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Old 12-03-2007, 08:10 AM   #61
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Hi!

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Looks like you have both gotton lucky!

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:36 AM   #62
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:25 AM   #63
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:24 PM   #64
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Looks like you have both gotton lucky!

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Old 12-05-2007, 10:26 PM   #65
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A few photos from the rest of our weekend in Santa Monica:

We ran up the coast two-up (heresy!) on Mr. AdvRydr's bike,





and found some of the fire damage in Malibu:




We found surfers!




We found the local motorcycle hangout, and saw many, many bikes out on the road.



Very few Harleys, instead we saw mostly sportbikes, with several BMWs old and new mixed in. Mr. AdvRydr saw a pristine Vincent Black Shadow which he thinks may have been Jay Leno's; alas, no photo.

We saw a bike like Mrs. AdvRydr's, but different:



We also saw a couple of really spiffy cars.

There rolls about half a million:


Maybe a little less:


Then we went to Venice Beach, ate at the Venice Whaler Bar & Grill, climbed a sand dune, and walked the pier.



Then we rode the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier, after watching the sunset:











(We also made off with a couple sprouts off one of the jade trees at the hotel, hoping they survive the trip in our little travel cooler.)
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:33 PM   #66
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We have started the long trip back to Georgia; so far, as of Wednesday night, we are in Abilene, Texas. We did about 570 miles today! Here are a few high points...

Another rest-stop late lunch/early dinner, this one just before the California-Arizona border Monday afternoon. For this one, we brought along some cup-of-soups, into which we add some jerky, accompanied with pudding and hot chocolate.



A lot of 'big empty' in SoCal, Arizona, and New Mexico Monday and Tuesday.



We amused ourselves Tuesday by taking silly photos. One of these days we're gonna have to get bike-to-bike radio and/or XM receivers.






Tuesday and Wednesday, we started to see a lot of Border Patrol, and El Paso is of course crawling with them. In Midland, Texas (hometown of the Bushes!), we also saw Homeland Security.



I think we'll miss the colors of the desert sunsets.



Wednesday was mostly uneventful, as west Texas terrain along I-10 isn't terribly exciting.



Well, sometimes the Texas State Patrol sees it differently. (Just a warning, folks, not to worry.)

We went through El Paso, which was far more industrial than I expected, and extremely polluted.



There were checkpoints on I-10 in both directions for traffic leaving El Paso. We saw a lot of border patrol vehicles in this area.

The terrain has flattened out here, with fewer foothills and long areas of flat land, and become more prairie than desert. We've also dropped in elevation from about 5,000 to 6,000 feet yesterday and this morning, to 1,500' this evening.





Another late lunch at a rest area, this time with bee-flavored hot chocolate...


We rolled into Abilene well after dark, and mostly by happenstance found Joe Allen's barbecue restaurant, where we had the best brisket either one of us have had in recent memory. We also encountered an axe-wielding bicycle rider, which was a little unnerving... but we are safely locked into a reasonably good motel room with excellent wireless, so the day has ended well.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:48 PM   #67
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Great Report,and congratulations from Europe to you...
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:49 PM   #68
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Thanks for the well wishes

Today, we've made it to Shreveport, and are well positioned to make it home to Atlanta tomorrow (Friday) late night. We didn't make quite the mileage intended today; we got a later start than we meant to , and then discovered a need for a new front tire on Mrs AdvRydr's bike, which we attended to in Fort Worth. We had noted some cupping on the tire early in the trip, but after yesterday's 600-odd miles, the wear accelerated and became uneven, way less tread on one side of the tire than the other, and it seemed it would be unwise to run it another 1000 miles... So after finding BMW of Fort Worth (who really treated us well, and got a new tire on promptly), we spent some quality time in Dallas traffic... we'd be happy to drive around the Dallas metroplex from here on out, I think.

We saw our first real trees in about two weeks, just after leaving Abilene. Trees and grass! Wow!
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:16 PM   #69
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  • 19 days
  • 5972 miles
  • one wedding
  • one major blizzard
  • one major rainstorm
  • two oil changes
  • one front tire
  • one close encounter with the Texas State Patrol
  • one case of gas exhaustion
  • one hell of a good time!

We had no final drive failures, no ring antenna failures, no flat tires, no blown engine, no crashes, no drops, no electrical failures. Our tool kit consisted of a few allen wrenches, a few star tips, a cycle pump, and associated flat tire repair tools, all of which fit into a small side pocket in one bag. Both bikes are high mileage daily riders, Mr Advrydr's bike had 41,930 miles and Mrs Advrydr's bike had 117,551 miles.

I am a true believer that these bikes, when maintained properly, will get you there and back.

On the road, home can sometimes become a distant memory spoken about like some lost land. We tend to live in a very time- and distance-compressed world where in four hours we can leave our home in Atlanta and Arrive in Los Angeles. The vastness of this great country can only truly be realized when one travels by car, motorbike or even more so by walking. It is within these modes of travel that one can actually get a true grasp of the scale and the magnitude of this country. I remember talking to Mrs AdvRydr after crossing one of the valleys along our route to Tonopah and our conversation centered on the vast scale of the emptiness that surrounded us, where sometimes hours would go by without seeing a single car, and the silence was thick and all-encompassing. Our travels by motorcycle have given us a very unique look at the world around us. We as motorcyclists become part of our surroundings, savoring every smell, every sound, and every action.

We wish to thank all of you who have taken time from your busy schedules to travel along with us, and hope that you have enjoyed as much as we have. I post the following pictures of our full route and a few after shots in conclusion of this adventure.


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Old 12-09-2007, 02:34 PM   #70
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trying to figure out how to tell my wife .we need a UNICAT
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:36 PM   #71
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Thanks for the RR & Congrats!

I really like the route that you took. I think I'll have to go about the same way in the next year or two. Any idea what the total distance traveled was? I lived in AZ for awhile and for some reason I never went to the crater or the petrified forest. Go figure. Glad to hear that you didn't have any problems with the slick stuff. What kind of tires were you running?
Thanks again for the report and I wish for you to have a lifetime together filled with adventure and maybe some little adventurers.
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #72
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Thank you for the well-wishes

The final count was ~20 miles shy of 6000 miles.

Both bikes are running Tourances.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:26 AM   #73
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wow. congratulations guys! nice ride report!
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:54 AM   #74
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:28 AM   #75
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How right you are.

"The vastness of this great country can only truly be realized when one travels by car, motorbike or even more so by walking." You never know how big until you go see it for yourself.


Great RR.

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