"I've Been Everywhere, Man" Living the song on two wheels.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swedstal, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Trivia alert. The actor who rode the mower, can't remember his name, passed away right after the film wrapped. The Actor who played his brother, Harry Dean Stanton, one of the greatest character actors ever, just died last week a 91.

    Back to your regularly scheduled ride report.
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  2. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

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    I've really been enjoying the report. Been following since page one.
    Since this is required, I figured I'd better comply. I found this in the back lot of one of my customers in Olathe KS.

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  3. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Your cooperation is appreciated. Nice Pacer! I don't know what it is about this car that just makes me smile. It's like an ugly dog with a great personality.
  4. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    I haven't done a map/lyric update in awhile. This is how it looked post-Schefferville. Note: Faraday, Ontario is now Ferriday, Louisiana.
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  5. jhansen

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    Richard Farnsworth was the gentleman’s name. He was also in the movie “The Natural” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.
  6. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Alright...we're gonna speed up a bit, mostly because I do not want to admit what I did. I am very ashamed:

    I went to Nova Scotia and did not ride the Cabot Trail. @Maggot12 has already scolded me a bit, but I will invite any other remonstrations that you all may have. I know I'm a terrible person. I was just too worried about my rear tire. It would have been a 500+ mile addition to my route and I felt that would be too risky.

    Moving on...

    Had my first didgeridoo lesson at a free campground in New Brunswick (another long story):
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    The next day I saw the Hopewell Rocks at the Bay of Fundy. Home of some of the biggest tides in the world. I tried to get a picture in the exact same spot about 4 hours apart.
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    I made it back to America (hoooray for cell service!....and freedom and stuff) but had to push into darkness to do so.
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    Sonic made a new friend
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    I found some interesting backroads
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    I explored my favorite part of Acadia National Park:
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    Realtime update: I'm in Brockport, NY, on the way to Buffalo. I have a great, free spot to camp (with showers!) so I might stay two nights here before heading on to the Niagara area.
  7. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Holy cow! That's some miles my friend. My ride is more of a sloooow burn. :bubba
  8. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    I started to struggle a bit as I rolled through Maine. As great as the trip has been, it has begun to wear on me. I've decided that just as I focus on the maintenance of Annie, I need to focus on maintenance of myself too. I'm trying to make sure that I take stock of my own needs as I go.

    I can endure just about any sort of life for a few weeks, but a trip lasting many months calls for some different considerations. Accordingly, I am now the owner of a portable French press.
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    Maine is great. I love the coast and Acadia.

    Taken by a couple from Connecticut:
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    Stonington:
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    As I crossed back over the Deer Isle bridge, Annie hit 40k

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    I celebrated her accomplishment by dropping her twice on her left side (1.In a gravel parking lot doing a U-turn 2.Kickstand sunk in some soft ground). I've had my side cases on for over three years and the left one had never taken an impact. Then two within 5 hours.
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    I built the side case system myself, primarily to save money, but also because I’m not a big fan of pre-fab systems. Loads on a motorcycle should be carried as forward, as narrow and low as possible, right? Most universal systems just look so wide to me. My system ends up being about 3 inches narrower than my handlebars. That’s great, but risky. If my mounting brackets bend, I can lose clearance between my mounting plate and my swingarm (the two places where my fingers are).

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    Having those things come in contact is NOT good. This had to be fixed immediately. I was still struggling with my attitude, so this was not a welcome occurrence.

    Below is the mounting bracket that was bent. I engineered this to be the weak spot of my system, since they are available at any ACE Hardware and are only $6. It is a 6″ corner brace and I always carry a spare.

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    I decided to just bend it back rather than replace it, but the whole process still took about an hour. It was a pretty place to be stranded though.

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    I had some nice conversations while I worked, including meeting a guy from Dodge City, Kansas, the final place mentioned in the song.
  9. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    A couple more from Acadia.
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  10. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Been here awhile

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    Keep your head up. If you're not having fun take a break to recover. As a passenger on this ride I need YOU to be in tip top shape!
  11. lamastrom

    lamastrom 2 wheel addiction

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    swedstal, love the song good luck on your adventure. Don't know if you knew this but when you where in Bemidji, MN you where about 50 miles from Hackensack, MN just a little fyi.
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  12. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Got to pace yourself. This is good. We will be here for the duration. Nice job with the song by the way!


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  13. sweins

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    Forgot to ask what type of honda you have. You seem to do quite well with it in off beaten paths.
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  14. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Each person is different, and what keeps one person content on the road may not work for everyone. It seems like you are doing a lot or long days in the saddle followed by some stealth camping and early rising. For me that would not work for too long. I also felt that staying a couple of days in one place after a series of one night stands helps with ones equilibrium.

    For me, I also welcomed other riders who wanted to do part of the journey with me. Not enough to compromise anything, but some companionship and someone to have lunch with is nice.

    Don't under estimate the restorative power of a good 8 hours of restful sleep, a hot shower a good meal and someone to talk to.
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  15. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Ha! I'm working on it! :thumb

    Hmmm...that one wasn't on my radar. It has literally been years since I selected the places, as that was a prerequisite to attain a mileage estimation. I thought Hackensack was one of the unique ones. Thanks for setting me straight!

    Thank you. I think weather is one of the main things that has been pushing me so hard. It was 38 degrees two nights ago and that was kind of a wakeup call. Once I'm done with the NE, I should feel able to slow down a bit.

    Annie is a 2012 NC700X, the red headed step child of adventure bikes. It's cheap, reliable, efficient, but not really great at anything. It basically has my personality, that's why I like it. :-)

    Yeah, I'm becoming more aware of this the further I go. My longest trip prior to this journey was 2 weeks and I think I've almost tried to maintain that sort of pace. I've tried to imagine this trip with hotels and restaurants rather than secluded woods and cans of beans. It would be much more sustainable, that's for sure.

    I would always be open for company along the way. I hope I don't represent myself as a standoffish bafoon that is impossible to get along with (although that is generally an apt description of me). :-)

    I just left my tent up in the same spot for three days for the first time on the whole trip. That was a welcome respite! I'm learning, albeit slowly.
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  16. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    I had a long break after Schefferville of checking off a place. Let's get Bangor and Waterville, Maine; #s 26 and 27.

    Bangor was pretty nice.
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    Stopping in for some spark plugs. The NC700X just doesn't look right when it's all clean.
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    I was told by multiple Bangorians that my picture to represent the city had to include the Paul Bunyan statue (though I already had one to represent Minnesota). I decided not to fight it. It was quite busy around there on Saturday, so I camped in the area (paying! only the 6th time) and came back at sunrise.
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    You're up, Waterville.

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    Old Textile Mill? Still not sure on this one.
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    Went to an art gallery:
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  17. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    OK, one more little Maine tidbit.


    After I completed Waterville, it was finally time to go retrieve my new rear tire. I had already delayed a couple of times, so my tread was really low. The tire was at a shipping center in Champlain, NY, right where NY, Vermont and Quebec meet. That meant leaving Maine.

    Now this may sound simple since most states have open borders, but Maine is a little different. At each state border there are armed members of the Maine National Guard standing ready. But they are not there to control what comes into the state, they control what goes out of it.

    As you inch up to these checkpoints, it is always a little unnerving. You want to make sure that you are properly prepared. I’ve been to Maine before, so I know that there is only question that they will ask you as you peer down the business end of their AK-47s: “Did you have some lobstah (lobster) on your visit.” Now you can try to lie, but any sign of disingenuity will only lead to them bringing out their lobster sniffing dog.

    Not only is it terribly embarrassing to have to squat to the dogs snout level and breath a steady even stream into its nostrils, the dog will not be fooled. It has been trained in crustacean detection since it was a pup. No amount of crab or crayfish will fool it. If that dog begins to bark, exposing your lie, you are in big trouble.



    Whether the preceding sentences are true or not, I still felt that I should have some lobster before departing the Pine Tree State. A full cooked lobster is nice, but is a laborious task for anyone to dismantle it, especially for a Nebraskan. If lobster meat is what you crave, the “lobster roll” is a more efficient way to go. (Pretty much just lobster meat on a piece of bread.)

    Furthermore, you probably don’t want to go to a sit down restaurant to get one of these. What you should look for is a porta-pottie in the parking lot and a cartoon lobster on their sign. Bingo:

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    My lobstah!

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    Lobster is cheaper in Maine, but still not cheap. This meal set me back $20.72, the most expensive solo meal on the trip so far. Indeed, I’m pretty sure it was my first one over $10. (The burger and fries at Bla Bla's in Schefferville was only $8). Worth it? To avoid a harrowing border encounter, absolutely.

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  18. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    I love all of the free camping options once you reach the mountains and forests of the NE. Along the coast, finding a place is tough, but western Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, upstate NY are all easy places to travel cheaply and scenic too!

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    I took the Kancamagus through the White Mountains.

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    Tire time!

    My new rear was waiting in Champlain, NY.

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    I would love some feedback for how this looks. This is the lowest I've ever taken a motorcycle tire before. The tire is a Shinko 705 ($92) and this was just a little over 12k miles of use. Pretty good life for an 80/20 tire.

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    A Harley dealership changed it for $32.

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  19. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    I guess I should mention where I was going. I made a mistake in my planning spreadsheet, completely leaving off Buffalo. It should have been done right before Toronto, but I needed to pounce on the Schefferville opportunity. There was no good was to take care of Buffalo, route-wise. I love upstate NY, so I just decided to basically go back and forth across the state. After Buffalo, Pittsfile, MA will be the next stop.
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  20. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Adirondacks
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    When I see a good campsite, I do a definite "triple take"
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    Another free campsite. Sure beats just setting up in some secluded bushes.


    Realtime update: I'm in Ithica, NY heading east. I should be able to do Pittsfield, MA tomorrow. Then will be Chicopee, MA; Boston, MA; Black Rock, CT; Haverstraw, NY; Hackensack, NJ. The places are thick in the NE!