|Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:47 pm: ||
Not a lot of seafood in Colorado.
That's funny. That's where I presumed Rocky Mountain Oysters came from.
What's that you say? Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually - WHAT?!?!
P.S. Happy Belated Burpday, Crusty!
(Message edited by 1313 on September 22, 2015)
|Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:58 pm: ||
Happy birthday John.
Thanks for taking all of us along on your adventure.
This has been better than Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance!
|Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 06:57 pm: ||
Happy Birthday Crusty,
Sorry you suffered the humidity and heat of what I call Delawares' Death Valley. I avoid that area all summerlong.It's alot cooler at the beach which is about 30 to 40 minutes east. I think there were too many promoters trying to tie together a bunch of small bike events into one big bike event. Most action was at Ocean City,Md. while other stuff was in Salisbury,Md. and still more in Seaford and Delmar,De. Not much to see between the bridge tunnel and Delaware, but the bridge at night is something else. Yeah, weekend traffic is still an issue till about forever.
Slow down and enjoy the ride.
|Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:10 pm: ||
Today I Haff Good News Undt I Haff Bad News
Well; I guess the shit fairy decided to give me a birthday present. When I went online to check my checking account balance, I discovered that my Social Security payment was $105.00 short of what it has been. So, I investigated a little bit, and discovered that the payment for my part B Medicare is automatically deducted from my SS payment each month.. So the bad news is that I have a hundred bucks less to live on than Iíve been getting, but the good news is that I have medical insurance at an affordable price.
When I took my bike to the shop yesterday (I didnít go on Monday, like I planned), I discovered that I need a new wheel sprocket and drive belt. That really bugs me; but the bike does have almost 34,000 miles on it. I got the new tire and replaced the broken front brake light switch. I didnít replaced the belt and sprocket because nobody has one. The shop will order them, and when I come back for my Cystoscopy appointment in November, Iíll swap them out. I think the belt and sprocket will be OK if I donít run up a lot of miles, but the money I was hoping to spend on those nice Chippewa Rally Boots and possibly a 4 1/2 gallon gas tank is going to be spent on a new belt and sprocket. Oh well; thatís the way it crumbles; cookie wise.
Guidoís wife, Darlene has been hospitalized with Leukemia. I didnít know she had any health issues until I got to the shop. Sheís been getting chemotherapy. Iím really at a loss about what I should do. When I was laid up with my broken ankle, Darlene would bring me coffee and a muffin every morning, she would make my bed, take my dirty clothes home with her and wash them with her familyís laundry, and she brought me dinner every evening and would sit with me while I ate. There were quite a few days when she was the only person I saw. Now, sheís been laid up for weeks, and I donít know if I should pay her a visit. Chemo can be pretty rough, and her immune system is weakened; Iíd really feel bad if I went to see her and she caught something from me. Iíll talk with Little Guy and Sandra (her kids) when I go back to the shop this coming Monday and see what they say.
This weekend, Ernie, Kathryn and I are planning to go climb through some planes that are older than we are. The Wings Of Freedom Tour is back at Worcester Airport on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The B-17 that Bill, Ernie and I flew in ( the 9-0-9) will be there, but thereís no way in hell that any of us can afford to go for a flight. Still; we can afford to pay twelve bucks and we can stand in line and walk through the planes. I think theyíre going to have a B-25 along with the B-17 and B-24. Iíd really like to see the bombadiers station in the nose; assuming they let us go in there.
Phase 2 of my journey is almost over. Next week, Iíll begin phase 3. I think itís going to a slower and more laid back phase, but itís too early to tell.
|Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 - 01:45 am: ||
John, go see Darlene ASAP, sano. You're part of the cure.
|Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 - 09:36 am: ||
Go and see her, put on a face mask.
|Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 08:49 am: ||
Before the Lunar Eclipse
Iíve been to the Doctorís office and had my annual Physical, I put a new rear tire on my bike and Iíve spent some time with friends. In a couple of days, Iím going to head out again. My plans include riding Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting with my sister and brother-in-law in North Carolina and attending Buelltoberfest in Suches, GA. Beyond that, things are kind of blurry at the present time. I believe that I might just add some southern states to my list, but nothing is written in stone. I might just figure out where I can come up with the money and jump on a plane for Brisbane. Eventually, I will, but I donít have the available cash on hand. But my devious mind is churning, and I have a couple of not-quite-developed ideas trying to surface.
A year ago, I didnít even think hitting the road would happen; I had to get my blood drawn regularly, I didnít have the right bike, and I sure didnít have enough money. However, I kept my sights on the goal and just put one foot in front of the other and I was able to have a summer that exceeded my dreams. I will figure a way to get over to Australia and spend time with Ron and Melia. I have to. I havenít seen Ayers Rock or Alice Springs yet, nor have I seen the Twelve Apostles or a lot of other beautiful things over there.
The first two phases have been a wonderful experience. I hope the next phase is just as amazing!
|Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 09:14 am: ||
Thanks for sharing your adventure here Crusty. I don't get on here to often but I have found myself along for your ride this morning. Thanks for being part of my day
|Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 08:35 am: ||
A Few Bests
Today is a good day to look over my my journey (so far) and list a few bests and a few worsts. I had lunch with Mike Kipp the other day, and he was asking me about what I really liked, and that got me thinking. So here goes.
My favorite National Park is, hands down, Glacier National Park. The Going-To-The-Sun Road is one of the most amazing roads Iíve ever ridden a motorcycle on. The Road would even be spectacular if you were driving it in a 1956 panel truck with a tired engine and clapped out suspension. If youíve never been there, youíre missing one of the worldís great wonders.
The best burger Iíve had in years was from the Marysvale diner in (where else?) Marysvale, Utah. Itís a little hole in the wall restaurant and it takes a while to get your food, but when it arrives, itís well worth the wait. I told the waitress what I wanted; a cheeseburger with fried onions and mushrooms and nothing else on it and when it arrived, it was as close to a perfect burger as Iíve ever eaten. I will go back there.
The best free campground I stayed in was the City Park in Lander, Wyoming. It was absolutely beautiful with well tended lawn and magnificent trees. If it only had showers, it would be my favorite campground, period.
So that leads me to the best pay campground. Thatís a little tougher. There were a few that I liked, but I think that Iíd have to pick the KOA just north of Yellowstone National Park. It had a nice tent area, good showers and the people running it were very friendly.
Other bests include the best motorcycle rally Iíve attended in years was Wolfridgeriderís West Virginia rally. Not only were there some spectacular roads and scenery, but the Pulled Pork at the Saturday night Dinner at Markís parentsí house was the best pulled pork I think Iíve ever eaten. I ate so much I almost couldnít sleep; and I donít regret being so gluttonous. That pork was incredibly good.
The best roast beef sandwich Iíve had in many years was at the Delmar International Speedway in Delmar, Delaware. It wasnít just the best race track food Iíve ever eaten, it was one of the best roast beef sandwiches Iíve ever eaten, period. Not only that, but it was very cheaply priced at $5.00. All the food at the concession stand was very inexpensive and seemed to be well made but the Pit Beef Sandwich alone was worth the ticket price for the race. I really hope they hold the race there again.
The Cadillac Ranch was interesting, and I got a kick out of all the spray paint artists who were practicing their art on the half buried hulks, but the place that really grabbed me was Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Itís one of those places that is so much more when seen in person. I was surprised at how neat it was. I really liked it.
And I canít not mention Monument Valley. Even Hollywood canít do it justice. The ride through there is so incredibly amazing, I canít adequately describe it. In every way I can think of, itís so much more than I expected it to be. I was in a state of mind that I can only describe as awed as I rode through. Once again, itís something I strongly recommend.
Thatís enough for today.
|Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 06:30 pm: ||
Crusty, check your PM's