Reaver's Ramblings - Toronto to LA on the GS Twins

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Reaver, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Ha..... I was at Rushmore about 10 days ago. If you need a good place to stay, for cheaps..... Motel 6 in hot springs SD. Ahh .... yes the US banking system. It was outdated back in 1990 when I moved here, and it still is sub par, and un-secure, as compared to it's Scandinavian counterpart.
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  2. Reaver

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    Or a Steble?

    Two cars driving side by side for miles at barely the limit with no one else around drives me friggin nuts! Esp if it's a turbulent "squareback" or pickup truck.


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  3. Reaver

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    Hey Erling, thanks for the tips. We pushed it again yesterday so we're close to Rushmore this morning.

    We tried to get a room at Al's Oasis on the Missouri river. Nice place but expensive. They all were at that location. Tired, hot and hungry we carried on to a more desolate exit. Found this place at less than half price with a restaurant, gas station and beer just across the street. :clap We just want a bed and bathroom. Don't need a pool, sauna etc so why pay for it? This place has a patio I wanted to RR from but it was still too hot at midnight and as I remembered, the prairies have mosquitoes all summer. Not just the early part like my place. I got really frustrated removing Zumo with one hand and smacking with the other. The red lights don't attract as many bugs.

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    Having a hard time leaving the air conditioned room this morning. The Weather channel says we're in an Extreme Heat Advisory area and California is in a drought and on fire.

    Great. :(:
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  4. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Yeppers........
    I am afraid you are heading into the Kali kettle.... Not much relief, until you arrive coastal.
    Happy day three, and safe travels.:freaky:freaky
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  5. Loutre

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    Guess what Darrryl? :evil

    Oso's shipping starts on friday :deal

    Just wanted to keep you tuned as good friend :wink:
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  6. Reaver

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    Oh mon petite ami. Or ami petite. Whatever they say in that wee country across the pond that talks funny.

    I haven't had time to properly put you in your place.

    I'm not allowed to comment on the tank just yet. :fyyff
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  7. Reaver

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    I'm having a hard time keeping up with all my responsibilities on this trip. That and Bec is hogging the computer keeping up with her family on FB and doing work stuff. When I get the laptop the battery's dead and the POS will overheat if you charge it while using it. Hence the shorter, multiple posts. I've lost a few half hour write-ups in the past.

    Yesterday felt more like holiday, or like work with a lot of breaks. :D We hit the Interstate at 10:30 after sleeping in but soon crossed into Mountain time so we gained an hour. The heat is oppressive so travelling at 80 just may be the better choice over stop and go secondarys. I 90 is riddled with billboards of all sizes and colours. I felt like a fish navigating a river full of fishing lures trying to reel me in. Over the travels we passed Reagan's birthplace, Lincoln's something, Laura Ingals Wilder's birthplace, The World's Biggest this and that but passing by Captain Kirks future birthplace was the toughest. :huh

    Bikes:

    So far so good. I believe it's either preventative maintenance or good German Engineering. The heat and sustained high speed doesn't seem to bother the engines although the morning inspection showed oil and coolant weeping from the water pump hole on Bec's bike. It was minor so I cleaned it off and added it to the "monitor" list. Can't really fault that so I'll let Woody worry for me on that. My 800 consistently takes 1/2 to 3/4 gallon more on fill ups. That's 2 litres + difference for side by side riding. Mine's heavier loaded and higher and with the headwinds inn the Prairies here, mine was showing 6.5 to 7.5 L/100. Someone can convert that to MPG for me. :D This heat has the morning inspections limited to "tires have air and chain looks ok".

    We're leaving the Devil's Tower in Wyoming this am and since Yellowstone is on fire, the Glacier National Park in Montana is the destination today. Sounds cooler?

    I took hundreds of great pics yesterday of our travels and will try to get them posted tonight.
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  8. Cyclenaut

    Cyclenaut Been here awhile

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    I'm a Geneseo native...hope you enjoyed your stay....great trip/rr so far....
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  9. JRWooden

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    Ok I'm on it ...
    worry worry worry ...

    oh dear and if it blows you might have to replace camshaft drive gear also ...
    worry extra, worry extra, worry extra ...

    Ok now... :1drink

    7 liters / 100 kilometers would be 33.6 miles / (US) gallon....
    You two are showing those bikes little mercy :lol3
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  10. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Take your time and enjoy the ride :evil
    Soon you will be in a better climate and amazing scenery.....I know you won't be in South Cal for sometime but my couch and garage is open for you and your lady:freaky
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  11. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Subscribed. Keep it coming.
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  12. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    :ddog
    Where is today report.......:lurk
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  13. Reaver

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    Get back to work.
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  14. Reaver

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    Day 3 was 600 leisurely kms compared to the other two.


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    A "Lure" got my attention and I was hooked. Stopped for gas and a Buffalo Meat hot dog. It was good but still a hot dog. You know what hot dogs are made of? Lips and ....... :D

    The Badlands National park was awesome at $10/bike.


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  15. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Good pictures there Reaver. Now you can rest and have a cold beers:lol3
    Looking forward to tomorrow RR:deal
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  16. Reaver

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    Just getting started here Kemosabe. (?)
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  17. Reaver

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    After another slab tour we ended up in Keystone for lunch. We ate here at a 1800's theme hotel. One waitress was in period costume. I think the costumes were smaller back then. It was about 3 sizes too small...in a bad way. :puke1

    Bec had butterflies in her stomach. She lifted her shirt and a yellow butterfly flew away into traffic...

    There was a French van with "Tour de la Monde" on it. I can't imagine touring the world in a van. It would be a completely different experience. A girl was typing on a laptop in the passenger seat, oblivious to the world outside.

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    What's in Keystone?????


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    We saved the $11 per and took pics from the road. Yes it was a Monumental achievement (groan) but it's man made.....and American Presidents. I would fail the test here. Sorry we missed you Crazy Horse.


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    Had a cool tunnel though.........


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    We spent the $22 we saved on gas for the Interstate's necessary evil to the next location.
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  18. Reaver

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    We took highway 24 and it was awesome. New pavement, sharp curves for 9 miles and lots of visibility. I may have exceeded the limit by a few mph. The Sherriff's white SUV was parked in the green grass in plain view. It reminded me of the episode on Corner Gas where the cops had to buy a shrub to hide the car for a speed trap in the Prairies. It's a Canadian show about nothing. You wouldn't understand. Anyway I slowed to pass him. :evil

    Wait a minute......is that a Land Shark???? :shark


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    Awww crap, it's getting closer!!! :eek1


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    It's the Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I had my "Close Encounter".........




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    Here our model is wearing a BMW nylon shirt with BMW City Denim jeans and BMW Santiago Adventure boots. Please don't approach him, he's a snob.

    I think it was $5/bike but I forget. I was more than happy to pay as natural features are far more interesting than man made. It was a busy place and I felt like I was in China or Japan.


    The sign said it was a sacred Indian place so please stay on the trail. There were lots of mountain climbers who had it on their "To Do" list and if you pay the fees you can desecrate it if you want.

    The buzzards were waiting for the fallen.......


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  19. Reaver

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    The Devil's Tower is just outside of the town of Hulett. Like Mulett. A strange place but we were tired and stayed at:

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    It was a weird hotel. All the floors bounced when you walked and the tub drain was clogged with hair. I threw my nylon shirts in with my shower and made like a washing machine....or more like stomping grapes. Bec took a pic of the guy vacuuming the stuffed animal heads.

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    Bec liked the Tower but had more fun with the Prairie Dogs...........


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    We were REALLY happy to leave that little town. Oh, and someone was hit by a microburst of gravity at the hotel parking lot. No comment. He he!
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  20. Reaver

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    Remember I said I was stung in the side the other day? This was over 3 inches wide.

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    I'm not allowed to show you my Monkey Butt. :huh
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