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Old 02-28-2013, 05:07 PM   #11041
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all in black...that was me.

I got about half way to Amarillo before the wind really picked up....and most of the way the underpasses were no big deal. I'd keep my eyes peeled for icy patches and was good....for a while.
I hit one that had a 3" lip of ice that caught my attention pretty good

The closer I got to Amarillo - maybe the last 30 miles....each underpass was full width ice a couple inches thick. After hitting a couple at speed and not enjoying the next few milliseconds much....I was pulling to the right of the rumble strip, slowing down and paddlefooting across.
They got way worse the further north I went.

When I got into Amarillo traffic it turned into a big deal....underpasses were every few seconds and traffic was right on me. I pulled off at McD's and got a cup of coffee and checked the surroundings. The last half hour sucked pretty bad, I was ready to call it a day here.

Big ice and snow all around, lots of ice and slop made the side streets worse than the freeway. Cloud cover rolling in... it all added up to seeing what was available to drive back in. No box vans ready at the place I checked, and the lot's parking lot was pretty deep in snow....not knowing what to expect down the road, but it wasn't promising - I rented a car and parked the bike, will go back down for the bike with a borrowed trailer.

Hindsight is 20-20.... just a few miles west of Amarillo it was still windy, but the roads were dry and riding would not have been bad at all. Single digit cold in the wind, but even with the gear turned on low it was keeping me warm enough.
If I could have seen beyond Amarillo and known...I'd have kept riding.
Too bad Blake but glad to hear you didn't smack down under one of the underpasses. They even gave me some pucker in the truckie.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #11042
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Amarillo isn't that bad a haul... sitting in a motel 6 - the RS is tied to Marc's Kendon w/ the spiffy Baxley chock.

Got away from Denver a little after noon and despite losing an hour in this time zone the sun disappeared while I was loading the bike

Some good weather pics







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Old 02-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #11043
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Blake,

Since you are doing the test run on my trailer, you will have to tell me how it works and how that chock is.

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #11044
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Blake,

Since you are doing the test run on my trailer, you will have to tell me how it works and how that chock is.

Marc
The chock is a Very Good Thing when loading solo.

The Jeep isn't that tall, and a bigger drop than that 4" wouldn't hurt. It's nose-up enough that i wondered if there was any tongue weight
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:02 AM   #11045
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It would take a billion dollars to get decent hookers flown into Moab
Isn't that an oxymoron?
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:33 AM   #11046
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Isn't that an oxymoron?
Just depends on your standards.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #11047
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thanks for use of the trailer, Marc!
(I'll bring it back in the morning)

took three different routes
  • rental car coming back the other night: I-40 west to 39, north from Logan to Springer, I-25 home.
  • hauling trailer to Amarillo: down to Raton, over to Clayton, Dalhart, Dumas, Amarillo.
  • home today: 287 to Limon, Franktown, home

ok...now what to do with my 2nd week of vacation

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Old 03-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #11048
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:50 PM   #11049
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Go get another bike???
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #11050
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Go get another bike???
He has to sell that one first
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #11051
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ok...now what to do with my 2nd week of vacation

List that thing on Craigslist and start taking phone calls I guess.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #11052
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Wow Blake...tough crowd
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:23 PM   #11053
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Wow Blake...tough crowd
I give them plenty of low fruit to pick
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:03 AM   #11054
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I give them plenty of low fruit to pick
My computer is smoking because I foolishly clicked open you list of past bikes. I thought I was cool with 40+ in a life time, I need to get to work

Your last journey must rank up there in retrieval efforts. What is the farthest anyone has gone to pick up a bike or do a fly and ride??? In one trip I dropped off a Harley Hummer in Kansas, picked up a TE250 in Iowa, then traded a KDX for an SL350 in Minnesota (frame gets paint Monday) and for good measure added a GL1000 on the way back to N.M. My last acquisition , the Rosso Guzzi, came from Richmond, VA. I was headed East anyway
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:35 AM   #11055
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In one trip I dropped off a Harley Hummer in Kansas, picked up a TE250 in Iowa, then traded a KDX for an SL350 in Minnesota (frame gets paint Monday) and for good measure added a GL1000 on the way back to N.M. My last acquisition , the Rosso Guzzi, came from Richmond, VA. I was headed East anyway
Damn, that is a good run! I have nothing that compares with that...

A couple weeks ago I picked up two bikes in Grand Junction, one for me, the other for a guy in Denver. The guy in Denver payed for my gas since he didn't have any other way of getting the bike. I was going up there anyway, so it worked out pretty good. If only it worked out like that all the time.
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