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Old 07-30-2008, 08:57 PM   #31
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Here's our bikes at the yum diner in hot springs


Once we'd eaten, we struck off for the black hills. I gotta say I was impressed how well Alan cornered on the knobby-tired KTM

Entering the black hills




Wild bison in Custer State Park


nice twisties on some of the smoothest, cleanest pavement I've ever ridden.


Then we took this little dirt service road up to a tower on top of a hill with great views










After rounding a bend Alan stopped quickly and said look behind you. What do you know but there was old George just hanging out!
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:58 PM   #32
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At one point the road split into these delightful one-way, freshly paved ribbons of asphalt
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:00 PM   #33
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Back in the BlackHills on Iron Mountain Highway and Needles Highway, there were lots of cool tunnels. Many were alighned such that they framed rushmore like this one



Then once done with the Hills we had to go though Keystone for fuel. Its a nausiating tourist trap of a town, comically stereotypical.




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Old 07-30-2008, 09:04 PM   #34
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After leaving Keystone and the Hills, the plan was to explore this route we found on a map and the GPS. It looked like a fun road that tied into a tiny dirt road that would provide a back-door entrance to the Bad Lands.

Mother Nature had other ideas and it got windy, like really windy. 60mph windy I was later told. I don't think I've once changed my ride plans due to weather and had no intention of starting at that point in time. Plus I had a tight schedule and needed to be another 600 miles east by nightfall if I was to get any sleep that night, see the people I wanted to see, ride the twisties I wanted to ride, catch my flight, see my lovely bride and start work in Cambridge on time.... The Avons on the 919 proved sticky and remarkably stable on asphalt, even in the high winds. All the gear didn't help, but it was manageable.

The winds were so high that at times I didn't feel comfortable taking pics while riding which I think might be a first.

So I rode on toward the badlands, guided by the allknowing Jill.

The maps were correct and the route worked. What I hadn't really considered was what riding an overloaded street bike on 20+ miles of soft dirt road in 60mph crosswinds would be like. That was an experience.

Riding a street bike in soft stuff is a bit weird to start with because the wide, short tires tend to float around and don't track well at all. The bigger problem was that at times the wind force exceeded the lateral grip of the tires and literally pushed me sideways. I was headed east most of the time and the wind was out of the north so I made a point to ride along the left shoulder (wrong side of the road, but this was a small dirt road in the middle of the bad lands in SD so it didn't seem to matter much).

With this technique, when a big gust would come and push me sideways I'd cut the front end into the dirt as much as I could and motor on. The road was fairly wide and the gust was always over before I went off the edge and if need be I would have been able to stop and dig the kickstand in or something I think, not really sure actually if I could have stopped and stayed upright:laugh

Once I reached the canyons of the badlands they provided a bit of a windbreak and I was no longer sliding sideways across the road so I broke out the camera again

The Badlands in the distance. It was still really windy when I took the pic, but I couldn't let the tail go undocumented so I snuck in quick shots from time to time..


The fabled dirt road. Riding the 919 across this road in this wind was truly one of the most challenging things I've done on a motorcycle in quite a while. Sounds lame, but true. Luckily the road was pretty well graded. It would have been a hoot without the wind.







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Old 07-30-2008, 09:06 PM   #35
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And the badlands































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Old 07-31-2008, 12:54 PM   #36
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Here's a higher level of "zoomification" as my contracts professor would say for the Blackhills and Badlands bits. Really a great route, mostly put together by Alan.

If anyone wants to use any of these routes e-mail me and I'll upload the gpx files somewhere.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:56 PM   #37
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The first night I stayed with some folks from the BMW owners list (dad is in that group) because all the Adv'ers in the area were out of town and we haven't any eastern-SD TLZers that I know of... Anyway, the BMW folks were in Yankston SD and were very nice. I got in sorta late so didn't eat with them, but hung out for a while, checked out their bikes etc. Both husband and wife ride all over. He's got three IBA's under his belt and lusting for more. Good people who were kind to a total stranger who wasn't really even in their club.

Then the next day, July 12th I struck out for Lexington KY to meet up with Crazycat from TLzone.

Here's my tracks for the day. 925 miles with an average speed of 58mph (spent more than half the time on backroads).


There was lots and lots of rain, but thankfully minimal wind. I left early in the morning and caught a beutiful sunrise after riding for a while. Low light photography doesn't work so well while moving at speed but you get the idea...


Then shortly after sunrise it started raining. It rained though the tail end of SD and all the way accross Iowa and into IL.

Now I hadn't really planned out a route and just typed crazycat's addy into Jill and followed directions with the plan of just slabbing across this section. I grew bored of that quickly and while on the move laid out a route across Iowa with Jill's able assistance that would keep me off the slab. It even promised to have a turn or two.

This worked out great and for much of the ride I had ambling roads (I wouldn't say curvy, but not straight either) though rolling, lush green hills. It was raining the whole time and I didn't take pics as it was coming down hard and I was afraid I'd drop the camera with my water-logged gloves.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:59 PM   #38
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As things started to dry out a little in IL I took a few pics, but there wasn't a whole lot to see.











The rivers in the area were still quite high and some were over their banks. I saw one section along the way where a river had overflowed and flooded several houses. Looked like about half the lower story of the homes was under water :(
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:59 PM   #39
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It rained on and off for the rest of the trip, but was quite enjoyable riding overal. Things started to get more scenic as I crossed into KY and only got better the further south-east I went (well for that day anyway).








I didn't get pics of the better parts because by the time I was well into KY the sun was setting and there wasn't enough light for on-the-move shots.

I took backroads all the way though KY which provided some nice twisties and some good scenery. I arrived at Crazycat's house right at 10pm I think. He was great and has a super cool place. He then showed me around town and we went to a trivia night at a local college pub. Good times:)

The 919 snuggled up with a very nice TLR and Bandit 1250
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:44 AM   #40
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It was still rainy when I left CrazyCat's house the next morning, but great roads and great scenery so who cares

I planned out a route to take me from his place to the dragon before I left with Steve's expert advice. It worked out great and made for a very nice, slab-free rideana



























Enter the Dragon!






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Old 08-01-2008, 05:46 AM   #41
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And either my stunning good looks or the ridiculousness of my packing landed me on the front page of killboy











After riding the Dragon I made my way from there to Fletcher NC where I met up with some old friends for dinner and spent the night at their place. I saw lots of pretty wildflowers along the way.


While the view wasn't bad, I couldn't see anything too exceptional from the road. It sure didn't look like all that many people were stopping either:O
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:53 AM   #42
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Great RR . I think you have done more riding in the few wks. you have been out here than i have in the year and a half i've been out here . I noticed the shenandoah sticker on your CR. Shenandoah Honda perhaps? Where in Va. did you live?
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:57 AM   #43
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I lived in Stafford, Alexandria and Fairfax Station over the past few years. I was born in Denver, then my parents moved to NoVA when I was quite young and I've been there until last summer when I moved to Cambridge MA for school. The bike was bought by a good friend of mine at shenandoah honda and I used to ride with Mark Spence and John Ross. Great folks and both their dealerhships are truely excelent

Now get out and ride! You live right in some of the country's best riding imho
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:58 PM   #44
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Nice report and pics. I wish I had time for something like that. Did you have any issues with the 919?
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:55 PM   #45
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No issues at all. Typical honda, a bit mellow but absolutely never missed a beat, never sputtered and never even gave me cause to worry that it might. That's with riding from sea level to 14,260' in temps from 110 deg F to freezing. I changed the oil about every 3k miles but even then it wasn't hardly dirty (my TL1000S has its oil totally hammered in less miles, but that could be a twin vs I4 thing...).

BTW I was working full time for the duration with the exception of the 3 days to get there and 4 days to get back (two of which each way were weekend days) so if you can spare weekends and evenings and a couple week days you've got time
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