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Old 06-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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USCA 2013 - The Long Way Back

This will be the flip side of DirtyDR's Thread.

I'm almost all packed, loaded up, and ready to head east "early" Saturday. I'll spend the night in Boise, then on to Kemmerer WY with a detour past Craters of the Moon, then pretty much direct to pickup my Life Manager who is flying into Springfield MO, and then on to the Rally.

Trip back will be a little more circuitous - hence the thread title: Austin; San Antonio; Santa Fe; Albuquerque; Canyon De Chelly; Monument Valley; Cedar City; Winnemucca; John Day; and home.

About 5k miles and a little over 3 weeks if the weather heat and mechanical gods are smiling.

Pics and updates to follow.

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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This will be the flip side of DirtyDR's Thread.

I'm almost all packed, loaded up, and ready to head east "early" Saturday. I'll spend the night in Boise, then on to Kemmerer WY with a detour past Craters of the Moon, then pretty much direct to pickup my Life Manager who is flying into Springfield MO, and then on to the Rally.

Trip back will be a little more circuitous - hence the thread title: Austin; San Antonio; Santa Fe; Albuquerque; Canyon De Chelly; Monument Valley; Cedar City; Winnemucca; John Day; and home.

About 5k miles and a little over 3 weeks if the weather heat and mechanical gods are smiling.

Pics and updates to follow.

Duncan
Travel safe. Looking fwd to meeting y'all in Ark.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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Have a nice trip and I will see you in Arkansas.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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Cracked Schuberth

I posted this in Gear but thought I'd throough iin a link in case any of y'all had suggestions

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...0#post21653860

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Old 06-25-2013, 11:53 AM   #5
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Weird about that helmet cracking like that.

So how goes the trip?
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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Sorry I haven't updated this thread in a while. Combination of not much to post, and being in a laptop internet desert [I don't have DirtyDR's network skill set].

Here are a couple of shots taken in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Park. It's an interesting place - 25 cinder cone volcanos in the Park, ground covered with sharp gnarly lava, nothing you'd want to ride on.
First pic is of Big Cinder Butte, 2d is at North flow [or some such] on Park loop road.

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The park is part of a caldera system that's been created over the last 2 or 3 million years as that part of the North American Plate migrates southwestward over a hot spot in the underlying magma. The hot spot is now under Yellowstone. Plate movement is about 2" per year - Maybe if DaveBig hangs around long enough Minnesota will warm up from below
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:45 PM   #7
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Loaded up on way to Rally

Here's a pic of my Life Manager shortly after I picked her up in Springfield MO. to head down to Mountain View.

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And here I am after finishing some "business" at one of Missouri's weirdly named service establishments. First time I saw one was out in the deep country and I had no idea what to expect.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #8
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We had a great time at the Rally. Nice to see old and new folks. I won't post any rig pics as DirtyDR has already done a much better job of that than I could.

Well -- one exception: Here's Dana's rig at the show and shine - I know he got at least one vote.

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:16 PM   #9
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We left Mountain View Sunday and had a nice ride down to Jefferson TX to spend the night on our way to stay with friends in Austin. Then on Monday things got interesting.

About 4 miles of east of Franklin Texas the rig Just-Quit-Moving. Not that nicely of course. Lots of vibration and banging and crunching and smoke as we got over to the shoulder. Rear wheel COMPLETELY locked up.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, and with a lot of help from BMWMOA -- Big thanks to Martha -- 4 hours later we had a tow truck to haul us into Austin. Which took another 3 hours. Left the rig in Lone Star BMW's parking lot for them to discover when they got to work Tuesday. Here's some fun pics.

This shot sort of describes the situation:

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Here's Mary Margaret and Deputy Sheriff Edwards - Gotta give the wife kudo's - hanging out for 4 hours in 98+ heat was not fun.

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And loading the rig on the tow truck. Fun part was dealing with completely locked rear wheel. Driver didn't have a dolly so we spread dish soap on the contact patch, ground, and truck bed to allow wheel to slide up where it needed to go.

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It worked.

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We didn't know whether problem was the clutch, transmission or whatever. Lone Star BMW pulled the drive shaft to free up the rear wheel so they could get rig out of their front lot and discovered that was the problem. Here's what a catastrophic drive shaft failure looks like:

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Good news is that replacing drive shaft is a lot easier and cheaper than transmission or clutch. They have special ordered the parts and hope to have me back on the road by the weekend. Fingers crossed that there is no other damage.

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Ooof! Sorry to hear. And in 98 degree heat. Yikes!

But now we've seen the pics, you gotta tell us about the hat!
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... Sorry to hear. And in 98 degree heat. Yikes!

But now we've seen the pics, you gotta tell us about the hat!
Sure sorry for the bad mechanical luck. Hopefully the damage is limited to the driveshaft. Here's to an un-eventful rest of the ride home.

I suspect the hat is so the Life Manager can quickly spot him in a crowd.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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You've risen to heroic status ! I'm a fan of bicycle racing and we appreciate suffering. Have a better ride home.
Perhaps Drone is right I talked to a junker in CA yesterday while buying a used transmission and he said he can't keep used driveshafts in stock.DB
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:49 AM   #13
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Really roughing it there.

I know the story about the hat but i'm not talking.


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Old 06-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #14
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The picture of me in the chair was while I was trying to get someone to come get the rig. Still 98 in the shade.

Shortly thereafter the Deputy Sheriff arrived and he insisted on standing on the roadside - I felt compelled to to stay with him. He was nice enough to let Mary Margaret sit in his air conditioned truck.

Hat: Last year the company MM works for sponsored the Washington Search and Rescue Conference. The hat was for her but somehow it became mine. She always knows where to find me.

On the plus side the drive shaft arrived at Lone Star BMW Thursday and they had the rig ready to go in the afternoon. I took it out for a ride today and the rig seems to be fine. I'm ready to get back on the road.

MM flies back home Saturday morning and I head to Lubbock, on my way to Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:58 PM   #15
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Glad to hear that it's fixed. It was great to see the rig in person at the rally after reading about on here.

Have a great ride while wandering back home.
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