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« Reply #40 on: July 24, 2008, 12:14:31 PM »

Actually I haven't and although I am concerned I also am not concerned, his last day was in Ohio at the AMA Museum, He was then heading for Ocean City to meet wife and kids, I have a feeling he is sitting with his feet in the sand having a beer and can't be bothered at the moment. I will call him tonight and pester him for the final report...

Here are a few last pics....Neil Pearts bike and drums, that is for me a huge RUSH fan.

Corn Palace, AMA Museaum and Baddog eating a creampuff.
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« Reply #41 on: July 24, 2008, 06:57:22 PM »

Alll is well guys although I did have an incident on Day 18 that made my whole adventure sour for about a day, but I have since gotten over it.  Now, for your reading pleasure:

Day 18 - Wheeling

More miscellaneous musings:

1 - Somewhere, I passed a house with a sign that said "Corn hole games 4 sale."  It certainly made me wonder, but I wasn't stopping to find out.


I left Michigan City around 7:00 AM local (8:00 at home) and decided I wanted to head up the lake and get some pics.  Well, I got to New Buffal and headed to the local beach, but they already had the park gates manned at 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday.  So, I got a pic from the road and decided to continue my pursuit northward.  I continue up rt 12 until I come to Some Dunes state park.  I pull up to the $ booth and there's a young girl working.  No one else is around, so I shut off bike to talk to her.  I ask "how much to see the lake?"  She asks if I have Michigan plates on the back of that thing.  Not thinking, I answer truthfully and say nope.  She tells me it will be $8.  For a motorcyle?  Yup, it's $8 for anyone from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  So, let's say I just go in take a pic of the lake and come back out.  Should take 5 minutes tops.  Sure, if you pay $8.  Damn kid.  Too much moral upbringing here.  She tells me I can go 10-15 miles up the lake and then there are some overlooks.  I thank her and head up the lake.  I happen to notice it's getting very grey out.  I look up and I can tell there's a storm coming.  Crap.  I decide to boogie out of Michigan.  I find some nice back roads for a bit, but also find a lady parked almost smack dab in the middle of a 4 way intersection and she is out of her vehicle gabbing up with some other lady who is half pulled off the road coming in from the left.  I proceed through and they don't even bother to look at me.  Ok then.  I'm continuing through the countryside and come around a corner and there's a washout immediately in front of me.  Talk about pucker factor. Yikes.  The Concours hardly even blinks.

I check out of Michigan and come into Indiana, headed for Ohio with an eventual destination of Wheeling, West virginia.  I let Jill lead the way and she takes me on a combination of highways and back roads.  I think I primarily traveled route 30, 31 or 33 in to Fort Wayne, Indiana and then on through Ohio.  I stopped at a rest area and had a truck driver come over and talk to me about bikes.  Seems he's an enthusiast himself.  Well, 45 minutes later, we both decide we need to get going and head on down the road.  I never did catch the guys name, but he drives for Rodeway out of Akron.  Somewhere in all of this, I ask Jill to find me a gas station.  She does, but when I get there, both ends of the street it is on are closed for repairs.  I end finding a back alley and weed my way in to get some gas.  The E light was calling, so I didn't dare push on too far.  When I left, I just went down the closed street.  Eventually, Jill took me into Columbus and as I'm going up the highway, I see the AMA Hall of Fame Museuem sign.  Well, you can bet your tutu that I've got to go there.  I take the next exit and get myself to the museum. I love the motorcycle only parking that's also covered.  The exhibit's were ok.  They were geared to TV and Superstar type stuff a bit much, but it was all cool.

I get back on the road and head to Wheeling.  I jumped off the highway a few times and tried some of the back roads, but they all just paralled the highway for the most part and were stop and go traffic.  I figure I'll just get on to Wheeling and I'll get to enjoy some twisties tomorrow.  I did go through the town of Zanesville and they have a Y bridge.  There are actually 3 spans and it Y's out.  I thought that was a little different.  I come into Wheeling, just before the tunnel and go into the downtown area. I'm not impressed. I decide to head back to Island City and find the Casino since the last Casino I was in treated me pretty good.  Well, this place is a lot bigger and they appear very busy.  I go inside and sure enough they are booked for the night, but they can put me on a wait list and rooms are $135/night. I'm sure I can find something cheaper.  I go to leave and the Valet comes over to talk to me about my BMW.  I have to laugh as this is the 5th or 6th time that someone thought my bike was a BMW.  We chat a bit and when he finds I'm not staying cuz there are no rooms, he assures me he can get me one. I decline and he gives me some advice on where to find a room.  Well, I don't feel like shelling the $ on the Hampton, so I go to the Super 8 where they want $110.  I ask the girl if there is any place around under $100.  She suggests I go back to St Claire on the Ohio side, maybe 10 miles or so.  I do and I find a Red Roof Inn there for like $58.  Great.

Well, here's where my trip hits a sour note.  While talking to people on the cell, I was moseying around outside and happened to notice a fella who seemed to have a bit of an unhealthy relationship with his truck.  Basically, he was always in it or doing something to it.  So, a little later, a grab the chair out of my room and pull it up on the sidewalk directly in front of my room so I can enjoy the night and still talk.  Here's the setup.  The sidewalk is probably 3-4 wide and is made of cement and butts up against the building.  On the other side of the cement, is apx 3 feet of gravel and on the other side of that is the asphalt parking lot.  Now, I had a couple people walk by me and when they did, they just stepped into the gravel to go around.  Well, I'm talking and I happen to sense someone near and I look up and the truck guy is standing there and he says excuse me.  I'm like sure and I swivel the chair and my feet out of his way.  As he goes by, he mumbles something about not owning the whole damn sidewalk.  I'm flabbergasted.  I'm talking to Chris at the time and tell her what just happened.  Well, the guy must have just went into the office quick and he comes walking back.  I'm turned to the side for him to get through.  The conversation goes somelike this:

Me - Hey buddy.  What's with the owning the sidewalk comment.  I let you through and didn't give you any attitude.
Him - Well you're sitting in the middle of the sidewalk.
Me - So?
Him - Why don't you go in your room?
Me - Why don't you go in your room and then you want have to look at me sitting in the sidewalk
... He continues walking down towards his room and can hear him muttering something still
Him - Hey
...  I turn and lock
Him -
Me - If you had any, you would come on back down here.
Him - Know what you are?
Me - Hunh?
Him - You're a punk.  That's what you are.  A punk.
Me - Ummm, yeah, ok - why don't you just go in and go to bed

So, I just blow it off, but as usually happens with me, I started to get heated up after the fact.  I'm still on phone with Chris and still sitting out on sidewalk.  Truck guy goes out and sits in his truck again.  I talk to Chris for a while yet and go inside to upload my photos for the day.  Now, every time I hear a noise though, I'm up and looking out the window to make sure he isn't screwing with my bike.  By this time, I want to vent my anger at the fellow, but decide it's best to remove myself from the situation as I don't see this ending well.  I go to the desk and let them know one of the other customers has apparently taken issue with me sitting on the sidewalk.  Well, come to find out, it's Billy and Billy is a bit of a regular.   They assure me he's harmless, but that's not entirely what I'm worried about.  The offer to refund my money and make me a reservation at a nearby hotel.  I vacate.  Now, here's the funny thing to me.  I get to the new place and go to my room and 3 doors down, people are sitting out on the sidewalk.  When I get up this morning, the same people are out, plus my immediate neighbors have brought their chairs out of the room and are sitting out enjoying the morning.

I just don't get it.  I know that Jaboree in the Hills just ended cuz the one clerk told me about the "drunk fest" and was glad that was over.  Maybe this guy was still angry from that, or maybe he just doesn't like guys on motorcycles, or what.  I'm not sure.  Anyhow, that ate at me just about all day today.  It's good to get it off my chest.

Since I left the Red Roof, I then didn't have internet to send anything out.  Plus, I was aggitated and didn't feel like doing my trip report, so this is written a day late.  Day 19 finds me at Ocean City, NJ and we don't have internet here, so this will be late getting posted too.

Mileage:  490
Gas:  $44
Hotel: $58 the first place and $68 the second
Breakfast:  N/A
Dinner:  $12


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« Reply #42 on: July 24, 2008, 06:58:41 PM »

I make it to Ocean City, NJ to spend a few days with my family on Day 19.  I was still PO'd about the idiot back in St. Claire, so I didn't write much.

More miscellaneous musings:

1 - Did you know that the first father's day originated in Fairmont, WV?  Well, it did.
2 - West Virginia is one weird place, especially in the hills.  It just gives you the jeebies to go through, but the couple of times I did stop, the people were very nice.

So, I left St Claire around 8:00 local time.  Yes, that's 8:00 our time.  I don't know where I crossed the time line to Eastern time, but I think it was back in Indiana.  Part of me wanted to go back to the Red Roof to confront Billy, but again, I decided it was best to just to leave it alone.  I jump on 7 south and pick up route 250 in Moundsville, down to Hundred and eventually into Fairmont.  I continued on down to Gratton and troads are getting good, but Jill is insisting I have to take 191 north to Morgantown and some other back roads.  I eventually find myself doing the superslap out 68/70 and run past DC, Baltimore, Wilmington and then headed to the Ocean.  Now, I'm here and I'm whooped.  Time to take a couple days R&R and then head back home.

Other than my incident with the truck lover, it's been awesome.  Unfortunately, the last few days on the east coast dealing with the traffic and such has made me more stressed than I've been in weeks.  Oh well, guess it's time to get back to the grind.  Hope everyone enjoyed the reports.


Mileage:  480
Gas:  $46
Hotel: My honey has this bill:-)
Breakfast:  $4
Dinner:  n/a
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« Reply #43 on: July 24, 2008, 07:00:21 PM »

Day 20

In Ocean City with wife and 2 daughters and one of their girlfriends.  Son coming in later tonight.

Mileage: 0 *NOTE: My mileage when I arrived at beach was 8650
Gas: $0
Hotel: My honey has this bill:-)
Breakfast: she has this bill too
Dinner: and again:-)
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« Reply #44 on: July 24, 2008, 07:02:36 PM »

Day 21 - Another day of R&R

Family's is all here and we're just doing the typical beach and boardwalk stuff.  I've eaten better in these two days than I did in 3 weeks. Still, the girls don't think I look any skinnier.  Damn.  It must be the beer!

Mileage: 0
Gas: $0
Hotel: N/A
Breakfast: N/A
Dinner: N/A
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« Reply #45 on: July 24, 2008, 07:06:29 PM »

I'm home!!!

Got itchin for home during the night.  Decided to come home a day early and let the family enjoy a day at the beach without me.  I was more upset leaving them today though than I was 3 weeks ago.  It must have been the excitment of my trip befpre.  

It's been 3 weeks to the day that I began my adventure and now I'm home with 8,902 miles on the Odometer.  I think the bike had 2 miles on it when I started this adventure.  Funny how it worked out.

Other than the run in with the truck lover, this trip was absolutely awesome.  I would do it again if given the chance.  Yes, I would do some things differently and would likely slow down and enjoy places longer, but I would have that luxury now that I've seen the things I've seen and done.

Damn, I love home.  I'm sitting here on my back patio and looking out into my back field and the mountains behind and still think I live in the one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Hope everyone enjoyed the reports.  If not, then go out and do a trip and let me critique yours Razz

Mileage: 250
Gas: $26
Hotel: N/A
Breakfast: $12
Dinner: Don't know yet.  Probably going out for wings since it's been 3 weeks!
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« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2008, 07:20:41 PM »

Well done!  Clap
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Very awesome!  Bigok
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« Reply #48 on: December 11, 2008, 04:08:39 PM »

I forgot to post my pics, or tell you where to find them.  Sorry about that.

Go here:  http://cid-13bab56da2de2a2d.skydrive.live.com/albums.aspx and click on the Albums Day 1 thru Day 18.  Enjoy.
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« Reply #49 on: December 11, 2008, 07:36:04 PM »

First time I read this, fantastic, thank you!

How many miles were on that first set of tyres? And how many did you get out of the second (the Roads)?
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« Reply #50 on: December 12, 2008, 12:37:17 PM »

The first set of tires were the stock Bridgestones.  I had something like 3900 miles on them.  The front was definitely in need of replacing and the rear could have got some more out of it, but I changed them together.

I had over 13,000 miles on the bike (so about 9,000 on the tires) before I looked to swap out the pilot roads for another set.  I figured I had to get bike inspected as my 6 month T-plate from Arizona was running out so I might as well get new tires as they were getting iffy.  I got the rear changed back in Oct, but the dealer had problems getting me a front at that time.  I'm still waiting on my front, but it should be here in time for spring.

I really like the Pilot Road 2's.
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« Reply #51 on: December 12, 2008, 12:40:07 PM »

By the way, this trip took place from July 3 (Day 1) to July 24 (Day 22), so you can figure out where I was and on what day I was there if that's your kick.
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