caycek5 and kalonji's Crosscountry Trip - 23 States, 14 Days, & over 7,500 miles

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  1. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    This ride report will be more pictorial than narrative as I/we are lazy:D. If you have questions post them or pm them to either of us. Now to the good stuff!

    Here's a trailer of our adventure that my Mom-E made:lol3

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  2. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Before the Trip
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    My bike will never be that clean again.... :(


    I left alone at 4:33 am Saturday September 10th 2011 to embark on my journey of epic proportions.

    1st stop was a mere 10 miles away give or take. I met up with my dad and a fellow ADV'er fox102

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    Dad split off at mile marker 159, about 1/2 way there.

    Fox (pictured left) made it all the way to cola town for another photo op.
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    Our first border crossing
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    And our second
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    our third...
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    We were pretty much just trying to get some miles behind us slabbing it so we could free up time later on the west coast. Day 1 was 649 miles for me. My longest up to that time. I was already enjoying and appreciating my homemade beadrider and Sargent Seat purchase. We stopped in "Land Between the Lakes" to camp for the night. Campground had showers which proved to be a luxury in the not so distant future.
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    boybrushedplad Been here awhile

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  4. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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  6. ki4idb

    ki4idb V Strom Rider

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    Make us South Carolina Boys look good!
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    ki4idb V Strom Rider

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    I want my own Trailer!!!!! :D
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  8. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    You live in south Carolina and DON'T have you own trailer????:huh

    You must have one of dem fancy mobile homes. :lol3
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  9. caycek5

    caycek5 Bionic Man, got Ti

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    Here's another picture of the campsite.

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    If you look in the background at the building you can see the coke machine that served as our night light.

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    This was the easiest fire to start ever according to kalonji. He was the official pyro for the trip. I tried once in CA and I wasn't successful, so kalonji lit it.

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    Can you start a fire now?:lol3

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    In the morning we headed to Illinois.

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    We passed through Metropolis. Fortunately we didn't see or need Superman's services. :pynd

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    Next it was onward to the west.

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    kalonji is going to write a sternly worded letter to the St Louis city council.

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    Guess where we were.

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    We stopped in a church parking lot to snap a couple of pictures of the arch.

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    We saw many interesting sculptures in St Louis. Here is one that kalonji got a picture of.

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    We headed out of St Louis and towards Independence to meet kalonji's brother where we would stay for the night. kalonji sure is talented. :rofl

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    Next stop the Badlands of South Dakota. :ricky
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  10. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    That's pretty much how I remember it. I will add that when we visited the coke machine for a drink mixer we received the stickiest can ever! ewww

    I need to write a sternly worded letter to the Coca-Cola Company too.

    The reason we go so many picks from the interstate ramp with "emergency stopping only" was due to the fact there was Eagles v Rams game. No safety/police office directing traffic....lame. We sweat our asses off on that ramp til we jumped a curb and got moving again:D
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  11. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Well, life has taken a break, not really, I've taken a break from life and I'm back in ADV Land. A world of mystery and fun :D!

    When I left we were in Independence, Missouri. After the Acoustic Jam, a few beers and bad singing we crashed in our beds to sleep a few hours before another long day. We got up way before the crack of dawn. 4:00 or 4:30 if my memory serves me (it usually doesn't). We were on the road by 5 or 5:30 I'd say. It was early, dark and I didn't know where I was going. That being said, I was in the lead....

    We were supposed to head towards Sioux City up I-29. Instead I steered us towards Des Moines, Iowa up I-35. We realized this when we stopped for gas and I asked caycek5 (he who possesses GPS) if we were going the right way. We weren't so he mapped us a route and we got back on track.:evil
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    Little did we know that the Missouri River had flooded I-29 and many adjacent farms, houses and pretty much everything. I guess the two of us don't keep up with current events too well.
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    Our detour was very scenic and showed us a little Iowa we would have missed.
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    Everyone knows I can't resist driving by one of these:lol3
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    I took a darthpeach Color break. Everyone need these now and again.
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    I even ran through a corn field.
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    and we made it to
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    The Welcome to Missouri sign is on the bridge heading into St. Louis with no shoulder to pull off onto. So we turned the bikes around and....

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    Got the shot heading out of the state :)

    We may have been day dreaming on the way into South Dakota so we took this.
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    Don't worry, we got the shot on the way out but that's not til the next day. Heck this is only half way though day 3 (9-12-11)
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  12. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    Y'all behave out there...don't scare the west coasters :lol3
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  13. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    We've been home for a couple of weeks now. No time to write on the road too many miles per day and too much fun! We averaged over 500 miles per day for 14 days and we didn't even ride one day.
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    You took a pic of a great pic of large male chicken. That does seem to be a common picture.
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  15. kalonji

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    A friend of our told me today he likes all of the pics but he needs more stories. Well up to this part of the journey it had been pretty uneventful and we're not great narrators like he is so we just can't manufacture inspirado as he does. I wish we could. There are some good stories to come that really did happen. The first few days we were focused on getting some miles behind us and closer to the west and what we were really interested in seeing. so stay :ear
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  16. boybrushedplad

    boybrushedplad Been here awhile

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  17. slidefighter

    slidefighter Gather it up, keep on...

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  18. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I'm back!!! With another installment. Sorry for the time off. You know how life gets.:DBusy. So where were we...just leaving Missouri and entering Iowa. We were on that beautiful country road detour with windmills and huge cocks!:huh

    Well the Missouri River Flooded over I-29. We had no idea.
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    Detour after detour we finally made our way to S. Dakota. Good thing we left at 0430 or 0500. When we left Kansas City that morning I misguided us and we were heading towards Des Moines. Ryan got us back on track towards Sioux Falls only to be kept detouring towards DesMoines. Oh the irony!

    Let me tell you S. Dakota is windy!! We rode our bikes like we were constantly turning for hours. I would be leaning pretty far over, not dragging knees or anything. Then when you would pass a tractor trailer and you would have to lean the complete opposite way like you went into some cicane because the vacuum was sooooo bad. Once you passed you would have to slam the lean back the opposite direction. There were also these short 100 ft bridges that would do the same thing. This went on for hours.We were trying to get to the Badlands Nat'l. Park before night fall so there weren't many stops for pictures. We had lost a bit of time with the detours but our spirits were up and we were excited. We were at the edge of where we had never gone to except in movies. I know I was gitty inside with what was about to come.

    We did stop and grab a Darthpeach Shot or two...
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    And a couple of scenic viewing areas
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    We did see some prairie dogs but they didnt want to play. Listent to how windy it is.

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    We did eventually make it before night fall. In all actuality we still had an hour ride ahead of us to the campsite.
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    That didn't matter we were on the MOON!
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    Beautiful isn't it. NO, let me tell you something that long winding gravel road with raquetball size rocks and constant washboards that is 15 miles long is not fun on an SV650 with hard touring tires. Soft sticky racing tires are surprisingly better on gravel but I didn't have those. I had a hard compound that made me feel like my bike was going to slip out from under me and bust my radiator in the middle of nowhere. Back home I'd have pushed it harder but here at the begining of this epic journey I didn't want to jeopardize any of our time that we didn't have. It took me all of 40 minutes to get to the site. It was the tale of the tortoise and the hare except the hare won. Every so often
    Ryan would pass me. Then he'd stop to take some pics and wait for me. Then in no time at all he'd pass me again. He went about 40mph faster than I could and he wasn't pushing it, just enjoying his investment. AAAhhhhh to be rich like him and have a GS:deal
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    For BBP
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    At one point I though I was going to get trampled by a herd of these.
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    Ryan didn't think this was necessary at this busy intersection. American's and their litigious nature, I'm sure it has something to do with that.

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    And we finally made it to camp. Pit toilets and a field. We did run into a couple of ADVer's. A man and his son from Ohio I think, I can't remeber their names or where they were from but they were nice. Most of us are :clap:lol3:eek1
    on the way to the camp just after I thought I was going to be literally trampled by a herd of bison we ran into a guy that had apparently already met the two ADVer's that we would later encounter at our site.
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  19. boybrushedplad

    boybrushedplad Been here awhile

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    whats that (animal?) in the picture before the buffalo?

    I couldn't get the videos to work

    The badlands look awesome
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  20. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I'll post another pic of it cuz I can't remember what the head of it looked like without going back. It was a goat or ram I think.

    I didn't like the way photobucket links the videos. They are being uploaded to YouTube as I type. They will be up later today.
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