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Old 08-25-2013, 05:53 AM   #31
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Welcome stateside Amigo......
For the Non-North Americans:

The US is far different than Canada. You can't mistake what country you're in. Both have their merits and both are great, but different. The rest of the world tends to group us together.

We're bouncing back and forth between the two.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:56 AM   #32
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My body panels are new and I've washed all the North Carolina bugs off it from Woody's place earlier this year.

It's like underwear, I like to start out fresh.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:51 AM   #33
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I am starting to think loutre, and you really enjoy each others company......
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:18 PM   #34
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I am starting to think loutre, and you really enjoy each others company......
We have a long distance relationship.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #35
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There is no excuse for my level of fail. I knew we'd forgotten a couple of jobs with the new experience I had at the end of April. We found one the other day, and when I started reading your RR, I had an "Oh fuck" moment.



PM me when you're back or on the road, and I'll make sure we remedy that.



Here and subscribed for the RR.

But there is no excuse for my level of fail. Have fun guys - wish I could be out there on the roads with you.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:52 PM   #36
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Soooooooooooo Hot!

End of day 2. We did 1000 kms today. That's 600 miles. Slabtacular. I'll try to make it sound interesting but it was just 11 hrs of boring interstate.

This is what it looks like to the Bespectacled Geeks:

Note the gas stops and construction zones.



And to the "Big Picture" types:




And some Sunflowers for the ladies. Fields as far as you can see....


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Old 08-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #37
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Yesterday's Belated Rant

Gas Stations

In Canada we're bombarded with media propaganda to visit the US as it's the "Land of Dreams". Fine, but if I may suggest you start your welcome at the damn gas pumps!

We were in the Chicago area yesterday looking for gas. It was a busy station.

Pumps are pre-pay. Fine.
They don't accept Canadian Debit cards. Fine.
They WILL accept our Visa IF we provide a Zip Code. We don't have a Zip, we have a Postal Code. "See Cashier"
Great, go to the store, wait in line and pre-pay. How much? I dunno, enough to fill two bikes.

So Bec goes in and lays down a $20. I'm out standing by the bikes twiddling my thumbs unable to pump. The lineup is growing and everyone is looking at me like WTF? I just stand there beside the Canadian flag on my topcase. Finally I get the go ahead and try to pump. Nothing. "Grade not authorized" Huh? So now I wait for Bec to walk back and say "oh I chose the cheap grade". Great. Hang up the nozzle again and start over. Finally! Well my bike got filled but we hit $20 before hers was full. F it, lets go before we get mobbed! If she'd paid $25 and it came to $23, then we'd have to go back in the store, wait in line and get the change. Holy F I hate filling up. Not we have to stop sooner cause she's at 3/4. Repeat 4 times a day.

If there was only some kind of aux tanks.............. Oso, you there?

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Soooo, we need gas today. My lights on and the countdown has begun. Oh look, there's a place!




Yeah, great. We get there and it's DESERTED with no trespassing signs. Zumo says another 2 miles down some road so good! So we get to the next station.





This is what I get:






The lady comes out and says "Sorry, SOMEONE forgot to order the gas". Awesome. Funny thing was that she wanted her 52 cents! I quietly prayed that whatever got pumped was combustible. Another mile down the road then, knowing the end may be near.

So we get to this place:




When's the last time you seen a pump with a drum type display? All I could think of was fuel pump failures. He was a great, friendly guy but obviously a goldfish in a small glass. I explained the concept of ear plugs while he was aghast at a GPS being installed on a bike. Not making fun of the locals, it's just that I haven't met such a small town guy in awhile.



I HATE GETTING GAS!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:49 PM   #38
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Can someone get me a price on a few thousand decals with a sticky face and some type of mobile windshield applicator?



















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We started out this morning at 9 am and it was already hot. We hit the interstate and gradually the landscape got flatter and more turbulent. The Prairies. It's a means to an end and must be experienced at least once. This was twice for me. I got bored and tried to add excitement by locking the throttle, letting go of the bars and steering aerodynamically like a bird. Bec just backs off at this point while I wave my hands in the air. Later when more boredom set in I suddenly felt a serious burning sensation in my side. I let go of the throttle, punched my jacket and lifted up my shirt. Damn that hurt. Later I found a big red spot on my waist. Yep, must've caught a hornet or something. It ached for a half hour.

Had a serious close encounter with an SUV. The highway diverged and buddy was undecided. I was minding my own business when he sailed across into my lane. Instinct kicked in and I gassed it fully. I honestly felt like my rear case was going to get some new black paint. Bec rode upside him and . That's my girl. She had her own run in later with a cube van in a construction zone. Just another day on the road.

The high today was 37 C indicated. Even at 85 mph that's too hot.

Tomorrow, Mt Rushmore and the Devil's Tower. Our vacation begins. Less mileage, more stops. Finally some scenery.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:58 AM   #40
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....and some type of mobile windshield applicator?
Perhaps like this for your own windshield?



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Old 08-26-2013, 06:05 AM   #41
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Ha..... I was at Rushmore about 10 days ago. If you need a good place to stay, for cheaps..... Motel 6 in hot springs SD. Ahh .... yes the US banking system. It was outdated back in 1990 when I moved here, and it still is sub par, and un-secure, as compared to it's Scandinavian counterpart.
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Perhaps like this for your own windshield?

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Or a Steble?

Two cars driving side by side for miles at barely the limit with no one else around drives me friggin nuts! Esp if it's a turbulent "squareback" or pickup truck.


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Hey Erling, thanks for the tips. We pushed it again yesterday so we're close to Rushmore this morning.

We tried to get a room at Al's Oasis on the Missouri river. Nice place but expensive. They all were at that location. Tired, hot and hungry we carried on to a more desolate exit. Found this place at less than half price with a restaurant, gas station and beer just across the street. We just want a bed and bathroom. Don't need a pool, sauna etc so why pay for it? This place has a patio I wanted to RR from but it was still too hot at midnight and as I remembered, the prairies have mosquitoes all summer. Not just the early part like my place. I got really frustrated removing Zumo with one hand and smacking with the other. The red lights don't attract as many bugs.





Having a hard time leaving the air conditioned room this morning. The Weather channel says we're in an Extreme Heat Advisory area and California is in a drought and on fire.

Great.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:43 AM   #44
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Yeppers........
I am afraid you are heading into the Kali kettle.... Not much relief, until you arrive coastal.
Happy day three, and safe travels.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:38 AM   #45
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Guess what Darrryl?

Oso's shipping starts on friday

Just wanted to keep you tuned as good friend
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