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Here's the web link to the ride page:

http://home.pacbell.net/tlash/Roadtrip_07.html

I'll try and update, hopefully, from the other end in Tucson.

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Here's the web link to the ride page:

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I'll try and update, hopefully, from the other end in Tucson.
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Thanks, Nelson.

Ted, taking the RT. The GT isn't quite ready for LD stuff yet.

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Good Luck Tom!

As you probably already figured your slow road will be Hwy 50 from the time you get off 70 until you get on 25. Traffic & construction abound but with the late arrive to end the first day and an early start on the second it shouldn't be to bad.

See Ya on the next one.

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Updated from Tucson.

http://home.pacbell.net/tlash/Roadtrip_07.html

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Congratulations Tom & Paul, quite a feat!!!

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Congrats Tom,

I'll be looking forward to a trip report. Let me guess on the 1/2 hour airport parking - Looking for a time stamped receipt?

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I got home late last night, and just finished the blog this afternoon. Nothing spectacular about this ride, other than we pulled off an SS2K; had dinner with a couple we know who recently moved to Prescott; and rode home the next day. It was hot, though. The next time I come up with the bright idea to do an IBA certificate ride in the Southwest in summer, you guys remind me Iím nuts. ĎK.

John, I wish I could say that riding into the airport parking was planned, but no. We had put on rain gear for some T-storms north of Santa Fe. But by the time we got to Albuquerque, it was clear and 100+ degrees again. I was trying to make it to the south end of Albuquerque before a stop, because our next leg to Las Cruces was over 200 miles. But Paul pulled up along side and said he needed to get his rain gear off. He sounded urgent about it. I have to admit, I was baking as well. It was like a sauna inside my Darien Light.

The next exit coming up was for the airport. Thatís okay I figure, there will be gas stations here because of the car rental agencies. So, off we go towards the airport. Iím not paying too much attention, just riding, sweating, and waiting for a gas station to come along. Next thing I know weíre on a one-way road going into the airportís long-term parking lot with no turn around. A U-turn into on-coming, one-way traffic is not part of my long term survival strategy. We got our parking lot entry tickets and rode in. At least once we were in there it was a safe place to park, get off, pack away our rain gear, and get back down to our mesh stuff.

I was complaining about how much it would probably cost us to get out when Paul said that he saw a sign with the cost listed when we were going in -- $1 for the first half-hour. Well, a buck for a convenient place to stop for a short time to change wasnít so bad after all.

The only other hassle was earlier in that second day. We allowed ourselves a sit-down breakfast in Salida, CO, since we had made such good time the day before. (We had maintained a BBG pace all day Saturday). But the restaurant was crowed, they screwed up Paulís order, then got our bills wrong. And as you pointed out, when we did get going US 50 along there is a twisty two-lane filled with slow moving tourists in motor homes.

However, after the Albuquerque detour, we got back on pace again. Actually, the night ride across the desert was fun, and we got into Tucson with plenty of extra time. So, the second day wasnít really all that bad, just not as smooth as the first.

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Congrats again Tom,

Your Airport story reminds me of the SS2K I did with Raffy and Bob B. We were just coming up on Kanas City, it was about 108 degrees and we needed to get H2O plus cool down before attacking the traffic. So we pulled off at an exit, nothing much around but I spotted a public building and a race track. Turned out to be a NasCar building and Museum, fully open to the public and with lots of great AC! Got to pick up some great NasCar stuff and lots of Cold water - never would have found it if I was looking for it.

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Congrats Tom. Now you qualify as an extreme rider.

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Thanks everyone.

Ken, your name, and the term "lightweight rider" just doesn't work together. Congrats to you on the Cal 24. I was lurking on the thread on the LD Riders list. I understand it was a tough one this year.

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