starting from zero

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by szurszewski, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 00


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    The very beginning of the year’s longest day.

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    Where are we going? That way.

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    Hmm...120 miles and all we did was get to work.

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    Not even 130 miles and the day is done. Parking on the street? No worries - he’ll keep the bike safe tonight.
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    Maybe tomorrow we’ll get somewhere. Staring from zero ... nothing to lose.
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  2. Foiler

    Foiler Been here awhile

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  3. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 01

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    still not quite 130 miles and back at work. Maybe I’m doing this wrong....

    Mileage: 0200
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    Now we’re getting somewhere. Found this bike, found these folks
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/retired-and-riding-south-west-us-tour.1502092/


    I know we just met, but can you maybe pull this plug out of my ear?
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    Thanks!

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    ...I probably should have paid for dinner!


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    Do not enter. I guess I can’t go back.

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    Always nice to park with a friend.
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  4. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 03

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    Someone is ready to ride, but @DRONE is not, so we’ll take a walk. One time we tried to buy this place,

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    but after she got the check, the owner changed her mind. Oh well.

    Also...
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    Maybe we should fix this.
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    A small breakfast?


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    I know what you’re thinking, and - yes - Kirby is a movie star.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/this-video-of-dogs-riding_b_6308130/amp


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    I promise it was both more scenic and far hotter than the pics convey. (The road; not me.)


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    If you’ve got it, shake it.


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    Well, ok!


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    Sleeping where I want. (Which means, at a campground immediately adjacent to a good restaurant...)
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  5. smcohio

    smcohio Equipment Tech

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    77 miles of twisties :raabia
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  6. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Oh boy! A @szurszewski ride report!!! :clap :clap :clap

    Did you get that bolt on? Or are you riding with your bent attachment hardware in place?

    :zilla
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  7. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Yes - bolt was replaced. Found the “customized” one a week or so earlier, but had to order a replacement (oddball head size I guess) and it didn’t arrive until I was literally leaving work Tuesday.

    No pic of the repair, so here’s another shot of Kirby.
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  8. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 04

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    Good morning, Idaho...

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    ...and hello, Montana

    Oh. Did you see it? The pink one?
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    Yep. That’s a cardamom knot. I know, right? Ok - there was maybe a little too much sugar to let the cardamom through, but still. If you’re in Missoula and don’t stop at https://www.morningbirdsbakery.com
    you’re basically wasting your time. Go early though. I was there before 10 and they were nearly out of most things.

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    If you’ve never been here, you may not realize how apt is the nickname. (MT 200)

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    So many friends! Maybe too many...

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    Another one! ...and this time I didn’t even put it there ;)

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    Good night :)
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  9. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    In on this!!!
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  10. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 04

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    the most important meal of the day

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    Not many miles, but a lot of work and a TON of fun. (...and a pretty great lunch.) Only real downside, other than some heat, was being so busy trying to not fall down or ride off a hillside I hardly took any pictures :(
    But! I did not fall down. ...then.
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  11. szurszewski

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    Day 05

    I think that’s enough rally for me - but, wait - I know that rig from the internet:
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    That belongs to @Boondox

    I watched a bit of his presentation on traveling with a pup, and then that was plenty of time for me - time to:
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    0997 so far

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    No complaints about these Montana roads.

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    This was only 1/2 the burger choices in Drummond.

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    Ooh - fun ahead :)

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    A place to sleep,

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    and some tiny beers in Montana’s smallest brewery. Could there be a better day? Only one way to find out...
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  12. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 06

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    That’s a much better pic.

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    Breakfast in Challis, ID - I swear I took picture...


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    A well balanced meal in Lowman, with a special shout out to @voodoo child
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    for his help in accessing my beverage!

    There was a generously large portion of this
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    before reaching Nampa around 1570.
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  13. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 07
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    Sunrising behind @Nixels who rode up through the desert to meet me in Idaho. (Sidenote: I hear deserts are dry, but this man was sopping wet when he rolled in to Nampa..)

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    There’s a beautiful little park in Hines, OR with shade and picnic tables...but we had lunch on the asphalt behind the gas station. Adventure!

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    Does someone look less than thrilled about the upcoming gravel?

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    Oops. Maybe someone should have been less enthusiastic about the very well graded gravel...
    (Notice that the BIKE stayed on the road; I was tossed well into the ditch.)

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    Several hours of 100+ temps made the tiny Paulina general store very appealing. We wrote some postcards and had an official @motophilicdesigns business meeting.

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    Looks like we’re still number one! A/C was welcome that night in Bend.
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  14. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 08
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    Pretty sure @Nixels is the only person I’ve ridden with who is up before me in the morning. ...wait - he may have just fallen asleep in his ‘stich...

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    A new friend in Sisters, OR


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    @BMWBUD couldn’t figure out the way to your place from downtown... (but we did find our way to the next town - Eddyville {NOT Harleyville})

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    Could have been a great shot of a beautiful bridge if not for all the crap in the foreground.

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    Starting to worry the heat may have been too much for bay-area-acclimated @Nixels - good thing I packed him a chair.

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    Had something in mind when I shot this; now it just looks like an accident. #capedissapointment #dismalnitch
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  15. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels. Supporter

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    THanks for taking us along. Loved the pic of Nashville.
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  16. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day 09

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    Im certain I have never stopped for the night so close to home - in fact it took us longer to check in to the motel and find dinner than it would have taken to ride the rest....except we were exhausted and probably would have died ;)

    In fact we probably wouldn’t have found dinner except the owner of this truck found the one restaurant open on the peninsula and then drove us a town over to share his reservation. So, we had to leave him a postcard.
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    Halfway stop for breakfast. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, home looks just like this.

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    All tucked in for the night.
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    voodoo child Instigator Emeritus

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  18. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Day ?10?

    Before we let @Nixels head for home, we:

    did an oil change and some farkling,
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    tuned up - somewhat - a guitar (from Ikea!) our young man found on the side of the road
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    took in some local color
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    and got in a little riding, even!
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    ...and that's all I have to say about that. I do have GPS tracks for most of the days and could string together the rest if anyone is interested and asks. cheers!
    -josh
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  19. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    You. Came. All. The. Way. To. Montana. And. Didn't. Stop. To. Say. Hello?

    I could have popped a beer for you! I've got this great bottle opener, like, right here!
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  20. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    That was a great ride!

    I wish I had the trax. :deal

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    We might just have to do something like this again - SOON!
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