RTW the Jamie Z Way: California is the place you outta be.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Cannontracks - Black Hills

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    Pam invited me on my way back through South Dakota. We visited the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen.

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    The historic building used to house the telephone exchange system and there is a room full of telephone equipment among the exhibits.

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    Notice the label on the rotary is the same as my grandfather’s phone.

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    After the museum we went over to Wylie Park; there is a small zoo on site.

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    And a train!

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    Aberdeen was the short-term home of L. Frank Baum, you might recognize that name as the author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Mr Baum ran a variety store in town for a year.

    Of course there is a yellow brick road.

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    Through the Haunted Forest.

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    With talking trees.

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    Seriously, talking trees. This is a super awesome park. We rode the carousel.

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    And then beer and a cheese platter.

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    After visiting Pam, I had plans to meet Cannonshot, as he was riding in from Wisconsin. We agreed to meet in the small town of Martin, South Dakota. I got a late start, so I had to ride straight through… I stopped for a late lunch in Fort Pierre.

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    I met Cannonshot and we rode 40 miles to Wounded Knee. And map-master Cannonshot asked me to take the lead. :lol3

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    The Wounded Knee site was not what I expected. I did a bit of my own research about the events here in 1890 when 250 Lakota were killed and 25 soldiers died in action. Today, there’s the red wooden memorial, and a quarter mile away is the cemetery where unknown victims were buried in a mass grave.

    Finally, mountains!

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    We stopped in the ghost town of Scenic.

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    Cannonshot told me a bit about this place, that a religious organization purchased the town for $750,000, but he could find very little information about its past history.

    We stopped to pick up some dinner and beer. Yesterday and today I encountered a few restaurants which have closed their dining rooms; one had a sign out front stating “Due to lack of staff…” And so with Subway near Rapid City. We walked through the drive-through.

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    Cannonshot had picked out a campsite in a national forest.

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    I think today was among my highest mileage days of the entire trip.
  2. uncle m

    uncle m Been here awhile

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    There might be the occasional one-off September snowfall on the highest mountain passes, but September is definitely not too late for riding in BC, other than maybe in the far north. As for any mountain range anywhere, just watch the weather forecast if you're going to higher elevations.
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  3. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    That’s some serious panniers action right there. If you break down, he can fit you, and your bike on his bike, and keep going.

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  4. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    I have a Honda.

    You BMW guys. :loco
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  6. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :jjen Don't you know they're sensitive????

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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Great last couple of updates @Jamie Z! So frickin' cool to hook up with different folks from here and share time together; as well as connect with old friends. That telephone exchange museum was neat, and that small amusement park you hit...had no idea something like that was out there.

    Looking at the overall Spotwalla map of your travels...holy hell man - that's seriously something. And one of the coolest things; it's just going to keep growing and getting more interesting.

    Sincere thanks for taking us along your journey, realize you're an inspiration for folks like me who cannot undertake an adventure like this at this time of life. Hell, I don't know if I'll ever be able to do something like this, but your travels and stories are what I aspire to...so thank you.

    Sticky side down man.
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  8. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    @Jamie Z How was the RevZilla event? good????

    btw your food pics are the best, I can't wait to visit the USA someday....I'll be fasting beforehand though, the portion sizes look ridiculous!!!! :D
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  9. MrBob

    MrBob On a whim Supporter

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  10. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    i was disappointed when this wasn't open



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  11. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Looks like the Alamo was closed too. Did we surrender or something?:D

    On a serious note, that flag has an interesting historical background. I guess that's what Jamie referred to about a religious group buying the property. Apparently as a Baptist, they feel I'm going to hell as well as anyone else not in step with them. And once again man intervenes with his personal religion to tell God how it's done.:lol3
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    ozmoses persona non grata

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  13. red bud

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    actually i had no idea what the flag was, as matter of fact i thought it was a mexican flag at the time

    i did wonder but not for long


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    because i was thristy :lol3


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    sorry for the high jack, jamie :D
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  14. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    You're such a post ho'!
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    68T120R Been here awhile

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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Hi Jamie! It was nice meeting and chatting with you. I don't usually take many pictures when I am on a ride, but I did get a few of you and your bike that I'll share.

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    Looking for accommodations. Turned out the BLM campsite was better.
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  17. GARAGE DWELLER

    GARAGE DWELLER Adventurer

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    Cannonshot, I saw your bike at the rally but I don't think I talked to you...next year.

    Good to meet you Jamie. Thanks for talking to me even though I was a bit snobbish staying in the plywood palace down on the end. :lol3
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    I love the relive app, except i forgot to turn off the "specs" for the ride including top speed. Whoops. (Wife was already a tad anxious....)
  20. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    ADV Fest, Day 1.

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    When I woke up first thing in the morning, I poked my head out of the tent. Cannonshot hadn’t stirred. I planned to get up and out when I heard him packing up camp

    Next time I looked outside, his tent was gone, the picnic table was cleaned up, and there was no sign of Cannonshot. I'd never heard a peep. For a moment, I thought he might have taken off, but then I saw his bike parked in the lot.

    Shortly another man walked down to our campsite and introduced himself. Bigjohnsd knew where we were camped and came by in the morning while running some errands.

    I packed up my stuff and Cannonshot and made the short trip into Sturgis for breakfast. We ended up at McDonald’s owing to the long line at the cafe where we first stopped. Big John saw our bikes and came inside.

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    Cannonshot and I made a loop of the area before heading over to Buffalo Chip to check into the Revzilla ADV Fest. We stopped at an auto parts store so I could pick up some WD40, a brush, and some rags to clean my chain.

    We were one of the first people to check in. While Cannonshot had a cabin, I found an empty spot in the vast camping area and set up my tent in the shadow of Bear Butte.

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    Full disclosure: I was invited by the people at Revzilla and ADVrider to attend the event.

    After I set up camp another guy pulled in next to me riding a V-Strom. Eddie is from Georgia and this is his first long motorcycle trip. We chatted for a bit and then I walked around to get my bearings.

    If you didn’t already know, Buffalo Chip is an enormous facility, many hundreds, if not thousands of acres. As the days passed, I got a better understanding of just how large it is.

    The ADV Fest occupied just a small fraction of the space. They had a corner marked out for us for camping, though the entire camping area stretched out far beyond.

    At least a hundred port-a-potties were spread out; almost all of them were locked.

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    We had a few toilets up near the front; the rest were prepared for the main event coming up in a few weeks.

    A couple of vendors were set up outside the Big Engine Bar, itself gigantic. Harley Davidson was there with a fleet of their new Pan America.

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    They even have their own repair shop.

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    This first day of ADV Fest coincided with the annual flag-raising ceremony at Buffalo Chip. To be honest, I don’t know much about this tradition, but I understand they do this each year before Bike Week. First a huge flag is raised on two poles, and then the gathered crowd helps erect over 800 ground-level flags.

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    If you didn’t already guess, most of the people were not here for ADV Fest, but I did see a handful of ADV folks raising flags, including myself.

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    During the flag raising ceremony, a fellow came up to me and called me by name. He introduced himself as John and told me he’d read my ride report here. I feel terrible because I never got a picture of John and me despite repeatedly running into him over the next few days, and I never got his screen name here. John, if you read this, my apologies. I thought it was super cool that you recognized me and came over to introduce yourself.

    I wandered around a while after the flag ceremony to get my bearings, though there wasn’t much to see. Other riders were showing up.

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    At 7:30pm they held a welcoming party outside the bar on a temporary stage. This event was “sponsored by ADVrider,” and I expected to see some big-wigs from here show up. We got free drink coupons from ADVrider, but aside from that, there was no mention of this site.

    If you watch any Revzilla review videos (of course you do), you’ll recognize Spurgeon.

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    They explained what would be going on, the routes published by Rever, the Harley Davidson and BMW demo rides, the daily morning briefings, and encouraging everyone to meet up with others for group rides.

    I hung around for a while after the announcements, got a bite to eat at one of the vendors, and ordered a few beers from the mostly-empty bar.

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    While eating, another man came up and asked me, “Are you Jamie Z?” Bob had read my ride report. I heard immediately that we were from the same place. I grew up in southern Minnesota. And again… I never got a picture of Bob and me.