Road Rally nOOb - Now with more rallies & daytrippin

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Boondoggle, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    Adventures can sure suck when you're having them :lol3

    Hang in there man!! Plus side is you'll have the freshest battery in the rally... that should be worth some extra love at the scoring table.
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  2. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed Supporter

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    nobody likes an optimist, Gerry :bluduh

    Yinz too, Chuck

    I'm home but done.

    the battery-Ubering-picking-up went as planned, was back at my bike by about 10:00 ish. There was the usual farting-about in order to fit an aftermarket battery into a stock space but by 10:30 I was thinking "hey I could be the first guy ever to grab his lunch bonus before any other scoring" and I was feeling pretty upbeat. I knew I was going to pretty much have to skip everything except the combo bonuses required to finish but I hadn't exactly had much hopes for a good finish anyway. I started the bike and got ready to go and then two things happened:

    1) I noticed that I wasn't getting power to the GPS, and
    B) it started raining like hell
    two) I smelled hot wires and fried circuits

    I wheeled the bike under the canopy of the 7-11 where by now I was eligible to pay taxes and vote and popped the seat back off. I must have hamfisted the terminals while hooking back up, because all the smoke has escaped from my fuseblock. No GPS, no tank bag power, no warm huggy vest. Im stll not sure what the deal is- there may be an inline fuse somewhere that I'm not seeing, but all the fuses I can find are ok. Moreover, my GPS was out of juice because Id been farting around with it while waiting to go get my battery, and my phone was pretty well spent too.

    Anyway. I got home an hour ago and checked the maps (for the record, I apparently dropped my wallet this morning, because all my credit cards were scattered on the floor where I got dressed). If I hopped on the little bike and slabbed it to DC and back to VA Beach and then straight to memphis with a five hour rest stop I could technically be a finisher but as it so happens I'm home and Hey! We Got Bourbon Here! and also it's kind of nice in this house in that it isn't raining and I have cranked the furnace up to 74 and there is also Bourbon.

    The truth is I was already playing hurt, sleep-deprived from a bunch of travel and work and some raging insomnia and I just don't have it in me. Even on the way to Va Beach I knew I was kind of stretching myself just to go finish if things went well. Coming back here, in the low 40's and heavy rain, dressed for working electrics without any, I got chilled pretty badly and am feeling kind of like shit. It just isn’t very smart to saddle up and roll out again. So I'm done.


    Troy Martin did his first year as solo rallymaster and really turned out a fantastic rally book. The theme was halloween, as well as a tribute to the Navy. The bonus narratives were really artful and interesting- I'm going to keep the waypoints on my GPS and go visit as many as I can, just because they're so damn cool. Next year I’m going to be smarter about over-committing in the run-up, and have more options. I’ll be back
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  3. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Bourbon is good... Cheers mate..
    I'm so sorry you had a real crappy day...
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  4. bluestar

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    Better luck next time. :thumb You should have stayed in bed this morning with luck that bad.
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  5. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed Supporter

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    beats going to work!

    mea culpa

    I had the battery tested a few weeks ago and when they put it on the tester they said "nope, tests fine". I knew better but talked myself out of replacing it, too busy and hey what could possibly go wrong. It's funny, you enter these things and it's a very much solo endeavor but right now I feel like I let Troy down. Won't happen again.
  6. Patch

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    Damn! Thats one hell of a day rally or no rally. Sorry man.

    I'd have decided similarly ... chilly rain, no electrics, sans GPS ... my next and only issue would be potentially running out of bourbon :D
  7. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed Supporter

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    I always carry cash in case I need bourbon.

    I slept for almost 11 hours. I ain’t sorry
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  8. BkerChuck

    BkerChuck Been here awhile

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    You made the right call without a doubt. Sucks, but the right call. I do believe you could have overcome a battery change and finding your cards helped. Frying something that took out your heated gear and GPS is a whole new level of hosed.
  9. markar

    markar Been here awhile

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    That sucks Boondoggle. Just got home and checking advrider for the first time.
    Here's our route. Ended up in 9th place with just under 2300 miles in the 60 hour rally. My wife did great on the back of the GS, not exactly the same as the Gold Wing. :lol3

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  10. markar

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    Our favorite bonus. We got to New Orleans a little behind schedule and head to the bonus. Every street in the area is blocked off, police cars everywhere, thought there was a murder!

    Almost gave up and called in to say we couldn't get to it but I'm stubborn so we find an alley to park in and are going to walk through the crime scene. :lol3 Find out they are filming a movie, security was great and escorted us down through all the crew and we got our picture, fun times!
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  11. Patch

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    Looks like a great ride @markar Congrats on a top 10!
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    Nice job Mark and kudos to Michelle. Nothing is like a Goldwing for the pillion....according to my wife.
  13. kendoo

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    Sorry to hear about the bad luck Lance. RnR5 will be here before you know it...LOL
  14. markar

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    Thanks kendoo. I wish we could have started in the VA area, we found a great route from there, but just didn't have the time to get that far so started 100 miles from home.

    Still not sure if we will make RnR, my daughters college graduation is the Thursday after in AL so have to wait and see how the logistics work out. Really want to make it and see everybody.
    Here are the final results if I did this right.
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  15. markar

    markar Been here awhile

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    I wanted to add that Troy did a great job with this one. The combos were challenging, if you wanted to have the best number of starting points, you were going to have to ride some miles no matter where you started.
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  16. Patch

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    Rock-N-Ride registration opens January 1st

    :ricky
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  17. Patch

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    And in keeping with my pattern of making silly decisions ... I've also entered the HW3. Its in Colorado. Its 2200 miles from home.

    Hi. My name is Patch and I have a rally problem.

    https://hw3rally.com
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  18. markar

    markar Been here awhile

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    We entered HW3 too, it's only 1050 miles from home for us! Since we won't be able to make either RnR or HoT, trying to make up for it with HW3 and the MN1K in June.

    Really hate to miss RnR but just too much going on that weekend and the week after with the daughters graduation being out of state.
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  19. kendoo

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    I would love to do HW3 one of these years, I hear good things about it. HOT is too close to RnR for me to do both. My wife has limited vacation so we can do RnR with less days off as its closer.
  20. markar

    markar Been here awhile

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    I'm glad that Niitwit was 2.5 days this year, that was one of the main reasons we were hoping to ride HOT, to see if we could tolerate each other for more than one day in a rally. It went well though, would have been better if I hadn't picked such a crappy hotel the second night. :lol3
    The vacation is what hurts me too, my wife works 4 10s so she has almost every Friday off which is really nice for not using many vacation days but that doesn't help me.