Down the Road A Piece

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    I like having a couple more months of summer before we settle in for the long winters nap, aka time to work on the bikes in the shop.
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  2. chipguy1

    chipguy1 Adventurer

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    Thank you for taking the time to share your journey. I enjoy riding and dislike taking the time to stop and take photos.
    Really enjoying this ride report, and look forward to reading your future travel reports.
    Tom
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  3. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Tuesday Oct 3 2017 Charlotte NC to Athens Georgia

    We've been in Charlotte since last Thursday and enjoying the sights. Cousin Sharon and Doug took us to several
    great restaurants in the area. We enjoyed getting caught up with family. One of Sharon's sister's home was
    flooded in the Houston area. We hope they will be able to rebuild their lives again.

    Sunday we went to the NASCAR Hall of Fame downtown. I love the old cars from the days when cars were not
    much different from what came off the dealer's floor.
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    Richard Petty's '64 Plymouth with 426cid hem. Next car is a Dodge Charger, didn't capture the driver.
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    '57 Ford
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    Monday we went to the Billy Graham Library and saw this document under glass.
    To my family: look at the third signature from the bottom on the left column.
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    Today we rode to Athens GA, mostly busy roads and interstates but a few miles on quiet roads. Mild temps.
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    I think this is supposed to be giant Georgia peach?
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    Next is Birmingham Alabama with a stop at a special bike dealer... stay tuned.
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  4. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Wednesday Oct 4 2017 - Athens GA to Birmingham Alabama

    Left our friends, Sonja and Robert's home around 9am. We had a nice visit with Sonja but missed Robert since he
    had to leave just before we got there to attend to family stuff. We know them from Fairbanks.
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    First stop is:
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    They have an incredible collection of bikes, most for sale. This was the "war room." Many of their war bikes
    are loaned out for movies.
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    Beautiful older BMW.
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    Lots of WWII airplane models hanging from the ceiling.
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    Velocette
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    Moto Guzzi
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    Hercules with a Wankel engine.
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    Older mono pod trailer.
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    Its worth your time to stop by here sometime.
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    After working our way around Atlanta we eventually reached Alabama, rolled into Birmingham at 2pm. Talked to
    Wayne from Florida at a rest stop who was on his way to Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival too. He has an
    extensive collection of Nortons. Wayne has a booth at the swap meet so we'll look him up there. Must have
    something I need.
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    Tomorrow we start our long weekend at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival and see the new addition to
    the museum. Can't wait!!
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  5. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Tom, Thanks for the kind comments. Enjoying the ride is the best part. We've been fortunate so far to have nice weather and I suspect we'll get a bit of not so nice weather before this ride is done and the bikes are back home.
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  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Thursday Oct 5 - Ouch

    We were on our way to the Barber Motorcycle museum this morning.

    Cee was leading on a narrow back road and came upon a wood plank bridge just after a corner so no
    warning. The bridge had raised planks, car tire spaced apart, and she tried to go in the middle but something
    went wrong and threw her down. I didn't see it happen as I was just looking down to see what the surface
    was when she yelled in the comm, I looked up to see her slide to a stop on the left shoulder of the road facing
    back toward me. I rode past, stopped, put on the 4-way blinkers and hurried back. She was trying to get up
    and I suggested she sit still first and do a slow evaluation. Nothing broken, skin scrapes on her left knee
    (rare time without ride pants) and left elbow. We decided she could ride and since we were only 5 miles
    from the hotel, and rode back. Shifting was hard because of the bent lever but she managed. Tough lady.
    My bike is too tall for her to ride.

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    Some swelling started on both places plus back of hand so I went out to get ice. No apparent broken bones and
    will see how it goes. There are two urgent cares within a few miles so we'll go if it gets worse. Swelling has already
    started to go down in the last three hours. Ice, advil and rest.

    Duct tape will hold the fairing together for the time being and I'm looking for a welding shop to heat and
    bend the cast aluminum shift lever back. Will order a new one to arrive at our next stop.

    There will be time to learn from the event but right now I'm glad it was minor.
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  7. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Phew! Thank God y'all are ok!
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  8. Mrs Mayhem

    Mrs Mayhem Adventurer

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    Ouch! Cee is a tough lady. Hope she and the bike are ok.
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  9. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider

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    Wow, sorry to hear. Glad it was only minor injury's to your bride
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  10. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    That is truth.

    She's doing well. Better than I expected when I first saw the injuries.

    New shift lever ordered, 7-10 days out, to arrive Denver about the same time we do. Tomorrow I look for a temporary solution and have several leads and ideas to follow up on. There's large swap meet at the Festival to "mine" too.

    Thanks to all for the concern, phone calls and txt messages. It warmed our hearts.
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  11. sundog406

    sundog406 Adventurer

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    So glad to hear Mrs. Solarmoose is apparently okay. I guess danger is part of what makes it an adventure, but be careful out there. I’ve been following your ride from the beginning, and I can tell you’re a lucky man in the partner department.
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  12. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Yikes, glad to hear Cee wasn't hurt any worse! Here's to a quick and complete healing and fun-filled adventures ahead.

    Cool seeing Rev. Weeks' signature on the piece from the Graham Museum. Wonder what year that was from?

    Happy trails and thanks for sharing your adventure, Mark H.
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  13. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Friday Oct 6 2017 - Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival Day One

    We rode two-up to the Festival today and probably tomorrow till Cee feels like riding again.
    She isn't sore or stiff and scrapes are doing well. Ice packs tonight.

    Everywhere you look there are thousands of bikes of every make and model. We parked in
    this "sea" of bikes.
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    Having breakfast in the museum plaza.
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    a brief glimpse of the inside of the museum, we'll show more tomorrow. Over a thousand bikes on display.
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    The day started with hunting the swap meet for a shift lever, found two for $5 each.

    The good news is we were directed to a mechanic in the race pits by a friend in Colorado,Vic Mokler,
    to a Boulder Ducati race team owner here, Brian, who directed us to a fellow racer, Andrew,
    who straightened Cee's shift lever back!!!
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    Not bent anymore. Good to go.
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    Wild. V-12 Lamborghini engine.
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    Beautiful Norton race bikes by New York City Norton
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    Colorado Norton Works does fantastic Norton builds.
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    Wildest custom BMW I've ever seen. Has a"brick" motor.
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    Nice restored Suzuki GT750 two-stroke.
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    Custom 7 cylinder Kawasaki in the Hagerty insurance booth.
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    more to come tomorrow
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  14. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear Cee's doing OK! Enjoying the travel chronicles!

    Jeff
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  15. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Thanks Mark. No date on the document. We wondered that too. Going to follow up later and find out.
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  16. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    I'm thankful it was only minor too.
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  17. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    I agree with that. I saw her correct out a triple weave almost tank slapper in soft pea gravel on a back road in Iowa six years ago that I thought no one could pull out of.

    There's two kinds of riders....

    thems thats been down and thems thats going

    Got the "going" done now.
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  18. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Sounds like you two will be back on track after Barber. So glad Cee is ok.
    Looks like a great time! Wish we were there, have fun.

    -Steve
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  19. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Saturday Oct 7 2014 - Return

    We returned to the place of Cee's accident on the way to Barber this morning.

    This is the view from the bike, can't tell its a wood deck bridge until you are almost on it.
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    Cee missed the right boards and entered into the middle, we think the front tire hit the edge of the left raised
    boards and started the crash. The bike landed on the left facing back toward the bridge on its left side.
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    It stopped in the grass but didn't slide down the embankment. Skid marks on the bottom middle and above right.
    We started looking for the missing shift lever rubber.
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    and found it just past the skid mark on the pavement, look up and right, see the black spot?
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    And it had stayed there from last Thursday morning to this morning, two days.
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    Cee taped up the fairing as best she could. Should hold until we get back to Denver. Always carry duct tape.
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    at least we're handy
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  20. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Oct 7 2017 - Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival Day Two

    We started the day with breakfast in the museum for museum members and went on the bridge over the track to watch the races.
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    There is a glass section in the bridge and you can look down as the racers come streaking by. Cool!
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    We watched the races for several heats. The noise is deafening.
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    View of the bridge over the track and the museum in the background.
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    The "Fan Zone" or vendor area. We went there next.
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    Lots of cool customs in the fan zone.
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    and a big display of Nortons
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    Early 60's Norton SS650
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    more to come
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