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RTW the Jamie Z Way: Denver Colorado, USA

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

  1. JasonFL

    JasonFL Been here awhile

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    In.
    What I miss? Seriously have 100+ pages to catch up here can't believe I missed this one.
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  2. olderigetfasteriam

    olderigetfasteriam Long timer

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    Myself, I am quite concerned with the food industry slump in Mexico. Specifically, the lack of taco consumption. :jack
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  3. EZ-D

    EZ-D Davidprej Supporter

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    You haven't missed anything. Except a very rare ride through Cuba and a report by a matter-of-fact guy who tells a story like no one else. In other words, start from page one and read. Seriously, the Jamie Z way is a very interesting way. [I suggest you use the app that toggles for the OP posts only.]
  4. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now Supporter

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    Yeah, I rode four hours the day after my second shot, and I was waxed…. I took a pre dinner nap.
  5. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    CONGRATULATIONS. darn now i said it. you deserve it.
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  6. Bock

    Bock Adventurer

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    I’ll fix it for you next time you’re in Denver if it can wait that long.
  7. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    June 2, 2021

    Walking in Memphis.

    https://new.spotwalla.com/trip/fad5-5fe4c-4716/view

    One of my priorities coming to Memphis was a few maintenance items on the bike. I’d shipped a few things to Tim and Dawn’s house and the day after I arrived set to work installing the shock Rally Raid had sent to replace the blown shock on my bike.

    Tim has a spacious garage and a clean work area.

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    Removing the old shock is simple, though a few of the bolts are hard to access.

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    The old and new shocks. Rally Raid installed a heavier spring in the replacement.

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    Rally Raid really came through here. They went beyond what I expected and I’m very pleased with how this was handled.

    I replaced the broken spring on my Pivot Pegz and added a couple of new springs to my bag of extra parts.

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    New tires! Tim helped me remove the old tire from the rim.

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    And balanced.

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    Metzeler Tourance. I’ve used these tires in the past, and they might be my favorite for handling and longevity.

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    Rear tire installed and ready to go.

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    We did the front, too. Future reference: 26,869 miles.

    Afterward Tim and I took a 30-minute ride and hit all the curvy roads and scenic spots in Memphis.

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    The next day, Memorial Day, a friend I used to work with in the casino business got in touch to invite me to lunch. Martin picked me up and drove downtown. Here’s the I-40 bridge which has been closed for the past week because of a broken support beam.

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    We first tried one of my favorite chicken places… Gus’s downtown, but there was an hour wait. Next we walked to the Arcade, a famous South Main landmark. Another hour wait.

    So… back in the truck heading to midtown to a place Martin and I used to stop at now and then, Kwik Chek, which is a Korean deli. Their Bibimbap is incredible. Again, long wait. Next door at the Crazy Noodle, there was no wait. Phew.

    The food exceeded our expectations.

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    With a craving still for Gus’s I went the next day, this time to a different location.

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    Wow… better than I remember. My river partner Matt met me at the restaurant and he invited me to join him and his wife that evening for dinner.

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    His wife didn’t want to be in the photo.

    The chicken train led me next to Uncle Lou’s in south Memphis, known for its Sweet Spicy Love sauce.

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    Man… this stuff used to be my favorite. It’s like crack. Today, though… something was missing. Just not like I remember. Maybe I need to go back.

    In the evening Dawn and Tim and I went to have the best hot wings in Memphis. I know this because back in 2015, a group of us got together and went to 13 different hot wing places in one day. After tallying up all the score sheets, Alex’s Tavern came out on top.

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    I posted the dinner in the regional forums hoping a few other riders would show up. When we arrived, Steve was already there and gave us the bad news: no hot wings. They said there is a national chicken shortage. What’s this world coming to?

    So instead, ribs.

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    And beer.

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    Alex’s is one of my favorite Memphis stops. I’ve never seen a dive bar like this place anywhere else.

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    Back in the day, we used to get a group together every week, sometimes ten or twelve people… most everyone has either moved away, or no longer log in to ADV.
  8. falcofred

    falcofred aka Beer Scout Supporter

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    Rear tire installed and ready to go.
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    :y0!Um, ah, shouldn't the chain be at least over the wheel before the axel is installed?
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  9. ZGirl

    ZGirl Girly Adventurer

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    I think that's the other Gus's location you tried if I recall correctly....
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    The night we took this picture, Bill and I had laughed the most we had laughed in years. These are some fun folks!!! Miss Y'all!
    And thanks for smiling for the camera, I'm right there in the pic on this side of the lens. :D
  10. Trialsguy

    Trialsguy Been here awhile

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    Maybe it’s the camera angle, but the teeth on that sprocket look a little dished out and worn. A kink in the chain too.

    I know.... this place is full of back seat mechanics willing to chime in and help out.

  11. radmann10

    radmann10 Old fart Supporter

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    Glad to you got out of Mississippi...

  12. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    I thought you were an introvert:lol3:lol3:dunno:dunno

    If you end up in Vermont, look me up!
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  13. ZGirl

    ZGirl Girly Adventurer

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    Ahhh, you know how motorcycle hooligans are.... they bring out the introverts! :lol3:photog
  14. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Tomorrow or Saturday I should be going through Helena on my way to Hot Springs, and then to northwest Arkansas for some good riding...
  15. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    Love to join you and show you around (I’m in Fayetteville) but I’m headed to Fort Worth Sunday to start my long-awaited, much-delayed Continental Divide ride. Happy to offer riding suggestions if you need them.
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  16. van the man

    van the man Space Wrangler

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    I was in Hot Springs last week - great riding around there. Very little traffic on the back roads. Pig trail is fun. Hell, every road around there - pick 1 and go.

    Most everything was open, a couple restaurants were still carry out only.

    Have fun dude!
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  17. Firenailer

    Firenailer Still Ridin'

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    This has been an amazing adventure, thanks! If you ever pass through coastal CT, PM me and I’ll put you up
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  18. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    After a week of us eating everything unhealthy in Memphis, we watched Jamie ride off to the west. Followed him down to Helena to avoid the Memphis bridge traffic, then stopped to have lunch at the most uninspiring BBQ joint I can recall. The conversation was good, though.

    Wish I woulda had a bike with side cases on, so that I coulda brought home these parking lot beggars.
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  19. ZGirl

    ZGirl Girly Adventurer

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    There's the Disco Stu I remember!! :lol3
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  20. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    4 June 2021

    You can never go home again, but you can eat the food!

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    I’d been staying in Midtown Memphis with Tim and Dawn. Today I wanted to head down to Mississippi to see an old friend. If you’ve read some of my past posts, you might remember my old roommate TJ. I’ve known him since I lived in Minnesota, and we moved down to the Memphis area at about the same time in 1997.

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    I randomly showed up at his place and knocked on the door.

    His dad Bill died a couple of years ago, he’s still living with the same woman, still working as a semi-pro mechanic out of his garage. I asked if I could borrow a voltmeter to better diagnose the charging problem I’ve been having with the wireless Juiced Squeeze.

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    To be honest, I really thought the problem was the charging puck itself. It’s been acting up, charging sometimes, not charging other times. It seemed to be speed-dependent so I thought maybe it was voltage related.

    After testing the plugs and the wires and the connectors I determined that the problem might be in the wiring I installed.

    Despite my confidence that all my wiring work was done well and with a lot of care, I found this.

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    Who the hell soldered that? I’ve never had good luck splicing small and large wires together.

    I rewired this section using crimped connections and wrapped it all up and reinstalled it. The Juiced Squeeze works perfectly.

    This is a big relief to me… as this problem has been present almost since the start of my trip and I had been thinking all along that the problem was with the charging puck, and not my soldering work.

    When I got back to Denver, Tim and I went for Memphis’ best deep fried mozzarella sticks at Young Avenue Deli.

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    Tim picked a great stout from the menu.

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    The next day, back to Mississippi, to my old stomping grounds.

    This place in Lake Cormorant was always a bar and grill. It changed names and owners a few times, but the ambiance was hard to beat, and the food usually good. I was sad to see it closed up.

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    I used to work at Grand Casino Tunica. Today the casino building is gone, and the whole area is secured by a tall chain link fence. Nearby is one of the three luxury hotels. Today it is left to decay.

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    I used to work here, at Gold Strike, an MGM property which is arguably the best place left in the Tunica market.

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    At the time of its construction, the hotel was the tallest building in the state.

    I went inside expecting to talk to some of my old coworkers… and while I did exchange pleasantries with a couple of people who recognized me and asked, “Where have you been?” I simply felt out of place and realized that I wasn’t all that interested in talking to people who I haven’t seen in six years and whose names I probably couldn’t remember.

    Next I went to the Tunica RiverPark, an underrated park and museum built along the Mississippi River south of the casinos.

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    The museum opened with much optimism for ecotours and dinner cruises, but it has mostly floundered, held aloft by the tax revenue brought in by the casinos. In fact, I’m not even sure the museum is currently operating. The property looked like it’s only been minimally maintained.

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    I passed by another favorite stop of mine, the Hollywood Cafe. The food here isn’t especially great, so I didn’t go in.

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    Besides, I already had dinner plans.

    Remember Alex’s Tavern, the best hot wings in Memphis? When we went there a couple days ago, they had no wings available. I called today and they said they’d gotten some wings…

    Saving the best for last.

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