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Author Archives: mike

Continental Divide Day 1 Albuquerque, NM to Cuba, NM

After spending 3 nights in Albuquerque, getting the new tires put on at the local BMW dealership, and doing a little sightseeing it was time to get started on the actual ride! We had a meeting Friday night to discuss some stuff that I won’t go into here, but it basically came down to wheels … Continue reading »

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Day 5 Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM

After 4 days of riding, unloading into the hotel, researching the next day and getting out on the road things seem to be getting a bit easier. Too bad today was our last day on this part of the trip. We decided last night to get a little earlier start to try to avoid the … Continue reading »

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Day 4 Oklahoma City, OK to Amarillo, TX

Hot. That was the word of the day. Damn hot. Ridiculously hot. Why are we here hot. We got a decently early start, but it was already 92 degrees. It was that cool for about 10 minutes, then jumped into the 100s just on the outskirts of the city and stayed there all day. So, … Continue reading »

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Day 3, Miami, OK to Oklahoma City, OK

  After 4 states touched yesterday, today was spent all in the same state. Despite that, today was a great riding day! Last night at the hotel I was able to look ahead at our route and what upcoming attractions there were, and that helped a lot. We found out that we were really close … Continue reading »

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Day 2 Collinsville, IL to Miami, OK

4 states in one day! Whew. We got an earlier start today, leaving the hotel around 8:30 to try to avoid some of the heat. It didn’t work. It was already 87 degrees, and quickly rose to the mid-90’s before we reached one of our stops, Meramec Caverns. It’s a tourist trap thats been in … Continue reading »

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Day 1 – Rockton To Collinsville, IL

Day 1 got off to a slow start, thanks to rain that was moving through the area. Our intended 10am start time got pushed back to noon to try to avoid the worst of the rain. Unfortunately, that put us in the middle of the heat. The actual ride was pretty uneventful – most of … Continue reading »

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I’m all packed up, I’m ready to go

Well, planning time is over, for what it’s worth. Time for the rubber to hit the road, as they say. I managed to get way too much stuff crammed in to way to little space.  It’s a bit like Tetris to get everything in there, but we did it. I just hope I can remember … Continue reading »

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Equipment

Any “adventure ride” is going to require sleeping outside at some point to make it a true adventure, so some equipment is probably going to be helpful. I decided that a tent, sleeping pad and bag were what I was going to use. For my tent, I found a Coleman Phad x3 tent. It seems … Continue reading »

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All together now….almost

So, after a bunch of pictures of all the individual items and no pictures of the entire thing, I figured I should put at least one picture of the bike here as it currently sits. The only thing I’m currently missing is the installed crash bars. These pictures aren’t very good, I’ll have to get … Continue reading »

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Farkles – Luggage

I need to carry some stuff with me when I go on my trip, so luggage was a requirement. There are so many different options available that it makes it a pretty tough decision. I decided to go with hard luggage over the soft bags for the waterproof quality and the security of leaving it … Continue reading »

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