. My wife will take steps if my track stops and
I'm overdue checking in.
My planned route:
That's San Francisco in the lower left, Portland in the upper left, and
Denver at the lower right. I make it almost 3,000 miles out to Denver/Golden and
1600 miles back, if I do it all. There will also be two days of riding near
Denver, where I figure to cross the Continental Divide about a million times on
those great roads.
Much of the route in Oregon came from Ken Hattan - see my
Oregon Roads page for more on that. The route west from
Denver came from ... shoot, I forget where.
Sport-Touring.net maybe? Or from
COG, the Kawasaki Concours Owner's Group?
The map doesn't show the Colorado part properly, the actual route has way less I-70 on it.
I'm planning on camping most nights. The night stops I plan are marked above:
- Saturday: Crescent City, CA (not Happy Camp at shown on the map - nearby
wildfires are making it too smoky)
- Sunday: Detroit Lake, OR
- Monday: Hell's Canyon, OR
- Tuesday: Fishtrap, MT (about 35 miles due W of Butte)
- Wednesday: Thermopolis, WY
- Thursday - Saturday: Golden, CO at NAFO 2008
- Sunday: somewhere between Escalante, UT and Cedar City, UT
- Monday: back home near San Jose, CA
This is pretty ambitious. I might not do it all. Don't be too hard on me if
you see my actual track deviate from my plan... I'm just trying to have fun and
This page was last edited
July 18, 2008.