A Day of Rest

Four Corners, Days 15 and 16; Epic Ride, Days 39 and 40:

As you might guess from the title of today’s post, I didn’t do a whole lot.  The bike moved maybe 12 feet backwards and forwards in brother Mike’s garage.

When I left Gainesville on Monday afternoon at about 2:30, I figured two things:

1)  I was about to get very wet.  The Weather Channel had predicted rain all across Georgia; and

2)  That I’d stop somewhere for the night rather than getting to Mike and Joyce’s house on Keowee Lake in South Carolina.

I was wrong on both counts.  The hardest and longest stretch of rain was about 10 miles just before I left Florida.  It was hard enough that traffic slowed down to about 50.  But the ‘Stitch and the knuckle duster handguards on the NT kept me dry.  I had another couple of frog-stranglers, but neither of them lasted more than a couple of miles.

When I stopped for gas in Suwanee, GA, on the NE side of Atlanta, I checked driving directions on Google Maps on my hot phone and realized I was only 95 miles away.  About that time, Mike texted me asking if I was coming all the way.  I got back on the road at about 8:20 and pulled into their driveway at about 10 after 10.

I’d had a big cup of coffee and a bottle of some kind of cross-breed coffee/energy drink before I left Suwanee, and when I went to bed last night, I slept for maybe an hour and then woke up and didn’t get back to sleep till some time between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.  I slept till about 11:30 but am getting to go back to bed and get a good night’s sleep tonight.

My new GPS, a Garmin Zumo 350LM, was here waiting for me at Mike and Joyce’s, so after we went to town in Joyce’s new Nissan Murano and ate lunch and did some shopping at two Walmarts, we came home and Mike helped me get it installed on the bike.  I’ve got lots to learn about the Zumo…it doesn’t seem as intuitive as my good ol’ Streetpilot 2720 that died in Texas.

The Streetpilot wasn’t the only thing that died — so did my camera.  So I picked up a new digital camera, an Olympus Z370, at Walmart today so I can continue to illustrate the blog (I do it all for you, people!).

Tomorrow, I intend to be on the road by around 8:30, riding to Dave VanSlyke (Woodaddict on our NT-Owner’s Forum) in Salisbury, NC.  Hopefully another couple of members of the NT Forum will be able to get there, too.

Dave and I will be trying to figure out our new Zumos before I head north towards Madawaska.

Stats:  Day, 466 miles; Trip, 13,907 miles; Year, 19,794 miles; Total, 71,881 miles.

 

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  1. Kenneth Harrell

    Phil, I have a new ZUMO GPS too and I do need to sit around when I’m not riding and figure it out better. I also need to mess with screen contrast, because it sure seems to be more “faded-out” when the sun is from certain angles, to the point that I think I’ll build a little “tunnel shield” around it to keep the direct sun off the screen. My old dead Garmen E-trex had by far the best screen visibility when the direct sun was shining on it. How many miles did you get off of the rear tire that you replaced during this trip? My Pirelli Scorpion rear tire on my KTM was used up in 5K miles on my trip back from AK on all that rough chip-seal-pavement. 97 degrees in the shade here yesterday…I had to whine and I’m throwing away my one MCC work shirt that is a 60/40 cotton/polyester-blend fabric….I could feel that think sticking to the sweat on my back all day yesterday. Later….Ken

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