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Title: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 03, 2011, 08:59:14 pm
House sitter in place and to launch the trip I wanted to hurry and get out of the Southeast.  Also I never did the Iron Butt 1,000 miles in 24 hours thing.  So I did both. Day/Night one I rode 1100 miles from Tampa to Ft Smith, Arkansas only stopping for gas.  Took me 17 hours but thats 'cuz I did a lot of "off the freeway" stuff on my favorite back roads in GA and Northern Alabama.

Phone pic:
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OK, I haven't had time to take pics yet. But D*MN its hot up here! Real Phillip's 66 signs in OK, home of that company before they merged with Conoco-
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Going to hit "Dodge City" Kansas on way to Rocky Mountains, Denver/Boulder and southern Utah. North Rim of Grand Canyon doing the tourist newB thing (I never been there!) Then seeing a special friend and rolling dice in Vegas...then all over Cali....  and Phoenix and Dallas for friends, Lousianna for cajun food, I hope to eat there for days...   Will check in soon hopefully with some decent pics.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: ZG on July 03, 2011, 09:46:53 pm
 :popcorn:
 
"Ride" on Steve!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 03, 2011, 10:25:26 pm
:popcorn:
 
"Ride" on Steve!


Yes sir (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: dras on July 03, 2011, 10:29:33 pm
Let me know when you're coming through the Phoenix area - I'll buy you a cold bevie! Just so you know though, it's HOT here too. Officially 118 yesterday, but my thermometer here at the house saw 120.0 for the high  :o. Be safe - there's a lot of kooks out there!

Dave
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 03, 2011, 10:32:09 pm
Let me know when you're coming through the Phoenix area - I'll buy you a cold bevie! Just so you know though, it's HOT here too. Officially 118 yesterday, but my thermometer here at the house saw 120.0 for the high  :o. Be safe - there's a lot of kooks out there!

Dave

Thank you sir, I'll holler' when I get near you.  I hold Phoenix dear after living there and now missing it for years!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Pokey on July 04, 2011, 06:53:16 am
You ever work? :o
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 04, 2011, 08:58:25 am
You ever work? :o

Yes sir, most of my day posts come from business trip airports, hotels, or during the occasional boring conference calls I sit on.  This rare "ride" is because I took vacation from the grind!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: C1xRider on July 04, 2011, 09:05:28 am
Right on!, and Ride ON!

I was thinking of doing something crazy like that this summer myself.  Even though my vacation time at work is maxed out, it's still tough to break away.  Glad to see someone out there 'livin the dream'.

If it gets too hot for you down south, it's now officially summer here in the PNW.  We're blue sky and sunny for the next few months (82F today), and rarely break 100F here in PDX.  Come on up and enjoy!  We'll show you around to all the good stuff.  8)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Pokey on July 04, 2011, 11:26:05 am
Yes sir, most of my day posts come from business trip airports, hotels, or during the occasional boring conference calls I sit on.  This rare "ride" is because I took vacation from the grind!

Glad ya got out and enjoyed yourself!!!! 8)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 05, 2011, 03:13:18 am
Glad ya got out and enjoyed yourself!!!! 8)


Thanks!

Made it to Vance AFB Oklahoma and visited my son and his girl.  Wow @ his Air Traffic Control center.

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Then rolled across the plains of OK and Kansas, hung out in Dodge City, and made it all the way to Denver tonight! I think I'm psycho going 600 miles on VERY RURAL back roads in 108 degree heat, the locals advised against it unless I rode with someone. I went sometimes 50 miles without seeing a living human or even a cow.

This exactly what I saw all day.
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I was so excited to see a tree and cows I had to stop and see if it was a hallucination.
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The locals warned me not to step off the side of the road without snake boots and such. But I had to get a pic of this weird plant.
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Fields of nothing, but hi-tech windmills cover power for Buffalo, Kansas. They are proud of their Bison but no one in that 400 people town could show me one.
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Made new friends in Dodge City Kansas.  They explained Dorothy nor Toto is there, but Wyatt Earp is the town hero there. Everything is about him in that town too. I almost stopped at 300 miles and stayed at the Wyatt Erp Inn, but I went on to CO.
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Ok now I'm in Denver, where I wanted to be!  Was tough getting here, a few thousand miles in a few days.  I'm going to criss-cross the Rockies a few times.  Meeting some forum friends that will take me to the highest spot. Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to take pics here that aren't sunblown out...  west OK and Ks was incredibly bright and hot!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: cheapbastard on July 05, 2011, 07:37:17 am
niiiiiiiiice, I'm headed out to the rockies myself in just under 52 days... but who's counting, right?  ;D
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Boomer on July 05, 2011, 07:50:04 am
Be safe - there's a lot of kooks out there!

One more now that Steve is out there too.  ;)

Have a fun and SAFE ride Steve. Wish I wuz there.  ;D
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Jeremy Mitchell on July 05, 2011, 07:57:43 am
Ride safe, if you are in my area on your return trip just give me a holler and I will have you over to my casa for a cold beverage and a quick check of your KiPass system to make sure it is keeping your beer cold and your women hot.  ;D
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 05, 2011, 08:16:14 am
Yep OK is pretty ugly this time of year, particular with the drought we're having.  Looks like a fun trip none the less.  Your son has excellent taste in colleges by the way.  Go Dawgs!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: cheapbastard on July 05, 2011, 09:54:50 am
Your son has excellent taste in colleges women by the way.

 :chugbeer: ;D
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: SteveJ. on July 05, 2011, 04:13:03 pm
Hey Steve, just found this. Looks like ya got it working for ya.

Nice pix. This has epic ride written all over it.

Roll on.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 05, 2011, 09:40:50 pm
Hey Steve, just found this. Looks like ya got it working for ya.

Nice pix. This has epic ride written all over it.

Roll on.

Thanks!  Yes Sir - Just good times all over America, epic indeed!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 05, 2011, 09:49:57 pm
Since I got into Denver in the wee hours of the morning after knocking off another 750 miles through 108 degree heat, I mentioned to Stavee I was going to relax a little today.  So he said "see you in a little" and I noticed on the ODO we went over 100 miles in the canyons and mountains (Denver area). Was so awesome him showing me those roads and I'm appreciative.

Tomorrow we'll get serious and go into Rockies starting with Rocky Mountain Nationa Park and climbing over 14,000 ft recomended by both Steve J. and Stavee. It'll start with riding to Rick's for the coffee.

Anyway, the pics do the canyons and mountains we rode today very little justice as the sun was so bright. Hopefully I'll have some real tripod pics tomorrow-

Zoomed down from a 10,000 ft mountain overlooking Coors brewing company in Golden, Co.  (Coors plant - middle of pic)
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Nearby mountains being hammered with snow
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Buffulo Bill had a nice place on a mountain overlooking downtown Denver.  Went to his crib and his grave.
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: NautiOne on July 06, 2011, 08:20:54 pm
Be safe and ride hard, brother Steve!   If the Northshore area of New Orleans (I-10 thru Mandeville) is on your agenda, please look me up. I've got tools, spare Connie parts, and a great eye for local Cajun, Creole, or other local food joints.  Your lunch is on me !
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 07, 2011, 12:31:39 am
Be safe and ride hard, brother Steve!   If the Northshore area of New Orleans (I-10 thru Mandeville) is on your agenda, please look me up. I've got tools, spare Connie parts, and a great eye for local Cajun, Creole, or other local food joints.  Your lunch is on me !

Nautione thanks I'll do that!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 07, 2011, 12:37:18 am
Today's ride speaks for itself except let me add to these pics if you ever have an opportunity to ride with Stavee and Rick Hall do it!!!

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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Jeremy Mitchell on July 07, 2011, 07:08:38 am
Spectacular!  I can't wait to ride up there.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: SteveJ. on July 07, 2011, 01:47:38 pm
Steve, looks like you've had the opportunity to use the electrics.

Neat out there on a bike, eh?

Plenty more to come your way, you've just touched the surface.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 07, 2011, 10:44:40 pm
Steve, looks like you've had the opportunity to use the electrics.

Neat out there on a bike, eh?

Plenty more to come your way, you've just touched the surface.

Yes sir!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 07, 2011, 10:48:54 pm
All over the remainder of CO targets today. 490 miles one turn at a time.  Made it to Cortez and going to check out the map SteveJ marked up and at least hit some of that stuff in UTAH!

I did more riding than playing with the camera. Some spots it was advised to stop and take pics but the turns were too good!

Here are a few BS gas/pee stop type pics anyway.

upstate CO
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Downstate CO
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: C1xRider on July 08, 2011, 02:58:29 pm
I did more riding than playing with the camera. Some spots it was advised to stop and take pics but the turns were too good!

Now you know why those of us out west don't post pics of everything we ride, too busy riding and enjoying it!

Keep up the great vacation stories.  As you can clearly see, it's the journey, not the destination.   ;)

Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: CRocker on July 08, 2011, 04:00:35 pm
Now you know why those of us out west don't post pics of everything we ride, too busy riding and enjoying it!

Keep up the great vacation stories.  As you can clearly see, it's the journey, not the destination.   ;)

Whew!  I was afraid that I was the only one who kept thinking "That would make a nice pic...but, what a GREAT ride this is!  I don't want to stop to take a pic!"

Enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Ron Dawg on July 08, 2011, 05:16:14 pm
:chugbeer: ;D

+1 on his school (and his friend, too)
When I was in school at The Univ of GA,  a guy came to visit. He got off the plane in Atlanta, then later got out of the car in over in Athens at the university, then he looked at all the girls on campus and said, "What'd they do? Kill all the ugly ones??"     :chugbeer:

Ron (Dawg)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: C1xRider on July 08, 2011, 07:52:08 pm
Whew!  I was afraid that I was the only one who kept thinking "That would make a nice pic...but, what a GREAT ride this is!  I don't want to stop to take a pic!"

Enjoy the ride!

No, it's not just you.  I'm still kicking myself for not stopping to take a picture of that road sign on Highway 12 in Idaho I saw, that said "Curves ahead, next 99 miles".  I was too busy thinking "Sweet, more twisties!"  However, taking that picture is now on my list of things to do, so I have an excuse to back there again this year.  :)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: CRocker on July 08, 2011, 07:58:19 pm
No, it's not just you.  I'm still kicking myself for not stopping to take a picture of that road sign on Highway 12 in Idaho I saw, that said "Curves ahead, next 99 miles".  I was too busy thinking "Sweet, more twisties!"  However, taking that picture is now on my list of things to do, so I have an excuse to back there again this year.  :)

Hah!  I grew up in Lewiston...have ridden that road umpteen times...and STILL haven't taken a pic of that sign!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: ZG on July 08, 2011, 08:15:43 pm
"What'd they do? Kill all the ugly ones??"     :chugbeer:



 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 08, 2011, 09:10:41 pm
Please take a pic of the curves 99 miles sign!!!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 08, 2011, 09:39:31 pm
backroads UTAH 602 miles today.... too much fun and beauty, and the curves are insane.  Along with the monsoon style weather.

Moab jeep boys told me this road is hard packed and would be OK for my bike.  ADV stylin' a Connie14
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Baby chipmunk size of a mouse kept trying to play when I wanted to take pics so I took her pic.
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Took a pic as I had to pull over for rain gear.  I rode into that monster and the sheet rain was one thing but the winds about blew me over.
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This Australian ADV guy imported a Yamaha Tennier to ride here in the southwest. He run the hell out of the Utah desert with his wife. This bike is set for USA in 2012. Damn it is a sweet ADV bike!
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Note all the after market, and that route he is going is the route I came in on....it is EPIC TWISTIES
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: ZG on July 08, 2011, 11:01:53 pm

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Nice pic Steve, make that one into a postcard!!  :thumbs:
 
Safe travels...  8)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Stavee on July 09, 2011, 02:11:12 pm
Hah!  I grew up in Lewiston...have ridden that road umpteen times...and STILL haven't taken a pic of that sign!
Do you mean this one?
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: CRocker on July 09, 2011, 02:59:54 pm
Do you mean this one?

Yep!  That's the one...well, the new one, anyway!

Anybody old enough to remember what the old sign read?
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 09, 2011, 04:44:12 pm
I need the BIG version of that signage please =)

Lower Utah rolling towards Vegas:

Hey when I get 90ish I want to roll just like this guy:
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 09, 2011, 05:54:58 pm
+1 on his school (and his friend, too)
When I was in school at The Univ of GA,  a guy came to visit. He got off the plane in Atlanta, then later got out of the car in over in Athens at the university, then he looked at all the girls on campus and said, "What'd they do? Kill all the ugly ones??"     :chugbeer:



Ron (Dawg)

Oh man that was hilarious!  I would have to agree with your friend.  I grew up in S. GA and had older friends who went to school there.  Went to a few parties in Athens as a senior in H.S. and yes......don't remember there being any ugly girls!

And Steve, thank you for the pics.  I really love it out West after being stationed at Hill AFB.  The pics are gorgeous!  Keep em' coming.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 10, 2011, 05:55:52 am
Thanks okx!

Rolled into Vegas today and threw dice all night. About break even, maybe down 50. 

The bike has been 3700 miles since Saturday, I'll give "it" a break and hang out in Vegas another night.

About throwing dice all night tonight....  of course I took a few pics.

My Favorite place on the main Vegas drag - the Bellagio
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My ultimate favorite "locals" place off the main drag
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And a stop by here is always suggested while in this town
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Please drink many of these, get drunk, gamble loosely. The management.
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: cheapbastard on July 11, 2011, 12:01:30 pm
niiiiiiice Steve, reminds me so much of my trip in 09. So where to in SoCal? I can hook you up with a buddy that can show you all kinds of good stuff south of LA.  8)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 11, 2011, 03:23:20 pm
Thanks!  Just left Vegas and made it to the ROCK STORE in southern cali, after looking at pretty wiminz on Van Nuys Bld in North hollywood. I won't be here long though....
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 12, 2011, 02:54:40 am
Sun so bright I had to use a CPL polerizer just to see a pic in the middle of nowhere desert as I came in from Vegas to Cali. You know how I am about liking the natural scenes, out in the middle of nowhere desert I saw an intriguing sign that said "go here" so I did. Here is the sign:
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 12, 2011, 11:50:18 am
There's gold in them there hills.  Actually probably more like silver.  Find any???  Nice pics by the way!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 12, 2011, 03:44:09 pm
Thanks!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: MrPepsi on July 12, 2011, 04:46:47 pm
So I did both. Day/Night one I rode 1100 miles from Tampa to Ft Smith, Arkansas only stopping for gas.  Took me 17 hours but thats 'cuz I did a lot of "off the freeway" stuff on my favorite back roads in GA and Northern Alabama.


Holy frack, that's 64 MPH average.
That's rollin' you freak.

You gunna make it to San Francisco?
I'll PM you my cell if you are.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 13, 2011, 04:00:43 am
Holy frack, that's 64 MPH average.
That's rollin' you freak.

You gunna make it to San Francisco?
I'll PM you my cell if you are.

Thanks! Time kept me from san fran and the rest of the USA I'd "like" to visit, I bolted from LA to Phoenix tonight and got in at whatever time zone this hour is.  I'm going to visit friends here, run the cave creek twisties, and figure out a back roads way to see friends in Dallas from here and have some mesquite smoked brisket. You're more than welcome to join me on this venture too!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 13, 2011, 04:58:14 am
I went by there before checking into this hotel and he was closed... go figure!

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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 13, 2011, 11:29:09 am
Someone from Phoenix in a thread posted "look me up when you're in town" and i can't find the message in the threads anywhere.  Would like to ride with you this evening if you're into it, can you please send me a PM if you see this?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: MrPepsi on July 13, 2011, 11:31:44 am
Let me know when you're coming through the Phoenix area - I'll buy you a cold bevie! Just so you know though, it's HOT here too. Officially 118 yesterday, but my thermometer here at the house saw 120.0 for the high  :o. Be safe - there's a lot of kooks out there!

Dave

This one?
See page one.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 14, 2011, 12:07:36 am
Thanks Brent - I missed it :(     Finally saw my special friend Tami and spent time with her this afternoon/night. After having some desert fun.

Phoenix is among my favorite places. Sometimes you don't have the right tool.... errrr right bike for the job.  I did the best I could with the Concours14 ADV style.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/X%20country%20trippin/20110713-DSC_1832.jpg)

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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 16, 2011, 10:21:39 pm
Dallas TX to the far right side of Mississippi today.  Friends and kinfolk here didn't know i crossed the river today, nor did I know i was going too.  But tomorrow I'll be ringing doorbells =)

Finally on the right side of the Mississippi
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I know i'm back in the south, missed these out west!
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Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Not4Hire on July 17, 2011, 10:27:41 am
Just read the thread thru...very interesting. Had to laugh at the pic of the Australian chap with "Notes To Self" on his dash:

KEEP RIGHT>>   KEEP RIGHT!

They must ride/drive leftside  in 'Strilia!!

:yikes:   8)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: dras on July 17, 2011, 11:43:35 am
Dang Steve! I haven't kept up on the thread until today. Looks like I missed you coming through Phoenix. I worked about 70 hrs. last week so time would have been thin in any case. Too bad Joe's BBQ was closed. You must have hit it late in the evening or something. Not much happening in downtown Gilbert after dark! I only live about 4 or 5 miles from that place too.

Still interesting seeing your trip report along the way. I'm thinking a large percentage of us are quite jealous of your adventure - I know I am.

Dave
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: NautiOne on July 17, 2011, 09:46:21 pm
Vicksburg MS River Bridges (my home town).  Wondering if Steve is doing casino buffets after all that I-20 slab.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: blanton on July 18, 2011, 08:31:24 pm
stevewfl, realy nice pics and read...Your camera gear was worth the carry. How did you keep your ride so clean?
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: C1xRider on July 18, 2011, 09:19:34 pm
stevewfl, realy nice pics and read...Your camera gear was worth the carry. How did you keep your ride so clean?


He has an enclosed trailer.   ::) :-X
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 18, 2011, 09:56:11 pm
Dude, sorry i missed you in Phoenix too. I couldn't find the thread while i was there, for some reason I thought it was in PM and then it was too late.  Tami and i killed 'em on the blackjack tables at Talking Sticks indian casino in Scottsdale!

***Returned to Tampa after a 7006 mile bike ride. It was incredible seeing relatives and friends, mountains snow, desert tundra, valleys, plains, canyons, badlands, grasslands, and finally the FL sea again. Thanks again to the folks that met me and Rick Hall and Stavee especially (helped me with the plug).

Few more pics

big post offices in Alabama
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FL Panhandle
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(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/X%20country%20trippin/20110718-DSC_1880.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/X%20country%20trippin/20110718-DSC_1889.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/X%20country%20trippin/20110718-DSC_1892.jpg)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 19, 2011, 01:20:51 pm
Dang I love FL!  Nice pics again.  Love the little baby scooters next to the beast!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: SteveJ. on July 19, 2011, 06:03:35 pm
Welcome home.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 20, 2011, 11:53:37 am
Meant to ask you what windshield you are using and how tall are you......thanks.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Conrad on July 21, 2011, 09:06:20 am
Great pics and ride report Steve!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 21, 2011, 10:09:07 am
Thank you sir (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: SteveJ. on July 21, 2011, 10:24:59 am
Thank you sir ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif[/url])
Oh, he meant you. I was confusled. ;)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 22, 2011, 02:09:38 pm
Meant to ask you what windshield you are using and how tall are you......thanks.

I'll try again ::)........stevewfl.......what windshield are you using and how tall are you?  Thank you sir.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 22, 2011, 02:20:16 pm
I'll try again ::)........stevewfl.......what windshield are you using and how tall are you?  Thank you sir.

apologies, I run the cee baily ultra tour, I'm 6'2', and LOVE that wind screen!
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: okxd45 on July 22, 2011, 02:38:45 pm
apologies, I run the cee baily ultra tour, I'm 6'2', and LOVE that wind screen!

No problem.  Perfect, I'm the same height.  So cool enough in the summer (all the way down I presume), and covers completely in the winter? 
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on July 22, 2011, 03:25:12 pm
No problem.  Perfect, I'm the same height.  So cool enough in the summer (all the way down I presume), and covers completely in the winter?


yes sir, I haven't had the need to swap it out during either riding season.

the past few weeks its been in the desert tundra, snow/rockies, and by the sea.  its my favorite mod by FAR (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/dblthumb2.gif)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: SteveJ. on July 22, 2011, 06:56:18 pm
Cee Bailey apparently really has their act together. I've ridden behind 4 different shields on the C10, nothing else comes close to the Cee Bailey for lack of buffeting.
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: Sea Level on July 29, 2011, 03:12:24 pm
Why is it that people feel compelled to shoot abandoned cars?   :popcorn:
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: C1xRider on July 29, 2011, 03:29:32 pm
Why is it that people feel compelled to shoot abandoned cars?   :popcorn:

Easier to hit than a moving car?  ::)
Title: Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
Post by: stevewfl on August 02, 2011, 06:14:24 am
Easier to hit than a moving car?  ::)


+1, and much less risk of jail time (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)