Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: sometimes it sucks to be me.
My adventure was during my 10/10ths ride. Stupid me, really tired, and could not find a place to stay in Junction, TX, the normal halfway point on coast to coast rides. Something was going on there, and everything was unusually full up.
Took off West, forgetting that not only was I going to sleep in Junction, I was going to fuel up too! About 15 miles west of Junction, on I-10, , ran out of gas, about 2:00 AM! Coasted down an exit ramp, in the middle of absolutely NOWHERE, and discovered what Dick and Grif had warned us about, THERE ARE MANY DEER THERE! Saw about three of them by the exit ramp, and they just sat and watched me coast down.
I had a 1 quart MSR bottle of gas in my top case, put that in while listening to more deer walking on the pavement in the dark, got it started again, and headed back East toward the Junction exit. Rode about 40 MPH trying to save fuel, wondering just how far I would have to walk. Got within sight of the exit, saw the lights for the service station on the other side of the highway, and thought I would only have to walk a quarter mile or so, when she quit. Coasted, coasted, and slowly coasted a little more, then just got to the exit which was thankfully downhill. Coasting down I was thinking I would only have to walk a hundred yards or so to the other side of the interstate, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a darkend service station on MY side! Saw the pump panel lights still on, and coasted around the corner and right up to the pump. I don't think I even touched the brakes! Put my card in hopefully, and the pumps were ON!!! Filled up, refilled my trusty MSR bottle, and took off West again. Had to go nearly two hours before finding a place to get a couple hours sleep. That is DESERTED country.
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.