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Old 02-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #76
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Brea (Los Angeles) to Las Vegas, Monday, 6 August 2012, Day 63

Las Vegas Baby :-)[/caption]

Slow start I wonder why and its hot, hot, hot breakfast at Kimmi’s again and said Tata to my wonderful host Richard. Thanks for a fantastic weekend and letting me hijack your weekend at such short notice I had a great time loved LA. We covered some miles but I appreciate that and thanks for showing me your LA I loved it not sure I want to leave totally regenerated and ready for the rest of my trip Las Vegas here I come.

Traffic a lot easier than on Friday but god it hot the thermometer just hit 100 Fahrenheit, which is 37 centigrade later in Baker it rose to 114 Fahrenheit which is 45 centigrade in full bike kit bugger me dehydrated (Could be all the beer I have been drinking but I will blame the heat) Decided to drive straight to Las Vegas as no energy for scenic roads so Freeway all the way. Found a cheap Motel just of the strip with a pool, which I needed so as soon I checked did my beached whale impersonation in the Pool. Still hot but it’s a dry hot so did a small walk into town to get my first flavour of Las Vegas. More later

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:16 PM   #77
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Las Vegas, Tuesday, 7 August 2012, Day 64

Las Vegas Baby![/caption]

Las Vegas baby!!! What a weird and strange place and god it’s hot been over 100 Fahrenheit all day and what does Phill do well he walks for miles from one air-conditioned casino to another and a lot of this outside than in the talk about mad dogs and Englishman being out in the midday sun. Started at the hotel at 11am after a good breakfast at Denny’s (free with the hotel :-)) and got to downtown at 7pm that evening so 8 hrs only doing the left hand side of the strip so that New York, Bellagio, Caesar’s Place, Treasure Island, Circus Circus and many more I do not recall the name of I think according to the map 12km with all the Casino floors and shopping malls I got lost in so probably a lot more. Some weird themes and a lot of decadence, but bloody fascinating place all the same. Caught the Freemont light show not sure what I was expecting but entertaining enough. Casino a bit rougher down this end of town lot more flesh on show :-) but you can see there is some serious competition with the new kids on the strip but at the end of the day they have the same product which is gambling just different ways of trying to sell. Got the Bus back as I was utterly cream crackered and got back to the hotel at about 11. I know its Vegas and goes all night but me feet where killing me and I was a hot sweaty mess and had the other side of the strip to do tomorrow so not going back out tonight!



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Old 02-24-2013, 06:17 PM   #78
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Las Vegas, Wednesday, 8 August 2012, Day 65

Best bit of Las Vegas the water show[/caption]

Hotter than yesterday so plan is less walking outside and more bus but still ended walking miles started at the Mandalay Bay then to Luxor and then the other side of the Strip so instead of New York I had Paris and Venice and god knows what else so similar day as yesterday wandering from Casino to Casino and trying to 2nd guess how the next one could differentiate itself from the previous and yet they did Eiffel tower, Statue of Liberty, Gondolas and pyramids.

Got some lessons in craps and still not do not understand how it works and I spent a grand total of 5 bucks on the slots so I guess the next theme casino ain’t going to be built on my gambling habits. Fortunately not much of a gambler cannot see the point as the house always wins and they are certainly doing okay in Las Vegas so no need for me to add to the profit. Maybe I am just a chicken but gambling’s not for me but really enjoyed Las Vegas all the same. Another long day trawling around the streets in the heat so exhausting but very entertaining and the best bit for me was the water fountains display at the Bellagio only about 5 minutes and only squirting water but I loved it. Got back to the hotel a very tired little boy no walking for me a while. Again Las Vegas was supposed to be a rest stop but turned out very active looks like I am not able to do rest days as there are far to many distractions on this trip oh well bring it on.

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Las Vegas to Seligman, Thursday, 9 August 2012, Day 66

Route 66[/caption]

Day 66 so what better than Route 66 what a coincidence I am staying in a motel on Route 66 on day 66 of my trip. Started of with my free breakfast at Denny’s packed the bike very slowly as it was 110 Fahrenheit 43 centigrade so hot in all my bike gear did a quick cruise on my bike of the Las Vegas strip and then headed out to Hoover Dam. It got hotter up to 114 Fahrenheit 45 centigrade so to hot to stop to walk around just took a few pictures and then hit the road Arizona and Route 66.

Hoover Dam[/caption]

Stopped at strange little town called Chloride! And got chatting to a guy who just opened a bar a week ago Digger Dave good to get out of the heat for while. Hit the road after a short break and then onto Route 66.

Chloride![/caption]



In the distance it turned black and there was a huge electrical storm and before I knew it I was in it the wind was picking up and it started to rain and the temperature had dropped to 67 Fahrenheit 19 centigrade which was a relief after the heat of the last couple of days I was quite glad for the rain what worried me more was the lightning I felt a tad exposed so decided to call it quits at about 5 o clock and got a motel in Seligman and went for Dinner at a German Diner of pea soup and wiener schnitzel which was nice except had a really annoying waitress who kept wanted to see if I was okay how many times does she need to ask I had a hot sweaty day and all I wanted was a bit of peace and quite but she did not seem to get the message sometimes I just want to be left alone without all the inane chit-chat spoilt a nice dinner. Went for a bit of a walk looking at all the old cars and route 66 memorabilia then back to the motel to get this up to date!



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wheres me dinner![/caption]

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #80
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Seligman to Winslow, Friday, 10 August 2012, Day 67

Grand Canyon[/caption]

Today is Grand Canyon Day been there before about 15 years ago when I was in the process of delivering a car from LA to Jacksonville and only had a fixed amount of time to do this so I think I spent no more than 30 minutes there before whizzing on so this time I was determined to spend slightly longer than that.

Seligman on Route 66 is a collection of Motels and Memorabilia stores and by the time I crawled out of my pit was full of tour buses so I was glad I did my wandering around last night as the place was crawling with tourist's and as we all know my sentiments on tourist's. Typed in Safeway’s into my GPS and there was one within a couple of miles in Williams so just right for breakfast then of to the Canyon.

Route 66 Arizona[/caption]

I was heading towards the Canyon when I felt something wet on my wrist and at first I thought I had just been shat on by a bird as there where blues sky in front of me blue skies in my mirrors and when I looked left and right the sky was also blue with some fluffy white clouds and then it began to rain so I looked up and above me was a huge black cloud which was surreal as all around there was perfect blues skies with fluffy white clouds. It was like one of those cartoons when you see people wandering around with a black rain cloud above their heads. Fortunately brief shower and not long and I quickly rode out of it.* As you can imagine the Grand Canyon was heaving with tourist's so the plan was to use the free Shuttle Bus and get as far away from the masses as possible but in the end spent most of the day on over crowded shuttle buses as I guess everyone else had the same idea.

wheres me head![/caption]

 

there it is![/caption]

Pleasant enough as I managed to get a decent window seat most of the trips. Did a bit of a wonder but it was still hot and walking in my leathers and bike boots was bit hard going so only did a couple of km along the rim at the far end of the shuttle bus route which was nice as very few folks around making the grand canyon a lot a better place than where the tourist do congregate.



It was about 5 ish when I left the park destination Flagstaff where I knew of 2 hostels but I also knew that they where fully booked but was going to give them a try anyhow. Nice ride from the park to Flagstaff sun was going down so light was nice and a bit cooler than it had been. No room at either of the places so back on Route 66 heading east looking for a cheap motel. Before I knew it I was out Flagstaff back on the Freeway and in the middle of no where and it was getting dark. I am always reluctant to do a U-turn and go back from where I had already been as onward and forward is my motto so kept on going and soon it was pitch dark. One of my rules is never to ride at night mainly because of the animals on the road but that not an issue here but because I am not in hurry and do not need to ride in the dark and here I was in the middle of no where in the pitch dark and the next civilisation 40 miles away. Idiot I had no idea what was in the next town but as I turned of the freeway I saw a motel for a reasonable price so that was going to be my home for the night it was about 9 O clock to tired to go to town so had a burritos and Muffin for me tea from the local gas station and settle in for the night.* The guy said he thought of me when he gave me room 8 and I understood what he meant when I got in. A lot of route 66 memorabilia but with a motorcycle theme mainly Harley's so nice gesture me thinks.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #81
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Winslow to Gallup, Saturday, 11 August 2012, Day 68

Route 66 Wigwam Motel[/caption]

I have no idea where I am and I have no idea where I am going. The Plan is to do the Route 66 to Chicago not sure why as to be honest it is not that inspiring. Had my free breakfast and chatted with Chuck owner of the motel when a native Indian woman came in asking about a key that she may have left there 2 years ago. She was quite obviously drunk which was scary, as she had just driven up in a car. She then pounced some breakfast and disappeared calling chuck a white bastard. So the conversation turned to aboriginal's and how much they get from the government and their dependency on hand outs etc. This was such a déjà vu conversation I have had it many times in Australia and Canada and in many countries I am not sure where I stand on this lot of finger-pointing and very little understanding but what I just witness gave a lot credence to the lazy freeloading drunk stereotype that is used in these dialogs so lets just say I was more concerned that she got in her car and drove away another drunk behind the wheel that what scares me most as I was just about to hit the road again.

Holbrook[/caption]

Another hot day and this time I went to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park which was nice even though not ideally dressed for the weather conditions.

Hot and lost[/caption]



Took longer than I thought and I also crossed the state line into New Mexico and lost an hour without realising it so at about 4 ish decided to call it a day in a town called Gallup Did not cover too much distance today only did 160 miles today but the heat is exhausting for chubby little fellow like me. Loads of motel in Gallup all advertising cheap rates but when you roll up well suddenly the rate on the huge billboard is not valid but more expensive. This was pissing me off no end I was hot sweaty and tired and very irritable. Eventually got one that matched the price on the sign but when I went to put my gear in my room it had not been made up and looked a mess.* Already woke the young guy up from his afternoon nap (idle bastard) all I wanted was a nap as well. Room eventually sorted next problem Internet. Got chatting to the guy and found out the reason he was napping was that he was fasting for Ramadan so retraction of the idle bastard comment and big respect as there is no way I could be fasting in this heat. I am on the outskirts of town next to the railway and freeway so not much doing decide to walk for 30 minutes in the direction of town and see what I can find in the heat but it just the usual stuff you find on the strip outside of all American towns so KFC for me dinner and then a walked back to the motel for another evening of trying to get this blog up to date read me book and watched the goggle box. Failed on the first two but watched some crap on the telly in a tatty cheap motel room. I am living the life went to bed with John Wayne and woke up with John Wayne as I said the walls are paper-thin and the bloke next door must be deaf and a John Wayne fan so it was on when I went to bed and on again in the morning. “Get off your horse and drink your milk”

My little pony![/caption]
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:26 PM   #82
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Gallup to Santa Rosa, Sunday, 12 August 2012, Day 69



As I said yesterday I have no idea where I am never mind where I am going just blindly following Route 66, which is mostly not there or just disappears and re appears infinitum todays parts of it was calling itself Route 66 prior to 1937 whatever that means I think it just so certain town can claim the route 66 kudos.

mirror mirror[/caption]

on the wall[/caption]

Interesting it is not and every now again an old car of gas station for the rest pretty boring. Only took 4 pictures today and 3 of them of a scrap yard so the scenery is not at all enthralling. Highlight of the day was that yesterday I noticed the screw holding the petrol tank on was missing. So it was both forgotten and not replaced during the last service or it had worked loose. So I decided to find a Suzuki dealer in Albuquerque so plugged Suzuki into the GPS. Two things I had forgotten was it was Sunday so would be shut and when I got there it was indeed shut and it was a car dealership. Homer Doh! This heat is getting to my brain. Finally called it quits at a place called Santa Rosa as it allegedly had some nice lakes near it managed to get some more miles in than yesterday but the heat finally got to me so another cheap motel at the edge of town sound familiar.

Route 66 New Mexico[/caption]

This one had a café next door so grabbed some food there no Internet so watched the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Seeing as this is first real viewing of the Olympics I had watched as I have been watching very little on the goggle box and I must say I was quite impressed and dare I say it proud of the little show us chaps put on. I only turned of when the Brazilian did their bit which was not half as good as us. So again I found myself in a decrepit cheap motel with the air co sounding like it going to cough itself to a terminal standstill and I am wondering what the bleeding hell am I doing here. Route 66 so far not been that exciting or engaging, I have not spoken to anyone for days except for “how you doing” and the very sincere “have a nice day” and I all I am seeing is freeways and freeways service towns every now again can escape on to the old route 66 but this is short-lived or a dead-end so lots of back tracking and looking at the maps not many alternatives routes. What to do?
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:30 PM   #83
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Santa Rosa to Amarillo, Monday, 13 August 2012, Day 70

Route 66 or whats left of it[/caption]

Not sure what time I got up as I am still a bit confused on the time zones and for me it does not really matter. Well actually it does missed McDonald’s Egg McMuffin by 10 minutes great start to the day. I am desperately looking for inspirations or something to get excited about so after failing at breakfast decided to go and look for the lakes I saw on the bill board I saw yesterday so headed of to Santa Rosa Lakes State Park. Well considering I am in the middle of desert and it has been 30 plus centigrade for the last weeks not sure what I was expecting. (It was raining last night I know this as the owner of the motel was banging on my door late last night telling me if I wanted I could move my bike under cover so that it did not get wet which was nice only in the fleapits I am staying when there someone banging on your door ones does tend to crap one pants!) So here I was headed for the lakes in a desert well you guessed it just a dried out small puddle oh well very little inspiration there or in Santa Rosa so decided to treat myself to a Denny breakfast. On the way in there were a French guy and a whole load of Harley's. He asked me about my trip and bike and I told him briefly and said goodbye as it was hot and as I had come so far I needed some breakfast and walked into Denny’s I could hear him recanting my story in French to all his Harley's pals excitedly which made me feel quite cool and nonchalant all at the same time. Complaining about not talking to anybody and just walked away from an audience but in my defence I needed a coffee :-)

Finally got out of Santa Rosa at about 12 and continued to play hide and seek with Route 66. Well I was looking for excitement and today I found it not sure I need it in this kind of dosage but certainly got the old ticker working and cost me a pair of underpants.



Route 66 New Mexico

Had turned of the freeway trying to find the illusive route 66. On my GPS is said you are travelling on historical route 66 no road showing however but heading east so just kept rolling. All of sudden the road turned from tarmac to dirt track. Hammered on the breaks as soon as I spotted this to wash of as much speed off before I hit the dirt the ABS going into overtime. So down to a slower pace the road is dirt but hard and compact with the odd sharp rocks so decide to continue pace picking up as you know this fella has done the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle so this bit of dirt no problem. Getting braver and getting faster and faster when all of a sudden it goes all pear shape and the bike goes all wobbly and loose under me front wheel digs in I am flying all over the place. Now in the manual it says best way to handle a situation like this is to accelerate through this well bollocks to that I was off the throttle in no time which did not help the situation and I managed to wrestle the bike to a standstill which seem to take a long time and was all over the road but least when it was stopped I maybe in control of the bucking beast. Finally stopped remembered to breath and then look down to see which of tyres where flat as I presumed I had just a big tyre blow out nope both looked fine except they where both buried in 2 to 3 inches of sand. So the hard dirt track I was following just turned into a sand road with no warning except the bike wanting to throw me off and by then it was too late. Shaking like a leaf pulled forward and it was hard going in the soft sand every time I picked up a little speed the front wheel dug in and decided it no longer wanted to cooperated with the instructions it was getting from me so I was down to a snail's pace confidence totally shot in the middle of who knows where no one around for miles around this went on for a couple more miles felt like longer then the road turned back to Tarmac much to my relief. Pulled over had a pee and just started to giggle. That was a close call to close. I keep getting let down by my off-road skills I was looking for excitement well I just got it in spades can we go back to dull ville please.

I was just 1 mile short of the Texas State line so another State to add to my ever-growing list and back on the boring I40 where I kept seeing signs for a cheap motel in Amarillo with a swimming pool which seem very tempting considering the temperature and my motocross exertions. It was early but I had lost another hour as I crossed into Texas and I had had enough for one day. One final stop before I hit Amarillo the famous Cadillac Ranch a public art installations of about 10 Cadillac half buried in a Field. Had a wonder round here which was nice except for all the empty aerosols canister lying all over the field there where thousands of them. Not sure if was the original intention that they all get covered with graffiti and if was there is no need to leave the empty canister lying around spoilt it a wee bit in my view but maybe the graffiti has added something to the piece.

Cadillac Ranch Amarillo[/caption]



Swimming pool here I come as it now about 40 centigrade find the place and yes the sign says 29.95 per night but guess what when I go in and ask that rate is only if I have a sick relative staying in the hospital down the road! What a load of bollocks I had seen about 10 signs since New Mexico for this place and then they pull this kind of Bollocks so Executive Inn Amarillo you can eat my shorts the ones I was wearing today which you can imagine are not very pleasant. Final rant I am getting sick of huge saying one thing only to found out they are totally meaningless should not be allowed. So found a place round the corner where they did honour the huge sign outside and they had a pool as well but it was tiny more like a large bath so gave that a miss. So again I am in cheap motel on the outskirts of town tonight walked to a huge shopping mall for the Food Court for me dinner but have not seen much of Amarillo as I do want to get on the bike after a long day in the saddle but guess I will have to start doing this or it is going to be very boring through the rest of the States. Need to get some kind of plan together on what I am going to do as what I am doing it not that exciting and the only buzz I get is when I nearly hurt myself so back to the drawing board me thinks! Good news is this blog is now up to date all I need to do is publish it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #84
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Amarillo to Elk City, Tuesday, 14 August 2012, Day 71

Only in Texas[/caption]

Todays highlight was a huge cross in a place called Groom. Well I am in Texas so I guess they had to have the biggest one! I have no idea why it's there as I am in the middle of nowhere there where a whole load of other religious sculptures at the place to all in all very strange. The signage amused me the most they said “Keep off not responsible for accidents” We know that allegedly the fella who’s sculpture you trying to keep folk of is responsible or am I missing something :-) Made me giggle.

Bloody Big Cross[/caption]



Slow hot day did not get out of Amarillo till after 12 as I needed to find a Suzuki dealer to replace the bolt that was missing that held me petrol tank in place. No problems easy fix but took time to find the place and get the right bolt and you do not move to fast in this kind of heat.

Afterwards had breakfast at a Donut place and got chatting to an ex retired air force guy who had been stationed in the UK. It was cool in the Café and reluctant to get out into the heat outside and they had donuts. So finally got going trying to track the elusive 66, which kept appearing then disappearing. Just grinding out the miles trying to find something interesting to see but not being that successful all I got today was a bloody huge cross.

Route 66 Texas[/caption]

The heat sucks the life out of you and it has been very windy the last couple of days so like riding with someone pointing a huge hairdryer at you yes even the winds are a hot ones. So at about 5.30 started to look for a Motel. The first one that looked affordable was an Ex Motel 6 well I thought it was but the owner a nice catholic Indian chap* (Not sure why his religion is relevant but he wanted to be sure I knew and there where pictures of the last supper in the reception and lots of useful quotations from the good book all over the place) he claimed it was a Motel 6 but I am not sure as the signage was decrepit and all Motel 6 logos been eliminated so it may had been in the past but doubt if it is now. Good thing about Indian Motel owners is that they are always ready to haggle. Did not do so well but got a reduced rate but as it was just starting to rain outside I think he had me over a barrel as I was hot sweaty and tired and did not fancy getting an external warm shower. As usual motel on the outskirts of town next to the freeway but fortunately a nice little Italian restaurant just across the road so spaghetti sausage and meatballs for dinner and back to the motel room for the rest of the evening who said travelling was glamorous and exciting?

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Elk City to Claremore, Wednesday, 15 August 2012, Day 72

Yet another Route 66 Petrol Station![/caption]

As you can probably tell not to impressed with this part of the journey but very little option but to grind it out and hope that it get more interesting soon. Had a pleasant day Route 66 was more present in the State of Oklahoma so this got me of the freeway, which was a nice change.



Must confess I am no longer a speed freak and on the Freeways you are allowed to go 75*mph but that is a tad fast for my liking the bike could do that all day the rider however prefers the more leisurely pace of the back roads where he is not being humiliated and passed by 20 wheel trucks as he tootles in the slow lane. It is official most be getting old as I am no longer in hurry to be the fastest thing on the road and considering the miles I am putting in I would be even more tired than I am now. Again on me own in a tatty old motel room so finally got all my routes downloaded from my Garmin GPS as there is no Internet and the goggle box here is crap.

Bugger it was Closed![/caption]

So here some Stats;

I have done about 23,690km in 72 days so that is about 330km a day. The most I travelled in one day is 764km from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg. Spent about USD 1, 250 on fuel and about USD 2,200 on Accommodation and god know how much on Cinnamon Rolls. I know but I am not telling. So a pleasant enough day at the office not mind-blowing or much to write about but pleasant. I have got some ideas on how to liven things up bit but a tad more research is needed so watch this space.
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Claremore to Rolla, Thursday, 16 August 2012, Day 73

yet another scrap yard on Route 66![/caption]

Another pleasant day at the office but need to put some serious miles in if I am going to get to Indianapolis for Friday evening as I have decided to treat myself to a weekend of MotoGP.* However Route 66 is showing more of herself than she has in other states and there is even signposts making it a lot easier to follow in Missouri. I cannot say that route 66 is that interesting put today was a pleasant ride hot in the morning but towards the end of the day started to cool which was nice when I say cool still warm but a lot cooler than I have been for a while. As I was just about to call it quits for the day and start looking for a Motel for the night. I lose the signs for Route 66 but I am on a gorgeous road and the scenery is pleasant and its that time if an evening when the light is brilliant I decide to keep going in the hopes I am on the right road. Eventually I have to admit I am lost so stop and pull out the maps and with the GPS figure out where I am. I was heading for a place called Rolla as I presumed there would be some cheap motels. Took me a while to figure out where I was as I had gone miles in the wrong direction but soon was heading to where I wanted to be then the GPS turned me down a dirt track which I had no intention of doing as I had been riding for miles to long if truth be told and was completely knackered so had no ambitions for off-roading so ignored the GPS hit recalculate and continued with my search of Rolla. Again another dirt track so this one I decided to take as I just wanted to be at a motel by now. So the usual Philly off-road shinangings scaring myself half to death, as I was so tired I was not really concentrating and suddenly the road turned very steep bike picking up speed very rapidly and all my mind wanted to do was a slow tappy lappy until the rough stuff finished and the road turned back to Tarmac. So again floundering off-road this time I will blame my lack of skills on fatigue. Luckily managed to gain control of the situation and had an uncomfortable couple more miles before I was back on normal roads and a couple more before I was back on the freeway heading to Rolla by this time quite late getting dark and threatening to rain which it did just as I rolled into Rolla but at the same time I saw a sign for a cheap ish motel so pulled straight in there just as the heaven’s opened. I am such a jammy bastard sometimes I live quite a charmed life!

Just me and the Cops![/caption]

Got all my gifts for you here[/caption]

 
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Rolla to Indianapolis, Friday, 17 August 2012, Day 74

The Brickyard[/caption]

Rained a lot that evening which was nice as I have been travelling in some seriously hot weather in the high 90s Fahrenheit* *mid 30s Centigrade the last week and above the 100s Fahrenheit so that is 40 plus Centigrade so when I got up this morning and it was a balmy 72f or 22c it was a pleasant relief. I had done a lot of miles yesterday however a lot of them in the wrong direction so still had a lot of miles to do today and to add to that also wanted to stay off the freeway and follow route 66 as much as possible so going to be a long day again in the saddle. I said goodbye to Route 66 at St Louis which also looked like an interesting place to stay however I had a date with Valentino, Lorenzo, Casey and Danny and the rest of the MotoGP mob so pushed on to Indy.

Illinois Toll Bridge[/caption]

 

was not walking paid 1 cent![/caption]

Got there about 8.30 had lost an hour going into Indiana or was it Illinois I do not know anymore found the campsite which was right next to the track and set up camp. It has been more than month since I have been under canvas so hopefully all the mossies that I packed last time I camped are all dead if not they are going to be very angry
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Indianapolis, Saturday, 18 August 2012, Day 75

showing the motogp jockeys how to look good on a bike![/caption]

Have let this slip so doing a bit of a catch up so may be a bit slapdash. As you probably gathered I am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Circuit for the MotoGP. I decided I had been alone to long in tatty motel rooms in the middle of nowhere I would go to the other extreme and set up camp in a middle of field with loads of like-minded motorcycle enthusiast and maybe even talk to some of them.

Drove into Indianapolis late last night and what struck me was that for a Motorcycle event there where not many motorcyclist around so at first I thought I am in the right place and if yes have I got the right weekend. After putting the tent up went looking for where the action maybe but to be honest there was not much so walked miles to find some food and then back to the tent and spent the rest of the evening chatting to my neighbours before retiring to bed.

Indy MotorGP No one here![/caption]

Up quite early and headed to the track for a full day of watching motorcycles go round and round in circles at different speeds and levels. Just what the doctor ordered my idea of heaven. Today was just the warm up and the qualifications so with my general admission ticket I was allowed to go into pretty much all of the grandstands so spent all day moving from one to another trying to figure the best spot to watch the race tomorrow where I would be restricted as to where I could stand.



Indy MotorGP StillNo one! here![/caption]

Gorgeous hot day very little shade and we all know Philly’s views on Sun Tan Oil (Can’t stand the stuff) I was a burnt red little boy at the end of the day but very happy been chatting and bull shitting bikes all day good atmosphere here and the racing and what can get to see very good quality. Got back to the Tent at about 6 so been cooking in the sun for about 10 hours but was beyond caring was a bit whiffey*as well as there was no water or showers at the campsite or internet so I thought I would address one of those Issues and headed to McDonald’s for a drink as they have free WiFi and sorted out some digs for Monday in Chicago.

Afterwards headed into town where the whole center of town was closed of except for Motorcycles so there where bikes everywhere. Spent the rest of the evening just wandering around people and bike watching and later did some cruising in the hope that some of me pongs may be blown away.

Indianapolis Biker Party[/caption]



Got back to the campsite quite late had a chat with a Fries couple and then back to me tent to crash a burnt smelly but happy chap and the good news is I get to do it all again tomorrow yeah!
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Indianapolis, Sunday, 19 August 2012, Day 76

Sun Cream Nope Custard Cream Yep it all about priorities[/caption]

Up at about 9 headed straight to the race track and to the loo's there as the ones at the campsite where a bit minging by now and also took my towel and managed to have a stand up wash at one of the basins to get rid of some of me pongs a big improvement on the French shower I had yesterday but as I had a good couple of hot days and night pongs on me not ideal. Grabbed a coffee and a breakfast sandwich and sneaked into one of the stands I was not allowed and had me breakfast watching the warm up sessions. Eventually they started checking folk’s tickets so I decided to move before I was asked to leave and make my way to the cheap seats. I had a place in mind which covered the exit of the pit lane turn 1 through 4 and was high up in the stand there’s was cool breeze to keep the heat down as is was still sunny I cooked again but did not notice as much. Spent the rest of the day up in here on me perch chatting and chewing the fat with the folks around and also got talking to a Canadian/Dutch guy who had ridden all over Mexico and Central America and even sort published a bikers hotel guide to the area so spent the day picking his brains for useful gems of information which I have probably forgotten by the time I get there should really start writing some of this info down.

Race Day[/caption]

Most crowded stand![/caption]

 

Another good day at the race Danny Pedrosa took the main event big prize easily saw loads of crashes in the last couple of days a great venue what surprised how empty it was very few spectators if you compare it to say something like Assen where they get about 100,000 plus spectators there felt like there was hardly any at this event which is great for me as I hate large crowds :-).

Need a shower soon![/caption]

What surprised me even more was I was practically the only person left staying at the campsite got back to the tent and everyone had left! So had a very strange evening where I walked about 3 miles to the nearest place selling food (Taco Bell not had one of these yet) still hot totally burnt and not smelling that pleasant. I cannot get it into my head that you need a vehicle in the US if you want to do anything as everything is so far apart but I did not fancy getting the bike out so of I go walking everywhere hoping that it will be closer than it actually is. The exercise will do me good. Got back to the tent at about 7 it was like a ghost town now so did a little bit work on the PC but no wi-fi so limited what I could do and what I could be bothered to do without any power there as well. Read me book for a short while and as I was knackered and there was bugger all to do decided on early night so at 10 I went to bed so a reverse sleep in. Why going to bed early is not as pleasurable as a sleep in always bothered me as I much rather have a lie in than go to bed early.

Where has everyone gone ?[/caption]
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Indianapolis to Chicago, Monday, 20 August 2012, Day 77

Chicago Skyline[/caption]

Woke up quite early which is not surprising as I gone to bed early but I thought I get a lie in as well but the Bin men where making a racket clearing up the campsite and it was already starting to get hot in the tent. It was last Friday morning when I had my last shower it was now Monday Morning so you can imagine I looked and smelt awful. Packing the tent did not help this position but made it a tad worse that I was glad when I finally hit the road I had some coolish wind breeze to around my smelly body. Today destination Chicago which is only 180 miles so no Freeways for me today. Stopped in Lafayette for breakfast/lunch was getting some funny looks as I said I looked like shit warmed up. Went into Subways where they tried to serve me cold coffee well I was not having that so made a bit of a fuss you could see them cringing as this hobo demanded in his perfect English accent that they put his coffee in the microwave as coffee is supposed to be served hot. Got to Chicago and the Hostel at what I thought was about 4 but it was 3 as Illinois is an hour early than Indiana all these time zone changes giving me brain ache. Checked in OK and then I asked about Parking and they said yes no problem that will be an additional 25 bucks a night. No way Jose! I could park on the street a block away and that was free so I went for that option. While I was unloading the bike I walked round the back to check the parking facilities and I saw there was loads of unused space that I could put the bike in without taking up any car parking space so I went and had another word and they said yes I can park the bike in these dead space and that would be 10 buck a night. Bugger that talk about being motorcyclist friendly not so my bike is parked on the street a block away hope my bloody mindless does not turn round and bite me in the bum and it is there in the morning. Seems quite a nice neighbourhood and it is parked in front of a church. And the sign say no parking tow away zone when there is more than 2 inches of snow so I hoping that it does not snow tonight.

Posh Hostel and quite expensive as well but I guess I am in Chicago so these are big city prices. First thing I did was get a shower oh god I needed that and I spent the rest of the afternoon doing my washing as I was running out of clean stuff so as yet have not seen much of Chicago except for the drive in where I drove right through the center and like the look and feel of this place. After I done my washing went to a Supermarket to get some dinner and later walked to the lakeside where there where some great views of the skyline. I say lakeside for me this is more like being on the coast as the Lake is huge and you cannot see the other side, which for me is not normal, attributes for a lake. Wonder round the neighbourhood which is called Fullerton and it is very nice the dilemma I have no is do I stay just tomorrow or 2 days as I am not sure I can do Chicago justice in just one day but the clock is also ticking on when I need to be think about going back to the NL and where I need to be to do that efficiently. Luxury problems I know but still need to make a decision on this. I will decide in the morning, as procrastination is a good friend of mine.

Chicago Night Skyline[/caption]

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