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Old 09-16-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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August 2009 Fly-and-Ride (Airventure, Rockies, UT, NV, CA, Baja and more!)

So as some of you know by now, I had a month between the end of my summer gig and the start of my final year of school.

I was going to go back to Cambridge and write an article or something, but after working 10 60-80hr weeks over the summer, I thought better of it. I also received the happy news over the summer that I would be participating as a fellow in a program at school over the next academic year that would facilitate writing an article.

So what to do? Well, I'd never ridden Baja before, I'd never seen my sister's new digs in SoCal, I'd never ridden a street bike significantly west of the continental divide, I had a CR250R calling my name in Denver, I wanted to show Pilette (aka my wife) around CO and I wanted to see the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh.

Well those seemed like enough items to keep me entertained for a bit - on to the logistics.

I didn't have much cash to spend, but did have some saved-up tuition money that wouldn't be needed 'till Sept. I didn't have a street bike really suitable for the trip (TL is in need of repairs that I didn't have the time or garage space to do and I'm getting a bit old and arthritic for several-thousand mile sport bike tours).

So a plan was hatched. I'd buy a bike somewhere within a day's ride of Oshkosh, fly out and ride to OSH. Then on to Denver, then west, then south and finally I'd sell the bike wherever I ended up when I ran out of time and if needed, fly back to DC or Cambridge.

After much angst and a few bikes that fell though, I ended up with a 2007 Bandit 1250S in Kansas City that a fellow adv'er had listed here and on CL.

I'd also need camping gear and such. In keeping with the low-budget plan, a $30 tent was procured at Target and Pilette found an old sleeping bag from her days as a Brownie or Girlscout or something like that. Good enough. I lacked bags to carry the stuff in. Some scrounging yielded a dry bag ($5 at the local thrift store) and an old hanging bag (dusty corner of the in-laws attic). The hanging bag had d-rings and such on it and seemed well suited to strapping to a bike. The dry bag should keep the sleeping bag dry.

I'd need more luggage though - somewhere to carry clothes, laptop, camera, shoes, hydration pack etc, so I ordered up a top case and tank bag and had them shipped directly to the seller.

On July 27th I flew to KC, forked over the cash, hit up the DMV (3hrs wait ) and installed my luggage and bungee-corded my gear to the pillion seat. Finally I was on my way north-east toward Oshkosh by evening.

I looked something like this as I left the seller's place.


A teaser of what's in store (never mind the missing bit in CA - gps got wonky, I had to re-set it and seem to have lost a few tracks - just fill in the coastal bit and Ortega hwy in you head).
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:57 PM   #2
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I didn't take many pictures on the way to osh, but here's what I've got...

I went across this bridge


The new Bell Star was working just dandy in the KC heat (which wasn't actually too terrible).


The city gave way to rolling hills and farmland


And I crossed a bridge and river again.



That night I stayed with a fellow inmate and drooled over his KTM and very cool house/garage Major thanks for the hospitality, breakfast and great company! (post up if you'd like folks to know who you are!) :hail
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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The following morning I rode on to Oshkosh!

There were all manner of aircraft.

Manufactures showing off their new tundra planes


A classic Pitts Bip


A float-plane



An arctic expedition plane (might need them to drop fuel for me when I go for my overland motorcycle Antarctic recordevious).


There were planes that seemed too small to lift a single person (I've since learned that this particular plane was flown all the way from France to Oshkosh years ago, but that this year its owner/pilot had to work at Airventure, flying something slightly larger so this wee plane made the trip in the cargo hold of the owner's "other" plane - the A380).


And aircraft large enough to stand in for a crane


There were old bombers


And the Ford P51 display
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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There were futuristic Rutan designs, some new and made to escape this planet's atmosphere


Yep, it really flies


Some old


Not all of slick composites and built for speed, but this looks like pure fun to me


And a very nice mixture of slick composts and old-world horsepower (carbon-fiber airframe with a very old, 9 cylinder supercharged Russian radial motor).


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Old 09-16-2009, 04:01 PM   #5
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And then there were RV's - the most popular kit-plane ever. Thousands flying and enough at Osh to take up over 5 acres of parking I was told.

If anything the 5 acres was probably an under-statement, this isn't even half of them...


This show-winning -8 is a classic in the RV world.


The Vans tent.


And a -6 in Vans AirForce Colors (like TLZ, but for these planes).


A Corvette-powered -10.


Another nice -8


A recently-completed -6 that's not yet painted.


This isn't stock


And an exquisitely painted -4 (the owner/builder did it himself as I understand it).
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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Lets see... a few more airplanes of note
They asked me to fly this P-51 in the show for them (I wish!)


A gorgeous SNJ-5 (AKA T-6 Texan AKA T-6 Harvard) - the best part, it was for sale for a very-reasonable $175k.


Big radials are a thing of beauty :love2:


This thing made an appearance, it was definitely huge.


I'm told the A380 captain is also the owner and pilot of the tiny plane pictured earlier (the single seater with the twin two stroke single cylinder motors). Seems he flew the tiny plane all the way over from France in the past, but this year it made the hop in the cargo hold of the A380...
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