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Super Cubbing Southbound

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Wiener Patrol, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Wiener Patrol

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    I was shocked too. Expected good, but figured headwinds would make more of an impact.

    I’d like to go further between fill ups on average, but geography and the timing of breaks skews that way.
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  2. Wiener Patrol

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    . Trust me. The big ones still hurt.
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  3. Wiener Patrol

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    Did a fun little tourist ride in the city today, before maintenance tomorrow, packing and prep Friday, and back on the road Saturday.

    Indy is a fun and interesting town. I’ve been here dozens of times on business and for pleasure, so I just hit a couple of photo spots.

    They have a large Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. First, looking south.

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    Looking north.

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    Monument Circle is a must see.

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    Shops, restaurants and offices. They had part blocked for an outdoor market, but this gives a little perspective.

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    You can’t think about Indy without the 500. Their museum is inside the circuit. Forgive the fat fingers.


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    Turn 2.

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  4. sonnystile

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    You’re right up the road!

    Holler if you make your way through Louisville. I’m right downtown.
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  5. Wiener Patrol

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    Thanks. The Saturday leg will take me to Owensboro. From there I’ll head down to Greenville.
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  7. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Great report so far! And, welcome to Wisconsin! We're glad to have you here :thumb
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  8. Wiener Patrol

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    Baby gets a new pair of shoes. I could have easily waited, but that would have definitely pushed the rear by the time I get to Texas. This was just the most convenient time and place to get it done. The front was fine, but I’m no tire engineer and I try to avoid mixing two very different tires.

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    Big thanks to Christopher and the folks at Tom Wood Powersports. Another positive experience as a short term, out of town customer, and it makes me feel optimistic about the future of this hobby.

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    Took it for a ride around the local rotaries and dog bones to scuff up the new rubber. Tomorrow will be laundry, packing and last day with the granddaughters. Back on the road Saturday to avoid the rainy forecast for Sunday. And yes, I washed it so the bug count can start fresh.
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  9. TM1(SS)

    TM1(SS) Matthew 24:36, Ride today, ride now :-) Supporter

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    Not buggy at all in OK right now :)
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  10. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    I hadn't noticed before, the bike has an enclosed chain guard like the original? Have you had to do any initial checks/adjustments?

    You should have waxed it, makes the bike much more aerodynamic!
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  11. Wiener Patrol

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    I measure distance there by how often I have to stop and clean my helmet visor.
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  12. Wiener Patrol

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    Yes, the chain is fully enclosed and it has a half dollar coin sized access port with a plastic cover. I oil it every 300 miles and it hasn’t needed any adjustments yet. Of course it had to be readjusted when I put on the new rear tire.

    I’ve tucked a couple of times and picked up 3 or 4 additional mph. I did use a detailer spray, so that ought to give me another 1 mph.
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  13. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    A few years back some of us were at Cline River for a weekend near the Banff-Jasper Icefields Parkway. Later in the evening a helicopter landed in the ditch across the highway to get a room for the night.

    In the morning the pilot was doing something on the front of the chopper. We walked across the highway to say hello. He was spraying and wiping Pledge furniture polish on the front windshield bubble. He said anything blew right off in the wind flying, including rain. Most of us have since applied Pledge to the front of our bikes and face shields. It works.
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  14. Wiener Patrol

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    Hoosier Twisties. This will be the first leg of the trip where the route will be entirely new to me. A chilly start to the day with temps in the 40s. I layered up and made sure that I covered all exposed surfaces. The Cub has heated nothing, so I knew I’d get cold, but I also used to commute year around on the Vespa and knew it wouldn’t get that bad. I left at 7:50 eastern and it took a little over an hour to get around and out of metro Indy. I had an idea when I planned this route that it would primarily focus on the more scenic areas, but I didn’t really know what to expect. South of Monrovia, I was quickly rewarded by state road 39. Rolling hills, lots of curves, well marked and decent speeds. The only downside was no shoulder and few places to safely take a photo .

    One of the few paved pull off zones near to Monrovia.

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    I don’t believe in hocus pocus or omens, but it's hard to ignore a Texas longhorn at the start of a ride day.

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    I couldn’t stay on 39 forever, but after some transitional roads I was rewarded by state highway 43 and later 450. Sometimes I had the road to myself and other times, I’d have a bit of a line behind me. Everyone seemed pretty understanding and I’d try to waive them around or give them room to pass. But from my perspective nobody was in the way. Earlier I talked about adjusting to the capabilities of the bike, and that’s exactly what I had to do on many of the uphill portions.

    A state fishing area.

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    This was a common viewpoint.

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    I had only three minor hiccups. Twice I ran into road closed sign along the way. They were in rural areas and I doubted that anyone would be working on a Saturday, so I took a chance and passed by multiple local traffic only warnings. The road crews did a really good job of blocking the road, but both were passable by the narrow little Cub. It looked like both areas had been staged, but little or no work had yet to be done. I thought it was best not to linger, so no photos. The third issue was one of my fuel stops was out of business. This was my backup.

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    I wasn’t worried, because I still had a full back up bottle. I made it to the next station and ended up only adding 3/4 of a gallon.

    I knew that the French Lick area was home to a couple of historic spas, but I’ve always thought of it first most as the home of Larry Bird. We were in college at the same time, and our schools were in the same league. My school decided that they were going to hold him to single digits in scoring. The problem was that it took three or four of our players to do that and Larry got some crazy number of assists. We lost. Never held a grudge, he was too great of a player. As for the spas, both had access restrictions in place due to COVID.

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    The road out of French Lick to Kentucky was quick, straight and fairly boring even though it passed through some national forest areas. I crossed into Kentucky from Cannelton and had another great back road, 1389, into Owensboro.

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    Owensboro has a great downtown, but a rain front was approaching, so I rushed to get some photos before heading to the hotel.

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    The Nicky Hayden statue.

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    I arrived at the hotel at 4:10 central, about 9 hours of total travel time over about 250 miles. Tomorrow is a short day, going to visit my relatives. After that we cross the Mississippi.
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    My wife just sent me these pictures of me leaving this morning. I like the ones that get you riding.

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    My plan for today would be my shortest ride of the trip, so I could accomplish the last items on my must do list. The only slightly unusual thing for the day was the weather. It was cool enough for layers when I checked outside at 7, but already felt warmer but the time I left at 8:10. Within the first 20 miles, I had already shed one layer. By lunch we were in t-shirts, but by 2 a cool front came through and I was back to layers for the final ride to my hotel for the night. The forecast is upper 30s by the morning. I‘ll be breaking out the heavy duty gloves for the first time.

    As I mentioned previously, I was going to stop at a family cemetery and the visit with one of my uncles. I left Owensboro heading south down US 431. It was quiet even for a Sunday morning, and I guessed that the many churches were still doing remote services. I then took KY 175 to 70 and pretty much had the roads to myself. So much so that I was able to get this photo.

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    The church where the cemetery is located is unremarkable in its appearance today, but it has had an interesting past. It was moved from its original location when it and all of the local members were relocated by a coal company to strip mine the area. All that remains are the small cemeteries that the company was unwilling to relocate. Access to the old cemetery used to be only through the old strip mine gravel roads. A descendant of one buried there created this access across from the road to the new church and cemetery. After the church was relocated, it was destroyed in a fire and this present structure was built in the early 80s. The access entry to the old cemetery.

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    A poor representation of the new church building.

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    I paid my respects to my grandparents, great grandparents and other extended family. It was a little early for services but there were a few cars in the parking lot. A man came out of the church and you could tell he was suspicious about me on that comical little bike and wearing my layers of gear. He said something first that I didn’t hear clearly, but whatever it was, he said it with that unmistakable heavy drawl and accent that I hadn’t heard in years. Most in our modern American bland accents wouldn’t even recognize it as English, but I knew immediately that only one response was appropriate and that I must choose the proper local terminology. I replied that I had kinfolk buried here. Immediately he lit upend asked which ones, since he knew all of the gravestones well. We talked about the various families and he then wanted to know all about the Cub, where I came from and where I was going to. I know that from my accent he was guessing that I didn’t know the area, and while I didn’t grow up there, I had been around those hills ever since I was a little boy. He was impressed that I had come so far to visit the graves. I’m not a religious man, but he said one of the nicest things I’ve heard. “You’ve come so far, don’t worry, they know you were here.”

    I had a short ride to my Uncle’s place and spent the rest of the day telling old stories and catching up on current family events. He was always a motorcycle guy, and loved his Harleys, but he would ride anything. Unfortunately time catches us all and the failure of knees and eyes have pretty much put an end to his riding days. His bike is pretty sweet. He insisted that I sit on it, and I know that he’d let me ride it, but somehow I didn’t think it would be right. He let me drive a car for the first time in my life at 14. It was a 60s era Mustang and I drove through a strip mine road. Those are memories enough. His bike.

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    I left before dark to avoid the numerous and sometimes suicidal deer. I was going to stay in Madisonville for the night to make sure I get an early start on a long day tomorrow. I hoped to eat here.

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    I failed. Dave’s was closed. Oh well, if everything goes well tomorrow I’ll be spending the night in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Dave’s:

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  17. Wiener Patrol

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    Three states, a boat and a road. Today was going to be the longest distance of the remaining days, about 260 miles. Several factors caused me to plan it this way. The distance to the Kentucky border was relatively short, so I would need to cross the Mississippi. I needed a crossing that was not an Interstate bridge, and I was surprised how few there were. US 51 crosses at Cairo, IL and I’ve used it before. Unfortunately I was getting mixed results as to whether it was fully or partially closed for construction. Options were significant detours either north to Cape Girardeaux or south to Mississippi. My solution was to take the Hickman-Dorena ferry from Kentucky to Missouri. I then had to figure the distances to make reasonable segment to get across Arkansas for a stop near Mena. It’s surprisingly hard to find lodging in far southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas. An interesting option was in Pocahontas, Arkansas so that ended up being my destination for the day.

    The weatherman got the forecast right and it was 37 first thing in the morning with temperatures to hit the 70s near my destination. I layered up and hoped that the rain layer, air jacket and separate liner would do the trick. I had my heavy ski gloves that I knew I would need once on the trip and this would be the time. Finally, I had my baklava to keep my head warm in the helmet. It worked overall. I got a little cold, but not enough to stop or use the chemical hand warmers I brought. I can’t say enough nice things about the Kentucky back roads in just this small part of the state. Rolling, curvy and scenic. I did stop to get a shot of one of the dams that create the Land between the Lakes. This is the dam on the Cumberland and it has an easier overlook than the one one the Tennessee River. I wish I had something that put the scale into better perspective.

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    Down stream

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    It was a smooth and uneventful ride and things began to warm up. At the next fuel stop, I was able to switch gloves and remove the baklava. The landscape was becoming flatter and more open as I approached the Mississippi. I thought this would be a once in a lifetime experience and it didn’t disappoint. I’m going to break this post up in the more picture heavy sections.
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    The town of Hickman has a side branch of the river which is used by several industrial activities. Let’s just say that if it wasn’t for the other two guys already there, I would have thought it was not the right place. The sign you see first.

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    Behind me.

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    The ferry is approaching.

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    You have to drive down a pretty steep riverbank.

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    Neighboring barges.

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    The Cub aboard. Very smooth ride. No straps required. The Cub attracted a crowd.

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    Looking out of the channel to the main river.

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    The tug is connected to the vehicle barge by this trailer hitch-like connection. The tug can pivot around the hitch to complete its docking maneuver.

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    The tug

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    In the middle of the Mississippi. Take that Huckleberry Finn.

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    The tug pivots.



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    Approaching the landing.

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    Once ashore, I had to stop for this.

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    I took the levee road and headed for New Madrid. There were several nature areas along the river side of the levee, and I saw numerous hawks in the air. The other side was rich, flat farmland. It seemed like the levee went on forever.

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    I know the story of the great earthquakes centered on the fault named after the town, and its current potential to rupture. I don’t know what I expected to see, but I felt disappointed. At least it was along my intended path and I didn’t have to detour to see it. Looking down the Main Street from a top the levee.

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    I did know what to expect from the last leg of this day’s ride. Miles of flat straight roads occasionally interspersed with tantalizing sections that hinted of the hills to come. I was feeling positive, however, as I rode along two different roads that had just been repaved. I also saw many fields like this, something you never see in the north. A lot of tee-shirts and underwear out there.

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    Almost forgot this.

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    Fate finally had its way to slap me with a dose of reality in the form of 20 or so miles of crappy roads on US 67. And when I say crappy, imagine the worst asphalt grinding for a stretch over a mile and then repeating at every bridge and culvert crossings, and especially in the curves. On regular motorcycle tires, it’s more of a discomfort than a real problem, but the Cub’s narrow shoes would catch in the deeper furrows and fun would ensue. No signage to warn motorcyclists, but even worse, no indication that any work was ever going to happen to repave these sections. Ok, rant over. I was close to my final destination of the day in Pocahontas.

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  20. Wiener Patrol

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    No sex, the drugs are for the prostate and cholesterol, but at least I have ROCK AND ROLL

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    When I saw it online, I knew I had to stay here.

    The office.

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    I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a band themed room, but the place is full with some regional law enforcement meeting. The Cub should be safe. The room is nice.

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    The lot is fuller now, but all of these are cop cars.

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    Overall, it’s been a very interesting day. Started at 7:20 and arrived here at 3:50 for eight and a half hours of travel time. Tomorrow should only be about 160 miles, but I’ll be in the hills and should have a slower average mph. I have my stop planned in Russellville. It’s not my first time in Arkansas, so I don’t feel like I have to hit every road in the Butler map. I’m at that weird stage of a trip where the end is in sight and you’d like to get there, but at the same time you know you’ll be ready to leave again the next day. I don’t mind riding through farm country, but I’m ready for the west half of the state. It’s also warming throughout the week, so I’d like to shed some more layers before I even start the day’s ride.
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