June Trip Planning

This is the first run through of planning stops and routes. Most routes I do also provide cutouts. A longer loop that I can cut short in the event of bad weather, road issues, etc. Keep an eye on the weather in various locations on the way and plan accordingly. The plans below don’t account for payments to a house and cat sitter.

In the past I seldom planned this well. This is more because we’re spending each night in a hotel. In general I camp 2 days and then hit a motel for showers and such. I like camping. But with Jeanne along, there isn’t room for camping gear on the bike. Tent, poles, bags, pads (although pads aren’t necessarily required depending on the sites). I’ve considered a trailer and may eventually snag a small one sufficient for camping gear. Maybe.

Planning on this trip too is to visit family again but also to escort Jeanne to all the places I’ve been to and greatly enjoyed. A lot of “see, this is cool!” riding. It’s also the reason for the shorter day rides of a few hundred miles. Time to stop and poke around, time to make a left and see “hey, what’s that?” Just cruise a bit vs my normal ride until I stop and go when I’m ready sort of riding.

Trip: 5,868.7 miles

Start of Trip: 6/18: Longmont, Co

Nightly Stops:
6/18: Beaver Ut – 564 miles; (564 miles); hotel avg $87; gas avg $2.40
6/19: Poway Ca (Cousin) – 1101 miles; (537 miles); ???; gas avg $2.86
6/20: Long Beach Ca (Brother) – 1200.7 miles; (99.7 miles); ???; gas avg $2.88
6/21: Yosemite National Park – 1590.2 miles; (389.5 miles); hotel avg $133; gas avg $2.29
6/22-6/23: Boulder Creek Ca (Cousins/Aunt) – 2011.2 miles; (421 miles); ???; gas avg $2.91
6/24: Eureka Ca – 2386.0 miles; (374.8 miles); hotel avg $147; gas avg $2.85
6/25: Portland Or – 2814.5 miles; (428.5 miles); hotel avg $174; gas avg $2.49
6/26: Chilliwack BC – 3121.0 miles; (306.5 miles); hotel avg $82; gas avg C1.112/liter ~$4.44
6/27: Tete Jaune Cache BC – 3484.7 miles; (363.7 miles); hotel avg $82; gas avg C1.191/liter ~$4.77
6/28: Calgary AB – 3808.9 miles; (324.2 miles); hotel avg $94; gas avg C1.090/liter ~$4.36
6/29: Kalispell Mt – 4112.8 miles; (303.9 miles); hotel avg $157; gas avg $2.29
6/30: Lewiston Id – 4437.9 miles; (325.1 miles); hotel avg $120; gas avg $2.47
7/1: Butte Mt – 4776.2 miles; (338.3 miles); hotel avg $122; gas avg $2.29
7/2: Sheridan Wy – 5225.4 miles; (449.2 miles); hotel avg $124; gas avg $2.27

Trip End: 7/3: Longmont Co – 5868.7 miles; (643.3 miles)

Hotel Total: $1,322.00 ($660 @ $60 per night)

In getting the averages from Google, peeking into the list of hotels, and yes they are averages. We can certainly plan on making these stops and getting reservations in advance or at least having an idea of the available hotels. Try not to be surprised or to have to “take what you can find” which can be expensive. All the averages above are from 3 star hotels. I want to plan on about $60 per night but also plan for emergencies, baseball games, stock car races, little league tournaments, etc. Things that have had me hunting or driving further in the past.

Gas Total: $419.34

This assumes just the miles estimated here and not for any scooting about, checking out stuff, Redwoods, Yosemite, etc.

40mpg average (I actually get closer to 45mpg but best to err on the side of caution).

US Total: 4,875 miles @ $2.52 per gallon: $307.13
CN Total: 993 miles @ $4.52 per gallon: $112.21

Food Total: $900

My riding style is generally snacking on nuts and candy (like M&M’s) and drinking sodas and water throughout the day with a light lunch (like a burrito at Taco Hell) and then whatever I can scrounge for dinner. I expect at least dinners will be a bit more than that especially with hotels and shorter drives.

And we’re talking about two people on the road.

Maybe $60 a day, plus or minus and not ruling out family outings or meals.

Trip Total: $2,641.34

Maximum without refining, hunting for deals, getting souvenirs, and assuming no breakdowns, etc:

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How’d You Get So Lucky?

I spend a bit of time on various forums and some posts are thought provoking and I try to be honest and thoughtful about my responses.

I pulled into a gas station and parked her under the canopy to wait it out. A guy in a wheel chair, missing both his legs, and looking totally homeless had pulled up under there as well. We just kinda nodded at each other. My wife went inside to hit the girls room and grab a bottle of water. After minute or so the old guy rolled over to where I was and started talking to me about the bike. Nice dude, but seemed worried about something, so I asked him if he was ok.

He said he wasn’t. Said he’d been living with a friend, but he died, and since he had no income and couldn’t keep the place by himself, he’d been put out. He didn’t seem like he was all there.

He then looked really conflicted, and said he hated to ask (staring the ground the whole time), but did I have any cash I could spare. I asked him if he needed something to eat. He looked even more embarrassed, held up a little plastic bag, and said “No, I still got a little food left. I really need to buy a hat. I need a hat bad.”

So I gave him $5. About that time my wife came back out, and the weather was clearing. He said “it’s been pretty bad today, y’all be careful on that thing”.

I said “we’re headed out of it. Looks pretty blue over that way”. He said “yeah, yeah it does”. As I was climbing back on the bike, he was looking really hard at me, my wife, the bike, and the blue sky off to the west. He said “can I ask you one more thing?” I said sure, man. He said “How’d you get so lucky?” and started to cry.

It’s a though provoking question. How did you get so lucky?

I have to believe there is some childhood prep involved. Mom exposed me to Science Fiction and Fantasy at a very young age so I’ve been a big big reader for a long time. Even in school, I’d be far ahead of the other students in my reading.

As a Navy Brat, we moved quite a lot (I have 44 addresses recorded). I guess you could become one of two types of people when you move a lot. My brother, who made friends quickly, or me, who was quiet all the time and spent most of my time in the Library reading.

My Dad would play games with us. I remember Battleship and Chess mainly. I played Chess with Dad until the day I beat him. He put the chess board away and never played me again. But to continue playing, at school I became Chess Champion two years in a row.

Chess led me to Wargaming and then into Role Playing games (Dungeons and Dragons to start) when I was in the Army. D&D was appealing because I read fantasy books like Conan The Barbarian and of course Wargaming already had me playing games with others.

At school I moved into Mechanical Drafting. Moving to a new school (and new state) had me taking Architectural Drafting for two elective periods in High School (I changed High Schools 4 times).

I joined the Army after high school and became a Graphic Artist. From there to a Typesetter on a typesetting computer. From there to buying a personal computer (Timex/Sinclair Z80). I loved working on computers and spent a lot of my time poking at it and inputting programs, then writing my own programs. It just so happens I was in “at the beginning” around 1980 and just kept on being paid to play with computers. As a “loner” and hobbiest, I continued to learn. My first programming job (part time), the owner had no problem with me taking home the computer I was coding on so I’d drag it, a monitor, etc home, and continue learning how to program. Opportunity. A friendly boss that saw a benefit of me taking a computer home. At my first full time job, I was good enough that I got raises every 6 months plus when I was leaving, they offered an additional raise.

I do wonder at times what I could have accomplished had my Dad actually motivated me. His requirements were “Astronaut or Ditch Digger”. Nothing else in between. And in retrospect, no apparent effort to lead me on an Astronaut path.

It seems I coast. I found something I like to do and I get paid reasonably well to do it. This past weekend and the weekend before that I read up on some technology we’re moving towards at work. Last year I used up three weeks of vacation to write some programs. Ultimately I have sufficient funds to buy motorcycles, guitars, games, and computers. Not all at once of course 🙂

So I don’t know if it’s luck or just upbringing or just right place at the right time. Does reading a lot really provide that much benefit to being “lucky”. Does reading increase curiosity or does curiosity lead to reading? I know gaming, and Dungeons and Dragons specifically led me to exploring and reading about things like Medieval times (like how a town is created) and being thoughtful about how to be entertaining (running the game for others).

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Updated Pre-ride Checklist

This is my updated list of gear that I bring on road trips. The old list is here. This one is updated for the new Kawasaki Concours I now have so there are a few changes. The Concours has a center stand! Makes it easier to check the differential fluid. Yep, shaft drive so no chain to adjust. I will need to make sure the oil is topped off though. As to the trips, I do make adjustments as I prepare for each trip so what I actually carry may change a bit.

  • The Road
    • Kawasaki Concours
      • Gas Tank
        • Tourmaster Tank Bag
      • Rider’s Seat
        • Carl Schelin (that’s me!)
      • Left Side
        • Saddlebag
      • Passenger Seat
        • Jeanne Ainsley ( 🙂 )
      • Right Side
        • Saddlebag
      • Luggage Rack
        • Trunk

Tank Bag

  • Left Pocket
    • Maps
  • Front Pocket
    • iPhone
    • Boostaroo
  • Right Pocket
    • iPhone Accessories Plug
  • Rear Pocket
    • Emergency Contact Info
    • Gathered Change
  • Main Compartment, Top
    • Notebook
    • Pens, Sharpie
  • Main Compartment
    • AAA Batteries
    • Bandanna (2)
    • Camera Case
      • Camera Batteries (3)
    • Camera Stand
    • Disc Lock
    • Flashlight
    • Leatherman
    • Nuts
    • Passport
    • Plexus
    • Reading Glasses
    • Small Tote Bag (Mechanical)
      • Cable Ties
      • Crazy Glue
      • Flashlight
      • Flashlight Bulbs
      • Headband for Flashlight
      • JB Weld
      • Lighter
      • Nytril Gloves (Blue)
      • Pocket Knife
      • Seam Sealer
      • Spare Fuses
      • Spare Nuts and Bolts
      • Tire Pressure Gauge
      • Twist Ties
    • Small Tote Bag (Personal)
      • Chapstick
      • Earplugs
      • Insect Spray
      • Ointment, Antibiological
      • Sunscreen (3)
      • Tylenol
    • Spare Keys (locks, Motorcycle, Givi)
    • Sunglasses
    • Vitamins

Carl

  • Helmet
  • Keep Dry Shirt
  • Bicycle Pants
  • Socks
  • Gloves, Yellow
  • Alpenstars Jacket
    • Arm Reflector
  • Boots

Jeanne

  • Helmet
  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Boots

Right Saddlebag

  • Aerostitch First Aid Kit
  • Engine Oil
  • Tire Repair Kit
  • Tire Air Pump
  • WD-40
  • Bungie Net

Left Saddlebag

  • Bungie Cord
  • Strap
  • Brake Fluid
  • Electrical Kit
  • Sammy (chamois like towel)
  • Trash Bags (5)
  • Tool Kit
  • Tools (axle wrench, 10/12mm, 2 hex)
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Waterproof Glove Cover
  • Kickstand Plate

Trunk

  • Raincoat
  • Rainpants
  • iPad
  • Trash Bag 1
    • Jeans (1 Pair)
    • T-Shirts (4 Pair)
    • Socks (5 Pair)
    • Underwear (5 Pair)
  • Trash Bag 2
    • Sweatshirt
    • Swimsuit
    • Book (3)
  • Trash Bag 3
    • Dirty Clothes
  • Medium Tote Bag
    • Ear Plugs
    • Soap
    • Disposable Razor
    • Eyewash
    • Fingernail Clippers
    • Toilet Paper
    • Mirror
    • Wash’n’Dri’s
    • Headlight Bulb
    • Turnsignal Bulb
    • Small Tote Bag (Bathroom/Shower)
      • Deodorant
      • Disposable Razor
      • Floss
      • Q-Tips
      • Soap
      • Toothbrush & Holder
      • Toothpaste
  • Small Tote Bag (Electrical)
    • Camera Data Cable
    • Camera Recharger
    • iPad/iPhone Recharger
    • Camera Recharger
  • Tank Bag Cover
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The Show Must Go On!

I was listening to the two songs I had to sing and trying to remember the words, mainly to When I Come Along and after a bit, Jeanne and I took a bike ride up Rt 7 to Peak to Peak and back down 119 as a bit of relaxation.

We had a group event as well with Michael and Marcus, a Crawdad Boil. Michael ordered 70 lbs of Crawdads from Louisiana. Unfortunately we had to bail to go to the show just as they were finishing.

The show though!

About 20 minutes prior I was getting anxious yet again however it wasn’t as bad as previous butterflies and I got over it a little quicker. Sadly I forgot my picks and earplugs so had to spend a few bucks at the store so I could be ready. I pulled out my pedal board (tuner and distortion pedal) and got it set up, then the guitar and plugged in to the board. Then started tuning up and practicing a bit.

Jeanne had my iPad and the GoPro to try and record the show. A few bits were missed at the beginning of songs and the group intro was missed but nothing horrible. I did get recordings of the show which was perfect 🙂

I spent Sunday getting it loaded onto the computer and downloaded Microsoft Movie Maker to stitch them together. No sound in the app but the final was just fine. I uploaded it to YouTube:

Humorously I laughed at my singing but as I got used to it (or maybe I got better) it started sounding a little better. To me on stage with earplugs and such, it sounded pretty good if a bit high 🙂

Simple Man was a lot better than rehearsals. Still didn’t get all the notes but I did get a majority of them. And I played Simple Man on Rocksmith and improved by 100%, now that I know what I’m doing 🙂

Anyway, it was fun and I was able to sing and play so I did like that. Maybe voice lessons next 😀

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Friday Rock Camp!

Got there at 5:30pm. I’ve been practicing Simple Man and getting better however the start is still a bit off.

We went through the setlist, playing each one twice and then worked out the introductions and band name (CRIMe; Carl, Rich, Isaac, and Mike). It went pretty well overall and Simple Man was a bit more accurate. There were some instructions; directional mic so stay at the mic, lose the lyric sheets (taped to the monitor actually). Last minute tips.

Once done with that, we played a full set once again with the stage lights on. Jeanne was there along with Tim and John back in the shadows.

We ran through a couple of more times and touched on a couple of places where Mike wanted some extra time but generally it went pretty good.

A little anxiety of course; getting close and I’m singing! 🙂

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Thursday Rock Camp!

Clearly I haven’t worked on my arpeggiation as much as I should have.

Yesterday after getting home I practiced with Tab Pro (the Ultimate Guitar app) which let me drop the speed to 50% and I practiced the three patterns over and over again. I gradually sped up to 100% (which is fast) and was just a touch faster.

Then lesson time again. I’d missed a lesson and my instructor is excellent about rescheduling, partly because he also has to reschedule from time to time. We went over Simple Man again, but briefly, and learning to sing and play Green Day. I can sing it or play it but not both reliably. During the lesson I got better with that. I had 30 minutes to kill after the lesson before rehearsal and continued to practice Simple Man and played through the four songs.

During rehearsal I got to about 80% on Simple Man where I missed mainly the Am7 part but flubbed very few of the C/G/Am chords. Getting a lot better. I am sweating big time for this song though. My socks were wet

We whipped up a quick Jam and I suggested the 12 bar blues. We went through pretty well a couple of times and then bailed.

This morning however, the tips of my first three fingers on my left hand; middle and ring especially, feel pretty sore

Need more practice.

Tonight we’ll be trying this without the lyrics sheets so I’ll be spending the day memorizing the two I’ll be singing.

As Jeanne will be attending tonight, there may be video of the rehearsal. There will be video for tomorrow though.

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Wednesday Rock Camp

Last night I went home and practiced Simple Man with a metronome. First I tried to figure out the beat so I could set the metronome and then tried playing the arpeggiation. I tried it first by just playing the C pattern (and Am pattern) without fretting the chord, over and over again. Sometimes I’d get one or two in and flub it, others I’d get quite a bit in before messing it up. I switched to the G pattern as well. Then tried the C pattern to G pattern to Am pattern twice then C pattern, over and over. That was a bit harder. I will need to try and get that Am7 chord down though.

At the store, we went through all songs and did pretty well. I did a lot better with Simple Man, about 50% playing the proper pattern for the first three and making it up for the fourth as long as I hit that G on the e string at the right time. 🙂

C
-------------------------
-------------1-----------
------0--------0---0-----
--------2--------2-------
----3-----3--------------
-------------------------

G
-------------------------
-------------------------
-------------0-----------
------0--------0---0-----
--------2--------2-------
----3-----3--------------

Am
-------------------------
-------------1-----------
------2--------2---2-----
--------2--------2-------
----0-----0--------------
-------------------------

Am7
-------------3-----------
------1--------1---------
--------2----------------
----------2--------------
----0------------0-2-----
-------------------------

Tuesday night I was basically just hitting the first three or four notes of the C and G chords and totally off by a string on the Am. Last night I was hitting all 8 notes on C and G most of the time and the Am some of the time. I basically played the first four of the Am7 and then G *ping* before starting over. If I tried to play all 8 notes, I’d flub the C and maybe the G chords.

Since I’m not hitting anything on the B or e strings for the G chord, I’m just leaving my index finger on the C as an anchor and moving my 2nd and 3rd fingers up one string, then down to Am, then moving my 3rd finger up to C. So CEG to CBG to CEA. Just need to work on that last arpeggiation.

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Rock Camp!

I signed up for Rock Camp! This is the second time I’m doing this and it’s great fun in general (you’ll see).

Location: Guitars Etc
460 Main Street
Longmont CO
Basement Stage (go in the double doors, head back to the instructor/lesson rooms in the back left, and left down the stairs)

Date: May 21st 2016

Time: 6pm

Playlist:
When I Come Around – Green Day
Living After Midnight – Judas Priest
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
There may be a 12 bar blues jam as well; we did that last time

Cost: Free!!

Guitars Etc hosts and three instructors run a Rock Camp for adults (and for kids). We get a list of 4 songs and get together with other adults that we have never met before and Monday through Friday next week, we’ll learn how to play with the others. The songs themselves are moderately easy since the intention is to learn cues and when to start and stop, things like that and not so much complicated songs.

Last night was the first rehearsal. Mike, guitar player and Isaac, Bass player. Three instructors were there; Tim on Bass and Vocals, John the Lead Instructor, and the Drummer (can’t remember his name; update this later).

We spent two hours playing and mostly worked on Living After Midnight. I had the initial riff down pat but continuing on had a few confusing parts in trying to follow along. I was able to eventually get it going correctly although I was skipping a couple of notes. Plus I played the solo so I’ll want to work on that a tad; just a couple of bars.

Second song was Simple Man. I was arpeggiating, finger picking the chords. There are only three chords; C, G, and Am with a fourth Am7 chord just dropping the little finger on the third fret of the e string (that’s the lower, thinnest string; EADGBe where E is the thicker string at the top). I can change chords quickly enough but the coordination of picking the strings in sequence was losing me. I’d get two chords in and lose my place. It’s difficult but it is something I want to do better. I have a lesson tonight and I’ll ask Zack for some help on it.

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My Inspiration to Learn and Play Guitar

Samantha, Rita, and Jeanne 🙂 Here’s why:

I’ve been in to music since I was very young. My Mom had a lot of old albums like The Ink Spots, Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads (the pink album), and several crooners. My Dad played the trumpet but he only played for himself in his bedroom. I don’t recall his playing in front of us, ever. It was a brass trumpet but with a silver mouthpiece. When I was in school, I joined the band and played Dad’s trumpet. It was in a tweed case. I actually played pretty well. There were three of us playing first chair and another guy and I would compete and swap First Trumpet. I learned how to read music as well. Unfortunately being a military family, when we moved I didn’t continue.

30 years later my younger daughter, Samantha was going through musical stages. Voice lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, etc. My ex and I had split by then but I attended the showcases. They sold the guitar when she moved on to the next big thing but I was interested. I stopped in to Apple Music in Fredericksburg VA and asked what I would need. I bought a Made In Mexico (MiM) Telecaster, hard case, Fender bullet amp, a few picks, and a tab book of songs. I even bought my only ‘For Dummies’ book (Guitar for Dummies) and tried that. Not very inspirational though. A few years later I bought a Fender Acoustic in a box. Came with a gig bag and some other swag. I also bought a Bad Horsey Wah pedal for some reason 🙂

I did try to learn through the book but never really got anywhere. I carried the Tele with me as I moved around and would occasionally break out the books to try again even learning a little bit of Stairway to Heaven.

About 5 years later Rita, my second wife and I were visiting her cousin in California and he had a couple of guitars. I mentioned I’d been trying to learn from a book but he said my fingers were the wrong shape and I wouldn’t be able to play well (too rounded).

In Dec 2010, Rita tried to convince me to sell the guitar and gear (“either sell it or learn to play”). As she is pretty minimalist, I’m reasonably sure she wanted it gone but wouldn’t come right out and say it. And of course that kind of thing doesn’t work too well with me and I figured, the heck with it. I’m taking lessons. Humorously Rita signed me up for a group lesson at the rec center. 10 or so of us with acoustics each playing one bar of a song 🙂

The first one on one lesson with an instructor, Zack watched me fumble and made a couple of shape suggestions which pretty much opened my eyes and I was on my way.

I’m making up for lost time and pushing to get better so I can play with others. The little I’ve done has been excellent!

Jeanne has been super supportive over the past couple of years even singing with me on one Student Showcase last year. Someone being supportive of your efforts is immeasurable in motivating you to advance and improve. I’m pretty self-motivated but like many people, can lose interest if progress is not seen. Jeanne has pointed out that I’m improving and encouraged me to continue learning. That moves this into Awesome! 🙂

Thanks Samantha, Rita, and Jeanne 🙂

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New Bike Break In

With a new bike, I wanted to take a ride for several hours to check out the ergos and generally get a feel for how it rides so I can take care of any issues before the long distance ride in June (2 weeks, approximately 5,000 miles). I have a new helmet as well which was causing some issues on the way home from picking up the bike so I wanted to see if it was still an issue (break in period) or if I needed to make adjustments.

As a note, Jeanne and I have done quite a few rides on the Hayabusa including a multi-day ride to the Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Moab, and Telluride before returning to Longmont and a ride to Virginia, Indianapolis, Chicago and back. We’ve ridden in rain and a touch of snow and done some camping. I’ve also passed along knowledge of the trips I’ve taken in the past including issues that have occurred. This also includes explanations of why I ride in the rain or snow; mainly when on a trip, we may not have the luxury of waiting a few days for the snow to stop or wait for sunny days to travel. That’s why you practice and why you have different types of gear along. You can’t just roll up the windows on a bike 🙂

So Sunday Jeanne and I took a ride up to Laramie, across to Cheyenne, and back to Longmont. This was intended as noted to be a first multi hour test ride of the bike checking for ergos and whatnot.

The ride up 287 was a little windy and temps were 55F when we got to Ft Collins after the first hour. I had expected some winds having gone to Laramie in the past and a touch cooler weather so I transferred some of my colder weather gear into the trunk including my heated gloves and the wire.

Temps dropped steadily and the wind increased as we headed north on 287. Winds were gusting at greater than 50mph according to the signs. My helmet was being pulled off my head and we spent so much time leaned left against the wind, that most of the wear on the tires were on the left edges. And at one point I couldn’t get the C14 going faster than 65mph and I was losing speed slowly. At about 62mph or so, we came out of the funnel and to the plains approaching Tie Siding and picked up speed again. Temps dropped to 34F as we got to Laramie. My left hand was icy cold and the wind had been blowing up my left sleeve!

We were going to snag lunch but decided to continue on on 80. One guy at the gas station asked if we were going west on 80 because 80 was closed west bound due to snow!

As we got on 80 east, it started to sprinkle a little. We could see fog ahead and the electronic signs were warning of fog and high winds. Going up the pass, the road started getting a touch wetter and a little more sprinkling. We had been seeing more snow on the banks on the side of the road and in the surrounding hills. The mix of rain and snow (sleet) was increasing as we head up the mountain and approached the pass. One of the road side signs had some blown snow stuck on the left side and the temps were again falling. 34, 32, 30, 28, 26. This was more sleet and temps were about where I was looking for a turn around and going slower but then we went over the pass. Still 26 and foggy and still wet. I popped open my visor to clear some of the fog on the inside. But the rain slacked off. No rain and cold I’m good with. As we continued, I could see the road drying out but more snow falling.

The temps slowly rose. It was still pretty cold. Probably 40 or so as we got to 25 south. West bound at Cheyenne was also closed with a long line of stopped trucks and cars. Humorously, the tail wind had me seeing 68mpg on the lcd 🙂

Anyway, we pulled in at a Denny’s for lunch then fought the winds as we headed south which included trying to suck the helmet off of my head! There were a couple of places where the cross winds changed directions quickly which was pretty scary but ultimately we made it back with Jeanne starting to nod off behind me (the *tap* *tap* *tap* of her helmet hitting mine 🙂 ).

The helmet needs to be modified. It’s pressing far too hard on the jaw. Maybe it can be adjusted or shaved.

Still need a heel rest for me. Throttlemeister worked pretty well although it’s a bit tight so I may want to add a washer to it.

One thing to note. Folks talk about replacing the whale of an exhaust. When I replaced the ‘busa exhaust, I found the balance was off requiring me to press a bit harder on the right hand and subsequently pack a bit heavier on the left saddlebag. The C14 is well balanced now. I can take my hands off on a straight and it basically stays straight. On the ‘busa I need to lean left about half a butt cheek 🙂 So thought before replacing the exhaust.

I tend to change position especially when riding, laying down on the tank bag and putting my elbows on my knees. This works quite well on the Hayabusa. On the Transalp, the bars are pretty wide and high making it difficult to get my elbows down. I was able to try it on the C14. The bars are a little higher than the ‘busa but I could get down and get my elbow on my knees.

Ultimately a good test ride, both for the ride itself and in reminding us why we check out the weather and check our gear before leaving 🙂

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