Wild Wild West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freefallen, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    If you mean Minuteman Missile, than Google Earth knows everything:wink:

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    "PEACEKEEPER" - it's the name of the ICBM that was intended to replace the Minuteman III although both of them are still in service.
    Some Minuteman silos were actually retro-fitted to accept the larger PEACEKEEPER missile. Each PEACEKEEPER had 11 nuclear warheads, but was kept to only 10 due to treaty limitations.

    And if we compare upstate NY with the rest of US, then yes there are only a couple of these sites in upper NY:

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  2. freefallen

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    Thank You!!

    Well, I'm 5'7" with 30" inseam and my bike's seat is 32". I can't go any bigger, meaning any higher bike than that. Riding with my son, I felt just right. At times we were above 10,000 ft in the mountains and I didn't feel I needed any extra power. And this is a 650 cc bike. On the open roads riding two up most of the time we were going 80 mph and again it was just fine.
  3. freefallen

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    On Friday after the hike in Grand Teton NP I rode only 500 miles but I made it to Mt. Rushmore by nightfall and had time to explore it.
    The next day I rode 800 miles through Badlands National Park and visited the Minuteman Missile Museum, which took a lot of time. But how glad I was that I spent the time there.
    On the last day, on Sunday, I rode 1,110 miles, beating all my previous records.:doh

    Was it hard riding more than a thousand miles in one day? Absolutely:muutt! On top of that my cruise control stopped working and I did not have time to fix it. After holding the throttle for many hours, my right hand started to go numb.

    This is a very huge fan, looks so lifeless without wind:

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    The last day, I left Iowa at 8 am on Sunday because I couldn't wake up any earlier from the exhaustion of the previous day and arrived at 3 am on Monday riding 1,200 miles. After 19 hours of almost non-stop riding, the hardest were the last 2 when I started fighting to stay awake.

    After midnight on RT-80 in PA, it looked like an 18-wheeler truck meet. Their lights and reflectors illuminated up the highway like a Christmas tree as far as I could see.
    They were racing and passing each other down this two lane highway like on a racetrack and I was surrounded on three sides. I kept telling myself not to get involved in this race and to slowly and steadily make it home alive.
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    It goes without saying that when I opened my garage door at 3:05am, I had just enough energy to throw everything off of me and fall into bed. Showering, shaving and brushing my teeth I saved for the morning and barely made it to work by 11am. It felt like I woke up almost as soon as I went to sleep. After getting home, I again fell asleep for a few hours. But never the less I slept again like a baby that night. I don't remember ever sleeping like this in my entire life.

    Would I want to repeat this trip? Hell yeah! I'm already planning the next trip. It will either be a cross country trip via Canada to Jasper National Park. Then to Glacier National Park in Montana through Oregon to the most scenic road in America, RT-101, and ending in San Francisco for a few days.

    Or a road trip through Europe from Portugal making a loop through Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, ferry across Adriatic sea, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and back to Portugal.


    Or perhaps both trips.
  5. A.K.

    A.K. Been here awhile

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    I wish I could go with you on that trip!
  6. orbiker

    orbiker Been here awhile

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    If you give me a little notice, I can give you a little tour of Oregon. KEN
  7. freefallen

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    oh well, it won't happen until next year. still two vacations are awaiting me this year and my quota is well taken.
  8. freefallen

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    oh, thank you. I may use your offer very likely. other than riding through Crater Lake and nice local roads, which must be incredibly good in Oregon, I don't know other highlights.
  9. freefallen

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    Living more than 20 years in America, the country still remains not fully discovered and a little under appreciated by myself. I've traveled more overseas than in my own country. The truth is America is a very beautiful country and has so much diversity: from the tropical turquoise waters in Florida and Hawaii to the magnificent snow top mountains in Alaska, and the countless national parks between them in which no two are alike.

    Explore your home turf more often and dare to discover, it's worth it.
    Thanks everyone for your participation in this thread.
  10. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Great report, thanks! You should've saved gas receipts and get the IBA certificate.
  11. Lime

    Lime Been here awhile

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  12. freefallen

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    really? I don't have receipts but I paid gas by a credit card and have all the statement records. oh well, next time.
    xytorok - :super
  13. freefallen

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    yeah, we got it, thanks!
  14. freefallen

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    Here are summarizing video clips I put together:

    Part I. Little bit mix of everything:



    Part II. Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone



    Part III. Teton Park, Badlands, Minuteman Missile

  15. uzbek

    uzbek dreamer

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    Just finished to read your first cross-country last year.
    Thank you for taking us with you.:clap