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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Signal 13, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    On the previous day I had planned to ride IN SR 135, it snowed all day long. I now see that until spring, I'm not going to be able to make plans to ride due to the unpredictable weather and will just have to see if it's a clear day once I get up in the mornings on the days I'm off.

    At any rate, today was a great day to ride with sunny skies and a high of 55 degrees. Unfortunately I got a late start though, and the clouds moved in and the temperature dropped quite a bit as I was heading home. Not having as much time as I wanted means I passed up Bean Blossom covered bridge and didn't get to explore some of the gravel roads shooting off 135, but there's always next time.

    Came across one of my favorite signs...

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    Unfortunately the sign was inaccurate and the water from all the rain we received yesterday had already receded. Oh well, better luck next time.

    The small town of Story was quaint and I'll be returning to take my wife to lunch there because the menu looked awesome. No time to sample a bite today though, as I had miles to log.

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    Came across a downed power line across the road. After watching two cagers cross, I decided the line must be dead and crossed as well.

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    This was a cool covered bridge. It's not an old one, but rather a private one that someone built at the start of their driveway. When do you know you have too much money? When you're building a covered bridge on your driveway.

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    On the way home I decided to stop off at Easter Island for a photoshoot. Noticed this a few weeks ago in Bedford and thought it might make for a good pic.

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    One of the reasons I got a late start was because my wife had me take her up to the Kroger in Bloomington so she could do her bi-monthly grocery shopping. While there, she picked me up a monster London Broil, which I sectioned into thirds after today's ride and then threw one of those on the grill, which went down great with a beer. It's great to be loved.

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    It was the first time I used that grill (got a good deal on it recently at Lowe's), and I'm quite pleased with it...cooked that steak to perfection.

    I took some video during the ride and will throw something together to post on YouTube sometime over the next few days. The route was fun with lots of turns. The only downside was it took me a while to get there...under an hour, but maybe I'm spoiled with the Hoosier National Forest as my backyard. A lot of the curves ahead signs recommend 25 to 35 mph, which can easily be done at 40 to 50 mph. However, there were two signs that listed 10 or 15 mph, and those two were quite sharp, so keep that in mind if you want to ride the attached track.

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  2. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Took a look at the video I shot from the last time out and deleted it all. I was trying out a new mount location and the right side of the windshield went right down the middle of the video...sorta gave me a headache to look at that, so I deleted it all.

    Today I rode up to Indy to return the cot to REI. As much as I liked it, it was just too big for the bike. They had a smaller one there, but that one was too small for the tent I use, which goes on top of the cot.

    REI sells a Helinox oversized cot, but at $450, it’s out of my cot budget. So, I need to come up with something before my next camping trip on the 20th. Leaning towards a footprint under the tent and then a really comfortable inflatable sleeping pad. It’s an option, but sleeping off the ground on a cot is more ideal.

    Was probably not a wise idea to take the bike to Indy...was 27 degrees when I left this morning and I about froze. Then had to ride back as well. I’d be lying if I didn’t think to myself a time or two that I should have taken the cage up there.

    On the plus side, I found some gravel on the way home, and a small lake. It’s on 15 acres of land about a mile from my place and looks quite nice. It’s for sale, but I don’t know for how much.

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    Once I got home, I relaxed for a bit and then took the wife and kids out to eat at Outback. Back home from there, I took two Ny-Quil because I feel as though I may have the start of a cold...likely from the frozen butt ride I did today. But, nothing some meds and some good sleep cannot cure.
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  3. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Add in a hot toddy and you'll be fine.:photog
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  4. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Well FML...

    During that last ride my right wrist was bothering me quite a bit. Actually, this has been ongoing for months now, but some days it’s worse than others. It seems riding for anything over an hour or so really causes it to flare up.

    At any rate, I went to log into my computer today for work and just resting my wrist on the gel wrist support of the mouse pad sent a shooting pain from my wrist to my pinky and up to the middle of my forearm.

    I bowed out of work and went to the doctor, who told me I most certainly have carpul (sp?) tunnel, which can become chronic. The doc said no work today or tomorrow, put me in a brace that I’ve got to wear day and night for the next 3 weeks, even while sleeping, and a regimen of anti-inflammatories and the occasional icing. This is what I get for going from a merc to a desk job. Pfft!

    Needless to say, I’m pretty bummed given that’s I was planning to go riding/camping on the 20th and 23rd. Part of me thinks I could just take the brace off and go anyway, but then the other part of me thinks that would be dumb and I should obey the doc and give it a chance to heal up.

    The only thing worse than being without my wife and kids over the holidays (they’re going to FL for a week) would be to sit in a quiet house alone, so I’m thinking perhaps I’ll just go car camping. Doing that will at least allow me to try out my new set-up.

    Kinda figured I’d be changing up my gear a bit, because who ever gets that stuff right on the very first try? Not I. So, as mentioned in the previous post, I returned the cot due to it being too big for the bike.

    Not being ready to drop $430 clams on the Helinox cot, I’m thinking of going with a Waltmart blue tarp special for the footprint and my old army PT mat. Ugh, my back whimpers just reading that. May not work out in the end, but it’s worth a shot.

    Anyhow, just thought I’d share the set-back so it’s known why I’m not riding or why I’m car camping rather than moto camping. Sucks, but will hopefully be back on the bike in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’ll continue dialing in the bike and the gear as much as I can in preparation for better days ahead.
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  5. MCRIDER1959

    MCRIDER1959 Been here awhile

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    I gotta ask. Where is the location of this? I have been around the area of Bedford IN and to the stone quarry(rode in from the cemetery at the corner of Kentucky Hollow Rd & Old State Rd. 37N) but, I have never seen the "Easter Island" head.
    Thanks!
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    On the way home I decided to stop off at Easter Island for a photoshoot. Noticed this a few weeks ago in Bedford and thought it might make for a good pic.

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  6. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Take SR 37 then go east on US 50 (aka 16th Street in Bedford). Maybe a mile or two down on the right is the Boys & Girls Club...the heads (there’s 2 of them) are behind that.
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  7. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    The doc said no riding, but didn’t say shit about working on the bike, so I took advantage of my medical day off and came up with a more permanent solution for mounting my tool storage tubes.

    Here’s where they were before, mounted with zip ties.

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    They're now lower and properly mounted.

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    For the two tubes and hardware, I’m all in for about $12.
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  8. 10-96

    10-96 Adventurer

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    Signal 13, I'm familiar with the wrist pain you describe. May I suggest you stop using any wrist rest when using the mouse as this, over time, causes the pain you describe. Also make sure your mouse and keyboard are positioned so that your hands/forearms slope slightly downward from the elbow when seated at your desk. If they are angled upward from the elbow while seated, that will also cause the wrist pain and CTS.

    For most people, doing the above and wearing the wrist brace at night (to stop you from curling your wrist inward while sleeping) will solve this wrist pain problem often within a couple of weeks. If not, try the injection to calm the nerve as well (hand specialist knows exactly where to jam the needle in vs. many family docs; just kidding about jamming the needle, LOL, it' not bad at all). Good luck.
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  9. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for the tips! My wrists are angled up from my elbows...will get a taller chair, and will put a pillow in my current chair until I do. That, or I'll take my saw zaw to the legs of the desk. :lol3 I'll also turn the mouse pad around so I'm not resting my wrist on the gel part.

    I don't know if I curl my wrist when I sleep, but I slept like shit last night because I worked a 13.5hr day and my wrist was killing me, even with the brace on. It's to the point that even my finger movement is effecting it (I think).

    Hopefully in ~3wks I'll be free of this...if not, I'll let Dr. Mayhem jam whatever s/he wants into my wrist so long as it relieves me of the pain and I can get back on my bike.
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  10. B10Dave

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    Signal 13; How much rear suspension travel does the Himalayan have? Is there any chance the chain guard will contact the left tool tube?
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  11. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Funny you should ask Dave! :lol3

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  12. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Your more upright mounting now is a better idea, IMHO.:nod
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  13. bovine

    bovine Been here awhile

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    135 south of Story is a good ride for sure.
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  14. Parcero

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    I stumbled upon this ride report this morning and have really enjoyed it. Being from Chicago, I am always interested in discovering new places to ride that are relatively close by. Your routes look very nice. I’ll definitely take a ride down in the Spring.

    I also like all of the information on the Himalayan. I have a 2016 Royal Enfield Classic 500 and love it. While I haven’t done any rides longer than about 200 miles on it, it has performed well and has had no mechanical issues, despite having been ridden pretty fast for long periods of time while keeping up with some fellow riders on BMWs. It might be a good bike for a ride down to southern Indiana.
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  15. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I'd never heard much (if anything) about Royal Enfield, but was intrigued by the styling of the Himalayan and decided to check it out. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, and being my first bike after about 5 years of not riding, I think it was a good choice.

    About the most I ride it in a day is 200-250 miles, so you should be able to get here from Chicago without much trouble on your 500. The area is relaxing...nice roads, not much traffic, random sights you'd otherwise not know existed. I'm still trying to get down to French Lick on the bike, as the backroads to get there are great, but the wrist injury is still sidelining me. It's not going anywhere though, so I'll get there once I'm healed up, and it will be a better ride in the Spring anyway.

    Glad you like the info and pics.
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  16. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Went camping 12/23/2018 at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, IN. It was an awesome park with so much to see and do that it will take multiple trips to cover everything. There's no park entrance fees Sunday through Thursday, as the gate is only manned Fridays and Saturdays during the winter months. If anyone is looking to do some light hiking and camping January 20-21, hit me up (the 21st is a holiday). I'll supply the firewood, but BYOB/F.

    Below is a video I filmed while there. I'm a YouTube noob, so no fancy editing...just recorded some clips and stitched them together.

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  17. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Added some magnets to the bottom of my motorcycle to trigger traffic lights.



    Also bought some handlebar muffs.

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