Are you 'nucking futz!?

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by XC Rider, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Those were the words I heard from a friend of mine when I told him that I was flying out to western Kentucky to go pick up a new bike and then ride it back to Key West, FL by way of Virginia first. No big deal right? Except its end of December! :vardy

    Tuesday, December 28th, the first leg of the trip. I fly in to Owensboro, KY and meet Byron, the owner of the bike I'm buying, and we head over to his house to check out the bike. Up until then, I had not yet seen the bike in person, but I had a good feeling about this bike. After all, its a 2009 with only 1400 miles on it; what could be wrong with the bike!? After a full look over of the bike and a little test ride, we sit down and take care of the paper work. By 6:15pm, I'm ready to roll away!

    Here I am before leaving Byron's place on my new ride.

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    It was about 34 degrees outside when I left Byron's place, and living in Key West for the past year has turned me into a bit of a wuss when it comes to cold weather. Luckily I had brought plenty off good gear with me, including a set of heated gloves that I had on one of my other bikes back up in VA. I had my dad strip the wiring harness off of the bike and ship me all the parts prior to flying out to KY. That evening I rode about 2hrs and finally got a hotel room in Elizabethtown, KY. The plan was to meet my dad around Charleston, WV the next day. I had asked him to come and meet me with his truck 'cause I was a little concerned about going over the mountains during this time of year.

    Well to make a long story short, I end up getting a wake up call at 6:45am. It's my dad and he's already in Charleston, WV!? :huh
    I guess he couldn't sleep the night before and was concerned about me and the weather and just got on the road. So I got my stuff together, packed up the bike and hit the road. We ended up meeting between Lexington, KY and Huntington, WV along I-64. We loaded up the bike in the back of the truck and headed east.

    HEre is the bike after we loaded it in the truck.

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    The roads turned out to be fine going over the mountains, but I didn't not riding in the freezing cold!
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  2. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I spent Thursday at my folks place running a few errands and other things. I looked one last time at the weather forecast for the ride back south and decided to hit the road the next morning as they were calling for rain over the weekend. I put off my departure until 9:00am, waitting for the weather to warm up a touch.

    Here's the bike all loaded up.

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    Here I am, just before take off!

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    I had layed out a route that followed all secondary roads and highways, and avoided interstate almost completely.

    The beautiful, central VA, rolling countryside with the majestic blueridge in the background.

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    A field of Canadian geese.

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    Photo Op!

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    Here's something you don't see a lot in VA, a buffalo farm!

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    John H Kerr resevoir on the VA/NC border.

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    As I reached Oxford, NC around 1:00pm, I was starting to get hungry. That's when I spotted what I figured would be the perfect spot.

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    I was not disappointed, and ended up ordering the smothered chicken with a side of creamed potatoes and butters beans, along with some corn bread! :dg

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    After lunch, I kept heading in a southerly direction, but ended up not taking any more pictures. I guess I didn't come across anything very picture worthy or was simply enjoying the ride too much as temps had warmed up to the low 60's! :clap

    I passed the NC/SC border as the sun was setting and kept on going. I finally pulled off the road around 9:30pm in southern SC. Tomorrow, I'll push through the rest of SC, all of Georgia and try to make it down to Key West......we'll see.

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  3. Nick650

    Nick650 Been here awhile

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    Thats a sharp-looking bike, lookin' forward to seeing you at Laurel Forks.:clap
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  4. Cup

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    Nice lookin bike. That's the way to pick up a new ride!
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  5. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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    Hey D, glad the weather worked out for you. Bike looks great, stay safe and have a Happy New Year.
    Bob
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  6. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Congrats on the new ride! :clap Looking forward to the rest of the journey back to Key West.
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  7. AirDrive

    AirDrive Been here awhile

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    Nice looking new bike, Denis. Much more comfortable to get back to Monterey on than your last run West.....just don't ride the same route :1drink

    Ride safe,
    Bob
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  8. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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    Thats it a great way to get to know each other.....:clap:clap
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  9. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    Nice ride and pretty country.
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  10. NEVERLOST

    NEVERLOST Banned

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    They sell that exact model in Miami:rofl

    PS: those are lima beans. Butter beans are brown carpetbagger.:lol3
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  11. Gizmo

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    Congrats on the nice ride.
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  12. stiff1

    stiff1 n00b

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    my home town. looks like a nice ride, congrats.
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  13. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hi BOB! :wave

    Yeah, I really like it! I just got this bike for my upcoming ride to Alaska for this summer. I plan on leaving from Key West, FL somewhere around mid June, so as to hit D2D in Dawson in the end of July and then continue all the way up to Prudhoe Bay. I'll have to swing down into CA so we can meet up and have a brew. If not on my Alaska trip, maybe later in the summer/early fall when I re-run the TAT again, but with my dad this time!

    God I can't wait for this summer, it's gonna be great!
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  14. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    1)Yeah, but not in that condition or at the price that I got it for.

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    2) Butter beans may be brown where you come from, but down here in the south, they're greenish. don't know what you've been eating, but I'd get a second opinion if I were you.
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  15. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    I'm jealous. I want to be you for one summer.
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  16. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    So where was I....oh yeah, southern end of South Carolina. Woke up and grabbed a little cereal for breakfast in the motel lobby, packed up the bike and hit the road around 8:00am 'ish.

    Skies were looking a little over cast.

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    Luckily, temps were already in the low 50s. Even so I put on all my gear, except for the rain gear and hit the road. Five minutes later, I had to pull over to pull off some layers, I was sweating! By 9:00am I was entering Georgia.

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    After seeing the last picture, you might think that the weather was perfect for the rest of the ride, but alas, I had to find one rain cloud.

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    Luckily, it only sprinkled a bit, and for no more than 5 minutes or so; hardly anything worth nothing. From there it was endless miles of pine tree forests. Some new, some old, and some recently logged.

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    Oh how I wish I had more time right now, and tires better suited for DS, so as to explore some of the side roads.

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    Oh well, for another time. The farther south I got, the better the weather got. I swear, at the peak of the day, it must have hit the low 70s! :jkam Here are some pics that I took along the way in Georgia and into Florida.

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    I just love these moss covered trees.

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    Self portrait!

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    Lots of bikers out and about in northern FL. Enjoying the first ride of the new year!

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    As I passed Orlando though, the sun started to set, and I hopped onto the turnpike and started making a b-line for Key West. Still had quite a ways to go though. Here are a few pics of the setting sun as I zoom on down the turnpike.

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    After several gas stops, one dinner break, and a couple stretch/wake-up breaks, I reached Key West at 12:40am. Time to crash out!

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  17. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    You're welcome to come along Kev!:deal
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  18. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    I appreciate that but with my job an extended summer vacation will never be in the cards. Maybe a wintertime trip to Mexico or rent a bike in Costa Rica, but for now that is what dreams are made of.
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  19. bwwoodard

    bwwoodard Adventurer

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    Glad you made it back home safe and sound. Looks like you had a good ride and good weather.

    It was a pleasure to meet you. You are truly an ADV rider!

    Byron

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  20. Krashdragon

    Krashdragon Been here awhile

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    Ummm.... how about BUTTERED Lima beans...
    BUTTER bears ARE yellow-brown... at least in the other 49 states...:D

    But I'm drooling over that bike...very nice!
    mary
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