Cross Country on a $50 bike: NY-SF and back

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XS500RUS, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. ILLTC

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    cool ride report! :thumb
  2. xbhpindia

    xbhpindia Indian Rider

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    Nice Adventure there!

    Keep it coming! :wings
  3. Flaco

    Flaco Zombie Holocaust

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  4. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    We rode about half a day's worth and were in Bryce Canyon by lunch time. I really do hate the slow speed limits and all of the traffic in the national parks. Sometimes the road is interesting and twisty, but you're stuck behind a camper and there's nothing you can do:cry

    We ate lunch (PB&J) at our campsite, which cost $12. This doesn't seem like much, but considering the fact that I ALREADY paid to get in the park with my $60 national park pass, it seems unfair.

    We hiked down into the Canyon, looked at teh 'hoodoo' rock formations, and went back up. This was nowhere as good as the unnamed butte hike several days earlier, despite the beauty of Bryce, it still felt like a total tourist trap.

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    We went to take showers, and I was absolutely floored: $2 for 10 minutes?! First of all, I already paid TWICE for everything. Secondly, I don't need 10 minutes to take a shower. Some of you may be wondering why I'm making a big deal out of $2. While I am on a pretty tight budget ($10 on things besides gas per person per day was doable if we cooked our own food) it's mostly a matter of principle. When you're in a national park, they've got you by the balls. Where else are you going to take a shower? We ate out for the first time (minus Subways) at Ruby's Inn restaurant and buffet. The food was OK, but it was all you can eat so I was more than OK with the mediocre quality given unlimited quantity.

    Sorry for the lack of motorcycling related photos, but most of our day was spent out of the saddle:lol3

    Tomorrow we would ride to the Grand Canyon Southern Rim.
  5. kta

    kta Been here awhile

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    I wish I knew you guys were rolling through Salida, I would have met up with you. I've been camped out here for 8 days. And yes, that Safeway is expensive, I just ate lunch there a couple hours ago.

    Glad you're making progress. Kick butt!
  6. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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  7. Renegade6

    Renegade6 Been here awhile

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    Great report. :clap

    Much better choice to go on a ride than work; you have the rest of your life for work.
  8. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Well sometimes it's necessary to work to be able to ride:deal I'm already counting pennies and crunching numbers, looking for a dual sport to buy and maybe ride the TAT when I graduate.:D
  9. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    We left at the usual 8am and rode for the AZ border.

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    At a gas station, we had the usual chat with people filling up their cars. One lady said her family was originally from Syracuse, etc. Then I saw something I'd never see in NY: a woman in her 50s drove up in a mid 90s cadillac deville and got out. As she was climbing out of her car, I saw a gun on her side. I think Arizona has some pretty lax laws concerning concealed carry weapons, because I've never seen anything like this from where I'm from. I'm not saying it's good or bad, I just thought it was weird.

    For lunch we stopped at Marble Canyon. This was undoubtably one of the hottest days of the trip. Brandon's digital thermometer was showing 106 in the shade. Riding with our face shields up in an attempt to keep cool was rather counter-productive: it was like getting hit in the face with air from a furnace. After eating, my brother and I decided to cool of in the Colorado river, which isn't muddy in this area, it has a beautiful blue color. It is also freezing cold, a definite plus in the 100+ degree air. 20 seconds in the river and you would start to lose sensation in your toes (and other places:lol3 ). We cycled through spending 20 seconds in water, 10 minutes drying off a couple of times and then left to find the others. The other guys, who prefer A/C to the Colorado, went to a local restaurant and had a beer and took a nap.

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    We rode on and made it to the national park.

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    We had spaghetti with sauce and cut up hotdogs for dinner. We planned our hike for tomorrow and went to sleep.


    As an aside, I forgot the post this photo earlier:

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    This bike was in the motorcycle museum in Marquette, KS that we visited. I forgot who donated it, I was too busy calling around trying to find a replacement motorcycle at the time. I figured some of you guys might actually want photos of motorcycles:rofl

    On the note of more interesting photographs, I'm sorry there are hardly any action shots, or more photographs of the motorcycles. I didn't actually plan on writing a ride report at first, and I guess we didn't document the trip as well as many other people here on ADV. I plan on taking some shorter trips in the future and I promise to take more/better photos.
  10. cwc

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    Not to worry, some of us actually enjoy reading.

    I'm really enjoying this report. I won't go into why I'm enjoying it so much because it would make me sound as old as I am. :rofl
  11. voyagerrider

    voyagerrider Been here awhile

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    Keep up the great job on this great report. I have been lurking and reading since you started. As a old guy who still is working for a living I am very envious of what you guys are doing.
    Keep on with it.
    Marty
  12. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    5 young guys on old bikes riding across America? This would make one hell of a good movie.:1drink
  13. c munch

    c munch Destination unknown

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    What a great report / story about a bunch of friends who won't even realize how great this trip was until years down the road...........

    If I were to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere , I am sure you guys would be able to get me going again
  14. kluts

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    Vermin, we have a movie script job for you.

    Nice report, XS. Like others said, you'll never forget this trip. :clap
  15. G.Kennedy

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    This RR kicks total ass ... nice ride and write up !!!!!!!!
  16. vegasdesertdweller

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    I hope you dont mind but I am living my life through you guys.
    Needless to say, Great report!
  17. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Today we had another hike planned, and then riding a little after lunch.

    In the morning, Brandon was feeling under the weather. Nonetheless, we rode to the trail head and parked our bikes. We didn't go all the way down to the bottom of the Canyon, but we did descend a fair amount (round trip distance was about 4 miles).

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    We went back to the bikes, Vanya and I rode a couple of miles to the nearest grocery store for lunch food (bologna sandwiches, PB&J). Brandon was feeling like total shit at this point, and finally had to get something out of his system (:puke1 ). Feeling a little better, he ate a little and then we rested for a bit. By this time, a lot of families had stopped at this particular spot to also have some lunch. They pulled in in their Lincoln Navigators, Toyota 4runners, and Dodge Caravans. Although we too were tourists, I felt like we couldn't possibly be further apart in how we accomplished our sight seeing.

    We hit the road and headed for Williams, AZ. At some point the pavement got pretty bumpy, and this harmonic motion obviously wreaked hell on Brandon's digestive system. He very clearly and firmly requested to pull over via our helmet-integrated walkie-talkie system (a life saver on this trip). No sooner had we stopped and he had taken off his helmet, than he :puke1 again. We made it to the outskirts of Williams and used Brandon's GPS, in conjunction with his iPhone to call local hotels and check out availability and pricing. We reluctantly settled on $85 for the night at an Econolodge. We thought this was way overpriced, but atleast we got a continental breakfast in the deal.

    The four of us fit to walk went down the the main street to watch a nightly show, a reinactment of a western shoot-out, performed for tourists. It was a little too family oriented for my taste, but well done nonetheless.

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    Seeing as Brandon wasn't in any condition to go out to eat, we decided against a steak house and instead got cheaper/faster fare. My brother and I settled on Jack in the Box, as we had never eaten there before. Burgers and Tacos at one joint? Unheard of! The tacos were pretty nasty, but at $1 for two, I couldn't complain. We stopped by the local safeway to get some ginger ale for Brandon.

    Tomorrow would be a long ride, so we tried to get to bed early, but with so much awesome stuff to watch like 'robot chicken' on the tube, this was easier said than done.

    Another aside:
    I I only found this photo recently, after posting the Kansas portion of the ride. This is me riding with a cross wind. It isn't that extreme, but you can see the counter leaning into the wind (I'm on a perfectly straight road). I'll try to get atleast one motorcycle photo into each day:lol3

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  18. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    Fantastic story :clap
  19. Strog

    Strog Geek on two wheels

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    I took my family out to CA to see some family last summer and we came into Williams around 10:30pm after seeing the Canyon. There was a dummy manning the speed trap in town (I mean he was made of plastic :lol3). We headed back into town to fuel up and he was vigilantly watching the speed trap.

    Was he still there when you headed through? :wink:
  20. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    I don't recall seeing such a thing.

    I did see an unoccupied cop car (decomissioned, obviously not driven any more) sitting on the side of the road somewhere in Virginia.