Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ta Da! (Ouch) Days 1, 2, and 3

Well, we did it! Pipe Creek, Texas to Pueblo, Colorado, (1005 miles) in about 17 ½ hours. It’s not official until we send all our paperwork to the IronButt association, but I’m pretty sure we’re not “CottonButts” anymore.

Just before departure, at 4:00 a.m.

Windmill farm in West Texas ...

Don, just North of Van Horn, Texas... From all the greenery, it appears that West Texas has been getting the rain we haven't!

Almost halfway, in the Guadalupe Mountains...

And finally, the Pueblo Econolodge! And our End Witness!

Do we look like we just rode a thousand miles at one sitting?

Day two, we added about 570 miles more to the total. We rode to Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, and then spent the night at Bear Butte campground outside Sturgis.

Trip computer at end of day two. Pay no attention to that "max speed" number, it was a momentary abberation, due to passing a troublemaking semi-truck...

Day three, we hurried the 350 miles to the airport in Billings, Montana, to pick up Amy, arriving at 12:45. Just as we arrived at the airport, Don’s R1150RT’s rear tire went flat. A phone call to a savior in the BMW owner’s “anonymous” book got us the number of a shop that cam to pick Don’s bike up and trailer it the shop for new shoes…

"Dang, we're hitting a high spot on the ramp...

Note the highly technical "get the bike over the high spot in ramp method" ...

At last we are encamped at the Super8 motel in Billings, and headed to Red Lodge and the Beartooth tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Off to Beartooth Pass, Glacier NP, and parts unknown...

At 4 a.m. tomorrow, Don and I head out on the first leg of this two week trip. We hope to make it from SA to Pueblo, Co, on the first day...thereby earning our "IronButt" SS1000 spurs...


Don and me during a very rainy trip to Eureka Springs a couple of years ago...


On Saturday, this lovely young lady will fly up to join us to ride the Beartooth Pass.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cool At Last!

After a brief rodeo, We finally got Pepper the Llama sheared...

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Uninvited guest.

This peach was about three inches from pinchers to stinger.

I escorted her outside and asked her not to return.

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Boy Toys

A friend mentioned to Amy many years ago that "Men in San Antonio were too into their recreational vehicles to be worth pursuing." Amy didn't listen.

Thank providence.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Arkansas 1999.

Booger Holler


Is this the finest woman on Earth, or what?

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Llama shearing

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Lost Maples Cafe and butterfly obstacle course

Tom and I rode to the Lost Maples Cafe in Utopia for breakfast the other day.


It's the Snout-nosed butterfly migration, and they are flowing over the Hill Country like a river!


We stopped by the Lost Maples General Store on the way home...


It appears there is a slight difference in the intended purposes of our bikes...

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You've got a fast car

Amy's car is fast, but I had no idea it was THIS fast!

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Golden Purple morning...

These colors are not artificially enhanced or changed or applied. This is just what it looked like this morning, from the top of the world...

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