Ural-a-ling the USA, Mr. Cob goes on tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mr. Cob, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Thanks for the many "welcome Home's" I have received they are most appreciated. :clap

    I am working on my "Honey Do" list, I am making progress but it will be a while before it's done three months is a long time to catch up on. :wink:

    I'll posting another chapter this afternoon, the tour will officially end tomorrow October 2nd when I return the rig to IMWA headquarters in Redmond Washington, that's where it started, that's where it will end. Stay tuned. :D
  2. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Leaving Montana and heading into Idaho not only brought me closer to home it gave me the opportunity to get some work done to the tour rig and hopefully visit with my long time friend and before his disabling bike wreak cross country riding partner Morgan.

    Whilst traveling in Montana I rode through many very small towns among them the little hamlet of "Paradise", this small town about 2 blocks long had a flag flying from every home and business that were set alongside of the Hwy that ran through the center of town. Off to the side of the road was this small memorial that looked to be hand made from a piece of plywood displaying the silhouette of a grieving soldier. I guess I am touched by things so simple yet so powerful. As I rode through "fly over country" I saw many such memorials in peoples front yards, along side of the road in the middle of now where, the words POW-MIA spelled out in roofing shingles on the roof, painted on the sides of barns etc. Looking back I now regret not stopping more often to document these simple displays of Patriotism and respect. Perhaps some day I'll do a ride that's sole purpose is to photograph and document such displays.
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    Coming into Coeur d' Alene, I spotted this cool display, so I snapped a photo of it and the tour rig.
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    I had noticed a vibration coming from the drive shaft going from the transmission to the final drive, upon inspection it was clear that the rubber cushion-U joint had deteriorated to the point where it needed to be replaced. This is a wear item, not a part failure part of the test was to push such items to the point where they failed, this information will then be included in future owners manuals so that such items will be inspected at specified kilometer readings and replaced at recommended intervals.

    I called and made an appointment at this shop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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    I like the sign in the window,
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    this one also made a good point.
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    The rig was rolled into the shop and the disassembly began.
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    The old worn out cushion is on the left, the new one is on the right.
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    While the rig was being worked on; I wandered around the shop parts of which are like being in a museum.
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    The shop is very well equipped, it's staff highly skilled.
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    While waiting for the rig to be put back together, I had lunch, now this is a real cholesterol bomb of a burger. :clap
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    The weather was getting colder, the gloves I had were better suited for warm weather riding, I talked Bob into donating a pair of water-proof, insulated gloves to the tour. Thank you Bob.:evil
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    The final assembly of the rig is being done, soon I'll be on the road again.
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    Thanks guys for a job well done.
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    After working with and seeing how the crew at "Lawrence's" motorcycles performs their jobs I feel confident in recommending them for sales and service of your Ural. Please give these folks a shot at your business if your in the area. :deal Here is the contact information for this fine shop.

    Lawrence's Motorcycles

    1704 North Government Way
    Coeur d'Alane Idaho

    Phone, 208-664-8032

    Web site,
    www.lawrences-cycle.com

    email,
    hdengine@hotmail.com

    After leaving from Lawrence's cycle, I rode north to where Morgan lived, when I got to Morgan's home I found that he no-longer lived there. The folks who now lived there told me that Morgan's health had finally gotten to the point where he could no-longer live independently and was now living in a group-assisted living home some where in Washington. I called all the folks I knew who might know where Morgan now lived, no one had any idea of where he is now living. This has me deeply troubled, I had feared for the last couple of years that this would happen, now I will endeavor to locate my old friend but to tell yo the truth I really don't know how to go about it. Any suggestions on how to locate some one in such a living arrangement will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

    This brings to a close the the Idaho segment of the sojourn, I would soon cross the border back into my home State of Washington where I would stay with Inmate "dillon" who lives near Spokane Washington. Stay tuned. :D
  3. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    I love you man, that's classic. Good on you. Great trip, love the report.
  4. MapRider

    MapRider Trapped

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    That wouldn't happen to be a Paul Bunyan burger would it?

    Man I miss N. Idaho!
  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Sorry for neglecting my duty but catching up on my "Honey Do" list and conferencing with IMWA has put me a tad off schedule. :D

    When I left from the Ural shop in Idaho it was but a short ride north only to find that Morgan no longer lived on his own, therefore I had to resort to my backup plan of staying with Inmate "dillon" who lives near Spokane Washington. I called Dillon and made sure it was OK to arrive a day early, he said "heck yeah get your arse over here". :clap

    I pulled into Dillon's driveway, soon the tour rig was safely tucked away in the garage. This is where Dillon lives.
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    Dillon's naked Ninja protects the tour rig from the bad guys.
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    We have a cover signing ceremony then go into the house for some good eats and some serous firearms discussion that went well into the late evening.
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    I manage to get some dog love whilst at Dillon's home.
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    I say my farewell to Dillon after we spend hours in conversation as he would be up and gone to work before I got my lazy arse out of bed the next morning.
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    The next morning Dillon's Mom makes me a great breakfast and sends me down the road with a belly full of BACON. :clap
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    Yup, I am still playin with my food..............:lol3
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    Dillon our time together was short but well spent, thank you very much for inviting me to your home. Good luck in your future, your young and have years of Adv-Riding ahead of you think wisely about your next bike, keep in mind what I said about getting an old Brit bike, lots of fun also lots of work to keep on the road. If your travels take you west of the Cascades please contact and visit me. :deal

    So now I had an extra day to spend, what to do with it, well ride over Sherman Pass for one thing then, go spend the extra day riding with "Dangerous Don" what better way to wander home. :evil

    I was disappointed in not riding in snow while going over the Bear Tooth Pass in Wyoming, at this time of year there was a chance I would hit snow on Sherman Pass, however I was again disappointed by the lack of snow. Still it is a bueatiful ride. On the way I passed some interesting things, "Lucy" was freaking out as she thought she was going to be eaten by this big furry feller.
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    I just can't pass up old machinery, it is of great interest too me.
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    The summit of Sherman Pass is in the back ground, you can still see the vestiges of the huge forest fire that ripped through this area years ago but the new growth is taking over and renewing the landscape.
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    Coming into Wanatchee I get my fist good view of the Cascades, I live on the west side of this mountain range, Don's home is but a few short miles away.
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    I arrive at Don's home.
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    Don assumes "the con" as we proceed to swap lies concerning the three months since we last saw each other.
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    I pull up a chair and get comfortable for the BS session that will last for some time. As we talk I do some fine hand-machine work to one of Don's valve covers, it has been warped by over zealous tightening.
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    Don has some trouble with the sync of his carbs, I help him get it fine tuned.
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    I take time out from this heavy labor to get a dog fix, "Suzie" is a great dog that I have known for a long time.
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    Don's stable.
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    This KTM, and the Fantic trials bike are for sale. Problems with Don's artificial hip no longer allows him to ride these bikes, they are in EXCELLENT condition, contact him for details.
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    OK, enough of the spam and BS, lets get to ridin. We take the back way to Wenatshee for lunch.
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    We stop here for lunch, BIG burgers UmuMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMm
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    Our bellies full, we head up the mountain, we come across this sign, no problem we still manage to have fun. :wink:
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    The following are photos taken during our ride, enjoy.
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    Please take note that the tour rig was FULLY loaded during these off road shenanigans.:huh
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    Ah, aren't we "authorized"..................
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    The sun is getting low, we head down the mountain.
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    I play on this corner..................
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    and have a LOT more fun straddling the ruts................
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    We have played hard, we are tired; we pass a couch that someone has left along side of the road, we stop and take a break. :lol3
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    An interesting side note, remember a while back that I made the statement that "When ever two or more Urals are gathered in the same location the race is on." This is never more true then when Don and I or DaveO and both Don and I are in close quarters. So........... while on the way back to Don's home whilst on Hwy #2, we just had to duke it out. The tour rig "fully loaded" out ran Don's rig :huh :eek1 :evil :clap :clap :clap Don's rig could hang in 3rd gear but when we shifted into 4th the tour rig slowly pulled away, I am tellen ya this damned thing is a RUNNER. I have no idea of fast this darned rig is when unloaded but on level ground even when fully load I have yet to come across another Ural that will out run it. I am pulling all the strings I can to get this rig into my garage on a permanent basis, I have grown pretty attached to it over the last three months. If I can't talk IMWA into signing this darn thing over to me I just might have to ride it down to Mexico and become a fugitive on the run from the Russian Mafia. :huh :lol3

    The next morning before I leave for home, Don and I sit down for breakfast.
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    Lejoy, Don's wife hates getting her photo taken, oh well.........
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    Lejoy prepared us a great breakfast.
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    And so it came to pass that my time at Dangerous Don's home had to end, I said my goodbyes to Lejoy and prepared to leave. Don would ride with me to Leavenworth where I would link up with Inmate "Drybones" who would ride over the mountains with me later in the day.

    Don, my friend, my Brother in some many ways our time together never ceases to being a smile to my face and a glow to my heart. Thank you for being my friend, thank you for sharing so much of your life with me, thank you for being there when the world turns to crap and I need someone to pull me back from the brink, thank you for riding with me yet again and for sharing your home as you have done so many times in the past. It goes without saying that you are always welcome in my home and I am blessed to have known you for so long. :clap :clap :clap :deal

    This brings to a close the part of the tour that was spent with friends both new and old, all that remains is for me to meet "Drybones" have lunch, ride home there to meet Donna and Spot, park the rig and later return it to IMWA. But this is an on-going part of the saga that is not quite done yet, please stay tuned. :wink:
  6. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    that couch pic is great!:rofl
  7. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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  8. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    Hey Cob since you have spent a "litle" time on the road and with a Ural how about some thoughts on how your gear worked, tips for happy Uraling, and what you know now that you didn't know before?

    My next thought is I want to see a good photo of the map that shows all the states the rig has been in.

    For my final thought this post, next summer go fill in the rest of the states with as much of the Ural as started the trip this summer so those who own and those who are thinking can get the benifit of some real R&D.
  9. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Dave,

    Can you PM me Don's number. I have a friend that may be interested in the SXC.
  10. Dbear

    Dbear Hanging on

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    Dave, glad you are home safe and sound.

    Great to meet you, feed you and send you on your way to more adventure while you were in my neck of the woods.

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  11. nwgs

    nwgs Danned

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    Don :wave

    Wow, this has to be one of the "epic" Ride Reports of all time.

    Mr. Cob, you have made us feel like we are part of the ride. Your consistent story telling and attentions to all your hosts. Even Ken...:lol3 Has been incredible.
    You set the bar mighty high for those that will follow. 16000 thousand miles on a Ural. That has to be some kind of record.

    :kumbaya
  12. wyowillys46

    wyowillys46 Petrosexual.

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    Now that's an awesome bike shop!
  13. Ivan Rider

    Ivan Rider Been here awhile

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    So Cob I didn't see one photo of your Tent set up. :wink:

    Did you manage to do the whole trip without setting up your tent once?:clap

    I've really enjoyed your ride report and was proud that I was one of your Hosts. Stop by anytime.

    Your Reports will be missed:2cry :2cry

    Ivan Rider
  14. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Dennis,

    I managed to do the whole trip without once having to set up camp, thanks to the generousity of my many fine Hosts. While on the home strech I did break down and pay for a motel room a few times, it was cold, and I am a wuss what can I say, too darned old for this laying on the ground stuff. :wink: :lol3 :deal
  15. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    I have been fighting alligators as I try to drain the swamp of catching up on all the stuff that needs doing after being gone for so long. I have been asked to provide a report on how the rig ran, problems, maintenance, fluid usage, how my gear worked etc. this I will do tomorrow. :deal I still need to get a photo of returning the rig to IMWA and of the GPS screen showing the Trip statistics this too is coming soon. Again I apologize for the delay. :cry
  16. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    Come on now are you telling us that you have a "honey do" list? I for one look foreward to some more entries on this trip. How is the "exam" on the tour rig going, have you found out how much life it had left?
  17. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    erm... maybe less? Thought it was something like 1300... musta' missed somethin...
    Gotta' agree though awesome ride report and well written! :thumb
    Hope to meet ya' someday, Mr. Cob. Thanks again, and keep the <S>shiny</S> less-muddy side up!
  18. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    :huh ...say again all after "like" over....
  19. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Dangerous Don, rode with me to Leavenworth, where we met up with Inmate "Drybones" who would ride over the Cascades with me. Here we are along side of main street, ( Hwy. #2 ) in Leavenworth.
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    Drybones, Dangerous Don and I continued on, we stopped at this very cool dinner to have lunch.
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    One of the cool things about the "59'er Dinner" is if you can't read the menu they have a box of forgotten glasses that you can dig through to find some that will allow you to read, pretty darn neat eh. Here John models the ones that work for him.
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    I had some very good fish and fries, I saved some for you.
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    We leave the dinner and head over the mountains.
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    The trip over the Cascades was a lot of fun, I was runnin the tour rig hard, passin cars, trucks and a bike or two. When I crested Stevens Pass, long time friend and member of the "AFRA" list Steve met us and escorted me back home whilst riding his Yamaha R1, I tired but I couldn't out run the R1. :wink: :cry :lol3 Like a dork I forgot to get a photo of Steve and his bike.:norton

    John peeled off at Monroe and went to his friends home, Steve peeled off in Granite Falls and went home, I rode on to my home just a couple miles out side of Granite Falls. I stopped and took this photo of the Cascades, this was taken from a hill over looking the river about a mile from my home.
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    Donna took this photo of me and Spot, he was wiggling around so much it was hard to get him to sit still for the photo. I think he missed me.
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    Spot sits on the tour rig.
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    I was so excited about getting home, I didn't set the tripod up and take a photo of me and Donna, what can I say. :dunno

    A couple of days after I got home some members of the "Nor-Wet Pod" composed mostly of Seattle Uralistas threw a welcome home gathering, from left to right, Hilary, Al, Q, KrazyKonrad and Cob. Steve was to join us after this photo was taken.
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    I topped off a great meal with some sort of death by chocolate desert.
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    Our bikes in front of the "Blue Star"
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    A few days later I rode the rig down to IMWA to have some work done to it before Sergey went back to Russia for a well deserved vacation. While in Missisippi, the speedometer had stopped working, while in Florida I tried to repair it by installing a different cable-drive gear this did not fix the problem. As this did not in any way affect the running of the rig it was decided to leave it alone, check and repair the problem when the trip was over. Here Sergey is working on removing the transmission from the rig in-order to make the repair.
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    The transmission removed,
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    The transmission torn down.
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    The bad main shaft speedo drive gear.
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    Sergey determined that the gear went bad because the nut that holds it onto the main shaft had loosened up, this allowed the gear to walk back and forth on the shaft. This gear being able to move contributed to the rubber cushion between the transmission drive yoke and the final drive, drive-shaft to prematurely wear out.

    Sergey rebuilds the transmission.
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    Sergey replaced ALL of the parts that were or may have been affected by this problem.
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    Had I known to check the nut that holds the drive yoke onto the main shaft, and then tightened it while in Missisippi, chances are this would not have happened. This nut is secured by a cotter pin, as the cotter pin was in place it never occurred to me to check it for tightness, just goes to show a person can learn something everyday. Still it is a testament to how tough these rigs are that it could continue to haul over 1,400 pounds up and over mountains at speeds up to and over 65 mph for many thousands of miles with out affecting the ability of the rig to finish the journey.:clap

    Here Sergey installs the rebuilt transmission on a test stand where it will be run for an hour, it's shifting in and out of all the gears tested while it's driven by an electric motor.
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    While the transmission is removed, I check to see if all is well with the clutch, no leaking seals, no evidence of over heating of the clutch, we decide to leave this area of the rig alone and continue the test ride to see how long it goes before it needs to be replaced.
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    While at IMWA, I talked to Ilya, he has asked me to continue to test ride the tour rig, in time we will work out some arrangement where I will end up with the tour rig being added to my stable the details are yet to be finalized. :D

    This photo was taken in front of IMWA headquarters the day the USA tour started. It shows the GPS trip screen at the start of the ride.
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    This shows the screen at the end of the trip,
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    for our Inmates who use the Metric system.
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    These last photos show the total mileage the rig covered whilst on tour. Please use this information to compute what your contribution to a Veterans organization of your choice will be using the "penny per mile traveled" formula. THANK YOU for making these contributions on behalf of our Vets.:clap :clap :clap :deal

    I want to take this opportunity to thank IMWA for giving me the privilege and honor of being their UN-official test pilot for the last two and a half years and especialy for sponsoring this ride around the USA. Words alone can't portray how much this has meant to me. To all who have opened their homes, refrigerators and wallets to me while on this epic ride, thank you it could not have happened without your most generous hospitality. To those who took the time to ride with and in particular guide me through some bueatiful parts of our country thank you, I so enjoyed your company. I know dogs can't read but with out the dog fixes along the way this trip would have been much more lonely. In short THANK YOU to any and all who were instrumental to this sojourn, the "saga" is as much your story as it is mine.:deal

    I suppose this ends the official USA tour, but the test ride continues, I have been asked to ride the tour rig instead of my Ural in this years Death Valley Ural gathering to be held in conjunction with "Death Valley Daze" 2009.

    I will add to this report information concerning the riding gear I used, cameras, problems encountered, suggestions to others contemplating such a trip, fluid usage by the rig, etc. Please stay tuned if this is of interest too you.

    In closing I will add this SHAMELESS plug, if any of my riding exploits, photos and or videos of my Ural-a-ling has positively influenced you to buy a Ural, please send me an email or a PM stating this. Sending me such evidence of actual sales will help me keep the small sponsorship that IMWA has been providing me, THANK YOU. :D :clap :deal
  20. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    I followed this tour from the start to its finsih. I have already sent you an email stating how you helped in our decision to buy a Ural early this year. We have put 8,xxx Klick on ours since April. We will be heading down to Mexico in November and the Death Valley Daze in January.

    This tour showed many skeptics and convinced many on the fence folks in a positive way with out a doubt. IMWA really did a good thing when they said OK to this. The Ural is gaining a rapid and strong following and this tour will only stand to testify to their very capable rigs that are off road and tour capable.

    Mr. Cob hats off to you and IMWA for another epic chapter in the Ural story. See you in January.