Joined: Jun 2013
Location: Roanoke Valley, Virginia
U.S.A. Deep South. Jan-March
MC: 2013, completely stock DR650se.
I was fortunate to have old man winter spot me a good day for travel. 50 F is not very common at my base camp. On top of that I had a Federal Holiday to dispatch with some of the traffic. I had to make tracks because another clipper was coming out of B.C.
I was late getting off, but did so around 1010. This should be my hardest riding day. The objective is to drop latitude. No pics, no sight seeing, no off road excursions, just distance. Typically, I would not ride so long and set up camp so close to night, but I actually had logistical support in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina. The mileage is just over 300 miles, and about 5.5 hours in a cage. But I was taking out the Mighty DR during her first 600 mile break in period, and I wanted to vary the rpms and keep the speed below 60mph. I imagined the time would be about 8 hours. I pushed with about 234 miles of the odometer. Hereís how things went down.
Took US. 220 south past of Martinsville, V.A. At the Ridgeway, Eden sign I got on good old 87 south, which is a great number. Great year for movies and music. I found the route a few years back when I used to commute via a cage from Jíville, North Carolina.
11:30. I hit the North Carolina boarder.
12:45: I rode underneath I40 (west/east) south of Burlington, N.C.
I interesting town just north of this is Graham. It has a roundabout, with a nice looking statue.
13:25: First stop of the day at Pittsboro, N.C. I put in about $7.87 worth of 87 octane (2.37 Gallons) price, then pushed the bike over to a spot and ate some packed snacks (protein powder/ mixed nuts/ Kashi cookie) and hydrated (water of course). I was feeling o.k. I put in about 3 hours on the DR. The seat is not horrible, but my feet kind were kind of hurting a little. I was keeping the balls of my feet on the pegs. I just have mixed things up more. I checked my riding gear, and I was ok. I checked my chain, and found it to be over 2Ē of play. I was surprised by that. Being a noob, and needing to make time I did not do anything about it. I decided to go easier on rolling on the throttle, which Iím conservative with anyway. After my rest I pushed on a little after 14:00.
I was next trying to get Fayteville, so after taking some routes off the 87 (1 and 501 I think) I got on 24 east. 24 east will actually take you right into Jíville, N.C. I wanted to head east out of Fínam and get on the 421, but I made a mistake in town and got back on the 87. This took me due south.
I wanted to check my position, because at one point I crossed under the I-95. I did not want to go too far west. I stopped to get fuel.
16:02 I made a rookie mistake and took my helmet off at the pump. So after topping off the tank (1.34 gallons $4.42), I got a sip of water. A cage pulled up behind me, and turned their car off. Opps, So I had to put my helmet back on and push her out of the way. So from here on out, Iíll keep my helmet on, so it will be an easy transition to go push the bike to a resting spot, and getting out of the way. So after checking out my state map, I was good with my location. Iíd come in from the southwest of the town of Wilmington. Sadly, my contact lived on the very north side of the town.
The next couple of hours were long. I had to peel off after Dublin and take off my shades. I forgot that I had them one, so just like that, I picked up another 30 mins of day light.
The stock day time light is piss weak on the DR, but the high beams at night are sufficient.
I took the 74/76 into town, and then got on the I-140 loop, and got off at the University of N.C. Wilmington exit, I then turned north on business 17 (Martin Luther King DR or Market street).
I pulled into the drive away about almost 19:00, so about 9 hours total. 333 miles. I hope to not do that again for a good spell.
During the later stages, I would lift myself off the seat just a hair at times to get a reprieve. I was good to go after my rest stops; and when stopping at lights I got a good 15 min refresher. So the seat is not as bad as I thought it would be, or the forums would have you believe.
I typically shifted the bike into 4th gear around 40mph or so. I could go 5th as early as 50mph. I like the gear ratios. In 45mph zones I can do 5th gear and speed about 5mph, and in 35mph zones I can do 4th gear, but speed 5mph to 40mph (if the conditions are right). No one seemed to have a problem with the high beams on the interstate. I guess the high beams are like regular lights for a cager. When I took my shades off, I should have put on some reflector belts to help me out with being spotted, but I wanted to make time.
My friends, helped me get my gear off, and I pulled her around the house and put a grey tarp over her. The skies were clear and the wind was nothing.
It was a good relief to make it that far. After some warm great food, and conversation I was happy to ge a warm shower and hit the hay around 2335.
Tarmac: 333 miles
Off road: 0 miles
Total miles: 333 miles.
Total cost: $12.29
Total miles/tour: 333
Total off road miles/tour: 0 miles
Total cost/tour: $12.29
Day count: 1
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