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Old 03-22-2010, 08:07 PM   #31
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Not much to say. Got the converter panel in, but not much wired from it. The kitchen is almost entirely assembled, still missing a few doors, one drawer, and still have to hang the last top cabinet. Spent a lot of time getting the cut right on the pantry, I wanted it to match the ceiling, wall, and wire chase pretty closely. Success on that count, but that was HOURS of work. Phew, it's worth it though.


I managed to make the lift bring up one bike, after I spent a few hours making both bikes run. Should have taken more care winterizing them early this winter. I will do a better job next time.
It was pretty sluggish lifting the DRZ, so I am pretty worried about the KTM950 it needs to haul in this weekend, and also the BMW Dakar monstrosity too. The lift chain broke after I had the bike up in there, and it's weird because it broke when the left went down and pressed the ground, when it was totally unweighted. That was a bummer, the chain is in pretty bad shape. We temporarily fixed it by putting bolts in the chain, so it doesn't suck it all the way into the lift. Obviously this is a bad fix, but its all I could come up with, short of welding the chain to the tube. I might have to do that too before we go.

It's starting to look like we are going to have trouble putting all four bikes in. I never planned on that when I bought this sorry house with it's tiny driveway. I have all the bus that will fit here, and the city is already on my back about it. I had only figured on needing to put in two bikes when I bought the bus too. And to top it off, one of my buddies is complaining about the fuel mileage! He thinks we should maybe cram four people, four pretty large bikes, a weeks worth of food, water, and gear and drive to Texas. I am thinking that not only will it be incredibly uncomfortable to drive twenty nine hours that way, but that once it's all loaded up we won't get but maybe a mile or two better in his gasoline fueled Ram. Also, we don't have a trailer, so there's nowhere to put the bikes. And it's freezing at night there, terribly windy at times, and still might snow/rain. And I hate sleeping in tents.
But, hey, we made some progress today and yesterday.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:09 PM   #32
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Oh, and yes, it's really messy. I wasn't going to clean it up spic and span for just these pictures. I had a lot to clean up outside, which is more important. Ideally, I would have a pole barn all this would be taking place in, but that's another story for another time.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:21 AM   #33
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For one thing, my driveway is too small for all the vehicles we have. Nothing I can do about that, other than move, or have only one vehicle.
The inspector told me that as long as I keep the driveway tidy, he will not give me a ticket for having too many, as long as it doesn't exceed two vehicles wide. That is to say, two lanes. Anything more than that will be considered parking in the yard. He said I could park in the back yard, or the side yard though. But, I don't have any side yards, and the backyard is a swamp, with no access. And a steep hill leads down to it. Both neighbors houses are too close for a drive. Ah well, we have learned our lesson about buying a house. It's not worth it.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:23 PM   #34
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Can you tow your buddy's truck with the bus? If so...problems solved! Two bikes ride in the box.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:04 AM   #35
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First big trip in the bus is going well, we made it to Big Bend Ranch National Park on Sunday, and have been knocking ourselves flat getting it all in. Hiked about fourteen miles yesterday, gaining about 5000 feet. Kind of sore today. Rode a lot of rough roads on the motorcycles, and soaked in a hot spring. Yup, been pretty nice. Got the propane stove working, and have been using it for dinners.
Stayed most nights in the park, last night in the parking lot of Starlight Theatre in Terligua, Texas. Woke up early to explore, and found a wifi connection.
So, here is a few quick pics.
We drove all night, hard to sleep in moving vehicle. Ugh.

Woke up, everything still looked the same. Repeat for two days.

When we arrived, we had to take the obligatory "we made it somehow" picture.

First thing we did when we arrived is get the bikes out, and go for a short four hour ride.

Then, it was off to the hot springs. Oh yeah. No pics of that, but here is the Rio Grande at night, I took before we got in.



The riding has been fun, even on the road.


It's important to have the right hat. This one kept me from getting totally baked on our hike up Mt. Emory.

I am the gringo on the right.

We scooted out of the park at sunset, and headed to Terlingua, to the Starlight Theatre for dinner. No dogs allowed on the porch, but nobody was there to tell this fellow.

Where we called it a night.


There is more, and we are here til the end of the week, so I may be back with additional photos.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:23 PM   #36
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Is that a KTM? Looks like a great area to ride. Sounds like you are having fun, and that's the most important thing.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:49 PM   #37
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A bus and motorcycles.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:48 PM   #38
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Nice. I'm a little surprised you didn't get hassled about the yellow paint.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:57 PM   #39
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Me too Jar.
Yeah, it's a KTM 950 adventure, with a huge huge new tank. About seventeen gallons. And it needs it too!
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:25 AM   #40
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So, the harassment starts. One of my neighbors sent me an anonymous letter complaining about my driveway looking like a scrap yard.
Tough luck folks, all of this could have been kept neatly in my two car garage, but the slimy real estate agent cheated us out of the other lot, so it didn't get built. Suggested that maybe I should consider a home in the country too. Well, indeed I would like to do that, unfortunately we are in the most buggered state in the nation, with soaring unemployment, dropping real estate prices, and since we already own this POS, and noboby would likely buy it, I don't think that's a realistic solution. If they had only actually had the courage to tell me who they are, I could have offered for them to purchase our house, and we would gladly move out of the stupid city. But, spineless as they are, they didn't do that.

They mentioned our "toys", most likely referring to our motorcycles and the bus. Again, tough tacos geezers, because these things are going anywhere, nowhere to put them. Hopefully they will settle down, as we were planning on painting the yellow monstrosity soon, and also the bikes we were likely going to be storing in the bus anyway, well, except for mine which I ride often, and her street bike, which she rides almost daily. We were also going to attempt to grow grass in the front yard that is heavily HEAVILY shaded by a beautiful maple tree. It's unfortunate that while it's a magnificent tree, it completely prevents grass from growing for the most part. I may try to thin the tree a bit this year.

But, anyway, we are back from our huge trip across the nation, and while it was slow, and uses too much fuel for most everyone's taste, we had no troubles for the most part. Some trouble with the deer blinding lights (relay not up to the task) and the interior lights (??) and the heater fans (some fool hooked up the switches wrong), but overall nothing major.

Something like 4300 miles round trip. Forgot to collect all the fuel receipts, but it's got to have been near a grand.
Now, to move on to painting that annoying yellow! Ugh!
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