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Old 09-02-2010, 07:52 AM   #16
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I'm excited for you guys!!!!

Well, my B-rad was all ready to go on his big journey this morning. I'm going to meet him for lunch so i can squeeze a few hugs and kisses out of him. I hope the weather will stay in his favor. Don't want my hubby getting soaked and catching a cold. Be careful on the booze guys!!!
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:56 AM   #17
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Colorado Trip

In a couple hours B-Rad's gonna have a big o smile on his face that no one else can see! I wonder what time he'll get to Lubbock tommorrow? We better enjoy those Texas beers before we get to Colorado cause they got the weak stuff.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #18
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Colorado beer

just don't cut it! That's what the Captain Morgan is for... Captain Pepper or Dr. Morgan. If you haven't tried it with Dr. Pepper, it's really pretty good. Not bad as a shooter, either. Better than tequilla imo, but that's just me. It doesn't give me a rip roarin' hangover like tequilla and whiskey, either.

B-Rad plans to get to Lubbock around 2 pm...he always has a pack of family and friends that want to see him when he's back in Texas. I reserved a suite so we'll have a pool to set around while catching up on old times over beers. One of his college buddies just bought Abner's Hog, a 1997 Harley Road King formerly owned by one of our local TV anchormen. A beautiful bike with about 6-8 hours worth of chrome to polish...or do you measure that in pounds of elbow grease?

BBB has already selected where we're eating supper. If beggars can't be choosers, conversely, choosers gotta' pick up the bill. You might want to step up your departure time an hour or two, BBB. We'll take it easy on the beers before we go out to eat, but if you don't show up 'til 6 or so, you def get to be designated driver and may even get to wetnurse a couple drunks through dinner! How's that for motivation to leave on time??!
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:49 AM   #19
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Eh? tick...tick...tick

Tick...tick...tick....

That's the sound of the clock on my wall as well as the term for my newly-developed medical condition: I wanna ride eh uh ur ride...my head jerking from side to side.

Not much longer now, and the rain is picking up nicely along with the thunder/lightning...yeeehaaaaw!

I should be to Lubbock around 1pm or so tomorrow if all goes as planned.

When we run out of Texas beer, we'll break out the hard stuff

Tick...tick...tick...
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:03 PM   #20
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Even if your strom isn't black

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Love the black Strom with the red pin stripes on the rims.

Hmmm, I wonder if the wife.......

TouringDave,
Here's a pic to show how well they reflect.



Even if your bike isn't black...




I finally talked him into trying the blue while he had the wheels off getting new shoes. He's had them since he bought the red for my bike.



He's been undecided on whether to leave 'em or not? I like 'em! Light makes them look neon blue.

I retract my earlier statement...the wife might apply the stripes if you remove the wheels for her? Brad says wheels off is the best/easiest way to get 'em on correctly.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:06 PM   #21
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Gotta work tommorrow for at least part of the day. This natural gas stuff never rests. I should arrive approx. 5:00 Pm at the latest. If you get too toasted before I get there, you'll feel like "you know what" tommorrow night.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:22 PM   #22
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Moderation is the key!

Yeah...we'll take it easy. We want to head out Saturday morning on time, clear eyed and bushy tailed! I looked back over the thread and realized the inmates are gonna' think I'm a sot! To be honest, I haven't had a drop of alcohol since a camping trip to Possum Kingdom a month ago. But when it's finally time to begin an Adventure you've been planning for well over a year, some celebration is in order!
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:31 PM   #23
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Cool2 I've had enough...

B-Rad out!

See you guys soon

(Thanks for lunch k8E! I'll be home before you know it... )
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:58 PM   #24
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Thumb And it begins!!!!!!!

BBB i know B-Rad's got a big old Texas grin on his face right now. I'm very excited about ya''ll taking the trip!!! Guys need guy times every now and then and i'm glad B-Rad has finally had the chance to take this trip to Colorado. Nothing is better than kickin' it with family and friends and having the anticipation of a gorgeous trip aheadTo B-Rad, I'm proud for you baby!!! Be careful and you are most welcome for lunch.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #25
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Oh, to be young and in love again!

You hear of people sharing vicariously all the time on this forum. It works for watching your pride and joy find the love of his life, too! It's been a treat to watch their relationship grow...I'm subscribed! You guys are so lucky to have found each other! This pic is from our Fall Color Tour in the Ozarks last October. I was allowed to use this one in my previous ride report, so I figure it's ok to post it again here. While I'm repeating, I'll once again raise the toast I gave at your reception. May your marriage be modern enough to withstand the times and old fashioned enough to last forever!



Ok...enough with the mushy stuff. Almost got misty there for a minute! More shameless bike porn while we wait for Saturday morning. Here's one of Brad and Juicy taming the Dragon on the 2009 Smoky Mountain Tour.




We finally saw the photogs on the Tail of the Dragon, Tn129...when we were fully loaded with camping gear and headed home.

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Old 09-02-2010, 03:11 PM   #26
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Fill in the blanks

I just realized I forgot to mention one very important fact about this ride report. It will be an on-going report from camp every night, with input from all 3 stooges. Should be a real hoot!

One other blank I'd like to fill in...earlier, I mentioned Parson's Branch, but didn't elaborate. Parson's Branch is...well...if a picture is worth a thousand words, what about 3 pictures?







Parson's Branch is located in the Smoky Mountain National Park. You can get to it only by Cade's Cove, an auto tour that crawls at a snails' pace. About the halfway point of Cade's Cove is the start of Parson's Branch. It's in protected old growth forest and has at least a dozen water crossings. We had it all to ourselves this day...didn't see a soul the entire way!



If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's this one saying?



I'm not ready to go home yet ##%**)(){&***^^&$#&###!
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:41 PM   #27
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Can't wait

I'm really excited about hearing all three stooges' comment on their ride together. I want so see lots of pics! B-Rad has been squirming with excitement on some of the trails that you'll be riding.
I'm glad each of you will be there first hand to take in such a memorable ride and view. Thank you Pops in Law for the sweet comments on B-Rad and I.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:07 PM   #28
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Not from excitement...

Brad probably wasn't squirming from excitement looking at the trails we'll be doing...it's more likely he shat himself looking at some of the unguarded dropoffs on Camp Bird/Imogene Pass road, which we'll be attempting to summit on our vStroms. It has some spectacular views of the Black Bear Pass switchbacks above Bridal Veil Falls. It's the second highest continuous pass road in Colorado at 13,128', just behind Mosquito Pass road at 13,175'. Mt. Evans is higher, but it's an in and out paved road, not continuous and not dirt. Correct me if I'm wrong, Geek's squad. Colorado Geek's squad, not Best Buys computer nerds! Geek and his running mates know the San Juan high passes and are a wealth of knowledge on the back roads through them.

No thanks necessary, K8E...just telling it like it is!
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:38 AM   #29
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Rain gear not needed

Brad made it to his overnight destination in Weatherford before dark. He said he was surrounded by rain showers all day, but never had to put on rain gear. This made the temps much better for riding. This was the first time he's travelled with the tank panniers loaded and I'm interested in how it affects top speed.

Jessie started having wide open throttle bog around 45,000 miles. This is about the distance Wee's need to have the fuel filter changed. I was shocked when I went to order one...$285.00 for a paper filter!???!!! WTF!!! While using VSRI to troubleshoot, I also found a link on how to bypass the stock filter that's in the gas tank with an inline filter that costs under $30 and takes 20 minutes to change out. I sent the link to Ronnie, my mc mechanic and asked if he felt comfortable attempting it. He's done the same thing on Beemers before and did mine. It feels just as peppy as before up to 70 when unloaded. But when loaded with full camp gear, top speed is around 85-90, depending on wind direction. I discussed it with Ronnie and he thinks the tank panniers are the culprit. He said they act like sails even more than saddlebags over the back wheels.

While on the subject of Ronnie, I'm going to shamelessly plug his MC repair shop. If you live in West Texas, I highly recommend using Wildfire. Locally owned by 2 brothers, Smoky and Ronnie. These guys have been riding and racing motorcycles for over 40 years each. They know bikes inside out and their prices are very reasonable. That's Wildfire on West 66th Street just off Brownfield Highway.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:38 AM   #30
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On his way to Lubbock, TX

Spoke to B-Rad around 12:10 pm. Says he should arrive in Lubbock around 2:30 pm. Let the party beginOn Saturday the BIG journey awaits you!!! Have fun boys!!!!
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