Friday, September 08, 2006

Gold Wing Details

2005 Gold Wing GL 1800A

ABS Brakes

Color - Dark Charcoal Metallic
30th Anniversary Edition

Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN (April 2005)

Paris Landing State Park, Paris, TN

Biltmore Mansion - Ashville, NC (May 2005)

The Blue Bridges of Western Kentucky
Below Barkley Dam - Lake City, KY (Nov. 2005)

Always do what you are afraid to do.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~ Bill Cosby~

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

So, You Think You Have An Iron Butt?

The Iron Butt Association

The Iron Butt Association is dedicated to safe, long-distance, endurance motorcycle riding.

July 22nd-06, I had an opportunity, along with a riding buddy (Kevin Pugh), to ride the Iron Butt SaddleSore 1000. This is the first required ride before a rider can move on to other longer, or more difficult rides. The SaddleSore consists of 1000 miles, ridden on a motorcycle, in 24 hours or less. The ride requires a starting and ending witness and each turn in the route must be documented with gas or other receipts that include time, date and address.

As novice long distance riders, Kevin and I planned to use as much of the 24 hours as possible, while still achieving the timed goal. This plan would allow a 5 hour motel rest stop near the middle of the ride in Tuscaloosa, AL. Future Ironbutt rides will not afford such luxuries.

Kevin and I left Lone Oak, KY at 12:58 PM on Sat. July 22nd-06, and rode a predetermined route that took us through Charleston MO, Memphis TN, Jackson MS, Birmingham AL, Trenton GA, Nashville TN, Vienna IL and back to Paducah KY. We rode a total of 1,103.30 miles and arrived back in Paducah at 12:40 PM on Sunday
July 23rd-06.

The only difficulty we encountered was thunderstorms between Jackson, MS and Tuscaloosa,AL.

I received notification that the Ironbutt Association has certified my ride (April 19th. 2007). Officially I am now IBA #27254.

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
~Author Unknown~
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
~H. Jackson Browne~

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
~Albert Einstein~

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2006 DL 1000

Riding gravel, "Off-Road", with Kevin Pugh - Below the Cherahala Skyway, NC (May 06)
National V Strom Gathering Iron Horse Motorcyle Lodge - Robinsville, (Stecoah) NC (May 2006)

Year - 2006
Color – Silver

After Market Add-On’s

Corbin Canyon Seat W/ Nose Job
Alaska Sheep Seat Cover
Garmin 2820 GPS
J&M 2003 CB Radio
Sierra Antenna
Valentine (V1) Radar Dectector Voltmeter
MP Cycle Design Windshield
Hepco & Becker Engine Guards
Suzuki Center Stand
Jesse Top Case and Side Cases
Helen Two Wheel Jesse Luggage Liners

Helen Two Wheel Dry Camping Bags
Dan Vessel Backrest
SW Motech Skidplate
SW Motech Handlebar Pull Backs & Risers
SW Motech Mirror Extenders
Tourtech Radiator Guard
Stebel Horn
Symtec Heated Grips
Grip Puppies
Electrical Connections Aux Fuse Block and Ground Plug
Electrical Connections 12V Aux Power Plug
Battery Tender & Connection
Bungee Buddies
Fenda Extenda
Ventura Headlight Protector
Rivco Hwy Pegs
Cortech Mini Magnetic Tank Bag
Wolfman Explorer Tank Bag
Nelson Riggs Bike Cover

Continental TKC 80 Knobbies on the Continental Divide Trip.

This bike was sold in September 2008.
It was a great ride!

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. ~Henry Ford~

Not one shread of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. ~Author Unknown~

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Rocky Mountain Continental Divide Ride (4)

The Rocky Mountain Continental Divide Ride lived up to its tough and challenging reputation, and then some. We dropped all the bikes with, luckily, very little damage. More importantly, we also avoided any serious physical injuries. Along the way, we all gained a whole new respect for riding in deep sand.

After more than 500 miles riding goat paths, sand and gravel, we had more than enough off-road riding. Joe Freeland, Mike Alewine and I decided to head farther north to see more of the scenic paved roads of Colorado.

Near Pagosa Springs, CO

A Biker's Dream!
Joe and I took the Durango to Silverton steam engine train ride.

Awesome scenery!

Two weeks of stubble!

Colorado's Million Dollar Highway

Pressed for time, Joe and I reluctantly left Mike Alewine in Salida, CO. Mike traveled north and west into Utah, while Joe and I set out homeward, southeast across southern Colorado.
The beautiful Beckwith Ranch in southeast Colorado.
A monstrous thunderstorm chased Joe and I across southeast CO and northeast NM. At one point near Clayton, NM, we stopped to take a picture of an old barn directly in the path of the approaching thunderstorm. Little did we know that I would capture a developing tornado directly behind it. Trust me when I tell you we did not linger!

Just west of Sayre, OK we crossed into OK on two lanes, but soon jumped on I-40 and "slabbed" it east to Oklahoma City. There Joe and I parted, as Joe headed south to Dallas, and I continued eastward, on through AR, MO, TN and home.

A special thanks goes to Mike Alewine for the use of some of his photos.

Total Round Trip Miles - 3981

14 Days.

What does not kill me makes me stronger.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
~Samuel Clemens a.k.a Mark Twain~

The Rocky Mountain Continental Divide Ride (3)

Taking a break alongside a beautiful mountain lake.

Got Dust?
Not to worry, it clouds up quickly but rarely rains.

Riding across the York Ranch in West Central New Mexico.
Sand and washboard gravel as far as the eye can see!

Pie Town, New Mexico

A five room motel in Datil, NM. After a long day of the desert, mountains, gravel and sand, it looked like "The Four Seasons" to us! Wild elk could be seen standing just behind an old building across the road.
New Mexico Cliffs - near Grants, NM We stayed in small town mom and pop, drive-up motels mostly.
We never found a bad one.
North West New Mexico, near Chama (state road).
When they say "Pavement Ends" they mean just that!
There was nothing but super slick mud for the next two miles!

Joe Freeland and Mike Alewine waiting for the signal to start sliding!

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein~

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~Samuel Clemens a.k.a ~Mark Twain~

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Rocky Mountain Continental Divide Ride (2)

Our ride plan was centered around using GPS tracks obtained from V Strom riders who had previously rode the Continental Divide. The trail would vary between groomed to washboard gravel roads, dirt, huge rocks and treacherous sand. I would consider it nearly impossible for the average rider to follow the trail without the assistance of a good GPS device.

The bikes parked at breakfast cafe (Silver City, NM) before the first day on the Divide Trail.

The first break on the Divide trail. - Jim Ervin , Mike Alewine and Mike Blevins

Mike Alewine

Beautiful Mountain Scenery

Mike Blevins (me) on the Continental Divide Trail.

Joe Freeland

Climbing the many steep rocky grades
This picture doesn't do it justice. The trail is extremely steep with plenty of serious rough boulders and deep sand.

I hope you like lots of deep sand, big boulders and steep grades!

A high plateau near Black Mountain, NM

Joe Freeland after his fall. Left side bike scrape and a seriously bruised left foot and ankle. Joe had one of the worst bruises I've ever seen. Fortunately his ankle recovered well and the injury did not hinder his ride.
Dick Jacobs, repacking his bike after one of several hard falls.

In places the trail was nothing short of treacherous. All of the bikes were dropped at one time or another. Most more than once.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Sir Winston Churchhill~

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Hellen Keller~