Gone Walkabout

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by HowlingMad, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Is a matter of fact, yes. And it sucked.

    So, I made a discovery a few mornings ago and I decided something needed to change. It was right after this:
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    I had gone over to the dark side. I actually bought powdered cream. That's when I realized I needed to go home. So I saddled up and decided 1k miles in two days wouldn't be so bad. Then the temperature dropped to about 41 F and the rain started. For the next day and a half I froze my little ball bearings off. Don't know why 41 in the wet was so much colder than riding in the dry teens, but it was.

    Made it home before Mrs. Mad came home from work and waited by the wood stove with a fire going. She came in, put her things down, heard music and came into the living room and started to cry. She hadn't expected me until very late that night. Cause I lied.

    Anyway, more to come. Need to fill you in on a few more details and see if there's one more movie in the library.

    Thanks for following along, I really enjoyed, and needed the company out there.

    John
  2. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    :clap

    So...you're saying I may end up a bit cold riding my bike to/from MO for Thanksgiving with my mom?

    Let's ride dirty when I get back:deal
  3. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Whoa, we need a ride report for this one. Good luck brother, hope the weather is with you.
  4. Nictrolis

    Nictrolis Been here awhile

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    Welcome back! Next time, when you find cream isn't quite portable enough, I'd suggest unsalted butter. It's not a *good* idea exactly, but at least it's not powdered, and you can feel like a Nepalese warrior or something. Sorry - Nepalese ROAD warrior. :thumb
  5. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Well I owe you another video, but time seems to be conspiring against me lately. In the meantime, I finished compiling some numbers from the trip.

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    </td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Max Speed</td> <td class="xl67">92.6</td> <td class="xl64">mph</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Average Moving Speed</td> <td class="xl67">54.3</td> <td class="xl64">mph</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Average Overall Speed</td> <td class="xl67">37.1</td> <td class="xl64">mph</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Average fuel econ</td> <td class="xl66">39.31</td> <td class="xl64">mpg</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Average Miles/Day</td> <td class="xl66">260.45</td> <td class="xl64">miles</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Est Fuel consumed</td> <td class="xl66">192.14</td> <td class="xl64">gallons</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Est Cost of Fuel (based on $3.50)</td> <td class="xl68">$672.49</td> <td class="xl64">
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Repair costs</td> <td class="xl66">1000.00</td> <td class="xl64">(for rear shock)</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Total Punctures</td> <td class="xl65">1</td> <td class="xl64">
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Min/Max Temp </td> <td class="xl65">19/94</td> <td class="xl64">F</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Min/Max Elevation</td> <td class="xl69">-200/12800</td> <td class="xl64">Feet</td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Days of Rain </td> <td class="xl65">3</td> <td class="xl64">
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    </td> </tr> <tr style="height:15.0pt" height="15"> <td class="xl64" style="height:15.0pt" height="15">Cold pills swallowed</td> <td class="xl65">40</td> <td class="xl64">
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  6. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    As promised, Engineer Pass. Looks like there may be at least one more video kicking around here on Death Valley and maybe even another on Colorado.


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  7. Knightwork

    Knightwork Have Coffe Cup--Can Travel

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    Way Cool --going there next year
  8. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Leave your gear somewhere if you can, much more enjoyable without the weight.

    Glad you liked it.

    Stay tuned...
  9. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Found another video waiting on the cutting room floor. Hope it makes you laugh as much as I did.


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  10. Knightwork

    Knightwork Have Coffe Cup--Can Travel

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    COOOOOOOOLLLLLL :clap
    really enjoy the honesty and thoughts --I think that we all have doubts and feelings that seem to stack up on us at times--

    Hope that your ride has helped---I know it has helped me a lot---

    And KUDO'S to your bride for the patience and understanding of letting your roam some----mine is still learning that after 30 years but everyday is always filled with good things --sometimes you just have to lookharder

    Find the Humor in Life

    ROCK ON

    Knightwork
  11. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Last video. I think.



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  12. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Being completely anal retentive, I scrapped the first version of the Death Valley video and came up with something I finally found more presentable. Hope you enjoy it.
  13. Knightwork

    Knightwork Have Coffe Cup--Can Travel

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    Works for me ---thanks
  14. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Still adding a few more details about the trip.

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    Color represents average speed, numbers are where I stopped for the night.
  15. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Just a couple of updates about work and the bike.

    After being home for a while and listening to my wife talk about her job,
    I've realized that although it doesn't really push all of my buttons, I actually do miss my old job a bit.
    The management thing suits me in a strange way and I miss feeling like I was able to help other
    people to feel like they were getting more out of their job. (I'm strange that way, I feel that a
    manager is just as accountable to his crew as he is to his boss.)

    So I've decided to dust off the resume and start looking for halfway interesting gigs.
    I have to keep reminding myself that it's like dating; if I ask out 100 girls, I should be happy if one responds.
    Not saying my average was that good, but it's good to have goals.

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    So wish me luck and more importantly please pass on anything you hear that requires a useless corner-office type of executive.


    And finally, guess what the Brown Santi Claus brought me this week.....

    oooooh, shiny
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  16. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Some Ride Reporters specialize in writing...
    Some specialize in photography...
    Some specialize in videography...
    Lucky for us you specialized in being a generalist.:clap

    Simply outstanding. Thanks!
  17. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    On the road again, eh? Late to the party, as usual, but I just stumbled on to this today while looking for a way to pass some time as I babysit some science-in-the-making.

    Say hello to the Mrs :wave
  18. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Hey Erik:wave

    We're due for another 450 ride down here before everyone sells them off.:dunno
  19. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    I have a much longer leash this year, so I'm in! :deal
  20. Daytrader

    Daytrader Elitist Bastard

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    Thank you!!