Riding the TAT to Costa Rica ...

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  1. JRWooden

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    I will do have a tendency to sometimes "overstate" things for <ehem> dramatic affect but in this case ...
    Perhaps not....
    On the other hand, as soon as I can catch up ...
    there have been some GREAT experiences ...
    This amazing couple with three young girls that live right beside the TAT took us in last night ...
    Let us sleep in their shed fed us an amazing breakfast and gave me this great "office" to use
    There is a babbling brook just below and in front of the deck ;-)
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    I also met Mike of "Mike's cycle shop" in Waynesboro...
    My connection is slow, so I'll have to post pics later but he opened his shop on sunday afternoon to hook us up with a new inner tube
    Mike also owns at least 500 or so motorcycles ... pictures of his shop and his "field of bikes" coming soon ;-)

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  3. JRWooden

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    I was using "river city" figuratively ...
    Actually I didn't know that River City was actually Memphis :doh
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    You left out the bit about my 25 feet ravine dive, your bike being the 1st to go down, Allen's a perfectly acceptable 3rd place, and Gary going down last of all.

    Nor must we (EVER) forget the arriving at the start of the skyway, spending 45 minutes pumping up tires to ride on the road only to ride 27 feet round the corner to find it was off road again. Marco Polo had it easier than we did. ;)
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    Yes, I'm following the famous 10/6/4 plan. Ten years on the bucket list, 6 months in the planning and 4 days in the execution. I had people question my sanity in spending 600 bucks on KLIM pants, and 800 on a Motoport jacket. I pointed out the cost of a visit to an ER in comparison and avoided same no doubt due to the integrity of the gear.

    By the way, several people were asking on other threads on ADV Rider about BMW's new waterproof suit. As far as I know the Klim pants were the only ones that were waterproof in our group. Allen sported the new space age technology and is not a happy camper. (and he exchanged them for a 2nd set that were even worse)

    For the record injury wise nothing appears to be broken...may have a micro tear in my retina from head bouncing off rocks, massive brusing from kidneys, hips, butt and hamstring but not pissing or crapping blood which is always a bonus. Had a temp of 103.8 on arrival home but that's gone back to normal.

    Don't know about Helga the schnellpanzer yet as she's yet to front up the local dealership. I need to heal some more and I'd rather wait till the weather clears.
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    "Drops out" NO. Forced out. Big difference. ;)
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    Yes, but not carrying a spare is cheap. ;)
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  9. JRWooden

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    I did forget some stuff .... send me the link to your PolarSteps?

    The fact that I was not ON my bike when it went down does need to be considered ... :drink
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    Well, where the hell are you?
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    Technically I wasn't on mine when it went down either...I was already airborne going down the ravine after the turkey-dragon. :clap
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    Gary, Allan, and I are hold up in Memphis until tomorrow AM.

    Looks like the weather here is NOT going to be as bad as was projected yesterday,
    so we will spread out the TAT maps, and try to figure out how to go forward when we blast off tomorrow.

    I'll update the blog with some of the GOOD STUFF / "Easter Eggs" of this trip later today after I get a few things sorted....

    Jim
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    bump bump.. what a start!! sorry about the fall, nick; hope you're okay!! glad you guys are posting when you can!!
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    Ok ... so up to now I've just kind of been "reporting" the trip.
    In some ways the start has been a bit disappointing ....
    Nick was forced to drop out, a myriad of issues have slowed our progress ...
    blah blah blah................. :loco

    But here's why I love these adventures ... here's why I do what we all do ...
    In short, it restores my faith in humanity.
    Let me tell you two stories ............

    The slippery water crossing:
    So ... We are approaching a water crossing in western TN (the names of our hosts are anonymous at present).
    The water is very shallow ... only a few inches deep. No reason for special precautions right?
    Allan approaches on his 1200GS at a very rational speed and attempts to cross on a straight-line path with little if any throttle.
    About half-way across the bike spins around and does a bit more than a 180, dumping Allan, unceremoniously, into the stream.
    WTF ... ??

    I put my bike on the side stand and walk towards the accident site. Shouting to Allan, asking if he's OK....
    It was a low speed dump, and he's fine, but as I enter the stream I can hardly stand... the rocks are completely covered in a super-slippery moss.
    It's no wonder he crashed ... I can barely walk.
    About this time a guy comes out of his house right next to the crossing and apologizes for not being there quickly enough to warn Allan that it's a bust-ass crossing.
    He points upstream a bit and says that it we crossed there all would be well.
    We thank him and get Allan's bike upright and then myself and Gary cross (up-stream) without peril.
    We heartily congratulate ourselves and are ready to press on when I notice that Gary's rear tire is flat. :fpalm

    Sunday afternoon in the middle of the sticks, tubed tires, Gary has no spare, and by “convention”, 99.9% of all motorcycle shops in the USA are closed on Sunday AND Monday….
    Well … fine …
    we pile a bunch of rocks under Gary’s bash plate and pull the rear tire after finding a nail lodged in the tire which we can’t readily remove…..
    Upon disassembly we find the nail (in sewing machine fashion) has punctured the inner tube in about 5,000 places ...
    poking a new hole in the tube on each tire rotation
    We ain’t got enough patch material for that …………………………………..

    I ride off to the nearest town … Collinswood … population maybe 1,000?
    I check the service stations and the convenience stores and everything else … that only takes about 10 minutes… everyone shrugs their shoulders and really has no clue how to help…
    I’m driving back out of town, muttering under my breath, when I see a guy working on a storefront that’s been damaged by fire.
    Here he is working on a project on Sunday afternoon, and I just figure He’s there because ... well because I need him and in a good and prosperous universe that's how things should work.

    I stop, explain my issue and he is on it like white on rice.
    I find out his name is Kurt … everybody needs to make friends with guys like Kurt!
    He texts a couple buddies that ride motorcross and so-on.
    The only leads we get from his pals point to a guy that has a house in town a couple blocks away.
    Kurt (who CLEARLY has better things to do, ignores them and instead gives me a hand),
    He walks me to the house and we explain…
    The guy says he wishes he could help but he’s dumped his inventory….

    He says that our only hope (Obi-wan-ca-knobby) is Mike.
    Mike of Mike’s cycle shop.
    Kurt’s friend’s wife has been listening to my tail of woe and hands me the phone book.
    (yes, a real printed-on-paper-white-pages-phone-book)
    From the manta from heaven, I capture the address and phone number to Mike’s shop AND his house.
    I thank them and Kurt profusely and try to move the ball ahead.

    According to “the google” Mike’s shop is closer than his house. I optimistically call the shop …
    No answer … I decide to ride by just in case he’s there but not answering the phone.
    Yeah… ever the optimist…..
    I go to the shop (see pics), the shop for some reason awakens the “inner Adventure motorcyclist” within me….
    Mike is not there ………

    What have I got to lose? I’ll ride on up to his house………………………
    It’s only another 20 minutes north of where the shop is………….
    I punch it in to Google maps … and follow the dots….
    The first ½ of the route is like the tail of the dragon …
    I think … damn … if my ride to work was like this every morning … I’d keep working till I died………
    The later half is light gravel and “lightly finished” asphalt… How does it get any better than this?
    I approach the address…
    I am greeted by three friendly dogs trying their best to act aggressive and protective ….
    (they are wagging their tails while barking … I have their number)
    I stop the bike and a boy about 6 or 7 comes out to rein in the dogs….
    He’s polite as the day is long, and a great kid.
    The boy’s dad comes out 50 yards behind him and I introduce myself.

    From photos I saw at the shop I know that this man is NOT Mike…. Mike is few years older....
    He points up the road and says his father-in-law, Mike, is just up the road.
    …………………….
    It’s 1:30am here …………
    We head west at an "early" hour tomorrow ( yeah... the "crack of noon" ? )

    SO for now this story is … “To be continued”

    Just as a teaser for the next installment ... Mike turns out to be the FIRST Ural Motorcycle dealer in the USA ...

    Stay tuned ...
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    Bummer, but nice recovery (I presume). It was in CR that I learned to tolerate making room for a rear tube rather than just patches.
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    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    I like your style of writing, but the cliff hanger is too much. Keep it coming. :lurk
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    Ya mean him?

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    How about 530 last night we are looking for the local fairgrounds to camp them and took a wrong turn we ended up getting submerged in one of the muddiest roads I've ever been on

    We ended up Hotelling at a place near Stuttgart Arkansas.

    No Internet access here so hopefully I'll make a major update to the blog this evening

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    JRWooden,

    I spoke to you about meeting up in Charlotte to help you with your GPS prior to your TAT trip. I am glad to hear that you got that sorted between your riding group. Hey, I'd rather be doing what you are doing now versus working......

    I plan to continue my TAT next May/June.


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    Pic of F650GS fully loaded?
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