SomedayNeverMaybe | Denver >>> S.A.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by d_mob, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Days 1 & 2 | Days Behind Bars, Nights Under Stars...

    Denver >> Lake Meredith Nat'l Recreation Area >> Oklahoma City

    Mileage: A $hitload

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    Best moment: Leaving the house on first day of trip. Several songs came through my earbuds that made the perfect weather (70 and sunny) seem even more perfect (i.e. Little Dragon Crystalfilm, Rolling Stones Wild Horses, Bill Withers Lovely Day, LCD Soundsystem Home, etc, etc, etc).

    Worst moment: Two actually... First, when wind hit incredibly hard and had me riding at an angle of around 20° for approx two hours. Second, when I woke up this morning and the temp was 32.9°F. Even with these, it was one of the most monumental and amazing two days of riding I've ever experienced.

    Most embarrassing moment: This morning, as I'm packing up w/ frost covering everything (warming my hands every two minutes on the moto exhaust) I did something incredibly awesome. Imagine the spring loaded tent legs in the picture above. As I'm breaking down one of the legs, it springs up with incredible force and smacks me directly in the middle of my forehead. Seriously?!? I still have a red diagonal line on my freaking forehead. I had to laugh at the time, but damn it hurt! And it still hurts!!! Seriously??!?!?!!

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    Summary: So as you can see, I started in Denver and headed south, southeast, then east. A few things stand out from the trip. One of the most notable was the waving. It started right away... as cars would pass I noticed people waving. This wasn't a typical "how are ya?" wave, or a "good day" kind of wave. There was something behind the waves. So much in fact that I started counting them. All-in-all I noticed no less than 22 waves throughout the ride the past two days. The people behind the waves were clearly saying "go for it" and "Godspeed". I even noticed people slowing and smacking their kids to "look, look at the crazy motorcyclist riding from Colorado". There were also the 'tips of the hat' from obvious other motorcyclists who could tell that I was on an adventure. I have to say, I felt pretty damn cool behind my helmet, and it felt great. It was like I had a highway support group of sorts.

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    Anyway, I made it to Oklahoma City today. Sorry to cut it so short, but I'm with a really nice CouchSurfing host named Ivey who has cracked a bottle of red wine and is starting a movie for us. I'll try to update this further. If not, I'll fill in the gaps when I get to Little Rock (next stop), or Nashville (next, next stop).

    I can't believe this is happening and I can't wait to share more as the adventure progresses.

    Having a blast. Loving life. Living on two wheels...

    ~ D

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  2. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    best of luck my friend!!

    Cheers form Baja

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  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    this is already a great thread.
    I love this expanded intro
    wonderful imagery and I can't wait to see more
    thanks for sharing with us
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  4. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys... Looking forward to keeping this thing updated.

    I rode another 300+ miles today, bringing the total to just over 1k miles in the 3 days I've been riding.

    I have NO idea how some of these guys do Iron Butt rides of 1k in one day because I am absolutely GASSED after today! I'm really looking forward to the Central and South America portions of this trip where I can have a couple of days to rest in each location.

    I'll put up another post tomorrow for days 3 & 4. I just made it to Little Rock after breaking rule # 1 for the second time in 3 days (no riding at night). Oops! That said, I'm gonna eat and crash.

    Hope everyone had a stellar weekend. Chat soon,

    PS... Complaining aside, the ride was nice today. Stayed off the highway for the entirety and managed to ride nice meandering two lane through changing fall colors and farm land. Once into Arkansas there was some interesting wildlife (locals) to take in. :)
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  5. Coloradical

    Coloradical Long timer

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    It mostly takes practice. You have to get into riding shape by just riding miles. But you basically answered your own question. You stayed off the highways and enjoyed your day instead of just eating miles.
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  6. waylongway

    waylongway madmax

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    Me and the wife just got home from a 355 day w/2 hours in the dark :eek1.

    First time in the dark on her own bike ,she no like :lol3

    Pace yourself those first few days go fast and then you hit the wall.

    Thanks for sharing :clap:clapWe got your back....
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  7. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Copy/paste from the blog...

    Days 3 & 4 | 1,400 Miles & Counting...

    Oklahoma City >> Little Rock >> Nashville

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    Mileage: Still averaging 350 per day, which is waaay too many in my opinion

    Best moment: A few stand out...

    First, after a long ride to Little Rock (via back roads), I was about 20 miles out and found myself riding past dark. What's rule # 1??? Don't ride past dark! Well, I found myself doing it yet again for the second night in an attempt to get to Little Rock. Just when I was about to give up and grab a horrid motel on the side of the road, a Triumph Bonnie pulled out in front of me with a half-helmeted cool looking dude aboard. We ended up riding faster, faster, and faster together in what turned out to be a quite spirited ride all the way into Little Rock. After switching 'lead' several times we ended up at a red light at the outskirts of the city. We introduced ourselves and thanked each other for the ride, and then Carl offered to lead me to an inexpensive hotel for the evening. Carl if you are reading this, thanks for the ride... Catch you on the flip!

    Second, en route to Memphis I cued up a Spotify classic country playlist and was regaled by vivid stories of music, whiskey, and women by the likes of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and of course Willie & Johnny. It set me up proper for my brief stop in Memphis for a fried catfish lunch on Berle St. Country music, they don't make it like they used to!

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    Third, Finally made it to Nashville and met up with Lainie (my beautiful friend and host for the evening). She let me shower and unpack at her place and then after dinner we ended up going to a place called Santa's. It is a triple wide trailer that has hipster karaoke seven nights a week. Really a sight to see and some of the coolest and most real people you can meet. Long story short, I should have left Wild Horses to the Rolling Stones, and also probably shouldn't have bought the entire trailer a round of PBR tall boys, but hey, live and learn right!

    Worst Moment: None really, except that my ass is killing me. I'm a complete pansy and 350 miles per day is waaaay too much for me. I'm really looking forward to the Central and South America portion of this trip where I can set up shop for a few days in a place to rest. This waking up every day to ride thing is for the birds. Then again, a bad day on the motorcycle is better than a good day in an office right? :)

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    Anyway, I'm having an amazing trip across America for now, but am looking forward to being at home with my mother and stepfather. I'm tired, need some home cookin', a bed, and a shower...

    I was thinking about taking the scenic route today over to/through Tail of the Dragon, but apparently it is freezing and snowy up there, so I'll save that for another time or another trip.

    That's all for now... I need to roll out of bed and motivate myself for one more day of riding.

    ~ D

    PS... Lainie, thanks again for the hospitality and fun night out in Nashville. Hope to see you at some point in LatAm. Let's practice our Spanish together... ;)
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  8. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Thanks buddy!

    Actually the feeling was, 'damn that took a long time to load up, I hope I didn't forget anything and get better/faster at it. Oh, and don't crash in front of everyone! :)

    But yes, exhilarating as well. I was singing in my helmet and dancing on the seat for the first few hours.

    Today I only made it to Chattanooga. Partly because I was hungover from last night and got a late start (I'm pretty sure we cleaned Santa's out of PBRs), partly because it never got above 42 degrees (as low as 33 at one point!), and probably partly because I'm delaying the inevitable in Atlanta.

    Regardless, I'll be there tomorrow. There will be a gap in 'ride reports' as I won't set off for the next part of the trip for about a month.

    See everyone then!

    ~ D
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  9. Catracho

    Catracho Adventurer

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    Looking forward to more!!!! Ride safe and maybe I'll meet up with ya down there. I'm leaving end of December
    Although you may have to change to tecate or Bohemia as pbr will be hard to find. I do remember buying 24 cans of old Milwaukee in Honduras for $10
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  10. pne

    pne Been here awhile

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    I'm in, great writing so far. Although I didn't see a big roll of safety wire in that packing list.. are you sure you raced? :lol3
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  11. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    rock on dude!

    don't miss Guanajuato and La Gruta Hot Springs just outside of S.M.A.
    the road between Guanajuato and Delores Hidalgo is a sweet one!
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  12. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    PNE, there is some safety wire in my 'kit'. Thanks for the reminder though as I need to add more. What all did you drill and wire on your bike/s? And yeah, I raced. I have enough safety wire sized holes in my fingers to prove it! :)

    Eakins, thanks for the Mex tips. Added to my list. PS, just before I left I attended a BDR video viewing party at BMW Denver and picked up the CO BDR map. Looking forward to that one when I return.
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  13. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Day 5 | You Can Find Me in the A...

    Nashville >> Chattanooga >> Atlanta

    Mileage: Approx 1,700 total miles ridden since leaving Denver 5 days ago.

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    Best moment: After waking up late, still groggy from the night out in Nashville, I hit the road around 11am. As I set off, I decided that I'd like to at least get a few mountain roads in before ending the trip. However, I knew it was going to be cold, so I couldn't bring myself to get all the way over to Deals Gap (an amazing road in North Carolina that has an 11-mile stretch w/ 300+ curves). I headed east and then south on 56 all the way to Chattanooga. The road was great. It had plenty of curves, tons of beautiful tree farms, and was popping with fall color. MASSIVE thanks to my personal mixtape curators Graciela and Sarah who provided Spotify playlists that really hit the spot along the ride. Hot damn those two have great taste in music! Thanks ladies...

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    Another highlight was crossing over the border into Georgia. I felt a sense of comfort knowing that I was finally back home. I sped along in an effort to make it to my mother's house, but stopped along the way for some (seriously unhealthy) favorites. A patty melt at Waffle House, a massive cup of steaming boiled peanuts, a chili dog at The Varsity, and free coffee at RaceTrac (why the hell are gas stations so freaking big in the south?). Normally I'm very healthy, or at least try to be, but I'm thinking while I'm here I won't worry about it as much. I'll be sure to keep up my running and training in addition to the junk food, maybe that will help. :/

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    Worst moment: The cold, the cold, the cold!!! I only made it to Chattanooga after leaving Nashville. I was absolutely freezing (temps dropped down to 32°) and hit the wall, so had to pull over and grab a cheap room for the night. You definitely get what you pay for, so I don't really need to explain the conditions at a place called Best Value Inn. Not the best I've stayed in that's for sure. However, certainly not the worst. Today the temps dropped to around the same, but I had planned slightly better and layered up. Still, riding in freezing temps is simply brutal after awhile at 70+mph.

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    That's it for now. I've unpacked the bike and bags, and will set up shop here in Loganville (and Atlanta w/ friends) for the next month. The target 'leave date' for the LatAm portion of the trip is December 15th. Talk to everyone then!

    ~ D
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  14. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Awesome, can't wait to read more! Sorry to read of your step father, I'm sure hell be elated to see you.
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  15. Outjustout

    Outjustout Spokey Dokey

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    Dave, thanks for taking us along on your journey. I think you'll find a lot of out there on the road have similar backgrounds. I spent about a year flying from COS to Memphis to visit my dad who had lung cancer. A few months after his passing I quit my job, had a friend move in to take care of my dog, and I boarded a plane to Lisbon with one bag, no reservation and no idea when I'd come back. I showed up about a half a year later with a lot of miles under the shoes. That was about 5 years ago.

    The only reason I came back was for my big furry beast that's been my best friend for 12 years now. I'm now nursing him through his old age and expect after that it won't be long before I'm back on the road and this time with no ties.

    A long journey is good for the soul. Be safe and I'll be lurking around.

    Scott
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  16. pne

    pne Been here awhile

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    I've always wired the typical stuff, caliper bolts and oil drain/fill. I'm going to start wiring exhaust bolts too though, for some reason they always seem to work loose on long trips. It comes in really handy for roadside repairs though.
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  17. COracer

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    Junk food is a road requisite now and then, enjoy while you can. Glad you found accommodations meeting the high standards of the Longhorn on the way, enjoy your time in ATL, catch up soon!
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  18. bouldergeek

    bouldergeek Filthy, poor KLR dweeb

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    Wow, awesome start!

    Also from the Front Range, I am reading this in a little bar in Pichilemu, Chile, amid bites of spicy chorillana and sips of Chilean local 'schop' (draft) beer. The owner is an enduro racer and loves it when I park my hideous pesado KLR out front.

    Keep it up. Maybe we will cross paths in January/February time frame.
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  19. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Subscribed!

    Great intro and report. I like your honesty.

    You do not appear to have not looked after the most important part- your rear end. A comfortable seat, next to suspension upgrades, are the most important ones(unless you are one of those who can tolerate stock seats?).
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  20. d_mob

    d_mob Been here awhile

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    Ahh... Good looking out! I did actually purchase and install the Saddlemen ADV seat before I left. I'll be sure to add that to my 'list'.

    And for anyone who cares, the seat looks great, fits great, and provides a much more comfortable ride over stock. The 'taint channel' in the middle keeps things cool and seems to put pressure on the right spots when in the saddle.

    I did find a position that I really like though. I throw on the Kaoko throttle lock, kick my feet up on the crash bars, lean back into my pack, and relax. Super comfy! Those two things (seat and throttle lock) were the best investments so far from a comfort perspective for sure.
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