Kim & Mike's Most Excellent Planet Ramble

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  1. Ride2ADV

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    So...

    We successfully completed our Most Excellent Shakedown Cruise through Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. See thread here.

    I must say that it went swimmingly. Therefore, it must be time for us to kickoff our Planet Ramble (Earth - in case you were wondering).

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    (Hey, I think I can see my house from here!)

    Without a job to slave to,

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    or a date that we must be back by,

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    (This one goes past 12-21-2012... trust me!)

    ..we are free to just ramble all over the planet to our heart's desire. We do know that we will be leaving from our home in Vermont, and will be heading west. It's the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary and we think we really need to help them celebrate, so we'll likely join them in celebrating. BTW, do Park Rangers party hearty?

    After traveling west for a while, we'll head into the Great White North and and Alaska to browse around a bit. Once we get kicked out of there, we'll head south to the Mexican border. If they let us in, we may continue south for a long time. Think, ten million seconds or so.



    If they don't, we may just have to head back home to Vermont via some of the Trans America Trail (or not) or head for somewhere else on the planet. We'll do this journey in stages, this is stage 1, you know, the one that sends you off into space. When other stages kick in, you end up somewhere else. That will be the case for us and this thread.

    Anyway, this is a ramble, not a well planned (or thought out) journey. It's just a ramble. If you want to follow us via our spot tracker, you can go here:

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    We start tomorrow. Wish us luck!

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    Good luck and best wishes. Will be following with interest
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  3. Nice_Rumble

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    Great photo! Subscribed. Don't hesitate to call on me if I can be helpful in any way. Needs parts shipped, check on your house etc. I assume you are on your 990 ADV and Kim will be on her trusty DR650? Safe travels and looking forward to riding along with you guys.
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    Best wishes to both of you as you embark on a new phase in life! Please do look me up, should you ramble through Texas!
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    The sodden veil lifted,
    Golden rays escape,
    The earth drinks deeply,
    A new day is born


    What the hell does that mean? It means that if that rain pored down in torrents all day yesterday but we awoke to breaking clouds and glimpses of sun. It was time to get rolling. We got the bikes out of the barn and finished packing them.

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    By the time we were done, they looked like this...

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    The ride through western Vermont was beautiful and peaceful.

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    It wasn't long before we were at the Vermont/New York state line.

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    Or is that the New York/Vermont state line?
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    It wasn't long until we reached Lake Champlain. The bridge crossing was not as dramatic as the bridge itself.

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    Once across the bridge we found a small state park dedicated to the Lake Champlain area and the previously used and now dismantled bridge. We pulled in and strolled around for a while. Once inside we found this.

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    What the heck was that? The worlds largest dung beetle ball? Turns out it was something more useful.

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    It was in fact a small earthen oven. There wasn't much information about it, but it was kind of cool.
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    All in all, the park was a nice place to spend a few minutes. Lake Champlain made a very nice backdrop.

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    We then ran a couple of well groomed gravel roads just for fun.

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    It wasn't long before we rolled into this little town with these alien like towers.

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    We're in hiding now, waiting to see if any alien spaceships leave or enter. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.
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    Day 1 looked fun. Hopefully the weather will stay to the south of you. That one photo of Kim's DR makes it look like a chopper with the extra rake.
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    If you guys are in the Mpls/St. Paul area you can stay in our guest bedroom. My lovely wife Nancy approves... I have a lift if you would need to do some service. If this may work shoot me a PM. I am also an awesome cook!
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    Water frozen from the heavens,
    Descending in waves,
    Dropped upon the earth,
    With no target except nothingness

    Huh? Say what? Need some translation?

    It means we were in and out of rain showers all day and ran into a severe thunderstorm. So today's picture count is quite light.

    Anyway, we did get a few miles in today and at times it was quite nice. During one short break, we stopped at a small welcome area in Eagle Bay, NY for a lunch of power bars, cheese and nuts, all washed down with that really good for you Diet Pepsi. Mmm, mmm, good.

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    We even got a nice little picnic table to sit at and a tidy little wooden box to put poop in (on top of the post to Kim's left). Luckily I didn't have to go and no dogs were guarding the little box's door.

    Nearby was a a cool abandoned brick building. Next to it, there were several signs. Most seeming to indicate that there was a big moose to be seen somewhere down the road in still water. Being from Vermont however, we weren't all that excited to see a big moose since will leave at Moose Hollow Farm. So we passed on this excellent opportunity. But if you are ever in the area, you might want to check out big moose and let us know if he was that big.

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    As I said earlier, we were in and out of rain all day, but it was just after this that things got interesting.

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    The sky was really taking on an ominous look,

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    I hope those folks in the buggy made it home before the real weather started since we didn't. We were just outside of Utica, NY when the skies literally opened up. Visibility went to zero. The wind gusted from multiple directions, lightning flashed and thunder rumbled, all while following a large truck. It was interesting to say the least. I kind of felt like I did the first time I flew an airplane in IFR conditions in actual IFR. It was one of those, what the Hell am I doing here moments.

    Then it started to hail.

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    We decided it was clearly time to get off the road and at the first opportunity we turned off and dove for cover. It turns out that the first place was a quite active wholesale auto parts distributor. We pulled into their driveway and under their canopy. Then we jumped off the bikes and ran inside. Some somewhat startled employees took pity on us and let us wait out the weather inside.

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    We waited about 20 minutes for the worst of the weather to pass and got back on the road in the less intense rain. We were supposed to camp tonight, but we decided that with the rain and wind, we'd stay in a motel. So here I sit in a deluxe Super 8 hotel using their complimentary unbelievably slow WiFi. But it does work so I am not complaining.

    Oh and one last thing, once registered at the front desk and given our key, we were assigned room 205. Up the stairs we went in our sodden Aerostich Roadcrafter suits. We inserted our super safe plastic electronic key that will only open the door to the assigned room and opened the door. We were greeted by a deep male voice coming from the bathroom saying... Hello?

    Door closed, we went back to the desk and told them someone was in the room and we needed to be assigned a new one. Funny thing was that the clerk at the desk asked her counterpart, who is in that room? The counterpart didn't know but didn't seem the least phased by it. Hmmm.... perhaps we should put one of the two double beds against the door tonight?

    Well that's all for today.

    Until later!
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  15. LadyFish4

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    I enjoyed your other report and look forward to following along with this one. I know it's a lot of work to keep up the posts and appreciate your efforts. I wish you happy and safe travels, look forward to seeing where the adventure will take you and will check in frequently. Carry on!
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    Hey kids! It's great to see another epic KiMike ride report underway. There's a single malt waiting for your arrival in Alaska.
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    Frostbit, Sounds good! We'll be in touch as we get closer.
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    Golden orb above
    Shed its grey translucent curtain
    soon to be exposed
    Breathing warmth on all below

    As we made our way to the day's stop, the rain was beginning to let up.

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    Both Kim and I were both getting tired of slogging through the weather and a day without rain was the first thing on our minds.

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    We decided to stop into the small town of Ellicottville for some fuel and a brief rest.

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    This town is apparently a ski resort area and all the kinds of places you'd expect to see in such a town were there. Restaurants, bars etc. lined the town's main street.

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    Including this "quaint" little place.

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    With the weather looking up, the roads "dry-ish" and the wind dying down, we were more than happy to pull into Falconer, NY for a meal and a good nights rest. We accomplished both and the following morning were psyched to get on the road again and move into a different state.

    Refreshed and fed, we headed to the bikes the following morning. As I was loading my KTM, I noticed something on the front wheel. A small puddle of liquid had accumulated on the top of the rim and there was evidence that fluid had dripped from somewhere above onto the rim and pavement below.

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    I got down on all fours and checked the fluid. It was not extremely greasy, and if was a very light brown color. I couldn't detect an odor from the fluid. I suspected I had/have a fork seal problem so I checked the fork leg sliders and the bottom of the forks themselves and they were dry. Hmmm... I checked the brake master cylinder on the handlebar above and it was dry. I pushed on the suspension several times and it did not bounce. I checked the front brake lever and it was tight and steady. Hmm... where did this fluid come from then?

    I am still guessing that I have some kind of fork seal leak, but will watch the bike's performance as we travel. If it leaks again, or the suspension feels springy, I'll bring it in for a check.

    Any, it was only partly cloudy and getting better so we were happy to get underway. The next town over is Jamestown, we knew that there was an interesting museum there. Since it was on our way out of town, we decided to drive by and look at it from the outside, then make a decision whether to go in.

    Only a few blocks from the entrance of the town, there it was. The Luci/Desi museum, commemorating the careers of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It was a small building, painted in an old style theater motif. We were interested, but at $15 bucks a head, we decided to pass on going inside.

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    It didn't take long to get out of Jamestown and before we knew it, we were back into rolling countryside with large steep hills and nice twisties.

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    The road seemed to climb into the sky and it was fun going up and down facing towards the heavens going up and looking down into the cauldron looking down.

    We crossed into Pennsylvania and decided it was time to head to the Lake Erie. At first there were only glimpses of blue peering back at us from the trees.

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    But as we got closer, we got to feel the full impact on one of America's Great Lakes. We stopped at a little town's park and strode out to the water. The wind was blowing fairly strongly and the first impression I had was that we had somehow arrived at the ocean.

    We could see the swells on the water and waves actively broke as the swells came ashore.

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    We were also pleased to have a nice destination for the evening. We were headed to a friends house in OH to visit and rest. Somehow I got us stuck passing through Erie, Pennsylvania. As a small city, it's not what we love to ride. But before long we were back into small towns

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    Soon we arrived at our friend's home which is where I sit typing tonight's update. So far we have had some weather, some excellent riding, and met with good friends. Life is good.

    Until later!
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    I'm enjoying following your trip! Keep up the good work :clap
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