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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jlevers, Aug 11, 2017.
Are you still taking the original route?
Not between AR and NM, but after that I hope to.
Update on Oklahoma: flaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
You wanted a change of scenery.. there you go!!
I love these kind of reports....just tagging along from my chair...
Just make sure you stay awake and alert!
It's rides across areas like this where I appreciate riding with someone else with whom I can carry on a conversation via Bluetooth (Sena). Although, I also enjoy the solitude of riding solo, as it seems to help me unwind and clear my mind. Sometimes I enjoy having music in my ears, or even a talk show. It helps me deal with the monotony and keeps me alert, but you have to learn to still pay attention to what's going on with the bike!
Soon, you'll be in the twisties in northern New Mexico and then the crown jewel - Colorado! Are you still going to make Idaho Springs by Sunday? You've been riding a lot without any down days (I think). How are you holding up?
If you're riding through the length of the Oklahoma panhandle to the Clayton N.M. area , way off the hardtop is this , The Dorsey Mansion . Cool story , built by a gambler who went into politics.
It's not open for tours anymore , it's a lama ranch. And old car stash yard,
It's in the triangle between Clayton and Taos .
Bitch bitch bitch.
Got me there! It actually is really pretty in a desolate kind of way.
I discovered today that my headset isn't loud enough for me to hear it when I'm going 75, but I have been singing in my helmet a lot
Yeah, I'm still going to make it. I'm almost at 400 miles today, and plan on making it a good bit farther.
I'll check it out! Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds cool.
It sounds like you might be headed for Taos.. Check your map for the town of Cimmaron and highway 64! This is one of the best in New Mexico.!
A side note.. Almost everyday we get a fast moving thunderstorm about 3 pm. It normally lasts one hour and gone.. But the lighting can be extremely dangerous.. A good time to take a break at McDonald's. Be aware.
Glad you got out of the way of the texas rain... you were a day to the good... did you try to ride with rear pegs? any position change is usually welcome... your rear tire should be good for at least another day or so... keep it in mind the best 3/4 of it are somewhere back in VA. Keep an eye on your oil level many bikes that are known to all but never use much oil..... on long stretches of highway seem to consume it...
ride on stay safe... and keep us posted... i'd hate for something to happen to you now that i have fed you :)
My opinion on OK has changed... I LOVE the western part. I'm at a Mexican restaurant in Woodward.
Don't let needing tires slide.. they are vital!! What has worked best for me is find a independent mechanic who discounts the tires slightly and does a good installation for a fair price.. great piece of mind..
I'm definitely going through Cimarron... It was one of the first places suggested to me in my trip planning thread.
I'm not sure what to do about tires, since the next two days I'm going to be riding all day on my way to Colorado, and the next day, I'll be riding with Rick. Maybe the day after that? Not sure since I have to call ahead somewhere to order the tires.
Will you be near a major city when you finish your ride with Rick? How bad is the wear on the rear? Picture..
I should be near somewhere pretty large when the ride is over, yeah. Here's a picture of the tire, although I feel like it makes it look a little more worn than it actually is.
Not far west of Woodard is Shattuck , home of the Shattuck Windmill Museum . You can see about a hundred , many different brands and styles. Without them living in Oklahoma would have been much tougher.