Re: Ken Meese in IBR
O.K, got a phone update now. Ken is running well, feeling pretty good. He had a couple issues along the way, and just gave up hitting Kentucky this leg because he has not had enough sleep.
He had an issue with his rear ME-880, wore way faster than he hoped, had to find a shop that had a replacement, finally found a PR2. He already has a PR2 on front.
He was riding in water up to his footpegs in South Dakota, at one time water flowed up over his windshield and soaked him. Then mud where tractors and Bobcats were clearing it from the roadways. He had toyed with the idea of getting Bismark, ND, but after crossing into ND decided the 23 points were not worth it, so headed east to get back to Interstates.
His Contacts were bothering him at one point, so he switched to his glasses. I think it was Wisconsin where one of his lenses fell out. He went back, found the lens unbroken, snapped it back in and continued on. Later at a rest stop, the lens fell out again, so he was looking for it, put out his sidestand, leaned it over, and "crunch" , put the sidestand right on top of the lens! He then looked in his computer bag to get the contacts, and only had ONE. So for a while he was riding with one contact and one eyeglass lens! Said it was a little spooky looking, but he made it for a while. Finally this morning he found a Wal-Mart open and sat there for a couple hours while getting some new contacts.
He made Columbus, and was originally going down to get Kentucky, but decided that he needed sleep more, so is now on the way to the checkpoint in Buffalo. No more heroics on this leg. He was trying for a 6000 plus mile, 9000 point leg, but is settling for a little less due to the issues that cost him a few hours sleep. He plans on a full 8 hours sleep in Buffalo to be ready for leg two.
He is currently planning to go to Madawaska on Leg two to get the second of the four corners, and will not know how to try for Key West until Leg two is under way. Of course anything could change when they get their bonus package 4:00 AM Saturday! To do Key West on leg two would require doing it in daytime, so traffic would be a big factor. If he does it on leg three, he would be doing it at nightm much easier. He is currently planning to complete a Four Corners to be a 'Gold" Finisher if the stars keep lining up correctly. One issue is that he does still have to get Kentucky, doing it on leg two will take quite a dogleg on his route, but the option still exists to get it on leg three, since he still has to get Kansas and Missouri anyway.
Right now he is running on two PR2 tires, has a fresh set of tires waiting on him in Buffalo, a front PR2 and a car tire (which he has a lot of experience with) for the rear. He is thinking the rear car tire will last him through both remaining legs unless he gets a puncture as he has good experience with them.
He is headed for the barn, should be there around 5:00. Gives him some padding in case of traffic issues.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.