Roll me away to 100k

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by teamboxer, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    Good morning! Ohno and RNR are headed for Colorado Springs from Flushing, MI today, and we hope to post along the highway.

    Here's our late start, after Ohno done forgot his card reader for this trip. Note the newspaper refers to the Hindenburg, that's how long RNR was sitting around this morning...

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    Good natured banter on the deck, Thmpa taking the snaps with the new glorious Nikon 18-200mm lens. (Thanks, SAS, for buying authorization!)

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    Ohno's ADVRIDER response to good-natured banter:

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    thmpa puddles up about not being able to go (dislocated shoulder, doncha know):

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    gotta fly! more later!
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  2. GB

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  3. sas

    sas Thumper Girl

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    Ride safe guys.

    Yeah, yeah, fast, furious and fun too.

    I expect lots of good pics outta that new lens, ohno! :nod

    How come that new pole barn ain't drywalled yet, rnr? :dunno
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  5. thmpa

    thmpa Carpe Diem

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    You guys are already makin' me jealous.

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  7. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    we are near muncie, hit the indiana border about 9:30 a.m.

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    We are not making much time!

    We started late because ohno forgot his card reader.

    We are later because rnr left his cash at home. Here is rnr trying make a Verizon connection work:

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    And being an unsuccessful WiFi ho outside a Motel 6:

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    But the weather is nice, and the R80RT is nearing 97,000.

    the purpose of the trip being to roll over 100k!

    Here's a succesful Panera wifi ho:

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  8. thmpa

    thmpa Carpe Diem

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    D'oh.

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  9. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    Well, quite a productive night! and we have war-ridden to someone's wifi here at the first colorado rest stop!

    Ohno hit a new PR, with about 1200 miles in 24, his first 1000-in-1 on a motorcycle.

    RNR hit a new PR, with 1100 in 24, besting his 24 year old record of 1044 in 24.

    Illinois flew by:

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    St. Louis was misery. We took an East St. Louis detour because I-70 was a parking lott in 100 degree heat. And were were next to a swine-hauling rig. P-U! Here, RNR explains how he would have used his "mr. friendly" personality on the uh, lovely, ladies, walking the streets in E. St. Louis.

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    Ohno was nervous about East St. Louis, but I'm from Flint, it felt like a suburb! And no, he knows NOTHING about why the BMWMOA HQ was T-Ped. (tee-hee)

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    Ohno told his wife we were eating in gas stations that sold live bait. Which was true until Blackwater, Mo. where we found a four-star restaurant in Blackwater, pop. 199. The food was stupendous. But why is origami masster Ohno holding a paper replica of the Eiffel Tower?

    Well, quaint, historic Blackwater was established 150 years ago, on Bastille Day, of all things. So the Iron Horse was celebrating with the rest of the town. (RNR doesn't eat at no steekin' gas stations!)

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    The Iron Horse is also a B&B and we were nearly tempted to stay there. (Versus the lovely ravaged hotel surrounded by skinny blonde women we saw in E. St. Louis.)

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    The night cooled off nicely, but we kept running out of mental and physical gas, resulting in a multiple stays at the Missouri and Kansas Iron Butt Dee-Lux Motel. Shown are non-smoking single with a view. Rates were by the hour.

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    Despite a grueling night, not stopping paid off in an unbelievable manner.

    But you'll have to stay until our next upload later today!
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  10. sas

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    Four star! :ddog

    Great job on the Iron Butt guys!

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    Now quit trying to prove your manliness and enjoy yourselves.

    Can't wait for the "Thank God we're not in Kansas anymore Toto" pics!
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  11. e-dad

    e-dad The way God designed life

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    1100/1200 in a a day is quite an accomplishment guys. Following the adventure at a distance. Enjoy and be safe. (Potts).
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  12. sas

    sas Thumper Girl

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    :wave Hi Potts!

    Welcome n00b!!!!!

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  13. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    And so, we left you on the edge of your mouse, wondering what munificent, manifold blessing befell our bold adventurers.

    Well....

    Before we get to that, let's talk about the road to Blackwater, Kansas by night and the difference between grout and tile.


    The three-mile run to Blackwater off of I-70 is a road you want to introduce to Momma and marry. It is a sinuous ribbon of asphalt, swerving and curving through verdant countryside. (Bonus: The Iron Horse's wonderful food and atmosphere at the end of the too-short jaunt.) We could easily see bringing our brides back to this quaint little town. (Keep your earplugs handy for the evening — the train track is hard by downtown.)

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    And now, on to Kansas.

    RNR has crossed it before, with a 35 mph crosswind, which left both him and the Pillion Princess off kilter for hours afterwards. The perfect time to cross Kansas, we conclude, is the middle of a starry summer night with dead-calm winds and all the truckers safely tucked into their sleepers.

    We assumed our "normal" nighttime flying pattern, each to his own lane, high beams on. That gave us a great swath of white light to help us blast through the night. We did get tickled by a few eastbound truckers who flashed their high beams at us. But we were rarely passed, and we both had room to manuever while complimenting each other's headlight patterns.

    We've also done this with three bikes, a Harley trailing, and that also amply lights up the night.

    RNR has a 55/100 watt illegal skyburner in his headlight bucket; Ohno has the standard cockeyed GS arrangment, and two Hella FF60s (we think), mounted low down on the GS Paris Dakar crash bars he mounted on his regular GS.

    RNR bought a pair of those for his next bike, but is unwilling to tax his aging Airhead electrical system, already burdened under heated grips and two outlets for electric vests.

    And now, grout vs. tile.

    RNR is the grout guy, who tippy-taps out that verbiage that appears between Ohno's custom-crafted tiles. (Well, mostly. RNR has been known to shoot, Thmpa has too, and Sas is no slouch in the exposure department.

    Ohno does occassionaly mix a bucket or two of grout, of which large teaspoons actually turn out.

    but on to the munificent blessings. By not checking into a room in Missouri or Kansas, Kansas blessed us with this at sunrise:

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    And this:

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    And this: Yes this is rnr using I-70 as a parking space!

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    And this.

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    And we can't forget the GS

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    It was just beautiful light great for a couple of hams

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    And the best shot for last. The RT heading down the road to it's date with 100K.

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    But enough about miracles. What about seeming insoluble mechanical problems?

    Tune in and zoom in soon for as our hapless heroes seek to solve "The Mystery of the Missing Jug."

    Coming soon to an advrider.com near you.

    :D
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  14. sas

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    Nice rainbow shot of the RT!!! But those 'tiles' are a little small.

    The grout is getting better. A good night's sleep and I'll be expecting great things from you two tomorrow!!
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  15. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    we have to put in small tiles because thmpa's dad is so cheap he's still on



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    dial-up !!!!!

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  16. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    That's one hell of a sunrise!
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  17. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    Here is the stats after 22 hours. We got that low max speed corrected shortly down the long straight stretches of Kansas highway.

    My biggest fear is getting pulled over by some trooper for doing ten over. Then having him reach over and tap the GPS a couple of times and smiling when he sees the top speed. "Hope you brought your VISA boy."

    I wake from that nightmare often.

    Thmpa ignore the top speed must have been a software glitch. Kansas heat can do that to electronics.




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  18. teamboxer

    teamboxer One Airhead, One Oilhead

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    A big hit of the trip has been the tank-bag hydration setup that Thmpa helped build, with input from other advriders. (See all their suggestions here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246097.)

    It must be good, Ohno is whining about watching RNR stay hydrated on the road!

    Using advrider notions and our own, we put a 35oz Camelback bottle in a Marsee magnetic Pocket Rocket...

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    Routed the tube out the side of a little denim insulated bag a friend made ...

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    Hooked the whole gig up to a retracting employee I.D. unit so the right-angle bite valve easily stows and goes ...

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    The advantages are manifold. Being able to sip on the roll is great. The water does heat up in the tube, so an insulator for that is next. You would be surprised how a quick hit of cold water reenergizes you in the saddle.

    Also, you get some funny looks when you top off the bottle at gas station stops, using the ice dispenser in the fountain drink units.

    If I was going to do this again, I would buy the Camelback Skeeter unit for little kids, like this: http://www.rei.com/product/733675.

    That way, you get a right angle valve and an insulated bag all in one. You could cut off, or leave on, the shoulder straps.

    I had to buy all those pieces separately, so it cost a little more.

    For a full blast of hydration issues and solutions, go to the thread Thmpa started:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246097&page=4
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  19. thmpa

    thmpa Carpe Diem

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    :becca And they still take FOREVER!
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  20. thmpa

    thmpa Carpe Diem

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    I didn't know the GS went that fast.

    :D

    You wouldn't believe how jealous I am.

    Come home safe.
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