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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    Wednesday Oct 18 2017 - Close the Loop

    We started the motorbike portion of this trip on Aug 27 and ended today. Thirty some states touched by our wheels and nearly 10,000
    miles on the odometers. Its hard to take in that its done. Happy and sad at the same time. Many of you have felt the same emotions.
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    Left the motel at 0830 and went to the grocery store to get water and coffee. I stayed with the bikes and
    enjoyed the morning scene. It was high 30's but warmed to 40 something when we got rolling on US95
    North from Winnemucca Nevada. Much nicer than yesterday.
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    First stop to enjoy the coffee and the quiet of the desert. I love this.
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    I picked this route to Bend since I had ridden this in late September of 1991 riding an '84 Suzuki GS1150 on a return
    from Santa Fe New Mexico. It was part of three week solo ride starting and ending in Seattle.

    Winnemucca NV to Burns Jct on US95, Burns Jct to Burns on 78 and then US20 to Bend. It was interesting to see
    what had or had not changed in 26 years. Still flat...
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    Welcome to Oregon?
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    I remembered several sections and the trials I had along the way with a bad chain. Good memories. Learned a lot.
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    Finished. We celebrated with a bottle of champagne with our friends, Dave and Loretta.
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    It was quiet in the comm today, I think we were both remembering all the times over the last two months.
    Helmet time and miles will do that. You know?


    The next two weeks: complete the rebuild of the CBX engine, load the bikes in the trailer, head north to Seattle for the insurance adjuster visit and then drive home to Fairbanks. I'll keep the thread going with updates for a while, and some stats if you're interested. The drive could get interesting...

    Hope you enjoyed the ride along.
    David and Cee
  2. sundog406

    sundog406 Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing your ride with us. I’ve never posted a RR, but I’ve taken numerous multi-day rides, and I can barely trouble myself to take pictures, let alone take them all day and sift through them at night to post with a narrative about the day’s travels. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey with us. Safe travels back to FBX.
  3. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Friday Oct 20 2017 - Assemble and Load

    Yesterday Dave and I reassembled the CBX engine, well I mostly watched the master at work. He had already
    reconditioned the head. A cam chain adjuster bolt hole stripped so he installed a heli coil to repair. Went well.
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    Cylinder, head and cams installed. Looks good and each hole had compression. Did not use a master link on the
    cam chain for those interested.
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    All buttoned up. The tag is to remind me to replace a seal on the tach drive after I get home.
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    Engine was carefully put back in the crate and loaded into the truck. Bikes are in the trailer and tied down for
    the journey. Tomorrow we'll visit the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon where the
    Spruce Goose is housed. Feels very strange to drive a cage again.
  4. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Saturday Oct 21 2017 - Snowed

    Said our good byes to Dave and rolled out in rain. Sure was nice staying here, Dave let us store the truck and trailer, rebuilt my CBX cylinder head, showed me how to take it apart and put it back together, fed us several meals plus we had great conversations about bikes, sleds and times past. Thanks buddy! it was very appreciated!

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    Went west on US 20 and 22 over Santiam Pass and look what we found! Was not expecting snow in Oregon. I was trying to remember how to do this snow slush towing thing.
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    Made it to Evergreen Space and Aviation Museum. Cool place.
    Cee decided she wants this to replace the Guzzi. right.
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  5. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    sundog406, thanks for the kind comments. I actually enjoy taking the pics and writing. More to come, we're not home yet...
  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - adjusted

    Did the drive from Forest Grove Or to Woodinville WA Monday. Stayed off I5 as much as we could. We went over the Columbia at Rainier OR. Had a nice visit with a our son's in-laws who took us to their son's pub for a brew and a fantastic dinner, King's Head in Forest Grove is a recommend.
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    We stopped at Dauntless Motors in Enumclam WA to pick up a side car mount kit so I can add a car to a '68 Moto Guzzi. Cool place, they gave me the nickle tour. They hand build their own sidecars, mount kits and more. Do most everything in-house. They were building a custom sidecar outfit using a waterboxer GSA for Helge Pederson that will get shipped to Africa. Impressive setup.

    Today, Tuesday, we rode the Guzzi Norge to Moto I to meet with the insurance adjuster. And left it there. Sad. Damages are extensive and expensive and most likely it will be totaled. Its a 2009 with 47,000 miles she put on with three trips down to the 48 states and many local rides. Its been a good ride for Cee and I always hate to see a bike leave the "family."

    Cee has started thinking about a new ride, but first she's going to finish putting her '95 R100RT back together. She's doing a top-end rebuild on the engine with the assistance of the Fairbanks BMW Airhead club. Good bunch of guys I call friends.

    We start north to Alaska Thursday and weather checks along the way look promising, not too cold and not much snowfall. I'll update after we make it to the house. till then
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  7. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Sunday Oct 29 2017 - Arrived. "Home is where you hang your hat."

    As planned we left Woodinville WA on Thursday Oct 26. Fall is in bloom in this pic of southern BC. We spent the first night in a pull-out 30 miles south of Prince George making 550 miles for the day. Several construction delays.
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    This is the Peace River seen from an overlook on the Hudson Hope cutoff that bypasses Dawson Creek and Fort Saint John thus avoiding some of the gas-field truck traffic.
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    The second day saw a lot of snow by the road but only a few patches of ice. We spent the second night at Toad River Lodge making 650 miles on Friday.
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    Saturday was all dry roads and we did another 650 miles and stopped at Talbot Arms Lodge next to Kluane Lake.
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    Sunday started out nice but as we got closer to the border the roads became much more icy until we got near Tok Alaska and then roads were mostly dry into Fairbanks. Just after US Customs a moose wandered into our path and with the ice I wasn't sure we were going to miss it. Shortly thereafter a small band of caribou were crossing the highway but moved out of the way quick.
    I guess they were there to welcome us home?

    The one mile road we live on was not dry but layered clear ice requiring chains to get up the steep road and our even steeper driveway. Do not slow down.
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    But we made it OK and truck and trailer are in the shop ready to be unloaded and cleaned up.
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    It was a tiring truck journey, not nearly as pleasant as the bike portion. (and not one I'm keen to repeat.)
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    Total time on the road was eleven weeks. I was asked what was the most memorable experience or item of note.

    We enjoyed all of it, the daily change of scenery, the fun roads, and just being on the road. But by far the most memorable impact on us was the hospitality, warmth, and friendship given to us from family, friends and strangers, especially in the time of stress. I thank all of you whom we had the pleasure to cross paths with.
    It was clear to us that we live by the grace of God and I thank Him for Cee's quick recovery and guidance.
    Peace to you all,
    David and Cee
  8. chipguy1

    chipguy1 Adventurer

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    Too bad this trip is over. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for taking us along.
    Tom
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  9. Chiefbuggy

    Chiefbuggy n00b

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    Quite a trip, it brought up a lot of memories when I travelled to the West Coast in 2000, 2003 & 2007 to Alaska.
    Thanks for sharing... jean-guy

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  10. Tlaloc

    Tlaloc Un Tigre del Norte

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    Your very nice ride report is of particular interest to me as I want to do a similar ride in April. Including going north over the Great Lakes vía the Upper Peninsula. Thank you!
  11. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Tom, Glad you enjoyed the report. Makes the effort worthwhile to know that. David
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  12. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Jean-guy, I remember when you stopped by my place in 2007. Looking forward to seeing you in March. David

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  13. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    You are most welcome. I think you'll enjoy the ride north of the lakes though I suggest looking for a "quieter" route than the one we took, 17 got very busy. Jean-guy (Chiefbuggy) lives near Ottawa and could probably assist with route selection.
  14. Chiefbuggy

    Chiefbuggy n00b

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    Avoid Highway 17 between Sudbury and Ottawa. Instead, you want to ride West & South of Algonquin Park. See the suggested route in the Highlands web site: http://ridethehighlands.ca/
  15. Tlaloc

    Tlaloc Un Tigre del Norte

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    Thanks to both Solarmoose and Chiefbuggy. I was thinking of re-entering the US at Niagra Falls to go Rochester, where I went to school in the mid 70s. But I think I’d rather continue east to Quebec and ultimately Nova Scotia, then hit Rochester heading back west.
  16. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Post Report Update

    We brought Cee's new bike home Friday. End of season incentives and a 2017 GS lowered suspension model
    still on the dealers floor made it the right time. Thanks to all the guys at Trail's End BMW for getting this
    together for us. We're glad to have such a great BMW dealer in town.

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    Now for the "build" before the ride season arrives. We're planning several rides for next summer; D2D in June
    and maybe the INOA Norton Rally in Elma Washington.
    See you on the road.
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  17. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Great ride report, Thanks for taking the time to post it and the photos up.
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  18. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Wonderful RR that not only entertains and educates but inspires riders to do the same. Thanks for letting us ride along. :clap

    Grew up in Arvada in the 50's and 60's. Still try to get to CO and ride every chance I can.

    Great looking new ride for Cee!!
  19. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Thanks for the kind comments, gents.

    We were at a BMW Airheads club meeting (Cee has a '95 R100RT) tonight and although many of the members had read this report they asked Cee to give her take on the ride and the crash. They were amazed she got back on the bike after the crash and rode it back to the hotel. I said, "well, we couldn't leave her motorcycle behind." lots of laughs at that one.
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