Detroit to San Diego, Zen and the art of motorcycle negligence,

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vermin, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    First off I would like to thank all the people at advrider for making me feel like there was a group I fit in. I was an Indian without a tribe, a soldier without an army, a dork without a marching band (relax I was in band I can say that).

    THE BIG IDEA:

    The Set Up

    I am a middle aged man who sits in a cubicle. I design car parts. I have done it long enough to see the parts that where so important to the suits (management) that they made me miss a large part of my childrens lives, end up, rusty, powering crystal meth addicts around the mean streets of New Jersey on reruns of COPS. In short, I have put the whole thing in perspective. I spend 51 weeks per year scheming about next excellent adventure.

    My history, I presume is shared by most people on this forum. My mother begrudgingly let me have a 3 hp mini bike when I was 11. She claimed it was like marijuana in that it was an entry drug. I thought she was crazy, she wasn’t, I have ridden nearly every piece of crap motorcycle that would start over the last 38 years. I have always wondered “what’s over there?”

    Thanks to an understanding wife, I was able over the years, to pilot my assorted and sundry hunks of crap motorcycles throughout 46* of the contiguous United States with a vibrant assortment of good hearted ne’er do wells.

    Having conquered most of the United States I began to notice a pattern forming, as my real life only allows one week of absence every other year or so I would ride like hell for 3 days away from home, go to as many states as I could, slowly wistfully turn around put my tail between my legs and ride home. This turned the last half of every vacation/adventure into a very long commute to a job that I have long since lost my enthusiasm for.

    This summer as I plotted my next exit scenario I stumbled upon “The Big Idea”.
    Instead of running out to the end of my leash, jerking up short and dejectedly heading back to the doghouse I figured out a way to double the leash and finally bite the mailman. I WOULDN’T TURN AROUND.

    I would go straight out for my whole vacation and abandon my recent nearly used up rat bike and fly home.

    To add an element of excitement to the trip my 13 year old son (drifter) expressed an interest in tagging along.

    Aye Karumba!

    *Rhode Island and Delaware remain elusive dreams, no real compelling interest in either except that George Thorogood and the Destroyers are from Delaware. What gnaws at me is that I know that information but still occasionally spell my wife’s name wrong.
    The Trip

    Detroit to San Diego
    San Diego was a logical destination as it was the farthest I could get from Detroit and I have in-laws there that could help facilitate. The theory being if I could leave the bike at the in-law’s pole barn I could return next year and continue the trip maybe down to Costa Rica, maybe cruise across central Mexico and pop back out into Texas and re abandon the bike or maybe take the Missus up to Seattle. The world is my oyster.



    The Bike

    My weapon of choice is my beloved Honda PC800. It was Hondas answer to a question no one in the 1990s was asking. It is a pretty dang good all round bike with a copious amount of luggage and as reliable as the monkey bars at school. The only draw back is that if you have any more testosterone than Pee Wee Herman you may be embarrassed to be seen on it. It has followed the path of my last few bikes general neglect and a flair for the practical use of cable ties, dry wall screws and duct tape has created a monster.

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    Note:

    Lawn mower handle/barbeque legs luggage rack
    Lowes $19 toolbox luggage
    Bus turn signals
    Pine stick lid prop


    For those interested Drifters account is at

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289782

    Bless his pea pickin heart
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  2. Bad Company

    Bad Company Don't call me Shirley

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    This thread has promise. I predict two run ins with the law, three maxed out credit cards, and I'll give even odds that the 13 year old winds up with a tattoo leaving the op on the couch for a month.
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  3. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    This should be good.

    Another Detroiter's story of escape. I made the break 20 years ago, go back once a year, and that's enough.

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  4. IL8APEX

    IL8APEX Been here awhile

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    You guys don't know what you're in for!

    Here's a pic of the Tupperware Torpedo in all its glory this time last year at Deal's Gap:

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    There is absolutely no reason that bike should still be running. Honda should buy this bike back just to do a teardown.

    -Tom
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  5. GB

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    Roll the Pacific Coast gypsy wagon :thumb

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  6. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    The Players Left to right
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    Big Bad Biker Buddy Bruce- Human GPS. A long term buddy who can always be counted on to roll I mean ROLL. Distance is nothing but math to Bruce. We started riding dirt bikes together in the mid seventies so we have history. Now he is riding Electra Glide number 4 he puts 100k on them and buys another one. I bought my first motorcycle off him in 1974 (TS250 Suzuki). We have hit most of the states together. Rock solid riding buddy and all around guy.
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    Drifter- my 13 year old son wants to grow up to be a writer so I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to flash some cool sights, smells, feelings past the boy to create fodder for his fertile imagination. It was his last week before school starts and a trip like this is just what he might need to help him stare out the window and let his mind wander for the next 9 months while his grades falter. I have no small amount of personal experience with this.<o:p></o:p>
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    Chip- Next gen. excellent adventurer. Neighbor of Bruce’s as a child, turned ‘hey Bruce watch this” into an early reality series. Has been a reliable co conspirator since the early 90’s. He is rolling on a 1985 E-Glide (Bruce’s number 2 AKA Blue) that he has resurrected from a rusting rattle canned barn ornament status to a new looking and running touring bike. Most impressive feat to date was 4,000 mile tour to the 4 corners on a Suzahamasocki impaler (250lb man, deli sandwich sized seat). Will go anywhere and do any thing on a moments notice. I have known him for 10+ years and never knew his real name or needed to until last year.
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    ME- AKA Vermin, behind the camera, grumpy middle age man since birth according to my wife.

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  7. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    Usually I don&#8217;t do either I just leave, but because pride and joy was coming along riding shotgun a certain amount of parental prudence was necessary. Buddy Fat Bastard (ex excellent adventurer who has given it up for golf) Suggests that as I am going through the desert my coolant level should be reviewed. This disturbed me because I suppose I always knew the bike had coolant but had never checked it. After a little furrowing of the brow and some sloppy new math I came up with the number 17. 17 years since the anti-freeze was installed in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Japan</st1:place></st1:country-region>, god why didn&#8217;t check this earlier? I looked in the resevoir NOTHING (hyperventilate), looked in the radiator and someone had replaced the antifreeze with restaurant grade Coca-Cola&#8482; syrup (conniption). T minus 21 hours till blast off and I had a marginal situation on my hands. I impatiently kicked off the shroud covering the radiator and chiseled out the remaining coolant and replaced it with fresh. There ready to go.
    Threw all my crap and his crap in the luggage and went to work for the final day.
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    There is nothing can stop time in its tracks like having a loaded bike at home on your last day of work. I endured. Departure time at home was 4 o&#8217;clock.

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    This picture was taken just after I had kicked off the front lower radiator cowling. I pray to god no one from the Pacific Coast web site sees this or I will be lynched. The mere breaking off of a tab sends them into a state of apoplexy.

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    3. A fit of extreme anger; rage: "The proud . . . members suffered collective apoplexy, and this year they are out for blood" (David Finch).
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  8. jonnycowboy

    jonnycowboy Adventurer

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    great thread, can't wait to see more.
    hell i'm 25, just started cubicle life (omg!) and am already dreaming of these kind of adventures ;)

    :ear
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  9. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    The departure sequence was uneventful Bruce and Chip showed up as planned, as always, on time in my driveway. We rolled out of town headed toward the slab (WB I-94) on a 2 lane. The jitters are redlined at the moment because of the enormity of the trip and the responsibility of doing something inherently stupid and dangerous with the fruit of my loins on the back of the bike. In short WE ARE JACKED UP.
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    I practice some relaxation techniques that don’t work. We roll west into an ominous black cloudbank. 15 miles from home we don the rain gear. 15.0000001 miles from home we get hammered 30+ mph crosswinds, hail, lightning and driving rain. No where to run to baby, no where to hide. I had to do the futile endeavor checklist.
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    1) Pull over and stop= impractical as we would still get soaking wet, still get hit by lightning and possibly get rear ended by a car.
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    2) Keep going= get soaking wet, hit by oncoming traffic, blown off road and tumble through ditch and get hit by lightning.
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    We chose number two because there would be less disgrace and less standing in the pouring rain looking stupid.
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    We finally found a gas station with an awning we could pull under.


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    This part is true* As we stood under the awning a semi-truck and trailer pulled in to fill up we noticed water was up to its axles.
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    *as exaggeration is the norm on a trip we resort to presuming that all statements are damn lies unless this disclaimer is present.
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    . My high buck Aerostich suit might as well be made of crepe paper as I was soaked to the bone. Oh well we are accustomed to this type of foolishness in Michigan so we got on the freeway and picked our way through flash floods in all the low lying areas. Say what you want about the boredom of freeways I kind of like them for the way they quickly, safely and easily get me the hell out of Dodge.
    We motored on west toward <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chicago</st1:place></st1:City> with little trouble the post storm weather was pleasant and I started to relax and get in a groove. <st1:City w:st="on">Battle Creek</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kalamazoo</st1:place></st1:City>, Paw Paw, it was starting to click. Who knows maybe Gary Indiana* won’t be the horrible traffic snafu it usually is. For those of those unfamiliar with I-80/90 through <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Gary</st1:place></st1:City> it is exciting.
    Every car and truck headed from the northeastern <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> to any where west of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cleveland</st1:place></st1:City> goes through this corridor. It usually has construction and ten mile back ups.
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    What magic is this? It has four brand new lanes and light traffic. Finally I might have a smooth departure past the south end of <st1:place w:st="on">Lake Michigan</st1:place>. NOT. As we approach <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Gary</st1:place></st1:City> the brake lights come on and we hit the jam. The rainstorm has flooded both sides closing the eastbound lanes and closing half of the west bound lanes. Half of the traffic is Asplund tree trucks filled with Mexicans stuck on the freeway trying to get into Chi-town to clear downed trees from power lines. We are rebels and just blast down the shoulder. Hey if they where all on bikes there wouldn’t be a problem. Not to mention two of our crew are on air cooled bikes and too much not moving makes man and machine fail.
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    We clear the mess and head into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Joliet</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Illinois</st1:State></st1:place> to set down for the night, We get unpacked in our room and Chip calls his girlfriend at the crib. Come to find out 50 minutes after Chip came to my house the storm came through his neighborhood and blasted (knocked down or severely damaged) all the houses but his. Good way to start a trip.

    *Michael Jackson’s hometown and from what I can tell a particularily wretched rust belt chancre sore of a town.
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  10. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    another escape from the mitten of unemployment! :rofl

    I'm hooked, neat writing style, excellent adventure. Write/ride on brotha, I'm watchin this one!
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  11. chronos

    chronos Been here awhile

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  12. sleazy rider

    sleazy rider Spudly Adventurer

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    Let me guess. You left town on the 24th of August for the great adventure. :ear I'm right down the road from you and left at 4AM that morning for Wisconsin thru the UP, missing all the weather this time. Hope you had a great ride and the teen got some real inspiration for his creative writing stories.

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  13. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    It is time to reveal the true nature of Bruce and Chips involvement in this whole charade. They have limited time so they are going part way. Their role is to be the booster rockets that help get me past the gravitational orbit of my normal life. They are damn good blokes for doing so.

    Below is my shrine to excellent adventures the dark black lines are the places one or both of them has traveled with me so I cut em some slack



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  14. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    Day 2 (August 25<sup>th</sup>, 2007<o:p></o:p>
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    Anyone who does this trip knows that an eastern boy traveling west has to recalibrate somewhere around the Mississippi River; Things slow down a little, you get your groove back. I was not meant to be a go-go go getter and out here that is just fine they like you the way you are. It rubs off and I begin to be less of an asshole. The cashier asks how is it going and listens to the response. She seems to care more about your day than you do. The smiles come easier. There is one more recalibration around the <st1:place>Missouri River</st1:place> I will get to later. I don&#8217;t know if this same transmogrification happens in a car full of people. I doubt it. <o:p></o:p>
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    We head into the Quad Cities (<st1:city><st1:place>Davenport</st1:place></st1:city>, <st1:city><st1:place>Rock Island</st1:place></st1:city>, Ottoman and <st1:city><st1:place>Moline</st1:place></st1:city>) I holler at Drifter to get pictures of the flooding. The water is up the roofs on some of the houses and outbuildings. I should have given him some rudimentary instruction on digital camera operation before leaving. Tempers flare. Oh well the inappropriate double A batteries fail almost at once anyway. It would be some time before we found the appropriate gillion dollar kryptonite batteries to take blurry pictures of the back of my head.

    I get the distinct impression that this had been a bean field the day before.

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    We went to the worlds largest truckstop on I-80 it is quite an edifice to movement. Chip was like my mom at a scrapbook convention as he is a trucker. I forgot to go around back and look at the 800 parking spaces filled with American Steel. Enjoy your biscuits and gravy boys the Mexicans are coming.

    This is one large truck stop. There are 2 semi rigs inside along with miscellaneous other vehicles.


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    Drifter looks natural behind the wheel doesn't he

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    We probably saw 100 of these tree trucks headed toward chicago.


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    Obligatory picture of the Mississippi


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    I like Iowa, it is like rural Michigan was when I was a wee lad. We headed west (I-80) for awhile until Bruce got tired of leading at which point he instructed me to go about 70mph for 25 miles and then head south (just west of Des Moines which is French for &#8220;the Moines&#8221;) to break up the boredom. God I was excited I got a position of responsibility. I charged out front and enjoyed leading my posse across the cornfields. Once the thrill of the promotion wore off it occurred to me that I had no way of knowing my speed or distance* and I hadn&#8217;t been paying attention to the mile markers.

    *I abbreviated/eliminated my instrument cluster when my speedo broke. The logic being that I had not been pulled over for speeding since 1987 and even then I had a speedo so it didn't help. Bye Bye speedo. Tach who needs a tack it is a Honda twist the handle until the noise quits getting higher there is your redline. A side benefit of this arrangement was that without a temp. gauge it would not overheat. I would have liked to have kept the gas gauge but my mallot was not that precise.

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    I blame Bruce for pegging me as leader. Oh well I rode west for a undetermined period of time and then headed south on a 2 lane. <o:p></o:p>
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    As it turns out this areas claim to fame is that it was the setting for the book/movie &#8220;Bridges of Madison County&#8221;. I read/saw neither. I don&#8217;t tend to watch Merle Streep movies as they don&#8217;t usually have any explosions or wet scantily clad women. For that matter I am not sure I want to see Merle wet, scantily clad or exploding. I digress. As fearless leader I decided to follow one of the historically significant signs to one of these bridges. The name of which escapes me. I envisioned a long covered bridge with gingerbread scroll work on the peak. I thought it would be an excellent photo op. to add some interest to our mid afternoon ride. Of course the fact that I cared for the aesthetics of the moment and had heard of Merle Streep put me on the suspicious list with male nurses, male flight attendants and banquet organizers. Sorry if I offended anyone, if so go take a nap.<o:p></o:p>
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    Anyhow we turned off the two lane and headed down a soupy gravel country road for quite a ways. Under these circumstances Chip usually gets quite agitated, this was no exception. Bruce just handles it having driven 800 miles of gravel road in the Yukon on his fully loaded E-Glide the previous summer (distance and territory subject to later fact injection). Now that I think of it my bike was no picnic, a tired road bike with no suspension* 2 up with the equivalent of a refrigerator on the back. We rode some distance (no odometer) and finally came upon the bridge. It was a piece of crap, It had a flat roof and was about thirty feet long with some pot bellied local guy running his riding mower next to it. Oh well, we still have our health. We headed west on county 2 lanes till we got to the Missouri River and we crossed on an old tyme run down toll bridge that was about 1.5 lanes wide. Just think approx. 200 years ago Lewis and Clark went under this very bridge headed toward North Dakota. Historical footnote, the act of shivering was perfected during this phase. Until the Lewis and Clark expedition shivering was only used as a primal response to kissing old moley aunts.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Missouri River up north by where it crosses I-90 is the boundary of the true west for me. When ever I ride out to Sturgis on westbound I-90 over the hill that gives you the view of the <st1:state><st1:place>Missouri</st1:place></st1:state> it takes my breath away. To the east is the world you know, square cornfields, Home Depots, and lip biting soccer moms. To the west is the true prairie, hot grass lands as far as the eye can see that mankind has never really figured out how to harness. Teddy Roosevelts only failure involved loosing a large portion of the family fortune grazing cattle in the badlands. I dig it. Drifter has no point of reference for this feeling yet. Maybe he'll get it maybe he won't. I hope he is better at adapting to the "real world" than I am and becomes a success on his own terms and won't have to run the prairies to find peace.<o:p></o:p>
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    unfortunately we are between cameras now use your imagination.

    In Nebraska now, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride,

    corn, corn, corn, whats that smell corn, corn, corn, (Haywood Banks I-80 song)

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    York sleep

    *after a several year struggle with fork seals the forks finally puked fork oil all over newly installed brake pads. That was the straw that broke the camels back. I drilled holes in the fork legs and watched the demon fluid drain out into a tray. I have never regretted that move.<o:p></o:p>

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  15. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Man..tha is one ugly motorsickle..but the writin' is purdy..,.
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  17. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    DAY 3 (August 26th, 2007)

    York, Nebraska, wake up, Bruce and Chip peel off to the south.

    Some body guessed credit card issues BINGO my card quit working. I had a message on my phone to call the company. I called and come to find out my spending patterns where incongruous with my normal life so they put a hold on it. No Kidding. Easily fixed.

    Drifter and I head west on US-34 toward Grand Island. In Grand Island we run across some artist types headed toward Burning Man in the desert of Cali(?) or Nevada I don&#8217;t know. It sounds like my kind of gathering. Unfortunately their school bus had alternator problems that had them behind time and stuck in Nebraska. While we where shooting the shit when a local farmer came over and gave it a good old fashioned roadside analysis that set them on the right path. Farmers are good at diagnosing problems on the fly with nothing but a screw driver and a pop can for tools. The cool thing about being out west is this farmer probably had a lot to do but he took time out to monkey with these guys rig.

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    Ya see there is this little D shaped hole under the alternator
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    Nuttin Honey

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    West on US-34 Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Corn, Corn, Grand Island, Corn, Ride, Ride, West on US-30 Ride, Ride, Ride, Ogallala, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Grass, Grass, Dead Badger, Burnt Grass, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride.

    I miss having Bruce and Chip along for the familiarity/company but Drifter starts to hold his own conversation wise. We cruise down US-34 westbound, Even now there are things and places I would like to show him but we are limited to a week. We are cruising the Platte River Valley. It gives one a false sense of how green Western Nebraska really is. One of my favorite places is the Sand Hills to the northwest. I have been down the north/south road out of Hyannis Neb, before, not a tree or a driveway (maybe one) for 67 miles. Pure beauty, this is the area that people in cars can&#8217;t appreciate because it looks like nothing in a picture frame with a rear view mirror in it. You can&#8217;t really appreciate it until you have done it on a bike and are enveloped in the vibe. Of course survivor man could live off the grasshopper jerky that accumulates on your shins.

    This is also the area where my bike, affectionately known as Cack, had to tow a buddies new Harley-Davidson Fat Bastard 15 miles with a close line rope, to a bar so he could call the North Platte Harley dealer to come get him. Apparently air cooled v-twins are still a novelty at the motor company and bad cam bearings should be accepted as part of the Harley experience. Does the Honda dealer have a nice trailer with a diamond plate ramp? Who knows, the Maytag repairman probably uses it to take his quad up north. Maybe they store brochures and key fobs in it.
    I believe this particular experience contributed to this buddies zeal for golf.



    Dead Badger, I had never seen one of these in the wild, they do look on&#8217;ry. This one was taking a nap on the shoulder of the road. I didn&#8217;t wake it up.

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    Big grain silo

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    Big train

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    We take our sweet time and hop on I-80 near North Platte.

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    Things are starting to heat up near Sidney Nebraska the cockpit temperation is into the low 100&#8217;s (105 this part is true) according to the hot tub thermorator, cable tied to the hole in my dash where the speedometer was, that I retained from my opulent 90&#8217;s lifestyle I lived in the early 2000&#8217;s. Sadly the hot tub had to be removed because its success relied on my wife getting into a bathing suit, but I cleverly kept the thermomajiger





    We go west an unknown speed /mileage until we pull into Cheyenne Wyoming.

    There is a nice downtown square with bands playing and people partying so we chuck out the anchor.

    This is where drifter gives the illusion of photography. If I had known none of the pictures would turn out I would have given him a savage beating right downtown (gross exageration used for comic effect). But as it is we are back home with his mother so there can be nothing but tender pats on the head.

    There was an old school hotel right downtown that had been refurbished that was the right price. It had a top notch restaurant and real cool coffee shoppe and gift shop on the first floor. The interior was all cowhide and western motif (oh crap I knew the word motif, I am definitely under suspicion again) The place had not been gutted during the rehab it had kept the original wood/tile/stained glass. It sufficed to give Drifter a taste of what existed before the freeways and the Super 8 motels. It was called &#8220;The Plains&#8221; I recommend it highly. Across the courtyard is the old depot that has been redone as a visitor center with some nice restaurants. Oh yea I forgot they have cool 6&#8217; tall cowboy boots all over downtown with scenes of Wyomings past painted on them.

    Again, please try to imagine it as there is scant photographic evidence.

    All in all I would say downtown Cheyenne is doing it right.

    We spent the evening walking around town. Saw the state capital. We went up on a bridge overlooking a rail yard and watched them switch trains and take off. It was still around 95deg. Didn't say much just stood around watching the sun go down.

    In summary one of the better days I've had traipsing around this planet.
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  18. bosco

    bosco Raybanned

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    Great report! :thumb

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    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    I have been informed that I confuse the words where and were using them inappropriately. I apologize. I have calcified arteries in the region of the brain that remembers that and I can't relearn it. Please forgive me.
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  20. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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