ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-17-2012, 10:13 AM   #16
Kawikazi
Loose Cannon
 
Kawikazi's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Oddometer: 347
Kansas

With a son living in Denver, I have made the trip from Virginia to Colorado a few times and it always cracks me up when I see the sign that says "Kansas Tour Center". Who the hell goes to Kansas to tour Then for about a 50 mile stretch of I-70 you see the signs every few miles to stop and see the largest Prairie Dog in the world. So your all psyched up to see this monster and when you get there the damn thing is dead and stuffed.
Kawikazi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 10:18 AM   #17
H14 OP
I Gotta Go!
 
H14's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Oddometer: 3,966
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kawikazi View Post
................ Then for about a 50 mile stretch of I-70 you see the signs every few miles to stop and see the largest Prairie Dog in the world. So your all psyched up to see this monster and when you get there the damn thing is dead and stuffed.
We gassed up at that exit. Glad we didn't go in, even though I did want to see the five legged cow.
__________________
I wish life was simple and I was complicated, somehow I've managed to get it backwards.
H14 and Campcook wandering aimlessly 2-up
2012 Riding the Continental Divide
H14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 10:41 AM   #18
LadyDraco
KillerSmileIHazIt !!
 
LadyDraco's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: FeederOfMorans~Some of the best roads in the east.
Oddometer: 25,643
Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
You got it.
Of all the beautiful sights I saw out there nothing compared to the chiseled good looks of that rugged manly man.

Yeah right

Good start...
__________________
TISE
Life is what you make of it~
If it don't fit make alterations

Check it from time to time as I'm always adding to it..
My Rides and life on the Farm
LadyDraco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #19
SoPaRider
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2007
Location: South Central PA/Michaux State Forest/Lincoln Hwy.
Oddometer: 256
We're in; lovin' your ride report so far Kevin, keep it comin'! Oh and believe it or not, there is some sweet dual sport riding available in what most people believe to be boring and flat Kansas, check out the gallery at www.backroadstouring.org , I've been trying to get to their "Flint Hills Stampede" held in late June for years now, perhaps 2013 will be the year?

Jeff (SoPaRider) & Karen (SoPaGuider); proprietors of the "Motorcyclist Manor"
SoPaRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #20
H14 OP
I Gotta Go!
 
H14's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Oddometer: 3,966
After deep sand riding school was over we left Socorro and headed for Pie Town to meet up with Lonestar. We passed the NRAO Very Large Array. Pomo can tell you more about it or you can read here. http://www.vla.nrao.edu/



Scott wanted me to take this picture, didn't seem like a good idea to me but what do I know.



After meeting Lonestar in Pie Town we officially hit the CDR. Lots of long fast stretches with just enough deep sand to jump up and bite you. The track put us back on black top and we were headed for Grants. We passes lava flows





and lots of great scenery I didn't know existed in New Mexico.





El Malpais:







Once we get to Grants NM we assess the beer situation and Scott and Steve(RenoB) head to Wal-Mart to get a soft side cooler. Once stocked up with the necessities of camp we head to Coal Mine campground where we meet Bill and Jack(JaxObsessed).
__________________
I wish life was simple and I was complicated, somehow I've managed to get it backwards.
H14 and Campcook wandering aimlessly 2-up
2012 Riding the Continental Divide

H14 screwed with this post 07-17-2012 at 12:38 PM
H14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #21
error cooled
anything but asphalt
 
error cooled's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Oddometer: 1,129
Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
I've heard of altitude sickness but I've never seen it first hand. Apparently it affects people in different ways, when Scotty got it he became hell on wheels, flying through the deep sand and passing everybody with the rear wheel kicked out around every turn, and never whining about being tired. I've never seen anything like it.
__________________
Honda XR600R
The Blue Ridge Trail - Virginia via gravel, dirt, two track and backroads.
USFS Motorized Access in Virginia - Protect your dual sporting access in the commonwealth.
error cooled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #22
goosecreek
a desk prop
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: dreaming of a ride
Oddometer: 2,014
Scott must have been feeling like a 12 year old as well. Mybe Stacey should be careful next time he push past the clown going into a turn.
goosecreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #23
H14 OP
I Gotta Go!
 
H14's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Oddometer: 3,966
Quote:
Originally Posted by goosecreek View Post
Scott must have been feeling like a 12 year old as well. Mybe Stacey should be careful next time he push past the clown going into a turn.
Oh yeah, he did mention that he would be gunning for Stacy when he got back.
__________________
I wish life was simple and I was complicated, somehow I've managed to get it backwards.
H14 and Campcook wandering aimlessly 2-up
2012 Riding the Continental Divide
H14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 01:47 PM   #24
vintagespeed
fNg
 
vintagespeed's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: Rancho Cucamonger, CA
Oddometer: 1,331
in!
__________________
'12 Triumph ST3R corner raper, '09 HusaBerg FE570 and a bunch of 2 strokes that you dont want to read about. :)

TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
SoCal_NoDak-2012: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829203
vintagespeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #25
H14 OP
I Gotta Go!
 
H14's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Oddometer: 3,966
Tuesday Day 2 on the trail

We wake up the next morning and pack our gear wet. Jack, Bob(Lonestar), and Bill take the Alt and the rest of us resume riding the trail. We start off riding a National Forest road across a mountain and I'm thinking cool, something I'm more familiar with and no more sand.





But it was short lived. Soon we were back on flat land riding through wide open ranches dealing with more sand and dodging ruts. Thank God it wasn't raining then, this place would have to be impassable if it was muddy. It was a nice break riding though the arroyos.





It was a hot dry ride through here with not much sign of life. It would be a very bad place to get hurt or have a mechanical issue. The second half of the ride put us on a flat, straight rode that seemed to go on forever. In the distance I saw Patrick(Pomo) ride up a steep hill and hit a rut near the top, I thought he was going lose it and I knew Scott who was behind wouldn't try it so I passed. As I go by I see Scott veer off the road and hit the hill climb, must have been the altitude sickness still affecting him. He took that overloaded pig almost all the way to the top before it took a nap on him.





We get into the town of Cuba NM, eat lunch and wait on the rest of the crew. After lunch we find out Jack is having electrical issues and his bike is cutting out. We figure we're going to be there for a while so we get comfortable under the trees along the parking lot where we ate lunch. The rest of the guys show up around 5 and have diagnosed Jack has a bad battery, luckily Cuba has a Napa and has motorcycle batteries.



Jack gets his new battery installed and is good to go. We make our way to Clear Creek campground and camp in the rain again.

If you're looking for a hotel room and find yourself in Cuba, NM keep riding. Trust me.
__________________
I wish life was simple and I was complicated, somehow I've managed to get it backwards.
H14 and Campcook wandering aimlessly 2-up
2012 Riding the Continental Divide
H14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #26
H14 OP
I Gotta Go!
 
H14's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Oddometer: 3,966
Wendesday Day 3 on the trail

I think I need to talk to Guy Young about some new valve seals. My bike has picked up Scott's habit of smoking first thing in the morning.



I did smoke this little guy out of his hole.



But he was to quick to become breakfast.

__________________
I wish life was simple and I was complicated, somehow I've managed to get it backwards.
H14 and Campcook wandering aimlessly 2-up
2012 Riding the Continental Divide

H14 screwed with this post 07-17-2012 at 02:05 PM
H14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #27
badguy
Susan
 
badguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: almost southern MD
Oddometer: 1,664
Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
We passed many billboards with religious themes, one asked "where will you be spending eternity" and it was looking like the answer was Kansas.


Awesome. Can't wait to see the rest! Glad most of you guys got back safe.
__________________
bad·guy [bad'-gi]
vb (tr) bad·guyed bad·guy·ing bad·guys
1. To refuse to commit to an event, but most likely attend at the last minute.
2. To ignore an event until the last minute so as to avoid any expectations of attendance, but then show up anyway.
badguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 02:24 PM   #28
SLiP210
you can call me slip
 
SLiP210's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Crimora,VA
Oddometer: 264
[QUOTE



[/QUOTE]

Cool ,kinda Darth Peachy, in a Darth Klown sorta way
__________________
Uhhmmm...I meant to do that
SLiP210 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 02:50 PM   #29
Rusty Rocket
Life behind "Bars"
 
Rusty Rocket's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: Northcentral CT
Oddometer: 7,816
Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
I think I need to talk to Guy Young about some new valve seals. My bike has picked up Scott's habit of smoking first thing in the morning.


Mine does the same thing. I just let it smoke. It's 16. that's old enough to smoke, right?

Great therad and RR. Talk a bit about your bike set up. Tires, seat, etc.

How did the big DR do out West?
__________________
2009 DR650 ..1972 Penton Six-Days ..1971 Suzuki TS185.. 2005 KTM 400exc
Member of: AMA, NETRA, Blue Ribbon Coalition, CCCofVT, Berkshire TR, CT Ramblers
Rusty Rocket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2012, 03:17 PM   #30
Pomo
gonzo
 
Pomo's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: El Desierto, NM
Oddometer: 608
Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
It was a hot dry ride through here with not much sign of life. It would be a very bad place to get hurt or have a mechanical issue. The second half of the ride put us on a flat, straight rode that seemed to go on forever. In the distance I saw Patrick(Pomo) ride up a steep hill and hit a rut near the top, I thought he was going lose it and I knew Scott who was behind wouldn't try it so I passed. As I go by I see Scott veer off the road and hit the hill climb, must have been the altitude sickness still affecting him. He took that overloaded pig almost all the way to the top before it took a nap on him.

I'm not usually prone to do stupid things (no really, I promise ) especially not on long distance trips. But this hill was calling my name and I had to oblige. Maybe I had a case of altitude sickness too, or maybe it's just something in the air out here in the West.

The shot doesn't really do it justice, the hill was massive and the climb up on the other side was at least twice as steep as the descent shown, with some whoops and ruts to boot.

Quote:
Originally Posted by H14 View Post
If you're looking for a hotel room and find yourself in Cuba, NM keep riding. Trust me.
They have good food there, though.
__________________
Stubborn and Stupid

"It's supposed to be a challenge, that's why they call it a shortcut. If it was easy it would just be the way." ~ Rubin, Road Trip

Pomo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014