'Merican Month at 40

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Land, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    I turned 40 in January.:D I also became a full-fledged civilian as of June 1. No more Army for me. Those seemed like as good-ah reasons as any to go on a long ride this summer.:evil

    I left my home in South Carolina Thursday, June 24.:D

    This is me and the bike, a 2000 BMW R1150GS.
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    About the bike: You know the old saying, "This is the knife my grandfather made. My father replaced the handle, and I replaced the blade." This bike is kind of like that. After it ate its clutch splines for the third time -- and on the first day of my summer break from my teaching job, no less :baldy -- I jumped on a 2000 GS for sale in the FM a little over an hour away from my home.

    I spent a couple of hot, hot days in my driveway switiching most of my aftermarket goodies from my old 1150GS to my "new" 1150GS. I also added some Hepco and Becker crash bars. After ripping open a valve cover on Imogene Pass a couple of years ago ...:lol3
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    You get the idea. Meet the new bike. Same as the old bike.:lol3
    I call her Rewind.:wink:

    After about 1500 miles of shakedown, some fluid changes and a new rear tire, Rewind and I hit the road. That was nearly 4400 miles ago, and I'm posting this from a hammock at the BMWMOA rally in Redmond, OR. I'll be at WestFest next weekend.:evil Let me start telling you about the trip so far.

    You know, rewind.:D

    This is my first motorcycle-camping trip using a hammock/tarp combo as my shelter. I am camping in my Warbonnet BlackBird 1.7 double-layer hammock with a SuperFly tarp, an ArrowHead Equipment KickAss Quilts Lost River underquilt, and I'm using my old Moonstone mummy bag as a topquilt. I, umm, also picked up an ENO Doublenest hammock on sale at the Colorado Springs REI since I've been on the road.:shog
    I camped at Deals Gap/The Tail of the Dragon the first night.
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    The next morning, I had the 318 curves pretty much to myself. Both ways.:evil :deal
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    After the Dragon, I headed west over the Cherohala Skyway and stopped in to see fellow ADV inmate MiniMike at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters.:deal
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    Leaving town, I spied a thumper at the gas station and realized that it was none other than Boojum. I took a pic of him, but the camera dumped it and a couple of others.:baldy

    The next three nights, I spent with friends and in motels. I stopped in Paducah to see what I could see. The National Quilt Museum was closed for the day. Drats! Maybe next time.:lol3
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    This locomotive was cool, though.
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    Wanna know more about it? Go to Paducah.:lol3

    Walt and Kimberly, the friends I stayed with in Manhattan, KS, had an extra ticket to the Country Stampede. Walt and I dipped into his cigar stash and listened to an awesome show by Montgomery Gentry. "I'm part hippie, a little redneck."
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    The fifth night I camped up a gravel road -- Jackson Creek Road -- in Colorado. The elevation was just under 8,100 feet.
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    The next morning, I hit the road for Denver.
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    I'll tell you why, but my laptop battery is getting very low, and it's past my bedtime.

    Stay tuned ...:evil
    Chris
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  2. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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  3. GB

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    Looks good! Mike at Tellico Moto Outfitters is a great guy, always willing to help :thumb

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  4. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I'm in.

    Why the 1150 vs. 1200? (just curious)
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  5. phideaux

    phideaux Long timer

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    If I were to change this life I lead,
    I'd be Johnny Palmetto Tree.
    Cause I know what this country needs..
    is a Palmetto Tree in every yard you see.....


    Looking forward to your report Chris!


    And yes, MaryElizabeth was right about the vicarious thing.
    FIDO
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  6. gypsyrr

    gypsyrr in flux

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    Hey Chris :wave

    I'm glad this trip is going much better mechanically for you than that one in '08. :lol3

    Glad you are reporting. Subscribed, but on the road for 5-6 weeks so will catch up when I can. Keep on writing. Looking forward to your photos too.

    (nice beard)
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  7. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I am so in on this one. :wave


    Great first pic. You photograph well.

    Really, really well.:lol3
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  8. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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    OlyVR Been here awhile

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    Subscribed!

    Keep us posted Chris!
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  10. Django

    Django Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you got the problem with your lights sorted out. I hope and I'm sure you are having a blast.
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  11. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Cool Report!!!
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    simpson wild rover of hell

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    Or go here: http://www.steamlocomotive.com/lists/KY.shtml

    According to this, it was the last Illinois Central steam locomotive in service. The facilities at Paducah used to be the IC's main backshops and were famous for their "out of the box" steam locomotive modifications. They'd swap major components between locomotives or change components to produce a new locomotive with the characteristics they wanted. They did some pretty cool stuff there.

    Many more pics of 1518 here: http://www.modelgeek.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=1832

    Looking forward to the rest of your report.
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  14. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Keep dem pics comin Chris .
    Me can't wait till the Colorado MTN Pics :lurk
    Be safe.
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    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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  16. hojo in sc

    hojo in sc Been here awhile

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    Ride safe!
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  17. Land

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    Hey, all -- thanks for all of the replies.

    mb90535im, I decided to ride the 1150 for this trip for a couplathree reasons. I have more luggage capacity with it than with my 1200 because I have the H&B topcase for it (and don't have one for the 1200), and I can run the Aerostich tank panniers on it. (The tank panniers really just don't work on the 12GSA 'cause of that super-wide tank.) Also, my reason for going to Denver prefers the seat on the 1150 to the 1200 pillion. That's probably the most important part.:rofl

    Hey, Kristi!:wave Thanks for checking in. :shog

    Fido: "Johnny Palmetto Tree!" I likes it.:lol3

    Hugh, I actually thought of you when I shot the locomotive pics. Seriously, I thought, "Hughlysses would like this." Isn't it funny how something can remind us of someone we haven't actually met face to face yet.

    Clay, it's the helmet hair. Helmet hair makes everyone look better.:rofl :evil

    Red Bud, Mitch, Clay, and Fido, I didn't see Sasquatch on that Oregon logging road today, but I got a wee whiff of his scent. The throttle is your friend.:deal
    It wasn't far from here:
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    But more on that after I catch you up on the last few weeks.:evil
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  18. juniorsktm

    juniorsktm Been here awhile

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    Chris, great trip! Have a blast and hurry back.........the race season is starting Sept 5th and you and Banjo need to be taking pics!:D

    God Speed!

    Frank
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  19. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    So, where was I before the Sandman snagged me Sa'day night, my computer battery said, "Gimme a break," and the Peanut Gallery chimed in?

    Oh, yeah. On Colorado Highway 105 heading to Denver.:D

    Denver International Airport, to be more specific. LandWife -- better known as Mary Elizabeth -- was flying in to join me for a week of knockin' about the Rockies.:clap LandWife, who has done quite a bit of traveling, had never seen the Rockies.:eek1 I've been wanting to fix that for years.

    First, I need to rewind a little, 'cause I forgot to show y'all my lunch from my first day in Colorado.
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    And this cool sign.
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    LandWife and I had a room booked at a hotel near the airport since her flight was getting in in the evening. Check-in was at 2. I had some time to kill, so I went next door.
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    She made it in safe and sound.:clap

    On Wednesday, June 30 -- my Mom's birthday, BTW :D -- we rode in to downtown Denver and strolled through the city. You know, touristy stuff.
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    My reputation precedes me.:evil
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    Apparently, this step is actually 17 inches below the actual mark, according to the latest, greatest GPS data.:lol3 They added a little medallion on a step 17 inches up.
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    LandWife is a librarian, so we often check out libraries when we go places. (Hmm, I wonder if I can write off part of the trip?:scratch :lol3 )
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    Anyway, we did lotsa that kind of thing -- being American touristers. She's a blast to hang out with.:clap

    The next morning, we loaded up the bike and hit the road. Our first stop was for lunch and a look-see in Boulder. I'm sure that we took some pics there. Let me know if you come across them.:lol3

    After lunch, we made our way up to Estes Park, where we stayed in the Stanley Hotel. They wouldn't let me drive the Steamer in the lobby.:cry Stingy bastids.

    See, we really were there.
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    Stay tuned, and I'll eventually get around to telling you about the elephant and the yurt, and you, too, can get mooned by an elk.
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  20. Tukata

    Tukata ADV Demo Rider

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