Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lafayette LA

Our ride through the bayou was so pretty. It was time to eat after all of the sun and sights. The smell of brackish and salt water was everywhere.

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After dinner we had fun pitting the local cheap motels against each other for rates. We got some good deals.

Day 2: Let's Eat

The menu consisted of what you'd expect. Fried, Gravied, Fatted... You know, health food. :)

I ate a power bar so... I'm having coffee.

Met the local PD: Kelly Scudgins Bruzeau a Deputy Sheriff at Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. She was most helpful in finding a scenic route out of New Orleans. From here on out we rode and visited some amazing countryside.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Off The Bike and Into Town

Now we've found the others and it's time to tour Bourbon Street and find a beer!

New Orleans!

15 hours in the saddle. Not really too far. Probably would be a better trip for 2 days instead of 1 though.

Jim Newman's location@9:21pm,9/6 New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA
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Last stop before New Orleans

We had ridden some long but beautiful highways. Moving with traffic, we'd made good time traveling. The temperature ranged about 30 degrees Fahrenheit from morning to mid-day and back to night. So it was coat, sweatshirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt, coat...

Sunblock? Not....

Told you I'd forget... This is just day one and I already have the raccoon eyes...

Day 1, pushing for New Orlean

To Jackson

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To New Orleans

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Stopped for gas in not so nice of a neighborhood... :)

Third stop or so. Chris's Honda Shadow Aero goes about 100 miles before needing more fuel.

Jim Newman's location@5:00pm,9/6 Jackson, MS, Jackson, MS

First leg to lunch.

First leg:
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Brisk morning. 50 degrees or so. Swift ride to catch the gang only to find they went on to Gulf Port LA...

Monday, September 5, 2011


Launch is set. Bike is packed. Woohoo!

Whoops. I packed all my jeans. Nothing for tomorrow. Had to break them out of the pack... hmmmmm. Perhaps I'm a little eager to leave...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tuned up.

Thought I'd share this little trick for deep plugs and hemispherical heads. Can't remember which old dog taught me this but if you take an old fuel line you can thread the plugs without fear of dropping the plug or cross-threading. The hose gives just enough resistance to feel it go right.

Friday, September 2, 2011

First nearly epic fail.

Found a bad crack in one saddlebag. But I ingeniously rigged some flat steel for support. All good now.

Man's Best Friend

Here sits Black Thunder waiting patiently for my work week to end.

Mentally I have already checked out.

Seriously... I am having focus issues. Big weekend coming. 6 projects unfinished and waiting for me, my work Mac is having issues, my 3D video intro is rendering strangely (perhaps I'm just a control freak) and I'm tired.

I hope I get the chance to ignore some of the things I worry about on this trip. I hope it stays simple. Just wind, exhaust and me. That's all I hope for. I totally need some me time. Just me with no thoughts. Sorta like wiping the gunk of the table. You know it'll be waiting later for you to pick up, but for now its on the floor and out of sight...