Travel Journal & Motography... (R&R time...)

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

  1. black 8

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    ~ 17 Apr 2021

    ~ POD: Refit and resupply complete; time to get back on the road...

    I spent the past week with my parents getting caught up to see how they're doing since I left a couple of months ago and I'm happy they are doing much better. My dad even managed to gain a few more lbs... Also, you know how mothers are, in between making my favorite dishes, we headed out every now and then for something different...


    Harborside restaurant in Winter Haven... right off the lake... those haddock fillets are HUUUGE though the photo may not show it...
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    Zoës Kitchen for some Mediterranean cuisine...
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    campfire beverage resupply...
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    After moving things around and repacking the Ranger, much needed laundry, and resupplying the campfire beverages; I'm ready to roll tomorrow to meander my way back home to SoCal...

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  2. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Looks like the good life indeed. :D
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  3. black 8

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    just pushing the envelope to life's potential... I not content with just sitting on the sidelines...
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    Taking a bit of time out from 'pushing the envelope' to check up on parents may actually enhance life's potential; their's and yours. Well done!
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  5. black 8

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  6. black 8

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    no bueno...
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    Lucky I had a tube of JB Weld Steelstik for a temporary patch and limped back to camp with Win’s help...

    Thanks Win
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    In the words of Forest Gump, sometimes "shit happens"! :(
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    Did you take a hit or did a part let go?
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  9. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Rock-1, OEM skidplate-0
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  10. Manny U

    Manny U Been here awhile

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    We need more on this little "incident" :lurk
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    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Whoa.

    I'm sure we'll get details later, sorry to see it Rudy!
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  12. klaviator

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  13. black 8

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    As Win said, Rock-1, OEM skid plate-0...

    I tried to avoid a loose paver sized rock in the middle of the trail but hit it anyway. Thinkin’ the front wheel launched it into the skid plate when I went over it. The thin OEM skid plate did little in deflecting the rock, instead the rock dented the skid plate into the engine case.

    Full report when I get good WiFi instead of just the iPhone...
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    Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
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  15. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    Sorry to hear about the classic Yammie. You do know you could have just slid the monkey behind your seat and carried it for a spare, right?

    Hooefully not too soon on that comment :fishie
    The end of one adventure usually signals the beginning of another.
    From the looks of the roads you were on it’s hard to imagine that kind of injury. Bummer though any way you look at it.
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  16. black 8

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    got my JB Weld certification out of the way...

    :lol3

    thanks for the chuckle Kelly...

    even the Monkey has a better skid plate than the XT-250...

    I look at it as all part of the adventure and future conversations at get together...
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    BTW, I caught the rock incident on the GoPro when Win and I reviewed the footage...
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    Rudy, it was an honor and pleasure meeting and spending time with you. Thanks for going out of your way to stop by here. Have a pleasant and safe trip home. I'm looking forward to the next time we can get together again.

    Win
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    ~ 18 Apr 2021

    ~ POD: Make my way north to the Rocket City to meet fellow inmate @klaviator...

    Win and I only knew each other from the Day Trippin' ride reports and we've shared a few posts here and there since December 2017. In reading Win's "You Only Live Twice" ride report, I found that we had a few things in common. We served in the same profession, lived in the same places throughout the states and abroad, and shared the passion of riding motorcycle... I chuckled as I read some of his escapades in his YOLT reports. I knew I had to meet Win at some point and I tried last year on the way out to Florida and again on my way home in February 2021 but severe winter storms prevented my travels north.

    Since I was already in Texas to see the bluebonnets and have some THC bbq, I was just a hop, skip, and a jump to Florida to check up on my parents. We'll what's another 700 mile detour north to meet Win and get the chance to ride some goat trails. I checked the weather and clear skies were called for Huntsville from 19-21 Apr so I shot Win a pm to set-up a meetup...

    Florida always sends me off with some rain...
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    hit a rain squall in northern FL...


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    my camp for the evening was Lake Tholocco in southern Alabama... I off-loaded the XT for some exploration of the area...
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    shots of Lake Tholocco...
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    enjoying caveman entertainment with a cold cerveza...


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    Tomorrow Huntsville...

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    ~ 19 April 2021

    ~ Make camp at a local campground in Huntsville...

    Easy peasy day... drive to Huntsville and set up camp...


    caught the sunrise right outta my tent at Lake Tholocco...
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    broke out the DSLR for these by these shots...
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    after making myself some breakfast and packing up, I was on the road by mid-morning headed north...
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    home sweet home in Huntsville...
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    After cleaning the campsite site I was able to get the tent set up... Win would swing by so we could discuss our plans for the next two days and we ended up talking for few hours... Nothing in particular but we went all over the map; Huntsville, SoCal, our former profession, riding, retirement, photography, and more... By the time Win left, the sun started dipping in the horizon along with the temperature... good thing he lived only a few miles from the campgrounds... I was looking forward to riding some of the "goat trails" in his ride reports... :ricky
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