Sunday, December 13, 2015
I used this bike for Stampede 9 and 10. After Stampede 10, the last Stampede, I changed up a few things to make the bike what I wanted from the beginning. I kept a few things so that in a couple of hours, I could change the bike back into a cross country racer.
With the Stampede ended, it is unlikely that I will ride this bike back to the east coast again...but...I might.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Marie and I plowed into a deer while riding in the Eastern Sierras near Mammoth Mountain. I saw the deer, a grey blur, running from my right and recognized that we were going to hit. I don't remember any else until I woke up the next day in the hospital in Reno.
I broke a bone in my left hand, a rib, my nose and fouled up my collar bone and knees. But it was Marie that was far more seriously injured. Her right leg was so badly damaged that it required three emergency surgeries to stabilize the broken bones and repair the blood supply. She is still hospitalized six weeks after the accident.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The fire started on Cobb Mountain and pushed by strong winds blowing from the west, roared into Middletown. People left their homes moments ahead of the fire and considered themselves lucky to be alive.
Cobb Mountain is north of Napa Valley and south of Clear Lake, California. The mountain has a very high fuel load and even when there is no drought is very dry in fall.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
A lot of California was burning when we headed out Highway 50. We stayed in Fallon, Nevada our first night.
We stopped in Austin, an old mining town of 192 people, for lunch. We had a great burger at the old International Hotel.
Our plan was to camp out in the Great Basin National Park. Lehman Creek campground is located near Baker, Nevada. We stopped at T&D's Country Store, Bar and Restaurant in Baker. Terry, Debra and Kelli treated us like royalty. Terry even broke out the good tequila.
We rode up the mountain to Lehman Creek Campground, which is at about 7200 ft. The night sky in this part of Nevada has no light pollution and after the moon went down, the stars were incredible.
During the night the wind came up and nearly blew the tent down. We hardly slept at all because of the wind.
Some where along the road we saw this strange animal lurking behind a fence. It wasn't a chupacabra but just a shy burro.
Highway 50 is known as the loneliest highway in America and Eastern Nevada is the loneliest part of Highway 50.
Spotted Wolf Canyon in the San Rafael Reef. The San Rafael Reef is a 30 mile long rock wall. Then on to Grand Junction, Colorado and into the Rocky Mountains
When we got into the Rockies the weather cooled down and we rode at a more leisurely pace. At Salida, Colorado, we jogged south to Alamosa then east to La Veta, Colorado.
We stayed with Marie's family in La Veta. I really like this area, its geologically interesting, historically interesting as well as beautiful.
We stayed a day in La Veta and a day in Colorado Springs visiting family, then headed north again.
We stayed one night in Scott's Bluff while Jason Lewison owner of Precision Cycle replaced a tire and cured a manifold leak.
We arrived at Nemo Saturday, time to set up camp and relax.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
After the Smoke Out I was on my way home and I was in a hardware store in Elizabeth Town, NC, looking for a bolt for safety wire. Neal said he lived nearby and offered to drill the bolt for me. Thanks Neal. Nice van too.
My front muffler bracket broke. I used some bailing wire to hold the muffler and went to Harley Davidson of Ashville, North Carolina.
Peaches, on the right in the photo, recognized my bike as a Stampede bike. I took the bracket off and Peaches took it to Justin, who is probably not really suicidal. Justin welded the bracket and I reinstalled it, perfect.
Neal, Justin and Peaches are the kind of friendly, generous people I find all over the country. Thanks guys.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
As far as I know someone reported some type of traffic incident. We were still riding close together so it was easy for Pinehurst PD to pull us all over.
Initially the police were nervous and cautious.
After a through investigation it was decided that we were all good, there had been no violations and it was all fun and games again.
Monday, July 13, 2015
On Saturday everyone was invited for a ride in the country. Michael Lichter was going to take photos. It was a beautiful day, but very hot.
We stopped at a roadside fruit stand. I sampled local fruit. The peaches were the best I've had in a while. We talked and visited while Lichter took photographs.
While we cooled off, Velarde intertained us with wheelies in the street.