Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

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    Thanks for adding the video. You captured the mood of the place pretty well. You must have been there early. I think it was a lot more crowded when we were there. It was definitely worth going. I'm glad you told me about this because I would never have known about it otherwise. They should be having another festival for Christmas. A lady there told me they really go overboard decorating the place, at least they have in the past. I'm going to try to check that out.
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    IMG_2085.JPG IMG_2097.JPG IMG_2098.JPG IMG_2100.JPG IMG_2106.JPG IMG_2096.JPG IMG_2108.JPG I did get a few of you, Win, since you're not usually in many of your rides. I thought it was a great route. Just the kind I like. I ended up with 340 miles. Greg and I departed on the interstate since I was going by our cemetery in Vinemont. I went down 31.
  3. klaviator

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    I had another ride planned this morning. It was a street ride meeting in Ardmore at 8. I posted it in the regional forum as well as Motorcycle Alabama. But it didn't happen. Here's what did:

    Just before going to bed last nigh I discovered that our freezer out in the garage wasn't running and everything was defrosting.

    Crap!!

    The lights were on in the garage and none of the breakers were popped so I figured my freezer just died. It was a cheap freezer I bought about 8 years ago.

    Debbi and I took as much stuff as we could and stuffed it into out inside Refrigerator/freezer. We threw out some really old stuff. We took the rest to my Mom's house. We were barely able to fit everything into the space she had.

    Before going to my Mom's house I decided I better cancel this ride because who knows how late I would be up. I tried to cancel on MA but got a really weird error message telling me I would need to get the post approved by a moderator??

    I didn't have time to mess with that so I posted the cancellation on ADV and headed out. After putting the stuff in Mom's freezer she mentioned how her freezers in the garage quit working over a year ago and it turned out to be a popped GFI outlet on the outside of the house that the Christmas lights were on.

    So when I got home I got on the computer and tried posting on here again. No problem this time. I figured Johnny had been doing stuff to the forum because of all the spammers we have had lately.

    Then I went out to the garage to check the outlet the freezer was on. It wasn't working. I had assumed that since the garage lights were on it wasn't the electricity but the overhead lights are on a different circuit. The outlets on the walls and outside outlets are on a GFI circuit. I looked for the GFI outlet but couldn't find it:baldy Finally I gave up and figured I'd look at it in the morning.

    But it was bugging me so looked some more a little later and found the GFI outlet and reset it. I still have no idea what popped it but after cleaning out the empty freezer I plugged it back in and its still running this morning.

    I'm glad we didn't have a big group for this morning. @mojo1 was then only person to post that he was coming and he checked the forum around 5:30 this morning before riding all the way to Ardmore from South of Birmingham. The lesson learned from this is always check the forum for last minute changes before heading out to a ride.
  4. TheSweeper

    TheSweeper Been here awhile

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    GFI outlets do go bad when they get old. They'll trip really easy or won't reset. If it does it again, I'd replace it.
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    Thanks Randy. I'll keep that in mind.

    After cancelling my long ride for today I at least got out for a short ride on the scooter.

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  7. klaviator

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    That's a bit too long for me. I thought about doing the cannonball but came to my senses. I know at least one of the participants, probably more. When the Cannonball was postponed last year a few of the participants came to my Maggie Valley Scooter ride. I think I'll enjoy following along more than I would riding it myself. Doing day after day 400 mile rides on a small scooter just wouldn't be fun for me although it would be really cool to be able to say I did it!

    There's a thread in Battle Scooters on this event: https://advrider.com/f/threads/scooter-cannonball-2020-update-to-2021.1377355/

    Here's a thread by a Gal who is participating: https://advrider.com/f/threads/scootin-my-way.1385238/page-62#post-42625978

    There is one inmate who is riding his Super Cub from California to the start in Bar Harbor and then competing in the cannonball:bow
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    I went out to try to catch the sunset again. Clouds on the horizon kept it from being really spectacular.

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    makes me wanna go there! thanks for posting
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    An electrician told me to not run a refrigerator (or freezer)on a GFCI circuit. Something about the way they work, they can trigger a fault. That's why a kitchen has the outlet for the fridge on a different circuit or at least wired separate.

    Why does the fridge trip the GFCI?
    Any inductive load when switched off, can produce electromagnetic interference (EMI). This interference can, and often does, trip GFCI devices. Most vapor compression refrigerators have a few inductive loads, any of which could cause the trip.
  11. klaviator

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    The freezer has been on that circuit for 8 years with no problems until now. I'll keep an eye on it as there is no simple way to get it on another circuit.

    Getting back to motorcycle/scooter related stuff. Remember all the discussion about fixing flat tires? I picked this up at Wally World:

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    Sorry for the blurry pic. There is a better one at this link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hyper-Tough-DC-3-7V-Cordless-Bicycle-Tire-Inflator-Rechargeable-Portable-Car-Motorcycle-Football-Handheld-Pump-Mini-Air-Compressor-Doubles-Power-Bank/809330959?irgwc=1&sourceid=imp_3em01HXzQxyLTC:R-c2cOwRmUkB357WpQSb:Sw0&veh=aff&wmlspartner=imp_150372&clickid=3em01HXzQxyLTC:R-c2cOwRmUkB357WpQSb:Sw0&sharedid=&affiliates_ad_id=568840&campaign_id=9383

    It's a rechargeable air pump and costs a whopping $29.99. After fully charging it I topped off all of the tires in my garage; 2 motorcycles, 2 scooters and 1 bicycle. None of them needed a lot of air. Then I added 3-4 pounds to all four tires on my truck. Those are much bigger than motorcycle tires but the pump handled it just fine. It's now showing between 20 and 50% charge. I think it will easily handle at least a couple of motorcycle tires.
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    I have a similar unit that I bought from amazon.. wasn't aware of this one. I like the fact that it will double as a power supply!
  13. klaviator

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    My buddy @Raptorman bought one and used it on Rich's bike in Little Switzerland. I probably would never have found it otherwise. BTW, it is also a flashlight although I haven't tried it in the dark to see how bright it is. Its hard to beat for only 30 bucks!
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    I got one like it but not rechargeable. $20 and it works great. I figured all of my bikes have battery tender plugs and I have bad luck with rechargeable tools being dead when I really need them. Still have to gather the rest of the tools I need to fix a flat. I can't stay focused!
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    Win; is the GFI built into the receptacle? Just replace it with a regular one.
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  16. klaviator

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    No, it's on another receptacle in the circuit. The circuit includes two receptacles in the garage and two outside. The overhead lights in the garage are on another circuit and I could run power from there but I'm not an electrician so it wouldn't be easy for me.

    Getting back to the topic of RIDING. It looks like there will be a good turnout for tomorrow. I set up lunch at Chef Troy's in Houston. I'll also be leading a ride there from Allsport in Decatur. This is more of a social event but the ride should be pretty good too. I'm hoping to see some of the people I have been riding with regularly, see a few I haven't in a while and meet a few for the first time.
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    I headed to Decatur this morning. I wanted to be at Allsport early before the rest of the riders arrived. I also wanted to pre-ride part of the route to make sure I didn't make a wrong turn and get us lost! I made a small detour off the route and circled Lake Chula Vista. I even got to do a water crossing!

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    I got to Allsport at 9:15 but a couple of people beat me there. We talked for a while and looked at bikes. Randy showed up on his new (to him) CB500X and discovered that his bike was melting....literally!!

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    I talked to Steve, the owner, and he told me if I had given him a heads up he would have had donuts for us! I'll try to remember that. He also said they would have a cookout for us on August 7th. I'll plan on setting up a ride to get there.

    Getting ready to head out. We had around a dozen bikes.

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    Since it was only about 40 miles from Allsport to our lunch stop I added a few zigs and zags to make it a bit more of a ride. I found a couple of roads with some nice curves to add to the route.

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    We even lucked out and didn't get stuck behind slow cars on those roads:-)

    We stopped in Wren to take a break and socialize a bit. Many of the people on this ride had not met before. Some had not ridden with any of us.

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    Then we continued to our lunch stop. Our luck ran out as far as slow traffic as we were stuck behind a couple of slow trucks for a while but eventually we turned off on to another road and were able to enjoy the curves:ricky:ricky

    When we got to Chef Troy's in Houston, there were some bikes and riders waiting for us.

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    I think we had 18 people total for lunch. Chef Troy's is a little hole in the wall restaurant but has great food.

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    I should have been wearing my glasses when I put the shock in. I created a short at the relay somehow. Good thing I only rode fifteen minutes to Allsport! Had a great time today, thanks Win.
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    Some of us hung out after lunch, talked bikes and told some lies.

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    We all admired this bike.

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    @Nice Goat getting ready to leave on his DR350.

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    We had no real plan after lunch. Some people just headed home on their own. @Nice Goat led a couple of riders who had ridden here with me on a dual sport ride.

    Six of us headed North on 63 which has some nice sweepers.

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    When we got to 33, half headed south 33 and three of us headed North. From 33 we turned on to Leola Rd which also has some nice curves.

    One last pic a few miles from home.

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    As rides go this one was fun but nothing special. This was more about getting a bunch of riders together and having a chance to socialize.