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 unseasonably warm weather they're having now has dried everything out. Had lunch today at one of my favorite places in the entire country, Lambert's Cafe'. Home of the throwed rolls. I had catfish, turnip greens, throwed rolls with sorghum, corbread, fried okra, fried potatoes with onions, black-eyed peas and applesauce. I will not be having dinner tonight as I am meeting Injun Pete tomorrow for lunch at another one of my favorite places in the country, the Moonlite BBQ in Owensboro, KY. The bike is running fine except for the missing under load between 3000 and 4000 rpm in first, second and third gear. It was worse yesterday trying to accelerate into a stiff headwind. I believe that it is a misfire due to an overly lean condition. There's no pinging just a misfire that I can overcome by opening up the throttle to let the main jet kick in. I first noticed this last year after I installed the heavier flywheel but it only happened under heavy load. It's happening more now that the ignition problem has been fixed. I think the bike is accelerating more quickly than it used to and, thus, need more gas. I really don't want to install a bigger intermediate jet as the bike is running great at cruise rpm. Maybe I'll try fattening up the accelerator pump to see what effect that has. The only other problem the bike is having is that the makeshift job I did on the speedo drive gear tab that fits in the front rotor finally gave up the ghost. I don't miss the speedometer as it's never worked well anyway but I do miss the odometer telling me when to stop for gas. I let it run down to reserve in Minnesota the other day and discovered that I has less than 5 miles on reserve before I was completely out of gas. Luckily, I was able to coast downhill on fumes into a gas station.
After the Moonlite tomorrow, I'll continue on to Frankfort, KY which will mark the eastmost point on this year's ride. Thursday will be a ride down the Bourbon Trail with stops at all the major distilleries. After I sober up, I'll then head to Nashville for the weekend. Herm from Fargo Custom Choppers told me to give him a call when I get to Nashville as he's got good friends that are playing in a blues bar down there. That's all for now. Talk to you later.
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