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PineyMountain’s No Rulz Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PineyMountainRacing, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    So I just read all the rules for ride reports and I think I can follow them, maybe. Rule numero uno is I must have a beginning and a destination. Usually when I take a trip I have both, because time is limited, gotta be back to work, bla bla bla, but never before have I had so much potential time off, and TBH I really haven’t picked a specific destination, I may end up with a bunch :lol3 I do have some rides I want to do, and some tracks from other inmates so I do have a general direction - west and north.. Kinda depends on weather too, both in the direction I’m headed, and back at home (since it’s still hurricane season).

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    October is usually slow for me anyway, lots of reasons, but Covid did play a part. I schedule a lot of my repeat customers every 6 months, April was completely dead with the virus and I just handled everybody over the phone, which took care of all the problems but did zip for my income. And then nobody got scheduled for 6 months - so October is / was a flop and here I am. I think that and the realization that taking a trip “next year” may never happen as I’m def not getting any younger. My bones creak every every morning when I get out of bed, heck I may not be able to finish this trip LOL.

    New 705’s - Crap, I just notice that gouge on my rim - better take a Sharpie to it.

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    I found ADV 12 years because of a ride report. I was looking for info on Costa Rico and stumbled on a great RR by an inmate that really sparked my interest in adventure type riding. Over the years I’ve spent way too much time interacting with my virtual friends here (not really) and have met lots of you in meat space. I promise this will be a ride report, not great, not awesome, but I’ll do my best to cover my day to day stuff and post up some pics, possibly even entertain some of you. Maybe it will help me remember the trip better. If you promise not to make fun of me or bust my balls, I promise not to post pictures of my dinner every day, midget pole dancers and me standing on the pegs. Deal?

    Bike is packed, maps are highlighted, I think I’m about ready. Had planned on leaving out this morning but it was a perfect day to take the doggy dogs to the beach.

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    Early morning departure to get around Tampa before the work traffic picks up, running Interstate to Ocala and then cutting over to Tally. All back roads after that. My first “destination” will be SW Missouri where I plan to spend a couple days fishing with 2 buddies from school. 1200 miles roughly so will probably grab a no tell motel around Montgomery AL or maybe Tuscaloosa if I’m doing good on time. Days are shorter now and I don’t enjoy riding late into the evening like I did when I was younger. :wave PMR out.
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  2. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Fishing and riding, 2 of my favorite things to do! Have a good trip
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    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Leave the dogs? That's a tough one, but, carry on!
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  4. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Looking forward to following along!
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  5. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Nice!
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  6. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    On the road about 5 and got past Tampa before 6, still a lot of traffic out on Monday morning. 2 hrs of Interstate (cool and foggy) and then off on 27 at Ocala, up thru Williston, Perry, Tally, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and onto Tupelo. 750 miles and I was ready. Got bike covered, showered and went out looking for supper, kinda sketchy area, most the fast food places were drive up only so grabbed a couple drinks at a convenience store and went back to the motel for a protein bar and my last banana. Catching up on phone calls and emails.

    all my north FL, GA, AL and MS pics look the same, I’ll do better tomorrow :lol3
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  7. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I know, the little Lab is a heart breaker, rescued her when she was 1 and she’s my shadow. She, and her younger brother, go to work with me Mon thru Fri, and all we do on the weekends is play and walk and run and ... I was leaving Sunday but felt guilty about going away I postponed and we spent the morning at the beach. But she knew Sunday nite I was leaving even though all my gear was out in the garage.

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  8. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    505 miles today (tuesday), Tupelo to Joplin. My Sena 20S taking a crap first thing didn’t help. Even though I’m not “working” I’m still “working.” The Sena makes it so easy but without it every time I get a call I have to stop, take off my gloves, pop the phone out of the Perfect Squeeze and usually take my glasses off so I can see and then make the call. It worked fine all day Monday, charged it up last nite, but when I turn it on it shuts down after 30-60 seconds. Maybe I’ll pick up a new battery when I get home, but that wasn’t going to help the rest of my trip. So a quick call to Revzilla, my MasterCard, and a new 20evo should be delivered to me in MO Thursday - fingers crossed - before I head west.

    I fell asleep working on this last nite and woke up with my iPad on my chest LOL...

    Wednesday morning, woke up after 500 miles to SW Missouri. Beautiful ride yesterday, especially NW AR, headed out to pick up a fishing license and trout stamp this morning. I’ll catch up later tonight :lol3

    a few pics, the rest of the story at 5

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    Mississippi has 2 things, lots of cotton and lots of drivers that don’t use turn signals.

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    gotta practice holding the camera level

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    yesterday I survived the nite in Tupelo, slept well and got on the road as the sun came up. It was a bit nipply at that hour but since I was just going “down the street“ to find coffee and something to eat I left my warm clothes in the pannier. 80 miles later I finally find coffee. I stopped several times, but everything was either closed, drive up only, or there was already a line of people waiting to go in. So I ended up with a bite and coffee an hour and half later and stood next to the moto in the parking lot and ate. Covid has certainly changed how people eat on the road, among other things. That’s when I realized my Sena had died, props to Revzilla if they get a new unit to me tomorrow before I leave out for the Wild West. Tracking says it shipped out of KY and will be here in MO tomorrow. Perfect.


    typical Mississippi highway, there was almost never any traffic to speak of, I rarely got slowed up by anyone and only passed an occasional cage. this train seemed to go on forever, like it was miles long.

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    this guy was moving right along, seems like I saw as many farm tractors on the road as cars.

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    another MS road, I could ride these types of roads all day (well I actually did I guess :lol3)

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    bales of cotton ready to be picked up, I was an Ag major in college but this was the first cotton bale I’d been up close and personal with.

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    at first I thought the hi-vis bale wrap was to prevent you from loosing your bales, but then when I crossed over into Arkansas I noticed that all of their cotton bales were wrapped in blue. So there you have it gentlemen, MS bales are yellow and AR bales are blue and that’s how you tell them apart

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    microwave tower?

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  10. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    rural Arkansas

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    I was ready for a break, so stopped at the Natural Land Bridge north of Clinton, AR. While I was there, every single person that drove up wanted to know if I rode “that” motorcycle all the way from Florida ;-) the guy who worked the desk was friendly and also a dual sport rider. the walk is short, I left my Sidis and jacket on, pretty interesting natural feature

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    somewhere near the MO AR border

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    did I mention I love these roads?

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    racing the setting sun, trying to get to the barn before dark - almost made it

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    Bill and I went to high school together and we ended up at the same med school, after residency he moved to Joplin MO and started a family practice office, and we’ve kept in touch since his Mom lives in FL and he sees her a couple times a year, always looking me up when in town. I’ve never been out to MO to visit, I did the OZAT last Spring and was planning to look him up but the weather was so bad that trip I could never get up to his area, and returned to FL early.

    Bill and his wife are the hosts with the most, so after breakfast and coffee, and stopping to pick up my non resident license and trout stamp, he took me over to the Crane Creek area and we spent the afternoon fishing the creek and terrorizing the monster rainbows. We fished till dark, then stumbled back the 2 mile walk to the car in the dark.

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    lucky his wife cooked dinner for us since no legal sized trout were taken today, but there is always tomorrow...


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    ETA - I did check the oil on the moto and cleaned the windshield so some motorcycle related activity did take place today :deal
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  12. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Re - your comment about never seeing cotton in bale form like that : I've been in textiles since the late '80's, and working with cotton for the last say 10 years, and I, too, have never seen Co in bale form on the field, nor even a plantation!

    Nice RR so far, keep it coming and more importantly, enjoy!
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    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    IDK, forecast looks pretty decent so I may spend an extra day fishing here in MO. Plus I’ve slept better the last 2 nites in their guest bedroom, than I have in the last year at home. Just don’t want to wear out my welcome :-)

    I grew up in the Midwest, but I’ve been in FL 33 years so my blood may be too thin for Colorado this time of year. Maybe it’s good I brought my electric vest, I know the heated grips felt simply fabulous Tuesday morning.
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  14. JRowland

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    Those lows bro :vardy Loving your trip so far, hope you catch some big uns today!
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  15. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    back on the bike, more pics as soon as I organize and get a bite, maybe a beer :lol3

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    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I spent 3 days in Joplin, beginning to end great fishing and his wife whipped up some wonderful meals, and a few beers were consumed. Most relaxing 3 days I’ve had in ages. Spent a couple hours learning the intricacies of rod making and we spent an afternoon touring Joplin and checking out the reconstruction. In 2011 Joplin was blasted by an EF5 tornado, the house on the front cover of the book Joplin 5:41 was Bill’s

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    Bill and I have fished together since high school, about 8 yrs ago or so he started “making” rods.

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    and the finished product, the 2 rods we fished this week

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    He’s sending both of them to me when I get home, I’m def not worthy :dunno


    anyway, back to the riding. I had planned to leave out early today and try to make La Junta by dark, but another good friend from school showed up last nite, so more beers were consumed, no alarm was set and a full breakfast was made and I didn’t pull out of the drive until 930. Beautiful sunny day, chilly but not electric vest chilly. I was thinking I’d make good time and do Colorado even with the late departure. Boy oh boy did I get a surprise when I crossed into KS, the wind was brutal, all the way to Medicine Lodge, pretty much coming straight out of the south. I was afraid to take a hand off the bars and wasn’t comfortable running much over 55-60. Couldn’t hear anything in my ear buds and the wind in the helmet kept drying my eyes out. I thought there was no way I could take that all the way across KS. By about 3:30 the wind laid down a bit, and I could start making up time...

    ETA - Grand Falls, highest (or biggest, my tour guide wasn’t sure) in Missouri

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    and then I got to the dirt sections, which slowed me down. I didn’t bother to air down so the 705’s had to be treated with respect. There’s a lot of empty out there

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    stopped in Dodge City for gas and Gatorade planning to continue on until Garden City, but after 8 hours and 360 miles I was ready to quit. Found an older motor lodge type motel, there are dozens to pick from along these roads, unpacked, rode down the street and had dinner, then back to the motel for a shower. I think I’ll head to Salida in the morning, it’s about 350 miles from here, and I gain an hour maybe, so should get there plenty early even if I’m stopping for pictures.
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  18. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Those rods are beautiful!
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  19. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    I was about to post the same thing! Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship!
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  20. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Dirtbagging WNC, NGA and E. Tenn Supporter

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    Nice report and you aren’t missing anything but heat, traffic and slightly lower humidity in Florida.
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