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Old 07-06-2009, 01:14 AM   #46
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The warm weather doesn't appear to have effected Chadd's attitude, that's a good sign!
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #47
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Hi everyone. I am Shawn, the other forum member he met. I was just wondering how the trip is going? It was raining pretty hard this morning. Did you ride in the rain, or did you try to wait it out?
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:13 AM   #48
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Hi Shawn,ya we left yesterday in the rain and it kept us cool and by the looks of things we are doing the same today.

Dam ! Texas is a huge state

A huge thanks to La Rue Rougeau of the Jefferson County visitors center. She is the operations manager there and helped us out :-)
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:22 PM   #49
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Finally made it some 500 miles later and lots of rain to cool us off.

I never like being around large trucks and try to avoid them but I've decided I like them when It's raining so hard you can hardly see.

This was last nights "tent"


And after getting here well tonights "tent"



The visitors center

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Old 07-07-2009, 08:30 PM   #50
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Chadd at the reflecting pool.



I'm slowly realizing this trip will cost more than the bike.

Really cool architecture.

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Old 07-07-2009, 08:38 PM   #51
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Lots of sun and clouds and rain...



At one of our stops




And this is at another stop in LA this is the one that didn't get away.

And you all thought no one bought these.


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Old 07-07-2009, 09:08 PM   #52
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We stayed at this visitors center for over an hourin LA. because it was pouring out and the woman Miss Patty was so interesting.

here are some pictures.




Later Chadd asked me "do you think I'm too white ?"



And this last one was on the river.

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:35 PM   #53
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The great Mississippi river

Chadd in front of the river with the moon in the picture

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Old 07-08-2009, 06:40 AM   #54
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He's still smiling so your diffently doing something right. I wish the rain would clear up during your journey.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:23 PM   #55
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How is the bike holding up? Still liking it, or are you wishing for some wind protection? Bruce was saying the little front fairing offered a good bit of protection. How 'bout the posterior regions? Any saddle soreness for you or Chadd? Have you been sticking to the back roads like you talked about, or have you been doin some super-slabbing to get past the wet weather?

Keep being safe and have fun!

(Tell Chadd he should start another thread to journal the "kid's perspective of a cross country motorcycle journey." He may have a different opinion on the ride than you... Apparently the world looks different hanging on the back of the bike.)

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How is the bike holding up? Still liking it, or are you wishing for some wind protection? Bruce was saying the little front fairing offered a good bit of protection. How 'bout the posterior regions? Any saddle soreness for you or Chadd? Have you been sticking to the back roads like you talked about, or have you been doin some super-slabbing to get past the wet weather?

Keep being safe and have fun!

(Tell Chadd he should start another thread to journal the "kid's perspective of a cross country motorcycle journey." He may have a different opinion on the ride than you... Apparently the world looks different hanging on the back of the bike.)

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Shawn,good wind protection and real comfy for me but Chadd says we need to stop at Wallmart to get him a pillow,which we will tomorrow.

That whole back road thing unless you have GPS forget about it.

I love the bike it really goes nice,cruising at 85 it sits at 5,500 rpm Bruce changed the front sprocket and it has a real good feel gearing wise.
Not like the 919 where you keep wanting to go up another gear but can't cause there all used.It feels real solid.

We did a little more than half the 440 mile trace today and are in Tupelo MS.tonight.
I'll run that by Chadd,about starting his thread or when we get home he can edit this one after he has time to reflect
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:29 PM   #57
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He's still smiling so your diffently doing something right. I wish the rain would clear up during your journey.
Beth,today was beautiful took a bunch of pictures that I'll post later tonight.

The Trace is like riding through a huge forest ,very cool.

After a while you want to go faster than the posted 50 mph radar enforced.

So today after the first 100 miles this sports car passed me at around 70 mph and I thought great.He held steady at 70 and I hung a half mile back going 70.I figured he would get hit with radar and I would slow as I had one eye constantly in the rear view mirror.Never did see a cop though.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #58
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Great report I dig the bike too. I did a big trip last summer on a 919 actually. I think I might have been 1T larger on the front sprocket, but I never wished for taller gearing or wind protection - touring on naked bikes is perfect
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:39 PM   #59
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Hello Chadd, the suggestion of you posting your opinions is wonderful. My daughter did just over 400 miles in a day but the rain was brief although the winds were very gusty (pushing us to the side) & as soon as the sun went down we were cold. Your an amazing young man, just imagine when you return to school & they ask everyone what they did over the summer!
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Fell asleep last night here are some pictures of yesterday.










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