Tiffany Ambling through America

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Tiffany, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    that is possibly one of the nicest things that has been said about me (I'm easily pleased!)

    and you're not even a Beemer rider are you?!
  2. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    No, I ride a Triumph. Love it and have the Union Jack on my riding jacket which causes the Harley guys to sneer. But most of them are alright.
    I started following your Tibet thread some time ago and have been quite impressed at your adventurous spirit. Mid-Ohio Vintage Days next weekend if you are still in the colonies. It's quite a big gathering.
  3. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hi Tiff,

    Keeping track but always on the wrong coast. In norcal for 10 days now. Glad your having a wonderful time and everyone is taking good care of you. Your doing what most of us don't even dream about. Ride save and keep helping the rest of us see the world thru your eyes.
  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Heading across Oregon, aware that there will now potentially be bears when I'm camping so remembering to take the tyre levers into my tent at night.
    But no-one had mentioned the wolves...

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    Closer inspection, showed that she's actually the family pet and very friendly

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    She belongs to Harold at Giant Loop and he and his family were my hosts for the weekend, although I think it would be more accurate to say that I hijacked their family weekend!

    First of all as I arrived into Bend on the Friday evening, there was an ominous wobble, I pulled over to find that I had a flat- yep - same tyre again. I knew I wasn't far from the Giant Loop HQ so I rang Harold and he popped out with Justin to give a hand.

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    They brought a compressor with them, but it only had an electrical socket type thing on it for the power. And as we all know, Thelma's power outlet died completely about 12 years ago in Mozambique.
    However Justin had the bright idea of using my jump leads on the plug bit to get the power from my battery (is this making sense?) see picture below

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    As we were so close, we inflated and I rode carefully, nursing Thelma along to Giant Loop HQ..

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    We got the wheel and tyre off and found that the inner tube had a hole where it had rubbed against the plug repair- despite the guys who had put the tube in just 10 days ago assuring me that would not happen! Sometimes I wonder why I believe a single word that blokes say.

    Anyway, having identified the problem, more pressing things were at hand...it's Friday evening, the weekend is starting, so we retired to the local pub to discuss my options.
  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Sorry about the flat and sorry about the hollow words of assurance on the pulg fix, that later seems to be pretty regular here in the US these days, most anywhere you go the customer service is really poor and they'll tell you whatever you want to hear...:norton But hope you had a good weekend, enjoying the report!
  6. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hi DC Rider
    I guess you're right, I didn't even get the satisfaction of going back to those guys and demanding my money back as I was a thousand miles away..:deal

    Live and learn
  7. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Early (ish) the next morning, we're heading out with Thelma's wheel. I didn't really have the money to get a new one- especially as this one had only been on six weeks, however, Justin had unearthed one that was buried in his pile of old but useable tyres in his backyard so we went to his place.

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    Harold gave a hand as well, I think my role at this point was providing the moral support

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    Justin's parrot Five Oh, came out to inspect the work

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    OK, I hadn't had a chance to brush my hair very well that morning, but I didn't think it was THAT bad, Five Oh had other ideas and whilst Justin was finishing off, the parrot was crawling around in my hair and quite happily making a nest in there- look closely below and you'll see him.

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    New tyre on and we were off- HUGE thanks to Justin for his help and for the tyre.

    Harold and I were going riding, he led the way on his F800GS

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    we swapped bikes for a while

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    I think I got the better end of the deal, although it was a stretch to reach the ground

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    Oregon is a beautiful part of the world to ride in

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    We went through Fandango Canyon, heading south to Summer Lake. Eventually getting there quite late in the day..in fact it was dark and I couldn't see much. But we did manage to find Harold's family who had arrived earlier and set up camp, they had a fire going and dinner ready. We were at the hot springs at Summer Lake, and the air temperature was somewhat on the chilly side, my feet were cold so I headed to the bath house, luckily the kids had warned me about the sign they had seen above the hot pool- "Clothing Optional After 9pm"
    The sight of a couple of naked middle-aged guys didn't deter me as I advanced in full bike gear to the edge of the pool, removed my bike boots and socks and warmed my feet in the water.

    The next morning, in the beautiful sunshine we had a soak in the outdoor pool- I like the ones that are natural like this

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    Harold doing his best Jack Nicholson impression:D
  8. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"... now potentially be bears when I'm camping so remembering to take the tyre levers into my tent at night."

    Bears can't use tire levers. They are perfectly safe outside. :D
  9. M1tch

    M1tch Been here awhile

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    :rofl so funny.. a bear with tyre levers :rofl
  10. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    So, how many miles does Thelma have on her now?

    If you are ever in Southern California, look me up... I'll take you knicker shopping at Victoria's Secret. That way your knees will always stay warm! :evil
  11. PaulG

    PaulG UKGSer

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    Just read all 17 pages....

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    BHT
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  12. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    I like that one- even though you guys don't spell tyre properly...
  13. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    So, another "busy" day at the office then Paul?:lol3
  14. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Thelma has 194,000 miles on her- and most of those have been bloody hard miles.

    I'm not going to engage in an underwear discussion, suffice to say that Vic's Secrets would not run to the extra large, ultra decent cover the legs type stuff that I specialise in.
  15. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    A final dip in the hot springs- this time trying out the indoor pool, and ensuring it was a clothing compulsory time slot:D

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    then out on the road again, through northern Oregon and into south eastern Washington where I lucked out big time with my camp spot - tucked away so no-one knew I was there, green grass and not one...

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    ...but two snow-topped mountains to gaze at and admire

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    as I sat outside my tent drinking my morning cup of tea

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    One of those blissful moments when life is so good and it's great to be on the road (and no mountain lions or bears in the night either).
    Time to take photos of flowers

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    and, once I hit the tarmac again, appreciate the humour (for me anyway) of the credit, debit or tribal option on the petrol pump

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  16. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    I arrived in the land of Mounties and Bears to a more mundane pastime

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    helping friends to mow their lawn

    Thelma also needed a bit of attention, some of the dirt trails in Oregon had snapped part of the pannier rack- still using the old one at this point in case you're wondering...."Didn't she get a new one??"
    My friend Grant accompanied me to the nearest welding lace and did that Blokey thing of going in through the back door and approach the nearest welder who for a few bucks set to work

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    Possiblythe most high-tech welder that Thelma has ever seen.

    Back to work Coates with more lawns to mow....:D

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    And then some time to socialise, I went to the Horizons Unlimited meeting where I met up with Miquel Silvestre

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    a Spanish bike rider who is going around the world, he had just shipped his bike into Vancuver from the Philippines.

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    He's on a mission to follow in the footsteps of the more obscure Spanish Explorers who ventured overseas in centuries past.
    He has made several short films whilst on the road which are on YouTube and are worth watching, he's also a very entertaining speaker, here's his website

    http://www.miquelsilvestre.com/

    and then I spotted the strangest Mounties I have ever seen:eek1

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    More about those later, though I might pop over to Jamie Z's RR and hijack it with a picture as well as he's just crossed into Canada.
  17. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    we found them a few days ago when we were riding through Colorado. I was in awe......at how they got there, how big they are, how odd it is that these massive dunes are at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. People looked like tiny ants crawling around on the dunes as they struggled to the top to go sandsledding down, while others were sunbathing at the bottom. Kids had buckets and shovels, anxious to dig in the sand. I stood staring with my jaw dropped, as my brain was trying to comprehend and understand what my eyes were seeing :huh Simply amazing.
  18. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    The offer was on the up and up. There was no hidden agenda in that offer. That being said, pm me if there is anything I can donate to your endevours. I applaud your trek and would like to assist if needed.

    I just completed my first long tour of only 4570 miles. It was harder than I expected and I was not camping along the way.
  19. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hi Vixen
    Those dunes do sound great, definitely something to visit when I make it back over to this side of the pond. Some other big travels to do first.:D
    Safe riding
  20. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I've fallen a bit behind your travels. I'll have to catch up.

    But I'm laying here right now in Peter and Donnaleen's guest room and there's a photo here from about 30 years ago, I'd guess. It's a Christmas card from the Coates. I'll have to be sure to grab a snapshot of it before I leave. Some of your fans might like to see it, too. :p

    Jamie