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Old 06-13-2013, 04:58 AM   #61
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Great pics!

What gps is that?

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Old 06-13-2013, 05:24 AM   #62
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Great read! As us RoadToads gotta stick together, I'm in.
Love the simplicity of those little buggers.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:22 AM   #63
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:32 AM   #64
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TomW- It wasn't the steep descent as much as it was your alignment to the runway!
I don't remember that as being the problem. I got worried about clearing the construction barricades someone put up just short of the approach end of the runway.

Hope you're enjoying some green chilli in Pueblo.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:46 AM   #65
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Hey ABee,

I'm really enjoying your ride report.

I admire your choice of weaponry .......... The Road Toad.

Thank you for posting this up, providing great pictures, and taking us all along for the ride!

Safe travels! If you need anything at all when you get around Steamboat Springs, give me a PM. Would love to buy you a beer and a burger if it works out.

"The Toad is still hopping along" classic ...........................

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Old 06-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #66
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Here's hopingyou don't have to make a really big detour. There are a lot
of fires in your Colorado path.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:41 PM   #67
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Awesome ride and RR!
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:57 PM   #68
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Hey, we walked away. Thanks for noticing the 2,000 FPM rate of descent.

Cheerios,
You must have had full flaps or in a spin. I never got 2,000 fpm in a Cessna other than then. LOL
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #69
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Great RR, see you in Athena....
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:13 PM   #70
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I wish Peggy and I were gonna make it to Athena this year!!!! SR
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #71
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See you in Athena!


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Old 06-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #72
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Great RR! Thanks for sharing your trip. Small bikes are the best.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:14 PM   #73
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Great RR! Thanks for sharing your trip. Small bikes are the best.
There are some guys on Honda 90's heading east...I hope you meet and take some epic photos.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #74
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Day Nine



The Toad gets new brakes in the WalMart parking lot. Alva, OK

Day Nine
Alva , OK to Liberal, KS
The day dawned warm and windy. The weather report called for temperatures over 100 and winds gusting to 45 mph by the afternoon. Despite this, I was still looking forward to the ride and the chance to see a part of the country that I had never seen before- the Oklahoma Panhandle. Before I could hit the trail, however, I had to replace the rear brake shoes on the Hodaka. They were the original shoes from 1978 and they had gone over 4,000 miles, so they were due! The wind had already picked up and I had to chase down my shop rags when they were blown into the WalMart parking lot when I forgot to anchor them down with a wrench or other tool. Despite this delay, I was soon on the road heading west out of town. Like many people that had never been to this part of the country, I had visions of a place that was dry and desolate, where rugged people labored hard as they eked out a living from the land. Indeed, I did observe some areas that were dry, sandy and rocky. There were many old abandoned farm and ranch houses that made me wonder about the people who had lived there and what happened to them after they left. Still, there seemed to be much more going on in this part of Oklahoma than I had imagined. There were still many large farms and ranches that seemed to be thriving. There were many chicken ranches and hog feeding lots that you smelled long before you passed them. Of course, I still saw numerous gas and oil wells. A pleasant surprise was the abundance of wildlife. Animals were everywhere. The Hodaka is relatively quiet, so I kept sneaking up on unsuspecting critters. Antelope crossed the road in front of me. I saw a badger scurry across the trail on his way back to his burrow. I flushed a ring-necked pheasant that flew parallel to me for a few yards before breaking formation.
A fuel stop in Buffalo, Oklahoma had me chatting again with people interested in the old Hodaka. I would have stayed longer to talk about old bikes, but the heat was fierce and there was little shade.
Even though I was enjoying the sights, this leg of the journey was rough on the Toad. Not only did the temperatures climb into the triple digits, the winds had me downshifting down steep downhill sections when I was headed against the wind. By the time I arrived in Liberal, the temperatures and gusty winds that were predicted had materialized. I had slowed to a crawl, barley able to make 30 mph against the vicious winds that howled out of the northwest. I remember a passage from an old geography textbook that said something like: “As you head west across the plains the terrain rises almost imperceptibly to the base of the Rocky Mountains.” On the Toad this day, the climb in elevation was VERY perceptible. I could feel the presence of the Rockies that lay in the distance. It was nice to finally arrive in Liberal and crawl into the camper and get out of the wind and heat at the Western Star RV Park on the eastern side of town. Dorothy’s home town did indeed feel like a refuge this day.
I travelled only 195 miles this day, but the Toad gobbled up around six gallons of fuel and 24 ounces of injector oil fighting the hot winds.



Between Alva and Buffalo, OK
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #75
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Photos, Day Nine



George Shaw, Old Bike Fan, Buffalo, OK




All these cattle were in the road 10 seconds before this photo was taken. Near Beaver, OK
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