Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Green Machine » Jul 26, 2011 10:39 pm

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by jonathanm » Jul 26, 2011 10:47 pm

Green Machine wrote:On the road...
hahahaha! through the fog!

good luck with the trip. upload pics to picasa via your phone and google account. (search picasa in the marketplace).

basic editing via photoshop express on your phone.

edit online via picnik (from inside picasa) once you get to a PC

Godspeed!

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 26, 2011 11:11 pm

deVries wrote:
Kingfish wrote:I yam somewheres near Spanaway; 56 miles. Chow'd down @ Taco del Mar. Ebike is a-ok though still heavy over the tail. Headwind and cool up till now. I don't think I'll make PDX though as I am hitting almost every red light in the metro.

Onward through the fog, KF :)
Do you have any planned camping sites along the way? If so, how many camping/outdoor locations & where? 8)

Hey, if you make it out 300 miles, then that should be a decent break-in or shakedown to go further... :twisted:

How is the trailer holding up & did the foam cure some more to improve the ride some more? :?: :mrgreen:
Ye gentle people of the ES...
I yam at present in the town of Centralia and set for the nite. Metro took f o r e v e r to plow through - about 60 miles before I could open it up or set Cruise. It really sucked the pack hard with the start abd stops. About mile 78 brought me to Tinino and I began to hit the wall. Decided to blast the last 18 miles into town and get a room.

Stats:
Start V=63.3; End V=57.0
MaxS=39.9mph; AveS=24.5
Distance=108 miles in about 6 hours

Repacked trailer at lunch break/last post and moved about 10-15 lbs to trailer and this made a big difference/improved handling. I think there was enough left in the pack to go another 50 miles but I was beat.

Got a great price on the room: $49/night. Good enough.

I have considered camping but I like a soft bed, personal shower, and the ability to lock up my bike. That said I do know most RV sites are along the way just in case ;)

Boy I am real tired and ready for my bed.
Until the end of the world, KF
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by jonathanm » Jul 26, 2011 11:20 pm

First century down, no turning back now, haha.....as us brits would say.....go on son!

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by SamTexas » Jul 27, 2011 10:37 am

On the road, wooho! Enjoy.
Kingfish wrote:About mile 78 brought me to Tinino and I began to hit the wall. Decided to blast the last 18 miles into town and get a room.

Stats:
Start V=63.3; End V=57.0
MaxS=39.9mph; AveS=24.5
Distance=108 miles in about 6 hours
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I think there was enough left in the pack to go another 50 miles but I was beat.
I forgot, what is your battery capacity (wh)?

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 27, 2011 11:27 am

SamTexas wrote:On the road, wooho! Enjoy.
Kingfish wrote:About mile 78 brought me to Tinino and I began to hit the wall. Decided to blast the last 18 miles into town and get a room.

Stats:
Start V=63.3; End V=57.0
MaxS=39.9mph; AveS=24.5
Distance=108 miles in about 6 hours
...
I think there was enough left in the pack to go another 50 miles but I was beat.
I forgot, what is your battery capacity (wh)?
78 Batteries / 3 = 26 -> 26 * 5 Ah = 130 Ah :)

Repacking based on wot I learned. Pobably leave in 60-90 minutes.
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 27, 2011 4:50 pm

I have crossed the Columbia at Longview and am now in Oregon Country.

Brezzy, and now with a tailwind, KF
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by jonathanm » Jul 27, 2011 5:05 pm

pics or it didn't happen :D

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by deVries » Jul 27, 2011 5:50 pm

jonathanm wrote:pics or it didn't happen :D
+1 :P

Too bad you couldn't borrow Greg's GoPro HD while he's on vacation at least to catch some of yours. :mrgreen:

Pics :?: HD Video is where it's at now "going to California" or wherever... :!: :twisted: 8)

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by liveforphysics » Jul 27, 2011 8:56 pm

Kingfish wrote:I have crossed the Columbia at Longview and am now in Oregon Country.

Brezzy, and now with a tailwind, KF

Woot!!! Good to hear it my friend!
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 27, 2011 11:13 pm

Made it to PDX about 5:30 PM and I'm here with dnmun. Small fixes req'd nothibg serious. It's not raining :)

Stats:
111 miles in 6 hours. Still had enough pack left to go at least 40-50 mlre.

It was a better dzy and cruised about 30-33 mph most of the time. No hassles from patrolmen. I will backfill the details and pics when I get to a PC.

Until tomorrow then, KF
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by dnmun » Jul 28, 2011 2:15 pm

finally on his way again. headed for bend and maybe farfle will see him tonight, he thinks 10 pm but i bet it is later than that and maybe two days to bend.

his ebrake switch was bad so i looked at it and found it was just the little plastic nub that moves back and forth through the casing to the insides that was sticking so i got that freed up and it works fine again.

he had a problem with the torque arm pulling his rear wheel forward and twisting the bolt on dropout forward on the right side, so it went a little sideways to the left in front, and was rubbing in front after his long trip over the previous two days.

took the torque arm off, a little bit of sledge hammer, voila, corrective bend enforced, fixed.

last was the plastic liner inside his trailer was rubbing up against the wheel and had burned part way through so i found some moderately stiff wire, about 4' long, used to hang suspended ceiling grids, bent it so it fits inside the plastic line to keep it away from the wheel, moved some stuff around, even put his charger all the way in back so he could reach it, and gave him another little short extension cord so he can charge if he gets to within about 12-14' of the plug.

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by deVries » Jul 28, 2011 2:28 pm

dnmun wrote:finally on his way again. headed for bend and maybe farfle will see him tonight, he thinks 10 pm but i bet it is later than that and maybe two days to bend.
"The KF Dude" abides with dnmun... dude, you are 'the dude' too helping out with all those "minor" repairs. 8) 8) 8) :!:
What a great friend to have "on the road again" for KF... :!: :mrgreen: :D

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by dnmun » Jul 28, 2011 2:36 pm

he is not an abider. he is all gotta go gotta go. he wasn't happy i wanted to fix stuff, "times awasting", but i think that was the major break in problems fixed.

he is my first 'Sag Haven' customer. this house is gonna be a charging spot for EV travelers, and bike repair haven. i tried to give him a map, he said it is all in his head, but i showed him how to get to the springwater bike corridor so he get outa portland going east now without dodging cars. i tried to get him to make it a point to find places to stop and charge when he can, will see how it goes.

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 30, 2011 12:19 am

Greetings ES peoples of the Planet Earth!

I am presently in Bend, Oregon resting up for tomorrow. I have access to a PC, so here's a bit of backfill...

Tuesday:
Redmond was rainy when I left at 11:15 AM; the drizzly type that wouldn't go away - day after day. By the time I made it to Renton the weather yielded to just being cloudy and damp. Picking up the Valley Hwy (181) was terribly busy and at times scary as I was in deep heavy traffic - and hitting about every dang light. I stopped in Sumner to check on the bike and trailer where I was detecting rubbing. There wasn't much i could do here so I kept going. Got to Spanaway and stopped at a Taco del Mar for a quick meal. Evened up spending close to an hour repacking the trailer to remove weight off the back of the bike - and a lot of the source of wobble.

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EDIT: Added the first image of the road trip. I took this in front of the Taco Del Mar in Spanaway.

Finally after 60 miles I was out of the metro area and hitting actual rural roads where I could open it up for speed and cruising. About mile 78 in Tenino I hit a wall and had to pull off for a goodly amount of time. This is when I decided Centralia would be a wise conclusion for the day; it was 30 miles away. Having plenty of pack, I put cruise to 33 mph and went for it. Corked around the center of town contemplating my options - I ran into a local who worked at a regular bike shop and he was completely blown away by the ebike. After a spell of friendly conversation he lines me up with a good place to stay so I go. The Ferryman's is known for thrifty cost, however the manager upon seeing my ebike gave me the highest possible discount and I snagged the room for $49.

Wednesday:
Next day I finally get on the road again at 11:15 AM (yes, twice now). Being rural all the way to Longview I was making great time. Weather was partly cloudy. Beautiful scenic drives under deciduous canopy. Stopped at Castle Rock after about 40 miles for 50 minutes to rest, eat, and tinker with the ebike trying to reduce the rubbing.

Rested, headed on in to Longview. Stopped at the Les Schwab Tires for water break and one last walk-around inspection before heading over the 2-lane bridge over the Columbia River. Midway - whilst trying to manage my station in line and dealing with the wind, a toothless road worker with one of the stop/go sighs said something to me about giving me a heads-up; on the far side of the bridge I discovered what he meant: He had stopped traffic for 1/2 mile behind me to give me a lot of lead off the bridge! That was very cool 8)

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EDIT: Looking back towards Longview from the Oregon side; this is the 2-lane bridge that I used to cross over the Columbia River.

Coming into Portland, the US 30 roadway provided at most times ample room, and for much of the way I had a partial tailwind. However the last 10 miles are pretty scary as there is hardly any room to manage with big huge trucks blowing by. I nearly missed the last intersection and almost wound up on I-405 as US 30 merges. Cut over to Front Street, finally Burnside Bridge (I think) over the Willamette and into this strange gridlock. At one intersection where bridge traffic merges onto MLK Blvd, some nut cuts me off on the right and I spill right into the roadway with another bike right behind tumbling nearly on top. Clearly a foul! Finally though - I wiggle and weaseled my way through the gridlock to find dnmum's pad.

Thursday:
I must humbly thank my good friend dnmun for his kind and sincere regards and help; he is truly a great friend to have! When I left - I headed south on 26th till I got to the golf course but from there I soon became off-track, but found the trail again. The bike trail was too bumpy for my speed, so I moved to city streets and brailed my way eastward and sadly made a poor choice and wound up climbing more hills than I had planned. However all things are "on the wheel" of Life and everything evens out - and it did a bit later:

About 40 miles out - I hit this little spot called Welches, and I pulled off at The Fly Fishing Shop where two little girls were out selling Lemonade to the passing public. As I pulled in the parking lot - dead tired - I espied an outlet! Short story is I went in and asked for the manager and told him I'm traveling cross-country on an ebike, and would he mind if I plugged in. He says "Are you going to buy some Lemonade?" of which I profusely and most adamantly said that I would - and I did. Ate a Cliff Bar and sat there for 45 minutes sucking up a whole Volt with dnmum's keenly wise addition - the extension cord.

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EDIT: OK - so how could anyone resist NOT having a glass of cool crisp lemonade? :wink:

From there I proceeded up the hill and over the first pass. It was about 56 miles to the top. I stopped for 15 minutes cos I was going to post status on ES but my dang phone kept rebooting - so I just took the picts and moved on - times a wasting. The next downslope is when I think I set a new personal speed record: 42.8 mph. :)

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EDIT: Mt. Hood as viewed from the first Pass.

Next pass was about 1/2 hour later and slightly higher. Ebrake never did work for me, but I made some great time all the way down that hill. About Mile 85 (slightly more than 1/2 way) I stopped for a water break - it was dang hot! <insert picture>. From there I proceeded to Warm Springs thinking I would stop. I kept getting shooting pain through my right foot (seat was the culprit) and the toes would go numb unless I wiggled them. Anyways - long 4 miles down into Warm Springs - but decided to solder on to Madras.

I put the cruise on Grandpa at 24 mph and dropped gears and did the thrifty climb out of the river canyon the whole time concerned about power management. At Mile 101 I thought to myself - "OK self, we only have 60 more miles to go". Coming into Madras is a modest downhill; there was gravel on the bike easement and I hit it about the time someone passed me - causing fishtail - and I damn near lots it right there into the lava cobbles that Oregon likes to use to delineate the margins of highways - read: Death for bikers. I made the save and pulled off at the first convenient place to eat - which was Sonic; never ate there before. It's now about 6 PM. Scarfed down some food, left a message with Farfle and told him I'll be another 2 hours. The pack was at +57.0 VDC, I had a good tailwind, and only 40 miles to go.

The country was beautiful if you like high desert and farming and volcanoes. Apologies - no time for pics; I am racing against the clock to beat the sun.

Next town was Redmond, OREGON. I left Redmond, WASHINGTON only two days before. Kept on motoring - no breaks. Finally found the road to Farfle's and got to within one lot of his location - but my cell service let me down and I could fetch the address, so I picked a neighbor and they helped me locate Farfle once my cell service came back.

Thus at 8:30 PM - after a small 1/2 hour delay - I arrived at Farfle's.

Stats:
  • 162.7 miles in just under 6 hours driving time. Overall - about 8.5 hours with all stops and delays.
  • Pack Voltage: Started at +63.3V and ended at +55.7V; includes 1 volt picked up at Welches.
I finally got the pack on the charger at 9 PM, but out of fear of overcharging I pulled the plug at 11:30 PM.

Friday:
Got up at 5 AM and restarted charging. About 9 AM we headed over to "The Shop" and Farfle made me one of his custom clamp-on torque arms for the left side. It is really nice work. In the meantime I removed the ebrake and replaced it with two mini switches that I brought along as spare parts. Got the whole thing installed with deluxe fasteners - placing the ebrake on the top of the stack this time. Tested it - and the dang switch flakes again! Brake light works - but the ebrake won't engage. Now it's 12:30 PM - and I still need to top-off before I leave - although together Farfle on his recumbent eTrike and I head to his place of work: Bend Electric Bikes.

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EDIT: Farfle's Shop with Farfle showing off his cool recumbent; my rig is to the right.

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EDIT: Where Farfle works. Note that the business is moving to a new location soon so check with the website for the latest information.

Farfle works at the only EBike shop in town. The saga of charging took the rest of the afternoon. However there is lots of time to visit and learn and play with Pedalics and see the wondrous social river activity. I swear if I could live in any other part of the world - even for a few years - it would be Bend, Oregon! At the shop we replaced the Magura Throttle for another Halls Throttle. The Magura has a sweet spot - and the rest of it is dead zone; kinda pesky without the throttle mods which open up the spectrum. By 5:30 PM - no amount of positive thinking could convince me I was going to make Klamath Falls by midnight on a Friday evening, sooo...

I get to take a rest-day here in Bend - and I have no complaints. My host is of the finest kind, just as was dnmun. ES peoples sure have a lot of heart, and I humbly thank you most earnestly!

I have traveled just over 400 miles so far. Klamath Falls is a little over 140 miles away, and there is about a 1,500 foot climb out of Bend in the first 10 miles - then mostly flat after that. I think it could make for a nice early morning speed run, Ja! :wink:

It might be a while before I can report again. The destinations that lay ahead are:
Saturday - Klamath Falls, OR
Sunday - Burney, CA
Monday - Greenville, CA
Wednesday - Graeagle/Johnsville, CA


Thank you for all your support!
Cousin KF
Edits: Included missing business info.
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 30, 2011 6:53 pm

I am in Klamath Falls now. It is very warm. Ended up stopping every 20 miles or so just to water-up.

Stats
Left Farfle about 7:50 AM for a short 5 mile drive into Bend. Stopped at Shari's for Steak n Egg breakfast, then finally left Bend at 8:50 AM. Arrived in Klamath Falls at 3:30 PM some 148.3 miles later.
AveS = 29.0
MaxS is buggered; says 555. Second CA says 446. These devices get lost sometimes.
Trip Time = 5:06:04
Total Adventure Odometer = 560.3 which puts me past last year's total :)

I am one grubby boy so I'm off to clean my scaley skin and then hit the pool!
Cheers from One the Road. KF
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by liveforphysics » Jul 30, 2011 8:37 pm

K-Falls is the hell hole I started my college at.

There is a dinner at base of OIT that I've spent about 100evenings in doing homework, yet I can't even remember the name of it now. Lol
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 30, 2011 9:11 pm

liveforphysics wrote:K-Falls is the hell hole I started my college at.

There is a dinner at base of OIT that I've spent about 100evenings in doing homework, yet I can't even remember the name of it now. Lol
That is so funny :)
I just finished snorking down a wheelbarrel load of food at the Sizzler; good enough.

It is defintely warmer away from the lake. Dang pretty country all around. I just wish I had more time to explore. Years ago I checked out the petroglyphs out at that tufa formation.

And then there's the Modoc War around the turn of the last century. So much history here - both good and bad.

I am staying at the Cimarron Inn; room is about $59/nite.
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by edcastrovalley » Jul 31, 2011 1:23 am

Kingfish wrote: Left Farfle about 7:50 AM for a short 5 mile drive into Bend. Stopped at Shari's for Steak n Egg breakfast... KF
I remember that restaurant. They give you the whole coffee pot at your table. :mrgreen:

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by dbaker » Jul 31, 2011 6:01 am

Impressive AverageS :mrgreen:

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Post by Kingfish » Jul 31, 2011 8:42 am

Shari's: Yes exectly! I have been cutting back on the coffee cos I think it leads to early fatigue :(

AveS: I have been attentive to turn the oower off when I stop and rest hehe :)

I'm fueling up now with food; more steak n eggs. Hope to get a little earlier start this morning and beat that heat. Easterly winds pick up about Noon so I want to be well past the summit before then.

Food is here so I'll post later.
Cheers all, KF :)
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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 31, 2011 7:30 pm

I am now in Burney, CA via Medicine Lake. It was an interesting day that's for sure! The best part was Medicine Lake; a jewel snuggled atop the crater of the largest shield volcano in the lower 48. Followed by arguably the best downhill ride to the highway- some 20 miles with just a few soits requiring the rider to pedal. I want to come back and explore!

Stats
Day miles =145.4
MaxS = 40.1 (whoo hoo!)
AveS = 28.7
Trip Time = 5:03:56
Total OD = 708.0
Start V = 63.3, End = 56.9
However - I stopped twice to charge; a story waiting to be told! I promise to backfill.

Room: Staying at the Charm Motel; $79/nite. They were nearly booked out. I've stayed here before at the Green Gables which is managed by the same company.

Addendum: I am enjoying one of the fine fruits of California... a wee mini-pitcher of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fresh from the tap (omg this is tasty on a blazing bright and hot evening); just wot the doktor ordered :) This will do fine to wash down that huge plate of pizza! Ja ;)

OK - so I figure this is a good time to talk about the issues I've been facing:
Regen. Works when just a bike but for some reason won't pulling the trailer. Farfle - the last repair works, just not with two controllers, so rather than have no regen I opted to disconnect the secondary controller and now at least I have some regen with partial recovery. Saved, though not optimum.
Secondary Controller is cutting out oe acting flakey. Presume it is the APPs at the phase connectiln. These have been problematic before.
Cruise Control is buggered cos the plastic broke/wore off. Regardless - the button is gone. If I can find a Radio Shack I czn swap in a momentary switch to fix.
Wrist cramping: Aerobars are a bust. The bike is too sensitive for me to use. Resolved to rest more frequenty though briefly.
Sore tendon behind right knee began after Mt. Hood. Been taking Celebrex or Ibuprofen and resting more frequently.
Lurking for outlets has become more entertaining :D

Food is here and my glass is empty; gotta go :)

OK - so that's me, sweaty and smelly; off to the shower, then food! :)
Cheers, KF
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* Kinaye MotorSports
* Primary ride: 2WD Disc 9C 2806-equiv / Dual Lyen 12FET / 20S7P LiPo.
* Epics: Going to California: 2011 8)
* 50-mph, 101, 10k-Club. 12,527 miles-to-date, 7037 as 2WD.

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It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed.
The hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by deVries » Jul 31, 2011 8:31 pm

Kingfish wrote:I am now in Burney, CA via Medicine Lake. It was an interesting day that's for sure! The best part was Medicine Lake; a jewel snuggled atop the crater of the largest shield volcano in the lower 48. Followed by arguably the best downhill ride to the highway- some 20 miles with just a few soits requiring the rider to pedal. I want to come back and explore!

Stats
Day miles =145.4
MaxS = 40.1 (whoo hoo!)
AveS = 28.7
Trip Time = 5:03:56
Total OD = 708.0
Start V = 63.3, End = 56.9
However - I stopped twice to charge; a story waiting to be told! I promise to backfill.

Room: Staying at the Charm Motel; $79/nite. They were nearly booked out. I've stayed here before at the Green Gables which is managed by the same company.

OK - so that's me, sweaty and smelly; off to the shower, then food! :)
Cheers, KF
Very impressive stats... wouldn't have believed you would risk 40mph... but "the stability" must be there... I think the mileage you're doing vs trip time is very impressive too. :mrgreen:

What do you think about your trailer vs a two wheeled trailer :?: Any big advantages w/one wheel you could elaborate on :?: :idea:

Try to upload some pics man... every motel should have a puter w/Inet connection... UPLOAD. :P

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 31, 2011 10:30 pm

I am going to reply in parts. Please wait a few minutes before responding; texting on this new fangled cellphone is a challenge, and I may miss all your requests :)

Two-wheel trailers now have mine eye cos they are more stable though more work to setup and maintain. The stability of my trailer increases with each passing day cos I am learning how to load it better each time. A big truck passing close or a blustery cross-wind can still cause it to fishtail. A lighter touch and assertive throttle can pull it out of a wiggle - but that is a learned skill on the road :)

I can't load pics until I get to a pc. That may be in 3-4 days at the soonest.

I began today at 8 AM and ended at 4:30 PM. About an hour after starting I crossed the Stateline and parked at a pre-planned Pepsi-junction and snagged a volt before heading onward. At Tionasta (a destination and not a town) I stopped at the local store that is managed by peoples faithful to the iron horse... if you get my drift. There was much gathering and celebration going and building up just as I arrived. I made my pitch and asked to charge for as long as it took me to choke down a can of Coke. So I'm now setup and marveling over Harley's and tatoos and women whilst they are doing wot those that do...do, and eventually it comes around to "what the f@#k are you driving man?" And I tell them the Story of Ebikes and my saga. The world is a strange place but the best part is when diverse cultures find common ground and become more than friends... you become one of their Tribe! :) The Patriarch gave me some solid advice for heading on up the mountain and how to get to Hwy 89. There.s more to the story but I hates chicken-peckin' on this funky device ;)

I can't read your whole post to know what else you asked so lemme post this and I'll append.
* My 2WD Garden Wall
* Kinaye MotorSports
* Primary ride: 2WD Disc 9C 2806-equiv / Dual Lyen 12FET / 20S7P LiPo.
* Epics: Going to California: 2011 8)
* 50-mph, 101, 10k-Club. 12,527 miles-to-date, 7037 as 2WD.

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed.
The hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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Re: Back in the Saddle: Going to California: 2011

Post by Kingfish » Jul 31, 2011 10:48 pm

This damned cellphone does't have arrow keys so I can't navi hd ate to the end of my post to continue grrrr :x

I forgot to add that earlier at the Stateline whilst I was in the clandestined mode of harvesting a charge a CHP pulled up and asked if everything was ok. I nonchalauntly moved between bike and cop to obscure my activity and proceded ti engage in dialog with the orficer - mainly talking about my cramp behind my knee (which is true) and how I am forced to stop every 20 miles to give it a break (which is partly true hehe) and I talk ed about anything he wanted to know - though I spoke of NOTHING about Ebikes. He was buffaloed and left. Not a moment too soon cos the charger slowed down righ after that :) I mean like he was only 50 ft away and couldn't hear the charger!

One of my better song and dance moments to be sure. :twisted:
* My 2WD Garden Wall
* Kinaye MotorSports
* Primary ride: 2WD Disc 9C 2806-equiv / Dual Lyen 12FET / 20S7P LiPo.
* Epics: Going to California: 2011 8)
* 50-mph, 101, 10k-Club. 12,527 miles-to-date, 7037 as 2WD.

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed.
The hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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