GA to TX on the Clapped-Out Bandit

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gruney1, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    I just can't wait any longer.

    I am leaving today for Texas. I have ten dollars in my wallet, no job, no hope of ever finding a job, so I am outta here. The wife & kids will have to do their own laundry for a while.

    My sister and her family live in Corpus Christi, and invited me to stay with them.

    I am packing a bunch of PB&J sandwiches and a gallon jug of water. I will sleep wherever I can for free.

    I finally got a new front tire to replace the bubbling Shinko, changed the oil, and lubed the chain.

    I am packing today, not bringing many clothes, just what I can wear, and some extra socks and underwear.

    The plan is to hug the Gulf coast as much as possible. Hopefully it's warmer than here, cause it's been COLD here! My biggest concern its the cold nights in the tent.

    I am bringing my old laptop, my daughter's camera, and my son's video camera, and hope to post the details of my trip as I go.

    I hope nothing breaks......
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  2. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I'm in and look forward to reading your other report - Ga. to NY. I just bought a cheap used Bandit myself.
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  3. eatalotapeaches

    eatalotapeaches finding my own way

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    $10 to your name? Your not gonna get very far into Alabama before your gas money is gone.... :huh Were you on the Bandit at the Beaver rally around August? I was on the white GS. If you need anything in Mississippi give me a ring.
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  4. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    Here's the basic plan:<small>
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    <iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&source=embed&msa=0&msid=104743884835447279792.0004939b95a89e276d044&ll=31.16581,-90.65918&spn=18.001895,28.125&z=5&output=embed" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" height="480" width="640"></iframe>
    <small>View Directions to Corpus Christi, TX in a larger map</small>
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Let's see the clapped out Bandit ride :thumb

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  6. mike

    mike Long timer

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  7. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Well, if you were coming down through middle GA, I would buy you lunch, but doesn't look like you're route brings you my way.
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  8. ScottFla

    ScottFla Been here awhile

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    From one semi clapped out Bandit owner to another, if you were anywhere near Tallahassee, I'd buy you lunch and some gas, too. Have a good ride!
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  9. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the well wishes, guys. I made it to Dadeville Alabama, staying at my cousin's house tonight. I gotta grab a couch whenever I can!

    Here's the Clapped-out Bandit in the driveway:
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    Nutritious and delicious:
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    The other side:
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    I made 14 PB & J sandwiches and 6 hard-boiled eggs:
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    Thanks go out to the chickens:
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    Ready to go:
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    218 mph top speed? That Bandit is FAST!
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    My son's video camera:
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    Obligatory blue gorilla shot:
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    I stopped for lunch at a cemetery. Guess what I had?
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    The economy affects everyone. They only repaved part of the road here:
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    My water bottle leaked all over my leg. BRRRRR!
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    A sliver of a moon tonight:
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    Safely in the garage in Alabama:
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    Day 1 mileage:
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    Perfect end to a good day. It's good to be on the road again.
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    Day 1

    Gas: $18.24 for 231 miles
    Beer: $4.40

    Total $22.64
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  10. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    Eating some oatmeal and drinking coffee. Can't wait to be on the open road again!
    I am hoping to make it to the Gulf Shores Ferry today and cross into Mississippi if I have time.
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  11. mike

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    I stop at cemetery's quite often. TXDOT has taken out alot of the rest areas around here.
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  12. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Gruney1 - Have you ever used this site to find places to stay? http://www.couchsurfing.org/

    What kind of tires are you running for this journey? PS - finished reading your ATL to NY report - good stuff!
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  13. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    I slept in since I had a bed, then fixed myself a hearty breakfast:



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    I got on the road around 10 AM, and the weather and roads were beautiful. I think these country roads are my favorite:
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    I saw some interesting mailboxes along the way:
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    And some more stuff, but no BBQ for me this time:
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    I stopped for a PB&J and egg lunch at an abandoned gas station:
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    And got a self portrait:
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    My first view of big water:
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    It was getting late, so my thoughts turned to camping. I stopped at a state park, but they catered to RV's only, so I continued on. I found out about Florida sand the hard way when I turned into an opening along the side of the road. There was a nice camp spot, but I could not get to it on the Bandit.
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    The rear tire sunk in up to the axle, and I was definitely stuck!
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    This can NOT be good for the chain!
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    I pushed the heavy Bandit over on it's side and kicked sand in the hole under the rear tire to raise it up out of the soft, fine sand.
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    After a few tries, the bike was almost out of the deep hole, but I could still not push it back. Luckily, a guy on a Harley rode by, saw my dilemma, and stopped to help. I felt very dumb, but he did not comment, he just helped me pull the heavy turd out of the sand, and went on his way. Thanks Harley Guy!!!


    Here is the spot I was trying to get to:
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    And here's the sand I got stuck in:
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    Back on the road, I continued riding into the sunset in search of a suitable location for my tent for the night:
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    The last ferry out of Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island left at 5:45, and I could just make it if I hurried, so that's what I did. I got t the ferry and there was a car waiting there, but the flashing sign said "CLOSED". It was 5:20 when I got there. I thought I would be camping alongside the ferry lot, but right at 5:45 the ferry came into view.
    It was starting to get dark, so I snapped a few pictures while I still had a little light.
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    These guys were fishing for flounder using spears and I saw them get a few while I was waiting for the ferry:
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    Here's the Bandit on the ferry:
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  14. aldntn

    aldntn Vgo

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    I know that ferry very well. PBJ and PBR: what a combination.
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  15. coonass35

    coonass35 Adventurer

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    This could be interesting!
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  16. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    I pulled onto the ferry and parked the bike on the left side. After we were under way, a guy in his 30’s came up and asked if I was cold on “that thing”. The first thing I noticed was the half empty Heineken in his hand. I told him no, and asked him if he rode the ferry often, as he looked like he was dressed for work with slacks and a button down shirt. He said “No, just once in a while for a change of scenery”. I thought he must be walking or a passenger in one f the cars, because he sucked down the Heineken and went for a second. He asked if I would like one, and I said yes, but not while riding. I should have taken one for the road, though.


    He knew all about the area, and he had lived on Dauphin Island for about 8 years. He was an engineer in the area, and explained how the natural gas derricks worked. It was dark, so I could only see the lights from the massive platforms. I asked him if he knew where I could camp for the night, and he told me about the campground across the street when we landed on the other side. I guess the ride was about 30 minutes long, but it went by quickly.


    He invited me to a PUB on the island because it was dart night. He seemed excited about it, and I was tempted to join him, but my lack of funds prevented me from joining him. It was probably for the best, anyway.


    After he cracked open a third beer, we arrived and he got into his car and drove off the ferry. I guess he wasn’t worried about a DUI.


    I pulled up to the window of the campground, but they catered to RV’s and the price was $22.50, so I asked if she knew where I could set up a tent nearby. She mentioned Cadillac Square, a park about 3 miles down the road. It wasn’t legal, but she didn’t think the cops would hassle me. That’s all I needed to hear, and I was off. It was about 7:00 by this time.


    I stopped at a convenience store for some beer, then on to the park. It was dark and eerie, and I pulled as far off the road as I could. I shut the bike off and just sat there in the pitch black park. There was a dog barking off in the distance, and an owl not so far off. Those deep, hollow hoots creep me out.


    I set up the tent with the help of my LED head lamp, covering the light whenever a car rode by. There was a nice bed of pine needles covering the ground, and I slept well inside my tent in the cool night air.


    The tent spot in Cadillac Square:

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    The view out toward the road:
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    The mileage total for the trip to this point:
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  17. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    Day 2 Total cost:

    Gas: $20.47 for 304 miles
    Bridge Toll $3.50
    Ferry Toll: $8.00
    Breakfast: $2.15
    Beer: $3.00

    Total for Day 2: $37.11
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  18. Feo

    Feo Gordo no más.

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  19. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Great report mate..............at least gas is cheap in the States its around €7 a gallon here in France!!!!
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  20. rizzlesticks

    rizzlesticks disenfranchised

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    That's a much more reasonable top speed now :rofl
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