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Old 07-12-2007, 07:30 PM   #331
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I can't get over the fact that he hasn't mentioned a flat...yet. Or did I miss it? I find it hard to believe those tires held up that well.

I assume that he was riding on pneumatic tires, as they were pretty standard by then. But, IIRC the tread thickness was substantially greater, so flats weren't necessarily the same issue as they are with the thinner modern performance tires.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #332
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I can't get over the fact that he hasn't mentioned a flat...yet. Or did I miss it? I find it hard to believe those tires held up that well.
On page 10, he decided that his rear tire was worn too badly to go on, and on page 11 he replaced it.

See posts #36 and #46.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=245439&page=3
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=245439&page=4
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:43 PM   #333
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On page 10, he decided that his rear tire was worn too badly to go on, and on page 11 he replaced it.

See posts #36 and #46.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=245439&page=3
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=245439&page=4
Yeah, wear I can understand, but with all the rocks etc, he hasn't gotten a flat...yet.







I guess I don't want to jinx 'im!
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:03 PM   #334
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Well, I might as well step out into the light, quit lurking, and post.

Great story and thanks for sharing! Could you imagine if every trip you took turned into this kind of ordeal. The first Iron Butt? Could he hang with David Knight at Muenster?
I've seen a sig to the effect that "The difference between and ordeal and an adventure is attitude."

Our friend Chas had one heck of an attitude.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:58 PM   #335
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #336
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True. But how many 16 year olds back then would know how to debug a computer program, or re-wire a video game controller?

Life does go on. It doesn't NECESSARILY mean today's kids are less self-reliant. They just have different outlets. My 17yo does the above, and goes with me to pit crew in the Baja 500/1000.

Just sayin'
I agree completely. Today's kids have...and need...different skills than many of us did growing up. Most would call that progress. I remain impressed with our young author's skills and attitude.

Another difference that I find interesting....how many parents today would allow their 16 yr. old child to embark on a trip of this nature? Not many I'd bet....that would probably get you arrested in Massachusetts
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:20 PM   #337
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Back in post 93 he tells how he flipped a coin and took the road to the right and crossed the water on the ferry. The area he was in here is where my Dad was born and grew up during the same era as this was written. Many times I heard him speak of the old Browns ferry that use to operate carrying people across the Savannah river headed to Anderson. The ferry was used before Mr. Alford built a bridge and charged for people to cross it.
Although I have never lived in Hartwell,(about 3 hours away) I have been there many dozens of times as a child for family reunions and visits to his old friends.
Great read CR. Thanks for taking the time.
back in post #177 cauldron had posted a google map up to that point of the story.

think you can with the help of your dad get some google coordinates for the old ferry and any other road information he might remember of the area, to continue pieceing together the route that cauldron started?

hey cauldron how bout updating your map for us?
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:45 AM   #338
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Crooked Roads, does the lady who gave you the diary know anything about the later life of Charles Findlay? It would be interesting to know what happened to him - though I'm worried about hearing what an adventuresome guy who turned 18 in 1918 might have decided to do...
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:27 AM   #339
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Crooked Roads, does the lady who gave you the diary know anything about the later life of Charles Findlay? It would be interesting to know what happened to him - though I'm worried about hearing what an adventuresome guy who turned 18 in 1918 might have decided to do...
Spike,Three pages to go. Computer keep messing up last night . But since all of you folks are enjoying this so much.........I'll tell ya. There is a part 2. I'll ask for more info. on Charles soon as I see the lady this came from. Page 79 coming
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:36 AM   #340
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Incredible read!!!

Great job/great find CR!!!

And a possible sequel none-the-less!!??!
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:47 AM   #341
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never been...........dry yet". I didn't say anything more about it but went on thru If it has been there for fifty years I know they will never fix it. I arrived in Abington O.K. Three hour ride from Wytherville . It's 65 miles . Also 38 creeks to ford (I counted them). I was going thru town when my father and step-mother waved me down from the porch of Mrs Davidson's home . I stoped and greeted them. So ends the .........pg80.....trip making my last day's ride the shortest . I have been on the road five day but my riding hours were short-First day I rode 11hrs (250miles) second day (250miles) 10 -1/2 hours (241miles) third day 11-1/2hrs (178 miles ) forth day 3 hrs (65miles) I went 18 miles further into Bristol,Tenn. just to run the trip into Tenn. Which make it 859miles in 43hrs 35 min. On the trip I used 16 gal. of gas. Which makes an average of 54miles to a gal. I also used 14 qts .........81.....of oil which makes an average of 62 miles to a qt. There was no repair work (except the busted front wheel ) The motor came thru as smoothly as you please (except filling up with carbon ,any motor will do that)and didn't give any trouble at all,even when I fell in the creek it was alright after I dried it out ................THE END
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:55 AM   #342
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back in post #177 cauldron had posted a google map up to that point of the story.

think you can with the help of your dad get some google coordinates for the old ferry and any other road information he might remember of the area, to continue pieceing together the route that cauldron started?

hey cauldron how bout updating your map for us?
Oh if I only could, but my Dad left this world a few years back. The road to the right would be what is now US 29 out of Hartwell. The fork would be a couple of miles back in toward town and the road to the left would now be underwater since the building of the dam to create Lake Hartwell( nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.)
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:23 AM   #343
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...never been dry yet. ....THE END


Great story! Thanks again for all the work!!!! I'll PM you and get you the consolidated text; just do what you want with it.

Can't wait for Part 2
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:59 AM   #344
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Thanks for taking the time to share this with us, CR!!! What an amazing story. We'll eagerly await part 2!
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:06 AM   #345
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Thanks for the post,,, that was just great. I'll have to see if I can find the photos of my Father and Brother going skiing on there bikes. Halfway Or to Sun Valley.

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