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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Sep 6, 2011.
thats a long distance heel dude.
hope your trip goes well, say hi to Annie.
and I didn't mention that during the gravel speed wobble I was saying,
"gas it, gas it" to which she said "shut up, I'm busy." I shut up. I'm no
dummy. and I did give her that shot of scotch...
Day 28 Oct 3 2011
Today we are going to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa IA!!!
I have a list of motorcycle museums and will try to go to any that are on our path.
Hey Jay, I got the door shut using your super secret code, the paper burst
into flames after I received the mission and self destructed!
Its a very pleasant ride weather-wise though we are on the slab today to
minimize travel time
We arrive at the museum, I'm likin' this already
and room for gear check, yep.
so lets get started
and one of my heroes
and I'm a fan of this guy too
they have a great display dedicated to Ed Big Daddy Roth
and now for more bikes
crazy stuff too
about this time cousin Sharon calls to ask how I'm doing, "I'm high" I say.
"High?" she queries, Yeah as in buzzed, I'm in motorcycle nirvana.
"Where are you?" she wants to know
I'm in a motorcycle museum, I say.
"What state are you in?" she says.
Euphoria, I say.
"I'll call you later when you're back to earth."
I have to come back?
never seen one of these before
I know these guys
There are lots! of Vincents. whoa. I love these things.
These are cool machines
and a room full of cool old bicycles
this is a small sampling of what this place has inside. OD
and to think, the Barber Museum is bigger...
More bike pics from the National Museum in Anamosa IA
one of my favorites (have a '75)
recognize this motor?
and what movie did this brand play a part in?
who was the actor that rode it?
one beautiful bike
been busy seeing St Louis Mo.
Pics to come of the Arch!
OK, Peter O Toole played TE Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence owned several Broughs and was killed on one.
Do I get a gold star?
Rode down to Birmingham. I'll be looking for a Norge at Barber this weekend.
No prize. Satisfaction of a job well done.
I like motorcycle trivia. I watched the movie almost 40 years ago and the
bike scenes were my favorite. Great movie, must watch it again.
Norge will arrive Barber tomorrow afternoon. We're in Tennessee tonite.
Really looking forward to the museum and the swap and the races.
Day 29 Oct 4 2011
Short ride day - From Anamosa IA to St Louis MO.
I enjoy the views of the prairie
we saw these designs on several farms, any particular meaning?
gleaming mechanization in the food factory - but I have a question, how much food do these farms grow vs. feed or
stock for the chemical companies or ethanol?
a few last scenes of the vast prairie as we head south on 218
we saw several trucks carrying the wind turbine blades - impressive!
we are heading south and enjoy watching the topography and vegetation change
Good bye Iowa, Hello Missouri.
I see a lot of these and stop in one to find out if they ship, nope. darn.
Taking a break in a road side rest stop.
We arrive at my cousin Joyce's home and are greeted by Jim too.
hmm, just noticed branch makes for an interesting picture. :eek1
stats for the day
Day 30 Oct 5 2011 - Tourist
Today Joyce and Jim take us downtown into St Louis to see the Gateway
Arch. This thing is Big!
We are taken to the underworld and assigned to door #8
Now two things I'm not fond of are small spaces and heights...
I turn around to look at my companions and they are staring at me
then the lights go out
and suddenly the Beam of Light is upon them
and all four of us are transported into our pod
We are deposited to the top of the Arch, I'm glad to be out of the pod.
I gaze out the window
and look Down
"I'm way up here!"
the view is uh, good
"Solarmoose, party of four, your pod is available for boarding."
ok, maybe I embellished the story a bit... this thing is really cool.
Saw this interesting item in the very good historic display under the Arch
Next they take us to the City Museum, this is a misnomer but I am without
words as to how to describe this place. Yep gears with marbles as decoration on a column.
as we enter the grounds I look up, yep its a real plane and thats a real bus
hanging over the edge!
This guy collected all kinds or left-overs, junk, trash, building materials and
more to create something that is beyond words.
yes you can crawl down this spiral of rebar, if you want...
you are growing drowsy and will give me your bike...
a labyrinth of passageways
This is looking up 10 stories, those are 10 story spiral slides you can come down in.
there's a ferris wheel on the roof
remember the bus hanging over the roof edge? This pic is taken from the
front door looking down...
this is a crazy place, if you're in St Louis MO, go see this.
Day 31 Oct 6 2011
A new day and more roads to find and ride.
A fond farewell to two very special people, thanks Jim and Joyce for
everything! May our paths cross again.
Jim directs us to a nice road to get out of town
and eventually onto a mostly quiet divided four lane for a few miles
we pass by many cotton fields in southeast Missouri
in the distance I see a bridge
yep, its the mighty Mississippi River
and then into Illinois
where are we?
and we turn a corner and then its over the Ohio River, cool, two big bridges
now we are on nice two lane through the woods
We left Missouri, touched the lower corner of Illinois, crossed Kentucky
and decide to stop in Jackson TN for the evening.
Tomorrow its blast down to Birmingham Al and go to Barber!!!
Look for the two Alaskans if you're there and say hi!
i just found this RR this morning. I'm totally enjoying it! if you run into dfishman out on the banks, hello for me!
Hwy 12 will open up by Tuesday.It is a great RR.
Day 32 Oct 7 2011 Friday
Its a nice morning in Jackson Tennessee, we're leaving a little earlier and
plan to be on the road by 8am. Temps are already 63F. Its going to be
a nice ride.
We ride down a very nice two-lane. It doesn't get much better.
Soon we cross into north east Mississippi
a little while later we are in Alabama and cruisin down a four lane, as is to
expected traffic gets faster and "thick" as we get close to Birmingham.
Soon we're getting off I20 and driving into Barber
We're hot and quickly shed the riding clothes. I ask a staff where to park,
he says "anywhere." I like this place!
just across the drive is the track and side car bikes are racing
I want to start in the museum and we take a shuttle to it, I am blown
away by all the activity outside, bikes are everywhere but inside I am
stunned into silence, Cee takes out her camera and a guy standing
near us offers to shoot a picture. This grin will last a long time,.
a few bikes from just the small portion of the museum we walked through today, more tomorrow
a little newer
hey koslick, you watchin?
one of my favorite marquees
Ducati Darmah (alaskan ducatisi: you payin attention here?)
Guzzi, of course.
First one in the flesh I've seen, Norton Rotary Classic
novel way to carry the spare
Today was a nice ride day and didn't have so many large trucks to ride
around. Most trucks put out a nasty blast of air that causes a terrific
buffeting as we overtake them. Feels like being hit in the head with
pillows. Typically I'll make the pass quick thus the occasional high
speed numbers. But most of the time we have been slower than
tomorrow the Swap Meet! hope Fed Ex has a booth....
Can you pick me up a couple of bikes I saw in your pictures? I have shop space.
Day 33 Oct 8 2011 - Barber Vintage Festival
Saturday and we want to walk the Swap meet first, its four aisles of this
nothing I want in this pile
Lots of 60's Honda's, restored and unrestored.
Unexpected pleasure to see this booth, these guys have done some
excellent paint work for me, highly recommend
and I get a further surprise to see the work Craig did for me on his poster.
its the upper left photo on the right side poster. We have a great conversation about stuff.
I enjoy looking at all the displays. Triva; the fellow in the shades
immediately to the left of me in the background is rtwdoug, his
ride report, Can a Harley make it to Magadan? is the current "sticky."
Then we are treated to a great airshow with these T6's
this is for Roger, you watchin Roger? he has several of these but not like this
We enjoy talking to the owner of this beautifully restored Guzzi
I stop by this club booth, have been a member for many years, and they
offer lunch and a cold beer. Just the right thing. Thanks Atlanta Chapter!
Here's something you don't see very often, lots of that here...
and the questions are:
Would like to see this up close
an English ammeter not reading discharge?
love the curves on this Vetter design (and my wife's too.. )
Stieb sidecar - lovely stuff
for the boat guys
more engine talk
and a bit of the whimsical
We took 400 pictures today, only a few here. Barber Museum and the
Festival should be on your list to do someday. It was fantastic.
Next we head for the Dragon. later..
Love your report.....Keep up......
I read this report in LA Times a friend sent me, accurate?
We planned to get onto the islands via 64/264 since ferrys were busy.
Is that route open? We're staying in Nags Head. Planning to take in the
Wright Bro NP and hang at the beach, maybe fish off of a pier. Would
like to drive up/down 12 and see the islands if road allows. We're riding
to the banks Wednesday and back to Charlotte Friday this week.
Suggestions? what to see, where to eat?
Thank you for the kind comments.
You have it figured out.Wright Brothers,hanging at the beach,and fishing on a pier.That should take up most of your time.The Beach Road Grill on the beach rd in Nags Head has Hatteras Style Drum on special on Thursdays for lunch.It is a local fish favorite.Maybe you will have time to ride down Hwy 12 & check out Hatteras Island.It is very different than Nags Head.
Day 34 Oct 9 2011 Sunday
We roll out of the Hampton Irondale hotel late in the morning after
sleeping in and doing some chores. This is a great hotel, the service
was good and the hot breakfast (included) was reasonable. We
attempted to check in early on Friday but they didn't have any rooms
made up yet, it was just after noon, so we asked if we could drop our
bags and they took care of that. When we checked in at 6pm our bags
had been taken up to our room.
Skies were gray and cloudy but temps in the high 60's, warm enough for us!
After a while the clouds parted and we had some sun while rolling northeast up I59.
We stop for gas in Cleveland TN to 100% gasoline!
Put a bag over your head ethanol!
We stop by this pullout to look at a dam
Don't Jump! There are twisty roads just around the bend, I promise!
ok, sorry for the cornball jokes. there won't be anymore. really.
Mountains are getting closer!
And then we get into lots and lots of twisty roads, and the camera was put away. Time to scrape pegs!
We arrive at Iron Horse Lodge and have an excellent dinner while conversing with John Powell, owner. I had met him in Fairbanks in August and he invited me to stay here while seeing the Dragon.
Iron Horse is a cool place, I'll take some pics of the place tomorrow
before we go for a local ride. sleep time.
You know why our English Cousins drink warm beer?
Love the Pics.