After 6 1/2 weeks on the road, the Squaw Magnet is, once again, back home. Rode to Laughlin, NV from Flagstaff, AZ with Greg D AZman. Good to finally get a chance to ride with you, Greg. Met some old friends in Laughlin and a few new ones, as well. The final leg of these rides is always bittersweet but it feels good to be back home. I'll post some pictures after I get a chance to rest up.
QUOTE(firebird77clone @ Oct 18 2006, 10:10 PM)
Nope, I went downtown tonight and was disappointed to find that the cigar store no longer exists. The Yellow Book shows another one in town that I'll try and check out tomorrow. Got some time to kill while I'm waiting for Greg and, possibly, Ed to show up. At least the Grand Canyon Cafe' is still there, right on Route 66 where it's been since 1941. Another place to check out next year, Greg.
The sun was shining and the wind was slight so, even though it was on the cold side, I decided to head for Flagstaff. In contrast to yesterday's unbelievable headwind, there was actually a slight tailwind to start out today's ride. I also got lucky and quickly ducked behind a UPS truck and drafted for about 90 miles. After a lunch stop, I resumed the ride to Flagstaff. I could see the mountains in the distance and the clouds covering them but the clouds were white and I didn't see any rain. Even
QUOTE(Greg D AZman @ Oct 17 2006, 09:30 PM)
It's a possibility. Right now, it's gorgeous outside. No wind or rain. If it's like this in the morning, I'll probably take a chance and head for Flagstaff. We'll see how it goes.
QUOTE(firebird77clone @ Oct 17 2006, 09:38 PM)
I'm down to my last 2. Fortunately, I know a good cigar shop in Flagstaff. If I could only get there.
Well, I made it all the way from the east side of Gallup to the west side. It was like the twilight zone out there today. As soon as I opened the door to exit my motel, the wind blew me over. Granted, I was off balance and it took me by surprise but it actually blew me over. So, I take a look around to survey the situation and I notice a big rig pulled over on I-40. It's carrying about a half dozen of those giant spools that are used to transport long lengths of cable. These spools are empty but
QUOTE(Vintage62 @ Oct 14 2006, 03:47 PM)
Nope, they were number two.
Hunt, Werner, Schneider and Swift had all about the same number of trucks pass by me duriing the 5 hours I was stuck there. Far and away, the outfit with the largest number of rigs go by, three to four times that of anybody else, was FedEx.
Just got through having the new tire put on. It looks like the inner tube ruptured right where the stem connects to the tube, at least according to the guy that replaced the tire. What would cause that, I have no idea. I was going up a steep grade and facing a very stiff headwind at the time. I had had to downshift to 3rd gear just to make it up the hill. Maybe the load was just too much. Who knows?
Anyway, it started raining lightly while they were working on the bike and a local, wh
A first for the Squaw Magnet. No, not riding through New Mexico. I've done that before. What happened to me today was something that, until now, I have not experienced in 6 round trip cross-country rides. I got a flat tire. It happened on I-40, about halfway between Tucumcari and Albuquerque. In other words, 80 miles from anywhere. I was fighting a really stiff headwind when a semi passed on my left and I heard a really loud explosion. But, the bike kept riding just fine so I thought, maybe, it
I'm at the Amarillo KOA. It's expected to get into the mid-30's tonight so I upgraded from a tentsite to a heated cabin. Never saw the sun today. It was in the mid-40's when I left Oklahoma City and it never got above the low 50's all day. Very windy, too. The only saving grace was that it was, for the most part, a tailwind. I take that back. There was one more saving grace. The cold was mind numbing. In my experience, I-40, between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque is the most boring stretch of roa
Just had a weird experience. I'd taken the waters at the Buckstaff, smoked my daily cigar and was taking a tour of the Fordyce bath house when I ran into my dentist's receptionist! She was one of the last people I saw before starting the 2006 Iron Butt Tour as I had needed some dental work done. I had no idea she was planning a vacation to this area. Her husband is my dentist and he was out somewhere hunting. I know it's a small world but damn!
I'm in Hot Springs, AK for another day before heading to Oklahoma City tomorrow. Spent last night in Memphis. Finally got to visit Graceland. Did some Saturday night Honky-Tonking in Nashville the night before. OCC had the most famous saloon rented out for an afterparty. I spent two hours there but they never showed. Didn't matter. I had two ladies from Birmingham, AB in town for a convention to keep me company.
I plan to take the waters at the Buckstaff bath house this afternoon. It'
I'm at the Opryland KOA, just down the street from the Grand Ole Opry which I will be attending tonight. Got lucky and got the last ticket available when I checked into the KOA this afternoon. Tomorrow morning I'll take a Grayline bus tour of the city before deciding how to spend Saturday afternoon and evening. Yesterday was a surprise as I woke up to rain. The forcast had been for PM showers which also occurred. Took a tour of the Maker's Mark distillery and was quite impressed. Damn near every
QUOTE(Vintage62 @ Oct 4 2006, 02:03 PM)
At the moment, I'm right on schedule so, you are correct, I would be leaving Hot Springs next Wednesday. I usually leave somewhere around 10AM. My mapping software shows Y City to be about 70 miles from Hot Springs. It looks like a fairly slow road so I'm guessing maybe an hour and a half to get to Y City which would put it around 11:30AM. How's that work for you? I'm assuming there's a gas station at the intersection of 270 and 71 where we ca
I'm at the Duck's Creek RV Park just outside of Paducah, KY. Temperature is in the low 90's which feels just fine as long as I'm riding. Another day of stiff headwinds to contend with but I can't complain as I'm now in a high pressure area and the weather where this high is colliding with the low pressure area I was stuck in for over a week is looking really ugly right now. Guess I got out of there just in time. Two weeks ago, areas of Paducah were under water due to flooding but the unseasonabl
QUOTE(rulrich1 @ Oct 1 2006, 09:22 PM)
Yes, I stayed at Ledges State Park. One of the guilty little pleasures I get on a ride like this is making a reservation for a popular place like Ledges a month or so in advance and then come cruising in late enough to see the campground full sign posted so I can ride into the best spot in the campground while everybody's watching. Such was the case at Ledges on Saturday. Pretty little park. Very secluded walk-in tent sites. Sorry I missed you.
I'm typing this from my campsite at the Rock Island KOA where I have both an electrical hookup and WiFi in my tent. It's fun to see how many more places every year are going wireless. In fact, I saw something yesterday that I haven't seen before. A roadside rest area with WiFi. Good for you Iowa. Iowa is, in fact, where I spent last night. No internet access in the little town of Boone, IA or the state park south of there so I had to wait until I got here to post. Rode out to Boone from Fountain
Left Minneapolis this morning definitely feeling the effects of the previous evening's excesses. Still, there's nothing better than a ride in the brisk, fresh air to clear the cobwebs. Even so, I was feeling fortunate that the ride I had scheduled was only about 100 miles. Took a pretty fair chunk of time, as it was, as I had put together a route on lots of rural back roads with 40 mph speed limits. Bike started and, with the exception of that annoying stumble at 3200 rpm in first gear, ran fine
QUOTE(harleynot @ Sep 29 2006, 03:12 PM)
1. I felt better at 2:30 AM than I did today at 2:30 PM.
2. Tara blew me off for a homeless guy (ask zit).
3. I seriously thought about paying for another day at the motel just so I could get a few more hours sleep.
4. Got a few pictures myself but they'll probably have to wait until I get back home to post them.
How's Ms. Harleynot feeling? Thanks again for everything you guys did for me while I was in your
Just got back from partying with the Northwinds chapter of the IIRA. Damn, I had a great time. But those double Jaeger bombs are truly nasty. Thanks to all you guys for showing me the twin cities. I'm proud to consider myself an honorary member of your chapter. That's it for Minnesota this time around. I head for Alma, WI tomorow. The weather forcast says that I should have one more day of rain but that it should be sunny and back to 80 degrees when I get to Iowa on Saturday. I can't wait. Talk
QUOTE(maninbox @ Sep 28 2006, 03:10 PM)
The TH module on a PP uses a different plug than on an S&S Indian. I have, so far, never had a Thunderheart component fail me but this is the second year in a row that I've had to be towed due to a failure in the connectors that Thunderheart used. This year it was the ignition module plug. Last year, an EHC plug. Seems wrong that a hundred dollar component should fail because of a one cent pin.