Wild Wild West 2

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freefallen, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    New Jersey
    During the whole trip, 18 days, and riding over 9,200 miles I had two encounters with police.

    1st encounter, Michigan.
    I left early in the morning and just started my iron butt challenge. I was in a hurry and didn’t notice the oncoming police car. When I noticed him, it was too late. I see behind me he makes a U-turn, turns on his Christmas lights and starts chasing me. He politely asks me "Can you tell me why you were going 83 in a 55? Your license, registration and insurance”.

    After seeing my NJ license plate perhaps curiosity got the best of him and he asked:
    - Where you going?
    - California
    - Alone???
    - Yes, I mean no. I’m meeting my son in Calgary and we’ll ride 2 up to Vancouver and then California.
    - Together? On one bike?

    We started talking for 5 minutes or so. I know the common rumor that the longer you talk to a cop the less likely he is to give you a ticket. After that he said, let me see you license anyway and I will check it. After a few minutes he returned and said "Usually I don’t give any breaks for such speeding" but after a few seconds of silence he handed me back my license and said "Have a nice day, ride carefully".
    That was Michigan’s hospitality.

    2nd encounter, California.
    One day prior to Death Valley. I stopped in Lone Pine, a village of 20 huts, where there’s nothing going on. I left for a restaurant in the evening a half mile down the road. In my mirrors I see the same Christmas lights. A young officer, proud that he pulled over a criminal, stated he pulled me over because I was without a helmet.
    - And this is the reason you moved your ass to stop me? What about your unfinished donuts? – this is what went through my head but actually said:
    - And you will give me a ticket for this?
    - Of course, you broke the law!
    Oh man, after such a heinous violation I wanted to hang myself.
    - Don’t worry he told me, you have a CDL license and won’t get any points, just the fine.
    If it’s only a fine then so be it. I’m blown away by the $200 fine and wonder where they come up with the numbers. Well this broke state does need all the financial help it can get.
    This was California’s hospitality.

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  2. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
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    Today after two months of verification and waiting, I've got the Iron Butt Certificate:

    [​IMG]

    It says above: "Only a handful of riders from around the world have managed to solve the challenge such a grueling ride involves".
    Woooo-hoooooo!!! I'm not sure about this but
    it's nice to have it.

    _
  3. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Super storm Sandy left me without power for 5 days. I’m back to normal life.
    Only a few words left to say.

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  4. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Besides the planned stops at dozens of parks and beautiful cities, I got to meet people that I have been virtual friends with for many years.

    One couple took their small plane and flew out to SF from Santa Barbara just to meet me, he&#8217;s a pilot. We had an excellent dinner, drinking great Californian wine and delicious steaks. I didn&#8217;t get an opportunity to meet two people in Calgary, they were away. I met a friend who lives in San Jose, everything was lively and interesting. It&#8217;s hard to believe that I did so much in less than 3 weeks.


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  5. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    And now finally the last post.
    Like I said before I have 2,600 miles left for the last 3 days. I planned to pass through the Great Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge but lost time in Death Valley and now I didn’t have the time. Before me was a straight and tedious highway straight home. Some places were rather pretty. I really liked New Mexico, at least from the road. I wanted to stop in Albuquerque and walk around but it started raining heavily. I had to stop under an overpass and put on my rain gear.

    I took only 1 picture during the three days:

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    The last picture sums up the whole trip perfectly - rainbow at the end of the road:freaky

    Like my first cross country last year, I received tremendous enjoyment from this journey.
    America is so beautiful and different in terms of terrain and people. I dream to drive across it without being rushed and taking long stops in interesting places. I want to drive through Alaska and reach the Arctic Circle. I want to ride in Hawaii and by the way I’m already planning a trip on the Big Island. Ahead of me there are many new and exciting roads to ride.

    A big thank you to everyone who followed me along this journey!
    _
  6. uzbek

    uzbek dreamer

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    9
    what a great report!:clap
    thank you for your time and congrats on your iron butt achievement!
  7. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    Finally I found the time to put all this together in the video clip.
  8. uzbek

    uzbek dreamer

    Joined:
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    Enjoyed every bit of it.
    Excellent choice of music too! Tanks!
  9. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Baltimore, MD
    Thanks for both of your write ups. I recently returned from a 4 week cross continent trip and used your experiences to plan my route. So much too see- so little time!

    This is the map of my trip- http://myroad.info/showtrack.html?id=488&lang=en
  10. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    Just saw your reply. I'm glad I was helpful in making your routes.
    The program you used is very cool! What is it?