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Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2014, 06:41 PM
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Posted By Mastodon
Thanks. I'll actually be at Laughlin AFB, a...

Thanks. I'll actually be at Laughlin AFB, a couple hours west of San Antonio in Del Rio. Its a small enough town I'll be living in, I'm sure I might want to take you up on that one weekend.



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Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Through A Bug-Splattered Helmet: A Solo Ride Across America

Thanks everyone. I love this site and all of the awesome pics and stories you all share on it. With the knowledge and inspiration I've gotten from here, sharing my experience is my way of giving...
Forum: Beasts 06-15-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 21,668
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Posted By Mastodon
Talking Just thought I'd let everyone know that I...

Just thought I'd let everyone know that I finished writing up my ride report from the cross-country trip I did a little while back. So, if you haven't taken a chance to read it (or at the photos,)...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Epilogue - Arlington, VA

I shut the door behind us, Alyssa and I having just walked back from the Metro and a happy hour with some of her co-workers in downtown D.C. We sat down on the couch together, and I pulled over my...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 29 – Dayton, OH to Arlington, VA

The rain had stopped sometime before I woke, but the clouds still lingered overhead. For a moment I thought about spending the morning at the nearby Air Force Museum while letting the storm continue...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 28 – Green Bay, WI to Dayton, OH

I woke up early, anxious to get on the road once more. This would be another 500+ mile day, and the long day had the potential to be even worse if I got stuck in the Chicago traffic. After saying my...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 27 – Green Bay, WI

A couch isn’t the most comfortable place to sleep but, with a couple of Advil PM, it works well enough. Over the past two days of long hours at Interstate speeds, a subtle yet constant vibration from...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Crap. I had read about the SAC museum a few weeks...

Crap. I had read about the SAC museum a few weeks before my trip too, and had completely forgotten about it. Having had 4 years and two deployments with the E-3 AWACS platform in Oklahoma City, I'd...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
The bike itself performed great! The only...

The bike itself performed great! The only problems I had were due to my own fault. Not double checking the mechanic's work on my brakes after its major service in the days leading up to my departure....
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 26 – Omaha, NE to Green Bay, WI

With the city of Omaha behind me, I crossed into Iowa. Being in the Midwest, a strong wind blew. Like my earlier route west, I leaned the bike into the wind to keep the path true. And just like the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 25 – Colorado Springs, CO to Omaha, NE

With the plains states ahead, and the last of my side stops now in the past, all that remained for my trip was for me to make my way home. And after almost a month on the road, I was ready enough to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Maybe it was a setting in the GPS somewhere, (the...

Maybe it was a setting in the GPS somewhere, (the Montana certainly enough settings to mess with) but on the display I had, there were only 4 digits for altitude. It recorded higher and, once I got...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Hah, I didn't even realize that picture was on...

Hah, I didn't even realize that picture was on that thread. I knew he had thought it was worthy, I just didn't know it was actually nominated! :lol3

Thanks to you and to K0m4!:beer
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 24 – Durango, CO to Colorado Springs, CO

Being in the military, I’m lucky enough to work with people from all over the country who have a wide range of backgrounds. Most career fields are small enough that even as people transfer from base...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 23 - Durango

The crisp morning air ate through the thin long sleeve shirt I wore as I rode to the train station in the center of town. An advocate of “All the Gear, All the Time,” I also know how to look at the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Thanks all. Trust me, I'm working on it. It's...

Thanks all. Trust me, I'm working on it. It's just hard to find the time to do this with work, and getting ready to move and all. Still, I'm working on it.
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 22 - Moab, UT to Durango, CO

For the adventure crowd, Moab is their personal Mecca, a place they have to reach at least once in their life. So it's no surprise that in my effort to find a welder the previous day, I would see a...
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 21 – Moab, UT

Spirits were high and, despite a warning from a couple walking out of the Burger King complaining of exorbitantly high prices, my stomach was fed. I was on my way to Canyonlands National Park, a...
Forum: Beasts 06-02-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 21,668
Views: 6,296,811
Posted By Mastodon
It's about $170 for a factory replacement...

It's about $170 for a factory replacement shifter. Instead, you can spend $20 on an aluminum folding shifter. You can see mine a few pages back.

And I believe the dealer charges around $1500 to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-02-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
I wish I could've gone I to this type of detail...

I wish I could've gone I to this type of detail while I was on the road, but the time it takes to write everything and what it takes to go through the video to find the perfect frame, well, I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-01-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 20 - Salt Lake City, UT to Moab, UT

Despite the grand generosity of my hosts, I backed out of the driveway and drove away from the city. I was still a day behind schedule, having spent a snow-day in Arizona a week prior, and my next...
Forum: Ride reports 05-31-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 19 - Fallon NAS, NV to Salt Lake City, UT

I live on Rt 50. Take a right after leaving my apartment’s parking lot, go 200 feet, and you’ll find yourself on the highway’s on ramp. I can’t claim that I know the road intimately, since it’s over...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 18 – Travis AFB, CA to Fallon NAS, NV

I stepped from the shower and looked at all the gear I had spread across the room. I didn’t want to keep loading and unloading it each day, that simple act probably being one of the things wearing me...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Oops. :lol3 The river south of the dam...

Oops. :lol3

The river south of the dam seemed low, but I don't know how high it is normally. The lake itself didn't seem unordinary, and there were quite a few boats on the water, but again...
Forum: Ride reports 05-24-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 17 – Vandenberg AFB, CA to Travis AFB, CA

I had noticed that I had been waking up a little bit later each morning. Maybe it had something to do with the time zones, or maybe I was just tired. Probably both, judging from the way I felt after...
Forum: Ride reports 05-24-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Hah, no worries. I've been laughing at myself a...

Hah, no worries. I've been laughing at myself a lot lately.

I think Navajo Lake has two main campsites. There's a road that leads from one to the other, and it was gated shut when I was there....
Forum: Beasts 05-23-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21,668
Views: 6,296,811
Posted By Mastodon
Triumph Scrambler

I'll compare the scrambler with...


...itself!

Put 75+lbs of gear on it, then ride it long enough to forget about the weight (I did 9000 miles.) Finally, strip the bike down again. It'll feel...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Thank you! I have a folding shifter now....

Thank you!

I have a folding shifter now. When an aftermarket one is $25 compared to the $171 Triumph wants for their non-folding one, it's a no brainer. But that comes later in the story. I still...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 16 – Barstow, CA to Vandenberg AFB, CA

Throughout the trip, I had been posting small updates online and several members had replied to my situation, including one member in Salt Lake City who was offering to drive down from Salt Lake City...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 15 – Peach Springs, AZ to Barstow, CA

I shifted into gear and rode off, the hotel disappearing behind my shoulder in the bike’s mirrors. I was looking forward to the day ahead. Peach Springs, being a small reservation town, didn’t have...
Forum: Ride reports 05-20-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 14 – Peach Springs, AZ

Parasailing along the coast of Ecuador. Snorkeling in the south Caribbean Sea. Backpacking across Europe to ring in the New Year in Prague, and again a year later in Edinburgh. Hiking a portion of...
Forum: Ride reports 05-19-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 13 – Peach Springs, AZ

I woke up early, excited for the day to come. This would be my first day off, a much needed day of relaxation, although it’s hard to say how much relaxation there would be while rafting through the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-19-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 12 – Springdale, UT to Peach Springs, AZ

Having stayed at so many hotels on this trip, and in even more for work, the Hampton Inn’s waffle making machine was no novelty to me. One of the guests, a blonde just past her prime, watched me...
Forum: Ride reports 05-18-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 11 – Valley of the Gods, UT to Springdale, UT

Throughout the night, the cold breeze that drifted through my uncovered tent chilled my exposed face, waking me a small handful of times. The first time, I simply adjusted my sleeping bag and rolled...
Forum: Beasts 05-18-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 21,668
Views: 6,296,811
Posted By Mastodon
Hah thanks, but honestly I'd be happy enough with...

Hah thanks, but honestly I'd be happy enough with just a simple mention in some Triumph publication.
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Through A Bug-Splattered Helmet: A Solo Ride Across America

I was using a pair of 1.5" wide cam straps to hold everything onto the bike.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/18/5udeqe2e.jpg

The straps are only going through the seat strap for safety, not...
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 10 – Navajo Lake State Park, NM to the Valley of the Gods, UT

A fleet of houseboats and smaller crafts bobbed in the marina as the sun rose above the distant hills. I packed up my gear, strapping it to the bike. Over the past few days, I had learned how to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 9 – Los Alamos, NM to Navajo Lake State Park, NM

Even though the attractions had been closed, I realized I had seen enough of Los Alamos. Mostly, something more important came to view: I needed to replace my tires. I only had about 4,000 miles on...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
Day 8 – Black Mesa State Park, OK to Los Alamos, NM

The new day brought with it a small excitement. From here on, not only would this be new territory for the bike, it’d be new territory for myself as well. During my planning I had put a majority of...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,971
Posted By Mastodon
I embedded it in the post, but I think if you're...

I embedded it in the post, but I think if you're using Tapatalk or possibly a different app to view the forum, it may not show up. So here's a link instead:

http://youtu.be/8IJI45tYwWU



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