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Offline stevewfl

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Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« 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.

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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-


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.
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 09:46:53 pm »
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 10:25:26 pm »
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” St. Augustine

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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #3 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!

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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #4 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!
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2011, 06:53:16 am »
You ever work? :o
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #6 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!
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #7 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)
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #8 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)
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #9 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.





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.


I was so excited to see a tree and cows I had to stop and see if it was a hallucination.


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.


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.


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.


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!
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #10 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

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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #11 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
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #12 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
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #13 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!
Jeff
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Re: Runnin' a C14, X-country style
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 09:54:50 am »
Your son has excellent taste in colleges women by the way.

 :chugbeer: ;D