Day 35 – Blowing Tires, Weaving Roads, and San Jose

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We survived the night at the Clown Motel, had a muffin and hit the road. We had perfect temperatures, were on the open road, and had little wind.  NOTHING could bring us down.  But something could definitely bring us to a halt.  An hour into the ride we had our first flat tire of the trip… on this road:

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Day 34 – Fuming through Nevada

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Today was a gas!  Or rather, a lack of it.  Traveling through Utah and Nevada could not have been more unpredictable.  We ran out of gas twice, had to drive at a snail’s pace, saw more animals than people, had close encounters with some antelope, and were almost abducted by aliens.  Interesting day.

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Day 33 – Rolling Over the Rockies

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

A battle is brewing.  To the left, dark and evil clouds shrouded in mystery are gathering for a strike. To the right, puffy white clouds are preparing to hold their ground.  The clear blue battle line is narrowing as the darkside is making a charge at the lightside and darkening everything below its path.  The battle commences, and the only victims appear to be the little people below as sides collide… and the precipitation ensues.

What an experience and what a roller-coaster of a day.  Today was a mixture of bliss and misery, wet and dry, high and low, fast and slow, and hot and cold.  And it finished with the most peaceful ride towards another beautiful sunset with the wind at our backs.  Today, we experienced the Rockies.

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Day 32 – Day off in Lakewood, CO

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Unfortunately, our buddy Adam had to work most of the day, but he was still kind enough to wake up extra early to take us for a motorcycle ride to the lookout point in Lakewood.  Jerry was unable to go because in the morning we found an oil leak and he headed straight to the shop.

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During Day 31 – Sweet Old Geraldine

* Long Story

When driving through Kansas we had no idea how barren this ride would be.  Stopping at a gas station we discussed when we wanted to eat.  We decided that we were both a little hungry and we’d put on a few more miles and hit up the first exit that had a food joint… anything simple would do.  Wowza…  We had no idea that it would be another 70 miles before we saw something!  And the only place in the area was Wendy’s, so that’s where we ate.

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Day 31 – Blown Away in Kansas

Monday, September 6, 2010

Short facts:

  • 530 miles in 10 hours
  • 25-40 mph WIND all day
  • 1200 miles in two days
  • Over 7000 miles for trip

Note to self: NEVER drive the Interstate-70 across Kansas ever again.  It’s too bad we didn’t have a Roadkill Cookbook (found here) or we’d be eatin’ pretty.  We also call it Roadkill Road, and Windy Way for obvious reasons.

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Day 30 – The Ride of the Year

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

“Alright… in 249 miles…. turn left…  Make sure I don’t miss it?”

This was Jerry’s response to Greg’s comment about where our next turn off was.  This is what we did today:  Ride, Ride, and Ride.  630 miles across Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas.

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Day 29 – Riding the Waves in Nashville

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

You know how wonderful it is not having to take down a tent in the morning?  Most days, we set up camp right before dark then pack it all back up right after first light.  Staying in Nashville for a day allowed us to actually make breakfast this morning with a hot cappuccino… doesn’t get much better than this.
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Day 28 – Arriving in Nashville

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Fearing another heat strike like the day before, we were on the highway by 6am.  It was surprisingly cold but we had to remind ourselves to relish in it because it may not last long.  When the sun started to show its pretty little face, Greg tried to take a picture of the early morning fog, and this is what he captured while riding:

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Day 27 – Hot Hot Heat

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Wow.  We just can’t win with the weather.  We are either storm chasing or heat wave following.  In the 100+ degree weather, our automatic cooling system (aka The Wind) has turned into a constant stream of heat… and there is no stopping it.  The only relief is when the hot air feels cool on the skin as it hits your already wet clothing.  After a few hours in the 101 degree heat, we were hurting.  We drank about 32oz of liquids and never needed to pee.  When we stopped for the drinks, we had some afternoon inspiration:
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