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Old 05-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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KLR takes a circuitous route to Big Bend

The original plan was to ride from west-central Indiana out to Utah for a week. Snow between here and there kind of screwed that up, so instead I hauled the KLR past the snow to my nephew's place in Tulsa and rode from there. I did not make it to Utah.

Day 1 on the bike drops me into the lovely Alanreed, Texas, zip code 79002. A guy working on fences in the area tells me that the snakes are worse this year than he's ever seen them, and to watch my step after dark. My decision to fleabag it for the night is instantly validated.



The room is clean and quiet.



Beer and a Snickers for dinner, and I think I'll sleep with the window open.



Even with the late start (cold and raining in Tulsa today) I still make some decent progress towards whatever it is I'm progressing towards.


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Old 05-15-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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And yes, I most likely have brought way too much stuff. I've got a chair, tripod and two complete camping setups packed (tent stuff and hammock stuff) in that red duffel, not to mention enough clothes to last a week without wearing anything twice. The Camelbak is empty except for water and sandals. I've got spare tubes, gear shifter (me learns from experience eventually) and other miscellaneous things I don't really need but that somehow fit on the bike without much protest. I've got my Canon dslr and a couple of lenses, as well as some electronics..

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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After solving the world's problems with one of the locals over a cup of coffee and a yogurt, I head out across the flatlands. I pass the cars-sticking-out-of-the-ground-thing outside of Amarillo and make a mental note to stop if I'm in the area again later.



I make it to Winslow and make it a point to stop and check out the corner.



Again I fleabag it and take a walk in search of dinner.



It's May 5th, so that presents some challenges but I find an open restaurant even on this Sunday evening.



Next door is a storefront church..



A better view with better light..



I thought this building was neat. I believe it's the visitors center..



Better numbers today..



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Old 05-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #5
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How's the wind out there this time?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #6
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Day three on the bike is mostly just me trying to get to somewhere warm and not forecast to be rain in the next day.

I froze my butt off riding through the Flagstaff area, but as things warmed up I did grab a burger in Seligman, Arizona.



I considered taking the Route 66 tour towards Vegas, but my phone showed rain on the radar so I just kept heading west..



Then south.



A Shell station in Needles for lunch as YES played on the speakers at the pumps was a nice break. The trip south continues.

North of Blythe I checked out some camping, but the fees were of the fleabag hotel magnitude, so I moved on.. The river was pretty though..





The Dutt.



Splendor..





Some pics from my walkabout.



Dinner.










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By the way, just to throw this out there, I'm using Mobil 1 synthetic oil, a Shinko 705 on the rear, an Avon Gripster up front and I countersteer.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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Looks like a good ride John! Y'all keep moving Big Bend up higher and higher on my list of places to go with reports like this.

Really like this pic...even if your KLR is in the middle of it.







...but what kind of chain lube?
I am conflicted about the KLR thing. I ride too much highway to justify it.

As for chain lube (yes I'm going there), I didn't use any because I was pretty sure that as soon as I would have I would have found a nice dusty road to ride. Brand new chain, too. I think I'm going to find some of the dry Teflon stuff to use so that won't be a concern.

I'm glad your biff wasn't worse.

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:35 AM   #10
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Yes, having it mounted on the bike is great for the tracking feature, but most likely it would be gone in a serious crash when u most need it. Good point.
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