|06-10-2012, 04:58 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Vancouver Island
Bead Blasting Courtesy of AZ & UT
Just got back from a loop down to Moab and up thru western NV and CA etc. Thought I had had a blast while in Canyonlands etc however the real blast was yet to come.
During my western transit from Blanding to Williams AZ I went through Bluff, Kayenta and Cameron. Well being from the north I`m no stranger to `white outs``....you know when the visibility is about 100 yards or so and you suddenly see headlights appear out of no where and the white powder just blows sideways across the road.
Well the freaking wind was so bad not only was I at the perverbial 45 degree angle but it was a `pink out` with the sand. This went on for most of the day. I normally buy groceries on the road and make my lunches etc but trying to make a soft tortilla wrap etc in that wind was insane so I dropped into a MacDonalds in Kayenta and (barf) had a burger. While there I bumped into another rider who had grabbed a motel for the night due to the conditions.
I had to stop into the Ace Hardware store in Kayenta for some replacement fasteners after a minor event on the Valley of Gods road and I just got back to my 750 pound GSA in time before the wind pulled it vertical off the sidestand...WTF.
So yes, quite an experience but it wasn`t until I got back and did the maintenance did I discover that I had essentially been in a blasting cabinet while in that route. My clear front turn signals were now frosted. I had to use 4 applications of cut polish to get them clearish....
The front globes of my elephant head tank are microscopically pitted as is the windshield.
LOL....not complaining....it`s all ADV eh....but an experience nonetheless.
'02 BMW R1150 GSA
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