Travel Journal & Motography... (prep for Alaska 2021)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    ~ POD: Meet up with Win at 9am for a ride through Ardmore, TN through some of his favorite roads and trails...

    I was looking forward to riding around with Win today. Coming from the west coast, I admired some of the "goat trails" in his ride reports. It was a gorgeous spring day, cool at first and warmed in the afternoon. Win led the ride to Ardmore, TN where we got onto country backroads... I had the GoPro mounted on the helmet anticipating that we'd be riding around and stopping for photos here and there... good thing with what happens later...

    some of the roads Win led me through in TN...
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    love these tunnel of trees... and there were lots on this ride...
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    the roads in Ardmore are lovely and was lush from the spring weather... it twisted every which way through the rolling countryside... :ricky
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    I was glad to have the GoPro on to capture all these still shots...
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    our first stop for a photo op...
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    picture of the picture taker...
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    random photos of the bikes...
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    a great place to stop on a really gorgeous day to showcase the spring bloom around Ardmore, TN... DSLR capture with a circular polarizing filter... didn't have to mess with photo editing...
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    DSLR as well...
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    as compared with an iPhone Xs... note: the circular polarizer brings out deeper colors in the photo above...
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    then it was off to Van Zandt road...
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    the offending rock up ahead as I tried to juke to the right but hit it anyway...
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    lined up on the left side of the engine...
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    let's go to the instant replay... (non-pannable)

    youtube is having a tough go processing this video even at 4K... found the reason below...

    Update: "YouTube has a problem with busy screens that are full of small, rapidly moving objects that are similar in color......... The same problem would happen if you shot a video of cycling along a forest path - the leaves and grass would look awful."

    after I hit the rock I was thinking to myself "maybe I should stop and have a look..." but I was having too much fun on the goat trails... but as the we rode along the voice grew louder and louder... finally Win stopped...
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    ruh roh...
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    An expletive came from my mouth but reality shortly hit me like a ton of bricks. How am I going to get this back to camp? :scratch Luckily I packed the XT-250 ready for any ride with self recovery gear, spare parts, a pint of oil, tools, tube, and more. After some critical thinking... :lol3 OK, time to break out the JB Weld and get your qualification box checked off...

    tried laying the XT on the side to save some oil in the case but it was already too late...
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    cleaning the case getting it ready for JB Weld...
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    Win getting back from buying some Penzoil 10W-40...
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    The instruction said three minutes for the JB Weld to set and one hour until you can drill, tap, and machine... we waited the one hour before putting the oil back into the case. The true test would be when I kicked over the engine. Sure enough she fired on the first kick. We discussed taking it easy at 35 mph to limp back home. Win Followed me for three stops checking each time to see if the case was leaking. Nada, zip... Great I thought as we rode along to Huntsville. Win took the lead and we went faster at 45 mph. Still nothing... Finally at one of the stops I pulled up next to Win so we could have lunch and wouldn't you know it, at the next stop the case starts leaking. I jinxed myself with the call for lunch... It was straight to the campgrounds then... I made it no problem and Win would text me later for diner at his house...
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    I arrived at Win's house at around 5pm and he pulled out his Majesty and Like 150i for me to test ride around the neighborhood. I opted for the Like to see how light the handling was on it. Win made it a point to explain that the left lever was not a clutch but the rear brake since I have never ridden a scooter. After a short tutorial, I was off on my first scooter ride. The Like reminded me of riding my Honda Monkey in terms of handling. Win had come up with a game plan to ride the scooters since my XT-250 was out of action so this was an intro for tomorrow's adventures. After getting the bikes put away, it was time for diner which his wife Debbi prepared. Win's mother also joined us. I had a great time getting to know Win's family... Thanks Win...

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    Afterwards we went down to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to get some sunset photos by the river. This is how we ended our day...

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    :beer
  5. B10Dave

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    Damn shame about the case Rudy. While you are waiting to find another one I have a suggestion. Clean the paint off the case down to clean metal. Use a two part epoxy glue to stick an aluminium sheet patch in place over the hole. Reinstall the "bash" plate with a piece of dense foam pressing against the patch. This should stop any leaks for as long as it takes to find a case and keep the bike usable instead of being a garage ornament. Good luck...Dave
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    I was just thinking about the very subject... cleaning that area really well with contact cleaner and reapplying JB Weld in a clean environment...

    Thanks for the tip about cleaning the paint off the case for better adhesion...

    At least I know the XT will run as long as I plug that break in the case...
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    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    Beautiful sunset pictures.
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  8. Manny U

    Manny U Been here awhile

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    Its a bummer about the case on the ol Girl, but glad you made it through without major incident. Now seeing two major forces of storytelling on ADVrider coming together for some scooter action, this I'm particularly excited to see and hear about your escapades your two get into.:ricky
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    Thanks Ol Man...

    Scooters are more capable than I thought riding around Huntsville...
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    ~ 21 Apr 2021

    ~ POD: "Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City" with @klaviator...

    ~ The forecast for today called for sub 40s temperatures and early morning showers so Win and I agreed to delay our meet up until it warmed a bit. This gave me a chance to putz around and organize my gear in back of the truck for tomorrow's ride home. It warmed later in the morning so I made my way to Win's house around 11 am... When I arrived, we talked for a while about photography. I showed Win other shooting options other than program and auto mode. We shot some photos around the house to show Win what his cameras are capable of and that he should get some type of circular polarizer to bring out deeper colors in his photos. After some time it warmed up enough for us to go ride... let's do this...

    For this ride, I opted to use my Olympus TG-6... The DSLR is my go-to camera and I reach for it 95% of the time because of learned muscle memory to capture my photos. Taking just the TG-6 forces me to learn how to use this point and shoot aannnndddd how to work the controls until it becomes muscle memory...

    shots while headed out to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge...
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    Win was not shy about takin' his scooters on gravel roads... for me it was a new experience hitting gravel on a twist n' go until I got some miles with the Kymco...

    inside Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge...
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    it ended up as another gorgeous day...
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    Win setting up for a shot...
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    First impressions: Now that I've had an opportunity to put a few miles on the Like, "it's hella fun to ride..." Easy to ride, just twist n' go. The Like was so light in handling that I could just concentrate on pointing the scooter in what direction I wanted to go. Awkward at first having both my legs tucked behind the body work while riding. Speaking of awkward, I kept dismounting the Like as if it were a motorcycle and the top box reminded me it was a step through every time... I did it more than a couple of occasions... :lol3

    next up was the historic town of Mooresville...
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    I began to see the appeal of riding a small scooter for local touring and exploring. It's so easy to ride and park that you can practically put it anywhere and I bet people wouldn't even bat an eye if you parked it on the sidewalk for a quick photo. I knew what Win was doin'... he was breaking all norms of social distancing and trying to infect me with the "scooter virus variant" that's been going on locally. Luckily I had gotten my first Moderna vaccine that protects me up to 80% and my second shot will bring that number up to the mid-90s... "Current data suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines recommended in the United States provide protection against new forms or variants of the COVID-19 virus. For this reason, COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool to protect people against COVID-19, including against new variants. CDC recommends getting vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available to you."

    But seriously, Win is located in riding nirvana that is Huntsville, AL due mainly to the freedom of movement. Unlike SoCal where the highways and neighborhoods are congested. Sure we've got Borrego Springs, Death Valley, Yosemite and such, but they are a ways away... With Win, we're talkin' 5-10 miles from his house and he's riding by farms and a wildlife refuge. Then there is the short ride to Tennessee and Georgia should that itch needed to get scratched. Here in SoCal, you'll have to ride out a bit to get away from suburbia before you get into prime riding country. One thing that's dawned on me riding with Win, I need to explore my home turf more often...

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    testing the little TG-6's capabilities...
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    After exploring the historic streets of Mooresville, Win led us down a gravel trail into the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge... There was a gate that's usually locked but not today so we went deeper into the refuge. I was amazed how capable scooters are on gravel roads. Granted it was hard packed gravel with potholes here and there but one only needs to be aware and avoid said obstacles or slow down so as not to shake any parts off. Mud would definitely challenge the scooter's 12" doughnuts...

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    After leaving the refuge, we set-up so Win could practice his panning shots with the Sony. I explained that he needed to set the focus on manual and to focus on a specific spot where riders would pass to get clear photos every time. As I turned the Like around to make my first pass, the Like puttered and died. I hit the starter a couple of times and "no bueno" nothing... I push the Like to Win and he cycles the on/off key listening for the fuel to get primed... "nada..." So Win starts to take the storage bucket out to wiggle the wires from the fuel pump, check the fuzes, and obvious loose wires but it was all good-to-go. I try to hit the starter again and still nothing. So Win makes the call to ride back home to get his truck to recover the Like. It would be about a 30 minute round trip back to Mooresville so I just pushed the Like to the main road and waited. During that time I tried to restart the Like again but still nothing and I go about my business. I inadvertently left the ignition on for who knows how long. Then I noticed the lights were on so I go over to the Like and all of a sudden I heard the Like prime the fuel system... SOB! I hit the starter and sure enough the Like fired right up... Murphy working hard in the last couple of days.. and NS not more than two minutes later Win shows up with the truck... WTF!

    We decided to call it a day and drive/ride to his house for dinner...


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    Win with his Avalanche ready to recover the Like...
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    brats with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes were on menu for tonight... Win sautéed the sauerkraut in onions and bacon and let it simmer for about an hour... :dukegirl
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    Dinner was simple yet tasty... As a matter of fact I tried the same menu at home with Mrs. B8 and the kids and they loved the way the sauerkraut was cooked in the same manner... again :dukegirl
    Thanks for the recipe Win. It's getting added to our lunch/dinner menu. Anywho... after dinner we talked some more until about 7pm when it was time to head back to camp for much needed rest to start my drive home...

    It was great meeting Win, his wife Debbi, and his mom Vi... It took nearly three and a half years to arrange the meet up but well worth it to meet a fellow inmate and be able to ride together...

    Thanks for the hospitality Win and showing me around the Rocket City... I hope that we can meet up the next time I am out that way or if you ever come out west to ride Death Valley or Moab. Us west coasters will ride with ya'...

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    ~ 22 - 24 Apr 2021

    ~ POD: Uneventful drive home...

    well... since I was passing through Texas again, might as well get some moist bbq brisket on last time... got me some jalapeño sausage as well...
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    ahhhh... as much as I enjoyed riding Alabama, nothing like the wide open spaces out west - devoid of tress from blocking the spectacular vistas. I was home; time for some R&R... :jkam
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    Rudy, where are you in the world these days?
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    Manny U Been here awhile

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    Wondering the same thing myself. Hope all is well Rudy.
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    Morning Brian and Manny...

    The family and I were in Georgia to attend services for Mrs. B8's aunt and spend some time with her sister. Afterwards we drove down to Kissimmee to visit my parents; it was a no brainer since it was only seven hours away.

    We'll be heading home soon and I'll be showing the family some of the places that I've explored.
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    Sam and I were talking this morning about not seeing ya on the forum lately. Safe travels my friend.
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    thanks Colby...

    this was the first cross country with Mrs. B8 and the kids since the start of all this mess so it was slow going taking all the precautions to give them a warm and fuzzy on the road... we hadn't seen her sister in almost two years with Covid going on so we spent some time catching up...

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    ~ 29 May - 17 June 2021

    ~ POD: Cross-country trip to Georgia with the family to attend services for Mrs. B8's aunt and visit my parents afterwards...

    I had spent the week prior packing the Ranger for a four wheeled adventure to the Sierras since my last attempt was interrupted by my vaccine appointments and trip to the Texas Hill Country. I wanted to make it up to the Sierras before the temperatures got up to the triple digits. Finally the day had come; with the cooler pre-chilled and packed the night prior, I was ready. I got up the following morning but I wasn't feeling it so I cancelled my trip yet again. I don't know the rhyme or reason, as I said I wasn't feeling it. Later by mid-morning, Mrs. B8 received a call from her sister in Georgia saying that their aunt passed away due to complications from her fall in the latter part of March. I knew in the back of my head this day was coming but I didn't expect it on this day, neither did Mrs. B8....

    a quick three week recap...

    all packed for the Sierras - - - again...
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    it was a turn and burn to pack the hybrid for a cross-country trip with the family... 41.6 mpg fully loaded for a three week trip...
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    on the I-40 headed eastbound...
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    saying goodbye to aunt Pat... she's the little girl in the family photo... that's Mrs. B8's father opposite her in the red tie... also Mrs. B8's nannie and poppy...
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    after spending some time in Georgia, it was off to visit my parents in Kissimmee... my parents like to eat bbq whenever I come to visit - - - that's because I'm the one doin' the bbq... :lol3
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    crazy busy Buc-ee's in Baytown, TX on the way back home...
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    recommended stop by @Project Mayhem in Pearland, TX... :dukegirl
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    Another uneventful drive back home... This was my fourth cross-country this year and it's only June... Too bad the weather is starting to heat up here on the west coast. I'll be limited to riding along the coast for cooler weather as the temperatures rise in the coming summer months...

    Sorry that I missed meeting you in Mammoth @Project Mayhem & @Mrs Mayhem... and thanks for the bbq recommendation...

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    eastern Sierra were HOT this week, we had somethin like 104° in bishop on our ride up, at 11am