Tiffany Ambling through America

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

  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hey Ryan
    thanks for the great time with you, Robin and the animals (again!)- feel free to post the pics and whatever, it gives me a reminder to get my RR up to date.
    talking of which, I will get on with an update now...
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  2. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    Hi Tiffany - we're looking forward to you riding to the Adventure Summit at Miller Motorsports in Utah over Memorial Day weekend.

    Also, just to be sure you know, there's a pre-party ahead of the BMW MOA Rally. It's in Arkansas, July 15-17, The GS Giant's Adventure Summit will feature some great riding, eating/drinking and camping and we hope you can make it there.

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  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    The road out of Albuquerque took me along Route 66 part of the way, with signs such as this to ensure I was singing along all the way

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    I know people say the Interstates are boring, but you guys have some very amusing roadside signs. I don't want to risk offending anyone by quoting some of them.
    From miles away I could see this cross by the side of the road, it was huge

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    Having looked at my map and having learnt from past experience, Texas is BIG, I just cut through the top bit and ended up camping near the Oklahoma border ...which takes us back to the starting page of this RR where I showed the pitiful state of my tent after the pole broke.
    I also had these to contend with

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    lots of them scuttling around outside my tent - a little reminder to always close the zip properly.

    The day did improve though. At one of the rest areas I was fascinated to discover a tornado-proof room to shelter in - handily placed between the ladies and the gents' loos.
    I couldn't resist taking a look, it looked like quite an ordinary room to me, with bemches around the wall to sit on and some most informative charts on the wall showing typical cloud formations of tornadoes. I studied these carefully as I don't have much experience of this type of weather.

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    I took photos as well, ready for easy reference in case I do run into any dodgy looking clouds.

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  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    It seems like there's a lot going on. I've just found some info about adventure routes to reach the Adventure Summit in Utah, I'll be riding up from Flagstaff, however I don't have a GPS so I'll be riding a bit blind in that respect:norton. It looks like there is some beautiful country along the way. Anyone else going to this event?
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  5. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    I wasn't in Oklahome for long- apologies to those who are fans of the State, but I had a destination to reach. Into Kansas and can you believe it almost immediately a big black cloud appeared. I'll admit I'm not hugely knowledgeable about the States, but even I know that Kansas is famous for its tornadoes, my cultural reference point being The Wizard of Oz. I didn't like the look of this cloud looming ahead of me on the highway

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    I have to admit that in the picture it doesn't look so bad, believe me it looked worse in real life. I stopped and compared it with the pictures from the tornado shelter, decided on a scale of 1 to 10 that it was possibly a 2 and just kept riding hoping for the best.

    The cloud gradually disappeared off to the east. I stoppped for a break and after a phone call to VMW in Seattle, decided to do take some action about Thelma's lack of revs and pulling power.
    In the carpark of Dairy Queen I got out my tools and spare parts and proceeded to take apart the carburretor. I changed the diaphragm on it

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    This was me just finishing, the beauty of having a twin-engined bike, from my point of view as someone to whom mechanics does not come easily is that I always have the other side to refer to when I'm putting things back together again, making sure that everything goes back in its correct place.
    The change of diaphragm didn't make much difference, Thelma will have to wait until Chicago to have it looked into properly.
    Lots of people stopped by as I was working to say hello and ask where the bike is from as it has a huge yellow British registration plate.

    I'd lost a bit of time, and as I passed Wichita (singing Seven Nation Army in my head) I realised I had better find a place to camp. I got a perfect spot in a field not too far from the highway, it was hilly so I was out of sight from the road, although it had been a bit dicy to ride Thelma through the long grass hiding the rocks on the slope.

    I took a look at the broken tent pole, removed the offending section then re-threaded the shock cord and with some blue electrical tape managed to do a temporary repair to get the tent up.

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    Still not great but looking a lot better than last night.

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  6. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    And, with any luck, you won't :wink:
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  7. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    Great ice-breaker for starting conversations. My Virginia tagged bike gets a lot of attention in Europe.

    So far, only the good kind :D
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  8. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    It's great, having tracked your progress, knowing why you stopped where.

    I didn't even think about it while you were here to see if one of the poles from one of my 2 extra tents would have worked or even hit up Scheels to see if they happened to have a replacement that would work.

    BTW, now it seems like every time a motorcycle rides by that sounds similar to Thelma, Jed will run around the living room and let out these sad little whimper/barks thinking his buddy is back.

    I uploaded the pics I took from downtown Des Moines on Saturday night last night and will get them posted up as soon as I can.
    I feel bad for dragging you out so late...you kept dozing off in the car on the way back home. :freaky
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  9. lukeman

    lukeman Cool Hand

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    Hey Tiffany,

    Glad to see you are cruising around the good old US of A again. Are there any states you have never been to?

    Cheers!
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  10. Phone Guy

    Phone Guy Oddometer: 22,626

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    Tiffany, I looking forward to meeting you at Tynda. There are some great roads to ride in that area. Last year Crater Lake was closed due to snow but I don't think that will be an issue this year. I ride an RT so I'll be taking the paved roads but it's all good. I live near Redding California and if you make it down this way we have some world famous roads to ride.

    Mike
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  11. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Iowa was beckoning with some ADV hospitality courtesy of ZLTFUL (Ryan), his wife Robin and their collection of pets, Jed, the wire-haired terrier was a mad bundle of energy and extremely friendly. The cats were a bit more reserved until I tried getting to sleep on the sofa that night and they weren't impressed.
    R&R kindly took me on a tour around the Bridges of Madison County, just down the road from where they live.

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    This was Cedar Bridge, the grafitti was a bit off-putting, but they are really great historic bridges.
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    The next morning it was time to get back on the road, Ryan led me through town on his Ducati and then said goodbye,

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    just minutes later I heard a siren and was pulled over by someone from teh Polk Cunty Sherrif''s Department. Although I have got insurance for the US I hadn't actually had a chance to print it out. I think it may be considered a bit naughty to not have it with you or in the vehicle (unlike the UK). The bloke was not very friendly at all, he had decided that because I had a funny looking number plate, I must be a dodgy person. He demanded all my documents, "oh no" I thought, "this is me getting done for it" and so took diversionary action, launching into a long monolgoue about where my motorbike is from and all the countries I've been to on it. I talked non-stop until, in the end he got so bored of hearing me speak (or else just thought I was a nutter) and told me to go.

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    He obligingly posed for a picture before I took off.
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  12. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hi Luke
    Good to hear from you, I'm not sure how many States I've been to, someone had to break the news to me the other day that Omaha is not a state, when I was trying to name the places I'd been to, so I don't think I could confidently say where I've been. I think I've been to quite a few, but that hasn't been deliberately so, just a bit zig-zagging in my routes.:D due to liking the names of places or their connections with films and books.
    Are you out on the road this summer?
    ride safe
    Tiffany
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  13. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hi Tiff,

    Happy that the policeman let you go the other day/sure he has never met anyone like you on your motorbike. Had a pleasant ride thru bits of France and Switzerland. Now enjoying being with my daughter for a few days. Glad your enjoying your time in the colonies.:D
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  14. SlowernOlder

    SlowernOlder Adventurer

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    "The bloke was not very friendly at all, he had decided that because I had a funny looking number plate, I must be a dodgy person. He demanded all my documents, "oh no" I thought, "this is me getting done for it" and so took diversionary action, launching into a long monolgoue about where my motorbike is from and all the countries I've been to on it. I talked non-stop until, in the end he got so bored of hearing me speak (or else just thought I was a nutter) and told me to go.He obligingly posed for a picture before I took off."

    He was just looking for a date....:rofl

    I guess he decided that the nutter from the other side of the pond wasn't worth it....:lol3
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  15. lukeman

    lukeman Cool Hand

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    Yeah I know what you mean, I base my knowledge of the England in a similar method. Film, pop culture, big news.

    I'm not sure how many big rides I'll be able to go on this year. Getting married and buying a house in the next 30 days. Trying to talk the future misses into renting some 125s in southeast asia for a honeymoon but she hasn't seemed too enthusiastic. :waysad
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  16. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Hi Mike
    I definitely want to get up to Crater Lake, I've seen other people's photos of it and it looks amazing. I'll see you there.
    ride safe
    Tiffany
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  17. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    I think with his chat up line... " I need to see your registration, licence and insurance" he is not going to get far with anyone:D
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  18. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Seems that a lot of cops in New Mexico think that line is a direct route to your heart. All they ever pull over is women.
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  19. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Just got in to the Windy City...

    and there are a lot of BMWs
    and a very warm welcome from BMW Motorcycles of Countryside, Illinois who were hosting me for the next couple of days

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    Thelma soon takes her place with the other Beemers

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    and enjoys the company.

    meanwhile I am meeting customers and talking about my travels (yes I'm the one who looks like a dwarf as I was showing them the map on my topbox with my various routes around the world)

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  20. JasonLester

    JasonLester Riding north

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    Anyone that has riden that much in that many places has my respect....and my subscription to thier RR.

    Looking forward to updates. :D
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