The Ramblings of a Uralogist- A cross country ADVenture on three wheels

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by madeouttaglass, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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  2. AeroEngineer

    AeroEngineer Been here awhile

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  3. LZFiat

    LZFiat n00b

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    Howdy Tom:

    Hey if your stopping at Pisgah and taking the BRP if I might say in case you have not been.
    You will be going through Asheville. If your getting hungry at that point might I suggest French Fryz......
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&b...ocal_result&ct=image&resnum=4&ved=0CA0Q_BIwAw

    Absolutely Great Burgers and real Milkshakes. Just a short jaunt from the Parkway.

    Another great place is 12 Bones (2 locations). There is one in Asheville proper and one not far from french fryz on a side road (old converted Gas Station) that would be better in your situation.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q...sb&biw=1280&bih=894&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

    Hopefully links work>

    So glad to see Pea-Eight-Ore is coming to ride with you. Isn't the BRP great. Just love it. Could definitely consider the Asheville area a place to live if I could find a job there.

    Holy crap with that Bike Museum.. Most Excellent. All that time I spent in Huntsville and Birmingham for work and never knew...:cry Is Burt Monro's bike really there??

    Thanks for the posts and thanks to the ADV board for this great forum. I dont have the Balls to throw a leg over a Bike with all the texting nut jobs on the road nowadays. You see things so much better-different being out in the open. Wish more people could appreciate it.
    safe trip home guys
    LZ

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  4. akadvntr

    akadvntr Frozen

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    Appreciate your ride report so much! These pictures brought back memories of my childhood when we lived in Shamrock, Texas for a short time. Awesome place for a young kid to wander around. Now I have to take the bike back there and see it again.
  5. Marine By Choice

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  6. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    PM inmate reactortrip, he sells them in the vendor forum.
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    joenuclear Planning.....

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    I've noticed you post more often after shipping Mama home.:D
  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Mama has been my wife for over 25 years. We are usually together 24/7. It is odd to be without her this long.
    Only reason I might be posting a bit more is that my thick skull has learned a few quicker ways of doing this.
    Soon it will be a memory. The ride is almost done.

    Yesterday I left the Mount Pisgah Lodge to head to the Peaks of Otter Lodge roughly 300 miles down the parkway. My older brother had spent the two previous days riding from Lake Ontario to Peaks of Otter. His second day was spent riding in extremely thick fog on part of Skyline Drive and most of the 80 miles of the Blue Ridge.
    Here are a few shots of the Blue Ridge between these two nice lodges.

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    About 35 miles was added to that 300ish between lodges. There is still a detour on the parkway that Julie and I had to use last year when we drove the RV to our niece's wedding. I was frustrated but stopped for gas at little old place and met another nice local. Here's another time where I should have bothered this man for his name and picture. He asked where I was from and than told me that he and his adult sons have gone salmon fishing an hour from my house for the last eight years. He pulled out a couple packages of pictures and told me all about the fun they had together at fish camp. Only after I left did I think to get the camera out to remind me about this man. Here's what they call them Toy-yoders down there.
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    Another little historical place to stop on the parkway.
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    For the first time in three weeks I stopped to put on my raingear. I was approaching a hill and it was very dark in front of me. When I shut off the bike I heard thunder close by. A couple of drops fell as I wrestled the stuff on over my leathers and riding jacket. I immediately started to roast. I climbed the hill and saw that the dark sky was only a dark cloud that wisked to my right. Clear skies after that. I was almost at a visitor's center and pulled in to peel off the gear I had put on three minutes earlier. I met Ken and Maxine who were riding the parkway. They didn't believe that my bike was a 2010 and had been cleaner than their bike only three weeks ago. Like many, they thought it was some old war machine.
    Nice folks.

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    Maybury mill and the historical buildings around it.
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    I clicked off these pictures when I thought that I was going to hit my first real rain of the ride. I wanted to have a record of the mess from 3/4 of the country. Some of these bugs died in Washington and Oregon. By the way, the bike is not leaking a drop. The oil mess is from my "field oil changes". What spills stays.

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    I meant to post this picture of my deodorant stick a couple weeks ago. This is what happens at Death Valley at 106 degrees.

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    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Sorry, nope.
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    Thank you. Just sent PM. Be safe, Keith
  11. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Hi Luke, Nice to hear from you again. Unfortunately I haven't had internet for almost two days and missed your suggestions. I'm already off the parkway.
    I hope all is going well.

    Edit- Burt Munro's bike is on display in a hardware store in Invercargil (One "L" like Ol' Burt used.) New Zealand. The bike at Barber is the famed Britton. He and eric Buell are likely the best modern bike designers, Too bad Britton died young.
  12. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Don't misunderstand me, I'm just noting that the updates are more frequent. My wife and I really enjoy your RR and miss your wife's input. But you do have more time to update..... just sayin.:lol3

    BTW, what are your thoughts on 1 wheel drive vs 2WD for touring?
  13. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I talked to Julie a couple hours ago. She just signed up for her own account here but is waiting for official approval before she can post. Anyone have pull with Gadgetboy to get her online tonight?

    As for 1Vs. 2wd, I've used the 2wd twice when I was dumb and tried to go in sand. 1wd and 300 extra pounds does not like sand. 2wd got me out of my stupidity quickly. My brother says it's neat to watch the axle spin from behind me.
  14. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    So yesterday around dinnertime I pulled into the Peaks of Otter Lodge. After almost a week to myself I was very happy to see a familiar bike.
    I present you with Panzir's Great Pumpkin:

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    Und Herr Knecht hisself!

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    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Yesterday and this morning we talked with Jeff and Lisa from Winterhaven, FL who were also staying at Peaks of Otter and enjoying the parkway.

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    The views like this are countless.

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    The one and only famous BRP motorcycle sign.

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    I saw a mother bear and three cubs at the side of the road. Panzir had just passed without noticing them. Luckily he pulled into one of the few gas stations 50 yards later. I told him to grab his camera and jump onto my sidecar to film them as I passed. He'll have to post his pictures and movie of them in a day or so.

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    Better than the three nut and bolts that vibrated loose over the trip. Nothing loose on the Ural, but this windscreen has been a bother from day one. I need it for this trip, but it's wall art after I get home.

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    ADV food shot. My cheeseburger looked suspiciously like Panzir's "steak and cheese" except for the bun.

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    Over the helmet shot. Once again, gloveless with the HippoHands made taking pictures on the fly easy.

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    We did a fairly quick and easy tire swap on my bike here in the hotel parking lot. You can see how these bikes were designed to make quick repairs in the field.

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  16. JCZ

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    I see he has a real motorcycle!:rofl
  17. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Waddaya mean?! We both ride air cooled, pushrod twins. Manly bikes for manly men. For some reason nobody believes that mine is a year newer than his.
    I really appreciate that he took the time to finish this ride with me. That's my big brother.
  18. #1Farkle

    #1Farkle n00b

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    Hi to all!
    Been home almost a week and just got on! Must be an exclusive group. Honestly though what wonderful people you all are. I know you want to hear all the bike and trip stuff, and don't get me wrong it was a life changing ride. The biggest thing for me though was the people. I could honestly feel the good wishes from everyone along the way. People I will probably never see again, and still won't forget. I am humbled and deeply grateful to you all. Now on to the real scoop about madeouttaglass........ he's great! Sorry to disappoint but there are few people who could spend as much time together as we do and not kill each other. Not only that but this trip was a ball. I'm not really the one who has the travel bug, but you really have to get out there and experience this stuff at least once. Well he is due home for dinner tonight and I'm making all of his favorites, (Beer and burgers), and the ride will be done. I guess it's fitting that my motto now is 'on to the next adventure' whatever it is (although its hard to top a sidecar!) Love, Julie aka #1Farkle
  19. JCZ

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    Great first post!

    And we can relate....totally. When the wife and I do one of our long distance rides, we're always happy to get home and sleep in our own bed again. A week later we're chomping at the bit trying to decide where the next one will be to. It's definately addicting for some of us. And that's why we all lived through you two, vicariously, through this great ride report!

    So...........where are we going next?:D
  20. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I'm Home!

    Great ride, more later.