Friday, August 14, 2009
Thank you Big P for putting it all together and allowing each of us to enjoy it without having to think about a thing!!! There were truly days when I forgot what day of the week it was and it felt incredible!
Thank you to everybody that went for allowing me and my family to be a part of it!
Below is the track for the entire trip, but there are gaps because either it couldn't get a signal or the battery was dying. The miles are off, but it shows most of the trip.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Gary decided to press on so he could hopefully get back in time for his friend's funeral on Tuesday. We hope he has a safe ride and can avoid the weather. Bryce is really missing Lesa and Gary already. He really enjoyed their company!
I put my bike on the trailer as well so that Mable wouldn't have to drive all the way back across the country. There wasn't much to see today, but it was a good drive.
Here is today's track.
We worked our way to Golden, Colorado and wouldn't you know, that's where the Coors brewery plant is. They were even nice enough to offer us a tour of the plant. Amazingly engough, they also offer free samples!! We stayed there for a little while until Julie pulled Mike out of the free sample line.
From there we made our way to Mile High Harley out by the airport. We did a little shopping and bought a few things, but nobody came out of there with a new bike. We made our way to the hotel then to dinner. We had an awesome dinner at Ted's grill and Brad and Vicki, Perry's brother and sister in law, joined us which was nice. Dave was showing us a cool bar trick and i think that Heather summed it up perfectly, when she said "Damn you Dave". We're still working on it. After dinner we went back to the hotel to load up Marilyne's bike. Hopefully we will get it back safe and sound.
Even though it's a short one, here is the track for Saturday.
Friday, August 7, 2009
As we made our way into Colorado the weather finally caught up with us and we had about a 15 minute storm that we got caught in. We made a stop in Fort Collins at the New Belgium Brewing company. For those of you that are not aware, that is where Fat Tire Beer is brewed. It's mine and Mable's favorite beer. We all got some samples and one of the employees was gracious enough to give us some Fat Tire stickers and memorabilia. It was awesome.
Then it was off to meet up with Perry's brother Brad so that Courtney could go and spend a couple of days with him and Vicki. She was a little excited!! We visited with Brad for a little bit in Loveland and wouldn't you know it, there was a liquor store right there in the shopping center. Needless to say we stocked up on some local refreshments.
Then we made our way up the mountain to Estes Park. I know that every day we say that we see some incredible scenery and today was no different. We are staying at the Discovery Lodge in Estes Park and kudos to Bob for finding this place. These are great rooms with spectacular scenery. The mountains still have a little bit of snow left on them!
Tomorrow we are sleeping in and then it is off to Dillon, Colorado. It's going to be a nice easy day. Below is the track for the day. There are some skips, but the beginning and ending are there.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Gary, Lesa, and Marilyne decided to sleep in. After that they went to Deadwood and Sturgis to take it all in. The rest of the group did Montana, Devil's Tower and then went back to Sturgis.
When Mable, Bryce, Courtney and I got back tonight we walked into Perry and Marilyne exchanging verbal jabs and then it all abruptly ended when Marilyne reminded Perry of who whipped who's butt.
The Sequoia encountered a minor mechanical issue today when a chard of metal ended up in the sidewall of one of the tires in the past couple of days. A patch on it and we were on our way.
By the way Happy 47th Birthday Bob!!
Tomorrow it is off for Estes Park, Colorado and I will turn the mapper application back on as well.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
We did make it up to the Badlands which was well worth the trip. The scenery and the landscape was unbelievable. I agree with Mike, how in the he#@ did the Indians lose on their home turf? We got some awesome pictures which we will gladly share.
We then turned around to head for Chadron, Nebraska which is where we are staying tonight. All I can say is that somebody in our group is living right. We know who it isn't, but we're not really sure who it is. On the way to Chadron we passed through where it had recently rained and we could see the storms in the distance. As we pulled into town we stopped for dinner and after we got into the restaurant it stormed and rained ferociously. When we finished and went outside the rain had stopped and we were able to dry off the bikes and head for the hotel. We are staying in The Westerner and I must say that the couple that owns the place is terrific. They had all of our reservations waiting for us and they got us in and registered quickly. They even have towels in buckets outside of our room for the bikes! What else could you ask for? We strongly recommend staying here if you're ever in Chadron.
Oh and one thing I forgot to mention is what genius engineer decided to put gravel on top of a paved road on the way to Chadron. The rocks and dust about killed us. It lasted for a few miles and surely made things interesting not to mention made the bikes filthy.
Tomorrow it's off to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Spearfish and Sturgis!!! It's going to be an awesome day! Below is the track for the day with a few little gaps, but you can see most of it.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
During our leg towards Omaha I couldn't take it anymore and had to beg for a pit stop. Apparently I wasn't the only one that needed one because there was a line running towards the trees which ironically enough was lining a cornfield of all things! I can honestly say that even with all of the travelling I have done, nothing compares to driving across this great country and seeing it for all of its vastness. It's quite impressive.
It was great to have Kim and Julie join us after Dave and Mike picked them up at the airport. Marilyne continues to impress everybody with her riding skills. Maybe one day she can teach all of us guys how to ride. We had a great ride up towards Wayne where we met up with Perry's old friend Brian who took us to his house for hamburgers and hot dogs. It was a great time relaxing and sharing stories. I don't know quite why, but Mike was reserved this evening. Then Perry took us to where we were all going to stay the next two nights and everyone here has been very gracious in welcoming us into their homes. Tomorrow is a day of rest and taking in the Wayne county fair. It should be a great time.
Once again here is the track for today.
Friday, July 31, 2009
We had our first minor mechanical problem of the trip. Dave, the medic, had his gear shifter come loose and he was stuck in 5th gear. It wasn't a problem until we hit the work zones so we had to stop on the side of the interstate to fix it. Thanks to Dave, the hogfather, and Perry it was fixed in no time. Oddly enough it looked like a government operation with 2 people working and 17 others watching.
Lesa and Pam took over doing the driving of the car and trailer so Mable could ride and they did an excellent job! Bryce enjoyed riding with them as well. Courtney got to ride with Perry today as well which I think she enjoyed. Dinner tonight was great as always, but let's just say that we can't wait to see Julie and Kim to get here so they can keep their husbands straight. Marilyne's pink mowhawk helmet was a hit to many on the road today.
Ed, we sure do miss you and Beth on this trip and wish you guys were here. We keep wondering what you would say to some of the stuff that's getting blurted out.
Tomorrow it is off to pick up Kim and Julie at the airport in Omaha, then on to Wayne, Nebraska which I am afraid will never be the same.
Below is the track for today and once again it is for legs 1,2 and 4, but it's still pretty cool to look at.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
We are going to grab something to eat and hit the bed pretty early. It has been a long day and a few of us got sun burned. I have not downloaded any pictures yet, but as soon as I do I will add them.
It's only the first day and we are learning a lot about some of our crew. Especially Mike's personal hygiene preferences! Tomorrow is a 450 mile day so even thought it's a long one, at least it's shorter than today.
Mable and the kids have done great in the truck. Everybody has been awesome about looking out for her and making sure she doesn't get left behind. Below is the link to the instamapper track from today. I had to turn it off on one of the segments because my battery was dying, but I did get segments 1,2 and 4.
That's all for now, but we will be posting again each day.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
OK. Admittedly I am a big geek. If you click on this link it shows a GPS track from my blackberry. This one was from work to my house to the motorcycle shop on 28 back to my house. Each day on our trip I will create a track and label it the day number of the trip. As you can see it gives data such as Avg speed, max speed etc. You can also change the view from a map view to a satellite view and zoom in and out. It's pretty cool.
If you can't tell we are getting really excited about the trip.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
For those of you that didn't hear I had a little mishap with my bike last weekend when we were riding. Apparently when you put a lot of stuff in one saddlebag and not the other, gravity will work against you and allow that saddlebag to slide down, even if it is onto your nice shiny expensive chrome exhaust!! It melted the saddlebag onto the exhaust and left a nice little clump of leather on the exhaust. If you ever run into this, simply take the exhaust completely off, run scolding hot water over the leather glob and gently scrape it away while the water is running over it. This is not found in any Harley manual that I could find, but it worked quite well. Apply vigorous strokes with chrome polish and voila, good as new.
Hope this new post finds you all well and hopefully once the weather breaks for good we can all get together and ride!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Bob found it!!!! He and I both noticed the gleam in Perry's eye when he mentioned visiting the World's Largest Ball of Twine. He tried to play it off, but I am a keen observer! We surfed the web until our fingers were bare to find it. So here it is, just off of our path to Sturgis, in Cawker City, Kansas. The folks in the picture look super excited to be there.....imagine how jacked up Perry would be!!! I'm just saying.........
World's Largest Ball of Twine
Cawker City, Kansas
When exactly did the citizens of Cawker City bug out on their big ball? We're not sure. But one thing is certain -- what started as one man's convenient storage of scrap twine has mutated into a community project, binding together the whole town.
The World's Largest Ball of Twine endures as a paragon of strange US tourist attractions. Uttering the phrase instantly conveys core roadside values -- the mind-boggling achievement, the one-track obsession, the over-the-top silliness. For us, visiting a Twine Ball is a religious pilgrimage. That's why we feel bad we're two hours late....
Jack Clover briefly relinquishes control of the twine unspooler to tourists Stephanie Kawachi and Christian Cerrito,
The Twine Ball story began in 1953, when farmer Frank Stoeber, like thousands of his rural brethren, found it tidy and efficient to roll spare bits of sisal twine into a small ball in his barn. But over the years, instead of re-using or disposing of the twine, Frank kept rolling. By 1957, his twine ball weighed 2 1/2 tons and stood 8-ft. tall. By 1961, when he turned it over to the town, Stoeber had over 1,600,000 feet of twine rolled into a sphere 11 feet in diameter.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
If anybody has any ideas or suggestions please do not be bashful about sending them to me. I am so looking forward to this trip and I hope that everybody else is getting excited about it as well.