From Deadhorse Down - A journey through North, Central and South America...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DirtyBones, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. thumper447

    thumper447 All Hail KTM

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    I'm in NC... hollar if ya need a place to stay or to want to ride. Thanks again for the RR!
  2. DirtyBones

    DirtyBones Donde esta...?

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    Hey everybody! Sorry for the long lapse in posts, but since arriving home it’s been a whirlwind of parties and booze. Come to think of it, that’s not much different than life on the road. :freaky

    But anyway, I’m back on the ball after my liver recovered…..more updates are on the way…. :D
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    Day 309 – Knight Key, Florida 06/26/11 Mileage: 0

    The beer at the Sunset Grill was so cold and the camping at Knight Key was so good I decided to stay another day. Well, to be honest…the campsite was just OK…but the beer and food at the Sunset Grill was fantastic…and they had good wifi so I could get caught up on the blog and my beer drinking all at once. Maybe I am a good multitasker after all?

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    Day 310 – Knight Key to Miami, Florida 06/27/11 Mileage: 116

    It was hard to leave paradise but it was time to get back on the road north. I found a new rear sub-frame and sidecase rack for the bike and had them shipped to Miami. They were both damaged in the accident back in Venezuela and although the bike is clearly able to be ridden as is, I wanted to swap out those parts as soon as possible The parts were due to arrive at my cousins house back in Miami so that was my destination. As luck would have it I pulled up just as the UPS truck was making the delivery….sweet! So with the new rack and sub-frame in hand, I set about swapping them out. Unfortunately this was no small feat as I had to take the back end of the bike almost completely apart.

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    Luckily it all went better than I expected and with a quick trip to the hardware store for some replacement bolts, I had the bike back together in around 6 hours. Tomorrow I’m going to meet up with my friends John and Sabine who are on their way to Miami in route to Sao Paulo, Brazil….I can’t wait to see them!
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    Day 311 – Miami, Florida 06/28/11 Mileage: 18

    Today I would say goodbye to my cousins Barbara and Murray who have been wonderful and accommodating hosts. But, I would also be saying hello to my friends John and Sabine whom I met in Brazil almost 2 months ago. They are moving to Brazil and will be literally flying out of Miami tomorrow to Sao Paulo with their two dogs Lua and Simba…so I’m so glad I was able to catch them before they left for good! I met them at their hotel and after a few quick beers we headed out for lunch at The Field Irish pub up in Fort Lauderdale.

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    Well, The Field is an awesome pub with great atmosphere…and our lunch quickly spiraled down the rabbit hole…especially after the double Patron’s and Guinness started flying. What started out as an innocent lunch was now an all out booze fest. Thankfully Sabine is a saint and was doing a good job corralling the two drunken idiots. The rest of the night was a blur with many gaps in the memory record, but I did apparently order ravioli (ps: I can’t even tell you when the last time I order $%#@ ravioli!?) at an Italian restaurant that I scantly remember being at.

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    Why are these pictures dark and out of focus? Well, I assure you there was nothing wrong with the camera, and everything wrong with the photographer!​

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    Back at the hotel I tried to hold it together long enough to get a room after which I promptly went to bed….and by that I mean pass out cold.
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    Day 312 – Miami, Florida to Macon, Georgia 06/29/11 Mileage: 577

    This morning was rough after last night’s drunken debauchery, so I was in no rush to get on the bike. John, Sabine and I met for breakfast and Sabine helped me fill in some of the blanks from last night. Damn the bottle, I’m not drinking ever again….or, well….at least until later. After breakfast I bid farewell to my dear friends as they left for the airport for the final leg of the journey to their new home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sabine was taking a regular commercial flight and John was flying with their dogs Lua and Simba on the cargo plane. I will miss them immensely. After lingering a bit to use the wifi and shake off the hangover, I packed the bike and hit the road north.

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    I dodged thunder storms most of the day....but this one caught me so I took shelter under in abandoned gas station...​

    I decided to head toward the Blue Ridge so I took the less traveled road through the middle of Florida up into central Georgia and ended up in Macon. The scenery was nice but not super inspiring so I didn’t stop for many pictures.

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    A little taste of the South...Waffle House!​

    Tomorrow it’s back on the road north towards the Blue Ridge Mountains and the famous “Tail of the Dragon”.
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    Thanks MG! Being back as been a bit of an adjustment for sure....but it has been great to catch up with all my friends and family. It's been two weeks and I'm just now feeling back to "normal"....though that won't be complete until I get a job! :cob :lol3 Now Crash and I have to live vicariously through you! :deal
  8. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    glad to see you are still alive and are going to finish this rr
    we've missed you
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    the WAFFLE HOUSE in MACON
    been there a few times :D

    thanks, lenny
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    Loving your report, Isn’t getting on the bike just the greatest cure for a hangover ? :1drink<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  10. pdxbrit

    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    It sure got quiet in here... :lurk
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    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    A DB sighting... awesome! :clap
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    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    So Lenny how has real life been treating you? Well I hope! :evil