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Old 01-21-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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U.S.A. Deep South. Jan-March





MC: 2013, completely stock DR650se.

20JAN14.

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.
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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.

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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.
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11:30. I hit the North Carolina boarder.
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12:45: I rode underneath I40 (west/east) south of Burlington, N.C.
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I interesting town just north of this is Graham. It has a roundabout, with a nice looking statue.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The stock day time light is piss weak on the DR, but the high beams at night are sufficient.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Total miles/tour: 333
Total off road miles/tour: 0 miles
Total cost/tour: $12.29
Day count: 1


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Old 01-21-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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That red is hard to read!

Your report is very technical - did you see anything worth reporting? Got pictures? Meet any interesting/fun/nice folks on your first day?
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Edit: go to post 128 on page 9 to view what places I toured out of.



Greetings,

Sorry about the red, I'll try and work on it.

I had to make time, so I did not see or talk with anyone.

I did see what appeared to be a pre 2012 DL650 in Pittsboro, N.C. Everything else was cruiser or sport bikes. The single rider had a top case, and no saddle bags.
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It was good to ride in the transition of the Mountain Valley/piedmont region of the east coast. Great terrain.


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I should be able to get some pics posted tomorrow. Just the bike with gear.
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This was a job for a Honda Gold Wing, 335 miles @ interstate speeds.
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hopefully later I'll have some Adventures to report.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:18 AM   #4
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Day 2.

21Jan14
I was up and ready to go by 0700. This is a big day. The MIghter DRís 600 mile service, is here. Wilmington has a good amount of staples to choose from. I went with Honda Suzuki on 5725 Market street. I was told it would be $163, and they would need it overnight to look at the valve (engine must be cold). So I was told it would be ready around 11:00 on the 22nd. I hate to miss a day of travel, so Iíll see when Iíll be able to pick her up tomorrow. Drop off mileage was 556 miles.
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So, my upper back (traps) are kind of sore, and my finger muscles are kind of sore from yesterday. Iím surprised that my neck is ok. The helmet I had on was golden until the last hour or so, then some mild irritation started to appear. My lower back is fairly swore also. Iím surprised my calves are not swore. The ride over to the garage was interesting. I felt like my feet had more sensation than yesterday. I could feel the shifter lever so much better. I had the same type of socks on. It really did not fell lighter with my gear off, granted, I've not been WOT with the MC.
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After dropping off the bike, I was able to go into Home Deposit and look at their tarps. I picked up a 16íX20í light tarp (not medium duty) it felt like it was about 3 lbs or so. I think this size would be the minimal displacement for my lean to needs.
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Tarmac: about 8 miles
Off road: 0 miles
Total miles: 8 miles.
Total cost: $42.78 (for tarp)
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Total miles/tour: 341
Total cost/tour: $50.07
Day count: 2
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:36 PM   #5
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Will be Following !

And wondering if your going to be anywhere near Pensacola, FL ?
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:49 PM   #6
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And wondering if your going to be anywhere near Pensacola, FL ?

Same here, as I live just north of P'cola..
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:25 AM   #7
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Not exactly the sunny south this winter.
When your on the Natchez Trace, please visit Vicksburg National Military Park, you can drive through it.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:49 AM   #8
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Not exactly the sunny south this winter.
When your on the Natchez Trace, please visit Vicksburg National Military Park, you can drive through it.
I'm in Youngsville, LA. SOUTH OF Lafayette.

My $80 national park has a lot of opportunities in Mississippi.

I'll check out the historically battlefield.
Thanks for the scouting report.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:37 AM   #9
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I love Louisiana - lived in Nola 4 years and did tons of camping. The city is awesome.

Check out couchsurfing.org for folks who might have a garage to store your bike and a sofa for a few nights -- it's worth at least 3 days in the city, happy to provide my recommendations if you like!


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Old 02-22-2014, 07:27 AM   #10
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in NOLA

Cruising around

Saw a first gen KLR.

MUCH WARMER day than before
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:22 AM   #11
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Travis stopped in for the evening. In addition serving him up a local favorite of grilled bacon wrapped shrimp for dinner, we turned him onto the local cultural experience that is Mardi Gras. He headed out this morning in pretty questionable weather. He tried to shoot through a break in two walls of thunderstorms and I'm afraid the timing may have been off a bit. We enjoyed your company Travis. Happy trails.

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Old 02-23-2014, 02:18 PM   #12
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Day 35 has gone well

I made of to Hammond and stayed fairly dry. I hung out at a exon\subwayf for about 3.5hours. I talked to some good pepole and did some math and reviewed some things. I'm about at $45\day on Out of pocket expenses.

I pulled into Natchez before1600.

I'm going to Walmart next then getting on the parkway.

Paul, thank you for the hospitality and good time. It was great hanging out I felt really rested today.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:25 PM   #13
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Great photo -- glad you got to experience some of the parades earlier in the season, those are always my favorites (over the big parades in the week and a half just before Mardi Gras)

Which parade did you get to see?
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