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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    Hey Dave, You'll love the riding here in the Finger Lakes. We had an extended family stay a week at our vacation rental last year. I helped them plan a few of the day trips that they did on their Harleys. When they left they were planning on their next trip here.
    Yep, Julie is my #1 farkle.
  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    The following picture is NOT approved by #1Farkle. :lol3
    I just bought it and a coffee mug with that image from Moonshinephoto.com.

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  3. stitchergary

    stitchergary Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride report!!! I had to catch up today after suffering a computer failure and getting the replacement hooked up...
    I have to agree with you on the comfort factor. I found the upright riding position and the footpeg placement just right for me
    and I'm also 5'10". On my trip I kind of had a letdown once I got as far east as Wisconsin. Looked just like back home in
    Northern NY.... To me, nothing compared to riding out west. It's sensory overload to be riding down a beautiful road
    on a 70 degree day and have snow peaked mountains off both shoulders. I have to put a new battery in the Ural, but maybe I could venture down your way sometime this summer and we could take a leisurely ride around your area. I just picked up a
    Kawasaki Versys so been playing around with that the last week. A little more acceleration than the Patrol......
    Gary
  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I haven't read all of this yet, but I sure am enjoying it! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. antipode

    antipode Wanderer

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    Thanks to you and Julie for one of the most enjoyable RR I have read in a long time.
    Exactly what a good ride should be, unhurried and with the best company.
    All the best from Oz.
  6. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I'm glad you guys enjoyed riding along. Thank you for your comments.
    Gary, email me a few days before you might find yourself down here. There are a few places I'd recommend like the Glen Curtiss Museum which is about an hour south of here near Watkin's Glen. I know what you mean about the scenery looking like home around the midpoint of the ride. I didn't mind that at all. Sure beats what people tell me about the attractiveness of endless fields of corn further north. Besides. I kind of followed spring all the way home.

    I've changed the oils in the bike but have quite a long 10,000KM scheduled maintenance list in the owner's manual. I need to order a bunch of tires too.
  7. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    Hey Tom,

    After all the worry about weather you had it perfect the whole trip, you are one lucky fella, you should buy a lottery ticket.
    Great RR, thanks for sharing.
  8. Ed Teach

    Ed Teach Been here awhile

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    Just read the 17 pages.
    Awesome trip, mate, and a real joy to read:D
  9. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    After 30 days your SPOT2 locations go into oblivion. I flailed around and got nowhere trying to copy the page before they started to disappear. Many thanks to our daughter's boyfriend Dave who captured them and emailed the map to me.
    Here is a map of our trip. The first two locations are at the airports. Number three is after we landed in Seattle and I picked up the rig. The rest were the ride home.

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  10. Wallybob

    Wallybob History Geek

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    Great ride, great ride report. Thanks.
  11. yzmaico

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    :clap Awesome!!!!! Just read the entire RR after seeing the pic on the Dragon Fest:D

    I was at the Gap on the 28th, coming back from Tellico, would have loved to ask you a million questions, but I was heading back to Flatistan on the 30th.

    Thanks again for the report!
  12. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    Thats not you, of course, just the same bike.... :wink: RIGHT?!
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  13. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    We had that same issue throughout the trip. Everywhere we went we had people stop and say "We saw you guys yesterday while we were driving at .............."
    I had to tell them all that it must have been another couple on a similar bike. :D
  14. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    What is the Dragon Fest? Hope you had a great ride,
    Any questions, just ask away.
  15. yzmaico

    yzmaico Slacker

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    It's the thread in 'The perfect riding line and other myths' here on Advrider there is a nice Killboy pic of you lifting the wheel.

    More of a chew your ear off. I think members would ask for my head if I got started:lol3
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  17. ZaethDekar

    ZaethDekar Been here awhile

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    You may think I am crazy but I am the guy that checked you in at SKamania Lodge, riding to Albany in the fall (If all goes well for school)


    My last day of work at Skamania was April 18th... so I have a summer job I will be doing for two months then going from there. It was awesome talking to you and I am glad to see your trip went well!
  18. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Hey!, Great to see that you posted here. Thanks so much for that rate at the lodge. It was a helluva way to start our time on the road. It gave us a great feeling about the trip and that never stopped.
    I hope you have a little time to spend on your ride across the country. Meeting many fine folks like yourself was the best part of the trip. Riding cross country (especially a loaded Ural) brought people out of the woodwork. I found the best part was answering their questions, then quickly turning it around and asking them their stories. We met a whole bunch of nice and interesting people like yourself. If you can spare 30-60 minutes at the end of the day, I'd recommend you do a ride report also. It really made me review the day and remember details that would have been lost. It also let me connect with more interesting people and keep a connection to others that made the ride that much better for us.
    Let me know if you come for a ride in the Finger Lakes. Julie and I would love to have you over for lunch and hear about your trip.
    Tom
  19. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Finally got all caught up with your RR. Amazing trip and I think that having your wife along for most of it had to be an amazing experience the two of you will never forget. I think my wife would be willing to ride with me if i have something like a ural or just a hack in general. Can we get a review from your wife on the sidecar?

    Later
    John
  20. #1Farkle

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    I guess a few of you would like to hear more from the quieter half of our Ural adventure saga. I guess a little background would help. First off I've only ever been a passenger on any of our bikes, and there have been quite a few. I've been a good sport and put miles on everything from an antique BMW to hanging off the back of dirt bikes, and usually had a great time doing it. Most of our road trips have been on Goldwings, though. The first thing I ever bought my hubbie, then boyfriend was a 1985 Goldwing Limited that someone had crashed. We brought it home in crates and boxes and reassembled it together in our dining room over the course of several months. Well I'm not as young as I use to be, and although we still have a Goldwing that I love, I seem to get a little stiff and uncomfortable after a couple of hours. My suspicion is that trying a Ural was partially curiosity on my husbands part, and part that he thought I would be more comfortable. Turns out I am. I haven't ridden in any other sidecars, but the Ural is very comfortable. It's easy to get in and out of, and you sit up and have support so your back doesn't get tired. Your legs aren't splayed so your hips don't get tired either. Also when you hit a bump it doesn't smack your spine like on the back of a bike. The only thing I could find a problem with was that the engine is right next to your head, and the droning gets old after a while. I wore earplugs and a full face helmet that helped tremendously. It was coincidence that we went down the PC1 so that the view was on my side, and so were almost all of the attractions we went to, but obviously you only see out one side well. You can see out the other side but not well.(Particularly when you have it packed as high as we did). When it got cold I nestled in a sleeping bag and still had tons of leg room. Mind you I am only 5'3", though. All in all it was a wonderful way to travel, and we were blessed with great weather almost the whole way. We have had Goldwing trips in steady rain and 50 and that is not fun. I can see having lots more fun riding next to Tom on the Ural for a good long time. However you choose to travel, though, it's making the memories together that's the important part. Hope I answered some questions some had. If I can help any more please let me know, and again thanks to everyone for being sooo kind.