My plans took a turn this past week, but it’s all good.
I got a call from Sherry that she was broke down in eastern Arizona while on an Ironbutt practice ride. I had been staying with old Air Force friends in El Paso so I headed north to help out my former host.( last June Sherry hosted me as I passed through SoCal) We got her bike towed to her mechanic outside of Laughlin Nv. where they fixed the bike (it was bad gas) and welded on a trailer hitch to “Belle”
On the way back to Sherry’s house we met up with Shawn and Adele from shawncowles.com as they made their way from Key West to Ushuaia Argentina on DRZ 400’s. All packed up with Mosko Moto luggage. It’s great to see travelers doing what they love!
Yesterday we loaded up her pup Blondie for a day ride through the mountains and desert. It turned out to be a 200+ mile day because of washed out roads up in Idlewild. We made our way through the crowds in Joshua Tree NM for a late lunch in 29 Palms and a very windy ride back down the hill to Sherry’s house in Banning.
It’s very freeing to change plans on the fly. Something I’ve had trouble with in the past being in logistics where you had to be at a certain place and a set time. Meeting up with friends and making new ones is a great thing if you can give up a bit of control sometimes and just let it happen ❤️
I took a few days riding across Texas after picking up my bike in Austin from Alex at Konflict suspension for a LOOOONG overdue service on the Touratech Shock. Thanks for squeezing me in before your trip to the Sonoran Rally.
Stopping at the Fort Davis Mountains State Park for 3 nights I was pleasantly surprised that I qualify for a Texas State Park Veterans Pass that got my entire reservation reimbursed. THANK YOU TEXAS!
Camp is an easy set up in the Yamahauler, just unload the bike and put the screen in the window for added ventilation, that’s pretty much it.
My first riding day started a few min before sunrise on top of the lookout in the park, I rolled up with 1 min before sunrise and was greeted to a spectacular view!
First stop was gas in the town of Ft Davis then south to the Mexican border town of Presidio Texas (about 80 miles). From there, the highway follows the Rio Grand River into the Big Bend NP almost 100 miles away. The views were not what I was expecting! It reminded me of Utah, Arizona or Southern California but definitely not Texas ! There was talk of a “super bloom” of bluebonnets but sadly I didn’t see much more then along the sides of the road.. The outstanding views I rode through more than made up for it though. By the time I made it back to camp, I had just over 300 miles, a respectable day in the saddle.
Day two of riding started slower, it was about a 80’ish mile loop out to the Observatory high atop the Ft Davis Mountains and then back to town another way. Passing a family of Javelina along the way. Lunch was back in the park at the Indian lodge’s Black bear diner. Good food at a bargain. I stopped at the Ft Davis National monument in town, it’s the historic sight of the original fort. One of my Air Force buddy’s helped restore a few of the artifacts. It was very well done. The fort was mainly manned by the “Buffalo Soldiers “ so lots of history there.
Having traversed Texas several times North-South and East-West, I had never seen anything that looks like the areas I rode through in those 3 days, everyone needs to spend some time down there. It’s trualy amazing!
Tana and Brady have re-vamped their You Tube page ( formally Colorado ADVlogs) as they get ready for Tana’s shot to qualify for the GS Trophy international women’s team. They also have a Go fund me page to help raise some funds. Tana and Brady both have an adventurous spirit with hearts of gold that are living the ADV life whenever and wherever they can. They hosted me last summer before I went ride across Utah. Like, share and donate if you can!
GO FUND ME LINK
MEERKAT MEDIA WEBSITE
MEERKAT MEDIA YOUTUBE LINK
At the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama is Long Haul Paul Pellands 1st Super Tenere. It has 170,000+ miles as he chased a cure for his Multaple Sclorsis. Check out his website here https://www.longhaulpaul.com
Paul has since put 130,000+ on Tenere #2 and last fall Yamaha gave him a new Star Venture that he’s tearing up the miles on. He has more than 300,000 miles by now toward the 1 Million mile goal he’s set for himself. GEAUX PAUL GEAUX!!!!
Got to spend a few hours at the Barber Motorsports Museum and race track. If you are anywhere near Birmingham Alabama, you REALLY NEED! To stop and see!
I’m at BAMF MOTO in Portland and gotta say this is one of the coolest motorcycle shops I’ve ever been in! Jim E. James is a great guy to work with for the best deal in town! He’s the guy that got my very hard to get ahold of Aria XD4 sand colored Flare Helmet.
James was able to grab one right off the container from Japan. He can get pretty much anything. (except Klim) James is also a custom leather designer that hand stitches all his creations, something he learned from his father. When you are in Portland, the shop is right off Hawthorn and 20th. If not, give him a call at 1-888-302-9620 and he can usually drop ship whatever you need from wherever you are at. (He delivered that helmet to me while I was in Denver waiting for my van to be built.) thank you James for the great deal and personal service!
Had a great 12 day road trip throughout the south! Visiting old friends and new as I made my way through Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee,Alabama, Mississippi and a little bit of Texas. The hike to the highest point in Louisiana was treacherous 🙄😳 but the best was the music recording studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama, so much history was made in that little room!