Stubbornness and Stupidity

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Pomo, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. badguy

    badguy Susan

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    :super You got some great photos out there, glad the ankle wasn't all that bad.

    I need to get my act together and get out there with a bike...
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  2. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    And there are a few more "interesting" sections yet to come. :deal

    I haven't, I'll look out for them.

    Thanks. Standing offer if anyone is crazy enough to come ride with me. :evil We all know how that turned out at Laurel Fork. :rofl
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  3. go2cnavy

    go2cnavy Dont Worry Be Brappy

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    Great report. Thanks for sharing!

    One recommendation: Keep your SPOT on your person and not the bars. The free ride requires you be able to hit the magic button. If you and the bike get separated by a large cliff... well, you get the point.
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  4. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    If I remember correctly, it turned out to be a fantastic ride! :ricky

    Alright, I've got it in writing now, AND it's been quoted so you can't nuke it; next time I get to roll through NM, I'll be sending you a PM sir! :deal
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  5. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Love the "lost wash" story, brings back memories of living in Sierra Vista and getting turned around after shredding washes in all directions.
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  6. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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  7. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    +1:d
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  8. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    I did a poor job of recording thoughts for this day, so I'll just make some stuff up. :D

    The morning ride saw me heading up the Colorado River. On the way there were dozens of signs for “Wild Burros on the Road”. I finally found some! (Click for full size.)

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    They didn't seem bothered by cars or motos. The little gray one kept an eye on me and the rest just chilled on the side of the road, doing whatever it is that burros do. I moved on towards the Parker Dam. There sure are a lot of dams in Arizona. I've only ever heard people talk about the Hoover Dam, and how it's so impressive, etc. Well the Parker Dam was no slouch either. Not quite as refined as the Coolidge Dam, though.

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    The dam lakes never failed to offer great vistas, and this one (Lake Havasu?) was no exception.

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    I went through Lake Havasu city on London Bridge Road. Apparently, the original 1831 London Bridge was sold by the city of London in 1962 to an entrepreneur, Robert McCullough, who was also the founder of Lake Havasu City. Who knew that there was a market for used bridges? I briefly spotted the bridge but I didn't stop for pictures. It was morning rush hour and I was feeling the call of the desert.

    Every now and then, you need to get your kicks.

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    I passed through part of the Mojave Desert on New York Mountain Road. This place is amazing. It has an other-worldly feel to it. I definitely want to go back!

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    I have a love/hate affair with sand. Today was love.

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    I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles.

    Oh yeah.

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    I passed through Las Vegas, because why not? I'd never been and I figured a quick taste couldn't hurt. Traffic there is horrible, especially when you're trying to simultaneously (i) not get run over, (ii) take in the sights, and (iii) not get run over.

    I was enjoying myself, but I can only abide sitting in traffic for so long. I got back to the interstate and headed over to Boulder City to call it a day and find something to eat. I found a nice little motel.

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    Watched the sun set.

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    And went to get a brisket burger at Dillinger's. Dillinger's is a great little restaurant with a nice owner, he talked to me and everyone else who was there that night. They have a food challenge too, you have to eat two huge brisket burgers and a double order of fries in under half an hour I think it was? I was hungry, but that meal could have beaten me in a bare knuckle boxing match.

    Boulder City is a cool little town. If I ever go to visit Vegas again I'll probably stay there to avoid the madness of downtown. I highly recommend it. And say hi to the Blues Brothers while you're there.

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    The motel was pretty nice, but there was a big group of old people who weren't. They were right next door (in the nearly empty motel) partying like they owned the place until well past midnight. Even after I very grumpily went outside to tell them to keep it down. Damn kids, get off my lawn!
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  9. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    Pomo, the airplane pic you posted is a vintage WWII Grumman Albatros,
    an amphibious search and rescue plane. Sadly sitting there minus one engine. :cry
    They are an expensive beast to fly, consuming something like 70 gallons of aviation
    gas per hour.....at today's prices of $6 a gallon!
    Singer Jimmy Buffet has one named "Hemisphere Dancer". I guess it got too
    expensive for even someone as rich as him to run. He retired it some years
    ago and it now sits outside his "Margaritaville" restaurant in Key West, just
    a pretty decoration on the front lawn.
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  10. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    Thanks for the history, offcenter! Don't they know it's bad luck to kill an Albatross? :huh

    There were a few other decommissioned airplanes sitting in that field. Here's two sans wings:

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    I have always been fascinated by the aquatic planes. My favorite was the Spruce Goose. Talk about fuel inefficiency! :eek1
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    good job pomo....:clap

    very nice.
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  12. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    So I woke up this morning and realized it was Thanksgiving! Oops. My goal for the day was to hit the Grand Canyon. I had some rather adventurous dirt planned, but in light of the fact it was a holiday, I decided tempering my enthusiasm was in order. I had no idea whether the backroad gas stations would be open and I would have been stretching my mileage. I was in no mood to once again catch sight of my mortality today.

    First stop was the Hoover Dam. Kinda underwhelming honestly. Maybe I was dam-saturated by this point. Given all the praise everyone gives it you'd think it was two or three times bigger than any other dam. Maybe it is and the squeeze of the canyon just makes it look slimmer. Definitely an impressive feat of engineering, nonetheless.

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    There was really no way to get a good shot of it. There is supposedly a foot path under the road bridge above the dam, but I didn't bother to investigate.

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    Sometimes I have trouble slowing down on these trips. Five days just isn't enough time for me to get into the rhythm, unfortunately. My enthusiastic mileage estimates and the short days weren't helping either.

    At least it is easy to find your way around the dam. They even have super helpful signs!

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    Erm, yeah.

    I didn't get a chance to check out the dam lake. Not sure if I missed the exit or it was closed. :dunno I did catch the Colorado sneaking away.

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    Just a boring old pile o' rocks. :dunno

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    One quick blast down the 4 lane to Kingman and I found myself back on Route 66. Now this is more like it.

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    Perfect for a little DarthPeach-ing.

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    And of course there are the occasional oddities on the roadside. Don't worry, he is as afraid of you as you are of him.

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    Herbie!

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    Check it out, a gas price with only two digits! :gerg

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    I saw some strange signs: :deal

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    Some of them were very self-referential. Like this one:

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    Or this one (not pictured, it's actually a pain in the rear to capture them all given their spacing):

    Slow down Pa
    Sakes alive
    Ma missed signs
    Four and five

    Out here in the west, 66 criss-crosses I-40, and sometimes disappears into it. I was forced back on for a few miles until the exit for the AZ64. Thankfully there were few more interesting sights on the ride north to break up the monotony of an arrow-straight road.

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    'Murica.

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    I discovered there is a McDonalds less than 5 miles from the Grand Canyon. C'mon, really? :huh

    It can be a little hard to grasp the scale of thing standing at the precipice. I think a heli-tour would be a pretty cool way to see it.

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    I grabbed a picture and jetted. There were at least a thousand people clamoring for a shot from the vista point I stopped at. Just check out the left side of the picture to get an idea. The Grand Canyon was cool, but I was very much not in the mood for dealing with so much human traffic. :puke1

    A motorcycle ride is when I get to escape from this sort of bustle. Find my inner self, in the middle of the desert, scouting a line with a bum leg. Nearly passing out from oxygen deprivation while I wrestle a five hundred pound bike up from the grasping sands. Pausing a moment to feel that cool breeze wick the sweat from my neck. And knowing that I am truly alive.

    Then taking silly pictures to post on the internet.

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    You have no idea how badly I wanted to mount this thing, Tex-style. I wasn't able to scramble up it in full gear fast enough for the self timer.

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    I made my way back to Williams so I would be poised to hit some dirt first thing in the morning. I was too lazy to put enough clothing back on to ride anywhere for dinner, so I hit the Denny's right next to the hotel. Make all the gagging motions you want, I actually don't mind their food. The service really sucked though, and they weren't even crowded. I suppose I can sympathize a little since they had to work a holiday.

    The close of another uneventful day. Maybe the worst was past?
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  13. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Way to go, Pomo. :clap Nice RR. Thanks! :D
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  14. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :wave think I rode with you a couple years ago around Blooch's place in VA?

    Thanks for the report!! Hope to be some of my own F800 reports soon :wink:
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  15. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Lovin' it Pomo; ain't Route 66 grand! Here's that Burma Shave sign you missed and a few others from when I came back east on Route 66 some years back.

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  16. The Gobbler

    The Gobbler Been here awhile

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    Good job Pomo, good read and good pics.
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  17. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    Thanks for the nice comments. I'm just trying to make the boring parts slightly less boring. :norton

    Thanks XC. I remember seeing those now that you posted them. I couldn't memorize them all though. :D

    If you want to feel the full brunt of their brilliant marketing, here is a near-as-comprehensive-as-it-gets list of the slogans organized by year. It is neat to see how they evolved. The first few slogans were more marketing and less fluff, not much rhyming.
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  18. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Thanks for the link Pomo, learned a bit. Didn't know they'd started as early as they did, and...

    At the height of their popularity there were 7,000 Burma-Shave signs stretching across America. The familiar white on red signs, grouped by four, fives and sixes, were as much a part of a family trip as irritating your kid brother in the back seat of the car. You'd read first one, then another, anticipating the punch line on number five and the familiar Burma-Shave on the sixth.

    7000!?!?!? That's a lot of signs!
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