Amazing Ride Williamsburg to Chestertown, MD – Day 28


30F or .5C raining and cold

February 10th 2015 – Day 28

My track as of Day 28 – Second to last day

I had a great short visit with my best friend from undergrad and her partner.  Ann Marie and Allison are two very genuine people who do amazing things within their own careers.  As always gracious hosts and a place I could call home.  Thanks guys for the hospitality and  welcome.  Continue reading

2015 Winter Trip – Williamsburg, Colonial Parkway & Yorktown


February 8th & 9th, 2015 – Day 26th & 27th

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This will be a quick post as I woke up to freezing temps at my friend’s house in Williamsburg and was reminded once again it’s winter.  Rainy this morning as I pack up for my last 2 days of riding.  Hoping Feb. 11th does prove to be a safe day to finish this ride on Long Island but will have a layover in a small town called Chestertown in Maryland.

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Doing a live report while on the road does pose a few challenges trying to get things up to date.  For instance, hanging out with old friends and playing catch up with them.  I actually have Continue reading

Day 25 – Virtual Tour of Myrtle Beach


February 7th 2015 – Day 25 – Tourist Day (videos and pics)

The countdown begins…UGH!

I have to admit I really like being a tourist at times.  It was still “cold” for many but I found it perfect as usual.  Around 60F with a light breeze.  I am not really going to say much in this post.  I know I say that all the time but I am tired not only from walking about 10 miles but from dinner at Margaritaville and 2 beers.  Yep only 2.  Continue reading

Day 24 – A New Friend, Myrtle Beach & What a SUNSET


February 6th 2015 – Day 24

Selfie

It was chilly out this morning when I packed up.  I think it was about freezing.  I ended up using my heated liner and gloves all day.  I point this out because it’s the first time I have had to use heat for a while and the first time since my aerial ring was replaced at Baton Rouge BMW.  At this point in the ride I am OK talking about my issues with the EWS code.  No code showed up today at all.  Ran all my accessories as I have in the earlier part of my trip when the code showed its ugly head and would paralyze my bike.

So, one can wonder…was it the $40 part I was told about last fall?  The part I have asked for many times just to make sure while my bike’s diagnostics were being checked everything was done? As I ride up the coast and use more heat time will tell if my EWS is a thing of the past.  I can assure myself now everything has been done to my bike 😉 that could possibly be done to fix this issue.

Jada and her 2012 Triumph Tiger 800

I left Fernandina Beach pretty early in the morning so I could meet Jada.  Jada is an avid Tiger Continue reading

Back On The Bike, Day 23 – Rain and then Sun


February 5th 2015 (feel free to click the pics for HI-Rez versions)

where I ended day 23

After 6 days off the bike visiting my parents in Polk City I am back riding and heading into the Winter abyss of the North East.  I enjoyed my vacation within a vacation but I felt I needed to get back on the bike and try to finish this Winter Trip.

I would like to answer a few concerned emails I have received as well as ease my folks.  Continue reading

Cyclops H7 LED Kit install for BMW F800/ 650 GS – Guest POST


UPDATE:MY LED BULB SEEMED TO HAVE FOGGED MY HEADLIGHT GLASS. THIS WAS AFTER THOUSANDS OF KILOMETERS. NOT SURE I WOUKD USE THIS KIT, Just my opinion.

Cyclops H7 LED Kit install for BMW F800/ 650 GS

Guest BLOGGER installation…thanks Mike for the descriptive install…and shhhh…I was the friend who had an extra LED 😏

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I was fortunate to have a good friend that had an extra H7 LED kit from Cyclops and thought I would give back by showing a picture install. I did the original install with removing the headlight but thought I would document the installation without the headlight removal as it was equally as fast if not faster.

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Days off the Bike continued + My First Really Great Birthday


February 2nd, 2015

I felt like I had to get a post together on my 49th birthday.  What’s funny is that my father and I just came to realize I could use his iPad as a hotspot to access WIFI.  They don’t have internet at their home in Florida.  Long story but my folks feel they are not here long enough to have it activated.  In any case, I am using my father’s GB’s but he is OK with that to help me keep the blog going.  Thanks Dad. 😉

According to the news…not like my video I did not see my shadow being a groundhog and that means 6 more weeks of winter.  Got my shadows wrong.

You know you are in Florida when you see streets lined with Palm Trees, a slight warmth to the air at night even though everyone here thinks it’s freezing outside.  I have not been down here since the early 2000’s.  I have not seen my cousins…mainly Sofarelli’s for over a decade or more.  I came here to rest, see my parents and get to hang out with some cousins who also follow my FB/BLOG and my trips.  How cool is it to have your own family want to come along for the ride? Continue reading

Lay Over – R&R in the Winter Florida Sun


February 1, 2015

Florida sunset

Ahhh…rest time.  After 17 days on the bike and over 9000 KM’s or about 5700 miles later, I thought I needed some R&R off the bike.   I rode on Friday from Bonifay, Florida to the Lakeland area where my parents have a RV/House.  Great place to layover and get some rest.  I have my own room, bathroom, entrance, well…whole house.  My folks stay in their RV lol and do not use their house at all except for laundry.  So, enjoying my rest off the bike, going to see cousins today, Superbowl Sunday, might go for a leisurely ride tomorrow with a friend of my folks and I am keeping an eye on the weather up north. Continue reading

Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?


January 30th , 2015 – Day 16 & 17

My long road

I had this whole reflection post about my last year drafted but I deleted it.  Today is my one year anniversary that my ex told me she was going to leave and never looked back. I am not not going to harp on the details but in a nutshell, after 17 years together as common law, only 4 months married I was dumped.  On February 2nd, she was gone forever and we are legally separated without even discussing anything.  I never asked her to stay, I went along with her decision. Continue reading

Baton Rouge BMW & New Orleans Tour


January 28th, 2015 – Day 15 (NEW ORLEANS)-click the pics

BR BMW

I should have really called this trip BMW Dealership Tour.  On a serious note, I did not have to be in New Orleans until 1500 hrs so I thought what the hell, stop by Baton Rouge BMW and see if they can figure out my EWS code.  I sent the dealer an email the night before and Cory, the Service Manager responded promptly and said “sure we can fit you in”.  Got a late start, took my time in the morning and made the HUGE ride of 8 km’s to the dealer from where I was staying. Continue reading

Climate SHOCK and the LA State Trooper


January 27th, 2015 – Day 14 (all pics in all posts can be clicked for larger versions)

He got me

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Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Back to Arkansas!


January 26th 2015 – Day 13

I woke up this morning to a very cool and crisp sunny day.  Compared to yesterday I immediately took a look at that flags and they were still.  I thought nice….no 40-50 MPH winds to contend with for today.  Little video from yesterday’s ride.

All the weather people said so and yep, that was the case.  Smooth sailing all day long and I did manage to get pretty far even with riding the TALIMENA BY-WAY.

Views and more views

This by-way was recommended by a few FB readers and I am so glad I was able to take it.  There is a very LARGE sign, of course I did not take a picture of it that says do not drive this road if there is fog, ice or snow.  There is no road maintenance.  No worries about that today at all.  It was sunny, dry and my riding temperatures today ranged from 0 C (30F) – 18 C (66F). Continue reading

Day 10,11& 12 – Interstate Riding – Looking for Mountains


January 23rd , 24th & 25th 2015

brrrr but I was warm ;-)

I woke up on Day 10 to my bike totally covered in frost.  I have finally hit winter at this point to justify the name of my trip.  👍

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Long Way to ABQ via the Apache Trail


January 22nd 2015 – Day 9

Heading to the Apache

After leaving GO-AZ dealership the day before I went to another virtual hosts house for an over niter.  Terry and Heather.  What a nice couple.  We had really good pizza, hung out with their pets, I have all ready forgotten their cat’s name but their dog?  Jack.  Terry and Heather take in rescues so they MUST be good people and they are.  Thanks guys for the stay and Terry for input on my route for the day.  Heather hope your make it to your next book club.  👍

the views

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Day 8 – GO-AZ & SPOOKY FAST – A very warm WELCOME


January 21 2015 – Day 8

I am usually much more efficient with updates as I put day 8 together on Day 11.  This trip more than any other trip has not only been about a little bike issues but more importantly taking time to enjoy myself with detours and meeting so many virtual friends.  This trip riding SOLO has been for some reason my most enjoyable trip.  Go figure after I have been on about 130,000 KM’s of trips since 2010. Continue reading