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Old 09-14-2008, 07:10 AM   #1
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So begins the saga of my little red Wee........Strom, that is.



Lobby, the most distinguished of our ADV moderators, has gone and drank the Orange Kool-Aid.


Is that a "good thing" or a 'bad thing"



For me......it's a "good thing" Earlier this year he put his Gold Wing up for sale...somebody got a sweet ride, He had that bike at Kamp Kraut this spring and I told him that I wanted it!

Now browsing through the flea-market last week and what do I see but Lobby's well farkled DL650 ..I send a PM and find out that I'm #2 on the list will I ever catch a break?


Well just like the old Fortunately-Unfortunately story #1 on the list aint too happy about the way it's been treated.


So now it's mine...all mine.


Enough of the small talk....now I need to figure out how to get out to San Antonio and get this little Wee back to Charlotte.

With Hurricane Ike nipping at my heels.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new ride, Kev!
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:28 AM   #3
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Now it appears to me that Lobby's bikes have plenty "leftover" when he is done with 'em. I, however, tend to "clean my plate" so there's not much for the next guy.


Thursday on the 7th anniversary of 9/11


A leftover magazine to keep me company for the next 3 hours.


Limosine service.


Here it is!!!


Then I was treated to the Best Chicken Salad that I have ever had. ...homemade by Mrs. Lobby herself.

When it's that good.....there's no time for pics.

I had to tell him if he didn't let me have the bike I'd be there to stay.


Black ridning gear....check
100* Texas sunshine....check
Hurricane heading this way....check

A plan to take the Long way home.....I must be crazy......check
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:49 AM   #4
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It's Thursday at a quarter till 2.....I have to be at work about this time on Saturday.

Keep in mind that I have not even given this bike a test ride yet....

How will I ever make it home if I Make 350 of the 1st 450 miles NON-Interstate?


Starting time and mileage.


1st hour on the road is pretty uneventfull but I'm impressed with the little Wee's highway manners.


It seems to me that Texas just can't get enough of these big 'ol overpasses.


Billboard time and temp sign reading 99*...check
Stop and go traffic in Austin....check
Glad I'm ATGATT in black.............





BTW....I'm NOT a city boy......


Get me out of here!!!!!


I make my 1st gas stop as I exit I-35 to get on US-79 just to see how it's doing......52.7 mpg...I like it.

Then I have a revelation that touches my heart......I see the name of my favorite dog of all time (who just reached her end of days in Feb at 17) embroidered on the new to me tankbag.

Now that little miniature dachshund rode on the gas tank of my big street bike for many thousands of miles with my wife and I in a special seat we mounted like a tankbag.


Then that's followed by seeing a series of these.




The coincidence made me feel that all was going to be allright in my little world....for the time being.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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So here I am just rolling across the little bitty state of Texas.....
wondering if I should have turned there?


The towns are small....many structures are rusty...I just keep rolling on....






About to run out of daylight and I'm still on the back roads of Texas


Before I can get to Texarkana and on I-30 for a night run to Little Rock I ride into stopped traffic

I sit there for only a minute or so and 2 big tractor type wreckers go by heading up ahead in the oncoming lane...NOT a good sign...I could be sitting here awhile.

I'm NOT a gps guy....maybe that comes from my Mom telling me to "Get lost" when I was young. But a friend almost insisted I take his car gps along "just in case" I had it in the tankbag so I turned it on and what do you know.....it was showing a road that was barely a road just behind me.

It turned out to be about a 10 mile detour on a very dark unpainted bumpy one lane road that was paved but covered with muddy tracks in many places.

Thanks Mike that baby may have saved me hours!
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:07 AM   #6
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Congrats on the new ride, Kev!
Thanks man!!

Hang in there....you know I can't help but go "exploring"
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:41 AM   #7
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Glad to see Lobby's bike went to a fellow inmate who'll treat it with disrespect!

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:55 AM   #8
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I knew this would be a good opportunity to get an IBA certificate.

BUT

I decided NOT to.

Just didn't want to feel like I was under any pressure and do something stupid to avoid "failing" in my quest.

BUT

I'm a bit of a night-owl with my normal bedtime being around 2 am
Some nights I don't sleep well anyway
Other nights I make up for it and sleep like a rock

What would it be tonight?


With the sun down the temps were now perfect.
I was feeling good....the bike was running good....so I just kept things rolling......
.......all night long......

Memphis......14 hours 20 minutes and 786 miles later....


The gas station attendant tells me that he's just recieved instructions to raise his prices by $1.50 a gallon in 2 more hours...making regular go from $3.45 to $4.95

I don't think I'll quite be to Nashville by 6 am so I decide to stop short for the sake of cheap gas. Middle of nowhere Tennessee I walk into the store to test the plumbing and get a Red Bull only to have the freaky kid working the register notice that a Praying Mantis is on my jacket....this is followed by a science lesson on why it's his favorite bug.


It's not too long after this that fatigue finally starts to set in.

So I find myself a nice little Iron Butt motel outside of a Pilot truck stop.....
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:57 AM   #9
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Nice bike , take good care of it . Thats me helping Lobby pick it up , The only damage was a broken turn signal . Glad you got accross Texas before the weather turned nasty . SEYA
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:57 AM   #10
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I nodded off to sleep only to wake up 10 minutes later.......wide awake.

Talk about a power nap!!

Now I'm in the middle of this leg of the trip that's all interstate (remember the 1st leg was only 100 of 450 on I-state)


The sun is coming up and it's a new day....maybe I should have cleaned the bugs off my shield.



I hit the unofficial Saddle Sore 1,000 mark at just under 18 hours!!


........and I'm just getting ready to get this ride started........
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:02 PM   #11
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Nice bike , take good care of it . Thats me helping Lobby pick it up , The only damage was a broken turn signal . Glad you got accross Texas before the weather turned nasty . SEYA

I think that in his flea market ad he said that you laughed at him.


Yeah that Hurricane Ike situation is why I went all the way North to I-40 rather than heading East on either I-10 (shortest route) or I-20 as I thought evacuees and outer bands may slow that route.

It turned out to be a good move as the weather was great.... if you disregard the heat in Texas Thu afternoon.
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Enough of this super-slab crap!

Friday as I began to see ...er....hills


...and the clouds began to give way to the sunshine....


...and the air was crisp and cool and had that "just after a rain" smell.....


and the traffic's not bad so I'm thinking that I could make it home in less than 24 hours total.........


...but then this bike bike must have some sort of twisty road magnet in it somewhere as I could NOT get it to stay on I-40 through the gorge.


This 1st part will be just a short section of scenic highway with some mild sweepers to ease myself into getting the feel for my new ride.

btw...this is the bikes "bad side"....awfull aint it?


This is what I'd be doing if I was home....so I guess maybe I am home already afterall
The Cammerer ridge in the background.....that's where I'm headed!


I think the bike is as happy as I am about this change of routing.


I've always heard that the Wee is at home in the curves.....I finally get to find out for myself.


Ya know.....I keep trying this moving mirror shot thing....


As I head for the GSMNP itself I know a road that just keeps getting tighter and tighter.


The Wee-Strom feels nimble enough....even riding one-handed




A ride on the AT really does show it's "bad side"


This is where the pavement ends and a new kind of fun begins.....or does it?


A cabin in Mt Sterling


Still not so good....


This is a very scenic ride into the Cataloochee Valley


Although the bike handles well......I'm NOT going to try to flat track it around these corners like I would on my other Suzuki 650.....not yet anyway.


How old do you think this church is?


I take a pic here every time.




Just wait till next month when the leaves change.




The Cataloochee Valley is part of the Great Smokey Mtn National Park....and it's a lot like Cades Cove.....without all the people!


How about another look at it's "bad side"?


All ways into the valley are unpaved....but not the center road itself......these pastures are often times full of grazing Elk....not today....



Wait!!...a young 'un standing in the woods...







I finally caught one!!



Should I go for it?

.....not today...

It really is a beautiful place....and the fact that it doesn't get as crowded because of it's remote unpaved location makes it even more special...I'm really starting to like this bike!!


Another old farm house


another old church


another Elk







As I'm leaving the valley I realize that I just hit the 24 hour mark

1,278 miles


And a look at the "good side"


Where should I go next?.....It's just too nice out to go back to the house.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:07 AM   #13
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Nice RR Kevin, I really enjoyed it. Oh and congrats on the new ride.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:00 AM   #14
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glad you have a bike up to the task of your adventuresome nature


Hey Kev, don't wear it out the first month, OK?
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:17 PM   #15
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Nice RR Kevin, I really enjoyed it. Oh and congrats on the new ride.
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glad you have a bike up to the task of your adventuresome nature


Hey Kev, don't wear it out the first month, OK?

Thanks,
I think that I'm really going to enjoy it.
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