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There and Back Again - 2014

This year marks both my and my wife’s 25th High School reunions. I actually live about 30 miles from my hometown, so this is no big deal for me. However, my wife is from Saint Francis, KS – which is about 1,115 miles away.

My wife has some brothers who live in Denver, so she flew out to spend some time with them and catch a ride to Saint Francis (which is only 3 hours from Denver) for the reunion festivities.

I, of course, decided to take my trusty steed and try to catch some sites along the way. There was a lot more I wanted to see but just didn’t have the time. What follows are the quick daily posts I made on Facebook / emails I sent out. Please keep in mind as you read this that the majority of my audience doesn’t ride (I have no idea why not! LOL…)

I used an App called “SW Connect” on my iPhone so folks could follow along, and it worked perfectly. Also, I did take some pics with my iPhone and as soon as I can get them loaded up somewhere I will post the link.

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Day 1 (Tuesday, June 17th)
Total Mileage: 566 (furthest I have ever ridden in 1 day)
Time: 11 hours
Avg. MPH: 60.8
Avg. MPG: 50.0 (this was a welcome surprise given the weight of the bike, the wind and the mostly 70mph speed limit)

Song of the day: "Life is a Highway" (Tom Cochrane)

Pucker of the day:
Just outside St. Louis in moderate traffic, about 15 car lengths ahead of me, a semi trailer blew (what appeared to be a re-tread) tire. Smoke, brake lights and skidding galore. Did I mention the trailer was a fuel tanker?!?!

Surprise of the day:
I really enjoyed riding over this bridge. You have to ride a bike to understand the difference in experiencing it in a car vs. in the open.
http://newriverbridge.org/newsroom-gallery.html

High Temp of the day: 96 (through St. Louis)

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

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Day 2 (Wednesday, June 18th)
Total Mileage: 1,018 (452 miles for the day)
Time: 13 hours
Avg. MPH: 60.0
Avg. MPG: 48 (wind had everything to do with this, along with the fact that the posted speed limit for most of my ride was 75)

Song of the day: "Countdown" by Rush (Cosmosphere Visit)

Pucker Of The Day:
I left Columbia, MO at around 4:30am to try and get as many miles in before it warmed up too much (even though it was already 75 out). I do not normally ride when it is dark because really bad things can happen. I thought I was alert enough until some deer (or something that resembled deer - snipes maybe?) crossed 70 close enough that my ABS kicked in when I slammed on the brakes. Needless to say I was extremely alert after that.

Surprise(s) of the day:
#1: A roundabout. In Kansas. Wide open spaces Kansas. Florence, KS - Google Satellite Map It.

#2: Sometimes it's not the things you see, but it's the things you don't see - Windmills. I have covered a lot of miles in Kansas and did not see one windmill until I got to Greensburg tonight (but it doesn't count). Back in 2007 an F5 Tornado took out 95% of the town. With help from Leonardo DiCaprio and a lot of corporate sponsors the town decided to rebuild "green" - geothermal, solar & wind.

High Temp of the day: 97

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...HOWEVER I was a little over the speed limit on a back Kansas road when an oncoming LEO flashed his headlights to make sure I was aware of my current speed...

Attractions:
#1: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - this was the #2 thing I wanted to do on this trip. I love the movie Dances With Wolves, and I wanted to see bison in their natural environment. I had to hike out for probably a mile through the prairie and flint hills and hope that in the given 1,100 acres I would be able to find them somehow. I did, and I will never forget it. The weather was perfect, I was the only person out there (c'mon, doesn't everybody dream of seeing bison in the last remaining 4% of prairie grassland in the United States?) and it didn't take long to find them.

#2: Cosmosphere - I love anything that flies, and the fact that they had Liberty Bell 7 on display here was enough to go. Except they didn't. It was being "prepped" to go to Germany for a tour. I did the museum anyway and as I was leaving, they were actually moving Liberty Bell 7 out of the museum and loading it for transport. I snapped some pics because being in logistics, my peers would not believe me if I described this operation to them. Here is a priceless piece of the American space program just being loaded on a flat-bed trailer being towed by a pickup...

That's it for today. I spend Thursday morning in Greensburg (fingers crossed no F5 or F anything tornado hits) then I head to Dodge City and then Liberal.
And let me add - BMW not only makes the ultimate driving machine, they make the ultimate riding machine as well. This bike is eating up the miles like you would not believe...

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Day 3 (Thursday, June 19th)
Total Mileage: 1,172 (154 miles for the day)
Time: 9 hours
Avg MPH: 53.3
Avg MPG: 47

Song of the day: "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty except I substituted the word fly with ride since this is my first grand solo adventure. Next year's adventure is already planned and will be much, much bigger than this. Think bison...

Pucker Of The Day: Nothing to report! It was a good day to ride!

Surprise(s) of the day:
#1: I have ridden 1,172 miles in 3 days. I still have the ability to walk, talk, tie my shoes, etc. but most importantly I look forward to riding the next day. So I haven't hit a wall yet.

#2: I find it fascinating how a particular smell can transport you immediately to another place and time. ATTRACTION SPOILER ALERT! As I was descending into the Big Well, that damp, musty smell immediately transported me to the basement of my grandmother's house in downtown Sidney, OH. Emotionally it was a "bolt from the blue" and gave me pause from what I was doing. Although you are supposed to focus while you are riding, sometimes you just spend time thinking and remembering. I did a lot of that today...

High Temp of the day: 92

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions:
#1: Pretty much the entire city of Greensburg - this was the #1 thing I wanted to do on this trip. About 8 months after Katrina hit New Orleans, I had to go down for work and since we had some contacts in the N.O.F.D. we were able to go into areas that were closed to the public. Greensburg was a lot like New Orleans - to stand on a street and look directly through what should be a row of houses that are now all gone is basically unfathomable.
As I rode into Greensburg all I could think was "here is all of this wide open farmland - what are the odds that this F5 tornado would hit a town?" I wanted to do my part and contribute to their efforts to rebuild, and it seems like they are coming along just fine.
The Big Well was pretty sweet - 109 feet deep, 32 feet in diameter and all hand dug in 1888 to serve the railroads. Yes, to all you non-Big Well fans - this is basically just a huge hole in the ground that I rode 975 miles to see...

#2: Warning - Your Mileage May Vary on this. From Greensburg it was a small ride over to Dodge City where I wanted to go to the Gunfighter Wax Museum (which is housed in the Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame Museum?) Any-who, Dodge City was a HUGE disappointment. It had a reputation as a lawless town back in the day, and it felt the exact same today. Along with that, it was nothing but a huge tourist trap. Most of the buildings are recreations, and those that were period correct were moved and shoved together to create an old west vibe that catered to tourists, not necessarily history. Again, YMMV.
Since I had ridden there, I did hit the wax museum. Let's just say retiree volunteers run it, and it was like I was the first non-retiree they had seen in a long, long time. I spent a little more time there than I planned - but I did get to see a mimeograph machine again! (alas, no smell to go along with it...) One good thing that came out of the visit was a tip about a rare albino bison at the biggest local casino (seriously), so I hightailed it over there to get some pics.

#3: Liberal - the home of Dorothy. It was maybe a 70 mile ride from "I got the hell out of Dodge" to Liberal. Let's be honest - since my wife is from Kansas she literally wants to punch people in the face when they say "Oh, you're from Kansas - do you know Dorothy & Toto?" So what is a husband like me to do? Be the antagonist and hit up everything Wizard of Oz related I can! I got to Liberal a little earlier than I planned, so I hit up the Oz museum, took a little tour of someone's home-built re-creation of the main parts of the movie (one word - creepy), tried to count the number of Dorothy statues all over town (seriously - there are a ton), etc.
Now that I think about it, I probably shouldn't have done this the day before we are supposed to meet up...

That being said, I have one more attraction to hit here in Liberal Friday morning and then I head up to Saint Francis to meet my wife for her 25th Reunion. We are spending the weekend at her friends so I won't have much to report over the next few days. After the weekend we head to Denver to hang with her brothers (and ride some Rockies!)

Thanks for following along on my adventure. The Spotwalla link should continue to work, so if on Sunday afternoon you wonder where I am, hit it up and it should show you!

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Day 4 (Friday, June 20th)
Total Mileage: 1,428 (256 miles for the day)
Time: 5 hours
Avg MPH: 55
Avg MPG: 48

Song of the day: "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder (Into the Wild soundtrack). Kind of a personal song and I heard it twice on the ride (random playing). I love this movie and relate to it on a lot of levels. If you've seen it and now know it is one of my favorites then the solo part of this ride for me should make perfect sense to you.

Pucker Of The Day: Nothing to report! It was a good day to ride!

Surprise(s) of the day:
#1: WARNING: This comment is intended for mature audiences only. Viewer Discretion Is Advised.
I rode by another massive beef processing plant (the first one being near my future hometown of Dodge City). How (you ask) did I know it was a beef processing plant? The first clue was the company's massive logo on the building - a simple square with a picture of a cow's head (simply looking out over the vastness of the Great Plains and thinking happy cow thoughts).
The second clue was the HUNDREDS, and I mean HUNDREDS (and I am not exaggerating) of semis full of cows heading toward the plant. Luckily I was heading the opposite direction (so I wasn't directly behind them breathing in that fresh country air).
I don't care who you are - when you see both of these things, put two and two together and spend a couple of HOURS having these trucks pass on the opposite side you can’t help but think of the cows. This is a one way ticket for them.
This comment is not intended to start any type of debate - it was merely an observation. For me it just amplified the reality of how detached 99.9% of people (myself included) are as to the reality of where their food comes from.
http://www.nationalbeef.com/Pages/default.aspx

#2: The ride from Liberal to Saint Francis is probably 75% heading North, 25% heading West. The reason this is important is because the wind was behind me, pushing me along. After a few straight days of the wind pushing me from the left it made for a really enjoyable ride. There will be none of that relief on the ride home - it's I-70 all the way (except now the wind will be pushing from my right).

High Temp of the day: 95

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions:
#1: I kicked my morning off riding the MSF Course that was painted on the parking lot of the Mid America Air Museum - then I figured I would go inside and check it out.
I won't bore you with details of all the planes inside, but a few key facts:
- it's the 5th largest air museum in the United States
- it houses over 100 aircraft
- Colonel Tom Thomas, Jr. donated 56 aircraft worth over $3.1m dollars
- On his 65th birthday, he flew 65 different planes in 8 hours
#2: Saint Francis, KS - Home of two notable people: my wife and some guy named Ronald Ellwin "Ron" Evans, Jr. (NASA astronaut, one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, Command Module pilot aboard Apollo 17 in 1972, the last person to orbit the Moon alone).
But trust me when I say this: my wife is the more famous (or should I say "infamous"?) one around these parts.
What was pretty cool was the fact she arrived a little earlier than I did and could check Spotwalla to see where I was and how close I was getting. So she (and the NSA) could keep an eye out for me so I didn't get lost in this town of 1,329 people (according to the 2010 census).
This was day 1 of their Alumni weekend, so we went out to meet-up with the folks who were able to make it back. To put in perspective how small this small town is, there were 33 students in her graduating class (with 2 of them being exchange students!)

I cannot thank her friends enough for their hospitality over the weekend. We really appreciated them hosting us. I enjoyed meeting her friends and I know she is really glad she came back. Now we just need to duke it out over moving to Dodge City or to Saint Francis!

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Day 5 (Saturday, June 21st)
Total Mileage: 1,428 (0 miles)
Time: N/A
Avg MPH: N/A
Avg MPG: N/A

Song of the day: N/A

Pucker Of The Day: N/A

Surprise(s) of the day:
#1: For some reason, most people thought I was crazy for A) riding a motorcycle to Kansas, and B) that I actually found parts of Kansas interesting. As I recounted my tales of adventures thus far, our awesome hosts told me about a local attraction and kindly offered to show me. So Saturday morning we drove out to see the Badlands / Mini-Grand Canyon of Kansas. Obviously I was all geeked up to check it out, while my wife was rolling her eyes at having to make the trek (again).
IMO, it was pretty cool. It was a lot deeper and longer than you would probably imagine and it was a stark contrast to everything else around.
http://naturalkansas.org/arikaree.htm

#2: The afternoon and evening was filled with various Alumini activity which ended with a Cajun Boil at one of the alumni's house. Besides my first Cajun Boil (which was tasty) I also had my first true midwest storm. I thought I had understood the true definition of "the thunder rolls" (and no, not the Garth Brooks song) but Ohio thunder has nothing on Kansas. It was awesome to watch rainfall move over the plains from a distance and the lightning show was phenomenal. But the way the thunder rumbled from further away, got closer and then moved on was something I won't forget.

Temp of the day: 89

Highest MPH: N/A
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions: N/A

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Day 6 (Sunday, June 22nd)
Total Mileage: 1,625 (197 miles for the day)
Time: 3 hours
Avg MPH: 56.6
Avg MPG: 49

Song of the day: N/A

Pucker Of The Day: Nothing to report! It was a good day to ride!

Surprise(s) of the day:
Nothing really to report. My wife’s friend drove her part way to meet her brother, and then I followed them to our hotel in Broomfield. Sunday was just a quick ride and then a relaxing evening getting settled in for the next few days.

High Temp of the day: 77

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions: N/A

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Day 7 (Monday, June 23rd)
Total Mileage: 1,625 (0 miles)
Time: N/A
Avg MPH: N/A
Avg MPG: N/A

Song of the day: N/A

Pucker Of The Day: N/A

Surprise(s) of the day: N/A

High Temp of the day: 80

Highest MPH: N/A
"Performance" Award: N/A

Attractions:
So today I kind of cheated (again - Saturday being the first time with Jen). This time I was chauffeured around by my wife’s brother. This was just a great casual day - not up too early, leisure breakfast, driving around at the foothills of the Rockies (trust me - I was antsy to get on my bike and tackle some roads), a great Mexican lunch and a tour of the Fort Collins Anheuser-Busch Brewery. I really wanted to see the Clydesdales but they were out on tour, and wouldn't be back until Thursday (which is when I start my long journey back).
The tour was really interesting - learning about the history of the company, the science of brewing, seeing the massive production process and hearing the ever present "corporate responsibility" spin.
The tour was just over an hour, and besides our tour guide, we only saw 1 other employee in the brewery who was loading a machine to place the can-tops onto the cans. This was pretty amazing because we got to view quite a bit of square footage of the floor and considering they ship out 225 trailers a day / 30 rail cars a week - it was like a ghost town.
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/s/uplo...-Sheet-FCL.pdf

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Day 8 (Tuesday, June 24th)
Total Mileage: 1,769 (144 miles for the day)
Time: 8 hours
Avg MPH: 47.2
Avg MPG: 50.0

Song of the day: "Far Behind" by Eddie Vedder (another song off of the Into the Wild soundtrack). The lyric that stuck with me today was "A world begins where the road ends..."

Pucker Of The Day: Nothing really to speak of, but you don't tackle the Rocky Mountains casually...

Surprise(s) of the day:
Not crashing. Seriously. Not because of my riding ability through the mountains, but because of my ADHD. There was so much beauty to look at it was hard to keep my eyes on the road!

High Temp of the day: 79

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions:
#1: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. First of all, the ride to Estes Park was stunning. As you crest though some of the mountains, it sits down in a valley / plateau and the view was spectacular. Of course traffic came to a halt as we started our descent because there was a massive elk on the other side of the road and people were snapping pics.
The hotel itself was gorgeous, and a lot of famous peeps have stayed there (including Peter Gabriel and Stephen King). Stephen King got the inspiration to write "The Shining" while he and his wife were staying there. But to clarify, the Stanley Kubrick version of "The Shining" was not filmed at all at the hotel (new fact to me). Stephen King pretty much hated the Kubrick version, so he went and made his own TV version and did use the hotel. Oh, and Dumb and Dumber used the hotel (which is pretty much awesome). LOL...

#2: Rocky Mountain National Park. After touring the hotel, we grabbed some lunch at the Estes Park Brewery (where my wife sampled the "REDRUM Ale" and got a commemorative cup being the huge Stephen King fan she is) and then we headed into the park. Literally 500 feet in I had to pull over to grab some wildlife pics. Not much to say, because it can't be described. The weather was perfect, the riding was awesome, the hike at one stop and seeing more elk grazing was lucky. All I can say is I am no longer "working for the weekends" - I am working for experiences like this...

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Day 9 (Wednesday, June 25th)
Total Mileage: 1,846 (77 miles for the day)
Time: 2 hours
Avg MPH: 46
Avg MPG: 50

Song of the day: N/A

Pucker Of The Day: N/A
Surprise(s) of the day: N/A

High Temp of the day: 86

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...HOWEVER I did see several peeps pulled over and the officers were all riding a BMW R1200 RT-P (the police version of my bike!)

Attractions:
So not really an attraction, per se, but I had to hit the BMW Motorcycle dealer in the area in order to get the obligatory t-shirt. There is basically only 1 in the entire Denver area and I rode about 45 minutes to get there. I also needed to get a new right front low beam headlight bulb, because of course it had to burn out on this trip (first one to go out since I've had the bike, and I'm sure the left front low beam is not far behind).
Now you may laugh at this, but I explained that I was from Ohio and asked how long the wait would be to have them replace it. Since it was going to be a couple of hours, I just bought the bulb (and t-shirts!) and headed back to the hotel.
I'll just say that we were finally successful in getting it replaced. But it was a major PITA. Don't believe me? Read this thread:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71336
At least I had a great view of the Rocky Mountains to calm me down...

We spent the rest of the day exploring the area around us, getting things packed and organized and then a great dinner with my wife’s brothers and girlfriend.

This is it - Thursday I start the long slog home: 18 hours, 52 minutes - 1,285 miles. I am aiming to get from Broomfield, CO to Blue Springs, MO (9 hours, 631 miles) on Thursday.

I am anticipating my first "Performance Award" of the trip...LOL...

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Day 10 (Thursday, June 26th)
Total Mileage: 2,485 (639 miles for the day) New personal record!
Time: 11.5 hours
Avg MPH: 59.3
Avg MPG: 49

Song of the day: "Coming Back to Life" (Pink Floyd) - "I knew the moment had arrived - for killing the past and coming back to life..."

Pucker Of The Day:
Oh just a random pillow flying out of somebody's car which caused me to swerve.

Surprise(s) of the day:
I can still move. This was one grueling ride, and Friday is even longer. I have no idea how the guys in the Iron Butt Association pull off the Saddle Sore 1000 (riding 1,000 miles in 24 hours) or any other rides they do!

High Temp of the day: 89

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...

Attractions:
So since I rode across the entire state of Kansas today, I can confirm there are hundreds of massive windmills lining I-70 in certain spots. Some were literally right off to the side and I couldn't believe how massive they were. Colorado had some along I-70 as well.

This is it. Final slog to home. Like Ewan McGregor says, this is the most dangerous part of the journey. You tend to focus on the end and not what is right in front of you.

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Day 11 (Friday, June 27th)
Total Mileage: 3,145 (660 miles) A new, new personal record!
Time: 7:00am EST to 7:00pm EST - 12 hours on the road (another personal record!)
Avg MPH: 64.4
Avg MPG: 49

Song of the day: Since this was my last day on the road, I selected two (after all, I make the rules!)

"Workin' Them Angels" (Rush)
"All my life I've been workin' them angels overtime, riding and driving and living so close to the edge"
"Driving down the razor's edge between the past and the future, turn up the music and smile, get carried away on the songs and stories of vanished times..."

For the Mrs.:
"I Drove All Night" (the Roy Orbison version, NOT Cyndi Lauper's or Celine Dion's!)
And instead of drove, I rode, and instead of all night, it was literally ALL DAY!
http://youtu.be/m5N9IHqqGcA

Pucker Of The Day:
Twice I had people start to merge into my lane. Even with my crazy hi-viz neon jacket people still can't see me. Please always look first, then signal, then execute.

Surprise(s) of the day:
I truly became mentally and physically exhausted. At one point I had to hit a rest area to just take a quick break (and I ran into a couple of fellow BMW riders!) And no doubt about it, Ewan is right. Once I filled up for the last time, the ride from Dayton to home was a nightmare staying focused, watching my speed, avoiding pot-holes, etc.

High Temp of the day: 95

Highest MPH: CLASSIFIED
"Performance" Award: No conversations or awards from our men in blue...I honestly cannot believe I made it the whole trip - but my wife sure is happy!

Attractions:
Thursday I rode by Fort Riley in Kansas, and not too far from there is Wakefield where another of my wife’s brother lives with his family. He’s in the Army and has served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and plans on retiring from the military. Just a quick thank you shout out for your service, and sorry we weren't able to coordinate a visit. We will make it happen next time.

The house was still standing - the boys managed to keep themselves alive (though probably not very healthily) and not burn it down. Kayko the Akita was somewhat vocal when I got in, and pretty much demanded payment as soon as I walked in the door (and I think she smelled Chihuahua's on me).

In Conclusion:
It is never lost on me how I got my bike, and it is because of getting it that I can start having adventures like the one I just had. I owe it all to my wife…thank you…

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2007 Honda Rebel - 4,588 learning miles...she served me well...

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post #13 of 14 Old Jun 30th, 2014, 7:57 am
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Re: There and Back Again - 2014

Excellent write up - sends me back to the first few long trips me and ole Toad made. (I)IRC, Toad fared better'n me!
Being from KS, and leaving there shortly after high school, I missed out on visiting a vast portion of the state - you've kindled a little desire for me to do some catching up, and now have added to my bucket list. Love those little known small town museum surprises.
Thanks for sharing, Larry. I'll be looking for your long trip #2!!
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Nice....thanks!

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