Tiffany Ambling through America

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

  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    The odometer read and Thelma's actual mileage are two very different things. Thelma and I have managed to break two cables and trash two speedo clocks (one of them due to the wolves in Labrador). The current clock says about 8,500 miles in reality Thelma has done 193,000 miles:huh
    And she's looking pretty good on it.
  2. manic mechanic

    manic mechanic Been here awhile

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    Not intending to sound like a dirty old man, but you are both looking good!
  3. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    Hi Tiffany
    New to the forum and came across you RR it's great.
    Will look up your other trips for a good read.
    You and Thelma have definately been there done that.

    Ride safe
  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Thanks for the compliment, I think you should know that my sister has a theory...Anyone who mentions being a DOM IS a DOM:huh

    Always good to hear from riders in Australia, I know that Lisa and Simon Thomas are down your way giving talks, they're been on the road about nine years now and they're well worth going to see, and they've been to almost as many places as I have:D
  5. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    The final night at the MOA Rally was upon us, some people had already left- so there were some sad farewells, we'd been riding and camping together for over a week by this point. Although we weren't so upset that we didn't forget to relieve them of them unused beer tokens. Some of the guys kept them handy as we headed down to the biergarten

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    The biergarten was buzzing as usual, I see I've got a comment from one of the organisers above. Our final evening together, Dawn and I were wearing Jeanae's great t-shirts (Ride Like a Girl), so the three of us decided to get on Thelma for a couple of photos.

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    A suggestion was made to try a Charlie's Angels pose

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    What we didn't realise is that from the side, it looked very different, with legs flying everywhere.

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  6. Kev95GS

    Kev95GS goob

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    making me crack up all over again. :rofl :freaky :clap

    Kev
  7. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Glad to see you are having as much fun as usual, on your travels!

    I must say the Charlies angles pose is adorable and I will have to share it with Tamantha. Her Triumph is getting new electronics this weekend, so she can ride again.

    I have secured another slightly used spare tire for Thelma, should your next trip through Central Oregon include a stop at my house for flat repair...:deal This time it is a TKC80 so plenty of knobs for that trip down Fandango canyon!

    Tam and 5-0 say hi, too!
  8. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    It was a great evening, I'm still trying to track down the pictures from the evening before when I was riding around with Steve riding pillion and the lovely Lisa sitting ON the topbox:eek1
  9. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Good to hear from you Justin, I'm not always too sure who is who through their usernames on here. It's nice to know that in deepest Oregon you have got Thelma's future tyre needs in mind!:clap
    And yes, I'm determined to come back and conquer some more of the canyons, there is some gret riding in your part of the world.
  10. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    It's early morning and the view from my tent looked like this

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    Standing in the foreground is the lovely Andre, who had ridden down from Canada solo for the first time, her husband hadn't been able to get the time off work and so she came on her own. To my good fortune, she set up tent next to me and proceeded to supply me with my early morning cup of tea in bed. All I needed to do was wave at her through the window/air vent on my tent and she would bring a cup over.

    It had been a bit of a raucous night, and the evidence was obvious as I looked around

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    One GS Giant hadn't made it back to his tent....

    I was busy, packing my stuff and trying to get it all to fit back into my panniers as well as the stuff I had been given such as my plaque for furthest travelled International Rider. The blue tarp attached to the fence was my attempt at getting soime shade for my camp spot- my Dad would be proud of me, as I checked my compass bearings when I arrived at the camp and chose this spot with the fence to the east so that I could create some shade; by 7.00am each morning it was already hot. I've got to confess, my camp site never looks like the most organised spot in the field and today was no different.

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    One more bike to take a photo of as it was picked up

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  11. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    On the hunt for a souvenir, Thelma and I tried to fit the GS Giants' sign into our luggage, but it wasn't going to happen:D

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    We'd also acquired a mascot...and it's in the right colours

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    Saying goodbye to various friends and some of the great people I'd met, I struck lucky. The guys at Twisted Throttle (one of the GS Giants' sponsors) felt so sorry for me in my European winter :eek1 coat - yep that's right I've been sweating through all this intense heat - hence the multiple bad hair days and me looking not at my best. Anyway, Erik and the guys produced a Macna summer jacket for me, complete with all those vents and mesh that I'd noticed the Yanks in this part of the world have.
    How excited was I:clap:clap and it matched Thelma:clap

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    We were both looking a bit more spruce, me in my jacket, Thelma with her new tyres asI loaded up my panniers, bidding farewell and headed out on my own once more- after eight days with the GS guys, it was a wrench saying goodbye and returning to my solitary ride, I knew I'd miss them all. I'd especially like to thank Ian who organised the GS Giants event (I was joking about nicking the sign, honest Ian!), Tracey the Queen and Score Keeper and all the rest of the women and guys for their friendship and the fun we had. I'd also like to thank the BMW MOA Rally organisers who inviyted me to this great event and to Bill Mayers Saddles for providing me with a vendor's pass.
  12. dirt between my toes

    dirt between my toes Adventurer

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    Enjoying every mile ! Thanks for taking the time to share . Oily side down , shiny side up !
    Be safe :rofl
  13. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Sarah

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    LOL! There's a very good reason why us Yanks wear so much mesh, it gets danged HOT out here!! I'd say my best riding purchase was my all-mesh summer jacket for the central California summers, without that I'd have given up the sweat-fest long ago!! :deal

    Look forward to hearing about the rest, loving your reports as always. :freaky
  14. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    looking good in the jacket and a BIG kudos to the Twisted Throttle guys!
  15. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hi Sarah
    I think we don't really know the meaning of summer in England, recently the newspapers claimed London would be "basking as temperatures soared to 78 degrees":D

    Barely warm would be the opinion of many Americans I'm sure. Also I'm a bit cold-blooded and it takes a lot for me to feel too warm.
  16. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    A big thank you to Stepehn AKA Rocky Dog for
    a) Tracking me down at the MOA - it's a bloody big event
    b) Listening to one of my talks AND restarining himself from heckling
    c) Letting me use some of his great photos from the event

    Thanks Stepehen, I owe you for all that:clap

    I was back on the road looking at the farms I was passing, which all seemed to be in contention for the Most American Farmhouse in the Mid-West competition.

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    And loving signs as simple as this

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    Yield:eek1??? That's not something you do with a vehicle, it's a wrestling term, or something that kinights used to demand in days of yore.
  17. Ridingman1

    Ridingman1 Adventurer

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    Have you considered registering to be of the 5 people in the world to get to ride one of the 2013 R1200gs?
  18. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hey Ridingman
    I hadn't been awre of that. Do you really think they might let me have one?
    Did you see what I did to the 1200 GS that I rode last year to Tibet?
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  19. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Despite my best efforts I'd been just about the last rider to leave our camping area- I must remember not to chat so much, this meant I didn't get too far on my day's riding...I'd been expecting to camp somewhere in Tennessee but my map is small and I somehow managed tobe in a different state, though on the plus side I did get an unexpected view of that archway thing in St Louis which I've heard about on the telly.
    I ended up in and stumbled across a great camping spot, which I have to admit I accessed via a small footpath which was a squeeze for Thelma, but when I saw the view from my tent in the morning, it was worth it

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    I'm sure a real camp site would probably charge a fair amount of money for this type of location. Further round it became even more picturesque

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    Much as I enjoy camping, I was looking forward to a couple nights in a real bed having spent the past 14 nights in my tent. Humidity was rising as I went southwards and arrived at Fabrizio and Geoffrey's house in Atlanta, that bastion of southerness. The combination of a warm latin american welcome combined with legendary southern hospitality welcome was fantastic, some wine, great conversation and a comfortable bed awaited me. I also had a go on Fabrizio's BMW bike...

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    It looks a bit like Thelma without her seat :D and was a lot of fun to ride.

    I stayed in Atlanta for a couple of days, my hosts were amused by my version of a GPS

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    Yep folks, that's right good old pen and paper (and a nice view of one of the dents in Thelma's fuel tank!) A close up of the pages, and apologies to those of you wincing at my liberal use of sellotape on the petrol tank, but a few adhesive marks are nothing compared to the the battle scars that Thelma has.

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  20. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hope you were in atlanta while I was in europe. Would have loved to say hello.