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Old 06-07-2006, 09:19 AM   #16
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:35 PM   #17
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your AK tale was an epoch. really looking forward to this one. good luck and roostafari bro!
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:57 PM   #18
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good luck , have a safe and fun trip. john
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Old 06-07-2006, 01:54 PM   #19
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:53 PM   #20
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The Alaska report was top notch, looking forward to another kick a$$ ride report, best of luck.
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Old 06-10-2006, 08:35 PM   #21
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Here's the bike in front of my shop south of Madison, just before I left.
The guitar bag is one I was going to take down empty and buy a new guitar in Paracho, but then I decided since it'd be on my back I may as well take my $40 mexican nylon string accoustic down with me and give it to some kid or something when I get a new one in Paracho. The space it takes up isn't much but it's really cost me in seat comfort.

I took interstate to a KOA campground just north of St. Louis, which ended up being way too early for me to get off the road. I bought a $3 flashlight and some D batteries, and rode around the little town I was to find a magazine to read. Once I got back and in the tent and flipped about 2 pages of the magazine, the bulb in the light burnt out, so I just layed there in the dark for a few hours trying to sleep. Interstates and KOAs both suck.

The next day I headed for Tulsa. I got off the interstate and ended up on parts of the old route 66.

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Old 06-10-2006, 08:37 PM   #22
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Looks neat, but they closed right when I got there.

I got the Marylin Monroe room at the Route 66 motel in Afton, Oklahoma.

I took highway 60, which was also old route 66 to Tulsa, at which point I made a big mistake and followed my original mapquest cheat sheet that was just some interstate connections I wrote down. I could've taken 60 all the way here to Roswell, but I ended up taking 75 south to I40 to Oklahoma City. I realized my mistake when I was still on 75 but I didn't want to backtrack. I found a route that would take me back to 60 after Oklahoma City but I wasn't sure I was going to take it.

After a while I got sick of the heat--I'm not sure of the temperature, but later I'd hear someone say that tomorrow would be better, "only 101". As I was going down I40 I got the idea to just find a movie theater and sit in air conditioning for a couple hours. I found one, and saw the movie "Cars". There was a big segment in this movie about how I40 sucked and how Route 66 was so much better--I'm not kidding! It was a big theme in the movie. They were just rubbing it in.

That was it for me. I left there and couldn't wait to get off the interstate. I took 270, which ended unexpectedly before I got to Oklahoma City, but where I decided to figure out my route was this place called the Checkerboard Cafe. Somewhere east of Oklahoma City--highly recommended for the burgers and the pie.

Anyway, I found the other 270, where it just starts up again on the other side of OK City, but somehow I rode right by it, so I took 183 north and left I40 for good.

Stopped in a little old shack for a drink, then got a motel just a few miles east of the Texas border a bit after midnight.
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Old 06-10-2006, 08:40 PM   #23
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Crossing the Texas prairie.

Texas' 47 foot tribute to that guy in the Village People.

Heading towards Roswell, NM, I realized I was cutting my fuel too close. Luckilly there was a town I would make it to before Roswell. When I got there it was an abandoned looking building with a sign designating it as a post office, and that was it. I figured out how far I could go if I slowed down to 60 mph and stayed sitting and as tucked as I could be with a guitar strapped to my back and it wasn't enough to get me to Roswell.

Here's where I ran out of gas, about 10 miles short of Roswell, and only 4/10 of a mile short of where I predicted I'd run out. I was watching the mile roll over and counting down and there it was. It cost me $53 for a callout and took 40 minutes because the dispatcher sent the guy down the wrong highway.

I sat on the side of the road playing guitar waiting for the gas to show up. And now I'm in Roswell. I'm starving, time to go eat. I'm going to ride to El Paso tonight.
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Old 06-10-2006, 08:42 PM   #24
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I am another guy who read your Alaska report and went out and bought a DR. I wonder how many bikes you ended up selling for Suzuki Hope you have a great, safe, memorable ride to Mexico.

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Old 06-10-2006, 08:51 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by snowrider
I'll come back to this thread and post stuff if/when I get a chance.

I'm packing right now, and I leave for Mexico in the morning. Morning for me being around noon or so.
I don't know why I'm going to Mexico now, I had all winter to enjoy it properly. My spanish is terrible. I just got a map of Mexico a couple days ago. I have no idea what I'm doing.
I know I'm crossing the border at El Paso, and I will spend 4 days in Juarez helping a group of volunteers build a house.
Then, south, probably to the bottom, I guess. A little further in than last year ( anyway.

Oh yeah and I'm a lot poorer now so there'll be a lot more camping and peanut butter.

Yeah, what he said..... I was reading your alaska report on another site a few hours ago and then as I read this one, I see your picture... SAME DUDE!! haha Thanks for the many pics and great read. I started wanting a DR a few days ago but I think you helped seal the deal. Its my next bike

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Old 06-10-2006, 09:16 PM   #26
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Ok snowrider, I'm sitting here with a nice "cubita" of cold tequila from Arrandas, Jalisco waiting for your nexy post! Get with it hermano! You got my attention!
Be careful and enjoy the ride!
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Old 06-10-2006, 10:03 PM   #27
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I know were that picture of the tall Cowboy is. Was it in Canyon, Tx at a boot shop?
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Old 06-10-2006, 10:24 PM   #28
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Anyone post a link to the AK report?
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Old 06-10-2006, 11:01 PM   #29
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I found your Alaska report, and this site, while researching my DR purchase. Top notch report!! You are an adventurer!
Good luck, be safe and keep us posted.
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Old 06-10-2006, 11:43 PM   #30
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Anyone post a link to the AK report?

Sure, its right here:

Probably one of the top 10 ride reports on this site, although there are tons of great ones.

I'm sure he is responsible for at least a few people buying DR's. In fact, It sure helped me decide on my new bike!!!
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