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Glad you made it back safe and sound, don’t waste any time getting that Roadster ready, wind in the face is priceless!
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Well; Itís Time

I was going to write about how I canít sleep worth a damn since I got home, or the Migraine I had on Tuesday that was the worst Iíve had in years, but a realization came to me at about 2:30 this morning that itís time to pretty much end the threads on the different forums about me traveling.

My travels for the next year or so are going to be pretty much local rides. Iíve decided to buckle down and do my best at getting my debt paid off and save up enough to buy and modify my next Roadster. I also want to funnel some money (and a bit of work) into transforming Chez Crusty (as Brad calls it) into what Iíd like it to be. Itís hard to write about Crustyís travels when the only places Iím traveling to are the Home Depot or the supermarket.

The thing is; I still enjoy writing and I plan to keep doing it. It may or may not include the topic of motorcycles, though and thatís why Iím going to let the threads fade away on both Badweb and the XL Forum. Iíll still continue to be active on the forums when I have something to say about motorcycles, but Iím not into doing a blow by blow description of This Old House there.

Now, I know that there are a few folks who enjoy my writing, though Iím not sure why and I realize that I love to hack these Snippets out, so Iím going to continue writing. The Snippets will only go out as E-mail, though; unless thereís something pertinent to a discussion on a forum thread. So hereís what Iím thinking.

I have a Snippets e-mail list that Iíve been sending these out to. Iím going to make up a new list. If you want to be on the new list, just let me know. Uh, make sure Iíve got your e-mail address. Iíll only sent to people who want to be on the list. If youíve been getting them and have had enough, do nothing. I wonít send them. If you get on the list and get tired of them, just let me know and Iíll remove you name immediately.

I just realized that if you want to get in touch with me, youíll need my e-mail. Itís: nmwprime*at*gmail*dot*com.

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Just a side of John, there is a “off topic” thread that would be a wonderful home for your continued snippets..........just saying. Oh, and welcome home, home to see you sooner than later.
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Riding The Range


Last night around 10:30, a bike came down Saint Martins Pl. and turned onto Mayfair St. It was a Harley Big Twin; he rides by here on a regular basis; but it hit me that Iím not the Die Hard rider that I used to be. I still can ride in less than ideal conditions, but I now tend to avoid them. Iíve gotten soft as Iíve aged and Iím not sure if thatís a good thing or not. I donít need to prove to the world that Iím a serious rider, but sometimes, I think I need to prove it to myself.

Itís pretty obvious to me where the resistance to riding in uncomfortable weather comes from. My accident last year, the 400 mile ride from Suches, GA in a very cold downpour a couple of years ago and my increasing tendency to not go out at night all contribute to it. The interesting part is that difficult rides used to just be fodder for great stories. Now, they tend to make me not want to ride when the weather sucks.

And I do have some stories. The night in 1994 when Ron, Melia and I rode down the Burringbar Range during a Cyclone. That remains one of the most difficult and scary rides of my life.

The Burringbar Range was a very twisty pass that was a major route back then. It was two lanes in each direction separated by an Armco barrier and it was notoriously slippery in dry daylight due to all the trucks hauling livestock that used it. All the waste products of the animals would drain and fall off the trucks as they went up or down the range, and the engines of the trucks would drop a good bit of oil and other liquids on the road as they strained to pull their loads up the Range or had the liquids just drop to the pavement as they went down the incline. It was a very twisty route and the pavement wasnít marked very well.

For those of you who donít know; a Cyclone is not a tornado in the South Pacific. Itís a Hurricane. Very high winds and very heavy rain. We started down the Range somewhere around 2:00 AM. It was pitch black and we couldnít see anything. We couldnít see the road, lane markings, the Armco barrier of the divider (there was no median lane; just two feet after the outside of the lane, then Armco). We couldnít see the cliff face on the other side of the road, either. There was a breakdown lane, I think, then a sheer rock wall. And the road twisted like a snake with a broken back. Our headlights were useless and the sky was pitch black. I never got above 20 MPH (30 KPH), and I was terrified that I would hit either the Armco or the rock wall the whole time. Except when a car passed us. Then, we could follow the tail lights of the car for a few seconds until it pulled away from us. I think two cars passed us the whole time. The pavement was very slick; I felt both of my tires break loose a number of times. I would have stopped, but that was inviting getting rear ended by a car coming down the Range. I had no choice but to ride it out. Strong winds, pitch dark and hellaciously heavy rain, poor lane markings and slick pavement with hard things to hit if we got it wrong all combined to make the ride Hell on earth.

However, we made it without crashing and without hitting anything. And we still talk about it 26 years later.

The next time I go to Australia, Iím bringing enough money to buy a bike. The Burringbar Range has been bypassed by a new limited access highway and the trucks donít use it anymore, but I want to ride down the Range one more time on a sunny day and see how it feels.

As far as riding in crappy weather nowadays; I can and will, if I have to; but sometimes Iíd rather just stay inside where itís warm and dry and read a good book.
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I'm with you there! I have all the gear to ride in the rain but avoid it if possible.

One benefit today is technology that allows you to track and bypass storms.

Many times I have been on extended rides and was able to skirt storms by changing my route.

As I get older (64) I grow to appreciate being inside warm and dry on a crappy day.
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I don't mind a little rain, if I'm traveling. If it gets bad enough, I'll just get a motel room & wait it out. But as I age, I'm more reluctant to leave the house if it looks like I may get wet. I'll ride in the cold, down to 40*F, cause I refuse to ride if there's any chance of ice. Speaking of storm skirting, 3 of us went to El Paso TX back in '04 & on our way home to Ohio, we ended up riding all the way north to Iowa before turning east to avoid the rain storms that were crossing the country at the time. Took 2 extra days, but we were all retired & had no deadline to meet & we stayed dry.
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A great story. Cyclones and bikes really don't mix well
I enjoy the Burringbar range at least once a month. Certainly one of my favourite roads since they put in the bypass and resurfaced it. I usually cut down the back through Natural Arch and Numinbah to Murwillimbah, then down the Tweed Way (as the range road is now called) to Mooball for a steak sanga, then back over Burringbar and up Tomewin to get back into Queensland with a coffee stop at Iron & Resin. It's only about a 200km circle, but usually takes me about 4 hours with the two stops. Nice scenery and a mix of roads from country back roads, tight Twisties and the fun sweepers of Burringbar and Advancetown. Always makes for a great day out
Hope you get to enjoy it again before too much time passes.
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