In the rear with the gear.

Posted by Kieran in Alexander
18 Jun 2012


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Sunday 17th June,
Here we go again, first things first, I don't know who is riding who at this stage. That scene from Dumb & Dumber rings to mind when they ride into Aspen and when they get off the bike they are frozen together, that is something similar to how my ass feels. I think I can also speak for Paddy as he is in a pretty bad way as well. 500 miles today and for the last 200 I think I was numb form the waist down. My god it was rough. We will have to harden up and quick, as a friend once said "put some cement in your weetbix and harden the f**k up". Moving swiftly along we are held up like cowboys in a hotel room under siege from the weather, just been for a lovely feed in the Tennessee road house. We came out of the restaurant and the thunder and lightening storm that ensued was epic. Got soaked running back to the motel to escape, as if you just stepped out of the shower. We locked up the bike under the motel canopy as reports of hail stones the size of golf balls are rampant as it just happen in Texas. Apparently it is heading here next.

Monday 18th June

Thankfully the weather cleared and the hail stones never appeared. Up at 7am again this morning and by god it was hard. The bodies are sore, but the weather is sunny and dry with only a few showers maybe throughout the day. Quick breakfast and on the road. We filled up with gas and started to clock up the miles. The gas light on the bike light up just as we turned off the main highway some 200 miles later. We thought nothing of it until 30 miles down the road and it is becoming more and more barren. We are in northern plains of north Dakota and it is flat, farm after farm. The reserve is good for 50 miles approx. We pushed on in the hope that around the next corner, a gas station would appear. No such luck!!! Paddy was the first to run dry, I poured on the coal heading up the road as fast as I could. We spoke on the bike com's briefly and all I could here was paddy saying " plough on big man and get some gas". I made it about nine miles further to the start of some road works and then empty. Shit, what now. A lady by the name of Nancy was holding a stop sign and told me the nearest gas station was 3 miles up the road. I garbed the Jerry can off the bike and asked the first truck in the Que for a lift. He was moving to Fairbanks and the jeep was rammed with stuff but fair play to him he made room and I squeezed in the back The road works were ridiculous taking forever to get through. When he let me out I nearly collapsed on the ground from the heat and both legs had gone dead from the tight squeezed in the back. I hobbled over to the gas station and got sorted. It has been a long time since I had seen or heard from Paddy at this stage and I am hoping he isn't being gang raped by the locals. Managed to get a lift back with Marven a sales guy for John Deere, Fierce nice fella. We spoke about tractors and combines, with my vast agricultural knowledge!! All in all this little episode cost us about two and a half hours. It was half three before we were back on the road with still 250 miles to do and cross the boarder to Canada. Paddy thankfully had his virginity intact.
It has been a long long day and we are in a town called Estevan at the moment just across the Canadian border. One last big push to Calgary tomorrow to get Paddy's front fork seals looked at then a day off, ya hoooooo. Overall the bike and the riders are holding up well with nearly 2000 miles done in just the last four days. That is the equivalent of driving from Dublin to Kyiv in the Ukraine or 80 of the way across Australia. That may just sum up the sheer size and scale of Canada and the US. Massive..........

 

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