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Old 10-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #91
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My ride yesterday from New Mexico to Oklahoma was pretty much an interstate slog, so I didn't snap any pictures on the nearly 700 mile run. I knew I'd be trying to make time back east so I could enjoy some of the Ozarks, and as much as the blue ridge parkway as I could.

Today was a bit more eventful. As I woke up and packed in my soaking tent and gear, I decided to make a beeline for the Ozarks. I made it there after a few hours of riding in the rain. I picked a loop that would take about an hour and sample some of Arkansas finest. It was pouring the entire time so I had to use caution, nonetheless, it was great fun. Especially after over 1000 miles of interstate from the last couple days. I could see myself making a special trip there someday just to explore that area. The road was never straight and constantly presented a challenge, especially in the wet.
I also noticed TONS of really good looking dirt roads. I'm sure there would be lots of fun to be had in the Ozarks, and left feeling like I only had an appetizer.


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It was tough getting pictures in the rain. I had to wipe my lens between every shot to get it to focus at all. Also, it was so foggy in the mountains it reminded me of the smokies.

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I loved being out west, but it was so nice getting back to scenery that I know so well. Twisty roads, green, warm moist air. My lips are no longer constantly chapped. And now, the crickets are about to serenade me to sleep in the woods of Tennessee.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #92
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It would make it a whole different experience to do it again with a buddy. I probably wouldn't be able to pass it up!!

Do I see an 1190 in your future?!??!!
ASAP, which probably isn't soon enough.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:21 PM   #93
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ASAP, which probably isn't soon enough.

Well in that case, Ill be needed with the Yamaha support vehicle.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:08 PM   #94
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Today I had a short, though wet ride again, from my campground just east of Memphis. I arrived a few hours later in Chattanooga. The timing couldn't have been better. My parents are here for a few days on a trip south in their RV. They just bought a new one, a super fancy Tiffin Bus. Yes, a bus. Walking inside after nights in a soggy tent felt like I was in the Ritz Carlton.

If you look really close, you can actually see my motorcycle next to the massive rig.


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We had a great home cooked meal by my Mom, the worlds best cook. Then exchanged stories of our travels as my camping gear dried under the awning.

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Zorro, the RV mascot was very happy to see me.

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And now, I'm headed to sleep on a fantastically comfortable bed in the RV. Tomorrow I plan to put myself in position to attack the best twisty roads the world has to offer. Starting in Cherokee NC.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:12 PM   #95
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I should add, through the entire trip so far,the only piece of gear that I've been disappointed with are my gloves. I have a light pair of triumph gloves which are great. But my 3 season waterproof ones are Revit Phantom gloves, which are supposedly waterproof. Well, they are not. They are okay in showers but after a few hours in the rain I might as well have socks on my hands. Huge letdown considering how expensive they were. If anyone has good waterproof glove suggestions I'm all ears.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #96
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I have worn neoprene fishing gloves in heavy rain purchased at Walmart. Of course they are of limited protection in the event of a getoff.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:57 AM   #97
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What's the milage count at so far?
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:38 AM   #98
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I have worn neoprene fishing gloves in heavy rain purchased at Walmart. Of course they are of limited protection in the event of a getoff.
Regards....justjeff

That's not a bad idea for the heavy rain days. I wonder if you can get something that goes over some light leather gloves...
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:39 AM   #99
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What's the milage count at so far?

Just under 6k on this trip so far.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #100
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For a first ride report, this is one hell of an intro. Good job!

I hope I can make it to some riding in UT next spring, but we'll see.

Oh, and on your gloves, get the Aerostich lobster claws; they allow you to keep your regular gloves and then just slip over. After riding in monsoons all day long, hands and gloves are dry as a bone. If you get creative, you can put them on while riding down the road too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #101
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For a first ride report, this is one hell of an intro. Good job!

I hope I can make it to some riding in UT next spring, but we'll see.

Oh, and on your gloves, get the Aerostich lobster claws; they allow you to keep your regular gloves and then just slip over. After riding in monsoons all day long, hands and gloves are dry as a bone. If you get creative, you can put them on while riding down the road too.

Thanks I hope people are enjoying it!

Best of luck getting out west next spring. Do whatever you have to do, to make it happen!

I just looked up the Aerostitch rain gloves. Those look perfect. I'll be ordering a set for sure and trying them out. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:29 PM   #102
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Unfortunately I can feel my trip winding to an end. I could keep doing this a whole lot longer!!! I need to be back on the 9th though so that left me today, Tuesday and Wednesday.
This morning started off at a much slower pace than normal, which was a welcome change. I decided to let the cold front that I've been battling, get ahead of me a couples hundred miles, so I could enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway while in good weather. I took mostly back roads to the start of the blue ridge in Cherokee NC.

At this point I was getting pretty excited to begin my journey on the 469 mile motorcyclists dream.


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Today was just a short sampling of what was to come. I rode about 80 miles of it. The Parkway is not a very demanding or technical road, but they allow a pretty generous 45 mph speed limit for the speed of the turns. It's not intense, but it demands constant attention for hours on end. The corners are fast, predictable and smooth. It makes it easy to carve the perfect line, and I was smiling within seconds of joining the road.


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The smoky mountains once again lived up to their name today.

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Right where I was turning off the Parkway, it was closed! Perfect timing.

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Turns out this is the reason.... What a mess.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...h-inn/2923169/


Thankfully it won't affect my trip tomorrow. I found a nice little campground right in Ashville on the river. Ate dinner, setup my tent, wrote this RR, and took this picture about 5 minutes ago.
Life is good!!!

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Old 10-08-2013, 08:17 AM   #103
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Great job of keeping us current! Sad to see the end coming. Great pictures and writing. With all those highway miles what did the Super T do for MPG? What was your average?

Looking forward to the last couple of days.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #104
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Day one is in the books!!!
My first iron butt is now complete. 1012 miles in 16 hours and fifteen minutes.
congrats on your 1st Saddle Sore 1000

the Iron Butt is 11 days of such insanity and was just done a month ago.

your brothers, the Yamaha FJR's did exceptionally well this year
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:39 PM   #105
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Dang, wish I had known you were in Chattanooga - I'd treated you and your parents to dessert at an Ice Cream/Coffee shop I manage. And lets not lie about my ulterior motives - I have yet to see a Tenere in person
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