Page 2 of theroadworrier Travel Blog Posts

North America » United States » Indiana » Crawfordsville August 30th 2011

Lauri had to go to Indianapolis to meet with her academic advisor, so I rode up to McDonald's to blog and arrange for new tires at the Urbana BMW dealer on Wednesday morning. I came back to the house and started a load of laundry while I waited for the UPS truck to bring my new Zumo 550. It arrived about 2:30 p.m. and I was pleased to see that the XM radio module remembered all of the weather, traffic and XM data, so all I had to do with put the Zumo in its cradle and make some basic user settings. I was also pleased to discover that this model speaks the names of streets and roads. I rode over to Thorntown, via U.S. 32, to Gene and Sandra's place, then Gene and I went ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Crawfordsville August 29th 2011

Lauri had an 8:30 a.m. class, so she dropped me off at the northside McDonald's to get my blogging and Wifi fix. She showed up about an hour later and we hung out awhile, then drove up to Lafayette where she returned an art history book to the Ivy Tech bookstore. Then it was off to retail heaven at Meijer's where I got a microfiber eyeglasses cleaning cloth to replace the one I left at home. We went to some friends' house for grilled pizza dinner and a pleasant evening of conversation while the boys enjoyed the swimming pool. Since we were up late last night, we bagged it about 9 p.m. The bike had the day off and never left the barn.... read more
Jim and his guitar
Lauri's Turkey

North America » United States » Indiana » Indianapolis August 28th 2011

I was up and showered by 8 a.m. and set about packing my stuff so I could load it quickly after today's races. Rich and I rode to the track about noon and made our way to our seats (1 and 2, in Stand J, Section 9, Row JJ). The weather was sunny and clear with low humidity and a pleasant breeze. We got out of the track after the races with remarkable ease and were back at Rich's house in plenty of time for him to shower and make his 6 p.m. dinner engagement. I loaded the bike and, after getting a briefing on the closure of the I-74 westbound interchange on I-465, set out for Crawfordsville and Lauri and Jim's place. Rather than follow the recommended detour of exiting at 38th street and backtracking ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Indianapolis August 27th 2011

I got up about 7 a.m., showered and rode to Shaprio's Delicatessen for breakfast with my Indianapolis BMW Club friends. Ordered turkey hash from the bizarre-looking cashier with the heavy blue eye shadowed raccoon eyes. Rich arrived from his triathlon about 10 a.m. and we headed for the track about an hour later. The traffic management this year was remarkably good and we got good parking spaces in the infield. We cruised the vendors and I picked up some accessories for the GoPro HD video camera - a spare battery, a 16GB SD card and a chest mounting strap. The bike events were fun, especially the H-D race at the end of the day. The bad news came when I pulled my Garmin Zumo 550 out of the tank bag, which had been stuffed into my ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Indianapolis August 26th 2011

I packed the bike last night, so I was ready to roll out before dawn. I pulled out of the driveway at 6:15 a.m. with the GPS display still in night mode. The sun cleared the horizon by the time I got to Paragould and I spent the next half-hour riding into the blinding sun before the road angled and gave me some relief. I gassed at Boomland,, stopped for a quick McBreakfast at West Frankfort, Ill., and gassed again at Effingham, Ill. By the time I got to the Brazil, Ind. exit on I-70 it had become apparent that the rest of the way to Indy would be a miserable slow slog on a road choked with truck traffic, so I rode up Ind. 59 through Brazil to U.S. 36 and then Ind. 136 to ... read more
Stoppie on an S1000RR

North America » United States » Arkansas » Jonesboro August 25th 2011

The UPS truck never showed up yesterday, so they put it out for delivery today. I saw around all day - mowed the grass, reinstalled Firefox on the VAIO laptop, did all kinds of busy work to occupy myself - planning to hit the road as soon as the package with my Kathmandu pants arrived. I finally gave up at 5 p.m. and sent emails to Rich Nathan and Maria to that effect. Naturally, the UPS truck arrived at 5:15 p.m. with my package. So I had a quiet evening at home, finishing up my packing, rather than a frenzied dash to some motel in central Illinois. I hope to be on the road shortly after 6 a.m. tomorrow. The Citgo station's pay-at-the-pump system was working today, so I topped off the tank and also updated ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Jonesboro August 24th 2011

BROOKLAND, Ark. - It's 4:30 p.m. and I'm preparing for an early morning departure for Indianapolis. The bike is ready with properly inflated tires (36psi front, 42 psi rear). I just realized I forgot to check the oil level, so I must do that before I ride it down to the Citgo station to top off the gas tank. The front tire has just enough tread depth to cover the top of Abe Lincoln's head on a penny and the rear tire has substantially more. My plan is to buy new tires in Colorado next Tuesday - either at Pike's Peak Motorcycles in Colorado Springs or Foothills BMW in Lakewood - whoever has tires and can fit me in - and scrub them in riding up to Tim and Linda Balough's place. I've got the GPS ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Jonesboro July 11th 2011

I was up at 5 a.m., having slept soundly once again on the Hometics Smart Foam mattress cover on the bed in Steve and Nicky's guest bedroom. I packed my bags and hauled them downstairs where I drank a cup of coffee and did some last-minute computer stuff. Steve rousted Lisa out of bed and put her into the car seat to accompany us to the airport and we were out of the driveway about 6:50 a.m. It looked like all of Las Vegas was flying when we got to the airport, but I checked by large bag and dragged my carry-on through the TSA checkpoint with no problems. After the tram delivered me to Concourse D, I phoned Maria to let her know I was ready to get airborne. At Steve's suggestion, I got the ... read more
Oh, why not?

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 10th 2011

Steve spent a lot of time last year writing the music for the new Mafia museum called the Las Vegas Mob Experience. The attraction is open now at the Tropicana and is a highly interactive affair that blends exhibits of personal effects and memorabilia of all of the key players in the creation of Las Vegas as one of the premiere gaming and entertainment destinations in the world with role-playing in which the visitor interacts with real and virtual actors to either become a "made man" or get whacked in the end. It's a helluva lot of fun and I recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in Las Vegas. Later, we took Lisa back to the athletic club for an hour or so of rock climbing. She insisted on wearing her shoes rather ... read more
Las Vegas Mob Experience
Going all the way

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 9th 2011

We had a leisurely morning - I got up about 7 a.m., came downstairs and made coffee with Nicky, then worked on the blog. Nicky had to work in the morning, so Steve and I lounged around with Lisa watching a movie on TV. After some vacillation, I decided to go swimming with the gang at the Lifetime Athletic complex. Having left my swimsuit at home, I unzipped the legs from my Columbia cargo pants and let them serve as swimwear. I took my GoPro Hero HD video camera with its waterproof housing, which turned out to be a good decision. We got there about 11:30 a.m. and the pavement around the pool was already blazing hot to my sensitive, never ever unshod feet. Steve and I followed Lisa into the pool and tried to shoot ... read more
Weather report
Steve at poolside

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