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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Keithag65, Jan 8, 2019.
Awesome report so far! Can't wait for more. Great choice in bike (I'm biased. I have one as well)
Count me in.
Somewhere in AR to Hurricane Mills, TN
The weather wasn't so good the first half of this day.
I was running low on gas when I came into a small one stop town called Deer, AR.
This was the home of the Deer Antlers. Funny!
I stopped at the tiny store with the old style gas pump and filled the tank.
I love these kind of places.
They had free coffee, wifi, and a nice little table. Wifi is my only connection to the outside world. I have an iPhone, but no phone service. I didn't need that bill while I don't have any income.
This guy came in with some home made jam and biscuits.
It's so nice to be able to hang out and not be in a hurry to get somewhere.
After awhile I decided to get going. I tried to wait out some rain, but it wasn't letting up. The best thing to do was get ahead of it. I ended up riding in some very heavy rain through some awesome roads.
I came across a neat little place called the Drasco Trading Post.
Day 7 Cont'd
It was very windy and a good opportunity to dry out a wet tent.
I soon hit the flat farm lands near the Mississippi and it was getting hot and super humid.
I really needed a cold drink.
I set up my chair beside a store, got out of my hot gear, and enjoyed a cold beer.
While I was sitting there a guy in truck pulled up to see what I was doing. He was a bike rider also. He thought my trip was awesome.
We chatted awhile and he offered me his yard for the night. It was a little early in the day to be thinking about camping. I thanked him and we parted ways.
There really are so many nice people out there once you start talking to them.
I kept pushing on and crossed the Mississippi into Tennessee. I'd been gone from there for just over a year and only lived there 10 years, but it kind of felt like coming home.
Day 7 Cont'd
I made it to Hurricane Mills, TN after dark. This was Loretta Lynn's amateur race track and campground. The big races were the previous week. I've camped here before.
I would make the short ride into Nashville the next morning.
Hurricane Mills, TN to Nashville, TN
It would be a short ride into Nashville.
I'd be staying with my girlfriends sister and brother in law.
There was a lot of weather passing through this area. I'd get caught up in it after I left.
Before I left on this trip I had a reputable mechanic check the valves, and balance the throttle bodies. He used some kind of vacuum tool. Later the dealer told me you really have to hook these Triumphs up to a computer and do it that way. Dealer was right in this instance.
I could tell right away that the throttle bodies didn't get balanced right. The bike would bog down on acceleration. It drove me nuts.
I bought the bike in Nashville and wanted the dealer to hook it up and check them.
I didn't feel like spooning on the rear tire either, so I had them do that. It was worth the $25.00.
Looks like a good trip so far except for more rain than you want.
Jesus what a house that is.
Day 10 through 13
Relaxing in Nashville, TN
The dealer hooked the bike and sure enough the throttle bodies were out of sync. While they were in there they loaded a more updated fuel map. I thought great. Good to have the update. Well, that would turn out to be a nightmare. More on that later.
I was just going to live with the throttle bodies out of balance. I didn't want to pay to have it fixed at this time.
So next up the tire change. I pulled the wheel and gave them the tire.
I put it back on and took off. Everything felt good.
I cleaned the bike up and changed the oil.
As I was cleaning the rear wheel I noticed a big scratch where the old wheel weights were removed. The guy used a screw driver and gouged the wheel. I wasn't thrilled about this.
Nashville to somewhere in Kentucky
I hung around town for about 5 days. I rode the bike a bit and noticed I was getting a little vibration when I would accelerated in 1st gear. It's never done this before. Always been smooth as can be. I thought maybe it was the new tire.
The weather was crap, but getting better. I was going to wait for it to move out and get a late start. I should have waited a couple hours more.
I wanted to swing by the dealer and show them the wheel. The service manager is a good guy and I thought if anything, they shouldn't do this to someone else. I wasn't expecting anything from them but I wanted to see if he would offer amends.
He looked it over, agreed it shouldn't have happened, and made me an offer to balance my throttle bodies for free when I come back through Nashville. Works for me.
I stopped to get some gas and this guy pulled in. First time seeing this bike. Kinda cool.
I've done a lot of riding back east in the last 10 years so I know my way around. It's a motorcycle paradise back there.
However, soon I was riding a lot of 4 lane highways. After awhile I'm like what the heck. I would have never made a route like this.
It was then that I discovered that I was being rerouted all the time. I changed the settings on the GPS, but it would always change to shortest distance or fastest time. It was not following my route.
Both GPS's were doing it. I've never had this happen previously.
I decided that I was going to have to follow this like a track and keep moving the screen to see where I was supposed to go. Out west it wasn't a big deal, but back east when you are constantly turning on different roads you have to scroll a lot and you tend to miss some turns.
It all worked out fine though.
I was having a great time riding twisty back country roads when the rains came. I turned around and went back to a church that had I passed earlier. It had a nice cover. I wasn't ready to get the bike trashed so soon after working so hard to clean it up.
There had been a group of women out front. I thought they were selling things. It turns out they were giving food away. They called themselves God's Handbag.
Day 14 Cont'd
It was getting late and raining lightly. I had always thought that behind a church would be a good place to camp.
I told them what I was doing and asked if I could camp there. They all thought it was a good idea.
I set up camp for the night.
Handy little pump. Kind of bulky but worth it. I've got it rigged to plug into the electric jacket plug.
The ladies were very nice and generous, and gave me as much food and drink as I could handle. I got a good nights sleep.
This was way out in Kentucky countryside.
I really like the bike also, however it did have some hiccups later. I think it had to do with the new fuel map the dealer put on it in Nashville.
Near Booneville, KY to near Danville, WV
The daily miles are getting lower as the riding gets better. I love this part of the country for the roads.
I had been wanting to see Butcher's Hollow where Loretta Lynn was born for quite awhile. I finally made it.
It's way out there.
Day 15 Cont'd
Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle's birthplace home.
The old store just before the house. A lot of history in there.
I was having a blast riding through the West Virginia countryside, however it was getting late and time to start looking for a camp spot.
People mow everything back here and there are so many big yards that would be great for putting down a tent.
On this trip, I decided to start asking folks if I could camp in their yard.
Once you introduce yourself, tell them what you are doing, and build a little trust, most will say yes.
When folks say no, I tell them I understand and move on. I don't try to convince them.
It worked out very well for the most part.
This turned out to be another gem of a find. The people that own it live across the street. They were happy to let me set up on the driveway there.
Day 15 Cont'd
A few more.
Quite a few deer out this evening. Some playing chicken with the traffic. I had a young deer come sprinting at me. I thought it was a dog and shooed it away.
While I was cooking breakfast, the neighbor walking away in the distance there brought me over a really good cup of coffee. There's good people back here.
I actually got real lucky with the rain. It could have been worse. I usually go out of my way to avoid it.
Great so far. Just curious why you stopped at Nova Scotia? Newfoundland would have been a great destination! As for the bug spray, look for the OFF brand that sprays/dries like a powder rather that an oil slick.
Amazing trip and read so far! Glad you had a great time! Bummer about losing those pics early on - that's done amazing country out by Utah and Colorado (can't speak for further Northwest of there since I've never been that far Northwest).
I probably should have gone to Newfoundland. Maybe next time. I had seen so much up to that point and was ready to turn around.
I used Picaridin for bug spray on this trip. It worked great, but with all the heat, humidity, and sweating I just got so sticky. I'll try the Off.