U.S.A. Deep South. Jan-March

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by The_Precious_Juice, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    MC: 2013, completely stock DR650se.
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    20JAN14.
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    I was fortunate to have old man winter spot me a good day for travel. 50 F is not very common at my base camp. On top of that I had a Federal Holiday to dispatch with some of the traffic. I had to make tracks because another clipper was coming out of B.C.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was late getting off, but did so around 1010. This should be my hardest riding day. The objective is to drop latitude. No pics, no sight seeing, no off road excursions, just distance. Typically, I would not ride so long and set up camp so close to night, but I actually had logistical support in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina. The mileage is just over 300 miles, and about 5.5 hours in a cage. But I was taking out the Mighty DR during her first 600 mile break in period, and I wanted to vary the rpms and keep the speed below 60mph. I imagined the time would be about 8 hours. I pushed with about 234 miles of the odometer. Here’s how things went down. <o:p></o:p>
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    Took US. 220 south past of Martinsville, V.A. At the Ridgeway, Eden sign I got on good old 87 south, which is a great number. Great year for movies and music. I found the route a few years back when I used to commute via a cage from J’ville, North Carolina. <o:p></o:p>
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    11:30. I hit the North Carolina boarder. <o:p></o:p>
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    12:45: I rode underneath I40 (west/east) south of Burlington, N.C.<o:p></o:p>
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    I interesting town just north of this is Graham. It has a roundabout, with a nice looking statue. <o:p></o:p>
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    13:25: First stop of the day at Pittsboro, N.C. I put in about $7.87 worth of 87 octane (2.37 Gallons) price, then pushed the bike over to a spot and ate some packed snacks (protein powder/ mixed nuts/ Kashi cookie) and hydrated (water of course). I was feeling o.k. I put in about 3 hours on the DR. The seat is not horrible, but my feet kind were kind of hurting a little. I was keeping the balls of my feet on the pegs. I just have mixed things up more. I checked my riding gear, and I was ok. I checked my chain, and found it to be over 2” of play. I was surprised by that. Being a noob, and needing to make time I did not do anything about it. I decided to go easier on rolling on the throttle, which I’m conservative with anyway. After my rest I pushed on a little after 14:00.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was next trying to get Fayteville, so after taking some routes off the 87 (1 and 501 I think) I got on 24 east. 24 east will actually take you right into J’ville, N.C. I wanted to head east out of F’nam and get on the 421, but I made a mistake in town and got back on the 87. This took me due south. <o:p></o:p>
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    I wanted to check my position, because at one point I crossed under the I-95. I did not want to go too far west. I stopped to get fuel. <o:p></o:p>
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    16:02 I made a rookie mistake and took my helmet off at the pump. So after topping off the tank (1.34 gallons $4.42), I got a sip of water. A cage pulled up behind me, and turned their car off. Opps, So I had to put my helmet back on and push her out of the way. So from here on out, I’ll keep my helmet on, so it will be an easy transition to go push the bike to a resting spot, and getting out of the way. So after checking out my state map, I was good with my location. I’d come in from the southwest of the town of Wilmington. Sadly, my contact lived on the very north side of the town.<o:p></o:p>
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    The next couple of hours were long. I had to peel off after Dublin and take off my shades. I forgot that I had them one, so just like that, I picked up another 30 mins of day light.<o:p></o:p>
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    The stock day time light is piss weak on the DR, but the high beams at night are sufficient. <o:p></o:p>
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    I took the 74/76 into town, and then got on the I-140 loop, and got off at the University of N.C. Wilmington exit, I then turned north on business 17 (Martin Luther King DR or Market street).<o:p></o:p>
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    I pulled into the drive away about almost 19:00, so about 9 hours total. 333 miles. I hope to not do that again for a good spell. <o:p></o:p>

    During the later stages, I would lift myself off the seat just a hair at times to get a reprieve. I was good to go after my rest stops; and when stopping at lights I got a good 15 min refresher. So the seat is not as bad as I thought it would be, or the forums would have you believe. <o:p></o:p>
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    I typically shifted the bike into 4<SUP>th</SUP> gear around 40mph or so. I could go 5<SUP>th</SUP> as early as 50mph. I like the gear ratios. In 45mph zones I can do 5<SUP>th</SUP> gear and speed about 5mph, and in 35mph zones I can do 4<SUP>th</SUP> gear, but speed 5mph to 40mph (if the conditions are right). No one seemed to have a problem with the high beams on the interstate. I guess the high beams are like regular lights for a cager. When I took my shades off, I should have put on some reflector belts to help me out with being spotted, but I wanted to make time. <o:p></o:p>
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    My friends, helped me get my gear off, and I pulled her around the house and put a grey tarp over her. The skies were clear and the wind was nothing. <o:p></o:p>
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    It was a good relief to make it that far. After some warm great food, and conversation I was happy to ge a warm shower and hit the hay around 2335. <o:p></o:p>
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    Tarmac: 333 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Off road: 0 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Total miles: 333 miles.<o:p></o:p>
    Total cost: $12.29<o:p></o:p>
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    Total miles/tour: 333
    Total off road miles/tour: 0 miles
    Total cost/tour: $12.29<o:p></o:p>
    Day count: 1<o:p></o:p>


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  2. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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    That red is hard to read!

    Your report is very technical - did you see anything worth reporting? Got pictures? Meet any interesting/fun/nice folks on your first day?
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  3. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    Edit: go to post 128 on page 9 to view what places I toured out of.



    Greetings,

    Sorry about the red, I'll try and work on it.

    I had to make time, so I did not see or talk with anyone.

    I did see what appeared to be a pre 2012 DL650 in Pittsboro, N.C. Everything else was cruiser or sport bikes. The single rider had a top case, and no saddle bags.
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    It was good to ride in the transition of the Mountain Valley/piedmont region of the east coast. Great terrain.


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    I should be able to get some pics posted tomorrow. Just the bike with gear.
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    This was a job for a Honda Gold Wing, 335 miles @ interstate speeds.
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    hopefully later I'll have some Adventures to report.
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  4. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    I was up and ready to go by 0700. This is a big day. The MIghter DR’s 600 mile service, is here. Wilmington has a good amount of staples to choose from. I went with Honda Suzuki on 5725 Market street. I was told it would be $163, and they would need it overnight to look at the valve (engine must be cold). So I was told it would be ready around 11:00 on the 22<SUP>nd</SUP>. I hate to miss a day of travel, so I’ll see when I’ll be able to pick her up tomorrow. Drop off mileage was 556 miles. <o:p></o:p>
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    So, my upper back (traps) are kind of sore, and my finger muscles are kind of sore from yesterday. I’m surprised that my neck is ok. The helmet I had on was golden until the last hour or so, then some mild irritation started to appear. My lower back is fairly swore also. I’m surprised my calves are not swore. The ride over to the garage was interesting. I felt like my feet had more sensation than yesterday. I could feel the shifter lever so much better. I had the same type of socks on. It really did not fell lighter with my gear off, granted, I've not been WOT with the MC. <o:p></o:p>
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    After dropping off the bike, I was able to go into Home Deposit and look at their tarps. I picked up a 16’X20’ light tarp (not medium duty) it felt like it was about 3 lbs or so. I think this size would be the minimal displacement for my lean to needs.<o:p></o:p>
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    Tarmac: about 8 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Off road: 0 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Total miles: 8 miles.<o:p></o:p>
    Total cost: $42.78 (for tarp)<o:p></o:p>
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    Total miles/tour: 341<o:p></o:p>
    Total cost/tour: $50.07<o:p></o:p>
    Day count: 2<o:p></o:p>
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  5. WildMonkey

    WildMonkey Been here awhile

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    And wondering if your going to be anywhere near Pensacola, FL ? :1drink
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  6. AST236

    AST236 Long timer

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    Same here, as I live just north of P'cola..
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  7. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    22jan2014
    Wed
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    Rest and refit day.

    Picked up the Mighty DR from the garage (600 mile service). The final was $149.
    Topped off tank. $4 or so

    Came back and got gear on and looked over the tarp.
    The tarp is 16'X20'. I have it under my rear seat under my main pack, and some on the actual rider's seat.

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    It took hours to set up this soft luggage, but it was light and already paid for years ago. I used a station to weave around the med pack in the rear bag position.

    After looking at the weather forecast, I new that the 23rd would be the best day to travel out of Wilmington and into The Deep South. In this case, just west of Hilton Head Island.


    Tarmac: about 9 miles<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Off road: 0 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Total miles: 9 miles.<o:p></o:p>
    Total cost: $149.01 (600 mile service)
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    Total miles/tour: 350
    Total cost/tour: $204
    Day count: 3
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  8. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    Window of opportunity was open to ride deeper into Dixie.

    I did not sleep well knowing that I had a cold day of riding. It was 24 degress F in Wilmington, and still below 30 F when I pushed off around 0930.

    I was on the north side of town, so I got on the 17 south/I-140 to make for good time. Too bad I did not pack my heavy Spartan riding gloves. Man, if felt like I was kind of putting my hands in ice water. Just south of town I stopped and picked up some hunter gloves (two pairs). It rain me just below $10, so I did not like that, but the gloves were worth it.

    I was shivering quite a bit. I had my joe rocket gear, but only shorts on underneath. After stopping and getting off the bike, when I got back on I would shiver a lot. I was doing some good isometric contractions to prevent this.

    I stopped again at the S.C. visitor center, and ate/hydrated, and picked up a S.C. map. The DR was barley giving off any heat on its oil/air cooled engine. My feet were even getting really cold. It was much warmer by the time I left just afternoon.

    I went on the 31 to go around Mrytle Beach.

    I had a miss q getting back on the 17, but was good all the way to my next stop, Georgetown. I put in 2.3 gallons ($7.56), and ate and hydrated. I got there at about 1318 and left at about 1350. I had done about 131 miles so far.

    From then on out I was pushing hard, and barley drank or ate any thing.

    I took the by-pass at Charleston, but got off too early. It took me a while to find the 17. I did not have a gps garmin device, but just my map and notes from google maps.

    My next exchange was going to be highway 21. Easy to remember seeing how it was a Wood Brothers car.
    It took a while to get there, so I pulled over at Jacksonboro to fuel up {16:36/ 1.8 gallons/ $5.77}
    The map says I was still a good ways away. Blast. I had 240 miles down. by now it was well into the low 50s and perfect riding conditions.

    Once I got on the 21, things started to get better. I had to guess on the 170, because I thought it ran north and south, but it was east west. The DR helped me out by changing lanes at the light while traffic was still. Within a few hundred meters I saw my first of just two Bluffton signs. 25 miles to go.

    The last hour of the trip was the best (much better than super cold Wilmington), the views going over the 170 was great. It was about 20 mins from twilight.
    I had to go into Jasper county for a minute, but the small bridge that takes you back into Beaufort County is really scenic. One has arrived into swamp country for sure.

    For good measure, I made one more mistake. I went the wrong way on the 278, has I was hitting the ramp, I noticed the 2nd Bluffton sign, so at the next light I turned around and soon after pulled off into my contacts neighborhood. It was about 1800. I had done 300 miles.
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    Once again, this was just a tarmac day with no pics or talking with anyone. I saw a few other riders out, but none on Dualsports.
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    It was good to get at this base camp. I dropped some latitude once more, and had good folk to stay with.
    Furthermore, another cold front was coming in.
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    Off road: 0 miles<o:p></o:p>
    Total miles: 300 miles.<o:p></o:p>
    Total cost: $22.77
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    Total miles/tour: 650
    Total cost/tour: $226
    count: 4
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  9. WildMonkey

    WildMonkey Been here awhile

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    Into Dixie are you going ? :ear



    Steve.
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  10. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    Maybe all the way to the bottom. It is really flexible as of now.

    I've almost reached the end of the Jet Stream here in North America :D, so I really do not have to worry about dropping a lot of latitude any more.

    I could be in Northside Jacksonville, FL area by this late afternoon.

    Tenative plans are the Everglades.
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  11. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    24 and 25th of Jan
    Bluffton, S.C.

    Not anything to report with regards to adventure riding.

    Yesterday, I tried to adjust my chain, it feels tighter, but hopfully I did not screw up the sprocket alignment.

    The forecast is looking good to leave today. It should be a high of 56 F in Bluffton, S.C. so should be warmer closer to Florida.

    Another cold air blast will be around in the next couple of days, but I doubt it will get into the upper 20s at night down in Florida. :1drink
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  12. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    If you're around here this week or the following weekend, let some people in the Sandbox regional forum know. They can show you some places to see and trails to ride.
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  13. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    I'm at the skyway motel
    Daytona beach

    Using nexus 7 so cannot type well

    Thanks for the advice
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  14. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    Sunday.

    Good day all and all.

    temps were in the low 40s F when I left Bluffton, S.C. Sunny day.

    I took the back roads and crossed the 17 into Savannah.

    stopped at Richmon Hill, GA for gass just south of there.

    I weaved in and out of the I-95 and the 17.

    The stock seat on the Mighty DR talked me into stopping at Woodbine, GA for gass.

    I lubed my chain for the first time with the Dupont stuff from lowes. I did not do a very good job. I know I did not get every link.

    By a little after 14:00 I was in Florida for the first time ever. :clap

    I found the good ol A1A soon enough.
    I cruised by what appeared to be a football stadium in damn near no traffic conditions.

    I gassed up just south of J'ville, and pushed the bike over to eat chow.
    I had a retired cop and Marine pulled over in a white fan (ford sprinter like) and ask me some questions about the bike.
    He bought a 2012 DL650 V-strom, and we were talking about the DR and the DL. He drove all the way to WV to pick her up. :huh
    He is planning on riding out to CO this year. He is late 50s and has been wanting to do a tour for a good while.
    I showed him my Eagle Globe and Anchor on my 2008 military issued boots that I'm touring with. :freaky
    He told me it was going to rain tomorrow.

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    Here's were I actually did some adventouring.


    Northwest of St. Augustine, I found a great place.
    I was on the 1 and then pulled off to the west and right when I picked a spot to turn around I found a easy dirt/sandy road to go down. It was easily 15 feet wide. I took my first right and then went down a couple of hundred meters and found my spot.
    It was about 17:30 or so. I'll try and post some pics later.


    I started getting ready for camp and I kept hearing some loud noise in the brush about 30 meters away, and it kept getting louder.
    It had me spooked as it got close, so I hailed, and eventually threw a stick in the woods. It was going right to my bivouac sight. (I had the DR off the trail, and walked across some boards (over still water) to get to good location to sleep).
    I finally saw it. A giant rat! No... A armadillo I think. Man that thing was loud. It reminded me of the squirrels back north in the fall leaves. They don't give a F^&k about how much noise they make.

    More pics.
    If you look just over the left mirror, you will see the green plant leaves that I sleept next to. I had to cross about 7 feet of standing water.
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    I checked in at the base camp with my cell-phone, and relaxed under the stairs around 19:26.

    Green horn mistake. Tomorrow starts early in Florida. She started with a light rain and moderate rain off and on all morning. 0200-0630.
    My giant 16'-20' tarp was covering up the bike.
    I got out of the ran by 0630, and my recon 3 sleeping system was fairly wet. The weak spot was the zipper. Water got in from there.
    This was preventable, so I had my own self to blame.

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    241 mile day. Finally something less than 300!

    Maybe about 1 mile off road!!! Get some!

    $19.30 spent.

    First time:
    In Florida
    Camping overnight the first night when visiting a state for the first time.
    First time off road with the DR.

    I'm not going to add up the total trip per day, but every 11 days. Too lazy
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  15. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    27jan Monday.
    Near St. Augustine, FL

    So it took a spell to push out of there in the morning. My stuff was wet.

    I left around 1003. I rode into St. Augustine. I was not too impressed, so I just parked at the Best Western and dried my gear in the hot sun. After eating a bit (Barnacle sea food place). I pushed south around 12:55. I needed a battle buddy to help me with the Big bore bike tarp! The pool guy at the hotel volunteered to help me.

    I got to Daytona Beach around 1427. It took the 2nd time to get a great deal on a $35 night hotel on Atlantic AVe. SkyWall I believe was the location. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...views-Skyway_Motel-Daytona_Beach_Florida.html
    they were saying $40, because it was a King size, but I got $5 off.
    I recommend this place. Hot water, good Wi-Fi, fridge, microwave.

    I checked in via the Nexus 7, and then went to get some chow. I'm doing good on dropping weight on the tour. I'm not eating much.
    I went to Molly Hathcet's. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/124/1654769/restaurant/Molly-Hatchets-Subs-Daytona-Beach

    For less than $9.00 you can get a massive (I'm talking right out of the Candy Yams S10 play book monumental), sub. It is like three meals in one!

    The strip was ok. Not my kind of place.

    I needed to catch up on sleep (had been up mostly since 0200) so I was done by 17:20.

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    I take my tank bag off the DR night sets in. I also remove important gear from the soft bags.
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    63.3 miles
    $56

    Maybe about a mile off-road to get out of my first over night camp of the tour.
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  16. mashrider

    mashrider Been here awhile

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    Boring
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  17. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    Tuesday

    The best day of the Adv tour (except visiting with family):norton
    Morning view from motel
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    I check out of the SkyWay motel before the dead line of 1000, and got my $5 deposit back.

    The bad thing about my soft bag (recycleing old military packs) approach is that I'm always twicking and peaking it. Itw twakes a good while to get ready to go.

    I used the Nexus 7 to map out a route down to Astronaut country.

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    I rode by the Daytona Super Speedway. It appeared that turn four is where you first see the track. The main drag takes you by the front stretch. They were working on the track from the outside with cranes and scaffles and such.
    I did not go inside and see the museum. I'm done with Nascar. I was into it something fierce back in late 2000-2005. If was 2006 I would have stopped by because Jeff Gordon's car would have been still on display from 2005! :D

    I jumped on the I-95 to knock out some slab. I did not intend to do so much roading on the interstates from my planning thread, but like the inmates from the DR thread type, the bike is smooth at 70mph. It almost seems to ride more smooth after 65mph. I figured, the lower the rpms, the smoother it would ride. I mean, hell, I have a 650cc bike, might as well use it.
    Went east on the 44, and then route 1.

    I got off at Edge water 32141 for gas (2.156 gallons/ $7.37). I lubed the chain and tighten up my alice pack on the left side of the bike. I finished off the third meal of the Molly Hatchet's sub. I bought a couple of cliff bars for good measure. I was surprised not to travel with so little food at some times. That is not like me. But, I have to ride light right?

    I failed to find the 3, so kept on the 1 south. East on 406 into the Canaveral Merrit Island. I used the $80 national park pass to get inside.

    I cruised around to the Playaloda Beach.

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    I taked to a old timer on a Tinman V-twin with what looked like a better off road front tyre than mine. :huh I should have gotten a better pic. He said I'd get a ticket the way I parked, but his spot was fine.
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    He recommended the Bio Lab rd to see some gators. After I took some pics of the beach (big time nude beach.
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    I rode over to Bio Lab road around 1530.



    The Mighty DR was perfect for these conditions. I rode standing up most of the time. The torque is hellia sensitive in first and even second gear.

    Thanks to some cagers parked on the side of the road, I saw my first gators in the wild. They were big enough. I was a little spooked out after the cage left. No mistakes made, but I did park the bike with the kick stand facing in board, not toward the canal, so next time I'll not make that mistake again.
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    I had to go toward Tutsville to route 1. It was a bitch trying to find the 406 east.

    I rode by the Kennedy space center and had to back track and find the 3.

    I eventually found the A1A. Picked up some gas (1.74 gallons).

    I rode south for about 40 miles, then I started heading west to find a secret squirrel spot to camp.
    I was near the Old Dixe Highway and Gifford when I started really looking. No joy, too many homes and farms. It was about one hour before dark, and the area was too high visibility.
    I was riding around on the hard packed sand dirt. Standing is a must here.
    I got complacent and did not watch my surrounding, and made a turn too late, and got into some no sh$t sand, and she stopped, and I put down my left foot to catch here, but no go, so it was a easy drop. I pushed the kill switch. I tried to strong arm her up, but failed, so I did the deal were you face away from the bike and grab a handle bar and something else. Man, it was still hard to get up! WTF! I had to twist the throttle a bit on the re-start to get her going. No damage done. I just had to adjust the side mirror.

    I aborted this area, and rode further south as night fell.
    I was close to Ft. Pierce, when the good ol Old Dixie Highway took me south and then I located a spot on the other side of the train tracks. I layed dog for a spell. I tried not to spook the cattle on the other side of the gated fence (maybe 75 meters away).

    I checked in via phone. I had 37 mins left on here.
    To my luck, someone had dumped a mattress there, so I used to to sleep on. The big tarp did the job with ease. I was completely lights out, not even red light, so I did not get out the Nexus 7 out for pics. I pused the DR over to a grassy area. Man she is heavy to move around. I'm glad I did not go with the 477lb 2012+DL 650.
    I got some piss ant bites while setting up. I had put on sandles.
    I ate my last meal (a cliff bar), granted I still had plenty of protein powder.

    A good amount of dew was forming. the train came around 20:08 and about every 2 hours after that. It would go both ways. North and south. interesting. Good to see progress.

    I did not sleep very well.

    _______
    Total miles: 224
    maybe 6 miles off road.
    Drops: 1. (the first one of the tour) no damage.


    total $ : $17.00 or so.
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  18. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    worse day with ease.

    I got my best sleep late, but the trains kept coming.

    Farmers get started early. At 0630, I heard a tarp moving noise and a door slam from the north. I thought I was burnt, so I go my boots on and hydrated. A did the old baby deer methond and laid still. I peaked out from under the tarp, and discovered a good fog was around. Maybe I was not seen. I guess the farmers dropped off some hay or something.
    At 0700 I heard a nose that sounded like grates moving.

    I got out soon after. The fog was burning off.
    Sometime or another during the night I lost my contact in my right eye.

    I could make out a old house about 200 meters east of the gate. I never saw anyone around.

    Time to tend to the giant tarp. Even though i did not want to spend timing taking pics, I just had to get rid of some of this tarp.

    I stretched out the tarp and cut off about 4 feet from the 20' side. This was easier to fold up, took less space in my pack, weighed less, and did the job just the same. I left the excess tarp there with the mattress in case someone else needed it. I would not consider it trash to pack out.

    a couple of days ago, after pulling the tarp out from under my gear, I decided to fold here up and sit on her. When looking for a place to stealth camp, I would fold her up and put into my back pack. Of course, when stopped for a spell, it took on its true purpose in life. Lastly, I'd fold the tarp in a fashion to cover up the rear bag and other pouches.

    I packed up and heading out quickly. Around 0845 that is.

    I parralled the train tracks for a few miles. it was a suburban setting. the overcast was not going away.
    I soon found the A1A. I was starting to make good time as I rode along the coastal highway of South Ocean Dr. I started to ride through condos and motels and such. It was odd terrian. No cheap motels or run down stores.

    My notes do not have the town I pulled off of, but I stopped to eat, but it was too early for the shops to open. I talked to a grounds keeper for a while and he gave me directions to a beagle place that was the next bridge over. I was conerned because the winds had picked up something terriable.

    I made it over the bridge, but it was nasty. I stopped at the beagal place and got a wiffi feed and checked, and got my bearings. Looking back I should have planned things out a lot more, and at least wrote down some junctions and such. I was 2 hours by cage from Miami.
    I left around 11:18 I left and quicly found highway 1.

    After some rain delays I started to slow down more and more by the time I got to the Palm Beach area.
    Ok, well that's emough of city traffic and tall buildings.
    I topped off the fuel with 2.5 gallons for $9.08 fee. I was just less than a tenth of a gallon away from going on reserve.
    Time for the Mighty DR to do her Interstate thing. I soon was starting to like the engine and gear ratios of the MC. 55mph-70mph in 5th gear is fuel effiecant, yet spirited when needed to accelearate. Granted, in a head wind, not so much.

    Again, I shoud have done some more planning.
    Don't forgot that I navigate by a AAA map, and my nexus-7 nav app.

    So around Lantana, FL I headed west to the I-95. It was raining off and on but nothing heavy. I stopped puting my helmet on the seat, because, while pulling the tarp off, the helmet fell off and got scrathced. Opps. It was out of view, and I forgot it was there.

    Ok, so I'm making solid time of the 95, then the entire atmosphere of the tour changed.

    Weather. A big factor in this tour. And day 11 was big time.

    It rained so hard the droppets hurt my arms. I did not have the outer layer on.
    So I had to stop. It happend to be Fort Lauderdale.

    I had the tarp in my back pack during this down pour, so things look fairly wet. It was stupid not to have my stuff covered up better while riding.
    Note the orange pouncho not doing anything productive.
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    Looking back now as I contine to type this day 10 post, I actually started this post a couple of days after this day (I'm writing this now on the 18th of March), I do not know why I did not stop and famirlize myself with the roads and such. Green Horn.
    So I stopped here around 1428.

    Within moments I was lost after leaving this parking lot. It took a good 20 mintues to find a intersate of sorts.
    I ended up getting on the Florida Turn Pike. This is not my avenue of approach.
    1. I'm not destination riding.
    2. I'm trying to be as frugal as possible.
    Toll roads are for cagers. That, and 600 mile/day big bore bikes. You know, the ones with 19" tyres.

    So I took the lane that allows you to pay up ahead at the big rest stop.
    Ok, so after 10 miles or so, I pull over and go inside. From what the two women told me who worked inside, I'll get a letter in the mail for the toll.
    Great, I got one of these when I was in SOCAL. Note to self, tip off the main base for a letter from Florida.

    Ok, if the heavy rain from before did not change the dynamics of the tour, this did. And how.
    I decided to make the best of it, and stay on the turn pike south as far as I could go. Granted, I did not consult my map.
    If anyone has been to one of these hub stops, you'all know they are big. Well, I went the wrong way. North. Worst yet, no rain and the DR was making good time. I saw a sing for Orlando. I was like, no way.
    So I got off. this time paid the toll. Maybe $3 tops.


    I don't recall where I got off at, but I got back on the 95 south, but fast.
    And then the Sunshine state in the middle of the dry season, rained again. Nice, this prompted me to get off again, and hard.
    A hard tack eater would have been fine, but at the time, I was fairly conservative in riding. I was not too wet to embrace the aqua man inside me.

    Gang, the town was Corral Springs. To make a side tangent. Many parts of Florida are not the Deep South. In latidude, yes, but not culturally. Coral Springs was... well let's let wiki describe the town.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Springs,_Florida

    "Coral Springs is a planned community. Prior to its incorporation as a city in July 1963, the area which is now Coral Springs was part of 20,000 acres (8,100 ha) of marshy lands..."

    planned city is right. Who was too cookie cut and had no old growth to it. And worst, no cheap motels to keep a mimiliamist like myself and the DR from taking shelter from the rain.
    Looking back, I should have said to myself. "This is cager town, time to just get a bearing south. and just go.
    But, I did not. I rode around for 40 minutes in the rain (light rain granted) in the town looking for a cheap hotel.
    I stopped at a IHOP to try and get some help. The waiters told me about a La Quainca down the road after some turns and such. I ended up staying and eatting. The chow was wonderful. I had the omelet and pancakes. Amazing. I had not eaten at IHOP for many years. I thought the food was not good... until that early evening.
    So I took her directions. Which were excellent,
    and ended up staying at a $125 night La Quancia Hotel. Ohh, that's got to hurt the projected $50/day esitmate I had. I was projecting over $150 for the day!
    My notes are fuzzy on the time table here. When I start to destination ride, the journal entrys are neglected. But it was about dark.


    So that night in the hotel, as I dried off my clothes and such, I was taking things mighty persoanl with Florida. Not a fan of this region. I wanted to see the Everglades, but with all this rain I knew the mosquitoes would be agressive, and I was not happy with the money I had spent in this state already. I could spend more time in a more southern comfort regions.

    So I used the wiffi with the room and decided to cut across Gator Alley, and go to the east side. Paritcuallry, Golden Gate, Florida. Why? Iit being the first town after the Gator Alley (I-75) makes it through the Everglades wilderness. The forcast called for rain, but I sure as hell could not stay in this hotel for one more night.

    So a great morning. Leaving form a stealth cramp is a great feeling. You just saved a bunch of money and you did not get beaten up and or muggued or thrown in jail in the process.

    But a bad evening... But it could have been worse.


    So total miles:
    169
    $11.00 IHOP
    $4.79 Beagal place
    $9.08 gas
    $1.89 cliff bar (I should start buying in bulk)
    $3.00 toll
    $?? impending toll in the mail
    $125 hotel
    $153. Damn, that's got to hurt. I should have broguht a BMW to go along with that number.

    Mr. Franklin, ok, once in a while you can hang with me on this tour,
    but Mr. Grant, you will never hang with the likes of Ben Franklin again. And I'm not Whistling Dixie.
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  19. sophijo

    sophijo Been here awhile

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    Enjoying this! Thanks
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  20. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    I'm in the hilly state Capitol right now

    I should be in you all's AO by Friday

    I do not like to type on this tablet, so daily reports will come later



    go to page five, post 65 for day 11.

    Thanks for reading.
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