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Old 05-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Write2ride and 3Dchief coast to coast

Tomorrow is the big day! Write2ride and 3dchief depart on our 3 month coast to coast and TAT adventure. We have been planning this trip for over 2 years and the day has finally come! See our writeup and intro in Trip Planning: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781308

We will be starting the trip from NE Indiana, traveling to NC to the Outer Banks to start the coast to coast portion, catch the TAT in TN, and travel to OR to finish, then to Missoula, MT to start our new life by the end of August. So far it looks to be about 10,000 miles, but we will see when this is all over!

We will try to update our ride report daily. Lots of pictures on here and on Smugmug. Supposedly Write2ride will be posting her version on here as well. Because of the timeframe, we will be traveling slowly and taking it all in. There should be plenty of time to take in the sights and share them with you all. I will be running my SPOT tracker, also linked in my sig line, so give us a shout when we get to your area. We will get into details about the bikes/route/gear as we go along.

This will be our first big ride and first ride report, so be patient! Please tag along and join us in our big adventure!


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Old 05-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Yee-hah! Best wishes for all the fun you can stand.

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Old 05-29-2012, 06:08 AM   #3
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:08 AM   #4
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Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy. When do you plan on being in Arkansas and Oklahoma?
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:17 AM   #5
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We will be in Arkansas around June 15-20th, just a guess.

We have a little bit of a weather delay this morning, so taking our time packing the bikes up and plan on leaving in about 2 hours after the rain passes. Planning on about 275 miles today, finishing up around Zanesville, OH somewhere.

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Old 05-29-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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Looking forward to the reports!

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:00 AM   #7
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The first day is done! 283 miles of country roads, about 50% dirt. We rode for about 9 hours, getting to the campsite at Dillon Lake State Park around 9pm. Everything worked well, even though I was a little concerned about the routing on the GPS. We had several re-routes because of bridges out and only had a problem with the first re-route. The GPS shut down on me instead of re-routing. It loaded right back up and worked fine after that. I did forget to re-start the SPOT though, so that is why about an hour of our progress wasn't tracked until I remembered it. We re-organized the packing on the bikes a couple of times just to make it more comfortable and I think this morning when we packed up camp that we have our final packing setup. Now for the pics!

Odometer on the DR650 at the start of the trip:



Odometer on the XT225 at the start of the trip:



Cheryl ready to roll out:



Tim ready to roll out:



Typical Ohio country road, about what I expected when routing this leg of the trip:



One of the surprise roads, we hit about a dozen of these county roads that show on the map as a road, but are just farmer's lanes. Very cool surprise!


That one was actually pretty nice, it had fresh gravel. Several of them were a bit muddy and slippery in places from the morning rain. An easy warmup for some of the stuff coming up!

Today will be a bit less ambitious, planning on stopping somewhere in WV tonight to camp. The scenery has gotten a lot nicer the last 50 miles, so looking forward to what today will bring!


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Old 05-30-2012, 06:01 AM   #8
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Over night my light, nimble bike turned into a big, heavy pig. The first 20 miles, I was wondering what the hell I was doing. Then I started getting the hang of it. By then we were on dirt, and I was getting used to the extra weight. By mile 50, it sunk in that we are really doing this. We aren't going to turn around and head back to the house. That was when I started getting excited.

My wrist started hurting about mile 80. I swear there was a stop or a turn every mile going through the farm land. I don't think I've ever shifted that much in my life. We made a couple stops for food or to just stretch our legs. By mile 200 I was cussing up a storm in my helmet. We left a day early, just so if I wanted to wuss out and not ride all day I could. It was probably about half an hour of swearing before I realized that there just wasn't anywhere to stop. We were on narrow country roads and the only thing around us were fields and houses. When we stopped, I didn't say anything, but Tim still explained that there were no campgrounds anywhere in the area, and that was why we were pushing through.

Mile 283 we stop at Dillon State Park. I was tired and focused on getting the tent set up while Tim paid for the site. Thankfully, we had grabbed some food about 20 miles back, so all I had to do was roll out the sleeping bag and collapse.

I hope to be in West Virginia by the end of the day.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #9
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:22 PM   #12
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Day 2 is in the books and just now getting to the internet to post the results. About 90% of the day was dirt and really good prep for the TAT. As we got near WV, things got really scenic and the roads more sketchy. We got in 208 miles before calling it a day at Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton, WV. The day was not as smooth sailing as it sounds right now, but some pics first and then we will get to the not so fun part.

Typical road in Eastern Ohio:






Write2ride questioning my navigation skills!


Crossing the Ohio River:


This guy says the road goes through.....sort of! What? Is that a challenge?


Starts looking "not like the other roads so far"!


Suddenly we have a couple of these:




And then a couple of these:



"So explain to me one more time how this happened?"

"Road" gets sketchier:



Screw it, I'll just nap here and wait for you to decide what to do!



At this point we got smart and turned around. The GPS also showed that the trail ended in another 1/4 mile and I was tired of picking up someone who shall remain unnamed's bike. The roads after that got better, although you can see my impatience here:



Now's when things go south quickly! We stopped at a small restaurant in Hundred, WV, AKA heart attack capitol of the world! Everything there is smothered in gravy! Cool for me, not so much for Cheryl as she is gluten intolerant and can't have gravy. I can't complain too much, as the first steak came out smothered in gravy and I'm not one to let food go to waste, so I ate her steak in addition to mine. When she ordered a plain chicken breast, they looked at her like she had two heads. Anyhow....somewhere in the process, she got some gluten into her system. Cue stomach cramps, total loss of energy, general not feeling well, and we won't even go into the grouchiness factor!

That was enough adventure for her and we boogied 50 miles on paved roads to Tygart Lake SP. This morning, she finally figured out what was going on when she couldn't eat and was still exhausted after 10 hours of sleep. We decided to stay here another day and after a Benadryl and lounging around all day, she is doing much better.

Several interesting facts we have learned in the past 2 days:

1. If the locals say "sure, it goes through....sort of", turn around immediately! They are just looking for a photo opportunity!

2. If you have never been to a Walmart in WV, check it out, it is worth your time to people watch! I have been to Walmarts all over the USA and not much surprises me, but this one was quite the experience! Apparently I was the oddity though, as everyone was staring at me!

Tomorrow we will get back on the road and plan to finish up in Charlottesville, VA. Plans are changing as we speak, so not sure what our plans will be for the weekend, but I'll post as we have internet access.


Tim

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Old 05-31-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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I knew that my gluten intolerance was going to be a problem on this trip, but I didn't understand how bad or soon it would be effecting me. The time we were supposed to be pulling out of camp this morning, I was curling up with stomach cramps. At first I thought it was from the little road side dinner we stopped at last night. I thought they were going to tell me that they couldn't serve food without gravy on it, but the second plate they brought out I could eat. Ends up it was the caramel popcorn I bought at lunch time. And, I am going to use this as my excuse for dropping my bike yesterday.

Tim found some great roads across Ohio. I don't think we were on more than 10 miles of pavement. When we crossed the river and were in West Virginia, things changed a little bit. Some of the roads we were supposed to take didn't exist. So, we tried the next dirt one we saw, and it degraded fast. I wasn't doing well in the rutted mud, and quickly got tired of picking up my bike. I was really questioning if I should be doing this trip, but I can hope that it was because I was sick, and wont have any more problems.

Tonight we are having a great dinner at the lodge of Tygart Lake State Park. Wifi at the table. A nice steak and potatoes to push the yucky food through. We should be back on the road in the morning.

Oh, and I am tired of bugs. Crushed one that was in my shoe this morning. I think it was a grasshopper, based on the crumbled remains. Thankfully not something that could bite me. Then a moth flew into the pan while I was making scrambled eggs. I launched him out with the spatula, and he flew away. Unfortunately, I know that they are just going to get worse as we head south.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #14
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Tim, you guys rock. The pictures tell stories in and of themselves. Use that good CG training and remember not to ever trust one instrument for navigation...always double and triple check, but you knew that. Hey, have a good time...living the dream. I'll be making a few entries on FB with my travels after Saturday...hopefully.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #15
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Lunchtime in WV, waiting out a rain squall. We have been avoiding a big storm fairly successfully so far. Cheryl is doing much better. No real plans today other than to keep going and get into VA by tonight. Posting from my Droid, so more info and pics later!

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