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#973170 - 10/18/16 03:54 PM Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs  
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Hello SportTourers!

A few of you know we were planning to leave just after the Un for a year on the road, in our K1200LT rig....well, July became September and then October. Work and our inability to get things done quickly, capped off with a need for a FD rebuild. What are you going to do?

We finally made it out of town on October 7th. It's ten days later now and we're as far as Arcata, CA! It's been a great trip so far, and since I consider this forum my home online (even if I'm pretty quiet and antisocial at gatherings), this is the thread I've put off starting until I could start it perfectly.

...but that's never going to happen so I'm starting it now anyway! We've also got a travel blog, and I started an ADV thread for my sidecar friends there - I'll put links at the bottom of this post for those who like those things. I don't do Facebook, but Laura does - so get in touch if you want to follow us that way.

Here are the basics:

We are Jeremiah, a seven-year-old (only for a few more weeks!) elementary school drop out; Eddy, a ten year old weird as heck dog who moved in with us when we lived in a Yupik Eskimo village; Culprit, a 14-year-old crazy Aussie; Laura, a professional baker who originally studied biology and worked in neuro research before turning to the dark side and running a GED program in rural AK; Josh, who used to be a high school teacher but somehow ended up starting/co-owning a small driving school in Portland.

We are all piled into a 1999 K1200LT sidecar rig - and trailer - we put together this spring/summer/fall.

The plan is to traipse the US exploring what we can and trying to find a place to start or buy a small bread-centric bakery. We really don't know what we're doing or even where we're going (literally - it's 8:45am and I'm in a Motel 6 - that's all I know).

If you have suggestions on what to do, where to go, or know a place that is in need of a new bakery OR a bakery that is need of new owners PLEASE let us know!

Our budget for this trip is pretty minimal, so if you have a backyard to camp in, don't be shy (we're actually really shy, but we're working on it) smile

All my pics online are in Picasa/Google Pics and don't work well with this site. I need to start putting stuff in something that works better so I can put them here - when I do, I'll get into a recap of the ride so far and then try to stay current. In the meantime, how about we start with a quintessential BMW internet forum picture:



I'd never seen one in person before - it's pretty neat (I mean, I guess it was pretty neat until it started to come apart...at least it didn't get a chance to eat the housing).

...and for those who dare venture outside this form, you can find more here

trycheckthis.com

and here on ADV.

Thanks for reading!
josh


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#973223 - 10/19/16 05:13 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Nice to see Sharon and Jan got you off to a good start. Gotta love a plan that has no plan, following on ADV... clap lurk


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#973283 - 10/20/16 05:21 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Hi Bill -
Yes - Sharon and Jan were very good to us. In fact, if no one else is nice to us for a lllooonnggg time, we'll still feel like we're coming out ahead.

The only downside is that it was so wet/rainy, we didn't get out to all of the cool places Jan wanted us to go. Next time for sure!



Still don't have pics worked out, and even if I did wifi here is so slow I can't upload anything really anyway.

BUT!

Today we started in Big Lagoon Park, up near Trinidad CA, and took 101 south. We did the Avenue of the Giants and paid $4 just outside of Legget to drive through what's left - held together by steel rope mostly now it seems - of a giant redwood (it was still kind of fun and the rig BARELY fit {like, we went through twice and the first time I caught the hack wheel on a bit of wood, and to avoid that the second time I had less than an inch of space from the left mirror}), and then took HWY 1 to Ft Bragg.

We were going to push on for a campground about 30 miles south, but filling the gas tank after dinner we decided we were tired and there was a Motel 6 right there, with a heated pool, for not too much more than a campground...and we could save an hour in the morning by not having to pack the tents.... yeah....

So that's what we did today.

Tomorrow we hope to visit the jeweler who made our wedding rings, and then a couple few days in the bay area with Traveler1 and RT Russ. After that I think we'll head east. Jeremiah's got a birthday party (his) to get to in OK on 11/13, and Laura is going to fly back to Portland to help her mom move sometime before that.

And that's the plan for now. smile
Pics to follow by this weekend - promise smile smile
josh


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#973286 - 10/20/16 11:20 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Now this sounds awesome and a little scary all at the same time. Watching! java clap


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#973297 - 10/20/16 01:51 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Hi Pat -
You're not the first one to say that, and I think we all agree with you.
josh


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#973298 - 10/20/16 01:55 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Enjoy your trip! thumbsup


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#973363 - 10/21/16 05:33 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Thanks Marty - we're staying with Thor tonight, and I can honestly say your name was instrumental in making this post smile
josh


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#973427 - 10/22/16 05:21 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Thanks for posting - following (jealously) along on this bold adventure.


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#973522 - 10/24/16 07:03 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Thanks for reading! I'm behind in updating this as well as the two other online things we're doing (ADV thread and my trycheckthis.com blog) - but we spent a few days in the Bay Area, played in San Fran today, and are south of San Jose tonight. I'm looking forward to a good night sleep tonight (oops- it's this morning already!) having spent about nine hours last night, ending at 3:30am, making a huge mess of RT Russ's garage in a (largely successful) attempt to put on new Spiegler brake lines.

I'll try to get something done tomorrow, but we are sadly without wifi frown

Getting ready to head east toward CO and then down to OK - probably going south around the Sierras first.
josh


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#973582 - 10/25/16 03:40 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Someone got a shot of Josh and clan on the Golden Gate the other day. thumbsup (borrowed from Adv)



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#973585 - 10/25/16 04:55 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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The Gypsy tour stopped at our place this past weekend. I posted on the BMWST Facebook page tonight since I can't link photos easily here. Peg and I were/are still trying to transition back to West Coast time zone after 3 weeks in the UK so it was a bit of a struggle to be decent hosts. We had a good dinner for them Friday and and even had Richard and Jacqueline stop by.....no pictures, it didn't happen I know dopeslap

Facebook pic

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Safe travels Josh!

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#973588 - 10/25/16 07:09 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: RT Russ]  
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Originally Posted By: RT Russ
The Gypsy tour stopped at our place this past weekend. I posted on the BMWST Facebook page tonight since I can't link photos easily here. Peg and I were/are still trying to transition back to West Coast time zone after 3 weeks in the UK so it was a bit of a struggle to be decent hosts. We had a good dinner for them Friday and and even had Richard and Jacqueline stop by.....no pictures, it didn't happen I know dopeslap

Facebook pic

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Safe travels Josh!

Russ


This place has a Facebook page? Ok, I guess I knew that, but it's way back in my brain somewhere as I'm not up on the whole Facebook thing. I should get Laura to get hooked up with that.

We had a great time staying with you and Peggy! That last shot doesn't do even near justice to the royal mess I made of your garage! Twice!

We are in Bakersfield tonight so we can go to the title company tomorrow and sign papers for our house. I was hoping we'd get here early (stayed in Gilroy last night after spending a great and full afternoon in San Francisco), but then we took forever to get on the road from Gilroy, and THEN I ran out of gas about 3.2 miles from the station I was planning to get gas at in Hollister ... within sight of the Corbin factory!...and then I left my cell phone in David's, the guy who gave me a ride to and from the gas station, truck....and then...and then... and then we got here late and so I'm still not hooked up to put pictures here! Maybe tomorrow. Ha!


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Looking good! wave


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#973643 - 10/25/16 11:06 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Thanks - having fun too!

Signed the final papers for the sale of our house today. Heading toward Death Valley for a couple of days. Then either to the Grand Canyon or up into Utah.


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#974245 - 11/03/16 02:47 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Oh my gosh - I am doing a terrible job keeping up here. I really need to get some dang photo hosting going (does anyone else do that thing where they feel like there is a chain of events that needs to happen in order and when they can't get one actually not that important piece in place they just abandon the whole chain? or is that just me...) so I can put pictures here.

We have been having a great time - since staying with Traveler1, and then RT Russ and his wonderful wife Peggy, we've been to San Francisco, Bakersfield where we signed the closing papers for our house, a few cool spots in the deserts of CA including two days in Death Valley (wish we could go back for DVD but the timing is just not going to work), Las Vegas to buy me a new helmet (broke mine in DV), The Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and a bunch of little place in between, and right now I'm sitting at Whip and Louise's kitchen table enjoying the fantastic Salida sunshine!

We're headed up to Denver and then on to Mt. Rushmore for a quick photo op before Laura flies back to Portland. She'll be helping her mom drive said mom's stuff to Oklahoma in a big Uhaul, and we'll all meet up there for Jeremiah's 8th birthday. Which means Jeremiah and the dogs and I have about six days to cover six or seven hundred miles all on our own. So if you have any good suggestions on routes to take or things to do/see between Denver and Altus, please do let us know!

I'll move it up to the top of the priority list to get some pics somewhere the board can see them in the meantime!
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#974246 - 11/03/16 03:00 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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This is a neat place to see. thumbsup

http://royalgorgebridge.com/


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Originally Posted By: TEWKS
This is a neat place to see. thumbsup

http://royalgorgebridge.com/


Pat


Oh crap - I'm terrified of heights (well, of hitting things on the way down - the Statue of Liberty was about the most stressful height related thing I've done) - that looks like great fun!

thanks!
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I think there were one or two safeties built in, what could go wrong? jaw


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I'd uh, love to try that, but, uh I, uh can't afford the extra charge. Same with the zipline. Yeah. That's it. Also, I think I'll be pretty worn out from crawling slowly across the bridge anyway smile


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#974256 - 11/03/16 04:49 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: TEWKS]  
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Originally Posted By: TEWKS






It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...

Come to think of it you are kind of mild-mannered. grin


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
I think I'll be pretty worn out from crawling slowly across the bridge anyway smile

Just close your eyes and ride across it. grin


IIRC they did hit you pretty hard for the extras. read

Bill, I did feel pretty super right at that moment! wink

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#974260 - 11/03/16 06:12 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: TEWKS]  
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Can you still ride a bike across it, there's a dirt road on the other side I want to get to.


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#974265 - 11/03/16 06:47 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: roadscholar]  
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Originally Posted By: roadscholar
there's a dirt road on the other side I want to get to.

Of course there is! grin

That was somewhere between 2005 & 2012. (my mind records events between bike purchases) grin I'm not sure if they stopped it, doubt it because you could exit the park after crossing like we did.

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Ok I thought it may have been more recent. Someone told me they don't allow cars anymore as of a couple years ago but was hoping maybe bikes, probably unlikely though.


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#974292 - 11/04/16 03:15 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: roadscholar]  
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I went over it in July 2012 - also did some dirt roads on my K bike on the south side of the bridge. thumbsup

If you are anywhere close it is worth the time to see, however, the Bridge/Park website states:

"THE ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE
Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world’s highest suspension bridges – hanging 956 feet above the Arkansas River! The Royal Gorge Bridge is an all-new experience! The park has a new 16,000 sq. ft. Visitor Center and is one of the world’s longest single-span aerial gondolas, an over-the-gorge zipline and children’s play area.

NO PERSONAL VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BRIDGE AT ANY TIME."


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#974434 - 11/06/16 08:18 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Oh my gosh - I am doing a terrible job keeping up here. I really need to get some dang photo hosting going (does anyone else do that thing where they feel like there is a chain of events that needs to happen in order and when they can't get one actually not that important piece in place they just abandon the whole chain? or is that just me...) so I can put pictures here.

We have been having a great time - since staying with Traveler1, and then RT Russ and his wonderful wife Peggy, we've been to San Francisco, Bakersfield where we signed the closing papers for our house, a few cool spots in the deserts of CA including two days in Death Valley (wish we could go back for DVD but the timing is just not going to work), Las Vegas to buy me a new helmet (broke mine in DV), The Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and a bunch of little place in between, and right now I'm sitting at Whip and Louise's kitchen table enjoying the fantastic Salida sunshine!

We're headed up to Denver and then on to Mt. Rushmore for a quick photo op before Laura flies back to Portland. She'll be helping her mom drive said mom's stuff to Oklahoma in a big Uhaul, and we'll all meet up there for Jeremiah's 8th birthday. Which means Jeremiah and the dogs and I have about six days to cover six or seven hundred miles all on our own. So if you have any good suggestions on routes to take or things to do/see between Denver and Altus, please do let us know!

I'll move it up to the top of the priority list to get some pics somewhere the board can see them in the meantime!
josh




Stay as long as you want. I will be back this weekend.


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#974480 - 11/07/16 02:22 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: Whip]  
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Originally Posted By: Whip



Stay as long as you want. I will be back this weekend.



You and Mrs. are quite generous, and we'd love to just move in...but once I have finished all your beer and abused your wifi enough to get some pics finally uploaded to post on here, we'll have to move on (seriously: if I don't have Jeremiah in Altus to meet his grandmother by his birthday {11/13} he will be kind of upset and said grandmother will probably hunt me down widow my wife!). BUT! I have been abusing your wifi, and finally have some pics in a bmwrt postable form (I think...), so I'm going to now attempt to properly update this here page (and then we're giong to go check out the skate park and bookstore - it's a rough day we have planned...)!


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OK! Here we go - I think I've got some photos ready, and I've got some time (and Whip's wifi!), so I'll back up a bit and start with a brief recap from the beginning. I am ignoring FB's repeated advice to compose offline and then copy and paste (which IS really sound advice - I just don't listen well), so I'll do this in a few parts.

First, who are we and what the heck are we doing?

Here's us, as taken a few weeks into the trip by our own RT Russ



and here's where we used to live as taken by the realtor's photog (with the foliage cut back at the stager's request - SO many folks involved in this house selling business!):



We moved to Portland ten years ago (from far western rural Alaska, like you do) so Laura could go to culinary school with the intention of becoming a baker and opening her own shop. We got through the school part and the baker part, and somewhere along the way I became fully embroiled in driver ed (or, traffic safety education, as my betters would want me to call it) world to the point where I was teaching university courses in it and opened my own business with some friends. Laura decided Portland was saturated and didn't want to add to the pool, so we never got to step three of the plan. Oh - and also somewhere in there we had a kid wink

But where to open this bakery? I was so busy with my two jobs, and then my one job and one business that I wasn't much help, and Laura-who-is-not-a-morning-person was working 10-12 hour shifts of baker's hours, so she was pretty much exhausted all the time (switching to a four-10s helped, but that really meant three 12s and a 6, so she was still essentially exhausted five days a week). As a result, what little free time we had together went to fun things, family things, "necessary" things and a modicum of travel, so little time was spent on the bakery. ...Until about two years ago when I sort of lost it - maybe it was a mid life crisis, but I hope I'm not quite halfway yet - and decided that if we didn't do something else, I was going to go crazy. And something else turned out be almost buying a bakery in a small town in eastern Oregon.

We had a very intense few months of negotiating the sale and then planning to hoist up stakes and move rather abruptly to La Grande. Unexpectedly, the day we were to sign papers the seller backed out. So much went into that prep we were sort of left stunned and dropped the idea for a time. With our schedules, and essentially spending all we were earning to afford to live in Portland, how do you figure out where else you want to go to start a new life and new business? And then one day someone says, you know if we sold the house we could live out of the sidecar rig for a year and look around for our next place. And everyone laughs and laughs and laughs. And Laura says, but what about the dogs? And I say, I'll build them an adorable trailer. And everyone laughs and laughs and laughs.


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For those who care about the vehicle as much as the journey, this is your post - for those who don't, you can skip this one and not miss anything.

Ten years ago I found this site, and then I found my RT. We were living in AK and our bike, a '78 R60 was in WA, and I didn't want a new bike and thought the 1100 RTs were about the ugliest, least motorcycle-y monstrosity ever (sorry - don't hold it against me - I did come around somewhat on that issue). What I did want to do was spend the summer (I was a teacher) in WA restoring my bought while I was in college in SE AK and fairly abused and neglected R60 to a better state. And I had three months to do it. And then Laura started planning other things and suddenly I had like three weeks to do it. Being the wonderful wife she is, she said, well, why don't we get a newer bike that's ready to ride and we can spend time riding this summer and you can work on the other bike later. Not being too stupid, I said, OK.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago. We have been looking for a sidecar so we can take Jeremiah with us and still ride. We were ready to buy a new Ural and then there was that whole thing with Russia and the Ukraine (I don't want to get into the politics here, and I'm not a political person, but I have a dear Ukrainian friend, who lives in Kiev, and IS a political person, and I decided buying a new Russian bike would not sit well with him, and so it didn't happen, but almost...).

{This pic actually made it to the cover of the Ural's US newsletter - we were about the only people that showed up to a demo day during a snowstorm...)

From craigslist I find a Hannigan sidecar up in WA. The seller is motivated and has it listed pretty cheap. If I come get it this weekend, would you take a thousand less? You would? Great. Only I can't get up there, so I call my dad; Dad - can you take a trailer and $1500 in cash to Spanaway this weekend and buy me a sidecar? Great! Dad calls, Have you seen this thing? It's huge. I don't know if it will fit in the trailer. But it did. And it was huge.




Laura's first time piloting the thing

It was really a bit big for the RT, and it took me a solid year - almost - to get them hooked up, and we rode it for another year.


Pulled over to commemorate the RT rolling over 100,000 miles!


Before, though, I put a bunch of time and money into prepping the rig for this trip I did a bit of online searching, pretty half-assedly, for K1200LT figuring that was more size appropriate and the early ones were starting to go at reasonable (for me) prices. So....after checking the usual places and not seeing anything I both want and can afford, I happen on to an ADV thread. Now, if BMWs are, as everyone knows, for old duffers, the K1200LT has to be for the oldiest and duffiest among us, right? What I found was a kid - a mere pup of 23 - who had somehow picked up a GS (ok, makes sense - he lives in Nevada) and a '99 K1200LT - what?


Glamour shot from the ad



Now, though, he has found a GSA he really NEEDS and is selling the other BMWs to fund it. He starts the ask somehwere above $4k I believe, and it's in the $3000s when I find the thread. I think about it. I talk to Laura, I don't have time to go to Vegas (or the money...but that's beside the point). I check the thread the next evening. He's down to like $3500 and asking for offers. I check again and he's really asking for offers. I PM and say, if I send you $3k via paypal tonight? He says - sure, if you can get it out of my garage - sends pic of garage which has like a dozen dirt bikes and these two huge BMWs. Sure, I say - no problem. I send money...and I try to figure out how to get a bike in Parhump NV smile

The next day I call up our HHO, who sometimes lives in Vegas. Are you in Vegas? Yes. I bought this bike - will you pick it up for me and put in your garage for a while? Yes. Excellent smile smile smile



In Harold's garage. I'd never even sat on a K1200LT before and was terrified I'd drop the thing coming off the stand. Turns out though much heavier it's actually lower and easier to low speed around than the RT...

A two day ride from Vegas to WA, with a good solid 250 miles of frog strangling type rain between Redding and Roseburg, and the bike was home.



Some money (really not that much - less than I expected anyway) to Hannigan, and the driveway looked like this



This time in much less than a year, I ended up with this:



As I said, we were hoping to start this trip in time to hit the Un on our way "out of town"... that didn't happen, but we did make the gathering. It was a good sort of shake down of the idea, and we had fun.




...but we still needed a way to haul the pups.


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Once we finally had the house ready to list it was September! To make it as easy as possible for our fantastic realtor to sell the house quickly and for as much $$ as reasonably possible, we had it fully staged and move our remaining crap and ourselves out!

We took up residence at my dad and stepmother's house up in Olympia, WA, and set about getting the bike, sidecar and trailer ready to go.


The Previous owner had rerouted the crank to vent out the back of the bike instead of into the TBs - that was a pain to fix but worth it to get rid of the oily mist coming out the back at high RPMs



If you're going to pull a trailer, you're going to need a hitch! Ours came from Ernie's Custom Hitches in Olympia - more expensive than some other solutions, but I think more solid, and Ernie got us in and done quickly on pretty much no notice.



While Ernie built the hitch I started on the trailer









and eventually got to this. Notice the uneven illumination on the back?



While Laura worked on adding the windows, I went after the suspect wiring. Turned out, after all new wires, it was the bulb holders in the main tail lights messing with the circuit...so now it has new wires AND new main lights...




The mostly finished product



By this time, my dad and stepmom (that's not them in the picture, by the way - that is their driveway but they were out of town when we finally left) had decided we were never leaving, and my mom was HOPING we were never leaving. We did, though, finally get all our stuff loaded in and we geared up to head out...





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FANTASTIC!!!!!!


I am their leader, which way did they go?
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Originally Posted By: Whip
FANTASTIC!!!!!!


I'm glad you're enjoying it - if it weren't for your wifi and your kitchen table, it wouldn't be posted yet. Jeremiah and I spent most of the day at said table, with me splitting time between the above posts and a sort of token attempt at figuring out trip expenses so far/balancing the checkbook, and with him writing post cards, doing some school work, and calculating trip mileage so far (we are officially into our second "month" and have done about 5000 miles...).

We did drag ourselves out of the house long enough to walk the dogs to Safeway and back, but that was it for today!

I'll see if I can get one more post done before I call it a night (I was trying to get one done earlier when the board was temporarily down, so it's really all Fernando's fault!)....


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Well, now you that have the pre-trip background, how about something more on the actual trip? Our first day was pretty great, even if we did just go from my dad/stepmom's place in Olympia to not-quite-our-house in Portland. As you might imagine, that's a trip we've made countless times, but almost always on I-5, which is only scenic if you're from someplace without trees. Or rain.

One trip tenet was to avoid interstates whenever possible - we haven't been great about sticking to that since, but we did a great job on day one and found some roads we'd never seen before.

This is Jeremiah at our first stop - a coffee place in a town I've never heard of...that's only 60 miles or so south of where I lived the first 18 years of my life, and maybe 60 miles north of where I lived the last nine years. That's exactly the sort of thing I want to do with this trip - find all that stuff you don't find doing the day to day or driving the interstate system around the country.

Also, despite having only three coffees on the menu (coffee, latté and mocha), the drinks were really good!



Jeremiah's middle name is Rainier, so we stopped in Rainier, Oregon for lunch - another place we live close to but have never stopped. If fact, despite how much I love it, and how much my mom also loves it, Jeremiah had NEVER IN HIS LIFE been to Mt. Rainier National Park until my mom took him there one day while Laura and I worked on the trailer. Maybe Laura and I are just crappy at time management, but I don't feel like we even DO that much in day to day life, and we still never seemed to have time to do fun things like that. Until now smile

After lunch we stopped at the nearest OR DMV to get a title and plate for the trailer. Oregon doesn't require them until you get to something like 8000lbs, but I figured, particularly since the trailer obstructs view of the bike's plate and since we're going to be almost entirely out of Oregon and maybe a bit out of the US, it would save trouble down the road to have a plate. $200 later, or 1/4 now of our total investment into the trailer, we have a GIANT license plate on the thing.

After the DMV, we hit a closed truck scale and weighed the rig fully loaded. I'm going to let you guess how much. Then we made a quick stop by bmwsit's house. I assume I first met Brian at one of the non-club BMW type dinners he posts up an invitation to on here, and other places, about once a month. I say I assume because I don't really remember, and becaue it feels like I've known him longer than that. Somewhere I have a great picture of Jeremiah and Brian's wife Christina in the sidecar when it was on the RT...but not on this computer. She's great too, by the way, and is all smiles in the picture despite having just been accidently whacked in the head - thank you Jeremiah - by the top of the sidecar. Maybe I started talking to him because he had a Ural and we were looking at buying one, but again I don't really remember. In any case, he also has an LT (and maybe one or two other K bikes in the garage...) so when I figured out I was getting one, he was my first call. Shortly after getting back from Vegas I took my new toy over to his house to see where all the fluids and such go on the beast. Then later I conned him into "helping" me wrestle car tire onto the LT's rear wheel...and then I "borrowed" the wheel spacers from two of his bikes so said rear wheel and car tire would actually clear the swingarm well enough for me to ride the thing back home. I really wish I had a great picture of him to put here, but I don't. Sorry Brian!


The next day we headed down to the waterpark, which was just one of the many "we really should do this someday" things we crammed into our last weeks in Portland. Just before getting to McMinville something didn't feel quite right with the bike, but since this was only my second day riding with the trailer, I thought maybe it was just something to do with the new vibrations from that on a weird bit of road or whatever.

The waterpark was fun but a little intimidating. Here's Laura just before her first trip down one of the big slides:


I think she's pretty cute when she's nervous. Ok, I think she's pretty cute pretty much all the time, so I should say extra cute.

Here's Jeremiah before his first big slide. He didn't really want to go on ANY of the four big slides, but ended up going on all of them. A Lot. Laura opted to skip the rather skinny, kind of dark high-speed slide.



On the way back from the water park, in the dark, and the pouring rain, really, it continued. I rode the dang bike right past Steve Prokop's place in Dundee and maybe should have stopped. Back in Portland, rolling the bike in neutral you could hear a slight circular grinding. The FD wasn't leaking and didn't have any improper play, so I was thinking maybe the shaft was coming apart. Since I was going to have to remove the FD anyway, I figured I might as well drain the fluid...the fluid I'd just replaced like two days/200 miles ago (and had looked fine at the time). It looked like this:



Well, shit. I pulled off the FD and while it felt fairly smooth rotating by hand, it certainly didn't sound right. Did I mention that this all on a Saturday night?

With no luck finding a suitable used FD, I set about finding someone to rebuild mine. Since it was the weekend, I couldn't even see if any US dealers even HAD a new FD, and if they did it was going to be $2000. While this is going on, the dogs have taken up residence in my mother-in-law's garage. We got to sleep upstairs smile



At the suggestion of our own bmwsit, I contacted a guy who had a retirement job working on bikes and building custom gas tanks in a shop at his house. He was of course out of town but said he could maybe help in a few days. Ok - sure.

He's Ernie Azevedo, and his shop is http://eazcycle.com/ and I can't recommend him enough. He not only got to work on this pretty much the moment he got back from vacation, despite several other obligations (including tending to some meetings for a business he was just starting, it turns out, with a colleague of mine in the driver ed world), he also let me hang out in the shop and see what was going on without even charging me extra. On top of that, his wife tried to feed me dinner smile


multi-tasking




The big bearing was just starting to go and the case itself looked fine. Since, amazingly, the local dealer had both bearings in stock "we" went ahead and replaced both...and so far things are going well. Before leaving Portland though we did a few hundred miles up the Gorge and back, stopping to see the giant sturgeon at the Bonneville Hatchery (another thing we'd been meaning to do for years), and to get a couple of shots of the rig at Vista House .



Everything seemed good according to the pups,



So the next morning we packed it all up and hit the road. Finally. Again. Whatever.

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Ok - so, I'm overly verbose most of the time (unless my wife is asking me a question, says Laura), so I'm going to try to limit this to a sort of not quite quick but I'm trying recap of each state (well, California is pretty big, so it will probably get a couple of posts...dang it - there I go not following my own directions already) to get this caught up with where we are today. Or tomorrow. Somewhere.

Anyway.

Here is Oregon. I am pretty sure this is the last picture taken of us before leaving the metro area. Actually, maybe not - a LOT of people take pictures of our monstrosity rolling down the road, but this is the last picture I have seen that was taken of us in Portland. Maybe ever. That feels weird to say. It was taken by Ernie - the one who rebuilt the final drive, not the one who built the hitch; we just had to drag the rig down so he could see what his work was for.



We had originally planned to leave earlier and go east until it got cold - in fact we were thinking we could make it to the east coast by fall. Ha! So now that it was October and already getting cold, what do we do? Go east anyway? Just go south? With all the prep for the house and the rig and all the other wrapping up stuff for the rest of our life (of which we did a kind of crappy job - there are still some friends we only talk to a few times a year that probably don't know what we're doing!), and despite my grandmother asking us repeatedly (did I mention that my 96 year-old grandmother, who also lives in Olympia, fell and broke her hip the same day we moved operations up to Olympia? Helping out with that whole process took up some time and energy as well) where were going to spend our first night, we really had no idea. So we took the easy route and rode over to Sunriver where my family shares a house with a couple of other families.

It was dreary and very Portland-y (by which I mean, what you probably think of when you think of Portland but actually not what it's usually like at all) when we left, but it was clear and bright in the high desert. We spent a couple of nights there, made a supply run into Bend one day (bought exciting things like thrift store jeans and hat for me, dog tags, a hatchet {ok, that was pretty exciting for me at least}, etc.), and basically enjoyed the sun and not really having anything to do. Oh, and we sort of started to figure out where we wanted to go. And Jeremiah and I cleaned the pine needles off the roof, out of the gutters and off the deck. I have pictures of that actually, but you'd probably rather see these:

Disc Golf




Swim-a-swim-a-swiming pool


and watching The Little Prince. Stupid movies making me cry and all...dang nabbit. (sp?)




I bet you can tell where we went from Sun River....





Our first National Park of the trip, and it was pretty cool. (subtle ha)

We made it as far as Klamath Falls that night, and after a great dinner of waffles we checked in to the local KOA for our first camping night,



read a little Star Wars,



and called it a day.

Now, our camping gear is slanted heavily toward warmer weather, though we did opt for slightly more insulated pad (full-width because with three of us in the two-person tarp-tent some nights, Laura was insistent that she not end up in the crack between individual pads), and it was a bit chilly that first morning (and has been several mornings since).



The pups didn't seem to mind though.



This little critter tried to stowaway in our luggage - looks like a character with some stories.




And that brings us to our second mechanical issue. Yes, already. I don't have any intention of getting into any sort of BMW reliability discussion, but I know that someone reading this (JamesW - are you there? I know you'll enjoy this!) would really enjoy figuring our cost-per mile/days where we had to fix something ratios here. Anyway. The battery on this bike probably should have been repalced before we started the trip, but it wasn't. On cold mornings it's a little hesitant to start the crank, but it's always done it so far.

With that in mind, I thumbed the starter and hoped. My hope was rewarded! Laura was already on the bike and everything was loaded. Except something on the table - my gloves or maybe my helmet - and I went to grab. As I did, the idle climbed a bit, and then positively raced! I jumped over and hit the kill switch. That was odd. Tried the throttle and found that it stuck open about 3/4 to WOT. Hmm.... so we started stripping plastic (I gave Laura the super fun job of taking off the handldbar covers) hoping to find where the cable might be hung up. Bar covers and side panels off and nothing was amiss. Poo. Flashlight out I start poking around near the throttle bodies (man but thing thing has a LOT of throttle cables!) and found this:



Can you see it? Way in there? Where one of the intake clamps has twisted around so the throttle cam (forgive me if I am calling things by totally wrong names; I am not a mechanic) can turn toward open but can't snap back to closed? Have any idea how much of the bike has to come off to get to that stupid little clamp, which I carefully marked before removal, adjusted back to the marks, and checked the operation of several times before putting all the parts back on? Well, it's a lot - you can scroll up a few posts and see the pic of the mostly naked bike. I didn't have anything long enough to reach in and twist it, but thankfully the very nice kampground (it's a KOA!) manager let me into their shop and I was able to borrow some tools to get it moved without taking the whole bike apart. The upside is Laura got another lesson in tupperware removal and installation, and I looked kind of cool because I fixed something (which I probably "broke" in the first place - ssshhh).

Well, eventually we made it on the road. Actually we were rolling by 10am, which at the time seemed like an hour late but as it turns out in retrospect it was pretty early smile

A quick stop for bagels and then a nice ride through the hills brought us to Ashland. Maybe some of you are familiar with the acronym UDF, or Ural Delay Factor; as it happens, it seems to apply to all sidecars, and we attracted the usual questions when we stopped in downtown Ashland. Interestingly this time one of the couples that stopped to ask questions, we found out eventually, were in town with one of Laura's high school teachers. Small world. Also in town was one of my former students, who was gracious enough to find us downtown, show us around and take us out for ice cream. Apparnetly though that wasn't enough of our company, and he insisted we come by in the morning for breakfast. Saul nad his wife have a great little place just outside of town, and Jeremiah had a great time harvesting some eggs and then frying them up for lunch (breakfast was fresh baked scones and fresh fig jam).







You know what? Oregon is just as good as California (and I'm hungry!), so we're going to break it up into two parts as well (heck, maybe three - it's a fantastic state!), and right now I'm going to get dinner out of the oven, and I'm going to drink one of Whip's beers, and I'll pick this up after dinner. Maybe.




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Ashland was great, the weather was perfect, and everything was just wonderful, so, of course, we left.

As we headed toward the coast on a Tuesday afternoon the temps went from too warm to just right to, hmm - it's a little damp and chilly. Really, this was also our first California day as we followed 199 toward 101. Rolling into Brookings, we were headed to a "Taco Tuesday" meetup at Chan's restaurant. Now, having lived in a small coastal AK town for several years (well, small by real-world standards - at the time it was the 5th largest city in AK) I was hoping for some of that oddity; specifically I was hoping for a Chinese restaurant that had, for whatever reason, started serving tacos on Tuesdays. Sadly, that was not the case. However, since that was the only disappointing thing we encountered during our - prolonged! - stay in Brookings, I'm going to let it slide. smile

Walking into Chan's there is a large group seated just inside the doors. They clearly have spotted us coming in (rig hard to miss, yeah?) and I look over and say something really clever like, None of you are eating tacos! And of course, I'm a big hit. Seriously though, it was a very welcoming welcome to be sure. We'd been invited to stay with, and have tacos with, Twisties and Bullet, but neither of them are there. gsgar, gottago and Tank all are though, and there are some other local friends as well. We had a great time at dinner and Jan and Sharon did make a brief appearance between a bike selling thing (I think) and a political thing. We talked with Nancy, Gary and Bill after dinner for a good while and then Nancy led us up to Jan and Sharon's place and let us in. And that's pretty much where we stayed. For a week!

Arrival



Where's Lola?



Our first day in Brookings (you can tell because it's not too rainy to take pictures!) was great - we did a bunch of really exciting things like went to the hardware store, bought dog food, had keys made - cool beach stuff like that. Oh - we also did go to the beach.




And I think that was the night Jan let us make dinner. Maybe. If so, I think we got to make breakfast AND dinner that day.




That was all fun and good, and we were hoping, though we knew a storm was coming, we could hang out in Brookings a couple of days and then sneak down the coast. (We had looked at where we'd need to go, while in Ashland, to avoid the predicted heavy rains, and concluded we'd need to get well into eastern Idaho or as far south as lower central CA, and running that far quickly didn't sound like fun...so we figured we'd just head to the coast and see what happened). But the next day it looked like this:



And then it really started to rain. And blow. As I recall, the rain gauge at the house measured six inches - during the day - one day. Yikes.

I'm pretty sure we offered (quietly) to get on the road anyway, and Nancy and Gary had offered to put us up for a while as well, but we basically took advantage of Jan and Sharon's continued generosity until it looked nice again.

In the meantime Jeremiah did a lot of this (with "help" from all of us at various times)




and some of this



and Sharon and Jan spent a lot of time on their computers and the phone trying to web together a lot of loose pieces into a not that far in the future non-profit dance performance (no kidding - they seem to be involved in quite a dizzying array of things)



I spent some time in the garage wrapping this giant tire onto the front wheel and then shoving the thing back in place.



Eventually the weather cleared up enough to brave the beach,


and enjoy the sun



Jan and Sharon, after some deliberation, decided we were allowed to leave (ha!),



and we packed, and we left


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Leaving Brookings, even though the heavy rains and winds and thunder had let up, it was still pretty damp. We had a good time tooling damply down the coast on 101, checked out Klamath Beach Rd, and went in to see the Stout Grove in Jedediah State Park





The road to Stout Grove, heading in from Crescent City, turns to gravel once you get into the park. With the recent heavy rains and wind the road almost wasn't gravel anymore though - it was pretty much covered by litter from the trees and looked red. We had so much fun riding it, after visiting the grove we rode it back the way we'd come in (and we are not really backtracking kind of folks most days).

As a result, the rig got a teensy bit gritty.




And while we were having said great time, we were also getting a bit chilly and damp, and opted for a swanky Motel 6 room in Arcata.





A friendly ADV inmate implied that maybe that wasn't the safest part of town (quote being something like: better make sure you take everything nice off the bike or someone else will!). When we arrived there was what appeared to be a group of semi-international street "kids" hanging out in the parking lot drinking beer and smoking, as well as a couple of old guys, also smoking and maybe drinking, sitting outside their rooms playing guitar and singing. As is usually the case when we park, the rig is universally loved among most any demographic (in Klamath, a woman very well and conservatively dressed said how lucky our son was to be getting this trip, followed less than a minute later by a young street punk let her guitar down long enough to throw up some devil horns and yell, you are some badass parents - totally bad-ass! - kind of great but at the same time sort of sad as I bet the two of them, though obviously some overlap in attitude, would be very unlikely to take the time to talk to each other), and I felt like we were in good hands.


The next morning dawned a bit drier. We headed back north a bit to get Jeremiah a stamp from Redwood National Park and see some more trees (they were still big, in case you were wondering). Being a bit less damp we braved camping that night.




We also braved dinner in Trinidad - food was good at The Lighthouse Grill, and what you can't see in the picture - because I ate it too quickly - is my waffle-cone-mashed-potato-brisket-cheese-bacon-gravy dinner. My only quibble is that it needed to come in a three pack.



The next morning was beautiful and just right for breakfast on the beach.



Eddy likes to mug for the camera.


Culprit has other ideas.



Heading south along the coast we continued to enjoy good weather and beautiful roads. Where we turned off 101 for 1, we just had to drive through a tree


climb down the bluff to a secluded cove


and simply contemplate the vast beauty of the Pacific


We were hoping to make it to a campground farther south, but having stopped for dinner in Ft. Bragg we found ourselves a bit fatigued fueling up and so stayed at the adjacent Motel 6. Jeremiah lucked out in that this was an older beach motel likely bought out by 6, so not only were the rooms large, but they also had a good sized indoor pool.

The next morning we took a quick adventure ride (by which I mean we had breakfast at Starbucks), and then headed on toward the the middle of CA.

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Which brings us to central Califonia. One stop we made was to see the jeweler who made our wedding rings back a couple of years ago, or whenever it was that we got married. His name is David Clarkson, and he's been the jeweler in Point Reyes Station for some years . There is of course a whole story as to how we ended up having someone in central CA make our rings when we were living in far western AK, but I'll save you the trouble of having to read that now. Sadly, Mr. Clarkson wasn't there the day we came though, but we did have the fun of getting the rig stuck on a sort of curb/gutter thing (my fault - as usual - shouldn't have pulled that far forward!). We also had the fun of shoving ourselves free, and then made it on to see this gentleman



Many of you probably know Thor - or Traveler1 as he is here - because he sure does seem to get around. He kindly sent us an invitation through the board, and we were happy to take him up on it. His hospitality started by insisting that our rig take his car's spot in the garage (which made a fun spectacle for the neighbors when I had to back the beast out of there and onto the street) and continued through our stay. We'd already made plans to have dinner with RT Russ the following night or we would have taken further advantage of Thor - he seems fairly quiet but has a ton of great travel/work experiences to talk about.

After everyone else was in bed for the night I headed out to the garage to poke around at the rig. We were having an issue with the rear brakes (there really weren't any), the rig had developed an occasional clunk that seemed to coincide with potholes and some severe dips on the road, and the front fenders were both being rubbed by the new front tire. For some reason, maybe I figured I was too tired to deal with anything important, I dug into the front fender.

I had already modified the mounts a bit by drilling out the holes on the mounting tabs so I could flip the body nuts around, but the left side was still shaving a bit of rubber (the right side seemed to clear just fine)



and the front front fender was starting to show a little wear



Not having the mental capacity left to do much about that at the time, I checked the rig over for loose bits in the front end and the center and side stands and the swingarm. Concluding that there probably wasn't anything wrong there that might kill us, I cleaned up went to bed.

The next day we drove back from Fairax to Point Reyes Station to say hi to Mr. Clarkson and get our rings shined up, and then made a few crtical stops on our way back to Fairfield to see Russ and Peggy.




One thing I've realized in updating this post, and the other posts, is that I don't take nearly enough pictures of important stuff. And by important stuff, I mean people. Which is to say, while we had a great time with Peggy and Russ (Jeremiah particularly had a good time with Peggy as he found in her a fellow game player and avid National Parks fan), and even got to see Richard and Jacqueline (I suspect they were lured in by the promise of a deliciously grilled by Russ meal...). Do I have pictures of ANY of that? No.

Russ and I (especially I) spent some time in the garage though, and I do have pictures of that. We worked out some simple brakcets



that moved the fender up a bit so at least the front front fender now fully clears the tire



thought it did reduce the clearance here



All in all, I think it's a good trade. We have some new shocks being built in Holland just now, which will soon hopefully be making their way through Ted Porter to us, and I'll be installing a Steer Lite kit from Hannigan when the shocks go on. Depending on what that all does to the front, I'll adjust the brackets if necessary.

Speaking of Ted Porter, I called him up and ordered some new brake lines when we started having issues coming down HWY 1 (ordered the shocks then as well) and he was kind enough to take them to the post office that afternoon (Thursday) and ship them Priority to Russ's house (I suggested USPS since otherwise to get delivery on possibly Saturday it would have been quite spendy - as it was, the lines beat us to Russ's house on Friday). I can't remember if I started Friday night or Saturday early in the morning, but at some point I pulled the car off the rig thinking I'd be pulling the right side panels to replace the brake lines. Before I got that far, I figured out that the brake problem and the thunk were both directly related to the suspiciously missing rear caliper bolt! Russ happened to have a bolt that would fit, once cut down, and we were supposed to go meet some cousins for lunch, so I just put the thing back together and called it good.

Here are said cousins:





Russ and Peggy had another engagement to attend that evening (I'm sure they had lots of things they could have been doing other than feeding us and such, having just returned themselves from a few weeks abroad), so we were left to our own devices. Being that it was a beautiful night,


I decided I'd ignore my family and spend some time in the driveway putting those lines on after all. That lasted about twenty minutes until the mosquitoes found me, at which point I shoved the rig back into the garage and got to work. That was about 1830; round about 0330 the following morning, thanks largely to this dog's assistance

and the coffee candies thoughtfully included by Mr. Porter, we had new brake lines.

The next morning we said our goodbyes (ok, maybe it wasn't morning - but do remember some of us were up until 4am!), and headed out.



Our first stop was just around the corner at a Little Free Library. Jeremiah had a book to drop off, and he picked out a new one on mummies (which is our current night time reading this week). After that it was off to The Paris of the West (seriously - look it up). My hope had been to leave Fairfield early enough to cross the Golden Gate between 10 and 11, do a few things in The City (seriously, look it up), and then be headed out of Baghdad by the Bay (seriously, look it up), but - and again I take the blame for this one, though I was up about the same time as everyone else - as it happened we rolled across the bridge closer to 1pm. Also my blasted Sena shut it's camera off 1/4 mile before the bridge. I don't take many pics or videos, but I was looking forward to one of the bridge. In what I see as a hugely fortuitous coincidence, an ADV inmate and Hacks forum regular happened to be crossing at the same time. He didn't know who we were, but he took a pic and posted it on ADV and someone else directed him to our thread there, and by the time I checked our thread that night, I found this:



Laura wanted to do EVERYTHING in San Francisco, but it was well beyond our budget to spend a night there. Even so, we managed to do a lot:
Fancy Bakery?
check
Dolores Park?
check?
Random Neighborhood Architecture Wander?
check
China Town?
check
Walk Big Hills/See Lombard St.?
check
Trolley?
check
Fisherman's Wharf?
check
Ghiradelli Square?
check
Pay a Ton for Parking?
check.




All that done, and the weather turning cool, we headed out through San Jose and made it maybe as far as ... Gilroy? does that make sense? before succumbing to the twin allures of Denny's and Motel 6. (Weird moment in the parking lot where we realized our kid is not growing up the same life we that we did: Originally we'd agreed on a Korean BBQ found on Yelp! which Jeremiah said sounded great; arriving we find the BBQ just closed {thanks a lot lying "open now" filter!} and say, sorry Jeremiah - how about Denny's instead. To which he replied, What's a Denny's?)

No pictures from his first Denny's, but I do have a picture of an amazing amount of stuff piled on a luggage cart. You haul this much crap on moto trips, right?



I know there's a whole debate on this, but I'm calling everything after this Southern California (Part 1).

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#974630 - 11/10/16 02:41 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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From that place that might have been Gilroy, we were headed to Bakersfield. Apart from being an iconic adventure touring destination, we'd made arrangments to sign the closing papers for our house there. My plan was to enjoy the back roads, check out Pinnacles National Park, and still arrive in Bakersfield relatively early. Maybe even early enough to get the wonky screen (the digitizer had started decided I was touching the screen even when I wasn't - usually just amusingly annoying, but downright frustrating when using the phone for navigation).

Since that seemed to be such a great plan, for various reasons we decided to not get out of town until well after noon. But wait, I thought, we could probably still make it to Bakersfield at a reasonable hour without having to rush, I'd better do something! So, I ran out of gas.



in the middle of this intersection



Did you notice the Corbin factory in the background of the first picture? I didn't either until I rode past it riding in this fine gentleman's truck



Not only did David save me a 2.5 mile walk to the gas station, he also insisted on driving me back. Pretty great. But wait - there's more. My phone started to ring while we were riding to the station; I took it out of my pocket to put it on silent, and I set it down on the seat. Can you see where this is going? Once back to the rig, gas in tank, all suited back up, I go to take a picture...no phone. Crap. I try calling my phone but no answer; I send a text with Laura's number so he can see it on the lock screen, and I look up the location on Laura's phone. I figure we can get gas and then track him down, and off we go. About a mile down the road Laura whaps me on the shoulder, yells "Look!" and points left. There's David driving back toward us, headlights flashing, arm waving out the window. And that's how I got my phone back. smile

We did end up seeing some of Pinnacles NP, and we did get to Bakersfield, and on the way we had a good meal at a diner in Coalinga, and we even met a guy from Alaska who was touring around and had a nice chat, but David was definitely the highlight of my day.

Our signing got moved from 10am to 11:30, so I ran over to a weirdly not abandoned but it sure looked that way from the outside mall to drop off my phone, and then we hustled over to the title company for the signing. I haven't participated in many such affairs, but this one seemed weird - we were in an office of the same company handling the title transaction in Portalnd, but they had some mobile notary come in. She started off by complaining about how hard it was to find the office and went on seeming put off about being there. Also, she loaned me a pen, and for future reference you really shouldn't loan me pens. I tend to put them in my mouth. Oops. But in the end, it was done.



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Welcome to the Desert


I am NOT a heat person. I am not a dry person. I grew up on Puget Sound and camped a lot in the Olympics. I don't remember a camping trip that didn't involve a lot of blue tarps. When I was 19 I moved to someplace where it rains three times as much, is only clear about 50 days a year, and is really dark a lot. I was perfectly happy there. As such, deserts have always seemed interesting to me in the same way spiders have; they are cool and mysterious and kind of freak me out because, I don't know, they might kill me.

So I was pretty excited to be heading into Death Valley for the first time in my life (hey wait - don't deserts have REALLY BIG SPIDERS IN THEM?!?!?!?!). Cruising out of Bakersfield we had sites set on Red Rock Canyon Campground in the similary named California State Park. A stop in Tehachapi found a good burger spot and a very large and interesting German bakery. Even being smart enough to go AFTER we ate dinner, we still came out with a large coffee cake and some other things, having intended only to pick up a loaf of bread.

Jeremiah, a very literal kid, buck's the trend at The Burger Spot (<-- actual name since 1956)


Sun of a son at the German Bakery


After dinner we drive out into the desert. The temps are feeling pretty good, but it's still warm. We have a map of California and we know how to use maps, we even have maybe three compases with us, but we are also lazy and "Maps" on my phone is pretty darn easy to follow. No worries about picking the best route here because there is only one way to get to the campground (well, unless we want to go back to Bakersfield and then far enough north to go through the Sierras and come down 395 or whatever). Five or so miles before the park the road forks. Maps says go right and I oblige. Then Maps says turn left in whatever. There is nothing to our left. Not true; there is a large, monolithic red rock to our left. There is no road. Maps wants me to turn around and then turn right, into the desert and toward the rock. The rock is red. I consider it. I also consider that Maps may be trying to kill me. Perhaps my phone feels the screen replacement earlier was some sort of violation and is seeking revenge. Pulling over and looking at the actual map on Maps it is clear that we should have stayed left, and that the actual road to the actual state park and campground is directly on the other side of the large, red rock. I suppose in a non topographical way the directions were accurate.

When we do make it to the campground it is self check-in and we are in a short line behind two trucks pulling 5th wheel trailers. We wait, we take pictures, they leave, we pick up the check in slip but decide to drive the park before committing to a site. There are a few loops, there are almost no campers, the roads are fairly narrow and gravel and all one-way. We come up behind the two fifth wheel trailers. Their people are off checking out a couple of sites. The trucks and trailers are parked squarely in the middle of the road, but there is almost room to sneak around on the downhill/left side. I stop. I turn off the bike. I am patient. The people walk slowly back sort of toward their rigs, pausing to talk about where they want to park. I say hello. They say, can you pull over there? I want to back up where you are. Pulling over and having someone back a large vehicle past my small, and not very nimble, can't really back up, easily crushable and containing my family vehicle seems like something I would not enjoy. I say, oh no worries - if you just pull forward like five feet I'll just go around you. No - I want to back up; you can just pull over there. I say something ass-hat ish like, thanks anyway, and start the bike and cut through a site onto the wrong way of a loop. Laura apparenlty couldn't hear this and wonders why I'm acting like an ass. I repeat their part of the conversation, she says, they wanted US to move out of THEIR way?

And in the end we get to camp with this impressive background.


And we get this fantastic view.


And we walk the campground after dark and marvel at the stars and try to remember constelations and I pick out Venus and no one believes me until I get out the sky guide on my phone. Ha. And I wish I had a real camera. In the morning we eat an entire coffee cake with no problem and I make Laura some hot tea because it's cold. The sunrise is amazing.

Before we break camp, Jeremiah sketches the rocks to our west. He'd like to have about ten more shades of beige-y yellow-y brown, but I think he does ok with what he's got.



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We spent two days in Death Valley arriving at the Stovepipe Wells area an hour or two before sunset. It was 90 degrees. We met a couple touring with their motorcycle as well; I didn't see the bike because it was on a trailer and under a cover, but I'm guessing it was a Harley. They seemed nice and we chatted for awhile before turning around and heading back to the free Emigrant Camp - not because it was free but because it was 2000' higher and we assumed would be cooler, and it was.

Someday this boy will model moto gear






My mom tried to give us a TON of stuff before we left. We managed to get away without most of it, but we did take her up on a hammock (she wanted a lounging one for all of us, but we talked her into a Scout hammock for Jeremiah to sleep, which he loves), and some candy, and two sets of these lights. I thought they were just gimmicky camp lights - there is this colored set and a white set - and they kind of are, but they were small and light and I didn't want to see my mom cry more than necessary, so we took them. They have actually turned out to be pretty useful. We didn't bring a lantern, and strining the white strand up serves that purpose well - you can even read by them. The colored ones go in Jeremiah's tent when it's up - makes it easy for him to see inside or find his way back in the dark, and they look kind of cool. Thanks mom.



Our second day we started at the acutal Stovepipe Wells site, which was very simple but beautiful in its way, and oddly down an unmarked gravel road. Oh, and I got the rig stuck again. It's actually stuck in this picture, can you tell? I couldn't when I took it.



Poor Laura who is not really comofortable piloting the rig volunteered to drive back to the main road, but stalled the bike a couple times trying to get started. More gas, less clutch, says her husband. She stall several more times. I take over. I stall - I give it a LOT of gas. It doesn't stall but it also doesn't move. Oh. Sorry honey - my fault. We get unstuck, we start to leave, the road is narrow and Laura pulls to the side - too far - for an oncoming car. We are stuck again. Finally she gets to drive it back to the road and a ways down it. She does great of course.

After that we do touristy things like go to Furnace Creek and Badwater Basin where we meet some very nice folks from Pennsylvania. The are riding rented Harleys from Vegas and having a good time.



It's getting hot and we can't really take the dogs anywhere but the parking lots, so we head down the road past a number of coyote and keep going until we start to get up in the hills. At a snack stop with no shade but a little bit of a breeze I see that we have lost the cap from one of the trailer wheel hubs. Not having much of an option, I come up with this.



The cap that will now likely live out a very long life in the desert had been acting squirrley anyway and letting out some grease now and then. The duct tape and zip tie actually worked better all the way to Vegas and I couldn't see any wear even then, but I still replaced it with a new one (stolen, sort of, right off the floor model at a Harbor Freight).


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Eighteen Hours in the Meadows



I suppose we would have passed through Vegas in any case, but we hadn't planned to stay here...but, since we needed to find a cap for that hub (it turns out it's a weird/metric size and neither the huge trailer supply place in Vegas nor Harbor Freight sell a replacement for it), and since I broke the chinbar latch on my helmet, also in Death Valley, we decided to have a shopping day there. Since we were there, we considered staying a second day to play around and see some of the off the strip things, but since we arrived on Thursday that would have meant a steep increase in the room rate (more than double, most places) for the second night.

Here's what we did in Vegas:

In the morning I drove all over looking for a cap - finally found one at Harbor Freight, but I had to get them to take it off the floor model - and Laura and Jeremiah did something a bit more relaxing.


For some reason they didn't want to go watch me helmet shop,


so they walked the strip instead.


We met at this swank parking garage


and had lunch at Smashburger (really quite good) in Henderson (where we also stocked up on dog food and some other pet supplies).


And that was Vegas.


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Intermission


We, Jeremiah and the pups and I, have been sponging off of Louise and Larry's hospitality here in Salida a few days, and I'd hoped to get this all caught up (along with my other two online things, my paper log, and some other financial stuff....and....and...)

But, as it happens, the beer and Milkbones are running low, the bikes in the garage are all out of gas, the garbage and dog hair are piling up and the neighbors have started complaing about the noise, which probably means it's time to go (also, we're supposed to be in Oklahoma in a couple of days for a birthday party).

Culprit looks particularly despondent at the idea of our departure, but the time has come.



Really, the time has come and gone - we were going to leave by 0800. However, when I checked the temp this am it was only 26F, and that's a bit chilly for the gear we have (and for the dogs who essentially have no gear with them), so we're having a slow breakfast as the temps climb - looks like it's pushing 40 now at 0830 so I think we'll be on the road at 9.

I'll see if I can get a bit more done tonight in Amaraillo.
josh


also, I'm a terrible speller and have somehow turned off both Grammarly and the imbedded spell check, so my apologies for any weirdness


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BRAVO!!! Enjoying your adventure - thank you for taking the time to take us along. Wonderful update!


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SoCal?

From that place that might have been Gilroy,





...........

Did you notice the Corbin factory in the background of the first picture? I didn't either
..........

This is Hollister and never mind Corbin, the main attraction was across the street at my cousin Dick (Swank)'s establishment http://www.swankfarms.com/

Hope your good "Bikema" continues thumbsup


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#974676 - 11/10/16 09:06 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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That looks like a pretty sweet farm - if only we'd known!

Next time I run out of gas there we will stop by for sure wink


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Intermission


We, Jeremiah and the pups and I, have been sponging off of Louise and Larry's hospitality here in Salida a few days, and I'd hoped to get this all caught up (along with my other two online things, my paper log, and some other financial stuff....and....and...)

But, as it happens, the beer and Milkbones are running low, the bikes in the garage are all out of gas, the garbage and dog hair are piling up and the neighbors have started complaing about the noise, which probably means it's time to go (also, we're supposed to be in Oklahoma in a couple of days for a birthday party).

Culprit looks particularly despondent at the idea of our departure, but the time has come.



Really, the time has come and gone - we were going to leave by 0800. However, when I checked the temp this am it was only 26F, and that's a bit chilly for the gear we have (and for the dogs who essentially have no gear with them), so we're having a slow breakfast as the temps climb - looks like it's pushing 40 now at 0830 so I think we'll be on the road at 9.

I'll see if I can get a bit more done tonight in Amaraillo.
josh


also, I'm a terrible speller and have somehow turned off both Grammarly and the imbedded spell check, so my apologies for any weirdness


Relax...I will be there Saturday and we can have some real fun!


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Intermission


Culprit looks particularly despondent at the idea of our departure, but the time has come.



<snip>

I'll see if I can get a bit more done tonight in Amaraillo.
josh




Relax...I will be there Saturday and we can have some real fun!


Looks like Culprit is on the lookout for you Whip.


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Intermission


We, Jeremiah and the pups and I, have been sponging off of Louise and Larry's hospitality here in Salida a few days, and I'd hoped to get this all caught up (along with my other two online things, my paper log, and some other financial stuff....and....and...)

But, as it happens, the beer and Milkbones are running low, the bikes in the garage are all out of gas, the garbage and dog hair are piling up and the neighbors have started complaing about the noise, which probably means it's time to go (also, we're supposed to be in Oklahoma in a couple of days for a birthday party).

Culprit looks particularly despondent at the idea of our departure, but the time has come.



Really, the time has come and gone - we were going to leave by 0800. However, when I checked the temp this am it was only 26F, and that's a bit chilly for the gear we have (and for the dogs who essentially have no gear with them), so we're having a slow breakfast as the temps climb - looks like it's pushing 40 now at 0830 so I think we'll be on the road at 9.

I'll see if I can get a bit more done tonight in Amaraillo.
josh


also, I'm a terrible speller and have somehow turned off both Grammarly and the imbedded spell check, so my apologies for any weirdness


Relax...I will be there Saturday and we can have some real fun!


That sounds great but unfortunately we have an engagement to attend in Altus this weekend, and we are already in Amarillo. We will have to come back when you and Louise will be home. (But based on the 26F temp at your house this morning I'm wondering if we will be able to do that this year...)


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Josh, Palo Duro Canyon SP is kind of on your way from Amarillo to Altus, OK. Haven't been there (yet) but heard it's pretty cool. Would be the right time of year too as it gets warm on the canyon floor in Summer.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon/gallery/lighthouse-peak.jpg

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Now let's see, where was I? Oh yes - Onward to the Canyon!

Since we didn't want to stay in Las Vegas another night, and since we didn't know where we were going to stay, we of course went somewhere we couldn't stay:



We had a good time walking around on the dam and making dam jokes and what not, and then after they kicked all the pedestrians off we had a good time taking pictures from the parking area (I got at least one better one of the sunset, but it's being elusive right now - oh wait, here it is:)




After that got old - often, between the three of us, we've the attention span of a pixi-sticked park squirrel - we decided we'd stay in Kingman, AZ and ride a bit of historic 66 the next day. Some folks when settled in for a night in an iconic town on the mother road would venture out to see what's what. We did laundry.



Well, really Laura did laundry - I was banned for various reaons from laundry duty some time ago, which is pretty nice at times like this; so I did something even more exciting and fell alseep.

When I woke up, the sky looked like this



and I puttered around the room making excessive noise (a technique learned from my father) until I'd woken up the rest of the group. We did follow Route 66, which sort of arcs above the interstante for a little less than a hundred miles (Route 66 motto: get where you're going slower, and maybe get to see stuff - perfect for us), and we found this place

Grand Canyon Caverns


primarily, it features this elevator, of which they give guided tours



to occupy your time waiting for the return trip up the elevator, there is some stuff to look at like this bedroom suite which you can rent for only $800 per night (for two - additional person up to six at $100 pp)



The caverns were pretty neat, and once we got our tour guide - who looked to me like she was fifteen but I assume is slightly older since she said she's getting married, in the caverns, in the spring - off script and no longer sounding like a robot she had some really intersting things to say. Like, remember that Mummies book Jeremiah picked up by Russ and Peggy's house? There's a mumified bobcat on the tour, and Jeremiah started telling Aspen (sp? sorry if I'm wrong, tour guide) about it. She said, you like mummies? Ok - come over here - and took us off route around some barriers and into this weird nook to show Jeremiah a tiny mummified lizard she'd just found a few days ago. Pretty neat.

One of the other folks in our tour group (including us, five folks total) asked if there was any way out of the cavern, other than the elevator-going-up-tour, and Aspen said there was also a fire escape stair/ladder job in the shaft, apparently from a torn down New York City apartment building, and that we could go back up the 22 stories that way if we wanted. Jeremiah and I both said, OK!, but apparently she was kidding. *sad face*

We stopped one more time on the way to The Canyon for groceries and so Jeremiah could take this goofy pic of us



Once set up at our site in Mather Campground (which is HUGE but pretty nice and really quiet by "quiet hours"), I retaliated by taking this



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#974733 - 11/11/16 03:36 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: roadscholar]  
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Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Josh, Palo Duro Canyon SP is kind of on your way from Amarillo to Altus, OK. Haven't been there (yet) but heard it's pretty cool. Would be the right time of year too as it gets warm on the canyon floor in Summer.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon/gallery/lighthouse-peak.jpg


That looks beautiful - at first I thought, we'll drive that way today! ...but in looking more at that info online, I think we'll save it for after we pick Laura up. I don't know, but I think we'll be heading back west to finish off SoCal (Jeremiah *really* wants to visit Jamie and Leslie in hopes of seeing Leslie's grand daughter Kaylee (sp?)...

In any case, thank you very much for the link - I'd never heard of that, and the pic you linked absolutely sold it.



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The Grand Canyon

I decided right off that I wasn't going to take any pictures of the canyon, being that my iPhone is the closest thing we have to a good camera. Too bad as the air quality was exceptionally good and we could see everything beautifully. We spent a couple of days there and had a great time - good campsite (lucky as there were only a few left upon our arrival Saturday night - Sunday we could have had our pick of almost anything), great weather, and the one "Ranger" talk we went to was really fun. It was a critter talk and convinced Jeremiah, who already was bugging us to go down to the canyon floor, that not only did he really really really want to do that, he wanted to ride the mules. Fortunately for him, it convinced us as well, so we're already planning a return trip for his birthday maybe in two or three years to include a trip to the floor and probably a couple of days down there. This time, though, we had the dogs and they can't go and we didn't want to kennel them, nor are we -yet- in shape for such a hike.

Anyway, here are the few pics I did get while were there -

our little home
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mugging for the camera as usual
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the night Jeremiah finally convinced Laura to try out his hammock
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our campsite, as taken by Jeremiah on our last morning,
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and a shot I pretty much took just so I could post it on the "Sidecars, Let's See 'em" thread over on ADV
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About the only downside I can think of from our Canyon time was not getting to see these folks again:
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We met them in the parking lot of the last grocery store before you enter the National Park (tip: though run by the SAME COMPANY the grocery store IN the park is far better stocked and significantly less expensive {example: same dehydrated noodle bowl outside = $1.99; inside = $1.19 - most other stuff was about the same percentage lower}). They have been living - all of them - in their RV for two years traveling, stopping to work, traveling, etc. Actually, that's not true - only six of them have been in the RV for two years; the guy in the stroller (the only boy!) has less than a year on the road smile Anyway, we had a great time talking in the parking lot - especially the kids - and planned to meet up later. Unfortuantely, as you can imagine with seven folks, there was always something else going on with them and it never happened. We have enough trouble getting the three of us on track together - can't imagine.

And that was The Canyon.


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Après-Canyon


Once you've seen the Grand Canyon, is there really anything else worth seeing? Probably not, but we're determined to look anyway, and the next thing at which Jeremiah wanted to look was Four Corners. I don't know what about it caught his attention, but as soon as he figured out there was some place you could be in four states at one time, he was down to go.

Now, I don't want anyone here to feel slighted, but my ADV thread on this trip is more up to date/live than this one (as a result, they don't get as many pictures or snappy descriptions, but they do get more or a chance to tell me what we should and shouldn't do). No one said ANYTHING nice about Four Corners. And I get it, really, but the kid wanted to go and there was no real reason not to (I mean, it's even cheap really at $5 a head...plus they only charged us for two anyway). As said though, there's really nothing to do there but take goofy pictures (though there is something to be said for watching others pose for those pics - and since there was hardly anyone around that day, and since we sat to watch for a time, we got to be photographers for several other folks and their goofy poses). Right. What was I saying? Oh yeah, nothing to do there but take good photos, so here are ours:




and this one is a video, but I don't know how to embed that playable here, so you gotta click (and you also gotta not tell Laura because this probably falls into the she'll punch me if she finds this on the internet category - also, let me know if you want to hear 22 year old Laura singing "Rubber Ducky" - pretty sure I still have that on a minidisc somewhere...)


Since you can only sit around and watch folks do the weird things you just did for so long, after Four Corners we had a lot of the day left. Maria, who I met in the parking lot the night before and who had come from Europe specifically to see Mesa Verde, insisted that we go there too, and since I promised her we would, and since it's my mom's "favorite place on Earth" (note: there are SEVERAL places on that list - I'm not sure my mom understands superlatives), we went. Now, the park is open but the tours are all done. Good news is we had the place mostly to ourselves; bad news is this is the closest we got to any of the cliff dwellings



...and I didn't even get that close because, you know, the thing about hills is you don't have to walk up them if you don't walk down them in the first place.

It was really beautiful there though, and I'm very glad we went, and by the time we were done I was also pretty darn hungry. Then we went and checked out a surprisingly expansive park across the highway from our hotel. And then I was REALLY hungry, and since we hadn't done much to celebrate the official closing of our house the day before, we went out for a budget-free dinner at El Burro Pancho. I don't remember what the dish I had was called, but it was basically a large plate of pan fried steak strips, peppers and onions, garnished with a ton of cheese and BACON. I don't know how I've never had this before, but it was great. And of course it comes with tortillas because a fork would be way to slow of a delivery system. I also had a really large margarita. I think Jeremiah and Laura had food too, but it's hard to make out in the background being basically obscured by my dinner and all.




After a couple of days in/around Cortez, we still had some time before Laura's scheduled DEN departure. We had received an offer to stay with an ADV inmate in Denver, but there was one stop I wanted to make along the way-



We were checking out the shop and seeing what we could buy to keep Louise and Larry in the lifestyle to which they've become accustomed when this happened, literally outside the door



Jeremiah may have missed out on trick or treating this year, but between the fat sack of candy from the very sweet girl at the Indian restaurant in Cortez on Halloween and what he picked up at the parade in Salida (plus a few pieces - they were wrapped, come on! - he found on the street there the next day), he had a better than average haul anyway.

If you haven't seen this view, you need to.



This shot of Culprit is already here, but I like it so here it comes again, in actual correct time sequence



Jeremiah absolutely could not resist this candle


and this photo is here for me and not you because I think it's adorable and you are probably like, hey man - we need more shots of motorcycles parked in front of stuff, or maybe like a thirty minute video of a what it looks like to ride down a road. Sorry.


We finished off our 16 hours in Salida as all 16 hour periods should be celebrated - with very good pastries


and that's how we're going to finish off this post as well.


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Oh man - we're almost caught up! (It helps that we spent most of the last week doing nothing really all that interesting so there aren't many pictures...)


From Denver to Rushmore, and Back!



As you may recall from my ramblings, at one point in time we planned to start in July, hit the Un in Red Lodge and then just keep going east until we ran out of east or it started to get too cold for our liking. At that time, we were all looking forward to seeing Rushmore - new to all of us - in the early part of the trip. Well, when we actually left on a cool and grey day in October (and especially the SECOND time we left, also on a cool and rainy October day), we decided it was probably not in our best staying warm and cozy interest to head east and instead started south (well, a little east for the first couple of days - but anyway). Jump ahead about four weeks and we find ourselves in Cortez, CO on Halloween. That gives us five days to get to Denver, and since Larry and Louise are off doing some work related sounding thing to the east we've sort of got some unexpected free time. Being the silly person I am, I say - hey, it wouldn't be much fun to do a 1500 mile round trip on the rig in that time (for me, mainly, since I know I'd end up driving ALL of it), but what if we ride up to Denver, park some place, and then rent a van? We could drive up through the night to South Dakota, check out what's to check out, sleep in the thing and then spend a day coming back south... and so we did.

Key to this plan was having somewhere to stash the rig in the way-more-sprawling-than-either-Laura-or-I-recalled-from-the-time-we-lived-near-there-sixteen-or-so-years-ago Denver metro area. We considered parking at the airport, or a nearby motel where we'd stay a night upon our return, but I hit up a couple of tent-space folks on ADV (both very friendly but out of town at the time) and put up a general request in the regional forum there. We got two offers of parking and "tent" space, and the first was from these fine folks:



That's Glenn/Dirt1st and Linda - I'll let you figure out which is which - and the pic is actually from when Jeremiah and the dogs and I headed out from their place because it was too dark for a pic when we arrived. ...and there are better pics of them, but I like taking pictures of people taking pictures, so you get to see this one.

I called Glenn on the way up from Salida to let them know when we'd arrive; he said, that's fine - we'll see you then and we'll have dinner ready. What? Really? Well I don't even know that we had a choice, but we certainly didn't try to turn down dinner. Laura's a vegetarian, and was very happy to find both lentils and some grilled veggies (there was stuff for those of us who appreciate our top-of-the-food-chain position as well smirk ).

On our way to Glenn and Linda's - well, not really on our way as we drove into Denver, went right by their exit on the freeway, and then went ALL THE WAY across the metro area to the airport - we picked up this beauty


photo by Jeremiah

We opted for the cheapest rental van we could find, figuring it might be a little beat up but that would be fine. What we ended up with was a van that was a little beat up but fine (both bumper covers were askew, there were a few other really oddly placed dents, a nice cigarette burn on the driver's seat, and the inside of the windshield was FILTHY). No problem there for us, BUT by the time we added Laura as a second driver (1/2 the cost again per day of the original rate) we were close to what we would have paid from a major brand, many of which include a spouse for free, and on the trip I realized (by reading the contract) we didn't have any roadside assistance through the rental co. In the future, we'd probably just go through a major brand and likely end up paying about the same (two-day rental was right about $100 all-in) and get a cleaner vehicle. But, who cares? It was dark most of the time we were driving it anyway, and the heater worked great smile

Jeremiah at the wheel


Laura taking a nap in the back



Hey - I just remembered one other deciding factor on the choice of rental companies: this one didn't care if we had the dogs in the car... too bad I don't have a pic of that as they had a very comfortable den set up in the back. Instead, here's a picture of us eating breakfast in the van while parked in a parking garage.




And then there was this mountain, and people were like, that's beautiful and sacred to the native people of this area - we should blow the thing up and make it look like us because we're pretty. For many years, until there's like a really big earthquake or some terrorists or something, people can come and see it and take sort of blurry pictures of it with them in the foreground because they think they are pretty too.

(Seriously, I think Rushmore is cool, but I'm also an ass and tend to look at the negative side of almost everything.)



We all had a great time at Rushmore - there were no crowds, the weather was crystal clear and even pretty warm by the time we left around mid-day, and we met a great Ranger at the first information office as you come in. She hooked Jeremiah up with some goodies as well as another Junior Ranger packet to complete for another Junior Ranger badge. If you haven't seen these, and have kids or grand kids you take to National Parks, you should check them out. They have activities for different age levels and they are at worst far better than the average elementary school worksheet in use - in my experience - these days. Here is Jeremiah working on his draw what the monument looks like to you activity




As luck had it, we found the same Ranger in the other visitor center, and Jeremiah got to both use her to complete his last activity (ask a Ranger what they do) and have her swear him in.




Can you tell he takes this seriously?



After Rushmore we headed south and saw Crazy Horse as well, but apparently took no pictures. I'll leave it to google to show that to you. It was getting late by then, so we took a quick detour through Wind Caves NP, where we saw lots of critters but no people, stopped for a pizza and then drove until we needed to sleep.


Taken by Jeremiah out the window of a moving car using the full digital zoom on his point and shoot - pretty good I think


Morning found us in Cheyenne, WY where we had a nutritious breakfast of very good doughnuts - which we would have seen again immediately if either Laura or I tried this:



After spending a TON of money at Sierra Trading Post (realized while there I was wearing a thermal shirt I'd ordered from them, for $5, when I lived in Sitka, 20 years ago!) we drove Jeremiah by our old place in Longmont, CO, then stopped somewhere I'd never been but always wanted to go



I have carried one of two Spyderco knives just about every day since I received one for high school graduation - and I've lost several others over the years. Laura and I had talked a few days before about Jeremiah being ready for his first real knife, and he'd also interestingly asked me, something he'd not done before, while we were at STP if he could have a knife, so we thought this would be a good chance for him to get a good knife. This guy, also named Josh so how could he not be cool (don't answer that), was a great help in picking one out



Now that Jeremiah had a knife, he was clearly a man and ready to be set free to live life on his own. He lit out directly for the Coors brewery in Golden.



Linda made us a great vegetarian dinner (and that's not something I usually say) when we got back to Denver, Glenn was kind enough to both drive to the airport to collect me after I dropped off the rental AND drive Laura to the airport the next morning



and that was about the end of that part of our adventure. Just after Laura took off from DEN, Jeremiah and I set out from Denver (well, we set out THREE times because Glenn kept finding things we'd forgotten) and made our way back toward Salida.


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With Laura off to drive a Uhaul of her mom's goods from Portland to Oklahoma, Jeremiah and I headed down off, first stop Salida, to do manly things, like...

play in the park


catch up on school work


harras the dogs


catch up the trip tracking


sit by the fire drinking cocoa-gattos and watching cartoons


check the pond for fish


lots of sleeping


staring contest with the locals in Salida
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a little light cleaning


good old skating,


and contemplating the next destination.




Headed toward Altus, we made it as far as Amarillo the first day -

gas stop rest break


1st Sonic stop - lunch


2nd Sonic stop - milkshakes


and a room for the night in Amarillo.


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Please forgive me, it's been about 16 day since my last update. wink

A big chunk of the last 16 days was spent with friend in Altus, OK. We stayed with some folks Laura's mom had been in the Air Force with years ago - Jeremiah and arrived a day or so ahead of Laura and her mom (and a Uhaul full of her mom's stuff), and we immediately whisked off to dinner



The pups were made to feel right at home as well,



Laura and her mom, Pat, arrived just in time for Jeremiah's birthday. We celebrated his eighth with minigolf



[url=https://flic.kr/p/Pmyd6K]


a hibachi dinner (if you're suprised that such a thing was possible in Altus, well, so were we),


and a whole bunch of presents.


The next day Laura, who had driven the big truck towing a little car, all the way from Portland, got to drive it a few more miles


and then we got to stuff all the stuff into this stuff hole.


With that, being the primary reason for heading to Altus, accomplished we turned to tourist pursuits. First up, The Witchita Mountains something something. Jeremiah took a lot of pictures of cows,


Laura took a LOT of pictures of prarie dogs,


and I took a fairly large number of pictures of Laura taking pictures.


But what else is there to do in and around Altus, you ask? Well, we did a few other things - we went to see Trolls, which was actually pretty cute, and we played on some swings


and we went bowling


and we went roller skating


and we ate doughnuts from the new doughnut place, Donuts and Fried Rice


And all the while it was getting slightly colder...and colder...and we really had to be going south


We had a LOT of stuff to pack - all our old stuff plus the birthday presents (one of which was a full sized pillow - really grandma? sigh...)


Fortunately I got some help packing from this guy. I'm sure he was excited to go since he'd been kicked out of the house so the dogs could stay inside...


We had one last meal at Western Sizzlin' (seriously - I am not making this up)



and that was that.


*insert witty remark here*
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Just after arriving in Altus, or maybe just before, we got an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with my dad and stepmother in Santa Fe; they were getting a couple of condo/time share units there with some friends and thought they'd have space for us. As it turns out they didn't have space and pets were not allowed in their rentals, but they were nice enough to rent us another place just down the street dance

It was a bit below freezing our last morning in Altus, but heading east we were in the 80s by mid-afternoon, and mostly what we saw was lots of cotton.


We made it to Clovis NM that day just early enough to do some sunset photography through the bathroom window (or maybe that was a sunrise the next morning...)


have a quick dinner and catch a movie. (Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them - very enjoyable!)

The next day was a very different story weather wise. Cold. Windy. Rainy. We stopped for gas in Vaughn, NM and encountered our first lineup for fuel.


Laura not being a fan of waiting in the freezing winds retreated across the street while I waited it out. Jeremiah, who was perfectly snug in the sidecar, being a fan of cocoa, went with her.

When I finally reached the pump, which turned out to have an only semi-functional POS, I found some kind soul had left me a snack


I eventually caught up with Laura and Jeremiah at Penny's Diner


just in time to finish up their cinnamon roll. Yum.

We rolled into Santa Fe around 3:30 and got to play a fun game of figuring out which pharmacy would work with our insurance provider. To make it really fun, while we were walking around town doing that, it started to pour. My folks were nice enough to take us out to dinner while we dried off



and when we came out, we found the rain had turned into something a little more fun



This not being their first Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, there were many suggestions of things to do (and photos of said things), and Jeremiah picked Bandelier National Monument. Since we'd enjoyed Mesa Verde but were too late in the season to climb into any cliff dwellings, we didn't try to talk him out it.




It was fairly chilly but the parking lot, and overflow parking lot as well, was pretty much full when we arrived. I don't know where they put all the folks in the summer! With that in mind, we were pleased to find only a moderate number of other folks out walking the trails down the cayone toward the dwellings. We got to climb up ladders

we got to climb down ladders (can you tell which way we're going?)


we got stare majestically from cliff dwellings

and generally have a great time and take lots of pictures (and take our jackets on and off about a hundred times as the temp difference between shade and sun in the canyon was +/- 15 to 20 degrees)


Jeremiah finished up another Junior Ranger packet just before the visitor center closed up, and in addition to a very cool patch type badge, he also got an invitation to assist in lowering the flag for the day.


By the time we got back on the rig and pointed it south to Santa Fe the temp in the canyon was about 45, and it descended slowly most of the way home...I think Laura's hands, without the benefit of heated grips (I did offer to let her drive) were a bit chilled by the time we reached Santa Fe, but it was nothing a large sangria couldn't fix.


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My seven Y/O is sorta fascinated with your story. I showed her your post & pics early on and yesterday out of the blue she asked, I wonder where the family is with the trailer, today? Actually took me a minute (to put it together) what she was talking about. Brain Getting Old. old grin

Keep up the adventure! thumbsup

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The processes that go on in their brains are pretty amazing and certainly have a way of making our brains feel old/outmoded sometimes. (But then the darn kid can't find a pair of socks that's sitting on the bed six inches in front of him....)

We are in Phoenix to visit a Hannigan dealer (American Bike and Trike, actually in Gilbert) to find out how many different bits of the sidecar suspension i actually managed to break. Laura and the boy are still fast asleep but I'm about to head over to the shop.

I'll tell Jeremiah he has a follower and maybe get him to write up some thoughts here himself. In any case, thanks for letting me know the audience isn't just old dudes ;-)

Rest assured we will continue the tale!
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New Mexico continues



When we got back from Taos we could only find one of the pups. Can you find the other one?



I *think* she sort of scoots herself into places like this while she's sleeping, because the only way she fits is on her side (I had to lift up the bed to let her get back out!). Old dogs are funny.

With only a few exceptions, Laura and I have put on a big Thanksgiving for friends (when we lived in AK) and family (when we lived in Portland) each year, so it was a bit odd to be celebrating the holiday in a condo (well, two condos, and we did make full use of both tiny kitchens). Laura and my dad did most of the cooking,



but Jeremiah pitched in on the crescent rolls (bread from a tube: another new culinary experience for the boy)




My stepmother made a good case for visiting White Sands National Monument, and we made that our next destination. On the way I finally got around to fixing one of the Russ-made fender brackets that had given up the ghost some days before (maybe on the way to Oklahoma?)



possibly when the fender hit the fairing



Not having any fancy bits of plastic or aluminum to fashion a replacement, I opted for the low-cost bulk solution



It seems to be holding up ok so far smile which is good because we sure found some good holes in the road at White Sands.

I'd heard of the Monument, as well as the adjacent missile range, but didn't know much about it. It's big, it's white and it's sandy.



Look closely and you'll see the pups - on leash, as required (no one said the leash had to be connected to a human...) over on the left, and lots of blowing gypsum sand toward the horizon. We'd considered camping there, but with the wind we opted to skip that experience (I'm sorry we won't see the stars there, but mesh tent walls and blowing sand ... no thanks). Jeremiah did convince us to go back to the visitor center and buy some sleds.





A very nice young lady popped out of a truck, ran over and offered to take our picture at one point - who were we to refuse?


We sledded, made lunch, huddled from the wind in a convenient shelter, walked the dunes and sledded some more until the sun was just about to set.



Laura took over the controls for part of the ride toward Las Cruces,


and the next morning I made this little sculpture...


...with the sand Laura poured out of her pants. Seriously.


*insert witty remark here*
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New Mexico to Arizona

With the White Sands behind us (eh hem...) we headed south toward El Paso so we could follow the border west toward Arizona. Jeremiah picked a few flowers to send to my mom before we left Las Cruces though.



On the way east there was a LOT of wind, and somewhere in all of that the camber control for the sidecar stopped working - fortunately the wind was all from the north, so we didn't really need it...most of the time. In addition to the wind there were also a couple of motel rooms,




a very strange night where Laura selected McDonald's for dinner (the only other choices were a restaurant with a grilled cheese being the only vegetarian choice and Denny's), which Jeremiah had never seen in his life (despite having lived on the same block as a McDonalds in Portland {it literally backed up against our next door neighbor's yard (our yard backed up to a business originally called Pink Kitty's and later renamed Pussy Cat's)} Laura hadn't eaten in one since maybe 2003),



and a great meeting with this guy in Tuscon (Laura: So, who are we meeting again? Josh: I think his name is Neil. And how do you know him? I don't - some person on ADV that I've never met sent him a message and said we should meet him and he invited us to lunch. And we're going to like a restaurant or a house or what? Don't know - he just texted me an address and said to pick up some Squirt on the way.



And we showed up, and his name was Neil, and he volunteers for a charity that basically puts out water for migrants so they don't die, which is officially the absolutely best charity work I can imagine, and lunch was fantastic, and he used to work for Al Jesse, and he spoiled the crap out of the dogs.



We had amassed an entire list of stuff to do in and around Tuscon thanks to our thread and another random sort of sidecar thread on ADV, but I was anxious to find out what was up with the camber control on the sidecar, and I didn't feel up to taking it apart in a motel parking lot, and there just happened to be a Hannigan dealer (pretty new-ish, it turns out) up in SE Phoenix, and it was already Wednesday afternoon, so after lunch we headed north.

We got into Gilbert just in time to swing by the shop and say hi as they were literally locking the place up for the day (that's a lie - they were actually already locked up and getting into their cars in the parking lot), but we made plans to be back first thing in the morning.

Culinarily speaking, Jeremiah is pretty adventurous; though there are many things he doesn't like, he is usually willing to try a little bit of everything, which is very cool. While on this trip, though, we have realized that he is very much a Portland kid. That is to say, given the choice of Korean, Ethiopian or Cambodian for dinner, he will often have a tough time deciding which one he wants, but until we got to the Bay Area he had no idea what a Denny's was. At least he'd seen them, but do you know what he'd never seen? One of these:



Good news: he liked it. A lot. smile

The next morning I basically got the run of the shop at American Bike and Trike and I can't say enough about how accommodating they were. Their sidecar specialist wasn't in because of some family health issue, so the owner offered me shop space, tools and another of their guys to help me tear apart the rig as necessary. I'm not certain we're 100% fixed, but with some wiring corrections (to some of my wiring and some of the factory wiring on the linear actuator) and a new battery for the bike, we seem to have things mostly working again. I should have take a zillion pictures of the shop and all the cool 3+ wheel rides in there, but I didn't. I did get this beauty though - for $25k it could be in your garage by the weekend!



With that accomplished, we headed all the way from the SE corner to the NW corner of the valley to stay with a good family friend. She had a new puppy and he was eager to check out the traveling pup house. (We'd probably have adjusted the dimensions slightly if we still had a beast this size.)



We didn't do a whole lot of exciting adventure travel type stuff in Phoenix, but we did do some serious relaxing.

Jeremiah decided to go swimming on the coolest day we were in town (this is *almost* as far as he made it into the water),


we went for a desert hike on the hottest day we were in town,


we managed to meet up with one of Laura's college friends she hadn't seen in twenty years, who happens to now have three kids around Jeremiah's age (can you see how hard he's fighting the urge to talk while it's someone eles's turn?),


and our dogs, who are not notoriously good with "new" dog friends, actually managed to play nicely with Rocky (and didn't eat either of the cats, though Eddy did bark at one of them sort of half-assedly a few times).



Assuming the bike starts tomorrow morning and nothing else goes drastically wrong (and nothing particularly interesting comes up before then), we'll be rolling out in the morning, so Laura and I each did something we really love with our last day.

She slept in,


and Jeremiah and I rebuilt a set of rather oddly twisted (built with green lumber from a much less arid place) garage shelves in such a way that they no longer appear to be on the verge of crushing anyone foolish enough to come near. (I mean, that's what Jeremiah and I did after I finished artfully arranging Laura's hair for that photo, took the dogs for a walk, poked around on the internet, took a shower, work Jeremiah up....)



Next stop, Joshua Tree National Park, and then on through the rest of SoCal. Hopefully Ted Porter will finally get the shocks I ordered back in October (well, he won't - he's actually at the factory in the Netherlands until the 13th or so) - supposedly they are coming in from Europe this weekend or so - and maybe we can get those installed and see if we're brave enough to try a little of Mexico.

If you've got any SoCal must-dos or whatever, please let us know!
josh


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You can camp in our backyard if you make it to San Diego.


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Originally Posted By: Stir
You can camp in our backyard if you make it to San Diego.


Thanks for the offer - we just may take you up on it!

We are in Palm Springs tonight and going to see some old friends in El Cajon tomorrow. They are in the middle of building or maybe rebuilding a house, so I don't know what the guest accommodation situation is wink

In any case we will be in or around the area for awhile as we just had a bunch of mail and some bike parts sent this way, and they probably won't be here until maybe early next week.


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Great stuff!!


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Originally Posted By: Whip
Great stuff!!


Thanks, and thanks again for lodging us. Do you and Mrs. still spend any time at Whipville south? I don't think we'll be back to CO on this trip, but it would be nice to actually hang out with both of you, and based on my admittedly rudimentary map reading skills, it looks like we may have to go through Texas on our way east.

Also, how's the "new" GS?


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Howdy Sport Tourers! We spent a week in El Cajon and didn't have much in the way of internet, and we were kind of busy, so I'm way behind with all this stuff. This is the first time I've done this, so I hope no one feels slighted, but I'm going to upload here basically the same thing that's going on ADV. I do have one thing to add though, as some of you might recognize the faces in this first pic.



We came back to California primarily becasue Jeremiah wanted to (because we hadn't had time to do all of CA pre-OK), and there were pretty much only two reasons he wanted to go to SoCal; Joshua Tree National Park and, probably more so but hard to say for sure, to see a young lady he met this summer in Red Lodge. As it turns out, it was a pretty hectic week for their family, but we did find one afternoon to squeeze in a visit with the "classic" board members and their grand daughter smile smile smile



Here's what I said on ADV:


We rolled in to El Cajon thinking we'd be there a couple days at most, but we ended up staying a week and did so much I don't really know where to start. I guess I should start with Kathy. Here she is with her husband Dennis; I could pretend, for story order purposes that this was taken when we arrived, but it was actually taken just before we left to head north.



When I met Kathy she and Dennis were living in Redmond, where Kathy grew up and where they met and got married (the same year I was born - I like to give her a hard time about that; to be fair, at the time she was pretty young - eleven years younger than my mom at the time, actually), and she was teaching driver education there. Eventually we both ended up teaching traffic safety courses for the same university and I like to think we're pretty good friends. That's pretty easy with Kathy though - she's one of those people that's always up and full of energy and just so sweet you want to smack her, but you know she'd smack you back, and she'd be crushed, so you don't do it smile

They moved to El Cajon about a year ago to be closer to their kids and grand kids, and it turns out her kids, whom I'd never met, are just about as nice (though maybe not quite so bubbly). So, I guess this is where I put in the snapshot of stuff we did in while were there, so here you go.

First, here's our awesome, quintessential SoCal hills parking spot (very convenient to our lodging for the week, which was that toy hauler in the background of the first shot)


After our greeting by the dogs,

aside: there are two dogs that live at the house full time, and two more that come by about every day - here's Kathy with all of them,

and a bonus shot of Jeremiah with Sativa - she's a darn big dog.



Kathy set right about to entertaining us - she took Laura and Jeremiah for a ride in the RZR,


then she taught Jeremiah how to drive the RZR,


and then when her grandson Antonio got home from school, he took Jeremiah for another ride.


Antonio managed to talk me into giving him several rides between school and his grandparents' in the sidecar, as well as a tour through El Cajon; now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure he's the first person other than Laura and Jeremiah to ride in the car on this trip.

Dennis took us hiking in the hills behind the house,


and took us and the dogs for a ride in a really big Dodge (can you see Eddy?).


In addition to wanting to visit our friends, we'd also arranged to have some bike parts and our first packet of mail shipped to their address. Here's nearly two months worth of our mail:

Not much, right? And about half went directly into the recycle. I'd been looking forward to getting the registration for the trailer, but instead there was a letter from DMV saying I'd underpaid for the fees for the trailer and needed to send in more money. I'm not sure how that happened since we went into the DMV and they told us how much it was. I try to say good things about them, but stuff like this explains why people were so excited to pay us $40 to take a driving test at our school vs going to the DMV where the test is only $9. Sigh. Anybody know if we need to have registration for the trailer to take it into Mexico? Anyway - let's talk more about how cool Kathy and her family are.

Kathy took us to the San Diego Zoo and showed Jeremiah all the coolest stuff (and snuck him in as her grandson saving us, on his admission alone, just about our total usual daily budget),



dug out a full set of gear for Jeremiah so they could do some Taekwondo sparring,


and, well - tell you what: first person who can tell me what's going on in this picture get's an ADV sticker of their choice on us:
ok - separate deal for BMWST - I've send you a BMWST sticker if you figure it out first; I've got one with us and everything!


To feel like we weren't freeloading too much, we tried to be useful - mostlly though we just played with the dogs. Tyson in particular loves to go for rides and was eager to check out the trailer,


and VERY eager to ride in the hack (in fact, every time it moved he tried to jump in).

He's a natural, clearly, but think of all the drool....

In addition to putting together dinner one night, Laura also made pretzels as a special treat


On the eve of our departure, in addition to trying to talk us into staying several more days, Kathy insisted Laura and I go out to dinner and movie. We had a great dinner of lamb and lentils and just a little bit of bread

saw a decent move (Arrival) and came back to find Jeremiah in the guest room doing his usual best bed hogging


We also found that the entire thing had been a gambit to get us out of the house so Kathy and Jeremiah could make us Christmas presents - I'm very curious to see what they are, but we've still got a week to wait....


and here's what I'll finish with here:

We're in Wildomar staying with a very generous ADV inmate. We got our new shocks in the mail in El Cajon but our friends are currently without a garage as they converted the old one to an apartment and haven't build the new mega-shop yet, so we took up an offer to use some space here. Unfortunately we were shipped an incorrect front shock, and didn't figure that out until Friday afternoon. Now we're waiting to see what the Dutch manufacturer can do...oh, and there seems to be a bit of fiberglass and metal repair needed on the sidecar (it does have a new shock now, which is when I figured out it needed the other things), and we should probably pick up a new tire. So, for those and a couple of other reasons, we're clearly not getting down to Manzanillo area for Christmas and will likely be pretty darn close to where we are.

What the heck do you all do for Christmas in SoCal? It will be fun to find out. smile


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Ok - I'm a bit behind again. I'll get pics up at some point but not today as I have fun news!

After Wildomar we surprised Jeremiah (I assure you this was entirely Laura's idea) with a Christmas Day trip to Legoland, then headed east again toward Phoenix via the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park. We've been in Phoenix for several days - dinked around with the bike, went for a good ride one day, hung out with friends and caught up with our mail...and did a lot of hemming and hawing about whether it was a good idea to go about 1300 miles or so into Mexico to visit, and take Jeremiah out of the US for the first time.

Well, barring anything really terrible happening, tomorrow we leave for Mexico! (Well, we leave Phoenix for Nogales where we plan to spend the night before crossing the border early Friday morning.)

Basic plan is to follow MX 15 south near the coast, switching to MX 200 in or around Puerta Vallarta to get to Barra de Navidad where our friend lives. Hoping to hang out there for a week give or take and then head back up north and east. To lighten up and increase ground clearance for topes, we mailed all our camping gear, some maintenance items and a bunch of books to Whipville south, and if all goes well we'll meet up with said stuff in a few weeks - maybe we'll even get to see the Whips this time.

If anyone has any suggestions for folks who've never been to Mexico before (ok, we got engaged in Mazatlan and have walked across the border to shop/eat from Texas a couple of times, but that doesn't really count) and don't speak ANY Spanish, we'd love to hear them.

Happy New Year!
josh


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#977668 - 01/06/17 04:54 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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We will be back at Whipville south around Jan 23rd.

Look forward to see y'all.

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#977700 - 01/07/17 04:09 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: Whip]  
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Originally Posted By: Whip
We will be back at Whipville south around Jan 23rd.

Look forward to see y'all.

Larry


Fantastic! We are planning for three weeks, so exiting Mexico by the 26th or something like that (or we need to extend our insurance), and since we sent you all our camping stuff it shouldn't take us too long to get from Mexico to San Antonio. Looking forward to seeing you both again (and meeting the dogs - there are bunches of them, right?)!


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#977709 - 01/07/17 01:52 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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What's going on here?

How to escape when a stranger tries to drag you off?


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Originally Posted By: Bud
What's going on here?

How to escape when a stranger tries to drag you off?


Bud - I'm at a loss unless maybe you're referring to this pic from our ADV thread


I guess I need to do an update here so you older fellers don't get confused. Or maybe so I don't get confused smile

Which is to say, if that's not it, then about what are you asking?


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Ok - here we go! While it has been a few weeks or so, we haven't really moved that much - we went from El Cajon just a little north to Wildomar where we put on our new shocks


and found out that one, even with some grinding,


just didn't fit.


Dang it. But the other two did (rear and car) and that was great. We also patched up a few other things...



wondered at Hannigan's engineering (they swear it's supposed to look like that, but I'm still not so sure)


saw some movie thing...


fixed some more stuff



maybe just played around a little bit


and then went over to the beach for Christmas eve.




and spent Christmas day ...


somewhere they maybe put too much detail into their work


at least two of us seem to be having a good time smile



After that we headed back east and just had to stop by Joshua Tree again

(we also went to the Salton Sea, but I have no way to share the smell with you, and I'm assuming you don't want ot see pictures of lots of dead tilapia)

and then we got to spend some more time with our friends in Arizona - Eddy was glad to find the tree still up


I was glad to find a new, correct shock waiting for us


I was also glad to find a mostly local ebay seller with an exhaust. I'm pretty sure our cat was coming apart as we developed a nasty rattle.


Jeremiah and I picked up a few more bits from the local BMW parts shop


somebody finally got to go swimming (though I think he was just trying to reach a ball while playing fetch with the dogs)


On New Year's Eve we went on a great ride to Bartlett Lake, which is exactly not what I think of as being near Phoenix and was fantastically beautiful freshly washed by the recent rains


...which I would have more pictures of if I could operate my Sena cam better...

and then we decided to go to Mexico after all. Someone suggested we remove the center/sidestand to increase clearance for topes, and that turned out to be a great idea. I don't think we've scraped my new fancy skidplate yet, but we would have slammed the stands down numerous times by now (two days in).


We also finished out new tires for the rear and trailer (note: I couldn't even get that trailer tire on with zip ties, and I didn't even try the rear)



And so then there is Mexico. We are on the way to Barra de Navidad, and have been enjoying the local advertising


and really enjoying the people.


We are in Los Mochis this morning and planning to be in Mazatlan tonight and tomorrow night as well.

Happy New Year!
josh


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Good time to head south of the border.

Brrrrrr


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ugh - partly cloudy here, so I totally feel your pain smile


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Originally Posted By: Bud
What's going on here?

How to escape when a stranger tries to drag you off?


Bud - I'm at a loss unless maybe you're referring to this pic from our ADV thread


I guess I need to do an update here so you older fellers don't get confused. Or maybe so I don't get confused smile

Which is to say, if that's not it, then about what are you asking?


A picture is worth a thousand words...........






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...and yet still no one has posted a guess at what's going on.

Just as well I suppose as I think our "extra" BMWST stickers got sent back "home" to storage when we did a mini purge before heading into Mexico. If the internet perks up today, and we laze around the house, I'll get this updated smile


edit: or maybe not - apparently we're going "boating"...

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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
...and yet still no one has posted a guess at what's going on.

Just as well I suppose as I think our "extra" BMWST stickers got sent back "home" to storage when we did a mini purge before heading into Mexico. If the internet perks up today, and we laze around the house, I'll get this updated smile


edit: or maybe not - apparently we're going "boating"...



Hey now! Jan 8th post

Originally Posted By: Bud
What's going on here?

How to escape when a stranger tries to drag you off?


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Originally Posted By: Bud
Originally Posted By: szurszewski
...and yet still no one has posted a guess at what's going on.

Just as well I suppose as I think our "extra" BMWST stickers got sent back "home" to storage when we did a mini purge before heading into Mexico. If the internet perks up today, and we laze around the house, I'll get this updated smile


edit: or maybe not - apparently we're going "boating"...



Hey now! Jan 8th post

Originally Posted By: Bud
What's going on here?

How to escape when a stranger tries to drag you off?


OH! That's what you meant! Makes so much more sense now - sorry!

Also, no. smile


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NIce trip, great memories.

For "what's going on?"
Post Tae kwan Do spar, checking shoulder for damage?

Best wishes for a safe and happy journey.


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Originally Posted By: tallman
NIce trip, great memories.

For "what's going on?"
Post Tae kwan Do spar, checking shoulder for damage?

Best wishes for a safe and happy journey.


Also a good guess, but no - I'm pretty sure I have never seen her spar when packing smile

Thanks - we're currently lazing in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco at a friend's house. Well, I'm lazing - Jeremiah started running a pretty good fever yesterday evening and none of us got much sleep last night. It's 10:30am, Laura is out cold, Jeremiah is in bed goofing around on his iPad. I think our friends must be out for a walk or something, which I guess means I will be solely responsible for eating all the pastries I just brought back to the house. Sigh. wink


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We made it Mazatlan after another uneventful day heading down MX 15. The protesters must be centered further north, or maybe the whole protest thing was dying out because we got to pay several tolls today. Each time we reach a toll point a funny conversation ensues - not with us, but between the toll collector, a supervisor and at least one other toll collector (and sometimes some other seemingly random folks); it seems while they have a price for a car and a moto and a trailer, they don't really have a procedure for a moto pulling a trailer. The "moto" price is always half the "auto" price, and usually they decide we are an auto, which seems quite reasonable as we are that size, but sometimes we skate by as a moto, and at least once they have charged us the moto price and added the price for a single trailer axle (which, amusingly turns out to be the same as an auto, but required a hand written receipt). Mostly we just smile and hand over money while the conversation swirls around us.

We arrived mid afternoon or so and found our Airbnb without any trouble, though the approach to the "golden zone" was significantly more developed than we'd been there before in the year two thousand. We had a great room with a private balcony and made ourselves at home before heading out to explore.



I'd suggested a rest day in Mazatlan not because I thought we'd need a rest day, though it turned out I was quite glad to have one, but because it was the only place in Mexico I'd ever really been before and it was where I proposed. Laura was on board for the idea and was curious to see if we could find a certain cafe where the bartender had brought her bottles of Fanta on his head 16 years earlier. Guess what?



We had a great dinner there and found out that the bartender was the owner, and had just opened the place when we'd been there before. Our second night in Mazatlan we had a really disappointing dinner in a new/fancy sushi place (Yokiro Sushi - get it?) and ended up back at the same place as the first night for dessert (and by dessert, for me anyway, I mean Don Julio and Pacifico) which helped make up for dinner.

Here's the rig tucked safely away. Laura and Jeremiah are there too, if you look, and that's our balcony upstairs (actually, that whole front part of the upper story was ours!).



I was up early the next moring (having clearly not had enough Margaritas at Margaritas the night before) to see if I could get a picture of the sunrise -


oops- I mean this one:



Eventually I got Laura out of bed as well and we wandered through the touristy parts of town, took a pulmonia to the city center, and walked back along the playa. I'd have some pictures of that for you, but instead I just have this picture of my phone its fancy waterproof case. Can you see how good a job it's doing of keeping that water in there? Fantastic!



Amusingly I'd almost replaced my iPhone 6 with a 7 at the beginning of this trip both to get the better camera and water resistant phone and because my screen was acting up. Instead I replaced the screen and got a waterproof case. Ha on me, said the universe!

We made a point of winding our way through el centro on the way out of Mazatlan and I rembered that we'd decided if we ever came again that's where we'd stay. Oops. Next time.



We branched off from the toll roads to the free highways at Tepic and continued south to Puerta Vallarta for the night, and then on to Barra de Navidad the next day.

Random Sena shots from PV and some construction along the way




Since the guy at the map and flag store in Tuscon didn't have any good/recent maps of Mexico ("We don't have much stock because no one goes there anymore because they're afraid they'll be killed in the drug wars." also "You won't be able to buy a map in Mexico because Mexicans don't use maps." and, in response to me saying there must be stores in Mexico that stock maps for tourists, "They don't stock maps for tourists because no one goes there anymore because they're all afraid they'll be killed in the drug wars." ...he was a REALLY cheery dude...) we've been relying on our phones for directions. Mostly they are great but they were unable to even find our street in Puerta Vallarta, and in Barra they got us to the right street - sort of - but not the right block. Eventually we found our friend Steve's actual block, thanks to some construction workers,



and even his front door, thanks to Laura spotting the address (it took about thirty seconds of her pointing and saying it's right there above the door! for me to find it...)


For closing in on a week we've been taking advantage of his hospitality, and his pool -


communing with the wildlife both inside


and outside the house,


(this is me distracting one of the many local street dogs - all very friendly - so Laura can get our always so friendly but doing better every day dogs down the block for a walk)

eating lots of food, sometimes in restaurants that are also living rooms,


and seeing the sights (sites? definitely not cites, as I have lost all reference)



and taking our host our for a ride in the rig (note, he's only the second "person" to take us up on our freely given offers of rides - and the other person was a boxer...)



Steve's family owned a motorcycle shop in Oregon City in the 60s and 70s, and we've been having a great time chatting about that and all sorts of things with our host and his brother and sister-in-law who are also here. In fact, you might recognize his brother from his performance in On Any Sunday. (start at 6:05, watch for the cartwheels into the hay)

https://youtu.be/4qklwSsBlbk

In general we've been having a great time, with the exception of Jeremiah's fever which started last night, but we should probably be going soon. There are a couple of other activities we'd like to get to here, but we're only insured through the 26th and Laura has decided we need to see at least one pyramid while we're here. There's a lot of the country left to see as the weather starts to warm up - hard to figure out where we want to be when!


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#978430 - 01/18/17 12:04 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Your boxes are here!

We will be back in Texas late next week.

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Originally Posted By: Whip
Your boxes are here!

We will be back in Texas late next week.

L and L


Fantastic - thanks for letting us know smile

I hope you both have a good time wherever you're going.

We are still in Barra de Navidad; planning to leave maybe Friday or Saturday, spend a couple of nights in Tequila (Laura said something about a pyramid or some other ruins, but I have other goals for that stop), and then spend a couple more days through Mexico and then work our way to SA. Looking forward to seeing you.
josh


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Ok - not planning to leave Friday or Saturday after all. Went for a little ride to a beach about 7 miles away this morning and got to hear a neat noise. Seems our FD has decided to eat itself again. Hopefully in the AM I can find a heatgun or torch and a 30mm socket, and then we'll go from there.

Definitely going to need more tequila.


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#978535 - 01/19/17 04:16 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Grrrrrrr........................

Tequila makes your FD fall off!!!!!!! dopeslap

I admire your ability to deal with problems. For many riders this would be an insurmountable obstacle and they would give up and go home.


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Grrrrrrr........................

Tequila makes your FD fall off!!!!!!! dopeslap

I admire your ability to deal with problems. For many riders this would be an insurmountable obstacle and they would give up and go home.



There are two problems with that, the first, smaller, problem is that we'd still have to do something with the rig as Mexico will get mad at us if it doesn't go back across the border (and I don't think our friend would much care for it taking up one of his two courtyard parking spaces); the second, maybe larger, problem is that we don't have a home to go back to! smile


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Originally Posted By: Bud
Grrrrrrr........................

Tequila makes your FD fall off!!!!!!! dopeslap

I admire your ability to deal with problems. For many riders this would be an insurmountable obstacle and they would give up and go home.



There are two problems with that, the first, smaller, problem is that we'd still have to do something with the rig as Mexico will get mad at us if it doesn't go back across the border (and I don't think our friend would much care for it taking up one of his two courtyard parking spaces); the second, maybe larger, problem is that we don't have a home to go back to! smile



Homelessness is a bitch! wave

Difference between disaster and ADVenture? Attitude. You've got this covered! clap grin


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Originally Posted By: Bud


Tequila makes your FD fall off!!!!!!! dopeslap



I guess I should have had more tequila maybe and then I wouldn't have had to have spent three or four hour today tracking down a 30mm socket smile

I am pretty excited about my new torch and the canister that I think is the gas that goes with it... won't it be funny if it turns out to be expanding insulation foam or some such stuff....

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#978552 - 01/19/17 10:58 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Trouble in Mexico with your rear end usually comes from drinking the water, not from drinking Tequila! rofl


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Originally Posted By: Stan Walker
Trouble in Mexico with your rear end usually comes from drinking the water, not from drinking Tequila! rofl



dopeslap dopeslap rofl rofl rofl


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As an update, our FD is headed north for investigation and potential rebuilding. Another FD is headed south, hopefully toward us (though apparently UPS's computer wasn't sure either of the two addresses we supplied were "real"). In the meantime we plan to do our best to clear the land of the twin menaces of tequila and pineapples.


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#978742 - 01/22/17 07:17 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
[quote=tallman]NIce trip, great memories.

For "what's going on?"
Post Tae kwan Do spar, checking shoulder for damage?

Best wishes for a safe and happy journey.


"Also a good guess, but no - I'm pretty sure I have never seen her spar when packing :)"

I thought the youngin was wrapped up to go sparring in an earlier picture, that was the thought.

Don Julio to the rescue?

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#978882 - 01/24/17 03:10 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
[quote=tallman]NIce trip, great memories.

For "what's going on?"
Post Tae kwan Do spar, checking shoulder for damage?

Best wishes for a safe and happy journey.


"Also a good guess, but no - I'm pretty sure I have never seen her spar when packing :)"

I thought the youngin was wrapped up to go sparring in an earlier picture, that was the thought.

Don Julio to the rescue?



Yep - he was - makes sense.

I've only had one "serving" of Don Julio since we've been down here - it was good. Almost bought a bottle yesterday but opted for something I'd never seen/head of before instead. It's ok but not as good.


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#979330 - 01/31/17 03:33 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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...still waiting for the first of two packages coming our way. The second caught up quickly with the first Guadalajara, where they have both been for several days with the first -at one time- scheduled to arrive today....


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Whip just told me you need a place to leave the bike for a week. I live in Austin. I have a locked, fenced back yard with a wide gate, be happy to keep the bike for you. For a small fee I can even take you to the airport. Depending on whether it's my naptime. wave

I have a cover for the bike. No room in the garage. Can't keep dog, though, but we have a good kennel very nearby.

Call me or text me if you want to leave the rig here. The gate is 4 ft wide.

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Thanks Mark!

I think we have an offer on ADV to park the rig somewhere already, and we can barely fit through a giant redwood - I'm not even sure we could get through a 4' gate if we split the rig apart.

BUT it would be great if you've got time to get together for a coffee or meal or whatever. I'm talking to Whip right now - we've got stuff to pick up from their place in TX, but the timing likely won't work...so I think we'll meet up with them after we get back to TX from WA/OR (flying to SEA on 11th, and back to AUS on the 20th). That means we'll have some time to explore Austin between the 9th and 11th or so. smile


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How are the repairs now that both packages have arrived?


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We're driving north from Mazatlan beginning Tues morning. Any chance you'll be on 15D?


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Originally Posted By: upfisk
How are the repairs now that both packages have arrived?


Originally Posted By: upfisk
We're driving north from Mazatlan beginning Tues morning. Any chance you'll be on 15D?


Great questions! The bike now has a seemingly functional FD - took it around town some yesterday, and we just now returned from a run to Manzanillo (85 miles roundtrip). I'm going to go over the back end later today and make sure everything seems as it should, and assuming I don't find anything amiss, we plan to head out tomorrow morning.

Route is still up in the air, but we will not be on 15. Ultimately we're planning to cross to McAllen or Brownsville, so we'll be heading north and east - probably Tequila, and then Zacatecas, and then... uh - I forget where after that smile

I'll try to get an update on here before we go, but I need to get some photos uploaded first - the last few times I tried to do that the upload failed after just a few of thirty or so pics... (which is why ADV has been getting pics [direct upload to posting there seems to work, but Flickr does not] and this thread has not).

I also owe you an email reply!
josh


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#979535 - 02/03/17 01:41 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Ok- I failed to get an update in, but we are loading up right now to leave for Tequila. I already know where we plan to stay tonight does not have wifi but is within 500 meters of the both the Cuervo and Sauza distilleries, so there will be no update tonight either!



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Tequila was great, the road from there to Zacatecas was lots of fun but wiped us out completely (well, me anyway) so we took a rest day in Zac and made it to Arteaga earlier today. Tomorrow, if all goes well, will be our last day in Mexico - about 200 miles to the border, and we'll probably hole up just after crossing.

Laura's mom is coming down from Oklahoma to meet us in Corpus Christi - she used to live just outside there on North Padre Island, which is also where we got married. We're going to amuse ourselves by seeing if we can find the spot on the beach where Laura walked down the "aisle" (I didn't do that - I was already standing on the beach sweating a lot in my tuxedo and wondering if she was really going to show up...).


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Made it to Texas. Have pics from Mexico uploaded finally a d will post them soon - maybe even tonight!


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Tequila was great, the road from there to Zacatecas was lots of fun but wiped us out completely (well, me anyway) so we took a rest day in Zac and made it to Arteaga earlier today. Tomorrow, if all goes well, will be our last day in Mexico - about 200 miles to the border, and we'll probably hole up just after crossing.

Laura's mom is coming down from Oklahoma to meet us in Corpus Christi - she used to live just outside there on North Padre Island, which is also where we got married. We're going to amuse ourselves by seeing if we can find the spot on the beach where Laura walked down the "aisle" (I didn't do that - I was already standing on the beach sweating a lot in my tuxedo and wondering if she was really going to show up...).


She did, lucky for you! clap


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Updates long overdue!

We - the humans - are currently in WA, here to celebrate my grandmother's 98th birthday on Sunday, while the dogs and rig are lounging luxuriously in Austin.

While I'm sitting here enjoying the sound of rain on the roof, how about some pictures?

These were taken just after we figured out that "something was wrong" - I was pretty sure the FD was toast again, and - yay me? - I was right. Jeremiah seems unconcerned.





Perhaps he was already looking forward to driving the rental car



With our planned week (tops) in Barra extended to "10-21" days by UPS (oddly, I was able to ship our drive north via UPS, two business days (shipped on Friday; arrived in Oregon on Tuesday) for about $200; coming south was more than double that in $$ for 10 ish days), we took advantage.

We climbed monuments old,


and new


We saw a sunset or two (...or three...or...well, lots)


Some of us even saw some sunrises, or such is the claim - no good pictures though, so....

We held tiny crocodiles, and saw really, really big ones -


We saw but did NOT hold a LOT of iguanas (image search iguana bite wound sometime if you want to see why we didn't hold them...)



All that makes you hungy, so we had to eat - a lot


(left that one clickable - if you zoom in you can see the grill for the restaurant over Jeremiah's shoulder - it's a BBQ made from a 15" car wheel - and it's my favorite place to eat in Barra)

Eating makes you sleepy (tequila too), so we did a lot of napping


and Jeremiah greatly improved his swimming with daily dips (and by dip I mean, 90-120 minutes most days) in the pool.


Eventually there were boxes, and the boxes held parts (and tools!) and it was time to dust off the rig and put it back together (actually, it still needs to be dusted....)



With a short test around town and a longer run for supplies, it was time to say our goodbyes. Honestly, after all the biscuits and scraps, I was suprised to find Eddy more than ready to get back in his trailer - I thought for sure he'd want to stay with his new best buddy Steve.



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Leaving Barra de Navidad heading toward San Antonio, we had some routing options. I picked the one going through Tequila because...well, yeah.

We got a late start, but still managed to get to Tequila early enough to drop the dogs at our Airbnb



and make it to Sauza for a tour. The tour was ok, and - as usual - Jeremiah managed to make some friends


At this point we had already booked a flight from Austin to Seattle on the 11th, so our schedule was limited - if it hadn't been, we would have stayed in Tequila another day or two as it was a really lovely place with several museums and other things that we thought would be worth a look. As it was, we did take time to pick up something healthy for breakfast,



Jeremiah tried to pick up a souvenir,


and we got a good agave pic before setting out for Zacatecas.



Tequila was certainly picked for the name, and then for the history (I don't feel too bad that I didn't know much about it as most everyone we've told we stopped there has said, that's a place?), but our next stop in Zacatecas was purely on the route because it was a biggish looking place (read: would likely have somewhere we could stay with the dogs) about the right number of miles from Tequila.

We arrived late and tired, having left tequila closer to lunch than breakfast and then having spent an hour stuck in traffic on the very edge of Guadalajara, so the decision was easily made to rest the next day there and spend an extra night. Great choice.

Zacatecas is a large, old city that the Spanish built up because of rich silver deposits. There is still a large mine right in the city; it's open for tours but not mining and apparently still holds quite a bit of silver and other minerals.

Of course we started our day with something fried and rolled in sugar,
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and Jeremiah spotted somewhere he wanted to check out.


The center of the city is situated between two hills and we'd already climbed the smaller hoping to take the cable car to the larger, but that was closed. Jeremiah assured us it would be no problem to walk down the smaller hill and up the larger one. Did I mention that the low point in Zacatecas is around 8000'? Well....



after a lot or walking, we made it up and found some great views



which we blocked with our faces, but we also found a camera obscura! (which we also blocked with our faces for this shot)



In addition to taking ridiculous selfies in front of it, we also went in and got a tour and it was very cool. I find the things fascinating and I'd never seen one of that size (though I later found out there were seveal we missed on the CA coast) and certainly never been inside one before. Very cool.


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Eventually we walked back down the big hill, then walked up the other one again (seriously - by this point we assumed our legs would not be functional the next day and were glad we'd be sitting down all day), and then back down to the center of the city where we found a Mediterranean restaurant that was quite good. (I'm sure being quite hungry helped.) Regardless, the view was excellent and got even better as the sun set.



And so ended our time in Zacatecas. It's on the list for future Mexico trips as there were many things to do there in addition to just walking, walking, walking.

The riding became less interesting, for the most part, as we headed north and stuck to the toll roads...less interesting and hot... but on the way from Zacatecas to Arteaga we did get to see lots of Joshua Trees (though I still don't know what they're called in Mexico).




And Laura got to feed one last Mexican street dog.



Our last night in Mexico was booked hastily on Airbnb and wasn't ready for us when we arrived. The host apologized profusely and tried to send us for dessert and coffee at a nearby cafe, but we were beat and opted to sit under an amazing tree, alongside a stream running down the middle of the street. That's our lodging to the right in orange and white.



And this is what it looks like inside. By far our most picturesque of our south of the border lodgings.



To mix things up, breakfast the next morning was fried and enrobed in sugar.




And then there was multihour search for a post office in Monterrey, and there was a LOT of hot, straight, relatively fast (for us - 120kph was a speed we hadn't seen in some time) riding, and there was a border crossing. There was NO ONE at the Mexican side - I mean, not in line - there were very bored looking agents, and it took no time to cancel our tourist cards, and little time to cancel our import permit. I think there was some talk on the phone between the booth agent and a supervisor about the trailer for which we had no permit, but I just kept not speaking or understanding much Spanish and eventually it was bien and we rolled on. He almost forgot to remove the import sticker, and I forgot to get a picture of it. Too bad as it looked pretty cool next to our National Parks permit.

On the US side there were LOTS of people. Well, many fewer than there could have been waiting, but also only a few lanes open, and we tried hard not to melt sitting on the asphalt in the sun. Jeremiah had shade at least, and lots of folks in nearby cars who wanted to talk to him about our rig and the trip. Eventually we got checked back in and they started with the hard question: where are you coming from? I never know how to answer that. Today? The furthest point in the opposite direction where we turned this way? The place we spent the most time? Or where started eventually. I feel like saying, to this border agent, that we were coming from Oregon would sound smart ass (how I usually sound - but try really hard not to when talking to folks with guns). Once again the border cared not a whit about the dogs, but they did take the oranges we picked that morning from the tree in the yard at our Airbnb. And some Spanish ham.

And then we were hot, and tired, and hungry and almost out of gas, but we decided to go another half hour or so and find a motel not quite so close to the border. And we did. And there was a Denny's within walking distance - welcome home smile

Oh - funny thing - at Denny's the very friendly host sat us and I said gracias. In Mexico they just assume you don't speak Spanish - or rather it's very obvious that I don't - and when you are seated and say gracias at most you get a de nada. Here though, and this makes sense, the host must have thought - oh, this dude speaks Spanish, and he launched into some long thing about something. I just smiled. And then I drank a lot of water. With ice. Replenished frequently without having to ask. Ah.


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Some years ago, while living in Alaska, we happened to be married in Texas. You know that thing where you keep the top or some part of your cake from the wedding and then eat it a year later? Well, I'm not sure who came up with that idea, but we did it. Or sort of. It went into Laura's mom's freezer on Padre Island, but we didn't get back to Texas for a little over three years. We did eat the cake. It was not terrible, but it was weird. We REALLY liked our wedding cake (fresh!) and I contrived to have the cake top recreated by the same bakery.




When I called I requested their smallest round cake. Wow. I'm sure our top section was not that large. I "snuck away" to go pick it up (Josh: I have to go do a thing; I'll be back later. Laura: You're not going to tell me where you're going? Josh: No.) and that thing BARELY fit in the topbox of the LT. Good thing we have a big honkin' bike. I dropped it off where I hoped we'd end up for dinner, and thankfully we did.

Fortified with cake, and with Laura's mom's help, and her friend Donna's help, we found the spot where Laura walked down the aisle.



then:




now:


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Ok - one more to catch up:


After two nights we left Padre and headed to Austin


where we stayed with some new friends and sorted stuff for a flight back "home"


where we embarrassed my little brother for his birthday,


hung out with some "old" friends



went to see our dentist and our doctors




and where Laura found out why she's been feeling pretty lousy since Zacatecas.




Turns out she's been eating for more than one; more than two even. In fact,















she's been eating for thousands - of these :




Tonight we'll fly back to Austin and ... yeah - something after that. But this morning we're getting ready for a 98th birthday party smile


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Back in Austin we picked up the rig and headed for Llano, TX. An ADV inmate was kind enough to invite us to his brother's ranch (brothers are fun like that, yeah?) and how could we turn that down.



If you're particularly sharp-eyed you might have noticed that something's not quite right in that picture, and maybe even have made the leap of logic that it must be from later in the timeline. If not, click it and take a look again - yep, Jeremiah's left arm is in a sling.

See, Scott, the brother generous enough to play host to some folks his brother ran into on the internet, took us on a grand tour of his property, and while he was getting a horse ready for Jeremiah to ride the boy found this tree...



An excellent climbing tree to be sure, but not a great one to fall out of -



A trip to the excellent local ER and, yep - it's broken. Both long bones (but just a little each).



Though it obviously hurt like crazy, Jeremiah was a trooper. Scott insisted we stay and relax at least until Jeremiah's follow up appointment at the end of the week, and I must say I can't imagine a better place to do a little recuperation.

We had this view every morning just outside our window,



we watched a few movies - Culprit really like this one



we did a little fishing



ate some meat



(Laura had bread and corn for dinner that night...poor girl)


did a tiny bit of farm work




and took a few rides around the ranch to say hi to the cattle and look for snakes




Scott was busy on the phone for work and getting ready for a trip of his own most of the week (poor, poor fellow!), but we did get to chat a bit, and his cousin came over to visit one day and check out our rig - some of you may know him as his cousin turned out to be Peter Yeager, former owner of Lone Star BMW. We had a nice chat with Peter and his wife, and did get a chance to sit down for breakfast with Scott our last morning at the ranch. Hopefully we'll be back again someday when Jeremiah's arm is better form for ranch fun.


Thursday morning it was time to see the Doc -



He confirmed the diagnosis from the ER and said the boy should heal up well with a month or so in cast.



We spent one more night in Austin with some of our new ADV friends,




and then it was back on the road. But not for long - we found a nice little spot for lunch in Dripping Springs, TX,


which was about halfway from Austin....to....Whipville smile


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Great pictures, even better story! Poor Jeremiah! At least he's got that out of the way, and what a neat place to recover! Being the thoughtful son he is - he obviously timed his gravity test for after Laura excersized the demons!

And nice wrenching work, BTW!


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Kids!






Beautiful bride but who is that young guy with a funny look on his face?

All I can say is you must be a silver tongued talker to convince her to marry you. rofl clap wave grin


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Kids!






Beautiful bride but who is that young guy with a funny look on his face?

All I can say is you must be a silver tongued talker to convince her to marry you. rofl clap wave grin



Baxter, the pup at our feet (who was an excellent ring bearer despite all the people who said, you're not actually going to let him carry the real rings, are you???) is the only one looking the "right" way - Laura and I are staring almost straight into the sun ...so that's my excuse. Also, those are post ceremony, and when I took up my position on the beach at 10 that morning it was already 91F!

As for your other comment, I won't say how long I had to put into the entire courtship, but I will say it took three years to get from the first ring to the second. There's a lot to be said for perseverance. smile


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Originally Posted By: workin' them angels
Great pictures, even better story! Poor Jeremiah! At least he's got that out of the way, and what a neat place to recover! Being the thoughtful son he is - he obviously timed his gravity test for after Laura excersized the demons!

And nice wrenching work, BTW!


Thanks - we're having a fantastic time (most of the time wink ) and if he had to break something, I think he picked good bones to break and a good place to do it. The med staff at the ER and the clinic for the cast were excellent, and it was a great excuse to laze around the ranch few days.


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And then we arrived at Whipville South.

We've been abusing the hospitality of Mr. Whip, Mrs. Whip, Whip Dog 1, Whip Dog 2, and Whip Dog 3 for the better part of a week, and they've all take excellent care of us.

We've walked the river (took a boat tour as well, but sans Whips and with the least excited tour guide/captain ever),



ate some great meals in town and at home - can you tell which state we're in?



Visited the store and learned about screen printing,



went to the Alamo (a couple of times!),




cleaned the rig, changed the fluid, made some adjustments and replaced the sidecar headlight with a snazzy LED model from Whip's shelf of parts,




added some new bling.





Mostly though, we hung out with the local fauna.




Eddy tried his best to fit in,



a couple of times he even tried to be a lap dog - he really wasn't sure how it worked



Culprit mostly stuck to the MANY dog beds.




Jeremiah's favorite thing was the firepit out back - and maybe specifically the torch he got to use to start it.



The s'mores were pretty good too smile




But now the rig is tuned, cleaned and packed, the dogs are fed and ready, we're geared up and finishing breakfast. Tonight we're hoping to be in Galveston, and then a few days to get to New Orleans (going to do our best to make for all the people who've given up fried dough for lent). After that we're pretty much planless - basic idea being to head north/inland a bit and see what's what before turning toward Key West timed to coincide with a cast removal.

If you've got suggestions in the "area" please don't keep them to yourself!


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Hello! I've been holding out for good wifi to upload some pics to flickr so I can put them on here - the ADV thread is more up to date (again!) because I can just upload those directly from my phone...just sayin'.... wink

It's been a week or two (or something?) since we left San Antonio - we spent a few days down along the gulf coast, then headed up through Mississippi, into Arkansas and into Tennessee where we are currently holed up and trying to stay warm smile

Hoping to head up to visit Hannigan in Kentucky tomorrow, but it's supposed to only be 25F here in the morning...at least it's supposed to be sunny...so we'll have to see about that. After that it's either south or east or maybe both!
josh


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I have been following your trip here and on ADV. I hope you brought your heated gear.


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Originally Posted By: Chris K
I have been following your trip here and on ADV. I hope you brought your heated gear.


Well, we brought all the heated gear we own...

Surely would be nice - I think if we do make a run up to Hannigan tomorrow (it's either tomorrow, wait until next week or wait until we maybe make it back this way again in maybe several months...) we'll be wishing we had some. Or at least I will, and Laura and Jeremiah will be sharing a sidecar and enjoying the cozy warmth of a sleeping bag to boot.


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Oh man, oh man, oh man - we are so far behind! Or, rather this is so far behind/we are so far ahead or ... crap. I don't know.

We're just going to his fast forward and get the highlights - stop me if you have any questions.

What happened after leaving Whipville was... kind of a lot!

We went to Galveston to check in on the sea,



Jeremiah took his first ferry ride,


and then his second.




We stopped in on The Big Easy and learned about the important things - hot drinks and hotter bread



and the mixing of cultures.



From there we went all the way down to Dauphin Island and tried to take another ferry - but we were denied!



Instead we toured Fort Gaines, learned about smith work and caught up on our reading.



The weather started to catch up with us in Mobile,



and met us square on in Jackson, MS.



We spent the afternoon putting ourselves into uncomfortable history,



and took a long walk that helped us appreciate a lot of what we have (or had - like sidewalks!).

The next day we headed out of the cities and took Eddy gator fishing.



He prooved to be not such good bait after all, but we did see a couple.



While we were looking we might have got a bit muddy -



maybe even a lot muddy.



Then it was on to Little Rock and Hot Springs AR.



Jeremiah picked up another Jr. Ranger badge, and got a tip from a very nice ranger about where we might find the elusive Night Sky Badge.



On the way across the state, we got spotted - first time on the trip! - at a gas station by an ADV inmate.



We got to Arkansas Post and they did have the Night Sky Badge (very cool!) and Jeremiah had just enough time to do a project there as well. We'd never heard of it, but it's a pretty interesting place - Arkansas's first capitol and now there's just about nothing left behind. Google it - you know you want to!



The next morning we awoke to a lot of damp, but also to a great note someone left on the saddle.



We put on ALL our gear - I think for the first time since leaving NorCal (of all places).



In Memphis we leaned a little more about part of the civil rights movement,





but we also had some Q.





Unsuccessful in earlier attempts to turn us south, mother nature upped her game that night.





The morning was spectacular, and the roads were clear.



I don't remember where this was taken.



By afternoon it was warming up a bit - mostly from the brilliant sunshine.



Some inmates had invited us to visit, early on, if we were in the area, so we dropped in on them and made some new friends.


It was still chilly out, so we holed up for a few days and looked things over. Uh -oh...


probably time to replace that...


Our new friends showed us around and Jeremiah, along with his parents, learned a lot about our Civil War.



The battle of Shiloh was fought just a little later in spring - add to the glad I didn't have to list, marching through Tennessee swamp land in early spring.

We put off our departure more than once, but it was finally time to go. A beautiful morning, and warmer than expected (30 instead of 25!).



We made it almost to the Kentucky border before stopping at a funky diner to warm our toes,



and then stopped in on the good folks at Hannigan.



The weather looked to be sort of cold and sort of wet in just about every direction. We couldn't decide if we should head south for Nashville or go a bit further north while we were "in the neighborhood" - in the end, we flipped a coin and wound up at this guy's house.



Bud's a pretty nice guy, but his wife is fantastic - the two of them spoiled the heck out of us -


and as it turns out, they live in Nashville (IL), so our coin toss was kind of pointless.

We did a BUNCH of stuff while we were there - here's some of it:











That last shot has me a little worried about the future...


As it always does, time to move on rolled around and we found our way back to Kentucky and some sort of new friends - we'd never met them, but it turned out they were our ADV Secret Santas a couple of years before -


We had a great evening gettign to know them a little and even got another gift for the road. Yum.



They live just outside Hodgenville, so we spent the next day learning more about Lincoln,



and just sort of generally running around.


Mammoth Cave NP just sort of turned up along the way and we took the chance to get underground again.



They have some adorable cabins there and we considered overnighting...but we ended up here instead.



I think it was one of our better choices. I'll tell you why later wink


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Thanks for the update, I always enjoy reading about the vast range of changing conditions, circumstances, climate, scenery, terrain, the incidental folks you bump into and the welcoming people who offer accommodation and new friendships.

The encounters you share are a reminder to look beyond headlines and 'film at 11' promos that repeatedly highlight a different kind of narrative that can erode and distort one's faith in the goodness of humanity.

EDIT: How was the KY "Apple Pie"?


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Originally Posted By: workin' them angels
Thanks for the update, I always enjoy reading about the vast range of changing conditions, circumstances, climate, scenery, terrain, the incidental folks you bump into and the welcoming people who offer accommodation and new friendships.

The encounters you share are a reminder to look beyond headlines and 'film at 11' promos that repeatedly highlight a different kind of narrative that can erode and distort one's faith in the goodness of humanity.

EDIT: How was the KY "Apple Pie"?




You are very welcome - thanks for reading them!

That's one of the - many - reasons for this trip: Laura and I want Jeremiah to get the idea that people are people no matter where they are or what their lives may be like, and that by and large they are kind and generous. I worry that we spend too much time worrying about "them" when them is really just us that's somewhere else with a different set of experiences.

edit: it is delicious; it's not a homemade 'shine, but rather store bought real Everclear (we can only get the 151 proof in Oregon, I believe) with apple cider and cinnamon and a bunch of other stuff - tastes not at all like alcohol but is quite strong

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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
<snip>

That's one of the - many - reasons for this trip: Laura and I want Jeremiah to get the idea that people are people no matter where they are or what their lives may be like, and that by and large they are kind and generous. I worry that we spend too much time worrying about "them" when them is really just us that's somewhere else with a different set of experiences.



Now about this remark: "Bud's a pretty nice guy, but his wife is fantastic" rofl

Nancy and I both admire you for taking the time to show Jeremiah the basic goodness of people. I would love to be able to talk to him in 15 years and listen to his remembrances of this journey.

BTW how does his "hack monkey" like riding in the car?


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
<snip>

That's one of the - many - reasons for this trip: Laura and I want Jeremiah to get the idea that people are people no matter where they are or what their lives may be like, and that by and large they are kind and generous. I worry that we spend too much time worrying about "them" when them is really just us that's somewhere else with a different set of experiences.



Now about this remark: "Bud's a pretty nice guy, but his wife is fantastic" rofl

Nancy and I both admire you for taking the time to show Jeremiah the basic goodness of people. I would love to be able to talk to him in 15 years and listen to his remembrances of this journey.

BTW how does his "hack monkey" like riding in the car?


Funny story about that. We noticed the monkey was not just socks, but it didn't seem to make noise or anything else like that, and we didn't think much of it. He looks sort of like this:



The second morning after leaving your place, Jeremiah says, when we stop, did you hear those birds right after we got into the park? They sounded like gulls or something. Nope - we didn't hear them.

Next morning, same thing - I heard those birds again; maybe just before or just after we got on the highway.

At this point, I'm thinking that he's hearing some sort of noise the bike is making and I'm wondering what is about to break, as it seems he's hearing it the first time we get up to speed.

Then, getting ready to leave a motel somewhere, I text Laura from the rig I'm loading, and I ask her to toss down the last of the stuff - which is basically a few stuffed animals and a pillow. She drops the monkey, I catch it...

And this :

https://youtu.be/YDjP0cAhYL4

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Well, I read that in the waiting room at the oncologists office before my morning treatment.

The rest of the people there looked at me when I laughed out loud (and not a quiet way) hearing the monkey making noises! rofl

Good one Jeremiah! clap wave

Looking forward to more monkey adventures.

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Awesome.
A trip for a lifetime of memories.
Hope the weather cooperates and keep us up to date.


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Happy B-Day Laura!

I understand it might be a big one. wink

Try not to screw it up, Josh. grin


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Happy Birthday!
I'm sure it will be a fantastic, memorable event.
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I'll pass those on to Laura - thanks gentlemen smile

She's had a good time reading the ones over on ADV as well.

I'll probably not get an update on here tonight, but maybe tomorrow - we're in Alabama currently - ate a bunch and went to a movie to celebrate today, and are staying in a better than our usual hotel tonight (though it's got nothing on the view from our campsite overlooking Huntsville that last two nights!) - tomorrow we're going to head over to Barber probably in the late morning and maybe make it down to Auburn for the evening so we can hit the Tuskeegee National Memorial the next day.

And then... on to Florida!


*insert witty remark here*
#983628 - 03/31/17 04:24 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Look out for the Q Tips in FL. rofl


95% of an RT.

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Tuskeegee is not to be missed. Those pilots and their crews did an outstanding job. Any B-17 pilot from WW2 would vouch for them! I've visited twice and will go again in the hopes of meeting one of the guys who flew the 51's.

Have fun.


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#985623 - 04/24/17 06:10 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Well, I guess it's time to put an update here ... since it's been a month!

Greiffster and Mrs. G were kind enough to put us up in their well-decorated guest quarters (got to love any room with pup portraits on the wall!),



feed us and even lend us Carlos to make a run into Nashville without having to worry about raingear (and the dogs enjoyed having a little more headroom in back vs their trailer home).





What does one do in Nashville? Well, there's music,



food of course,



uh, music,



and, as it turns out, hockey!



We were duly spoiled and had a great time. I even got to get this picture



which reminds me of MANY pictures in our old road trip albums - though she's singing in this one and not eating potato chips.... I guess we're old now or something.

Mike and Nicol sent us off with freshly stuck stickers and an escort to the highway. Truly a great visit smile



*insert witty remark here*
#985626 - 04/24/17 06:22 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Since then, we've done a couple of things -

Since we were in Tennessee we had to go have a look at where all Jack Daniel's whiskey comes bubbling out of the earth,



tried to catch a train,



ran into a fellow sidecar traveler (Ural rig with an R100 engine in it) over breakfast pastries,



spent some time out under the stars,



and put the pups in doggie jail



while we checked out some things made to travel to the stars (well, ok - *toward* the stars...) in a place my grandfather used to work.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/TmC3hG]


*insert witty remark here*
#985628 - 04/24/17 06:33 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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While all that was happening, some of us were getting older, so....

we celebrated a birthday,



made a trip to the vet,



saw some old bikes (and maybe one of us teared up a little when they said we couldn't go down and see Jacqueline's bike...and maybe that still wasn't enough to persuade them, but at least they didn't call security and toss us out)



and learned a little about some older planes and a lot about the men who flew them and the men and women who supported them.




We brushed up on our ATGATT in Troy, GA,



sawed the cast of the boy's arm (well - had it done professionally, though I volunteered to do it at the campground),



and celebrated the newly naked arm by swimming with some manatee,



which we all enjoyed but maybe not quite so much as Jeremiah.



We took a day to meet with some friends who live in an RV and just celebrated the first birthday of their youngest family member (that kid has FOUR older sisters to watch out for him - can you imagine?!)



and finally started to see some wear, after about 17,000 miles, on our front tire.


*insert witty remark here*
#985650 - 04/24/17 09:34 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Let's see what else we've seen in the last month.

There was Haitian/Jamaican food and Laura driving in the Everglades,




wandering around Key West we spotted a local restaurant we ate in on our honeymoon,



Laura got a very nice birthday present from my stepmom and dad (and was nice enough to take us along)





We ate a bunch of Cuban food


hung out with the locals at the swimming hole,


picked up some badges and patches and what not,



Lost, again, and then found, again one of the pups


A bit north of the Dry Tortugas we got to visit a bunch of wet tortugas


and spotted a sailing vessel that was a good ways away from home.



We (probably over-)imposed on some gracious ADVers in Orlando and did a little work on the rig,

[url=https://flic.kr/p/TmGoWU]


chatted up our new friends,



ate a *few* pastries,



finished up the record book for the first six months,



chatted some more,


did a little riding,





a little walking,


and celebrated another birthday.



After Orlando we ran into this guy,



who introduced us to a couple of his good friends - this one,



and the one who brought this beauty back to life -



along with a few others.



And that was the end of Florida.


*insert witty remark here*
#985709 - 04/25/17 12:32 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Wow, it has been a great adventure so far! I look forward to meeting you all this weekend in Maggie Valley.


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#985712 - 04/25/17 01:22 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: Chris K]  
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Originally Posted By: Chris K
Wow, it has been a great adventure so far! I look forward to meeting you all this weekend in Maggie Valley.


In the immortal words of Taggart in Blazing Saddles:

DITTO!


Dave
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#985716 - 04/25/17 01:55 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: workin' them angels]  
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Holy smokes, you guys have been on the move since leaving Clarksville. Can't wait to catch up in Maggie Valley!!





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#985838 - 04/26/17 12:36 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: greiffster]  
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Originally Posted By: greiffster
Holy smokes, you guys have been on the move since leaving Clarksville. Can't wait to catch up in Maggie Valley!!







Thanks for posting those - that's one fuzzy looking guy there...

We've done a bit since then - one more post should get us caught up, and it won't be as long as the previous two. We're in Charlotte - or just outside it really - today, going to do an oil change tonight and maybe a tire swap if I can find something I like in town - and then try to get to Maggie somewhat early in the day tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone smile

josh


*insert witty remark here*
#985841 - 04/26/17 01:00 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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We drove a lot of coastal roads moving up through Georgia and South Carolina but really only made a few stops.

Had to stop in Savannah and it really is beautiful.



In fact, Laura even found a quaint little space that she might be able to shoehorn a bakery into (as soon as we win the lottery - and a BIG one at that!).



If the winnings are big enough, maybe we can get a package deal with this house we found for sale.



While we waited for them to draw the numbers we headed north, found another fort,



some more beautiful trees (do folks down here get tired of Spanish moss and oak trees? I can't imagine...),



and we finally found some cold and some damp. The rig takes on a little water standing still in heavy rain, so I tried tarping it with our tent's ground cloth and it worked really well.



Which was good because we woke up to some heavy rains in Jacksonville, NC. So heavy in fact that we called it a day before even setting out and only made it as far away from our room as this fine dining establishment,



before turning tail back to our room.



The skies cleared up enough yesterday to make it to the Charlotte area where we tucked in for the night - going to do a little sightseeing, some chores and maybe a bit of maintenance today; heading to START tomorrow morning smile smile smile


*insert witty remark here*
#986114 - 04/29/17 01:05 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Awesome.
It was terrific to meet, finally, after following the
Journey vicariously.
There's a book waiting to be written about this adventure.


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
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#986226 - 05/01/17 02:49 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: tallman
Awesome.
It was terrific to meet, finally, after following the
Journey vicariously.
There's a book waiting to be written about this adventure.


Great to meet you as well; we've assigned authorship to Jeremiah - we'll post it up here as soon as it's done!


*insert witty remark here*
#986229 - 05/01/17 03:26 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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For the first time, I *think*, since setting out, we found a place to stay through ADV's Tent Space thread (we'd looked before and never been flat turned down - schedules just hadn't quite lined up on one end or the other), and that made Charlotte something of an adventure in itself. In a way it was reminiscent of the first time we'd used CouchSurfing, except then we were following hand written directions to a house in a foreign country with people we know almost nothing about - at least now we had GPS navigation and I'd thread-stalked our very gracious hosts smile



As it happened, we were very lucky to find such gracious hosts and got along quite well. In addition to a couple of great dinners and lively conversation, we took some time to tour a few bakeries and just wander downtown Charlotte (a place I'd really never thought much about, and I have to confess until very recently {like, a week ago} I'd thought it was on the coast!)...and to do a little maintenance on the bike. Front and rear tires are about done, so we'll have some meet us in the (on the?) Outer Banks.



I also changed the engine and final drive oils (not with each other, I mean...sheesh), figured out I did indeed have the correct pads for the sidecar brake and replaced those. Also figured out that when I'd checked the pads in Orlando I'd forgot to put the circlip back on the guide pin, and very fortunately figured out the trunk latch pin uses the same size circlip (though, since it made it from Miami without one, the guide pin probably didn't really *need* one anyway...), and I think I only broke one thing. This thing.



There's a little guessing game on ADV to see what it is - no one's close yet, but I want to let them go awhile so I shant post the answer here. You all are my favorites though, so I'll at least give you a hint that it's a bike part and not a sidecar part. Oh - second hint: that bolt is NOT a BMW bolt as I had to go to a shorter length when we did a little modification back in AZ... And the other hint that ADV got is that I'm not going to fix it, and I think we'll be just fine.

The morning we left Matthews, just south of Charlotte, and headed for START, the weather (in the garage anyway - no, seriously - it was gorgeous outside as well) looked like this



By the time we'd ridden up to Blowing Rock, had a quick lunch and jumped onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, it looked like this -



and then it got harder to see, so no more pictures until Maggie Valley, and by then it looked like this again.



Since they wouldn't let even our adorable pups stay at Creekside with the rest of the bunch, we ended up in a cabin at one of the RV parks. I think it actually worked out pretty well - we missed out on being right in the center of things with everyone else, but the pups had their own porch



and Jeremiah had his own loft from which to take pictures,



and we weren't but ten or fifteen walking minutes away.

As you may know, we were in Maggie Valley for START - our first time attending one of them, and only our third BMWST event (Un in 2016 and ... 14? ...something like that - the last one to be in Moscow, ID). I put some pics up in that thread here:

http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=986225#Post986214

so you can check those out if you didn't see them already.

Apart from those, we also spotted a little bit of property for sale in town



Jeremiah and I checked out the old iron and marked the map at Wheels Through Time





We got to the really exciting bits of The Prisoner of Azkaban



and then it was already time to go!



We rode the parkway from Waynesville toward Asheville (y'all really like your villes around here, don't you?) and beyond, enjoying weather from the 80s to the 50s and back again, and drawing a crowd at almost every stop.



Tomorrow we're going to try to make it to the coast and maybe the following moring catch a ferry out to the lower end of the Outer Banks.


*insert witty remark here*
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Safe travels, and keep the smiles flowing.
wave


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#987075 - 05/12/17 03:15 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Greetings from Laura's homeland! (That's, uh, let me check Maps on my phone...Virginia!)

After a great time at START we bee-lined back to the coast and hopped an early (1030am is early, right?) ferry to the bottom of the Outer Banks.



We met a few new friends on board,


and soon reached Hatteras Island -


we couldn't resist climbing the lighthouse (twice, in fact).


Once again we had an offer, this time through ADV, to stay with some very generous folks we'd never even communicated with online let alone met in person, so we cruised up the islands to meet them on Roanoke. We managed to have an excellent time in and around Manteo - we picked up a couple of badges,



and slapped some new rubber on the front and loaded a spare rear tire into the trailer - to be used later.


We learned about the birth of human controlled, powered flight,


climbed the dunes and enjoyed the wind that brought the Wright Brothers here in the first place,


and even got to put some theory and history to practical use!


(Jeremiah opted for level flight, Laura tried a single roll, but I had a little more fun - check the vid for a taste of my ride! https://youtu.be/0_ADCTixe1g )


Life may be a beach, but I guess you can't spend EVERY day there, so in time we turned inland for different waters - like Dismal Swamp.


Not all that dismal, I thought, but LOTS of bugs...

Another ADV invite brought us to Martinsville where we got to meet a sidecar pilot named Bill who happens to hang out with another sidecar piloting Bill who hangs out around here sometimes (here being bmwst, in case that wasn't clear). Bill was busy that day so we only got to ride with one Bill, but we had a good time seeing the hills and valleys of western Virginia, and only one of us lost a phone (and Bill found it for me...erm... I mean, whoever it was that lost it...later that day with only about an hour of back-tracking).


We also got to relax a little,


and watch a little Overhaulin'


before it was time to move on.



Laura had big plans of seeing two National Park sites today as well as Monticello, but we gabbed so long this morning it only left time for one - Booker T. Washington Memorial. We got to Appomattox around dinner time, planning to find a room and see the Memorial in the morning, but we found that we couldn't find any dog friendly lodging. Camping and leaving the dogs in the trailer for the night were both our as thunderstorms were brewing, so we back tracked about half an hour to Lynchburg and got tucked into the only dog friendly room we could find just before this started.



Even with rain jackets on we got soaked walking across the street for dinner (you can see our hotel in the upper background), but it was worth it - mmm milkshakes!



Tomorrow we might hit the sites we missed today, or we might just high tail to the coast where we're going to spend the weekend with one of Laura's college friends and her family - we'll have to see how much water is coming down before we decide....

After that we're finally headed up toward DC!





*insert witty remark here*
#987102 - 05/12/17 02:22 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Nice update! So, how's the bakery find coming along the east coast?


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#987142 - 05/12/17 11:05 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Well, there's a place in Maine I like that seems unlikely to be profitable, that tiny motel in Maggie Valley with attached restaurant that looks like fun, and a few buildings for sale here and there. Nothing "just right" so far though.


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Nice, nice, very nice.

Hopeful that the "right" place is found.
Best wishes.


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#989502 - 06/15/17 03:30 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Looks like it's monthly update time! We are currently on Long Island in NY - we arrived here from Philly quite some time ago intending to stay maybe a week and visit a few friends...but it hasn't worked out quite like that.

After our time in the western part of Virginia, we headed east to visit some friends in the Norfolk area. Our friends, being always on the move, weren't home when we arrived, but their vicious guard dog allowed us far in as the living room - but only on the stipulation that we join him on the couch and help him watch his favorite YouTube channels.



Our friends have three kids, the youngest being just about Jeremiah's age, and we took advantage of any time they had away from school to get some kid time in for Jeremiah.



The boys and I got up early to make some Mother's Day breakfast,



and cards.



We spent some time in the wild enjoying the local fauna,



and the local cuisine (turns out we like snoballs - kind of like snowcones but with an exceptional amount of syrup).




EVERYONE got to go for a ride on/in the rig,




but only Laura got a makeover.



When it was time to roll on we set out to cross Chesapeake Bay via the very cool bridge-tunnel. Thanks to a tip from our Virginian friends, we stopped at the rest area/restaurant on the first tunnel entrance island. It's a cool spot that is about to fall in wake of progress as enlarging the tunnel system is taking priority over the space for the restaurant, and it will be permanently closed this year.




Here's a pic of the place, stolen from the 'net - the fishing pier will reopen at some point in the future.




Heading up the coast Jeremiah picked up a few more badges,


and Laura picked up another parasite.




We'd been planning to spend some time in D.C. but the timing didn't work out for a few reasons, and we put that off. Instead we found ourselves in Philadelphia


near its Italian Market area. We all really enjoyed Philly, and particularly that part of town, and Laura even tried to take over a tiny bakery - here she is shortly before being kicked out of the back of the house.


Laura had an old college friend whose basement we were happily welcomed to camp out in,


and whose dog we provided some amusement to.


Of course you can't got to Philadelphia and not see some history. Political:


Aesthetic:

(in case you can't tell, that's the park ranger who created the Jr. Ranger curriculum for hte Poe memorial, as well as some other parks)

We also happened upon this place in the north-of-philly neighborhood where our friends live.



They mostly do cream cakes and other holiday goodies, and all the ladies working behind the counter (there were four of them and we were the only customers that morning) were strictly counter help, but while we were sitting outside enjoying our morning treats one of the bakers came out. While we were talking about bikes and bread, his brother and father also came out - so we got to talk to two of the four generations that have built that business. Very cool way to spend the morning.


*insert witty remark here*
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Laura went to college on Long Island, so while it's not high on the list of places we'd want to have a bakery, we had to have it on the route to visit friends and see some sights. We arrived in the evening of the Friday of Memorial Day weekend,



and we spent Saturday and Sunday hanging out on the island with some friends and their family. Jeremiah got to shoot a real gun (even if it is really pink) for the first time,




and I got to drive something a little out of the ordinary.


Ok, yeah - that's not me in the driver's seat, but I promise I got to take it around the block. I didn't manage any selfies as I was too busy remembering how to shift and steer at the same time without power steering - don't worry, I didn't hit anything (but I think I did make one mailbox jump back a little bit in fright).

Our friend's dog, Jet, wasn't too interested in the sidecar, but she did really like the trailer.


Our friends both had to work on Memorial day (they are both union carpenters - primarily working on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show - not a bad gig if you think about it), and we took the opportunity to commute into the city to hang out while they slaved away.





We tried a few small bakeshops, walked Times Square (they work at 30 Rock, so it was just a few blocks over - Jeremiah thought it was great), walked all the way down to Central Park, took the subway to Battery Park hoping to get out to the Statue of Liberty only to find out tickets are now booked months in advance even to just go into the pedestal let alone up into the statue, stopped at some smaller national park sites, had a great ramen lunch, and eventually found our way back to where we started (only getting on the subway going the wrong way one time - and I'm not going to say whose fault that was because I don't want Laura to get mad at me).

A great day in the city, but maybe not so great for our immune systems because a couple of days later we all looked, and felt, like this:


Our friends had to fly down to Florida for a family thing and we spent four days in their place with the windows closed watching Netflix (need to know anything about any episode in the first five seasons of Undercover Boss? Just ask!).



What I guess I didn't mention earlier was that something was "up" with the bike between Philly and Long Island, and it became really apparent crossing the Verrazano Narrows. After a couple of times pulling over to "check and adjust" it seemed likely it was a familiar feeling after all. So while we were getting rested up from our illness, this was going on with our "spare" FD back in Oregon:



After a rather fruitless trip the local Dr. ("You seem to be sick - probably a virus - should go away eventually. Should you be worried about getting your friends' small child sick? Well, I guess we're all somewhat contagious..." - thanks for your help...) we decided to move on to avoid getting our frineds 18 month old son sick upon their return, and so are now lodged with another friend who happens to be a Dr. (should have just gone to see her in the first place) and also has a separate apartment in her attic - so we can just breathe sickness on each other.



Jayme is a DO, so in addition to immediately putting us on pretty serious antibiotics ("As soon as I heard you coughing at the door, I knew I you needed them."), she gave us a each a manipulative treatment to get the fluids in our bodies flowing properly. Both seem to be helping smile



Hooch didn't get a treatment that day, but he looks happy none the less.


Having arrived on Friday, by Monday I was feeling well enough to sort out the garage a bit and wade into the maintenance and repairs for which we were due.



stripped:


In addition to oils, filters (including air and fuel) and getting ready to pull and replace the final drive, I also replaced this little relay


in hopes that our brake lights will now go off, and stay off, EVERY time you release the lever/pedal, and I replaced the two primary throttle cables as they were getting a bit "sticky".

This little pile of take-offs represents about $400 worth of BMW bits (though thanks to Beemer Boneyard we spend a bit less than that). Yikes.


The final drive should be here by the end of the day today (UPS's end of the day - so I'm guessing late), and by then I should have all the rest of the bike back together. I've already got the back end jacked up, and I've put my hands on a torch, so hopefully by lunch tomorrow we should be road ready again.

Oh hey - I don't think I ever answerd the quiz question from back up a bit. As you may recall, I asked you to guess what this was:


Well, here's where it goes:



In case that's not clear, it's one of the four center/sidestand mounting lugs. I think some moisture got in and corroded the top to the point where the bolt pulled the top threads down until it was too much force and split. Currently it only holds our impromptu skidplate on, so no worries, but we'll probably want to fix that if we ever put the stands back on.


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#989639 - 06/16/17 08:23 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Just keeps getting better and better, even with the ilnness (will pass) wink
and the repairs
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looking back
all will seem minor and the memories will grow,
and grow.

Good luck when New England beckons, perhaps a bakery awaits...
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Thanks Tim smile

Final drive arrived today, but I think we must have been the last stop for the truck and I'm too lazy to install it tonight. Tomorrow though!

Been looking at commercial properties for sale in Vermont, Maine, etc today - got a couple of ideas...

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Originally Posted By: szurszewski

Been looking at commercial properties for sale in Vermont, Maine, etc today - got a couple of ideas...


You couldn't find anywhere further from the house your stuff? grin wave

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Well, we considered Ballast Key, which is for sale for the first time in 50 or so years, but - in addition to the $15.8 million asking price - I don't think we'd see much foot traffic.

https://www.privateislandsonline.com/united-states/florida/ballast-key


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I realized this morning, looking at shipping times while waiting on the phone with MAX to see if they had in stock the FD shim I needed, that today is the anniversary of our wedding smile

So, happy 14 years to us - and happy anniversary to any and all of you who might be remembering a summer wedding.
josh


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Congrats on the anni! clap Hey, you /were/are/gonna be/ one heck of a K bike mechanic by the time this ADV ends. grin thumbsup

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Congrats on the anni! clap Hey, you /were/are/gonna be/ one heck of a K bike mechanic by the time this ADV ends. grin thumbsup

Pat


I don't know how skilled I am, but learning had definitely taken place - and that wasn't even on the goal list for the trip smile

...and I did spot a GT for sale on the MOA site for $3500....hmmm.... wink


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Happy Anniversary, Josh and Laura. wave

I think "final drive shims" is on the contemporary list for year 14 of anniversary gifts. grin dopeslap


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Oh man - dang it! I should have asked for the gold shims!


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Got an email from Max this am that the shim which I was told would ship on Tuesday was in fact shipped today. Called, and it hadn't gone out yet - gentleman offered to overnight it, apologized and also said he'd actually measure the shim before it shipped.

This was around noon.

Got a call back at 5pm to tell me the shim they had in stock, and the one they received this morning, sealed in the bag direct from BMW, were both mislabeled. They had one in stock that was smaller and two larger sizes. Oh, and also the FedEx driver is here so if you want me to ship something today, it needs to go NOW.

Now all three sizes are on their way, and I'm hoping between them (and the two I have, one from each FD in the garage) I can find a pair that will get me an overall preload of .150mm greater than what's in the FD now.

If any of you have a pile of money you want to do something with, maybe consider opening a BMW dealership here on Long Island - certainly would have been handy for me this week wink


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We lucked out:
The goal was to increase the thickness of shim in the drive by 0.150mm; I had a 0.450 from the disabled drive, and got a 0.100, a 0.200 and a 0.300 from MAX (call caps? I dunno).



What I did not know was what size shim was already in the drive (don't ask why I knew it needed to be a particular amount thicker but didn't know why - I don't have a good explanation for that; I hadn't opened the "good" drive yet because I wanted to open it and close it at once to lessen the exposure to my potentially mucking it up somehow). Turned out it was 0.400, so with the used one on hand from the broken drive and the extremely thin one from MAX, we were set to go.

The drive actually came apart and went back together pretty easily (crap - probably shouldn't have said that - it probably just blew up sitting in the driveway...). We've taken a few test rides, finished up some things we wanted to do here, and are almost feeling back our usual selves health wise.

The pups have noticed we're starting to organize and pack up, and as such are keeping a very close eye on Laura - they don't seem to much care if Jeremiah and I abandon them though.



Now that I'm looking at the next picture I want to post, I realize I mistyped earlier - WE haven't taken some test rides; I (<--that "I" is capitalized for emphasis - kinda hard to tell though I suppose) have taken some test rides. Also, THIS guy got to go for a couple of rides.



Which brings me to the pic from today I was going to add before I realized Hooch was the only one but me to have taken any rides on the newly rebuilt final drive (and that's not all - new oils all around, fuel oil and air filters, throttle cables, rear brake pads, and grips with "custom" end caps (because I accidentally ordered open ended grips and don't have bar ends or anything on the bike). Right - the picture:



That is the first time either of them has worn a helmet since before Memorial Day weekend. Yep - we've been on Long Island a long time (hmm...); quote from Jeremiah: I wonder if I'm going to remember how the strap works. (He did.)

We set out early to meet Hilary, with whom we stayed our first week or two here, for breakfast. Leaving the driveway required a left turn across a small by busy street during morning rush hour; all clear to the right, lots of traffic to the left. There's a gap coming and I'm thinking without the trailer I can make it fine, but decide to wait for a larger one...and that larger one comes, and I move about a foot before stalling. Crap. I blame the tiny slope up to the road and that the bike has only been running a minute or so at most. Yeah. Not an auspicious start though; in the eleven or so miles to breakfast I nearly run a light (even by Long Island standards - though not even close by NYC standards) and then make up for it by almost stopping at a flashing yellow outside a fire hall. Oh my. We do make it and I do better on the way back to the house. Hopefully tomorrow I won't accidentaly miss a ferry ramp and drive us into the Atlantic or something like that.


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#991008 - 06/30/17 11:51 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: tallman]  
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Thanks Tim - good to know it's not just crickets!


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Glad to see you guys back on the road. thumbsup


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Originally Posted By: greiffster
Glad to see you guys back on the road. thumbsup


Good to be back on the road!

Hey - since you're here and reading, how much of a hassle do you think it would be to build out four floors of a narrow five story building in the middle of downtown Albany? Probably a lot, yeah? wink


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"Build out"/
Don't try in winter, I think...

Anything is po$$ible with the right wallet, and/or grit.


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Originally Posted By: tallman
"Build out"/
Don't try in winter, I think...

Anything is po$$ible with the right wallet, and/or grit.


Did I forget to mention it would need to be done by the end of this calendar year? smile


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Not sure of the current construction "climate" in Albany. But, if it its like Nashville, you'll need to throw a bunch of money at it to meet that schedule.


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Originally Posted By: greiffster
Not sure of the current construction "climate" in Albany. But, if it its like Nashville, you'll need to throw a bunch of money at it to meet that schedule.


My uneducated guess based on driving around for a day is that the construction climate here is nothing like Nashville (or Portland!) - haven't seen one crane, let alone a forest of them.

There arw a host of reasons, money being only one of them, that this particular spot doesn't make sense, and I can't imagine us actually putting an offer in on it - it just looks cool to me - and how awesome would it be, as my mom might say, to get to build out your own loft apartment from scratch?


I can't figure out how to get a usable link from Flickr on my phone , so you'll have to click if you want to see.

https://flic.kr/p/WomuUA


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Wow, that is a great building!


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There's a whole back story too - the "newsstand" has been there 100+ years with a deli counter added recently. I don't really want to run a deli (and Laura certainly wouldn't be into that, so it would be my job), but I'd feel bad about buying it just to close it.

I guess we could put the bakery on the second floor...

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That is a VERY nice looking spot - but a bit out of our budget.

Suggestion greatly appreciated though - so Please don't hesitate if you, or anyone else, has more!


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I hope you're all having a good summer - we've been enjoying ours (mostly wink ) - a few pics and such from our recent travels:


Heading away from Long Island we took advantage of its island nature and caught a few ferries



eventually ending up in Connecticut and then traveling on to Rhode Island where we had two invitations from ADV bakery owners (they must be up to something!) to visit their shops:

The Bakery (<--yep - that's the name) in Charlestown,






and Seven Stars in Providence.




After loading up on our carbs, we meandered up the coast into Massachusettes where we enjoyed the sunshine, dropped in on some more bakeries, and hung out with some birds that very recently - apparently - belonged to Steven Tyler.




Crossing back into New York we came to roost near Albany for a few days to hang out with some family for the holiday. While we were there, because why not, we checked out a few potential properties.





This one was my favorite:



Of course there had to be some fireworks -


and we even got Laura's mom to try out a vegan sandwich shop - you can see in her eyes just how much she loves it (I think this sort of makes up for the time Laura's mom and I took Laura out to Texas Roadhouse...)




From New York we rode into Vermont - it was a great place to catch up on our reading and our ice cream intake..





and we checked out a few towns and properties as well, but nothing really popped out at us.


I felt a bit bad for not realizing the nights we'd spent in Vermont were only a few minutes from one of my Dad's two undergrad colleges - but we did make a quick exit from the highway to grab a few pics - here's one:




That and a drop in at MAX's to drop off the unused shims were about our only stops in New Hampshire before moving north into Maine.

We spent our first night in ME with a great ADV family,




who told us about this weird soda that's really from New Hampshire but apparently big all over New England - they said it was pretty ...uh, well they didn't talk it up too much let's say... but we had to try it anyway. As you can see, Jeremiah really likes it wink






I think in our minds we'd been (and by we I mean Laura and I) waiting for Maine to really start looking for our new home - and so we did:





I think our two most likely candidates were in Stonington,




and Blue Hill.




There were a number of other towns we liked along the coast, but most were small and already had an operation similar to what we want to do that was being done well. That doesn't put them out of the question of course, but it does require some extra study.

Maine also afforded us the opportunity to drop in on a couple we'd met staying in Weeki Wachee Florida. They said they had some trouble getting the URL I'd given them to work, so Jeremiah loaded up our ADV ride report and proceeded to read it out to Pat - I let him get through the intro and then we moved on to something else - I was afraid he'd read through all 44 current pages! (And I'm pretty sure she would have let him...)



We also got to just enjoy being in Maine - if you haven't seen it, it looks like this:



That's the parking lot of one of our favorite random restaurants - vegetarian entrees are thin on the ground but this place did a nice job mixing in some veg options alongside amazing seafood and more traditional meaty items. Great name too!

Oh - Canada! We hopped across the border from Lubec ME to Campobello Island New Brunswick for a few hours - this is what Canada looks like:



and this is what Maine looks like from Canada:



That's Lubec, ME in the background. I found a picture taken from a similar spot back in 1932 and you'd be hard pressed to point out the differences - other than the herring smoke house looking a bit better off in '32. If we didn't have to make a living, we'd probably have bought a place there. In Lubec, I mean - not in 1932.


What else has happened? Well, Jeremiah picked up yet another Jr. Ranger badge at the very quaint (and tiny) St. Croix Island International Historic Park.



We had the end of an exhaust header stud fly off (I'm pretty sure we heard it happen - sounded a cross between someone taking a pot shot at us and a....uh....something metal breaking - wow - the imagery!),



and I figured seven was good enough so we rode around like that until the bike started sounded too much like a Harley - I was lucky enough to find a replacement stud in the very well stocked Lubec Hardware Store, and fortunate enough to be able to get the old stud out with some vice grips (though not until we'd made it back into Vermont).



Back in Vermont Jeremiah got the chance to try rabbit for the first time (well - not his first opportunity, but the first time he took said opportunity) - I know he likes it but I think he's trying to figure out if it's "OK" to like eating bunnies),



Eddy continued to guard the trailer from just about everyone including me,



and flowers started turning up all over the place.



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Tonight we're back in Albany with the intention of taking a few days off to review where we are and where we're going. It's sort of felt like we're spinning wheels but not covering much ground the last week or so - if you want to read me whining about that, you can pop over to page 42 or so of ADV thread - but I'll spare you from it here.


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The gams is afoot, methinks...
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
That is a VERY nice looking spot - but a bit out of our budget.

Suggestion greatly appreciated though - so Please don't hesitate if you, or anyone else, has more!


You can live there, work there, and rent parts of it out.

The numbers work

But I AM kinda partial to Colorado


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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
That is a VERY nice looking spot - but a bit out of our budget.

Suggestion greatly appreciated though - so Please don't hesitate if you, or anyone else, has more!


You can live there, work there, and rent parts of it out.

The numbers work

But I AM kinda partial to Colorado



You are going to get me in trouble - if not now, one of these days smile




that's probably why I like you wink


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Almost monthly update time again. A few days in Albany has turned into nearly a month it seems. There's a buidling downtown we're trying to buy, and that's about all we've been doing. I did take the rig (-trailer) down to Max BMW in CT today (actually I took it to both locations because I didn't think to double check that I was heading to the proper one first) to have them look at the bike and probably replace the clutch.

Great day for a ride - and a good thing as it turned out to be a bit longer than expected - and they were kind enough to let me move one of their bikes from CT to NY for them so I only had to get a twenty minute ride back to Albany instead of 150 minute ride.

Mostly phone calls and a few meetings with financing folks - that and a lot of screwing around with spread sheets and business plan stuff... not many pics taken, but here are a few:









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Somebody got a haircut. jaw



What? Should I infer that you have NOT had a hair cut since last we say you?
wink


(You'll have to ask him about - grandma took him to sport clips - style has a name and everything... and he requested, and received, gel so he can "keep it styled" ... This, I suppose, is how it begins. Sigh.)


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#994380 - 08/11/17 05:29 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Living in state capital has been good for us.
Hope it works out.
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Took 4 yo and 2 yo for haircuts today, that time of year I guess.


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#997485 - 09/21/17 06:43 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Well we are way overdue for an update - but with one notable exception, we have really not done much of interest (which is to say I swear I've not been holding out on you!).

So, here's the interesting thing:



and since we didn't happen to be in path of totality up here in upstate NY, we thought it would be a good time to get back on the road...

But, before heading out, finally swapped on the rear tire we'd picked up on the Outer Banks,



...and as long as we were doing that, figured it was time to replace the clutch. I considered pulling it all apart in our cousin's garage but the idea of doing that on my own with only the tools we were carrying "inspired" me to chicken out and take the bike to Max BMW. The shop up here near Albany didn't have time, but one of the Connecticut shops did, so I turned the rig over to them:



They were nice enough to offer me this to ride back and forth between CT and NY, which was a pretty good time smile



I even had a chance to do a little shopping for Bud while I was waiting for the work to be done ... (but he ended up buying something else, I think - maybe a couple somethings else...)



Eventually (and by eventually, I want to be clear that I mean, on exactly the day they said it would be ready) the bike was all re-clutched and I happily rode the XR back down to pick it up. The clutch felt great, though their ability to rehang the sidecar was not inspiring (no complaints there - I should have checked more thoroughly before setting out - it's not like they are a sidecar shop).



With the bike back from the shop, we had a few days to get from NY to TN, but decided to stick to the interstate and make it two long (for us) days. We woke in Cleveland to a beautiful sunrise



which unfortunately had turned to a thundershower by the time we'd finished breakfast and loaded up...



After a brief rain delay and a full day of riding, we found these folks -



(looks like Nicol has an idea...)

Mike and Nicol were once again great hosts, and since we'd pushed the miles on the way there we were rewarded with a day to just hang out, before the big show in honor of my birthday:





We had a great time watching the event, and I think even it's-not-going-to-be-that-great-Mike was duly impressed.







Eventually though it was over -


and despite being saddened by the end of the spectacle, Nicol pulled herself together long enough to bake me a birthday cake smile

The next morning the Greiffs had to go to something they called "work" - that sounded pretty scary, so we took off to make one more visit in Tennessee - after a very hot and humid day of riding, followed by a welcome dip in the pool, we were treated to a fantastic rain shower,

which was fine as it was a good excuse to eat, drink, chat, play games and hang out with some of our ADV friends.




As much as we'd have liked to stay and play or just ride around for a while (it's weird waking up in the same place for this many days in a row...) we opted to get back to Albany for a meeting with some bankers. On the way, in a parking lot near a gas station just outside of Pittsburgh, this happened


which led to this



(you know when you're loading your broken down bike onto a trailer and you're thinking, well at least it's not raining?)

You'd think with a big old truck (and by old I mean brand new - the thing had less than 2500 miles on it when I picked it up) you'd have MORE room for four than on a bike...but it was a little crowded...



We got to stay and see some cousins in Pittsburgh that night, and then had a rather enjoyable for those of us not crammed into the center of the cab between the seats (hey - I offered to let her drive) ride back to Albany.



Where Jeremiah and I built a little coffin er, crate, for the FD which turned out to have been shimmed just fine in the first place last time...you know, before I was told it was undershimmed, took it apart, added some shim stock....sigh.



Maybe because of that, I did a little birthday shopping for myself....



We had what seemed to be a really great meeting with a banker and some SBA folks, and celebrated with gin and juice and tiny pies smile


...and then it was time to wait.


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#998887 - 10/12/17 11:09 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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...and there is a whole other post that goes below the one above and and above the one starting just below this line, but it's going to wait. Because. This morning (if the bike doesn't blow up when I press the button) we are heading two blocks north and then turning west onto US 20.

If all goes according to plan we will spend tonight in Pennsylvania, the next couple of nights in Ohio, and then keep working our way west until we come up with another plan or we get to another ocean.

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#998920 - 10/12/17 08:36 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Hanging a side car is fun.

We had a bunch of customers and even so, it could be a challenge even w/experience.

So, Albany, si or nyet?
Best wishes.


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#998943 - 10/13/17 02:02 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted by tallman


So, Albany, si or nyet?



Nein.

Long drawn out process with a number of positive sounding bankers and several requests for more forms, paperwork, tax returns etc and then a short, curt series of nos.

Maybe / probably could have gone another route but by then we were pretty burned out and felt we'd been stagnating for months - didn't want to spend another two months at it. That's what the follow up post should have been, but since no one said anything after my post three weeks back I just sort of didn't bother. I'll fill it in soon.

Tonight we are in Erie, PA headed to see family in Ohio and probably Illinois, maybe some friend along the way, and then west. We will get back to the PNW to visit my family and maybe hang out there/work a few months/half a year if we don't figure out something else first.


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#998964 - 10/13/17 02:23 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Well, it sucks it didn't work out in the NE area. tongue I know you guys kind of had your heart set up there. New opportunities will present themselves as you head west. Safe travels.


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#998971 - 10/13/17 03:30 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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Just out of curiosity, what are your criteria for a place to settle?

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Originally Posted by Dennis Andress
Just out of curiosity, what are your criteria for a place to settle?

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#999041 - 10/15/17 12:47 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: Dennis Andress]  
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Originally Posted by Dennis Andress
Just out of curiosity, what are your criteria for a place to settle?



Hi Dennis! That's a fantastic question, and though I used to have an answer, I don't know that I do anymore. Primarily we were looking for a physical location that would be both our home and business, in something like the center of things, and in town/city/place that had enough people to support the business but not so many that we wouldn't be able to really interact with the community at large. Other than that we had a sort of nebulous wants list that included things like a college or university in town, proximity to water (preferably an ocean) at least some inkling of a food scene or at least clues that locals were interested in quality food and maybe a decent school for the boy.

At this point I think we may have "re-thunk" the whole idea and are kindling an idea for something smaller and more flexible, but during our first two days back on the road I did notice that we were still profiling each of the towns we went through, mostly based on the criteria above.

Also, several of the places we liked and thought of as potential homes in the first year of this thing didn't meet the list above very well if at all...so, yeah - maybe that's why we haven't found what we're looking for wink


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#999049 - 10/15/17 04:06 PM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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I am a wanderer. Maybe not by intention, but certainly by living a rather full life. One of the big life defining lessons I learned while on active duty was to leave all expectations behind when going to a new duty location, a new place to live. An assignment to frigid North Dakota sucked. Living there and being miserable because the area didn't measure up sucked even more. Success, happiness, meant adapting to, and learning from, a new place.

Might I suggest turning your list around? Find a place with decent schools and build up from there.

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#999075 - 10/16/17 01:59 AM Re: Bakery Quest - 2016/17 Hacking the US with the kid and dogs [Re: szurszewski]  
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I absolutely get what you're saying. In this instance we're pretty flexible on every aspect other than finding a place that we thought could sustain the business we want to run - not because that's the most important thing in our world, but because that's what we're looking for at this time. If it doesn't work out, and so far it hasn't, we'll come up with something else. smile


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Cool. Got a business plan? What did the bankers think of it?

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Originally Posted by Dennis Andress
Cool. Got a business plan? What did the bankers think of it?



We do - a few versions really with one specifically tailored to Albany with local costing and all that. Your second question is harder to answer - ultimately since we got several rejections and no offers, I think it's safe to say they didn't like it. However, we had two very enthusiastic bankers when we made the initial rounds, as well as having the local SBA people on board. We carried on through a very - it seemed to us - slow/drawn-out courtship and application process at the end of which we were rejected. Laura got a very curt phone call from one (actually, that's incorrect - Laura had to call a few times to get one of them on the phone) saying the person with final say thought our profit margin projections were too high compared to industry standard. Other than that, once saying "no" we were not able to get very much information or even contact from either bank, and the official rejection letters very boilerplate and not helpful. In the end, we were pretty emotionally drained (and starting to be financially drained as well) having spent more than two months on the process. With that in mind we decided to move on and regroup/reimagine our next steps.


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Sounds like ya'll have it together, even after rejection sucked the life out of your dream. Refine the dream and try again when you are stronger.

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Thanks. I wouldn't say rejection sucked life out of the dream, but it did suck a lot of the enthusiasm for that particular property/town out of us, and the waiting gave us lots of time to reexamine exactly what it was we were looking for.

I'll throw an update on here with some pics next time we have good wifi. We're visiting some relatives a bit northwest of Chicago today, then heading down to St. Louis tomorrow - an old friend there has asked us to come and talk to a couple of her classes (she's a college professor now but of what I don't know!) about our trip...gotta put a mini slideshow together for that before I do anything "fun"...
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Alright - let's get this thing caught up ... or closer at least...

I'm thinking I left off in the pictures shortly after returning to Albany from our eclipse trip to Tennessee (you have no idea how hard my brain has to work to spell that correctly!) - yeah? Yeah.

We got the rebuilt, again, FD back and expertly installed, by me...
[Linked Image]

...and then I got to take it off, put the boot on and install it again, and that worked pretty well.

Max BMW hadn't quite lived up to expectations and we had a couple of go rounds and ended up having them take the back end off again (as you probably recall they had just replaced the clutch before our trip to TN) to trace an oil leak that I was worried might be the new rear main seal. It actually turned out to be coming from where the bell housing mates to the engine case, so not related, but because of some issues with the first repair, they covered most of the cost of this one. Here's a hint as to what the issues were that first time.

[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]

Apart from those spots there were several other more minor fastener issues - I don't really know if the person putting the outside parts (seat, body, etc) back on was the same as the one who did the more technical stuff inside the clutch, etc., but ... let's just say I was left with some doubts, which is not a fun feeling having spent about $3,000 with more than half of that being for the labor.

When I picked the bike up the second time, I checked the sidecar mounts more carefully - the struts were all tight this time, which was great, but this was a little loose:
[Linked Image]

Yep - that's the same mounting bolt that fell out on my way back to Albany from picking up the bike from them last time, after they'd just put in the clutch. Now, I don't really fault them for this - they're not a sidecar shop in any way (though, I do think something that obvious should have been noticed - especially on a bike a customer had brought back in largely because of the way it had been put back together that last time it had been worked on).

On the other hand, I DO expect them to be great at BMW drivetrain stuff - can you see what's missing from this picture?

[Linked Image]

Yep - the fancy stainless clamp on the front/large end of the boot. Sigh. They were friendly and all, but I can't say I'm planning on having any service work done there or buying any bikes from them... (but then the list of dealers I've bought bikes from is very short and the list of places I've had work done is not much longer, so maybe not much of a loss to them).


And while all that was happening we were still waiting to hear from the last of the bankers. Since you already know how that turned out, here are some things we did to occupy the waiting.

A little light hauling,
[Linked Image]


a refresh of the dog-box hardware,
[Linked Image]

new intake boots,
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little hands help greatly in this endeavor,
[Linked Image]

but you can't work on the bike all the time - sometimes you've got to do a little school work

[Linked Image]

Did I say you can't work on the bike all the time? Well, maybe some of us can - the bike came back from Max without cruise control; it had worked on my way to drop it off, so that was a bit of a surprise. When they put the tank back on they were a little, uh, creative in their routing of the throttle cables and I think that contributed to the problem, but I believe the crud built up inside the twist grip was the main culprit - only had to take like everything off to figure this out wink

[Linked Image]

Eventually, we did run out of bike problems to fix and took our last couple of Albany days to rebuild a ramp at our cousin's place - little less steep now and with a handrail (this was mainly for selfish purposes and I wanted to stop having visions of her dad, who has vertigo issues, pitching sideways off the original ramp).

[Linked Image]
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And that was about it. Well, we did make one more stop by the Max store in NY - to pick up some small parts I'd ordered a few weeks ago, and then called a week ago to check on and was told they thought they had them but couldn't find one.... well, they were all there. Picked up an extra seal and o-ring for the FD as well...just in case.... and took a few minutes to look over their wares before moving on.

[Linked Image]


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