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Old 09-05-2008, 01:22 PM   #16
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Ahhh…the night before an adventure. It’s 11:30 where I am in the western side which would make it around 2: 30 on your side…and I imagine ( if you’re anything like me) that you are wide awake praying for sleep. I never sleep the night before so I’m assuming that you are having the same challenge.
I’m all ears on this one…looks really interesting so please stay in touch, be safe and pursue the vision.
BTW…I’ll be riding through eastern Colorado between Mesa Verde NP, Durango and Telluride on the 16th through the 18th this month. I’m not leaving SoCal till the 15th. Planning on camping at Morefield campground at the entrance to Mesa Verde. Let me know if you’re going to be in the area and I’ll buy you a beer.
I'll definitely keep that in mind, it would be great to hook up.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:46 PM   #17
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According to this site they're still open.
http://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm
OH MY GOD!!!
You're right.
But unfortunately they are closed on weekends. I'll be driving by on Sunday.
Sad for me.

Perhaps I'll stop by anyway and try and get a private tour. I'll be camping nearby so it's worth a try.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:08 PM   #18
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tight money?

it time/money get tight, dump the arizona portion of the trip...especially in the summer......imo.....Bruce
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:08 PM   #19
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I found him! What do I win?

Hey, look at me I'm posting and not just lurking! I'm being social!

Never mind my medication issues...

Questor showed up at my house today. Looking for room, board, and beer.









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Old 09-05-2008, 07:32 PM   #20
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Dude!
We're subscribed... 'tho we won't be able to catch up reading 'till we return from MobiusII. It would be so funny if we randomly crossed paths with you in CO or UT.

We're still doing the 2-week-at-a-time trips.

Happy trails! (is that whale still with you? We're escorting a small rabbit on this one)

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Old 09-06-2008, 04:05 AM   #21
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Dude!
We're subscribed... 'tho we won't be able to catch up reading 'till we return from MobiusII. It would be so funny if we randomly crossed paths with you in CO or UT.

We're still doing the 2-week-at-a-time trips.

Happy trails! (is that whale still with you? We're escorting a small rabbit on this one)

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Hello Dr. Rock.
Yes, that same silly whale is with me. I found him hiding in the topbox.

I've been keeping an eye on your Mobuis trip - what a way to do the TAT!
Your RR has me thinking of trying it next year.

There has been so much Interstate so far I'm buzzing...
But today, I'll hit the backroads of middle America and really see what this country is about. I've got some good local knowledge and will ride some roads along the Mississippi for a while. I'm looking forward to seeing something besides large Interstate signs and toll plazas.

Which reminds me... I got DESTROYED by tolls in OH, IN, and IL.
I think I paid over $20 yesterday, and mostly on small individual Tolls around Chicago. What a pain with gloves on. Each toll took about a minute, and the long line of cars behind me were not sympathetic as I fumbled for quarters while balancing an 800 pound bike on that oily area that accumulates at tolls.

Girrr...
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:18 AM   #22
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Thanks mocs

Hey Mocs.

Thanks so much for the great evening.
It was great to see you and Katie again, and a delight to meet your son.
He's awesome. What a great guy he is already.

Also, thanks for the food. It was so much better than the rain soaked sandwich I had in my camelback.

I mean look at this.


Thanks again.
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Hey Questor,
Looks like a great trip. I have been watching this thread since you started it. The route looks incredible! Its great to see you on your way. I hope you find what your after.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:44 AM   #24
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Sounds like a great trip! My brother and I will be heading down to the Black Hills for a week, starting on the 10th. Looks like we'll miss you by a couple of days.



Admit it, you washed the bike when you got to your buddies place.
Something I should be doing right now instead of reading your RR.

Have fun....Barry
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:40 PM   #25
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Day 3 - Sat Sept 6th

OK.

I'm back, and what a great couple of days I have had.

When I last posted I was staying with my friend Erik in Elgin. We had a great dinner, and I went to bed early, like I always do.

The next day, Erik took me out of town on more scenic rotes and dropped me off about an hour out of Chicago.

From there I followed the course layed into the GPS, whick included, Rt 20, to Rt 58 (Which was hilly and twisty for the midwest), took some dirt county roads and then followed Rt 18 west, paralleling I-80.

I stopped in Lena IL for breakfast.


But I had to behave myself because the Sheriff was there too.




Then there were hours of farmland. So good to see after all the Interstate.




Then I gained some elevation and I could get a better look at the landscape.



We crossed the Mississippi. I could see the size and effect of it's flood plains.


We saw some HUGE agricultural buildings...


And then took the dirt county roads in Iowa. These were fast, and went on forever.



We passed through many "mid-western" towns.



So before, I think I promised some "strange" pictures.
Well ther're not hard to find..



But then again, we all know trike riders are little strange...


At 7:45pm, after 527 miles, we found sanctuary at Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota. However, the last hour was heavy rain on I-80. There was also a big headwind, my fuel economy for 5 gallons of gas dropped to 39 MPG.



Stat's for the day:
Total time, 12:04. Moving average, 55.3. Stopped 2:32.

The grand finale to to my day, was when the pressureized white gas canister started leaking fuel onto the lit stove and table due to a cracked rubber gasket. The net result was a flaming picnic table, and me throwing the stove into the tall wet grass to prevent an explosion. The neighbours at the next campsite were alarmed, and them applauded when I got the fire(s) out.

(Sorry no pics - I was BUSY!)

More to come...
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #26
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Day 4: Sunday Sept, 7.

OK.
Her'e's a funny story. At the State Park where I was camping, there were some local rednecks enjoying their Saturday night. They had a big fire, lots of Budweiser, and some interesting conversations.
There was one fellow who was not too bright.
In some part of a conversation (and I use that word loosely) his friends told him that "close only counts in Horseshoes and Handgrenades."
His response... "Horseshoes?"
He obviously didn't get it.
Regardless, I awoke occasionally in the night and was rewarded with more excerpts of "conversation" as they drank till dawn...

Anyway, the next morning I awoke before dawn, and packed up all my wet stuff, and was on the road by 7:00am There was a heavy fog and it was 50 degrees, and for the next hour and a half, I rode through dark mists, that would condense on my windscreen and then hurl themselves at my helmet visor. So it was wet, but I had the heated grips on high, and the electric vest felt so cozy.

I stopped in Mitchell SD to get breakfast.


And saw the infamous "Corn Palace." The whole building was a facade of corn, both ears and stalks.





Strange, but interesting. If I were a little pig, I would NOT build my palace out of corn.

I also stopped at Cabela's for some more freeze dried food, and some "pepper spray". (A concerned friend suggested I have some kind of self defense thingy, so I bought one. Actually he wanted me to get a full on Taser gun, but after some research, I discovered that they are illegal in most of the states I will be visiting. "Bear Spray" however is legal in most places.)

Here's an interesting observation....
I usually carry a spray bottle of Plexus to clean my helmet visor. I keep it in my left front lower pocket with a piece of cotton sock. However the "Bear Spray" is in the same type of container.
Imagine what might happen if I get the two cans confused...



I'll have to be VERY carefull. That would suck!

So after Mitchell I super-slabbed it to Badlands NP.







The great endless plains on America. Some people say that they are boring, but I disagree. I loved being able to see the weather comming, and looking at the GPS telling me that I did not have to do anything but ride for four hours in a straight line was quite relaxing. The weather was 50 degrees and misty, but I did not mind. I was warm and dry, and I felt like I could fly.

Eventually we got to Exit 131, and were near the Badlands.




OK.

So we all know how much I love missile Silo's. Well I was told by a fellow ADVrider that they have new hours for September. They are only open weekdays, and you need to make a reservation. Originally I never thought my schedule would allow a visit - but I was confused. It turns out that Badlands NP, is very close to the Minuteman sites. Well, I was planning to stay in Badlands for the night anyway, and tomorrow is Monday, so I CAN make the visit!!!

I stopped by to double check. I'll definitely be there first thing tomorrow morning to reserve my place.



I'm so psyched!!!

So I entered my first National Park for this tour and bought the $80 annual pass. (Honestly I think that paying 30% of my income in taxes should pay for my visiting National Parks, but whatever...)

So we enter the Badlands...












It's very different than New England.

So after taking in all the sights, I head to a KOA where I know there will be high speed Internet.

Here's me, doing my trip report from the campground.



Stat's for the day: 319 miles, Moving average 60.7. Total time 6:18. Moving time 5:16.
I'd also like to note that I have ridden 1725 miles in three days.
Total spent on Gas so far, about $120. Food $40. Lodging $46. That's a good ratio.

So now that I've updated my Ride Report, like I said I would, I'm going to take a 2 hour hot shower.

I can't wait for tomorrow...
Stay tuned, I have a feeling this trip is only going to get better!
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Sounds like a great trip! My brother and I will be heading down to the Black Hills for a week, starting on the 10th. Looks like we'll miss you by a couple of days.

Admit it, you washed the bike when you got to your buddies place.
Something I should be doing right now instead of reading your RR.

Have fun....Barry
Actually I rode through those two large thunderstorms that were associated with Hurricane Ike I believe. That helped wash all the bugs off.
Plus Erik is a professional photographer, and he played with photoshop.

But if you want to see a dirty GS, find me in the Bozeman MT area on the 9th - 10th.

Have a good ride yourself.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:17 PM   #28
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And saw the infamous "Corn Palace." The whole building was a facade of corn, both ears and stalks.

Hey Q~I'm just back from Denver where we were demo-ing the F 800 GS for the first time--what an awesome trip!

So take a close look at my picture of the corn palace when I did my road trip in July...





When I pulled up a guy in a bucket truck was stapling the corn to the facade and if you look closely, you'll see the two murals on the corners of the building are different--they hadn't finished Mt. Rushmore yet when I was there. And get this: when I walked around the side of the building?


It cracked me up-- legions of people putting together the straw bundles. Looked like the palace had come undone.

It's a fantastic tourist trap, and thankfully it's free!

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When we were going over maps I wish I'd known you'd stop in the badlands--looks like you are at the campgound. The owner of the Horseshoe Bar on the other side of the Park (1 mile down from the public campground on the right) let me set up my tent behind the bar for free last year. It's a dive, but where else can you sit at the bar with live cowboys and Indians? I had an awesome time there.

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Hey Q~I'm just back from Denver where we were demo-ing the F 800 GS for the first time--what an awesome trip!


When we were going over maps I wish I'd known you'd stop in the badlands--looks like you are at the campgound. The owner of the Horseshoe Bar on the other side of the Park (1 mile down from the public campground on the right) let me set up my tent behind the bar for free last year. It's a dive, but where else can you sit at the bar with live cowboys and Indians? I had an awesome time there.

Have fun!
You mean the huge megalopolis of Interior SD. Pop 67.



The 800 GS would be a great TAT bike.
Can you get BMW to "loan" us two of them for next year?

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Dinner update

Well after a hot shower, I decided to go make dinner.
What's for dinner you ask?

Annies Mac and Cheese.

So I get the stove fired up without any dramatics, get the water boiling, open the package, remove the cheese sauce packet, add the pasta contents, and see strange meat like things float to the top.

What the???

Upon closer inspection, the carton was way old, and weevles had gotten in and nested.
I'll try to forget what it tasted like.



Oh well, at least they didn't eat much.
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