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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dachary, Dec 6, 2010.
I would likely be shot, if I tried that...
This is a great RR! I hope everything smooths out once you get south of the border.
I have added your RR to the "Whole Enchilada" section of the Latin American Ride Report Link Thread.
I'm in for the duration. Good luck.
"C'mon, do you really think this is good advice??? I'm sure two heavily loaded bikes with out of state plates scoping out a vacant house wouldn't attract any attention At the very best they would be arrested"
I know, it's a whacked idea but it is an option. The woman I know that's done this is a standup member of her community. Obviously you wouldn't park the bikes in front of the house and I wouldn't recommend using any lights.
Another option would be to check with the local churches. They might know of someone that rents spare rooms out.
Subscribed, Stay Safe and thanks for sharing!
The weather reports at the end of day five were pretty conclusive. Get out of town now! The only problem was that the temperature had dropped and Dachary's electric liner was still on the fritz, but the choice was either get stuck in town for days because of the crap weather or take a chance today. So, we took a chance and I made her promise to request we pull over if the jacket failed again and she was feeling particularly chilled.
We're happy to report though, that a careful insertion, and application of duct tape kept it working all day.
Solving the Gerbing's problem
Of course, Dachary literally didn't move from her saddle for 300 miles for fear that it would cut out again. When we finally did pull over for food (about 30 miles from our destination) we were both feeling cold even though everyone was walking around with t-shirts. Towards the end of our break Dachary had an attack of uncontrollable full-body shivers. We went back out to the bike because at least there she could plug in.
Getting to the break though
that was work. Winds of 30+ with gusts over 40 interspersed with "Mother Fucking Bridges" where it was even worse. We are at a loss regarding Mississippi and Luisiana's obsession with huge arching streams of concrete.
There's a huge bridge going to New Orleans that both of us had been looking forward too. It's five minutes of concrete suspended above water. And today it was a bit of a rush
It was also kind of like being pummeled. We've got some video, that we'll cut a few seconds of into todays video diary when we get it up, but our heads are being battered around so much that it's makes you kind of sick to watch more than that.
In other news Expedia and Howard Johnson's decided to both bill us for our stay here in Louisiana while we wait for the motorcycle shop to open on Tuesday so that we can pick up the tires. I'm just crossing my fingers that they've actually got the ones for tube tires and not tubeless. I realize we *can* run tubes in tubeless tires but I'm not convinced it's something you *should* do unless you have to.
In the equipment department: That 5 Function Meter we were praising the other day? Yeah, absolutely not designed for motorcycles. It got wet when it rained last night, water got in between the plastic / crystal layers froze, and generally bored it. Her voltmeter is reading too high in the afternoon, my temperature read 18:8.8 E for most of the day, and her clock lost 15 minutes. My opinion of Aerostich is dropping by the day. Also, I melted a bit of the extra webbing that was flapping around on the Wolfman Dry Duffel on the muffler yesterday, and I've discovered that my new helmet cam is mounted at too low of an angle. I have one more shot to get it right tomorrow, but if that's not right
Getting frisky with the muffler
Started today in Greenville, Alabama and ended the day in Houma, Louisiana where we'll be staying till Tuesday AM. 344 miles today. Could have gone further because there was plenty of sunlight left, but we have to wait near Baton Rouge for the tires. Now that we're stopped for the day, though, we're drooping by the second. Fighting with those winds all day was so tiring...
High bridges? We use our rivers for shipping so large ships have to get underneath them. You're in Houma? Way south of Baton Rouge, Was there a reason to go there rather than some other place closer by?
Subscribed! I just stumbled onto your report, I had forgotten about your mid-December departure plan!! Have a safe ride and fun winter "down south". See you in Pachaug in the spring!
If you guys are BMWMOA members you know about the MOA anonymous book. That has a directory of people willing to help out riders in all areas of the country. Some provide breakdown help some provide tools, tent space, spare bedroom. It's worth checking into the MOA for that reason alone if you are adventure riders.
Thank you for sharing.
My wife and I are planning a South American trip in two years and are reading everything we can get our hands on.
Looks like you don't have to leave the country to be on an adventure. Good luck, stay safe, and i'll be looking forward to your updates.
Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to following along, ride safe!!
I know, right? It's driving me crazy, too! Old glasses won't work - I mostly wear contacts but I've got a pair of glasses with me, too, and I offered it to Kay, but the problem appears to be astigmatisms - glasses have to be curved in the right way in the right place for Kay. So new prescription glasses would be a great thing, I think, but Kay is being stubborn about trying to hold out for "cheap" glasses...
And thanks for the offer re: Twisted Throttle! We've had really good experiences with them, and we proudly sport Twisted Throttle stickers on our panniers. Hopefully we won't need it, but thanks for the offer!
We're in Houma because we were looking for the cheapest place to stay that we could find, and it's pretty close to the Gulf, which we've got a yen to see. Billing snafu aside, so far, so good!
Thanks, Brian - we do know about the MOA anonymous book, but somehow we never got around to joining BMWMOA. With all of the outfitting for the trip, there was always something else to spend that $50 on...
I'm in. AAHHH, a RR from some East coasters!!
Just joined BMWOA, a solid option in a tight community, for any ADV ride.
You've got my respect riding through this huge blast of arctic air. I'm sure spirits will pick up once you get further south and put away that damn electric vest!
I'm not sure what your route is like further down the road, but its sounds like you need a warm beach asap! Great spots in mexico a bit north of Belize or the Cayes of Belize. Some in Guatemala.
If you're looking for something to do:
If you need a place in Houston, drop me a PM.
Victory! I poked Kay again and pulled up this link, and we did a little research on getting glasses in Mexico (where Kay is convinced that it's cheaper). As Kay already has a prescription on file for LensCrafters, no additional eye exam would be needed to get new glasses. Looks like the price is comparable or even cheaper with this sale you've posted here, so Kay has finally agreed to hare off to a LensCrafters (one in the suburbs of New Orleans is the closest at an hour away) and get some new glasses.
Thanks so much for your help!