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Clue - yes this is about a ride which I finished an hour and 49 minutes back
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Ashwin, ride on a weekday!! Then it must have been to a very close destination ..
Finally got a gixxer to ride with your better half?
Hows Dallas treating you now
Its raining Leh threads this year. I am missing my country and bike.
Sunny doing trip all over the world and teasing me for a long time, not its time to try my hands on something Bigger
Now how is that - Oh yes Its U.S.A not wayanad
Yes the Six is FZ 6
I still remember your Leh log right here Rocky and now you are back again with a bang - although you are thousands of miles away in a different terrain, different people with driving skills. How did you manage to get such a big bike Sir?if you would have bought it, i am sure you are bringing it to india...and i will be in bangalore to see it
It’s been 5 months since I moved to Dallas. I am here on a work assignment. Which means didn’t ride a bike since Jan. Always wanted to ride a bigger one. Ever since I landed in US , I wanted to take a bike for rent. Before that I wanted to take car license so that I can go around and look for some rental shops.
I don’t have a car license in India too so couldn’t drive here. So first step to ride a bike here was to get a Car license. Oh yes I did that, 3 weeks back.
Very next week end went to a rental to look for bikes. I wanted to take something for touring and comfortable for my wife as a pillion. He had bikes in all segments, I but I didn’t want to go for a bigger bike for the first time. FZ was the only choice I looked at since it almost had the similar stance and seating position ZMA.So reserved the bike and decided to ride on the July 4th weekend. 5 th was a holiday - so a 3 day weekend.
Posted a thread on ADV to know about some good places to ride close to Texas. Members were really helpful and gave me detailed plan.
Not writing much on the pre-ride lets get to R&R.
Started around 7:20 am, It was drizzling here in plano. I was not yet comfortable with the bike’s clutch, it was almost at the end. I am not sure if that’s the case with all the big bikes. Especially in traffic in city limits it got switched of couple of times when I had to stop and go. It took some time, then I got used to it. First 50 miles I was getting used to the bike and the highway riding. I am used to 70 (highway speed limit) miles per hour but here its quite different since every one travels at same speed and switching b/w lanes needs to be done carefully. More over this time its quite different that I have a pillion and a new bike.
I got to admit I was nervous initially till I go to know the bike. I had to gradually accelerate. Any sudden move was giving a instant acceleration and I could feel Deeps moving back. So had to be extra careful.
BTW for those who dont know I got married in Jan this year, so this was our first long ride, though we had couple of short one day rides. So this is more of like a Honeymoon Ride
My Wife - Deepthi
The plan was to hit Talihina and ride thru Talimena scenic ride and then head to Mt Magazine or Mena. I got pretty much comfortable with the bikes after around 50 miles and was much less nervous that when we started – I got to admit. It was drizzling all the way, but I a way it was good that it kept us cool and for me it was a perfect condition to ride. I love riding in rain. We stopped couple of times including a fuel stop before Talihina. We reached Talihina around 1:30. Went ahead and drove towards Talimena Scenic Drive. We had only one pair of rain gear which I gave to her. I was completely drenched and was quite liking it. We stopped in the Information center just before the scenic drive starts. Took half an hour break , took map and registered our name in the record.
I had bought GoPro HD Cam a day before the ride. I tried to set it up on helmet , it didn’t work out since helmet was wet and more over I was not doing it correctly which I realized later.
We started from there. This is one time I was totally got surprised by what we have seen.I never knew US had this beautiful place. It was completely foggy and it reminds me of many routes in Wayanad/Calicut. It was exactly the same with much better road. The whole way till Mean was completely foggy. Just mind blowing. The only problem being we couldn’t see all the view points because nothing was visible because fog. We took around 3 and hour to cover just 60 miles till Mena. But I must say this was the best part of the trip – just pure natural beauty and perfect weather.
We reached Mena around 5:30. Went to Mc D and had Mac Chikens. I had 3, oh yeah this was the first full meal of the day, we just had snacks whenever we stopped whole day. I was surprised to see that cost was Just 1 $ for sandwiches which is much lesser than Plano rate. After having food we went to wallmart which was right opposite to Mc D. We had got along only one Tent with us. So we bough one sleeping bag and one more pair rain gear and some snacks. Oh yes used to Wal-Mart restrooms too since the camp site which we booked didn’t had a bath area/toilets - be wild.
We had booked a tent space in Renegade Ranch , 3680 Highway 88 East . Mena, Arkansas 71953 - Cell#1: 479-216-0155 – Catty. Set the route in GPS and called catty when we reached close by. Had to spent 5 mins to figure out the place since we rode a little ahead. We rode back and then noticed the Ranch Board close by.
Since it rained every else had canceled the booking. So it was just us. So go to pick up any spot. She gave us a can of water. We setup the tent pretty quick and took rest.
Then it was time for Camp fire – next one hour was looking around to get some dry woods. It was nice , not much cold / hot. We could hear only the night insects noise as a music. Slept nice and tight in one sleeping bag – we just opened it up completely and was king of using like a blanket than sleeping inside.
To be continued .....
Wow Rocky. The ride & pics look amazing. Adi-poli! I am tuned in.
Have a dream- Believe in it and work towards it. It happens.
Congrats on many fronts to you. The marriage, the ride etc. Also congrats to your wife on her maiden trip. I know how it feels to ride with your better half after my wife also did her maiden trip in Europe. Maybe next time try a bike with a top box, so you get additional storage space and wife will have a back support and will be more reassuring for her. Also worth investing in a not too expensive Chatterbox HJC50 intercom (or if you wish a more expensive bluetooth set)- makes it more enjoyable when you can constantly converse with your partner on the ride.
True, the guys at ADV are just amazing when it comes to guidance. Ride safe & wish you many many more miles of safe & enjoyable riding.
Last edited by Haroon; 07-08-2010 at 09:22 AM.
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Hey Ashwin.. awesome trip-log man .. waiting for more ..
Congrats on your marriage.. awaiting more photos.. the weather looks great. post some pics of the tent / camping area etc.