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They had been starting updates the night before on other days, I would start reading them when I got to work. But being a weekend I guess they are going to update later. I road with them the last day from Whites Ferry, through Washington DC and to the Beltway where I dropped of to go back home, while they continued to the beach.

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No wonder you're eager to see the retrospect of day 10.
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Day 10, To White's Ferry
On the last day of the cannonball we were on the clock from Oakland to
White's Ferry and from the arboretum to Ocean City. The tour through
DC was off the clock. We hit some heavy fog early in the morning that
left the roads wet but not too slick. My bike was running really
poorly, down on power about like it was going over Monarch pass. After
the fog cleared and it warmed up a bit the bike was back to normal.

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I'm really enjoying this. Is it possible to put some photos of the participants showing faces, scoots, screen names and real names so we can keep them all straight? They are used at random in the accounts and everybody uses different references.

Having several riders post is great. The different points of view are interesting.
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Day 10 - it's over.
The first part of today was pretty awesome. Lots of fun twisties in
dense, dense fog. Unfortunately, in part of that fog, I saw Rob on the
side of the road.

And here is where I'm a dick - I just kept going. At this point I had
found out I was in 4th so I wanted to hold on to that as best as I
could. I knew Rob had support and they would help him out.

I got to the Potomac as quickly as I could because, of all things, I
needed to pee very badly. I got to the ferry, which would arrive in 10
minutes, so I used that opportunity to piss on private property. At
which point Pete caught up to me and tried to scare me during my
urination.

On the other side of the Potomac, we were greeted by a whole mess of
scooterists who escorted us to Vespa DC.

Lots of pizza, chatting, and an escort through the capitol and we were
off again to our final destination.

Unfortunately I wasn't done having problems. Somewhere on the way to
Ocean City, my variator nut backed off, and my transmission got pissed.
I pulled over at the nearest most convenient location which happened
to be an auto repair shop. Unfortunately some of my tools were on the
support truck. Which meant I had to wait for Rolfie to come before I
could really tear into it.

An hour and a half later I was back on the road under my own power, an
rode as fast as I could through Delaware to Ocean City. Rolled in as
the sun set.

Success.

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Day 10, DC
The tour through DC was really cool. I'd been to DC once before but to
ride through was completely different.

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Day Ten: Oakland, MD to Ocean City, MD
Last day of the race.

The name of the game today was Don't Fuck Up. Joel was 75 minutes
behind me, and all I had to do today was not wreck, not get pulled
over, and not get lost. Sounds easy, but the pressure was intense. I
was absolutely a mess today, the accumulated stress of trying to stay
in the lead had taken a serious toll on me. It's hard to really convey
the amount of tension I was feeling, so I'll just stop trying.

We started the day early because we had to make a public appearance
later that day. The DC-area scooter community was going to be meeting
us after the second checkpoint, and we were stopping the clock for a
"parade leg", a leg of just riding with the local scooterists and no
racing.

That didn't make the first part of the day any easier, though. It was
foggy, and we were hung over, and I was a basket case. I'm a terrible
rider in inclement weather, absolutely awful. It's easily my biggest
weak point, and the fog and mist on Day Ten was sufficient to send me
into a fetal position. I rode like a terrified newbie, no doubt about
it. There was oil on my rear tire from the ripped-out oil pan gasket,
my transmission was slipping, my LV exhaust had a broken baffle, my
scooter had been wrecked, and I was a basket case. Awesome!

Eventually, the fog burned off and I was mostly okay. The route took
us through the back roads of Virgina, which were just *lovely*, except
that (a) I really didn't have the time or mental capacity to enjoy
them, and (b) they were *still* a letdown compared to the whole of the
Western United States. Oh well.

I got to White's Ferry without too much difficulty, and the clock was
stopped. I got to meet a few people who I knew online but had never
met, most notably my former club-mate Valerie. I also got a chance to
swap spit with Mike Garrett, who is a dreamy kisser.

I hated the parade leg. I'm really glad all the local scooterists came
out, but they were really there for the vintage guys, and had little
interest in what the twist-and-go folks were doing. That's fine,
that's well and good, but I wanted to finish the race and be done with
it. The parade route, and the slog through busy DC traffic, was just
not what I needed at that point.

There was one high point to the parade leg: my wife was waiting at the
local Vespa dealership, where we stopped for some pizza. Patrick's
girlfriend was there as well. They had flown in from the West Coast,
and were going to drive from DC out to the finish line, essentially
following us. That made me feel quite a bit better.

After the parade leg, and once we got to the third and final
checkpoint, we re-started the clock and Rich and I took off. Again,
the name of the game was Don't Fuck Up. Getting pulled over at this
point would probably have meant losing the race. Wrecking or breaking
down, even more so. I started talking to my bike... a lot. I wanted my
bike to feel like it had a purpose, like its job was to deliver me. I
might have been hallucinating the whole thing, I'm still not sure.

Just a short while after Rich and I left the third checkpoint, a
miracle was delivered unto me: a group of Hyabusas roared past us,
doing some ungodly speed on the local freeway. This meant,
essentially, that Rich and I could go as fast as we wanted for the
foreseeable future with no chance of getting pulled over. w00t!

The rest of the ride is a blur. I remember my GPS repeatedly trying to
get me to deviate from the official route, but I refused. I knew that
Joel knew the area pretty well, and I was concerned that he would know
a short cut past the heavy vacation traffic I was encountering. I was
also super-ultra paranoid about police at this point, terrified that I
would get pulled over. Near the finish line, Rich took off on a
different route, apparently indulging his GPS, while I continued on
Hwy 50.

When I finally got to the hotel / finish line, there were a group of
people standing in the median. They were holding signs saying "Go
Joel!" This, it turned out, would be the most fantastic thing I could
see. If they were still waiting there, it meant that Joel was still
behind me, which meant, effectively, that I had won the race. What an
immense relief! What a horrible race!

I parked my bike and a few MVers had shown up to meet us in the
parking lot, with a mass quantity of beer. I swear, beer never tasted
so good as that moment. Thank you, mogeewogee.

We ate dinner, we had a party in Rich's room, we drank ourselves
silly. Ocean City, MD is an awful, awful place to go, but I was happy
to be there, alive, in one piece.

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Day 10, Finish
The last leg was uneventful. The bridges were fun but other than that
is was fast and flat. I was glad for it to be done and wanted it to
continue on at the same time. The SYM made it the whole way with no
maintenance other than adding a bit of oil and air to the tires. After
dinner we all gathered in Rich's room to enter the times for the day
and determine the final standings. Good times.

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Fight it out until the bitter end...

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This is absolutely unacceptable.
I am not ready to stop reading about your ride, so you must keep writing.

Thank you all for sharing. Love this thread.
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This is absolutely unacceptable.
I am not ready to stop reading about your ride, so you must keep writing.

Thank you all for sharing. Love this thread.
there's always getting home...
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additionally, many of us have blogs that detail basically everything. Myself included.

http://oz-gt.livejournal.com/?skip=80&tag=cannonball+run
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I've been out of town for a couple of weeks and not checking this forum. Just got home tonight and found this thread. AWESOME!!

I've had the CBR08 on my mind for the last 2 days and finding this here was soooo timely.

Yesterday I drove from So Lake Tahoe out to the middle of Nevada and back home today, doing about 200 miles in and out on Hwy50. I thought that you all had ridden Hwy 50 thru NV and was just really appreciating what a true feat that ride must have been, (I found it challenging just driving my AC car!!) long, straight, desolate, occasionally boring...

apparently you were on another highway further south, the ET Hwy, but pretty similar type highway I think.

So thanks for the retrospective. I enjoyed following it last year and enjoyed reliving it tonight.
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Sue,

Makes our little jaunt over the hill to Tahoe so small.

I would love to honestly say "I'll do it some day..." but life gets in the way with all of it's complications.

Looks like "overall" that a good time was had by most.
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Days: 9 & 10 + Home
I was away from the computer all weekend, here are my Days 9 & 10.

Day 9: One More Day to Go (Sad)

Originally Posted at: http://cbr08.blogspot.com/search/label/2008%20Scooter%20Cannonball%20Run
Day 9 Photo Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feb31st/sets/72157607385145349/show/
Day 9 Photo Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feb31st/sets/72157607385145349/

Put the scooter in the hotel room last night. Lost prevention measures.

I road the entire day with the vintage guys, i.e. Rocket and Roy. I had a blast. They were both great guys to ride with. 40 MPH up hill, 50 in the flats, 60 down hill. It only took an hour longer.

We ran into Mark about 70 miles out of the destination. His scooter wasn't running right. A few shots of WD-40 into the carburetor got it moving enough for him to nurse it into Oakland. I made a trip to ACE Hardware and bought him a few inches of ice machine coper tubing - Rolf made a D-Tool out of it to manually adjust the mixture. He is hopefully running smooth for the final day.

I had an excellent dinner tonight with Rob Taylor, his father and Reno Bob. Fillet Oscar, rare, sweet potato, dewers/water, wine and McCallen 12 yr neat for desert. First good steak dinner on this entire trip.

Tomorrow is the last day. Sadly. Not that I am not looking forward to getting home - but it is has been a really interesting and fun adventure. I know tomorrow will be exciting to be the last day. Tim (brother) is meeting me half way for the picnic in DC at Whites Ferry! Tim's brining me a few cigars, couple cans/bottles of Coors Light, so I have them to enjoy once I arrive (knock of wood).

Not alot of photos today. Boring day of riding photo wise. The ride (roads) were fun for the second half of the day. Tomorrow morning is going to be very f*cking cold.

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Day 10: Made It, Home Safe

Originally Posted at: http://cbr08.blogspot.com/search/label/2008%20Scooter%20Cannonball%20Run
Day 10 Photo Slideshow: http://flickr.com/photos/feb31st/sets/72157607419004997/show/
Day 10 Photo Set: http://flickr.com/photos/feb31st/sets/72157607419004997/
GPS Track Log: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=78861

I rolled into Ocean City on Saturday in one piece. The last 30 miles were nerve racking - I had convinced myself that the scooter would break down. Once I got within 15 miles, I knew I could atleast walk the thing to the ocean, if it took all night.

The DC Scooter Folks were all very nice. They welcomed us across the Potomac River at Whites Ferry. My brother Tim was there to take photos and hold up the tail end of the ride. It was great to see him and also have someone else take pictures! Thank you to the couple who paid Mark & I's Ferry Toll!

The finish was fun! Lots of beer waiting for us and supporters of other riders and some locals. The first thing I did was ride my scooter right up onto the boardwalk and take a photo. I had dinner with NASA Mark and Rocket at the steakhouse. Thank you to Mark for picking up dinner! There was an "after party" at the Grand Hotel - it was a bummer to say bye to everyone - what a fun 10 days. Quite an adventure.

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==== RODE FROM OCEAN CITY to HOME, 184 MILES, SUNDAY MORNING ====

I enjoyed my cheese steak at the Buckeye. Mom, Lisa, Matt, T/A, Craig, the Buckeye crew were there! After that we gave the Vespa a bath (I've been promising her an ice cream cone if she gets me home for 2500 miles - I suppose a bath will do).

I learned that Jerry Reed died while I was gone this morning. Sad! I heard East Bound & Down atleast a few times a day in my 164 song MP3 mix from the GPS. Smokey & The Bandit was/is one of my all time favorite movies as a kid. I was actually forbidden to watch it after awhile. I actually started the race with that song. Sing me out snowman. (cliche I know)

Scooters are definitely not meant to go across the country without service and care. It was as much of rider endurance challenge as it was for the scooter. I am looking forward to doing it again in 2010. Hopefully I can convenience a few other friends to come along.

I finally got around to combining all of my daily track logs from the GPS into one export file for Google Earth/Google Maps. The Garmin 2820 logged my position, speed & altitude the entire way.

I also uploaded my GPS Track Log to EveryTrail.Com. Pretty neat animations and graphs.

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Day 10: goal in sight...

Hangovers are not your friend.

Tough to get out of bed this morning. Jaggermeister can produce a quality hangover, and the evening before I indulged a bit too much. You play you pay!

Got a late start this morning as I was moving slowly and unknown to me we had to leave a bit early to meet the DC crew at a river crossing. Did not pay attention to the weather and ended up not geared up for the fog & drizzle. I paid, got cold, stayed cold as my rain gear was in the support truck and the mesh pants were not the best choice for this grey morning...lesson learned. Again...lol.

Left the hotel with Jess and Bobo on the road to DC. Bobo was fresh and riding really fast and in the state I was in, on the bike I was on, I just let him go. Lovely winding roads thru rolling hills gave way to larger, wider highways as we approached the coast. The sun came out around 9AM and it really helped but its hard to get warmed back up at 70mph.

Found myself on a fantastic smooth road east of DC and wound the scooter up again like a barn sour gelding headed home. Passed a guy on a Harley and as always he gave chase and roared by at some ridiculous speed, but I caught him again down the road. He had the strangest look on his face, it was funny. He caught up with me at a traffic light and looking over he said...."what the hell are you riding, that little fucker is FAST"....and "you rode that from California". He asked me to stop at a bar up ahead for a free beer. Thanked him for the offer but said I was in a hurry to get to the ferry. Cheered me up, needed that.

Gotta thank the DC scooter kids for the welcome, was nice to see so many smiling faces, and the day was warming up. We all made a stop at Vespa DC for some free p i e & drink. A little pizza and a couple of liters of water took care of the hangover remnants, thankfully.

The tourist loop of the capitol was very cool, the mall area really is something to see, and on a scooter it was better than I remembered. Gased up *for the last time* and rolled into the Arboretum parking lot to regroup before the last push of cannonball 08. I kinda wanted to hang out for a while but Jess was on a mission....so after a quick check of the bikes we hit the road for the last stage of the ride.....I could see the end now.

Jess was stressing because there was construction ahead on the huge bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay, and traffic reports indicated possible slow traffic. We both knew that if that happened we would have to split lanes to get thru as Joel certainly would be. Ended up not a problem....smooth sailing all the way into Ocean City. About 15 miles from the finish my GPS indicated a shorter route to the hotel finish line so I took the offramp and waved for Jess to follow, but he continued on 50. I could smell it now...the ocean, and I wanted it, now.

I got to see Joels friends holding signs out front of the hotel so I did a little scooter wheelie for them and came screeching to a halt. They plainly expected Joel to arrive first....but they got me....lol

Since there was no one around yet I checked into the hotel and walked out to find the crew in a parking lot across the street. Mogeewogee was there in the parking lot with a huge quantity of really good beer, what a great gesture, thanx man! What a happy time that was....sweet!

Most of the crew walked over to a restaurant for dinner but I wasn't hungry much so I collected the beer & went up to the room for a hot shower. Rolf & I had a nice room on the 6th floor with a large balcony overlooking the ocean. Everyone showed up after dinner and we sat around laughing, telling stories, wondering out loud how Jim T was doing. It was the last time we would all be together.

I was spent, mentally and physically. I was happy it was over, and a bit sad it was over.

The bike I had built made the journey. All the problems I had, but for the handling issues were things that could break on a stock bike. Everything custom made performed flawlessly, and continues to work flawlessly to this day. That part is very satisfying.

A tip of the hat to my cannonball band of brothers, we shared an adventure. Memories of stress & pain fade, not the great times, those I'll carry with me, forever.

Until we meet again....

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i dont have a dad, but if i did id want it to be him. that picture is awesome.

if you really wanna know/feel a cannonball, just do it.
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For you Roy...

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yes its true when it come to rolf, i like the guy.. alot, but your ok to rich! and i havent forgot i owe you a pint for the magellin meridian, gps disc..many thanks btw, hope your well. cannonballers forever.. Roy
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I almost caught you, jess. After wrecking at almost 70mph... then riding the bobo bike with all my might.... I won a bunch of the days on that scoot...
you are a gracious winner. I ran out of country before I was done catching you!

I ride like that all the time. By myself, around NY and the northeast. nobody out here can hang with it. I need to come ride with you west coast guys again. I wanna ride your beloved Mt. Hamilton route again. that was amazing... knee down and truckin towards the observatory....

jess: that day you talked about... the "mad mad mad world" day... that truly was one of my favorite days of riding any two wheeled thingy anywhere in the world. really. Just the right amount of ridiculous... you forgot about me passing a car on a double yellow THROUGH a RR crossing that the gate was coming down, thinking I totally had you beat, and then one... ONE fucking measly little trolley car came through and I saw you in the rear view again. That truly couldnt have been scripted for better action movie comedy gold....
that was just before I rode the detour and then back and you saw me turning even though both of our GPS's's had said to go straight.

My only regret is that I didnt go faster immediately after wrecking my GTS. I only lost to you by 40 minutes or something... and I spent 20 minutes at the alien outpost place on the extraterrestrial highway spitting sand into a dirty sink in the middle of nowhere.... after I got the sand out of my clothes that night and took a bunch of advil... I was pissed again.

I really started to feel like terminator style... one mission: go faster than the rest of the guys.

WHen I caught up to, and then finally passed Maroy, I was totally feeling like I could catch you because he was my benchmark for consistency.

Lets go for a ride to get dinner or something... no stress, just fun.
also, riding with you and rich on the burr trail was really great.
when you feel the mutual respect, suspicion, anxiety, and friendship all at once...going 79 mph in a 45mph zone in close formation... you know you have become pals.

"fuck it, just ride it."
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Day after, pt 1
After we got in and we got settled, we had dinner and cut loose a bit.
I needed a ride to the airport and bobo helped me find one, and I
won't embarass him since he is on this board, but he really helped me
out and I appreciate the fact that he didn't mind that I passed out in
the truck on the way.

Before we left, I took some pics. GPS info for the route - distance,
top speed, etc. Also, saw the sunrise on the Atlantic before which
I've never done. I took a picture at the beach with some shells I
carry as a keepsake of my wife's, to let her know she was there with
me in my heart the whole time.

And I put my CBR sticker on my bike. She made it and she earned it.

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Joel Hamilton wrote:
I almost caught you, jess. After wrecking at almost 70mph... then riding the bobo bike with all my might.... I won a bunch of the days on that scoot...
you are a gracious winner. I ran out of country before I was done catching you!

I ride like that all the time.

I really started to feel like terminator style... one mission: go faster than the rest of the guys.

when you feel the mutual respect, suspicion, anxiety, and friendship all at once...going 79 mph in a 45mph zone in close formation... you know you have become pals.

"fuck it, just ride it."
Joel....You are a RIDER.....was really fun to have you and your Dad along. You were clearly the fastest of the 250 group...and you rode with passion. It was great to watch....from a safe distance... Razz emoticon

Would love to see you and Patrick get to it on equal bikes....I'll bring the first aid kit.....

But you did F'up large not making Amerivespa...we had some fun.

One day I'll ride with you again....

Hope you are well my friend.

R

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Holy smokes! How did you ever get the bug guts off your scooter? Gross!!! Razz emoticon
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Holy smokes! How did you ever get the bug guts off your scooter? Gross!!! Razz emoticon
I couldn't
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Holy smokes! How did you ever get the bug guts off your scooter? Gross!!! Razz emoticon
I couldn't
What a shame! Have you tried laying wet cloths with a mild car wash detergent on it for about half an hour or more? I had to do that many years ago to a car of mine after being swarmed by shad flys. I literally could not see through the windshield or even tell what colour the paint was on parts of the hood and front fenders.

Laying wet cloths on top (letting the bug juice soak) and then spraying with a relatively strong garden hose took it off ... eventually, but it was a lot of work!

A friend of mine told me (after the fact of course) that Johnson's baby shampoo works really well to get bugs off. But again, you will have to soak the bugs a while. You'll want to wax it immediately though.
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Joel Hamilton wrote:
I almost caught you, jess. After wrecking at almost 70mph... then riding the bobo bike with all my might.... I won a bunch of the days on that scoot...
you are a gracious winner. I ran out of country before I was done catching you!
I chalk it up to luck, really. There are so many things that could have gone wrong on my end instead of yours and Rich's. Swap the recipient of any of those bits of bad luck and the race would have been entirely different.

You rode better than I did, you were on a faster bike, and you wanted it more. By all reasonable accounts, you should have been the winner. I'm still a little shocked you didn't catch me there at the very end.
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jess: that day you talked about... the "mad mad mad world" day... that truly was one of my favorite days of riding any two wheeled thingy anywhere in the world.
Seriously. That was a blast. "Zany" is the best way I could describe it. There were so many little tidbits that could have come straight out of some European comedy that day, it's hard to believe it really happened.
Joel Hamilton wrote:
You forgot about me passing a car on a double yellow THROUGH a RR crossing that the gate was coming down, thinking I totally had you beat, and then one... ONE fucking measly little trolley car came through and I saw you in the rear view again. That truly couldnt have been scripted for better action movie comedy gold....
Yes! I thought I was screwed when the gate went down with you on the other side. Then one train car goes by, and the gate goes right back up again. Score!
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when you feel the mutual respect, suspicion, anxiety, and friendship all at once...going 79 mph in a 45mph zone in close formation... you know you have become pals.
You were only doing 79?!? Pshaw. I could beat that with one hand tied behind my back.

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This was an amazing retrospective! Thanks to all who participated (and posted in this thread) for the amazing story...

Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
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Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
He lies. His center stand fell off on Day 1.
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Masala wrote:
Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
He lies. His center stand fell off on Day 1.
I thought it was already broken before the meetup on Day Zero.
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Masala wrote:
Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
He lies. His center stand fell off on Day 1.
Yeah, but in the middle of Kansas, I can lean a bike sans center stand up against a robust cornstalk. I can't say the solution would be so easy (for me) with a worn variator, rollers, or snapped belt.
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jess wrote:
Masala wrote:
Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
He lies. His center stand fell off on Day 1.
I thought it was already broken before the meetup on Day Zero.
Dunno. All I remember is that when he got to Lee Vining, he had to lean the bike against a short stone wall.
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Yeah, but in the middle of Kansas, I can lean a bike sans center stand up against a robust cornstalk. I can't say the solution would be so easy (for me) with a worn variator, rollers, or snapped belt.
Well, sure... but I can just as easily steal the variator out of my teammate's bike. After all, what are friends for?
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Masala wrote:
jess wrote:
Masala wrote:
Believe it or not, the thing that jumped out at me most when all was said and done, was that Patrick's bike needed only oil & air. That's crazy, folks...crazy.
He lies. His center stand fell off on Day 1.
Yeah, but in the middle of Kansas, I can lean a bike sans center stand up against a robust cornstalk. I can't say the solution would be so easy (for me) with a worn variator, rollers, or snapped belt.
True, the center stand fell snapped the first day, but that was it. It was in serous need of a valve adjustment when it got home. I also put in new rollers when I got it home but kept the same belt for another 5000 miles. Finally changed the belt before the lost coast ride.

Ah, just thought of one more thing I had to "fix" on the trip. One of the rear foot pegs was getting a bit loose on day 5.
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great job everyone, thanks for taking time for the pics
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Joel Hamilton wrote:
I almost caught you, jess. After wrecking at almost 70mph... then riding the bobo bike with all my might.... I won a bunch of the days on that scoot...
you are a gracious winner. I ran out of country before I was done catching you!

I ride like that all the time.

I really started to feel like terminator style... one mission: go faster than the rest of the guys.

when you feel the mutual respect, suspicion, anxiety, and friendship all at once...going 79 mph in a 45mph zone in close formation... you know you have become pals.

"fuck it, just ride it."
Joel....You are a RIDER.....was really fun to have you and your Dad along. You were clearly the fastest of the 250 group...and you rode with passion. It was great to watch....from a safe distance... Razz emoticon

Would love to see you and Patrick get to it on equal bikes....I'll bring the first aid kit.....

But you did F'up large not making Amerivespa...we had some fun.

One day I'll ride with you again....

Hope you are well my friend.

R

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Right on, brother.
We will ride...
for sure.
big bikes? small bikes? should I ride my ducati out there and we can go for a ride?
The GTS that I got in St. Louis is doing nicely here in NYC and the east coast... I have found 1 or 2 people that can hang in there for the most part, but I really need a good rip with you and patrick, Jess and OZ... and the rest of the SC crew....
I am glad you are all well, and I am not causing any ulcers by chasing you fu^&*kers around the damn country!
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Joel, I"d be honored to run with you again. Serious. Honored.
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even now i love to read this and i cant believe that, my p is still on the same engine after
two cannonballs, but i didnt ride it much this summer.
i just realised btw ive still got the same oil in the tranny that i put in in pride of cleveland...lol
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Day whatever - aftermath
My GT was on the truck for a while on the way home - Jess and Rich
drove all the way back, and Jess dropped it off one evening with a
caveat: turns out at some point, an who knows when, the rear wheel
developed a good shake to it. A horizontal shimmy of about a half inch
or even more in each direction. So i tore it down with Aaron just to
poke around.

Nut had worked it's way loose.

I also opened up the transmission to check on the variator - it was
pretty chewed. No big surprise there. Just a fact of life. Replaced it
with my pre cannonball outer half.

Good times had by all. Quite a lot of beer that afternoon. Sweet.

Cal game might have been on, too.

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