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Old 08-30-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Heading out this evening after work on my wife's V-Strom..



https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...d51e342330c4ab

Give me a couple of weeks and I'll try to fix the embedding. *sigh*

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Uploading pics now. Going to take awhile. Ran into so FF's out and about and had an excellent ride. Clicking the link above will show my SPOT track..

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Plan is to leave town immediately after work Friday. I choose a pay lot near the buildings I'm usually in so that I can occasionally take a peek at the bike to make sure it's still there and of course to make sure I still have something left to live for to get me through the day.



The whistle blows and I'm out of here!

Some bits of weather to watch as I ride off into the sunset.



Dinner will be at a non-descript truck stop Taco Bell. I gotta make some miles tonight.



It occurs to me that I can kill two birds with one stone. I've always been curious about the Katy Trail, and I bet there is a bench I can sleep on.



Of course, it's a brazillian degrees and humid. I can't sleep and it's just as well because the facility closes a couple of hours ago. As I'm getting back on the bike, security comes to likely check me out. Heading up the road a bit, there's a Roadway Inn that's got my name on it. The guy who checks me in has a pile of Arduino stuff back on the desk and tells me all about it when I ask. Pretty cool, and I regret not getting a couple of pictures of it and him.

Not bad progress for an evening's ride.



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Old 09-12-2013, 07:39 AM   #4
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I guess it means something, but I'm not sure what. I don't think I've ever had anti-perspirant melt before?



I figure it out and am on the road before too long.



Woohoo!



And some service area fixin's for breakfast..



Kansas, Baby!



Today it's a little bit warm.











Eventually Colorado makes an appearance..



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So I'm keeping an eye on those clouds and that column of rain, mentally reconciling perceived distance and scale to the map in my head as the miles pass.



I pass just to the West of it at Limon, then soon mountains come into view..



And then I'm in 'em. People can moan and complain about I-70 all they like, but it has brought me to some very nice places over the years.



It's starting to rain, but I know a place. Turns out they've got new management this year and rates are up. Also turns out it's Labor Day weekend, and a Saturday at that, so I pays my money.



And gets a room off the back along the creek..





What a difference a bit of elevation makes..





Grabbed some Mooshi next door..



Then call it a night..



Oh yeah, no 700-miler for me today..



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I sleep like a baby and the sun comes around the other side as it is wont to do.



Facebook does what it does and before I know it I'm looking at Salida. From Georgetown, one can take the pass and it's supposed to be scenic.



Woot! So off I go, up the hill past the joggers and dog-walkers and the small-yet-mostly-empty town reservoir..



This side of the pass is all paved, and it's a popular destination..





It's nice up-top though, jacket weather and just the right amount, too.



Nice views..







Did I say chilly?







Time to head down the other side..



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Old 10-22-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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Enjoying your RR so far!! I like this thermostat you have and I want to know where did you get it? I was wondering if it is intended for motorcycle/bicycle/backpacking, or was it from food equipment?
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Hey John!

Can I be you when I grow up?

Good stuff!
Are you kidding? I want to be YOU when I grow up!

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Enjoying your RR so far!! I like this thermostat you have and I want to know where did you get it? I was wondering if it is intended for motorcycle/bicycle/backpacking, or was it from food equipment?
El Cheapo truck stop thermometer with a pen-sleeve clipped to the tank bag. It looks like a small meat thermometer and seems to work pretty well.

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Thanks! If I can get a few minutes on my own workstation I'll post another update.

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Yesterday was a good day but not many miles..



I wake up to sunshine streaming into my cabin..



I'm at a crossroad of sorts. Head west and visit my friends at Alembic in Santa Rosa, or head east and homeward?

East it is.



I'm on US 50 north of Yosemite, and yes there is smoke..



And views..





And a little bit of lane-splitting in South Lake Tahoe to get past some construction.

There is also AdventureMotoStuff http://amotostuff.com/ and new chain and sprockets..

Chad has all the bits I need, and saves me a bit of time and effort by cutting my old chain..



It's time..



And I'm back on the road..



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I hadn't looked at a map, so I was curious how much 50 paralleled the train tracks. I rode across a couple of years ago and didn't recall seeing them, but then I hadn't been this far west..



More smokey haze..





Look, Mummy, there's an airplane up in the sky...



The further east I go the more smoke I see..















I wonder if these are in order. Possibly not..













I stop in Austin for camping supplies..





And follow Chad's advice to hit up the local campground about 8 miles down the highway, up in the second pass..



Home for the night..





Camping supplies..



Seems so odd to see so much greenery in the middle of Nevada..



The place even has a pit toilet, complete with permanent residents..



Another good day. Not many miles, but plenty accomplished.



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