Riding across the country with YT Dave on his W650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tom c, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. LadyDraco

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  2. tom c

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    A brief recap of the day: awake at 6,, breakfast at Hardee’s next door . Ready to leave at 7. Except I can’t find the key to the W. KLIM gear has lots of pockets. Looked in them all. Twice. Then started ripping apart the duffel. Found them in the pocket of my shorts.
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    Ready to leave again at 7:20. Weather and traffic fine through Nashville. Started looking ominous to the west as we approached Memphis. Dave wisely suggests that we eat something and gas up and put on our rain gear. Started riding in the rain as soon as we left the rest stop and did not end until we were approaching the Mississippi River. After that it was dry windy and cold. Rode another hour in our wet gear with no heat freezing. Stopped for coffee, change to dry shirt and heated gear. Still kind of chilled even with heat. Stopped for fuel and the Asian food truck, then decided we had it in us to finish the days schedule and press on to Fort Smith.

    My Sena conked out at the coffee break after the rain, perhaps it will work again after it dries out and gets a recharge.

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    Me and Dave ready to leave on day one
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  4. boomsling

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    Awesome story so far! Be safe!
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  5. tom c

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    A little chilly this morning
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    Wicked nasty headwinds! It’s warmed up but man it is hard going against a 15 mph crosswind.
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  7. tom c

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    Now in Texas. The wind is taking a toll on our bodies and fuel economy. The last fill up was only 34.5 mpg. At the start of the trip average was close to 50.
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    I was averaging mid 20’s for mpg across Iowa and S Dakota last month.
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    It ain't easy riding into the sunset.
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  10. tom c

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    Windmills cause there’s lotsa wind.

    And my Sena got wet in the rainstorm yesterday and doesn’t work so no chatter today. Too bad, as Dave is good to have on the intercom.
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    welcome to hiway 40, crosswinds until i5
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  12. tom c

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    Made it to Santa Rosa New Mexico tonight- 625 or so miles. Despite the wing the ride was less exhausting than yesterday’s cold and wet.

    Spotted this contraption at the restaurant next to hotel:
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    At sunset on route 40. Pretty colors.


    Entering New Mexico
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  14. tom c

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    Now that Dave has gotten to know me over the last 5 days, three of which were on the road, he’s suggested that we extend our ride to Include a run through Death Valley the Kern River Valley. CA. Route 178 I believe. Should be fun!

    Dave’s K75 is burning some oil and the W650 is developing a tap, perhaps valve related, though I checked and adjusted the clearances before we left.
    Perhaps 1800 miles at mostly highway speeds and today in some wicked winds is a bit too strong of a demand on the old W..... we may have to ease up a bit on the throttle.

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Dave on this trip so far. He told me he snores. Bullshit. @Mark_O snores. @scottyp snores. Dave breathes in his sleep.

    Lots of time on this trip to think about riding and rides and good times I’ve had with so many folks that I’ve met through ADV. Too many to list. You know who you are..... I appreciate all of you for being my friends and for letting me into this community.

    Thinking about Ann Redner today in particular, I knew Ann through ADV and participated in group rides and camping events. She was the best, those lucky enough to know her will always remember her kind, generous, adventurous spirit.

    Take care my friends. Another day’s adventure awaits tomorrow!
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    Is that trailer on the GS for a dirtbike?
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    You'll enjoy Death Valley and CA 178 over to Kernville. If you stay in Kernville, I recommend The Kern Lodge. There a good brew pub next door and, if you want nicer fare,
    you'll like Ewing's on the Kern. It's only three blocks away.

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    Well on second thought Dave is worried about taking these two old bikes through Death Valley. The BMW is burning oil and he had some overheating issues in traffic back East. We’ll monitor the engine noise situation on the W650 for now.
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  19. Bikehigh

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    Even if you don't do Death Valley, heading up 395 on the Eastern side of the Sierras, past Mono Lake, and up to Lake Tahoe/Reno, would be an awesome ride and spare you flogging those bikes on I5.
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    Tom, missed you at bwdr. Safe travels.
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