Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?
Thanks for all the awesome advice. I tried some of it and ignored some to! here's my basic report:
Definitely needed tunes. The scala headset did fine on the radio stations as I neared Atlanta but once out of ATL it was a pain to hold the button down to scan to nothing but static 4 out of 5 scans. So I just muted it. It was around this time I thought, "why not call my wife in the car behind me?" so we chatted for a couple hours.
I did use ear plugs...huge help. I learned that on my FJR1300. I was amazed at how well I still heard my wife in the headset even with them in.
I didn't get too uncomfortable in the hind quarters. But I've learned to move around on the seat...forward, backward, rolling my hips forward and backward too. Until I get a backrest I think this may be my normal for long distances.
We did have a plan to stop at certain rest areas if we got separated...so we weren't too concerned about that. I did keep a close eye on her in my mirrors though. She had our 2 yr old and 6 month old and our dog in the car with her. So a stop by herself would've been difficult.
That was the trip there...
Now for the trip home. Only took about 40 hours to go those 343 miles. Yep, no typo...about 40 hours.
It began with tropical storm Lee. Missed the strongest thunderstorms by delaying a Sunday departure until Monday. But still a non-stop downpour on Monday.
Though I've been caught in the rain before, I usually don't choose to ride in it. But I had to on Monday to get home for some work deadlines and whatnot.
The LT...handled great. The cheap rain suit...not so much so. It had a small hole in the seam of the crotch. So I was wet from waist to knees wihtin about 10 miles. Yes, it was raining that hard.
Got about an hour into the trip and my wife needed to stop for gas. No biggie, little BP station right where we needed it. Luckily, I didn't need any gas in the LT.
Because of the rain, and removing my scala comm system (water resistant but not water proof), I was letting my wife lead the way so if she needed to stop, she could and I'd follow.
So, about 5 miles after leaving the gas station, she puts on her blinker and pulls off to the side of the interstate...I thought the baby might have been screaming or something. Nope... The hyundai is dead. Just quit. No check engine, nothing...just quit. We were lucky to get to the side of the road. Remember tropical storm Lee? Yep, here I am in my rain suit standing out side a car full of kids and our dog and the car won't crank.
Long story short...or a little less long...triple A, a hotel, a closed repair shop that doesn't
Work on Hyundai, another tow, and a lot of praying...and it was bad gas. A $300 repair bill to drop the tank, empty it, blow out all the gas lines and clean the fuel filter and now we're on our way....finally.
So...very little of Lee left over by Tuesday afternoon. Still drizzling but we're moving in the right direction now!
By the time we hit Atlanta, the drizzle has almost stopped and it becomes quite a nice ride again.
I wish I had a stock screen. I think it has a Cee Bailey screen. It's great when it's all the way up, but when I needed to lower it for the drizzle, it was quite the stretch to see over it for a long period of time. I'll do short stints on curvy roads, but to sit that way for hours in the drizzle was not fun. So I may need to look into finding a stock screen.
I definitely will be getting a new rain suit.
I will be looking for a cup holder option. Just needed something to drink more often than I stopped to get something.
Need J-pegs or an alternative to the stock pegs. Though I'd throw my feet back on the passenger pegs for a little bit, I still felt I needed a little more stretch at times.
Gotta get my radio fixed or do the Jensen install. Boring just isn't a big enough word sometimes.
But of all things...and all the posts about "how much the LT breaks down"...it was the Hyundai. And I'll be more inclined to take the LT across the country than either of my Hyundai's now. Loved it. Great fun. Great ride.
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