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50 Years Later, Another Ride Across The USA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Bat7, Jun 8, 2021.

  1. Bat7

    Bat7 Been here awhile

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    In the summer of 1971 I rode my 1970 Suzuki T500 from Carlsbad, California, to Charlestown, Indiana, and Bellingham, Washington, then back to Carlsbad. In 2021, I am riding my 2014 CB500X from Rochester NY to Santa Monica CA via Route 66. From there, I plan to go to Oregon and Washington, then back to Rochester. After a leisurely, uneventful ride from Rochester to Willowbrook IL, rode today from Willowbrook to Springfield IL with the Mother Road Rally, making stops at various roadside attractions.
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    Starting mileage.
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    Packed and ready to go.
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    Ready to ride. At the La Quintana, Willowbrook.
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    On Route 66.
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    Under the Gemini Giant.
    Mick
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  2. wilddoktor

    wilddoktor Been here awhile

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    This is amazing! Good for you! I'm looking forward to reading about your progress... subscribed!
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    :thumb
    Nice.

    Got any pics from the first go around ??
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  4. KC10Chief

    KC10Chief Been here awhile Supporter

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    Nice! Following. Post lots of photos! I just passed through Rochester last week on our way east. We are from Oklahoma City though so, you'll be passing right through our area! I lived less than a mile from Route 66 before we sold our house. Lots of good stuff to see in Oklahoma when you get there. Most people stop at Pops on the NE side of Oklahoma City. You can't miss it. There's motorcycles there all the time. When you get to Weatherford, OK, the Stafford Air and Space Museum is right on Rt. 66 and is definitely worth checking out. Thomas Stafford is an Apollo astronaut who orbited the moon on Apollo 10. He's from Weatherford and is currently 90 years old.

    Also, what's on your hat? Can't tell in the photos. Navy?
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  5. Charmin

    Charmin Been here awhile

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    I am in... enjoy the ride!
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    What a great adventure! Keep the photos coming.

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  7. Bat7

    Bat7 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately, no.
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  8. Bat7

    Bat7 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info.
    The hat is Air Force. The writing is 6924th Security Sq, Danang, the first of the three squadrons I served with while flying as an airborne voice intercept operator over the Gulf of Tonkin and Laos from 1965 to 1969. The pins are enlisted aircrew wings, Air Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
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  9. Bat7

    Bat7 Been here awhile

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    Wednesday, June 9; Springfield IL to Fenton MO.
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    On original red brick Route 66.
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    One of the original gas stations, now a small museum.
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    Now for something different: Henry's Rabbit Ranch, where several vintage Volkswagen have been partially buried face down. Reminiscent of the Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

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  10. Bat7

    Bat7 Been here awhile

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    On Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Now generally closed to motorized vehicles.
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    Bikes on the bridge.
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    Ripples in the Mississippi River are from the chain of rocks for which the bridge is named. St. Louis skyline in far background.
    Mick
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  11. 300man

    300man Been here awhile

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    Enjoy and have a great ride! Will be following along...much respect for you and your journey!
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  12. KC10Chief

    KC10Chief Been here awhile Supporter

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    Very cool! It was hard to tell in the photos. I retired from the Air Force in 2017 and was enlisted air crew as well! I was a flight engineer on the E-3. My brother is a Navy guy though so, that's why I asked. Looked like one of those boat hats! Enjoy your ride and keep the photos coming!
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  13. Bat7

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    I flew a few Rivet Top missions on a predecessor to the E-3--the EC-121M out of Korat Thailand over the Plain of Jars. It was a water burner so the takeoff roll and climb out seemed to take forever. I also flew a lot of Combat Apple missions on the RC-135M, which is now known as Rivet Top/Hognose. 19.6 hour missions: 3+ hours out of Kadena AB Okinawa to/from the Gulf of Tonkin or Laos and 12 hours on orbit, with 2 mid air refuelings. Add pre-mission and post- mission briefing for a somewhat extreme workday.
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  14. Bat7

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    June 10: Fenton Missouri to Springfield Missouri-- starting to lose track of what day it is. Will celebrate my 77th birthday a week from today.
    Today was a mix of Interstate 44 and rolling through some Ozarks twisties. I44 reminded me why I generally avoid the interstate highways. Considerable delay due to a crash. From the debris I saw it looked as though a SUV had rear ended a 18-wheeler and caught fire.
    The twisties were fun, although some of the roads were in kind of rough shape. Hot and humid.
    Only a couple of pictures today.

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    Some more Route 66 kitsch: a giant rocking chair.
    Followed further on by lunch at the Rocking Chair Restaurant.
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  15. bomose

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    Looks like you'll have a great time. I took a trip around the US back in 1977. 15K miles. Wish I could retrace that. Thanks for your service.
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  16. KC10Chief

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    Very cool. I know those planes! I'm familiar with those missions too. We'd fly 14 hour sorties every three days on deployments. Two mid air refuelings. Three if we needed to stay past 14 hours! I can't say I particularly enjoyed that. HA! Also, if you like giant rocking chairs, there's a big one at the Big Texan in Amarillo. You can't miss it when you're passing through.
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  17. Bat7

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    Friday, June 11: Springfield MO to Miami OK.
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    At the Gay Parita Sinclair Station . . .
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    . . . where a retired Packard becomes a lawn ornament.
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    . . . and a police cruiser cruises no more.
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    At the Route 66 Drive In.
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    The inspiration for the tow truck in the movie Cars.
    Saturday, June 12: Miami OK to Oklahoma City. 90 degree day: made good use of hydration bladder. Kind of amazing how personal equipment has advanced since my 1971 ride. Back then my PPE consisted of a Bell 3/4 helmet, work gloves and Frye harness boots. To avoid overheating on Interstate 10 through Arizona in July I soaked my Vietnam jungle jacket in water at every gas stop. Worked well for that purpose. Did not help much later on in Montana when I encountered snow while crossing a pass on US 2. On that trip, I ran into a bit of everything from hot and dry to cold and wet.
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    Entering the pedestrian tunnel under Route 66, where the temperature was much cooler than on Route 66.
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    In the mouth of the blue whale, at a water park from the early days of Route 66.
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  18. Comrade Arturo

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    My hats off to you Mick. A lot of folks your age are locked up in a nursing home or forgotten about. Enjoying your trip and thanks for your service :thumb
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    Yes thanks for your service...........and story.
    Really enjoying it since I’m old too and my main “big bike” ride is a CB500X.
    Wish I had found out what a great bike the 500 was before I bought an Africa Twin.
    I like the 500 much better.
    Your taking the time to find the good stuff on Route 66.............and getting your kix as they say

    I was prime age for Vietnam.........and was too young and dumb to understand why my mother was crying about it.......but...... I didn’t get called.
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    You and @Jamie Z just crossed paths at that blue whale !
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