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Discussion in 'Rallies' started by red bud, May 18, 2014.
Bon Bon just scrolled through the photos here and said, "I should go to that with you next year."
So much good food, so many good people, so much fun. Looking forward to doing it all again.
Thanks. She's already asking to go back. I haven't even gotten the new plastics on her bike.
Nekkid and dirty:
OK, I guess I should put a few pictures up from my ride.
The winds of Illinois made for an interesting ride.
Which is good, because the roads did not.
Made it to St Louis.
Saw the Arch
and had some BBQ
The dirt roads in Illinois were not much more interesting than the paved.
although the river rock gravel did keep you on your toes when it got deeper.
The first closed bridge was only mostly closed.
The next bridge was really closed
which led to more interesting roads
Indian was similar to Illinois, just not quite as flat.
I was lucky enough to be off the trail when a wicked storm went through. I was surprised there were not more trees down. This is the only one that I had to ride around.
I played tag with storms in Kentucky throughout the afternoon.
I'm on a boat.
I'm too lazy to post all of these, but the resort posted 30 pics here:
I took a quick tour of Mammoth Cave the next morning.
I even took the time to stop and smell the flowers before hitting the road
The weather was nice
The scenery was nice
The shacks were abandoned
The water crossings were slick
My little camera died when I went swimming, so there were not as many pictures taken the rest of the ride. Here is a selection covering from Jellico to the RDV
Since the little camera died, I set up my helmet cam to take stills one day. I like the results.
And of course, I had to get in a waterfall.
Last picture for now
and how's your hand now?
Hand is doing well. Most of the blisters have hardened up. The worst on on the palm is rather ugly looking, but no seepage from any of them. I should be back on the bike in the next week or so.
I did a 1600 mile trip thru VA, TN and NC the week of the Rendezvous. I'm sure I shared a bench with the guy on the right at the convenience store at the Tellico Plains end of the Cherohala Skyway on Tuesday May 13th. I was on the Blue Triumph Explorer. Any confirmation of either him or the other two in his group?
He'd have been on a DR650 with soft bags on the tank and rear fender....but then, down there all the old farts look like him.
Didn't take many, they're here
So I have heard...:eek1
I was able to bid a week off for the Rdv again this year, I decided to leave the Saturday before and take my time getting there.
It was 20 degrees warmer this year when I left. Even though it looks like I am fairly loaded down, I took way less stuff. The top case and tank bag both had room for lots more stuff. Last year, everything was packed and the tankbag was expanded.
No matter, time to hit the road.
My 1st stop was at Pansy and Feo y Gordo's in Peoria.
I did not take any photos rolling through to their place. I did go through a front where I got rained on, put on my fleece, went 10 miles down the road, passed through the front, it went from 62 degrees to 92 degrees. I was not entirely ready for that. I had long johns, fleeces and all that. Had to pull over and strip down.
Turns out, I like the feel of long johns under the dariens.
Anyways, at Pansy's we are looking over the RT and I was trying to check the oil in the sight glass. Could not see any. Added some, added some more, still cannot see it. Fuck. Added some more oil. There is no way I used over a quart of oil, so I changed it. Took out way more than a gallon.
Screw the sight glass.
I stayed with Brad1098 on Sunday. He called on Saturday eve and said if I could be there around 1ish, his dad was doing up pork steaks. Coolio.
Except there is no way anyone leaves Pansy and Feo's on time. There are stories to tell. So 45ish minutes late, I sped on down the highway.
Got to Brad's just in time for a passing downpour. Had a yummy porksteak and fixins and did a tour of Steeleville. Brad makes cows for a living.
Does a very nice job too.
After taking in the sights of Steeleville we headed off to swim in the families' cement pond. Big muscle exercise was just what my body needed. Felt fantastic.
After that, Brad showed me around his neck of the woods. Even though he lives in IL, he describes his area as the 'eastern edge of the Ozarks.' Fantastic riding.
Took the RT on it's 1st water crossing
The roads he took me out on, has me excited to head back down that way for more riding.
Left Brad's on Monday morn to head towards Knoxville.
Have to stop at Metropolis to take a photo with Superman
I stopped for gas out by the Interstate last year and regretted not going into town for a photo. I still need to take some more photos and more side trips than I did this year, but I am getting better.
Visited friends in Knoxville and really only took 2 photos there....
An NS helper set waiting for its next assignment.
and the RT waiting to hit the road in my host's garage.
Rode on down the road to Hampton and Big Bear Resort. Got to Hampton, knowing that that would be all for cell service and wifi, so I took a couple of pics and updated FB
Had a chocolate shake and in my mind, felt like everyone should know that I was where I needed to be and everything was fine.
The RT looks fine with some hills in the background
Turns out I did not call Bon Bon and she did not know that the McDs in Hampton was that close to Big Bear and was pretty freaked out. Plus she did not get a job and a bunch of other stuff. She posted a couple of places that I needed to call home, then called the resort.
Thankfully, there were many morans that reminded me on a daily basis that I needed to call Bon Bon.
Jungle Jim saw me posting on FB that we would be crossing paths and should meet up. I suggested the Starbucks in Johnson City, where all the studly adventure starts and ends.
We swapped lies for a bit and afterwards, I realized that I need to reach out to more inmates in my travels. Meeting inmates in meatspace makes this place so much cooler.
Stopped to check out this unique engine.
Getting ready to head out on our ride to Hot Springs...
It is important to fill up with non ethanol gas whenever you pass it.
Brad1098, Dwalt and myself headed to Hot Springs via the roundabout way.
We stopped here to decide how 'direct' a route we wanted to take.
Sure was a fine day to be out.
We went up a mountain, got to the top and the pavement ended.
No matter. "Let's coast down." says Dwalt.
So we did.
Brad1098 said the shaft drive on the RT provided a great advantage in my staying ahead of him.
Dwalt stopped at a cool spot.
Very cool spot indeed.
3 dudes, a creek, middle of nowhere. Yep, we peed in it. No pics.
If only there were adventures this cool closer to Starbucks.
Somewhere in Germany, an engineer was crying.
With the key off, on gravel, the RT brake slides nicely into corners. It was LOTS more fun than I thought it was going to be at the top of the mountain (we coasted close to 6 miles down hill.)
We got to Hot Springs and soaked in a tub at the resort. No pics.
We did stop at a BBQ joint for a snack.
I sent a message to Bon Bon.
3 Amigos about to enjoy a great lunch.
A great lunch is a bacon wrapped, smoked hot dog, with pulled pork on it and hot chips.
I love hot chips. Nom, nom, nom.
They had motorcycle parking, but it said, "HD parking only." So we parked with the rest of the unwashed.
We stopped at this old building to try and figure out what it was.
A local drove by and told us it used to be a hospital. Looked like a cool place to explore.
We started to hit some wet roads. What?!?!?! The skies had been like this all day:
Except the resort is right up that way a bit.
Might as well sit here and wait for the shit to get a little farther away.
Maybe we'll sit a bit longer.
We took off and found one of the roads that do not reach the resort. Turned to gravel, no problem, turned to closed and locked gate. Problem. We all smiled for the camera, rode to Hampton and back to Black Bear.
ADVers come in all sizes.
Looks like we are going to have a fine time.
I look good on a KTM
Happy Riding got back from her epic ride.
Postie racing is awesome.
I did not take any other RDV pics. I left on Sunday to make it to my sister's just outside of Kenosha Wi. Stopped at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana and there is one of Brad1098's cows out in the wild.
There are actually quite a few of his cows there and will soon be some pigs there too. Cool stuff. I had an excellent chocolate shake before blazing into Chicago.
Got to my sister's, hung out for a bit and took off the next morning.
I woke up at 4:30 and thought about taking off, but did not. That bummed me out. I ended up riding through off and on downpours for the last 2 hours of my ride. Riding in less of that, would have been better.
All in all, I had a great time. I love the hospitality. Every time I think about doing something else with a spring vacation, I think about how much fun this is and make plans to head down again. Next year, Bon Bon wants to come along, so we may trailer to somewhere close and ride up the hill together.
Thanks to all that work so hard to make the RDV what it is. Most of all, thanks to all that attend. Meeting you FFs in meatspace makes all the online bullshit worthwhile. You all have made my life richer for having met you and when I am in a nursing home thinking back on my life, events like this are going to make me smile.
Looking forward to next year.
Sig-line material right there.
Nice write-up, Tom!
I keep trying to write a ride report and that is the closest that I have gotten. I am very envious of those that do ride reports with 100's of photos, all captioned nicely and a good story to go with it.