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Old 07-18-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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'Merican Month at 40

I turned 40 in January. I also became a full-fledged civilian as of June 1. No more Army for me. Those seemed like as good-ah reasons as any to go on a long ride this summer.

I left my home in South Carolina Thursday, June 24.

This is me and the bike, a 2000 BMW R1150GS.

About the bike: You know the old saying, "This is the knife my grandfather made. My father replaced the handle, and I replaced the blade." This bike is kind of like that. After it ate its clutch splines for the third time -- and on the first day of my summer break from my teaching job, no less -- I jumped on a 2000 GS for sale in the FM a little over an hour away from my home.

I spent a couple of hot, hot days in my driveway switiching most of my aftermarket goodies from my old 1150GS to my "new" 1150GS. I also added some Hepco and Becker crash bars. After ripping open a valve cover on Imogene Pass a couple of years ago ...

You get the idea. Meet the new bike. Same as the old bike.
I call her Rewind.

After about 1500 miles of shakedown, some fluid changes and a new rear tire, Rewind and I hit the road. That was nearly 4400 miles ago, and I'm posting this from a hammock at the BMWMOA rally in Redmond, OR. I'll be at WestFest next weekend. Let me start telling you about the trip so far.

You know, rewind.

This is my first motorcycle-camping trip using a hammock/tarp combo as my shelter. I am camping in my Warbonnet BlackBird 1.7 double-layer hammock with a SuperFly tarp, an ArrowHead Equipment KickAss Quilts Lost River underquilt, and I'm using my old Moonstone mummy bag as a topquilt. I, umm, also picked up an ENO Doublenest hammock on sale at the Colorado Springs REI since I've been on the road.
I camped at Deals Gap/The Tail of the Dragon the first night.

The next morning, I had the 318 curves pretty much to myself. Both ways.

After the Dragon, I headed west over the Cherohala Skyway and stopped in to see fellow ADV inmate MiniMike at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters.

Leaving town, I spied a thumper at the gas station and realized that it was none other than Boojum. I took a pic of him, but the camera dumped it and a couple of others.

The next three nights, I spent with friends and in motels. I stopped in Paducah to see what I could see. The National Quilt Museum was closed for the day. Drats! Maybe next time.

This locomotive was cool, though.

Wanna know more about it? Go to Paducah.

Walt and Kimberly, the friends I stayed with in Manhattan, KS, had an extra ticket to the Country Stampede. Walt and I dipped into his cigar stash and listened to an awesome show by Montgomery Gentry. "I'm part hippie, a little redneck."

The fifth night I camped up a gravel road -- Jackson Creek Road -- in Colorado. The elevation was just under 8,100 feet.

The next morning, I hit the road for Denver.

I'll tell you why, but my laptop battery is getting very low, and it's past my bedtime.

Stay tuned ...
I'm not lost. I'm explorin'.
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Old 07-18-2010, 04:51 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:04 AM   #3
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Looks good! Mike at Tellico Moto Outfitters is a great guy, always willing to help

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Old 07-18-2010, 05:13 AM   #4
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I'm in.

Why the 1150 vs. 1200? (just curious)
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:47 AM   #5
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is a Palmetto Tree in every yard you see.....

Looking forward to your report Chris!

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Old 07-18-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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Hey Chris

I'm glad this trip is going much better mechanically for you than that one in '08.

Glad you are reporting. Subscribed, but on the road for 5-6 weeks so will catch up when I can. Keep on writing. Looking forward to your photos too.

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Old 07-18-2010, 07:28 AM   #7
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I am so in on this one.

Great first pic. You photograph well.

Really, really well.

I wonder where that road goes?
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:50 AM   #8
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:18 AM   #9
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Keep us posted Chris!
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:29 AM   #10
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Glad to see you got the problem with your lights sorted out. I hope and I'm sure you are having a blast.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:31 AM   #11
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Cool Report!!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:59 AM   #12
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:08 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Land

This locomotive was cool, though.

Wanna know more about it? Go to Paducah.
Or go here:

According to this, it was the last Illinois Central steam locomotive in service. The facilities at Paducah used to be the IC's main backshops and were famous for their "out of the box" steam locomotive modifications. They'd swap major components between locomotives or change components to produce a new locomotive with the characteristics they wanted. They did some pretty cool stuff there.

Many more pics of 1518 here:

Looking forward to the rest of your report.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:08 PM   #14
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Keep dem pics comin Chris .
Me can't wait till the Colorado MTN Pics
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:34 PM   #15
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