2018 April: Florida - California - Florida in 26 days

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  1. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    And obviously my fat fingers are hitting the wrong keys and my proof read failed miserably

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  2. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    You take care of healing your knee. The roads will wait.

    This time of year the Deep South route is best. Too hot in the summer. As I edge closer to Colorado the winter weather is still receding through May. I’ll be coming through the last week in April and am bracing for cold and snow. I can deal with dry roads and snow on the sides if I get lucky. Otherwise, it will wait for me, too.


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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Did I mention I am trying Ride On in my tire. Put a new Anakee 3 on the rear to match the one on the front. A guy in my riding club was raving about Ride On so I am going to see for myself. It has balancing qualities as well as sealer. I’ll see what I think.

    Called around in SoCal to find a shop for servicing should the need arise. A shop gave me a follow up call today. We talked about riding Palomar Mountain. I am doing Palomar Mountain on April 15th. Up S6 and down the East Grade. The excitement builds.



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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Wouldn’t you know it. Sena 30K just released a firmware update. Updated it this afternoon just in time before I leave in the morning.


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  5. oldgrizz

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    Giddy up go......lucky devil.
    Ride safe and have a great one.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    16,730 starting mileage on the odometer. Rita is all gassed up and ready to head west in the morning.

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    I will be following your travels.
    I picked up maps of Texas Arizona Utah etc so I can trace your track

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    April 3, 2018. Game day breakfast: oatmeal and cranberries with coffee. Be on the road to Lake Charles shortly.[​IMG]


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    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Arrived at Lake Charles avoiding rain. Hot. Up to 91 degrees F. Uneventful. Leg 1 complete.


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    It is snowing here bud.
    I HATE Old Man Winter

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    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Snowed here last night. I hate winter too!!
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Arrived at Kerrville. Had lunch in Conroe with a hs classmate. Sat on US290 south of Austin for an hour due to a wreck. Arrived after dark. Motel6 is basic and beds are fine. Rode three sisters yesterday. Roads are a hoot. Supper at Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop. Going to Fredericksburg today and riding the Willow City Loop. One could easily stay here a week.
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    I did an extended loop out to Fredericksburg yesterday from Austin and 290 was a nightmare. Sorry you had to endure that stretch. If you are into beer hit Fredericksburg Brewery. It's near the center of downtown and a great place to grab a pint. Food is not bad. For a side trip the roads to Pedernales Falls are quality riding. Just south of Fredericksburg to Luckenbach and then on to Blanco are equally amazing roads. From here you could head back to Kerrville.
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    Finished the Sisters (336) on April 6th then rode to Fredericksburg and up to Willow City Loop to look at fields of wildflowers (famous for their bluebonnets). Then we stopped in at the BMW rally ... Hill Country Hangout. It started last night but we got to move on. This would be a great place to spend a week or more. We just scratched the surface. Off today for Del Rio and US90 to Alpine in West Texas. The temps got down right hot yesterday. The temps are forecast to drop 30 degrees today.

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    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Good to see you back on the bike brother!
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    Hey Greg,

    I know you're getting closer to SoCal and would like to meet you at Santa Ysabel on the 11th and just tag along for the ride in... travel time to San Ysabel for me is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Oceanside...

    Rudy...
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    Greg, it is great to see you out riding again, after that debacle from last year. Ride On....Greg...Ride On. :ricky
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    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Greg, you have not posted since Saturday, hope all is well?
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Technical problems with my phone charging. Wasn’t sure if it was the phone battery, the charger or the cable. Turned out to be the cable was intermittent and the phone wouldn’t charge. Fixed now.

    The ride from Kerrville was the coldest day starting at 38 degrees. Used my Gerbing gear. Temps warmed up to the 60s when we hit the Rio Grande Valley. The Pecos Canyon bridge was scenic. Clear riding to Alpine. We ate at the historic Holland Hotel. Excellent food but a bit pricey.

    Next day we rode to Marfa. An arty town in the middle of West Texas. Stopped at the historic Piasono Hotel. Stunning county court house. Rode by the Marfa lights visitor center. On to Ft Davis. Turned on TX-118 through the beautiful Davis Mountains and took a side trip to the McDonald Observatory. Joined I-10 at Kent and took a hot, extremely windy (40mph) ride to El Paso. Jumped off the interstate to La Mesa and took NM-28 up the Rio Grande Valley to Mesilla. Groves of Pecan trees on both sides. Ate at La Posta restaurant in Old Mesilla. Coolest historic stage stop.

    Left Mesilla and took I-10 to Deming. Took US-180 to Alpine, Az. Nice ride. Alpine is in a gorgeous setting. Took the most magnificent motorcycle ride to Clifton, AZ. Incredible is the only way to describe US-191. Clifton is home to the largest open pit mine in the world. You have to see it to believe it. We came riding into Safford at dusk. Tired but with huge smiles.

    Left Safford on US-70 / 60 through Globe and Florence to Casa Grande. After a couple of miles on I-10 we turned west on I-8 for Yuma into the setting sun. 106 degrees and blast furnace winds. Our waitress in Yuma was a 2012 grad of Navarre HS in Santa Rosa County.

    Left Yuma on I-8 through the Imperial Valley and Imperial Sand Dunes to Ocotillo. Took the old Butterfield Overland Stage S-2 to Borrego Springs. 110 degrees. Stopped at Carlees to cool down. Took the Ranchita grade S-22 up the Sierra. Took the Mesa Grande loop. That whole ride was stunning. Went through ST Ysabel and Ramona to Poway and into the Backdoor to San Diego.

    Rested yesterday. Changing oil and cleaning up bike today.

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