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 Post subject: For R. W.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:46 pm 
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It has occurred to me that I ought to at least suggest an unpaved route to R. W.

This picture was taken in Idaho, going to a proposed mine site for an aquifer test.



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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:29 pm 
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The picture is a hit! The descriptive comment was "Beautiful"

But you messed up, John. Why did you have to put in the word .. unpaved? We almost had her.

SW was trying to figure how we could fit in an Idaho trip between an Asheville NC rally in May .. and a class reunion in the fall in Vegas. She was so captivated by the picture she didn't notice the unpaved roadway. Then the written word .. unpaved .. jumped out at her.

SW comment to me ..

There's no way in "you know what" you'll ever get me on a long unpaved road on my Rebel.

So, John. I guess we'd have to "ride" our Toaster. I understand Montana is pretty close to Idaho.

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:47 pm 
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It is indeed an interesting picture, giving one an idea of what backroads can be like.

Yes, those two states are neighbors with a lot of common border. The boundary between the two states was supposed to be the continental divide, but whisky and politics led to the besotted surveyors being taken one range further west after a hard night on the town in Dillon. :D

I will be riding from Green Valley, AZ, to Montana and Idaho this coming summer. Timing is still up in the air, but I think that I still deserve one more road trip. The "reason" for the trip is to get the free blood draw/analysis that the University System provides for employees, both current and retired, as part of their wellness program.

P.S. The picture makes a great desktop scene.


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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:16 pm 
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I may bump into you out there somewhere John. Sounds like a great trip.

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:55 am 
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John? One more road trip? Are you hanging it up?

Somehow the thought seems so wrong.

I remember an afternoon in a hot desert town where you were walking ahead of us, with all the energy of a pre-teen, while the rest of us were in your wake, 1-2 blocks behind .. huffing and puffing to keep up. (while walking downhill)

You've got more energy than any 2 adults combined!

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:33 pm 
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This will be a trip in excess of 3000 miles on the bike. I haven't done a solo run like that since before Brenda and I got married (our oldest boy is 42, so it has been about 46-47 years).

I'm not "hanging it up" or I would not have bought the new bike. My short trips to Flagstaff (~335 miles each way via the scenic route) encouraged me to retire the NX250 and get a bit more engine for two-lane passing situations and ABS with a new bike. The CB500XA is a nice do-everything bike; it is a little big and heavy for an in-town commuter, but it has enough hustle to handle freeways as needed. So far I am very pleased with it, but I've only got 3700 miles on it, hence that could change. Getting 68-69 mpg doesn't hurt, either. :D

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:20 pm 
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Aerostich forgot to include the "envelopes" that hold the pads and attach to the velcro in the Roadcrafter suit. With luck they will arrive in time; I called and asked how to attach the pads to the velcro and it quickly became apparent that something was missing. Leaving the 25th.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:50 pm 
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Good for you John.. I just got back from a 5000 km run down to South Carolina and Tennessee . A friend and i ran the Blue Ridge Parkway and Deal's Gap up into Knoxville. Good fun and great roads down there. I wore the Roadcrafter in some of that 95-100 degree Southern heat, but found it not too bad with all the vent zippers open. Another good tip is to get out of the suit immediately when you stop for food.. With practice, the Roadcrafter goes on and off in about 30 seconds.

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:51 pm 
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Thanks for the tip Duckster. The suit is a classic "light" (unlined) suit that was discontinued and discounted. Down here the light versions are the only thing that made sense. It is 1/2 hour before sunset and the current temperature here is 107 F (41-42C).

Another couple thousand miles on the bike haven't changed anything in my view. The blood draw was a bust (University system cutting costs by reducing benefits), but I will be attending a 40th reunion of the guys I used to hunt with in Butte. They decided to do a "get together" as the number of founding members has been dwindling. A good excuse to see old friends and ride scenic roads.

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 Post subject: Re: For R. W.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:59 pm 
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The "envelopes" that hold the pads arrived, and everything has been installed in the Roadcrafter suit.

All set to leave tomorrow.

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