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Old 07-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #31
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Day 2: Paducah, KY to Waterloo, IA

Woke up after a quite pleasant stay in a Holiday Inn Express to this



Yep, the rain hasn't moved. At. All.

It's ok, we've got things to do. When we were stuck in traffic, sitting in the rain in Kentucky, Padre pulls up next to me,

Padre: "Hey, I changed the language on my screen and can't figure out what it says!"

Me: "I can't see it; spell it."

Padre: "Lampfi"

Me:

I couldn't figure out for the life of me how Padre managed to change the language on the GSA's screen. I didn't even know if it was possible. I also knew that Padre's standard response to technology is to press the button harder and more often before swapping to combinations of various other buttons on the dash.

About that time I pull in front of him and he disappears in my mirror. Black/gray GSA, rain soaked road, cloudy day. Dang if that little hamster wasn't Johnny on the spot again; he doesn't have a headlight and Lampfi isn't another language, it means "Lamp F(ront)!"

Me: "Hey, you've got no headlight and the screen isn't in another language."

Padre: (looks at screen)

We get to the hotel and take pull the headlight bulb in 30 seconds. It's an H7, just like every Chevrolet in the country. Autozone would have one and Siri says there's one down the street. The morning of day 2 consisted of me riding to buy a bulb, thinking smugly how the bone stock BMW broke before my KTM did.

A picture interlude of crossing into Illinois









Now Illinois was doing road work from MM 42 to MM 95 on I-57 so we were going to cut cross country to I-55. My handy dandy GPS with the latest mapping software takes us over the river, through the woods, behind Grandma's house, through the back wood lot, and over the train tracks to get there. At one point we were going down one lane roads.

Yeah, this doesn't seem right.

Finally we pull out onto something that looks like I-75 through Atlanta with it's 15 lanes of glory.



And we get out of the rain



into Missouri



All told it took us 2.5 hours to get from Paducah, KY to Cape Giradeau, MO.



So we hammer up I-55 into St. Louis and catch Hwy 61 at Wentzville. A friend of dad's says that's his favorite way to get north and being a trucker for Kroger's after flying helicopters for the Army, we take his suggestion.



Passing amber waves of grain and future ethanol



We pull over at a Casey's General store in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa to stretch and cool off. Conveniently, a funeral home next door has shade.



Contemplating our next destination, we realize that Waterloo, IA is about as far as we want to make it. Riding 500+ miles at interstate speeds really wears you out. Least it does me. 400 miles a day on a sportbike? No problem, done it before. Interstate work is rough.

When we get to Waterloo Padre tells me "Oh yeah, your brake light hasn't worked for two days. I just keep forgetting to tell you."

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:13 AM   #32
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When we get to Waterloo Padre tells me "Oh yeah, your brake light hasn't worked for two days. I just keep forgetting to tell you."

Heh, thats some shunny fit.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #33
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #34
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Heh, thats some shunny fit.
Yeah but not really...

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Thanks, doing my best.

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Yo, Adam, writing about the schlep can be more taxing than spending 80+ hours per week locked inside the Charlotte Law Library, but you, Sir, are doing one hell of a fine job keeping us entertained.

Thanks for adding flavor to my morning coffee!

Looking forward to each and every update .

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Thanks Dave! Coming from you that's a real compliment. Love reading your reports.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #35
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:39 AM   #36
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #37
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:02 AM   #38
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #39
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Where are ya dangit?
In front of a computer. I'm getting my pictures in order to write another one. It's hard getting 3 cameras onto one portable hard drive.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #40
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If you need a spot in Grande Prairie, Alberta..

we've got room, even for a Kaboom!!

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #41
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I just noticed this,Im lurking along now,Im the short guy on the KLR suffering KTM envy,I won't cause problems,I got my own beer and Jäger.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:47 PM   #42
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:09 PM   #43
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I'm not sure when I'll get my own trip to Alaska on but for now I'll ride vicariously with you guys (if you don't mind). This is starting out nicely!
Ride safe, have fun.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:16 AM   #44
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Ok, I'm on board Adam! The adventure is starting very early in this thread.

Oh! and yes, KatoomWife is a really good cook. I could go for some more brownies right now. I cant speak for wrenching and running a chainsaw.

Ride safe!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #45
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Hope you are enjoying each day, without getting too hot or too wet. It's been both back home!
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