Toad On The Road

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MoToad, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Left Myrtle Beach and continued on down 17 slightly away from the sea shore. BG was showing her new self being the perfect 55 mph cruiser. Perfect cruising weather at a steady 78 degrees. Checking that old too much heat from the big v twin problem I was now finding it at a minimum. for that alone it was worth the flash.
    The first little bit of seashore I came to was out of North Charleston called Isle of thee palms. Hadn't really seen any food stops and it was getting past noon. Just at the south end of this little bit of shoreline there was a few hundred yards of great eateries. I sat down at one and joined a couple of locals named Robin and William for a great conversation on all things from my trip to their movement from the north to this great area. Hearing that probably my deepest most destination south was Key West, they urged me on and gave me good advice on where to go on the way down. Matter of fact I am getting that a lot now. Seems the Keys is a special place. Thanks again, folks.
    After lunch I really felt the need to lay down some miles so 17 it was to 95 where I was able to set the Big Gal into high speed cruise mode. Without the least bit of complaint she sang all the way to Savannah. Never saw any camping along the way so I grabbed a fairly cheap motel for the night.
    Next day and more interstate to just north of Jacksonville where I was able to join 1A on the coast. My eye caught a skywriter or writers doing this
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    Really couldn't discern weather it was one guy towing some sort of gizmo or several.
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    Cool tho. I like anything up in the air.
    Some scenic beach here.
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    And then the ferry crossing.
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    With this Pelican after the guys' fish
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    Caught some sort of an airshow going on across the river which turned out to be a very signifigant event at Jacksonville Beach
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    A short ride to the beach and I joined the crowds to watch for a bit.
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    An awesone display was put on by this guy.
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    And it had me remembering the debaucle our government had got itself into trying to buy F35s for,like, a gizillion dollars when, perhaps these would be available for a lot less? Or even the Superhornet. I mean, really!
    He even did a flyby with his little WW2 buddy.
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    I carried on down the coast to find out I was getting 'dangerously close' to Daytona and the last day of bike week.
    Stopping at several camping spots along the way I was a wee bit surprised to find the fees were running at $40. I guess after paying $37 outside of Yellowstone, the highest I had ever paid, I made a promise, never again.
    So, for $15 more I stopped at the Azure in Flagler Beach.
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    Now this place was clean and lent itself to real charm.
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    And, the beach? Well, just the best ever.
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    This was Sunday and there were still a lot of bikers heading north.
    Monday morning I headed down to Daytona and took in some of the backroad good life.
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    Went to Harley, Guzzi and even BMW looking for a plug for my Nuvi so I could hardwire it in as the cigarette plugin is useless and just vibrates out in a few miles.
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    Seems nobody carries anything like that.
    Anyhoo, down to the beach.
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    The designated quick tour and the almost deserted streets
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    And I'm outta there .
    Destination Cape Canaveral. What happened to Kennedy? Wasn't it Kennedy for a while?
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    One more try.
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    That's it. The place that has left me awe inspired since I don't know when. Think it was about '73 when I was visiting friends in Kissimmee that there was a launch one night that I watched. And even tho I was that far away I still watched it go up like a big Bic lighter.
    So today it's off to see the Warbird Museum and The Kennedy Space center. (Or is it Canaveral?):evil
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  2. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    It was just a short hop up the road to the war museum. Three hangers full of completed, half finished and barely started aircraft.
    This big 'cat' makes the Stang look small.
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    Maybe, because it is. 3/4 size fully flyable replica. Gotta love it. This one is a V12 but they come with Chevy V8s too.
    The classic Migs were there too.
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    WWs one and two
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    C47 from A Bridge Too Far.
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    This was ultra cool.
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    And pulling out a flyable.
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    Then it was on to the Kennedy Space enter.
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    These were the only pics because.....
    Paid the $10 parking. Walked to the gate to find admission fees starting at $50. Then the addons. Wasn't gonna happen for me so I left:kboom
    With that storm brewing south, some nasty winds (and great surf) was already happening.
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    Sky was really darkening in my direction but it seemed to fizzle by dark.
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    Woke up to a bit of rain but now it's totally gone. Miami's forcast is rain and that's where I'll be in a few hours.
    The dilemma for me is now the heat. Even tho my Oly riding gear has a vented mesh outer shell, it's still hot. I road yesterday with just the pants and a t shirt but even with sun block I seem to have burned my arms pretty good. If I do get into rain, I will wear the jacket and, even tho this is not the rain gear part I figure this warm rain is not going to do anthing but cool me down.
    And I thought Hurricane season was supposed to be over? Just what I need. Not much protection out there on the Keys.:eek1
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  3. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Sandy! I can't hate her. I've had friends named Sandy and I never hated them. It's just that... well, it's like old Thor, who I outran last summer, with his weird monster northern storms and thunderbolts, is letting me know he hasn't forgotten me thumbing my nose at him (I didn't really, honest) and had a little chat with Sandy and lo and behold, here I am in the shyte again. At least this time it's a warm bath. :rofl
    It was picking up on the coast.
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    And providing some spectacular cloud patterns.
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    A1A was providing some great neighbourhoods.
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    The end of the day had me leave the coastal route at Ft. Lauderdale and find the Comfort Inn out on I-95.
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    Price was right but I had a roommate.:huh
    Sandy was closing and things were picking up. By the next morning the rain had set in and I decided to reroute myself as far inland as I could get to hopefully stay out of the worst of it. Looking at the animated doppler weather maps showed me a hole in the clouds encroaching about 11 am that day so that was my checkout time. It worked well and I got about 3/4 of the way past Miami on 27 and 997 before a giant looming thunderhead seemed to be getting closer. Pulled off for lunch hoping it would work its way away west thru my lunchbreak.
    It did and I made a run for it. Right into the next giant looming thunderhead. With this one I could actually see the wall coming right at me. Accompanied by whom, you might ask. Old T-bolt throwin Thor himself. It might have well been a waterfall I was riding into because the similarities were uncanny. Immediately soaked right thru, (figured I might as well just wear the Oly protective outerwear because well frankly it was like a warm shower) I was also being hit with nasty wind. Nasty! Had just come thru an overpass so I made a hasty u turn and buzzed under it. Pulling over I could feel the blast at my back. In a second it increased to a howl and I was bombarded with palm fronds. Two other cars made hasty stops under there and all of a sudden it was hitting me full force in the face. Brakes locked and feet planted I waited for a couple of minutes and it lightened.
    I wont say it was a twister but to be hit from the back and then from the front, well, something was whippin around. :D
    And it did back off in the next five minutes or so to let me head on down the highway.
    I managed to avoid the wet all the way to Key Largo where I booked into the Key Largo Inn to wait out two days worth. Reviews had this place pegged as old but clean and that was just fine with me. Good people, right price. And no La Cookaratchas!
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    The wind and rain carried on thru those two days.
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    And todays checkout had a blue sky but bedammed if it still wasn't blowin. Kind of a wobbly ride as I hit the firt of the bridges and stopped for a few pics of the first real key scenery.
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    Someone said wind gusts were anywhere from 30 to 40 but all I know was that I was getting knocked about pretty well. Not that BG couldnt handle it but with me sitting up there with all that gear I guess I was just screaming 'Blow me down!" I began dreading the 7 mile bridge crossing and when I saw it coming up I decided to check it out.
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    Got chatting with Brad who had a table set up with literature with a petition to save the original seven mile bridge.
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    Now Brad informed me that right now. I mean right now! Was the Key West Fantasy Fest weekend and I prolly didn't have a hope in Hell of getting a tent sight or a motel room for under 2 or 300 bucks. Seems I had stumbled into it again.:doh Add to that that tomorrow it was over and tomorrow the winds were supposed to drop off and I had convinced myself that biting the bullet and grabbing something in Marathon would be the correct course of action. And, it just so happens that he knew a nice lady who ran the Sea Dell Motel and, altho over budget it would prolly be better than most. And so it is. I will enjoy the local sights here for one day and have booked a campsight at Bahia Honda State Park starting tomorrow. And, like the postman, neither wind nor rain nor wind nor rain will stop me from tackling this baby in the morning!
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  4. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Looking forward to your next instalment ...


    Sent - yup.
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  5. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Well Bubbs, I'm outta the Keys, I do have a story to tell (with pics), but between Big Gal bein ornary (about leavin there, I think) and no campside wifi, it's takin a bit. Even got to a Ramada and their wifi was down.:lol3 Should hve it soon tho.:D
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  6. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    What a great campground! Spent four days there but unfortunately, there was no room after that. The Keys in general are a very busy destination and I was lucky to get what I could. Plus Bahia provided me with that much needed shade and when I asked for a shaded site, was given prolly the best one on that row with a complete canopy of shade.
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    The truck in this pick was volunteers who needed a place to park their truck and seeing I had lots of room, why not?
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    And if your wondering where all the Hippies went? I think they became vollies down here.:D
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    Before I set up at Bahia, I carried on thru to Key West, possibly another 40 miles west. I guess I still had a picture in my mind’s eye of something a little more quaint. But my thoughts of KW are from a good forty years ago and by the looks of it, it has changed a bit. Still very pretty in spots but just waaay too busy for me.
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    The wind was still blowing for the first two days and, unfortunately, the water vis was cloudy. But on the 3rd and 4th days things got clear again and I was able to see some sea critters. Got a quick shot of a Manatee
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    in the flotsam clogged harbor and missed shots of a huge Tarpon jumping and a Ray swimming by. My local pets at the campsight seemed to be three Ibises that just sat on the railing and didn’t seem interested in my crackers,
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    and small lizards (Geckos?).
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    We see the Turkey Vultures up in Canada in the summer but I have never seem this.
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    Locals said there are usually Iguanas in the trees but maybe the wind was keeping them elsewhere. Or maybe they killed them all. They told there is a small war on for this invasive species because Bahia Honda is home to the nearly extinct (I think I heard them say) Miami butterfly, which is a very tiny little guy who likes to lay his eggs on one type of plant only and, you guessed it, the Iguanas are eating all these plants. I had actually not seen these cute n cuddly reptiles yet and my new neighbours (from Vancouver, if you can believe it) said they had seen them back across 7 Mile Bridge where my recent friend Brad had his Save the Old Bridge info center set up. So I took a ride back to Marathon and there they were.
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    Picked up this Rum as a novelty really. And to share with new neighbors.
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    They say people go there for the sunsets and I certainly took my fill of em in pictures. But they were spectacular. So, I present to you a shyteload.
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    And sunrises:norton
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    And maybe even one great cloud pic.
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    I was really getting into the good weather and the calm seas but four days was all I could get at that campsite or any other state site. All booked. Too bad.
    Then there's the elections. Ya gotta wonder if they are taking their elections seriously around here.
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    So I ventured across the Seven Mile bridge again and checked out a private one. There were plenty of openings but not a lot of shade. Decided to go for it and was originally gonna book another four days but when I rode into the place Big Gal threw a tantrum. More like a big WAAAAAAA. Right then the gasket in the crossover pipe blew out and the trip was put on hold.
    So, what was I gonna do? A good hundred miles from the Miami Guzzi dealer with a sick bike. Again! There was a bike shop a quarter mile up the road so I dropped in. And, again no help for the Guzzi owner. They dealt with mainly Harleys which do not use gaskets between their pipes. Rode on down to the local auto parts dealer to see if they had any gaskets or wrap material and came up emptyhanded. The only thing close was a tube of Permatex Copper which had a 700 degree F rating. Worth a try altho, again, the pic on the box showed a valve cover gasket.
    Took off the header to find it missing one small lockwasher on one side. The gasket at the y pipe had a big chunk blown out of it. I used the goop liberally, reassembled and let it sit overnight. It held at idle and I had decided it was time to get out of the Keys as BG was again not running all that well. Just at the 2 to 3000 range making me think that sync and tps was out again. Rode to Key Largo and stopped for a critical decision. I had wanted to avoid Miami like the plague but now with the quick fix having failed as I thought it would, I called Unique Superbikes who I had had previous discussions with about valve cover gaskets, and told them my situation. After an amount of back and forth it was discovered that they could get the exhaust gaskets overnighted from New York. Then they called me back a few minutes later to say that (of course) with all the power down, so were the New York Computers. But they urged me to come ahead because they had muffler wrap and were sure they could help me.
    So, on I went into the building traffic and a Friday afternoon Miami rush hour traffic. It was only the last three or four miles that got real nasty but after a half hour I was thru it and on the doorstep (literally) of Unique Superbikes. These guys were crammed into a small side street right down by the harbor with their bikes parked on the sidewalk. And talk about exotics!
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    But he knew his stuff, worked his heart out and repacked the pipes with wrap. I would have loved to had them do the valve cover gaskets, valves, sync and TPS but, unfortunately I was literally running out of time. At six thirty I headed out into the still heavy traffic after picking up the valve cover gaskets and paying a $39 bill. The pipe work was warranty.
    Got twenty miles to the west, saw a Ramada and grabbed it and the next morning was running to the west coast. The cruise and higher speed travelling was great but as the day progressed I could feel the bike running like poo and 2 to 3 and idle. It was almost stalling at idle. Really didn't feel like snapping pics and there wasn't a lot to snap anyway cept for these big burns going on south of Lake Okeechobee.
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    Another motel and another morning had me doing my valves, replacing the gaskets and test riding to find marked improvement but still with that sync problem. Rode on to Tampa Bay thru Sunday hoping for a camp site but, hey, what was I thinking? This coast, as most of Southern Florida has so far been more like one gigantic city than anything else.
    Across the bridge to St. Petes
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    I am now resolved to visit Guzzi in Tallahassee but I will be finding out this morning weather they are open on Monday.
    Anybody want to buy a bike? :1drink:1drink:1drink:1drink
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  7. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Not really. The Stelvio is your vision after all.

    But do you expect me to just hang whilst you take up fencing in tallahassee ... ?? Or are you writing a travelogue worth reading?

    So ... next instalment please ?
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  8. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Ah! My only fan (critic?) speaks. I don't know if I'd call the Stelvio a vision. And worth reading? That would be entirely up to you. It's certainly not an adventure like many of the RRs on here. Just a bit of a travelogue. You can take it or leave it.
    Haven't been doing a lot of travelling since the last report because of two factors. I had originally allotted myself a certain budget when I left and because of things like unforeseen weather (no will to camp in hurricanes or thunderstorms), exorbitant camping fees and mechanical problems, I have grabbed accommodation for a month to sit out some time in a nice location.
    I had hoped to enjoy camping in the Keys for several weeks but at $43 a day and no everything all booked up, I decided to look elsewhere. PCB is cooler but being a northerner, it really doesn't bother me. $29 a day for a month in a bachelor with wifi, tv, stove, fridge, laundry will help me get back on track.
    So, where were we? Oh ya. Heading north. BG running rougher. Resolved to hit the closest MG dealer. Fasttrixx in Tallahassee.
    The road up the coast was more of the same. Long and straight. Like Columbus looking for any sight of land, I am looking for any sight of land...change. And then there it was.
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    Some hills! Now if I could only find some curves. But, that would be asking too much.
    Made my way to Tallahassee and Fasttrixx.
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    Met the owner/MG tech, Danny.
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    Who turned out to be a one on one type of guy who was and still is determined to to get to the bottom of my troubles.
    He actually found a connector I had installed when I removed the air system, had been lying against the cylinder out of sight, and had disintegrated, allowing air into the TBs. He found the sync still spot on and got an immediate improvement in performance. I had replaced the tee connection with a plastic nipple, joining up the two existing rubber hoses and keeping the TBs connected. What I didn't know and couldn't see was the position of the connection. My bad.Danny also enquired and listened to my rant on deficiencies and warranty issues and went after them. As I had said I wanted to hole up for a while not to far away from there, he suggested we deal with these issues now. Agreed.
    As I was waiting, we had a visit from 'Tennessee', an interesting, interested customer.
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    I don't think she was a serious customer.:evil
    As I rode down to PCB I was aware the bike was performing better but still not perfect.
    Getting to the beach I was surprised to find the incredible beaches and clear blue waters that Kedgi had described.
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    I grabbed my little secluded Paradise about a good four miles from the downtown high rises, in Laguna Beach.
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    I am the only tenant in this little complex of four units and houses on each side are deserted.
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    My only neighbors are Christians. A lotta Christians. Some sort of Christian resort on two sides.
    In the words of Seinfeld, 'Not that there's anything wrong with that.'
    Then there's the beach right across the road.
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    Putting around PCB I was finding BG even trying to stall when I would come up to a stop. I figured it had to be the airleaks in the exhaust so I pulled it all apart and, using the permatex copper, gooped everything double time and tried to make ad hoc gaskets (which weren't there) for the header to cylinder mate. Waiting the whole 24hr curing time, I tried it out to find a not perfect but noticeable improvement. On the second morning I decided to, once again, check the valve lash. I found a small need for improvement but just a little. That done, I rode thruout the day to find my improvements just steadily decreasing. Called Danny back and he asked me to get it back up there and leave it. And so, yesterday, it was back to Tallahassee and back to here on a loner.
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    The Norge was a nice ride but with my arthritic knee and shoulder, a painful one. So, here I sit. In comfort. With Danny bound and determined to get to the bottom of this. I cannot say enough about this guy. He's going the full nine yards for me and I can't give him enough credit.
    Fasttrixx in Tallahassee. Take your Guzzis there. Justice demands it!:1drink
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  9. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Spiked heels, eh? Hoping that your down time will be good times...Keep the pics coming and stay away from the wrenches...:rofl:rofl
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  10. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Two different Panamas, eh Dave? Glad to read Blondie is still truckin along. How many kms on her now?
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  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    If someone else was interested in selling everything and hittin' the road like you are, what should that person figure on spending per day to be comfortable? Camping some and staying in decent lodging sometimes.

    Food fuel and wear and tear on a bike to be included. This has been a great thread to follow, keep on truckin'. (biking)
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  12. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    You know, I was a little concerned when my first couple of month's Visa bills were coming in at $2700 and $2500 respectively. This had me concerned but, truthfully it's been so up and down that it really is hard to keep a handle on. You figure your gonna pay $15 or $20 for campsites and you end up in the Keys paying up to $43. Then you inadvertantly run into the Sturgess crowd and all your $60 motel rooms are gone, it's gettin dark and your forced into the Holiday Inn at $180. :arg
    But I do remember putting that question out to BC Brian when he headed out on his Buell run. He had it worked out pretty good. You might want to peruse that one.:D The thread was A BC Buell Goes South
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  13. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Wow. This deserves an honorable mention. Since taking up residence in PCB, I've had weird clock things happening. I three devices that are either GPS related or should automatically adjust to time zones. First, my computer, that was not jibing with the time on the tv. When I checked into it, it was showing central (Chicago time) and wasn't matching my Iphone time. Now, in all fairness I have to say that it just didn't occur to me that I would be changing time zones so quickly down here in Florida. So, going on the assumption I was still in the east, I started looking into what was wrong with my Iphone. Googling that came up with an anomaly that many people have with it and a supposed fix involving turning the automatic time adjustment off and back on when synced to Itunes. It seemed to have worked but the next day I noticed it was, again, an hour out. So, I set it to Miami time with the auto feature off.
    The other device is my Nuvi. Having to run the bike back to Tallahassee, I had concerns about trip time and beating the dark and, or, any rain back here. It was noon so I figures, a couple hrs there, one hr visit, a couple of hrs back. Ya, I can squeak it in. So, off I go but looking down at the GPS and the bike clock I notice an hour diff between the two. So, how did that get like that? Whatever.
    Then, of course, I'm on the road for an hour and realize I've lost an hour. Long story short, I end up travelling back in the dark in Panama city rush hour with real bad viz trying to look thru a badly scratched up face shield. I made it but the time zone thing finally clicked and the Google thing to find out I am sitting right beside a 'Time Zone Anomaly'. Not sure how this works but it is beyond me why the dividing line does not just drop straight down to the coast. I mean it actually surrounds one small town on three sides just west of Panama City.
    So if I want to get to a shop around here at opening hours, I may just be an hour early if I don't check first. :eek1
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  14. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    The other potential gottcha with the Garmin is that it displays the arrival time in the time zone you will be in when you arrive. I know that got exciting to me one evening out in the middle of F"n nowhere when I ended up with 50 miles to the closest gas station and about 40 miles of fuel. Fortunately at 40mph the mileage was enough that the Honda Shadow made it into town. Put 3.9 gallons into a 3.5 gallon tank.

    One of these days I may actually read the instruction manual for that gizmo, but I doubt that's in there.

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  15. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Nelson BC, fer now.
    I hear ya, JD. My first Garmin was a Zumo 450. Nothing fancy. $200 savings over the 550 with its Blutooth and XM Radio, two items I had no use for. The maps were great and the computer software was adequate. This time I looked around a bit, checked out TomTom and was a little scared away by reviews. I didn't want to throw down 7 or 800 bucks on the higher end versons of Garmin and went for the Nuvi 220. I guess you get what you pay for with the first unit being returned with a cracked case a few weeks into it and a whole replacement debacle taking place. But still, the two or three weeks without it I felt lost.
    But I feel the new Basecamp map system doesn't hold a candle to the old and you get this totally bogus Global map on the Pooter unless you plug in the Nuvi. Then it overlays with the Navigator map. Annoying.
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  16. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Good thing.

    The Norge comes wired from the factory for the TomTom so I purchased one when I got the bike. It was adequate for getting from point A to point B along primary roads. It is not so good for building a route - in fact, it's horrible at that. The unit will only hold 100 way points, iirc, and the TomTom mapping software really sucks. Using a third party piece of software helps but still cannot overcome the TomTom limitations. This last year they ceased selling and supporting motorcycle specific units here in the states. The cradle goes bad at around two years of use. This seems to be a known issues but has gone unaddressed by the company. You can purchase a new cradle from TomTom UK for $100 plus shipping. Replacement parts for the Rider series have never been available from the US distributor - I always had to order from the UK.

    Purchasing a slightly used Zumo 660 was one of the better choices I've made lately.

    jdg
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  17. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    This isn't a ride report per se but I felt it necessary to let my seven readers know wazza happenin. :D
    I took this stopover to 1. try to slow down the overspending a little bit. 2. get the Big Gal straightened out in a location that, altho not close, is what might be called close for MG owners. And 3. to basically hole up till the start of the second half of my journey which will include riding the Gulf Coast as far as Corpus Cristi, heading north as far as Austin (always wanted to attend an Austin City Limits and am damned sad I missed the US Grand Prix), turning west and heading for a stop over for Christmas and New Years at my friend's place in Arizona, continuing on to the San Diego area for maybe another regroup, and then slowly up the coast to see friends in the Carmel Valley and Santa Cruz areas before slowly making my way back to Canada for the end of March.
    I've barely ridden the loaner and content myself with the daily beach walks and swims.( Yes, swims. I've been in a few times. The locals call it cold around here but the water is warmerr than the Great Lakes in the summer time so I don't mind.)
    It's funny how this beautiful sand is colder than the water
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    And still the sunsets abound
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    Basically just me and the birds most of the time
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    Saw a couple of rays scatter from the short when I approached once. And I know the big fellas are out there.
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    Even tho the water is this clear
    [​IMG] I guess both my age and stupidity have dealt me the 'senior moment' blow as I lost my $800 bifocals left on my head when I was wading. Three different strengths of reading glasses just ain't makin it but I have found a cheap glasses place in Panama City with free exam that I will be visiting on Monday.
    The other thing I am trying to get straightened out is my cell data usage. Twice now I have contacted my provider in Canada (Telus) to change plans that would keep me from going deep in pocket to pay for them. Unfortunately I mistook monthly to mean from beginning to end of. And they make you instigate it monthly yourself saying it has to be renewed monthly. Aparrently it ran out on the 27th and I rebooked it on the 30th. Those three day were supposed to have cost me an extra $300+. After a long conversation, they said they are going to 'help me out.' Don't know what that means but I've got to get a handle on this data thing. God! I hate it!:pissed
    The sunsets continue to knock me out
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    and the small crowds that seem to have gathered at places like this around me are certainly no bother at all.
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    One night I tried the Margueritaville place that Kedgi had mentioned and found it way too expensive for my tastes. Another place down there called Dustys, I think. I saw cars at and dropped in Friday night to find I couldn't get in the door. No bother, I'm happy with cooking at home. I guess the Thanksgiving weekend has thrown a bit of a wrench into the works for me as I havent heard from the bike shop in a week now. First it was a matter of me getting hold of customer Care to argue my case for warranty replacement of the rotors and, I guess because of more storms in New York, that took a while. They said they would get back to me the next day and didn't. Then, with thanksgiving on Thursday, I guess Danny's shop shut down to maybe next Tuesday so I am just waiting. Long as I have a new bike (OK, a healthy bike) by the 8th which is when I carry on, I'll be happy.
    Till then, unless something spectacular happens around here, (I did see smoke way down the coast when that F22 crashed but that could have been anything) you prolly won't hear from me much. Just pretend your Kedgi like I do and enjoy that bastard's trip.:rofl
    Seriously, I am totally envious.:1drink.
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  18. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    It might be worth your while to get a local phone while you are in the states. Use it primarily or only for data. You might save a bunch of cash. Also, don't forget that Starbucks and McDonald's, among others, almost always have free WiFi available, as do many public libraries.

    Great trip, and hopefully when you make it to SoCal we can meet up for a bit of a ride or a meal. If we can get hold of one more Guzzi owner, we'll call it a rally :D

    jdg
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  19. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    :rofl U..are..on, JD.:1drink
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  20. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    I can only hope. I am now on my sixth week here because the shop I gave my bike to a good five weeks ago has the forks apart and is still waiting for parts. I suppose it's partially my fault with telling them I was hanging in for a month and go ahead and do all the warranty shit and, with going back and forth with Customer Care just to be finally refused on replacing the warped rotors. But really! Weeks ago I was told the fork parts were coming in and as of last Friday I was told they would be here today. Talk about being held hostage! Haven't even been able to get the bike because the forks are lying apart. As for the exhaust leaks and near stalling problem? Not much feedback on that. Can only hope hat will be fixed. So, I sit and wait for a phone call or text hoping only that this fiasco ends this week. My plans to meet my friend Peter in Arizona for Christmas look like they won't happen and if I do get the bike back, I will prolly have to forgo the coastal route to Corpus Christie just to get to Arizona before the new year. I mean, it's not a bad place to be holed up. And, if I decided to hang for another month my new Crisstian friend Bill
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    says I could get a decent enough efficiency apt at the Christian Retreat next door for $450, which is half of what I am paying here.
    I have been learning tho. There is no way I am riding into any of the thunderstorms we've had lately. Being a northern boy i haven't had the opportunity of observing some of these tropical deluges and am learning to track them with the animated doppler maps on the pooter. The only good thing is they seem to come and go quickly within a few hours but if I got caught in one while riding I would prolly be washed right off the road. Here's a pic of what comes out of the west and a quick vid out of my door.
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    If you click the rain pic, it comes alive.
    The pisser is I have missed my window of opportunity. I am looking way out there at "Draco" (Where the Hell do they get these names?) Looks like it is going to be pushing for the weekend. Right now it is a beautiful sunny day here and will prolly get up to about 75.
    So, I continue to enjoy the wildlife. Everything from wierd snails,
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    monster flocks of Pelicans ( I love these birds as they are not part of our lives up in the PNW)
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    Ospreys (a type of which I had never seen live)
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    Strange bugs
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    And the sunsets are still kicking ass.
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    And as I type Danny has texted me saying as soon as the parts show today he will text me. So, once again, fingers crossed.:twitch