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Old 11-02-2012, 08:23 AM   #406
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Again?

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Doh! Death Valley! Of course! Best place to bask like a lizard! That last shot of Neda walking back to help pick up the bike is classic. Her body language....well....I can't read her, but if that was my g/f she'd be striding toward me thinking "so, he dropped it......AGAIN?" Opps, honey.
Hey Gene:
I'm sure Neda is thinking, just how long does the rotator cuff take to heal anyway.

I'm sure it's much better than it was, you can probably left your arm to about 90deg. by now, but still pull it again lifting your bike the wrong way. Heal fast!
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #407
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Neda is turning into an GS-pick-up-expert. She looks very determined in this last pic. Girl power rescue squads, unite.
Seriously. She basically lifted the bike off my ankle, Incredible Hulk style...

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That last shot of Neda walking back to help pick up the bike is classic. Her body language....
Yep, pretty much. BTW, rotate that picture CCW 90 degrees and you'll have the original shot...

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Hey Gene:
I'm sure Neda is thinking, just how long does the rotator cuff take to heal anyway.
Shhh... don't tell her but it's totally healed. I just like having someone else lift my bike for me...
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #408
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I really hate schedules.

We're heading to Cambria, CA for the Horizon's Unlimited meeting, a chance to get together with like-minded travelers, exchange stories and tips. However, we've had to cut our desert-time short and head to the coast for the weekend. After 4 months of unscheduled wandering, having to make a date is kind of stressing me out, even if it's for something that we're looking forward to.


Show and tell at the HU meeting parking lot

The meeting was excellent, we really felt an affinity with so many folks that didn't bat an eye when we told them we quit our jobs, sold our home and just went riding. Back home, a few of our friends and a lot of our family thought we were a bit crazy to do this, but at the HU meeting, we met so many people that had either had done the same, were doing it right now (lots of e-mail addresses exchanged), or were planning on doing it that it felt like we were in a herd of black sheep. Lots of head nodding and Amens!


A little cankle-action, courtesy of my Death Valley off. Not as bad as it looks, just a slight limp for a few days


Reunited!

Neda met Carolyn at the Adventures for the Cure dirtbike charity ride in Colorado a few years ago. They've kept in touch over the years and the girls were excited to see each other again!


The best part of attending the "Cooking on the Road" session


Spent most of the weekend in seminars like this, getting travel tips


Tents galore at the HU meeting

On Sunday night, we had a bit of excitement when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit King City, just 60 miles away from Cambria. We were in our tent shortly after midnight when the quake hit. We thought it was someone shaking our tent as a practical joke! The funny thing was the animals knew long before it actually happened, all the birds were going crazy about an hour earlier and 10 minutes before, the sea lions on the coast were making a huge racket. So bizarre! I just recently read about the Italian scientists who got sued for not predicting an earthquake. They should have used animals!

The next morning, all the California locals shrugged their shoulders - happens all the time they say. "If it ain't the Big One, nothing to worry about..." Geez!


Buddies at Big Sur


After the conference, we rode to San Jose with Carolyn, to get some service done to our bikes. Stopped at Big Sur to see the elephant seal colony.


Elephant Seal colony just south of Big Sur on Hwy 1

At this time of year, most of the seals are pups and teenagers, spending their time on the beach to develop bone mass on shore, before returning back to the weightless environment of the sea to hunt.


Graceful in the sea, but very awkward-looking once they climb onto land


Fastest hands in service bay! New chain and sprockets!


R12GS undergoing major surgery - final drive crown wheel bearing... :(


Captain America waiting for the bikes in San Jose


Rolling around San Jose on loaner bikes

Today marks a bit of an anniversary of sorts. One year ago, we officially told my parents that we were quitting our jobs, selling our home and riding around the world. That dinner was kind of an uncomfortable event... But tonight we're celebrating with order-in Chinese food and beer!


Treating ourselves in San Jose


A bit late, but accurate, nonetheless!

After spending a few days in San Jose, we've come to the realization that we're not big city people anymore. It's crowded, expensive and looks the same as any other big city. So we're off again...!
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:34 PM   #409
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Congrats!!! One year to the day after making "the big decision" and you're out there living the life. Fanfreakintastic guys!! Yeah, I'll bet that WAS one tense dinner after that revelation....but you stuck with it...true grit. And at the HU meeting you were with the tribe. Cool! Continued best wishes for a fun and safe journey!
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #410
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Fastest hands in service bay! New chain and sprockets!


R12GS undergoing major surgery - final drive crown wheel bearing... :(


Captain America waiting for the bikes in San Jose
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I thought I recognized the tech and back ground. That is Willie the owners son at San Jose BMW. I bought my R1200GS and have been having it serviced there for over 103,000 miles. Really great BMW dealer.

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:47 PM   #411
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Was it just a coincidence that it went when the 800 went in for a chain etc or had you noticed the symptoms short of the oil leaking?
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:13 AM   #412
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I thought I recognized the tech and back ground. That is Willie the owners son at San Jose BMW. I bought my R1200GS and have been having it serviced there for over 103,000 miles. Really great BMW dealer.
Agreed, they are very thorough and treated us well.

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Was it just a coincidence that it went when the 800 went in for a chain etc or had you noticed the symptoms short of the oil leaking?
They found it, I was just there for regular service. No leaking yet, but when it was up on the lift, the tech showed me how much lateral play there was in the rear wheel. So just a bit of preventative work on the crown bearing. Not too bad for 150,000kms...
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:08 PM   #413
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Our trip so far has been interrupted by the Horizons Unlimited meeting and the need for some MotoTLC. So we're resuming our trip where we (almost) left off by heading back to the desert. Hoping there'll be more warm weather there.


No warm weather here, but good snow-cones... Donner Pass over the Sierra Nevada.

Since we're no longer Big City People, we decide to head to Reno, the "Biggest Little City in the World". We've ridden to Las Vegas before on our previous trip of the SW US, so we're spending an evening walking around the Bright Lights, Little City.


Drawn like moths to the neon lights of the Biggest Little City...


Slow night, off-season in Reno


New tattoo for Neda?


Mesmerized


We stayed at a state campsite just outside Reno instead - freezing overnight!


A lot of Vegas casinos also have a branch in Reno

Reno really reminded us of Old Vegas the way it was before the gigantic theme parks sprung up on the new strip. More about the neon and cheap food ($5.99 for a prime rib dinner!) than about the roller-coasters and Celine Dion.



From Reno, we headed south to the Highway 50. We're beginning a two-day ride through the desolation of the Nevada desert, trying to discover what led Life Magazine to dub this the "Loneliest Road in America". US 50 follows the Nevada section of the old Pony Express route back when the US Postal Service used to deliver mail via horse, riding day and night from the west coast all the way to Missouri!


Might look lonely up the sand dune, but there were dozens of vehicles behind this one and all over the hill

The Loneliest Road became a lot less lonely when we stopped in to visit Sand Mountain, just past Fallon. Tons of RVs were in the parking lot, belching out all kinds of dune buggies, ATVs, three-wheelers and dirtbikes onto the huge sand dunes just off the highway. Dozens of them climbing up and down the dunes like ants.


Soooo jealous! Paddle tires FTW!


When we set up our cameras at the base of the sand dunes, *everybody* started wheelying in front of us! :)


Even the little kids were getting into it!

We stopped for the evening at Lahontan State Recreation area right on the Loneliest Road in America, can't wait to soak up more of the desert lifestyle!
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:30 PM   #414
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i sure hope you made the correct decision to head into the NV desert this time of year. it is nov. after all and you could get slammed with a show-stopper snow storm out there. prepare for very cold nights. being nov. i would have bee-lined for so cal and places like the anza borego desert not the NV desert, but you've got to follow your own ride. best of luck. you'll find warmth in mexico for sure. remember rainy season just ended and it will be dry until aprox next june 15th.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:33 PM   #415
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if you guys find yourselves in New Mexico, you have a house to stay in. I can give you some great rides tracks as well!
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:51 AM   #416
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Hi, I've really enjoyed reading the whole of this thread the last few days, lots of stunning photos and descriptive writing to inspire.
Thank you and look forward to the updates.
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The Pony Express only ran for one year from 1860-1861. But during that time, riders delivered mail from the west coast all the way to Missouri, facing dangers like weather, buffalo stampedes and bandits. The advent of the railroad put an end to the Pony Express and US 50 now follows the rough route that the riders took across Nevada. Today, most of the cross-Nevada traffic takes Interstate 80, rendering US 50 obsolete, much like the Pony Express. Life Magazine called US 50 the Loneliest Road in America in the 80s, stating: "It's totally empty. There are no points of interest. We don't recommend it. We warn all motorists not to drive there unless they're confident of their survival skills."


Nevada desert is anything but flat

The handful of towns on US 50 turned this negative proclamation into a major marketing campaign, boasting ghost towns, mountain passes, motorsports, camping and wildlife watching along this forgotten highway. So we're riding the Loneliest Road in America to see if it's all that it's cracked up to be!


We stop in the town of Austin for lunch


Pizza at the International Cafe


Bar in Austin is closed

I love riding in the desert, especially when there's nobody else around for miles and miles. Just you and your thoughts swirling around in your helmet. We ride like this for over 400 miles across Nevada to the end of US 50, passing by the towns of Fallon, Austin and Eureka, not seeing a lot of ghost towns until we close in on Ely at the end of US 50.


We stop in at the ghost town of Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek used to be a bustling mining town of 6,000 people before the turn of the last century. Now, only a few people live here amongst the ruins of abandoned buildings that draw tourists looking to see a piece of history. It was very neat to walk around the old buildings. Not as spooky as the name "Ghost Town" seems to imply!


The old school building has been turned into a museum detailing life before the town was abandoned


No tumbleweeds though!




Ghost towns of Nevada - a photographer's feast!


The few residents that live here still need to get their mail. Not delivered by Pony, though...


Peering through the boarded-up window of an abandoned house. There was a make-shift tent inside!


Riding away from Nevada in the light of the setting sun
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #418
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Very cool, and pretty. I love that type of "exploring" and wondering what their lives must have been like.....
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:53 AM   #419
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I love traveling Hwy 50 through Nevada. I like to take a different dirt side road when traveling across. Some times adds an extra 150 miles to the trip but always worth it.
Good travels to the both of you.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #420
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I stayed in Austin back in June of this year, well not by choice. I was coming back from my four corners trip. I wanted to ride highway 50 for obvious reasons but since I arrived in Ely early in the day I decided to continue to Eureka but there were no rooms available , had to continue and I found the last room in Austin. It was a neat little place .
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