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Old 01-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #16
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congrats... how long did you take doing it?
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:50 AM   #17
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #18
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:03 AM   #19
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So after Sioux City Iowa, I headed west to meet up with the guys in Taos for the 4th annual Latin America rider rally.

Interesting Churches on the western Iowa prairie.


and a lot of gravel roads


old style wind farm




Nebraska and the good life.


Crossed the Missouri river near Vermillion SD.




Small Prairie town Winot NB.







nice brick work


Another big Lutheran church, note the stained glass windows, it probably would have been worth a visit inside.


Continuing west into the sand hills of Nebraska.








I was blessed with some perfect weather


Stopped in Crofton NB for something to eat. All the cafe's in town were closed up for a while.
I asked someone; "where do y'all eat around here?"
I was directed to this place. Food was good, had a chat with an old geezer who had lived there all his life, and never traveled. The action was in the back where a card game was going on.


Superb scenery and cool old houses along the way!








the farm road turned int this sandy track, it got a bit hairy and I bailed after a few miles. Managed to keep the bike upright, just barely!
I was a little worried about falling down out there by myself. There wasn't much traffic!








Foot massage shop was lurking inside!



Stayed that night in Valentine NB, woke up to a flat tire and took all morning to get it sorted, forgot to take pics, it was a pretty messy and sweaty affair....complicated by my lack of practice changing the tire.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:39 AM   #20
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The sand hills in NE, note the wind bending the grass!



Signs of civilization, along I90 easter CO.


Road straight south in eastern CO, it was a steady climb from there to the mountains.


going over La Veta pass CO.



Rain showers looming ahead in the San Luis valley.


And finally a few cold beers with the Latin America riders




I was the last to leave.




Picuris Pueblo, near Peñasco, NM


Taos














Santa Fe


Santa Fe, the famous Bobcat Bite green chile cheeseburger. Some say the best burger in the USA! I have to agree!


And then on south to Las Cruces


Abandoned school


Corona, NM





good food in there!

















Then back up towards Santa Fe searching for the pot of gold.




Back in Santa Fe,
Instead of a pot of gold I found a giant mushroom
and some Ayahuasca inspired art.






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Old 05-02-2012, 05:16 AM   #21
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The mission to NM was multi-faceted:
The Latin riders meet.
A visit to Santa Fe where I lived for 18 years and catch up with some pals.
A visit with my daughter in Cruces.

I offered to buy Santaferider a beer but he declined for obtuse political reasons,

Anyway I was back on the road heading east towards New Orleans and a visit with my son.

After a cold and wet ride I stayed a night in Fort Sumner.


At the Billy the Kid Inn!
A really super place, the owner made sure I had a nice place to park out of the rain, It was the nicest and cleanest motel room I've found to date.


Passed through Clovis, NM the home of Cannon AFB and the former home of the F-111.


And into Texas


Camped out by the Pease River battlefield near Margaret, TX.

Then followed old US hwy 70 which meanders in and out of TX and OK.

Good BBQ in Ringling, OK
For some reason there wasn't any Armadillo on the menu! Great beef sandwich!




Then it was into Arkansas, buckle up!



I didn't spend a night in AR because every county I went through was dry.
I spent the night in Haynesville, LA where there was thankfully some beer!
I did have the best pork bbq sandwich of my life in Magnolia, AR!

This was a typical rundown place in AR.


Then down to New Orleans to visit my son.
I got to stay a few nights on this giant military RORO ship, 900 feet long! USNS Shughart

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Old 05-02-2012, 05:45 AM   #22
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I also stayed in Metarie LA on the tent space plan, that was great! Thank man!


New Orleans is a pretty interesting place. Got into taking a few pictures.

in the French Quarter






















My son





After Bourbon Street it was time for a little culture at the sculpture garden.












The shot of the Botero was fuzzy, kinda appropriate I reckon.






An unusual Renoir bronze!


A lovely Maillol


I met Dina Vierny (Maillol's model) in Paris years ago


Rodin, perhaps my favorite sculptor


The premier piece was this very nice Henry Moore.



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Old 05-02-2012, 07:00 AM   #23
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An update on one of my subscribed threads! Awesome, keep it coming.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:41 AM   #24
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More New Orleans

An interesting neighborhood bar




lovely details on some of the old houses


And great colors




Robert E Lee










The St Louis cemetery #3






Sunset along the Mississippi river. This is a very busy river with a amazing amount of traffic coming and going day and night.
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The next photo shoot was in Selma, Alabama.

I found the old cemetery very interesting.

















So the plan was to head over to the east coast visit some old friends, meander the back roads of VA, NC, SC, GA, eating good bbq and staying in cheap motels.
My plan was to get to Miami and airfreight the bike to Bogota.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #26
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The KLR turns 50.


ya don't see many Edsel's


Virginia country store off the BRP


A very pretty day on the BRP, leaves starting to turn.




James River


on top of the clouds Skyline Drive near Front Royal,VA
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:29 PM   #27
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After Louisiana I didn't take a lot of pics.
After visiting pals and doing some maintenance on the bike I headed south along the eastern shore of Maryland and crossed over to Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. $12.00 toll for a bike, jeezers!
It was windy and rainy crossing.


Cotton fields in VA.




Virginia history lesson.






beautiful day in Arlie, VA







And then it was back south along the Blue Ridge parkway, I had the enviable pleasure of nearly peak fall colours.











the further south I got (Asheville, NC) the mountains higher an colours brighter.


The 39' Studebaker club was out enjoying the colors too.


In Asheville I got the bike's suspension overhauled at Cogent Dynamics.
Rick and family are really fine folks.

And down to Miami to crate and freight the bike.

It rained the whole time I was in Miami!

I passed through Daytona in the mist of the Biketoberfest chrome parade.
Biketoberfest Daytona Beach Florida

I didn't take any pics of the chrome clones, but there were thousands of them.
It was a real fashion show!
I was the only traveler I could see on a KLR.
Some did come as far as Vermont.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #28
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Passing through Waynesborough Georgia, a weird bleak sorta place dominated by a nuclear power plant, I stopped for my usual late morning snack at Mickey D's.
Before I got off the bike I spotted across the street a funky looking house under some big trees with a sign saying BBQ.
I went over to discover Taylor's BBQ. I was there just before the lunch crowd.
I had perhaps the best ribs ever, with sides of collard greens and black eyed peas.


Another great bbq in Homestead FL.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #29
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Magic photos and what sounds like a great trip. Except for the Dry counties that is.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:56 AM   #30
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Once I got the bike all crated and customs clearances done I flew out of Miami on friday oct 21. The bike was set to fly on saturday. I would be able to pick up the bike monday morning.

I arrive in Bogota and wander around taking a bunch of pictures.

Sunday morning photo walk around Bogata.

Lots of street art, note the hole in the sidewalk, walking around was about as bad as Bangkok for hazards like that.


































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