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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-19-2018, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Last time I rolled alone on a scoot was in 1984, this next week I am taking the Glide to CO to visit Brother and sis in law, he has recently had surgery and is unable to visit so My turn. Wife cannot go, no vacation time(I retired last July), dogs need watched as are getting up in years so she is staying home. My cages are a 2010 with 150k and a 1999 with 340k on them so the ride is the best alternative.

Not much event, taking the slab I70 I despise but time is critical this time around. Two partial days into the Greely area from Mid Mo, then visit couple days and the two partials back to the house. May consider US34 or 36 as a return route. Also trying to avoid being on the road with the Memorial Day holiday crowds.
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I dont mind the highway like some. I was an OTR trucker and that was my day. Sometimes the slow back roads need to be replaced with high speed get there.

I'm not going for the full weekend to our family reunion because of my one dog. She cant get shots. So no Kennels. I'll ride the 250 miles each way and have lunch and my friend will come let them out for me.

All the y long rides are solo. So when I do my trips. It's easy.

Be safe. Have fun.
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A solo trip is always good in my boot

Hell I ride solo 90% of the time anyways

I always use the time the clear my head

Have a great solo trip

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Last time I rolled alone on a scoot was in 1984, this next week I am taking the Glide to CO to visit Brother and sis in law, he has recently had surgery and is unable to visit so My turn. Wife cannot go, no vacation time(I retired last July), dogs need watched as are getting up in years so she is staying home. My cages are a 2010 with 150k and a 1999 with 340k on them so the ride is the best alternative.

Not much event, taking the slab I70 I despise but time is critical this time around. Two partial days into the Greely area from Mid Mo, then visit couple days and the two partials back to the house. May consider US34 or 36 as a return route. Also trying to avoid being on the road with the Memorial Day holiday crowds.
I enjoy my solo rides. Sometimes nice just to stop when you want, and not stop when you do not. If you are in the northern Colorado area over Memorial Day weekend, there is a charity ride sponsored by Thunder Mountain HD. Good cause, and beautiful ride around the Northern Colorado Rocky Mountain area!

Send me a PM if interested. See: https://www.realitiesforchildren.com...es-ride-rally/
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Ride safe & enjoy the ride. Hope you have a good family visit too.
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Ride complete, iron butted(for a Old Man) the first day as started with rain and late start at 11:00. Rode to KC where geared up for wet and rode KC thru Junction City in just steady rain just under 120 miles. Got past the rain let the 103 find a happy spot at 85 and cruised on into Hays KS, tired and still some wet clothing stopped for night just over 400 miles.

Radio was a good companion until grew tired of it so was off and on as felt like it, foggy on second day was almost as bad as the rain running the 100 miles Hays to Colby in it 90% of the time but still made time. Back repairs did not nag much, aching butt from being seated long duration did so will be looking for a seating change! Probably a Hammock base.

Ride back after three days there was solid, cruise set well a 85 and delivered at 44mpg average even on the KS gas from Greely to first Limon then Colby KS, Russell and stopped Junction City as rain moved in and I was tired. 515 miles steady push return first day. Crosswinds as usual from Colby back as far as Salina made for a tense ride at times. Second day back in rain to West, rain to East so just geared up and accepted the beating, was minimal Jct City to KC then the skies opened from Independence to Kingdom City MO and off and on into house 180 of 315 miles home wet.

Felt good, was fearing the worst from back surgeries, did have issues with right hip Sacrum Iliac joint I have a diagnosed and not repairable issue with, got to screaming when came off the seat at stops toward end of days. Nothing a little Bourbon could not aid as the ride sat at hotel.
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Glad you had a safe trip. I really enjoy riding long distances alone. I have a hard time finding people that want to put in a long day in the saddle. I have done a couple 1000 mile days alone that probably wouldn't of happened with a companion bike. I will admit that in the back of my head it can make you a little nervous that you may have a mechanical or something and your on your own on the road.
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Thanks for the encouragement and the understanding woverby and buckus. In my younger days a Iron Butt ride was upward of 600 miles, some days we stretched out from dawn til after dusk, not so much stamina any longer here!

Most rides with the wife are 100-200 per day leisure trips with tons of sightseeing while just screwing off quite unlike the old days when I was chasing whatever tail would say Hi back even if meant distance rides and affairs of the heart.

Brother is more well than expected, he had to have urgent prostate removal, aggressive form of cancer. Younger brother as well facing the same evil over the next months but lives close. Are the only close family I have remaining so I take extra efforts to see them.

Front Range is still an amazing sight every time I see it and has been for the last 40+ years.
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I think the longest leg I ever rode solo was around 600, that during a ride from Anchorage to Skagway, ferried to Birmingham and rode down through the middle of WA, OR and CA solo on my FXR. Worse part was coming down out of the the Mt. Shasta mountain range into the flatlands of Redding and 105F. Sunburned my stupid white boy arse bad in about 20 minutes. I later learned that when the temp rises above 92f, the wind chill factor inverses, much like a convection oven. I’ll leave that little tidbit here.

Planning to ride to see several cousins in So. IL next weekend, cataract surgery should be healed enough by then. About 340 each way from Cincinnati, like you, that’s a fine days ride for an old man, and I’ll probably stop and stretch a time or two.
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