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Old 06-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #16
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This is poetry, good luck and keep posting .......... respect.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:01 PM   #17
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Keep it coming, this is great, and be careful out there!
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:01 PM   #18
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Less than 300 miles to go as the sun does its normal sink in the west routine. Our chain of 4 bikes continues to weave its way along the remote back roads. all was going well - with one small exception. My bike was developing a problem.
It started as a small glitch as I shifted up and down. The bike would hesitate and then lurch as I went through the gears. I could hear a wee bit of chain slap. I had to do something at our next stop or possibly end up breaking the chain or destroying the sprockets.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #19
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Computer driving me bonkers!

At the next stop, two of the guys lifted the bike onto its centerstand. As they went inside a KFC Palace, I hunkered down with the tool kit. It doesn't take long to loosen the axle nut, twist the adjusters on each side, tighten up the axle nut and put the tools away. After another healthy squirt of chain lube, I had enough time to rush inside and attack a couple of thighs myself.
Our next stop was Clarkston. I tapped my pre-programed GPS and to my dismay found that Clarkston was over 500 miles away in Eastern Montana. No one else seemed to think it odd or show any distress. I couldn't bear to tell them the bad news. I decided to just follow along. Imagine my surprise when about an hour later we putted past a sign reading: Welcome to Clarkston, Oregon. I was sorta' glad I hadn't said anything.

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Old 06-17-2012, 05:32 PM   #20
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Sorry that I have to send in paragraph amounts - otherwise, I am told that the Logged in as Calimusjohn in the corner is wrong! Whatever. . .

The rest of the ride consisted of squatting on the seat, wiggling tired fingers, and watching the miles add up. after nineteen hours and twenty nine minutes, Dan welcomed us back. We had averaged slightly more than fifty mph. Considering that we had covered between ten and twelve THOUSAND curves and turns and shifted over TWENTY THOUSAND times, we deserved to be tired. I was exhausted and downed a couple of bottles of Energy drinks before going the last 100 yards to the Best Western Motel next door.
When I gave the young Lady behind the desk my name , she smiled and handed me my missing Credit/Debit card. It was located in my cardkey envelope from the night before.
She then asked if there was ANYTHING she could do for me ? ? ? I said my Cuddle Locker was empty. She was heartbroken in that she could not leave the reception desk. So was I. In my room, I downed another chemical cocktail of my Doctor's prescribed drugs and passed out on the bed.

Epilogue: It took two days to have a chain "Over nighted" to me.
I proved that just about anyone - with physical problems - and prone to screw everything up can do the Saddle Sore 1,000. It doesn't mean anything to most of the people I know. It does to me. If you try the ride - have a throttle lock of some kind - save the wrist!
The question I now have to answer is: Do I take the Goldwing or the Vstrom on next month's adventure to Alaska?
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #21
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The final thoughts. I am very pleased with the way people treat me now when I am on a motorcycle. I started riding motorized bikes, scooters, home- mades in 1949. A lot has changed in the interim years. If you want to be treated like a hero - ride the Four Corner's Tour and end in Madewaskaa, Maine. You flat won't believe the town's response.

The last bit here is from Chris Ledoux - it says it all.

Sit tall in the saddle
Hold your head up high
Keep your eyes fixed
Where the trail meets the sky
Live life like you ain't afraid to die
And don't be scared
Just enjoy the ride.

It has been one hell of a ride - so far - - -
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:07 PM   #22
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #23
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Awesome

Great report, thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #24
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Nice ride. Glad it all worked out well.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #25
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Long may you continue .....
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:30 AM   #26
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SaddleSore at 73

Good for you, sir! I got my Saddlesore when I was a mere 60 years old by riding from my hometown in NC to Kansas City via the Eisenhower System. I've ridden many of the roads you took and, quite frankly, you're Saddlesore badge is worth more than mine. Thank you for taking time to post your adventure. There were a bunch of us "pulling for you!"

As Neil Young once crooned, "Long may you run."

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:32 AM   #27
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Congratulations,

A HUGE effort. Tks for the graphic details..

We need more guys like you on these pages for inspiration.......
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:11 AM   #28
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Thanks for posting! I am a mere 65 and am hoping that I will be doing more IBA rides when I am your age!

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:45 AM   #29
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Good job John, enjoyed your report.
Now how about writing about some of your real adventures in your spare time
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:20 AM   #30
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Fantastic ride report. I did my saddlesore a few years ago the 'easy' way. Interstates mostly but still had a great time. I have started several rides and had multiple problems at the start, the easy way out is to turn back and head home. You took it all and kept riding, good job!

BTW, it may not be your style, but several of the older guys I've ridden with have bought big scooters so they can just step through instead of throwing a boot over and hop-hop-hopping onto the bike. Just a thought!
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