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RTW the Jamie Z Way: On my way to Denver Colorado, USA

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

  1. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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  2. holckster

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    Couple more food stops for your list not to be missed.
    RJ's BBQ in Mission Kansas (just south of St Louis)
    Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York where they invented Buffalo Wings
  3. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Might need a map for that one, not sure of any portion of Kansas that is just south of St Louis?
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  4. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That's just plain cool @Jamie Z! Sucks about the wing shortage nationwide (had no clue!?!) and you missing out during that visit, but it's really neat to see you connecting with so many folks.

    Have thoroughly enjoyed the last few updates of your travels across the SE part of our country, look forward to catching up on the next couple pages.
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  5. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles Supporter

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    Last time I had Gus's was in Mason, TN (maybe the original location?) back in 2010.

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    531blackbanshee Adventurer

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    here in Tulsa if you need anything.
    safe travels thanks for posting.

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  7. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    How are the new tires treating you in NW Arkansas?
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    ozmoses persona non grata

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  9. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Hanging out with Matt again.

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    Having spent almost a week in Memphis, today was time to go. Tim suited up and joined me for the first leg, south through Helena, Arkansas.

    We rode down Old 61 past the dilapidated casinos, past the Hollywood, and then through miles of cottonfields and shacks.

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    We crossed the last remaining 2-lane bridge across the lower Mississippi River into Helena, ready for lunch. We struck out at a couple of dining options in Helena before finding a BBQ place out in the country, and it wasn’t good.

    When we walked out after lunch a light rain was falling and I put on my rain gear. Tim gave me a handshake and wished me well.

    My sincere thanks to Tim and Dawn for putting up with me for the whole week. My original plan was to stay just a couple or few days, as I had another friend who I was going to stay with, but that plan fell through. Here’s one of their dogs, aptly named Memphis.

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    I rode through the light rain for a while, and then a heavy rain for a bit. Eventually the rain let up and I stopped for a break.

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    Based on the prices, this place has been shuttered for quite a while.

    Heading northwest of US49 I came across one of my old favorite places. I remember driving out here in my Corvette when I first moved to the Memphis area in 1997.

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    For you geography nerds out there, this is the point from where the entire Louisiana Purchase was surveyed.

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    And it has a great wooden boardwalk through the swamp.

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    I met my buddy Matt in Hot Springs in the evening. He works in town during the week and has a small apartment, goes back home on the weekends.

    While he was at work the next day I went into downtown Hot Springs.

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    I just missed this event, the Running of the Tubs… where it appears people race down the street in bathtubs with wheels.

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    I’m sure there’s a YouTube video about this.

    I did want to go through the Gangster Museum, it was recommended by a couple people, but they’re only running a few tours a day right now, and when I went in, the next tour was about two hours away, so I skipped it.

    In the evening, what else?

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    In the bathroom of the brewery was this great map.

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    I planned to leave the next day, Monday. Matt convinced me that I needed to go to one of the spas at the National Park in town. As he said, “That’s why people have been coming here for hundreds of years..”
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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Turns out you guys were right... I'd have bet my money that the charging puck was defective.

    Man, the Metal Museum has always been on my list of places to go since I lived in Memphis, and I never visited.

    The river model on Mud Island is one of the most underrated places in Memphis, in my opinion. Last time I was out there was probably seven or eight years ago. My friend John in New Orleans told me that the model is no longer in operation, that it's all dry. I meant to go out there on this loop through Memphis, but I never did make it out. Probably for the better. It's been hard to see some of my favorite places go downhill like they have.

    I've already got it worked out with a friend in Denver who I'm going to stay with after I get my second shot.

    Thanks for the offer... as you can see I got it sorted out!

    You sound like Tim after I installed the axle and started tightening up the axle nut: "Did you put the chain on?"
    Those are the original factory sprockets, so they've probably got some wear.

    And like clockwork, the DID chain I had installed in Puebla a couple months ago is making clunking noises and has some kinks. I don't know what it is with me and chains, but no matter how well or not I treat them, I get about half the life that most people get out of a chain. The chain oiler I installed seems to have had no effect whatsoever.
    Vermont, check!

    Motorcycles are a way for me to deal with my social anxiety. I can show up somewhere and I already have something in common with the other people there.
    Anchor Bar has been on my list for quite some time. I'll add RJ's.

    I did get the wings in the end...

    Google must have been listening because after I mentioned the wing shortage, I was scrolling through Google News and saw a headline, "National Chicken Wing Shortage Concerns Small Bar Owners."

    I used to live about a mile from there in 2000-2002 or thereabouts.

    Quick Gus's story: In around 2000, I had a friend from Minnesota come visit and I took her to Gus's. I ordered a chicken dinner, and she ordered a chicken sandwich. When our food was served, our plates were identical, except she had two slices of white bread on the side.
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  11. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Long timer

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    Awesome report as usual!!
    Great to read you got the charging issue sorted... looks like a lot of stuff had to come off to get at the connection!

    If you're interested...... Kinks in your chain are a concern as it promotes chain and sprocket accelerated wear. Usually, the kink(s) are caused by dirt jammed in the link. My go-to method of cleaning a chain with a clip type master link is to soak the chain in kerosene overnight. Then work the crap out of the kinks to release the dirt.
    Method with chain and a riveted master link is done by spraying a lot of WD-40, start the bike up (on the center stand) and put it in gear. Keep spaying the chain with WD-40 and it will help to release the jammed dirt. Keep your fingers clear!!!

    Another way, albeit a bit of an unorthodox method is here:

    Seems to work though!
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  12. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now Supporter

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    Where was your uninspired bbq?
  13. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Tired of "uninspired" barbecue? I can aver that the best ribs in the world are probably at this place, Marx Barbecue, in Evansville, IN. The Marx family has perfected the production over the last sixty years. Not hit and miss like most "great" barbecue places. The dishes here are consistent, never an off day. TIP: get the original sauce. The Sweet and Sassy sauce is for people who don't understand barbecue.

    Jamie, hit me up when you cross back east. I'll set you up. And anyone riding anywhere near Evansville should make this place a destination. Aside: Evansville also has the best pizza.
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    Disco Stu Long timer

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    I believe it was Dee’s. ‘‘Twas hard to find anything open where we could sit down.
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  15. MrBob

    MrBob On a whim Supporter

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    And like clockwork, the DID chain I had installed in Puebla a couple months ago is making clunking noises and has some kinks. I don't know what it is with me and chains, but no matter how well or not I treat them, I get about half the life that most people get out of a chain. The chain oiler I installed seems to have had no effect whatsoever.

    You're confident that your chain alignment is right on? I finally sprung for the Motion Pro chain alignment tool, after 50+ years of riding. It makes the alignment process super simple.
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  16. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    +1 on the chain alignment tool. Here's some photos of the tool on my 1290 and then how different the each side of the adjustment blocks had to be off (instead of the same) so my chain was aligned with my sprocket.
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    It's cheap too - something like $20 iirc
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  17. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Long timer

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    Conversely, if someone had one to lend him somewhere on his travels. Once aligned and if the factory alignment marks are proven off, a center punch could be used to mark a new reference mark on each side. From that point on, a tape measure is all that’s needed using the new mark as a known accurate reference point.
    Less stuff to find room for in his tool kit too
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    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Or, assuming that each side has a similarly threaded bolt, you can count the number of turns or, more precisely, flats, that you adjust each side.
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    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    Someone will have to loan him one if he wants to use one as I checked several big moto retail sites and all were out of stock.
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  20. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Many reasons are there to abort chain drive. Not now. Chain tool can help tight links, alignment tool really helps
    Many chains fail from over lube, especially the good oring chains. Clean might be more important than lube. Too hard for some to get the rhythm of a chain like me, thus gimme the shaft on a travel bike.