Published: July 6th 2010July 6th 2010
Off Hwy 76 - outside of Laurens, SC
Friday night I went to check out the Shadow and install the new Mix-it 2
that replaced the old one that caused all the problems that plagued the trip to Hilton Head several weeks ago. The people at Cycle Gadgets
were great and sent me a new one under warranty.
Once I got it all hooked up I had no power to the XM Radio or my auxiliary lights. I checked all the switches and all the connections and everything looked to be in order. I finally pulled off the seat and started checking all the wires. Finally I started checking fuses and found a 20 amp fuse that was blown. I installed the fuse and everything worked fine. I put the seat back on and took the Shadow for a quick test ride and when I turn hard left the fuse blew out again. I once again removed the seat and replaced the fuse. After several repeats of this process I was getting very frustrated and finally found a wire on the triple tree that was getting pinched and causing the fuse to blow. After wrapping it in electrical tape and securing it with a zip tie
my problems were solved. I finished packing the bike and lubing the chain before putting it back in the barn.
I checked the bike before I left and everything was in good working order, so I programmed the GPS for Clinton, SC and prepared for a 65 mile ride up I-26. I was humming along, just enjoying the ride, when my face shield on my helmet started slapping against my helmet. I found a quick place to pull over and checked out what the problem was. I was hoping that the shield had just come free but when I checked it out I found that the hinge plate had come unscrewed on the left side. I checked my tool kit for a flat head screw driver so I could tighten the one screw that I had found in the helmet. No luck, but I was able find a pair of fingernail clippers that had a straight end and was able to reattach the face shield.
I made it to Clinton without further incident and got the shot I needed
. I was glad to be off the Freeway and would be spending much of the rest of
the trip on country back roads. I left Clinton and headed for Princeton, SC. On the way I passed thru Laurens on Hwy 76 and found this great little replica of a Nostalgic Texaco station. I had to stop for a quick photo. I got to Princeton and found the sign I needed to get my Titanic point
and headed off to Brewerton, SC. To my disappointment there was no town limit sign there.
After leaving Brewerton I checked my watch and saw that it was getting close to lunch time. I started to look for a place to eat when I saw a highway sign that said I was just 18 miles from Greenwood, SC which is where my oldest daughter lives. I called her to see if I could buy her lunch at the Dixie Drive-in, one of my favorite places to eat. Off course she wanted a free meal. I got to the Dixie first, which surprised me because she lives around the corner for the restaurant and I was in a different town. Knowing what she likes I ordered us two Dixie Cheese’s half and half (half fries and half onion rings). It was a
good as I remembered. After a great visit I headed off for Willington, SC.
Willington was another success and I decided my luck had changed for the good. Next stop was Lincolnton, GA which had a great sign that I photographed as did Washington, Danburg and Elberton. My next disappointment came when I pulled into Middleton, GA. I looked all over for a good town sign to photograph but finally gave up and headed for Carlton hopping for a better luck.
I thought Carlton was going to be another disappointment until I caught a glimpse of a large marble stone up on a hill behind a group of large bushes. I rode up a private drive and found that the stone was actually a nice forgotten town sign. I got my photo and down the private drive before I was noticed by the owner. However when I got to Nuberg I was once again disappointed.
My last Georgia stop was in Royston, the home of Ty Cobb. They had a great town sign that I photographed and headed for a really old gas station just outside of town to fill up for my ride back into SC.
Inside the Dixie
My oldest daughter and myself enjoying great food.
I programmed my GPS for Belton, SC and headed off. Belton was only some 20 miles up the road and found the sign as I pulled into town. Ten successes made for a good day. I stop to fill up my water supply and then headed for home. About twenty miles up the road I started feeling like I had forgotten something so I pulled over and checked my rally pack for my rally flag. DAMN … it was not there. I turned around and found my flag right where I left it … hanging on the Belton town sign.
Home was a little over two hours away and I made it home without any other problems.
Other 2010 Titanic Grand Tour rides: 2010 Titanic Grand Tour Hunting for Icebergs TON’s Of Fun with My Son 5000 Miles - Coast to Coast to Coast Goat Trails and Country Roads Finding King Neptune
Total miles ridden = 515.7 miles
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