We made it home about 8pm'ish.
Pastor Jack, thanks for the prayers- I did have encouragement knowing that you were praying for a stranger on the road.
Please see my feedback about Carolina Euro- Greensboro. All I can say is I dropped off my bike and was handed the keys to a K1200GT as a loner to get me and the wife home! On a Sunday evening... they were waiting for me when I arrived.
It is a rear main seal failure. Had to top off fluid about every 100 miles. Stopped every 50 to wipe off the tire / rim and spray the rubber with brake cleaner. I'll tell you it's a [email protected]
@ to NOT use the sides (right side at least) of your rubber, esp. in W. VA- definitely a skill most don't try to learn.
All the riders who passed me with my hazards flashing must have thought I was scared to death of leaning the bike- that is hilarious! I would get up to speed with a straight away (rare) or left turn, then drop to a crawl on every right turn...
Well, even with the problem, I've got to say it was an awesome ride. Met some wonderful and/ or interesting people, rode into and out of and into and out of a beautiful W. VA sunset, got to see W. VA from a new perspective (it sure looks different from the highway, and not in a bad way... I usually avoid superslab... just don't care for it), learned a little about my stress response and even tried to invent some fixes on the road.
I'm not interested in speculating the whatfors and whys of rear drive failures. It happens, it happened (twice to me now), probably more than it should. Oh well, I chose the bike (even after a failure on my 2000), it didn't choose me. I'm sure that what I will always remember from this experience is the adventure of it all, and my wife who was right there with me with not one complaint (I would have put her in a rental car- you try to find a rental car in W. VA on Sunday). As someone said and I believe it's even in someone's sigtag, "It's nice to have a destination, but it's the journey that counts." I would add, "and how you respond to that journey."
I'm tired so I'll end it now. I'll just say that there are stories within the story. A person of faith (Christian) might find some interesting "concidences" lining up. There are some good little adventures that anyone might enjoy over a beer or two. One day I may even share how I tried to use fluorescent green duct tape (it was in my saddlebag) in an attempt to keep gear oil off the contact patch of the tire... it worked, for a bit.
Thanks for listening.