First off I want to thank the fellow ADV inmates who helped make this trip possible.
This is my first ride report so It'll be a little messy as well as an ongoing chronical.
I started planning this trip back in December 08' and figured on spending the summer seeing as much of the USA as I could on a motorbike,while visiting long lost friends and family along the route.
I bought a nice ST1100 sight unseen from an inmate in Houston.
Then my son pops back up on the radar. (hadn't seen him in 6 years)
I had told I'd buy him a bike after graduating college.
He wanted in on the trip.
I found a KLR650 in Tulsa from Krabill.
This would be the lads first motorcycle.
I was worried about the disparity between the KLR and the ST. I didn't want him to be breaking his neck trying to keep up on the KLR and I was nervous about taking the ST on gravel roads up north.
Well another inmate(reed523) with a KLR in OK appears in the picture and want's to trade for the ST so he can keep up with his dad who rides a big ST1300.
We hammer a deal.
I pick up the ST in Houston. It was as advertised and (diesel1959) the PO provided enormous help getting me going.
It ran a little rough at first. Once I ran the old fuel out of it the ST just kept running better and better.
Somewhere in near Tyler Texas.
I make the trade for a red KLR.
This is in Stillwater OK.
I head to Tulsa to pick up the second KLR and meet up with the lad.
The second bike proves to be great also. Krabill had very graciously offered to help grease the swing arm with me. And also offered to help me prepare the red one too by swapping springs and doing some greasing of bearings too. Thanks a bunch man!
The travellers about to set off from Tulsa:
some breakfast first.
This place was great.
We headed west towards New Mexico to register the bikes.
This place had a 1 lb monster burger the likes of which I'd been dreaming about in Thailand for 2 years.(sorry I didn't take a picture, it was beautiful!)
Jet Oklahoma was aptly named:
The great plains has some interesting features:
We camped at a nice public golfcourse in Buffalo, OK.
(no pics I'll get better with breaking out the camera soon)
It was a cold and windy ride into NM.
We finally get into the mountains near Cimarron and some sunshine:
Next will be southern NM and a swing through Big Bend.
I'll try to take more pics now that I've signed on for a smugmug account which makes posting pics pretty painless.