Monday, July 17, 2016
Oh I slept in late.....I was so tired last night that I'm sure as soon as I hit the pillow I was sound asleep. I didn't wake up until after 8:00 am! Yikes, guess that means I won't get to far today :-) I had a bowl of Raisin Bran for brekkie because that was all that was left at the cheapo breakfast bar at the sleazy Super 8. Oh well. I like Raisin Bran :-)
It took me forever to get my act together and on the road. I had to fill up the fuel tank and I wanted to go into the store but it was crowded so I just left instead. I really didn't want to stay on I-70 but I hadn't planned well. No, I hadn't planned at all! So, I-70 it was for a while.
I took a quick break at a rest stop in Ohio. Interesting that the rest stop is also a tornado shelter!
Today's ride was just that, a ride. I managed to skirt a nasty thunderstorm when I headed north. I only got a few sprinkles and then the sky turned blue and the heat crept up.
We'll see what tomorrow brings. I plan on getting off the Interstate and onto a more rural route.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Some slogging along the Interstate...I pulled off for a break and found these lovely wildflowers alongside the road. Beautiful! This was in Illinois.
In Cameron, I had a quick bite to eat at the restaurant next door. Then back to the room and try to update the blog. The internet went down and I went to bed, hahahaha!
Before I forget, here are a few tidbits -----
I managed to wear out my glove :-( I loved these gloves and hope I can find a replacement. Oh well, I'm still wearing them (yes, I have others on the bike).
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I left Cameron at a reasonable hour because all weather reports promised an extremely hot day. As a matter of fact, there were extreme temperature alerts! Yikes! US Highway 36 is the Pony Express Route. I had a good laugh in my helmet when I realized I was probably on part of the Iron Butt Rally from 2013.
US 36 did turn to a two laner and for a while I enjoyed rolling hills, occasional forests, small creeks and rivers, small hamlets and pretty much no traffic. I had filled my hydration jug with ice and I was glad I had. The temperatures were rising and I had to make a number of stops to cool down, wet down my LD Comfort top, drink lots of water and rest.
I stopped in Seneca, KS and took this picture. No, I didn't go to the museum.
And, it was like a blast furnace. I was drinking water like crazy. I was getting nervous about finding a place to stop for the night and I had no idea when I might find gas. Finally, I came upon a tiny place with 3 pumps out front, Unleaded, Premium Unleaded and Diesel. The pumps were so old school, there was no credit card slot. Instead you picked up the pump and twisted the handle on the side. An old man was outside to take my money. $10.00 even almost filled up the bike. The old guy there was probably older than the pumps. The other, "Good Old Boys" hanging at the gas station/tractor repair place just stared at me with their mouths agape. What? You never seen a woman on a motorcycle. The funny here was another dude on a Harley pulled in right behind me at the gas pumps and the old man assumed we were together. I should have said if he was buying my gas then yeah, we're together. I wasn't quick enough and too tired so I just said NO and pumped my gas. Jeez.....
So, I got an almost full tank of gas that gave me some relief as I knew I could make it to I-70 easily. I had no idea how long I was to ride on US 36 with nothing but the rare ranch. I had to pull off to the side of the highway to let the farm machinery go by.
I got on I-70 just as the lightening began. I was pelted with some rain, but nothing major. It was delicious in that the temperature dropped significantly but scary because of the lightening. And, I was TIRED. It was time for me to stop.
I took the Aurora exit off I-70 toward a huge group of hotels. After Garmin routed me up and then then around and around, I finally found the hotels. Not a single room available. All booked up. So, I rode through town via Garmin instructions to find road construction and roads closed the way Garmin wanted me to go.
Finally, I got back on the Interstate, tried three or four hotels at various exits all to no avail. WTF Denver? It's a Wednesday night and no rooms? By now I was cranky, hot, tired, and hungry. Screw you Denver, I flew past and on to Idaho Springs. No rooms there either. Cripes.
I stopped at a gas station/convenience store and filled up the bike and took a bit of a rest. I finally called the Georgetown Mountain Inn which I knew was up the road a few miles. Yippee! They had a room and yes, he would save it for me. Oh boy, oh boy.
Of course, at that point it was almost dark and the rain and hail started. I didn't care. I mounted up and pointed West. Only ten miles up the road but it seemed like a hundred. I was worried about critters and traffic. Although the much cooler temperatures in the 50's felt like heaven after the 100+ I'd been in all day.
Praying I would make it in once piece, I found my exit and made a beeline to the motel. Yes! I got checked in and Dan, the owner very kindly gave me a ground floor room. Bliss!!!!! Since it was so late I didn't get any food and hadn't eaten since my frosted flakes earlier that morning. I didn't care, I was so glad to have finally found shelter.
So, I think I rode about 700 miles today. Way more than the planned 350 or so. No worries, I'm that much closer to Granby, CO where I'll be participating in the ADV Woman Rally. More on that later :-)
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Happy Birthday to my Sweetheart, Eric. Sorry I'm not there to celebrate with you but I promise to make it up to you!
Last night I slept soundly. Man I was tired. I don't have much of an Iron Butt anymore and I need highway pegs and a custom saddle to make those long days tolerable.
Last night, while in Idaho Springs, two riders passed me and we waved. Well guess who pulled into the same motel last night? Yup, those two. Like I said, no rooms in Idaho Springs. Dan, at the Georgetown Mountain Inn was filling up with those who couldn't find lodging elsewhere. I've actually stayed here a few years ago for Justin Phillipson's first How the West Was Won Rally. It's quite nice!
Here are the two fellas I ran into getting ready to leave. One from San Diego and the other from Seattle. We had a nice visit.
Mandatory stop at the summit!
Now, I'm parked (well my stuff is parked). I'll be riding the bike to the Rodeo Arena where the ADV Woman clinics and rally will be held. Hopefully, I'll learn some basic off road skills and improve my riding ability on the Beastie Bike. Fingers crossed I don't break anything on me or the bike!
So far, this adventure has been exhilarating, insightful, easy, hard, fun, exhausting. I miss my honey but I've challenged myself with this excursion. Ha, tent camping for three nights? Hahahahah, yes did that! Riding across the country and back, yup doing that too. Meeting interesting people? Sometimes. Having a lifetime memory and adventure? Absolutely.
Thanks for following along. I'll keep you posted on the ADV Woman's Rally and then I'll head for home.