Each time we leave for the Motor Maid convention I swear I am going to do better about blogging during the trip and each year I fail. So once again, here I am writing about it after the fact.
We left home the morning of June 27 taking US 60 through Globe, Show Low and Pietown. It was definitely cooler. However north of Show Low the rain started, not heavy but steady. By the time we reached Pietown with the combination of rain, altitude and wind it had gotten a bit chilly. When we stopped to put on more layers there was hail on the ground, so we were lucky to have missed that part of the storm.
Our first couple of days on the road were a bit frustrating for a couple of reasons. The week before we left I had picked up my bike from the dealer where it had an oil change and work done on the CB which has been giving me problems from the time it was installed. A couple of days before we left we checked the radio to confirm it was working properly. It wasn't. I could hear Debbie talking to me but she couldn't hear me. Of course there was no time to go back to the dealer, who when I picked up the bike and my helmet which they had requested for testing purposes, assured me that the radio was working fine.
When we were testing the radio I noticed large scratched area on the back of the helmet that weren't there before. If the radio is fine, then the problem must be in the helmet, right? And since it had been damaged that didn't seem to far a stretch. In the meantime we decided that since I could hear Debbie and she could hear my mic when keyed that we would use that as a form of communication. Debbie would ask me questions and I would key the mic, twice for yes, once for no.
Our first night was spent in Mountainair, NM, We stayed as a little motel called the Rock Motel. The motel was comfortable and the owners were very friendly and accommodating. I did think the rates were a tad high. Dinner was at Jerry's Ancient Cities Cafe where they have some rocking green chili. The clouds were starting to build up for a major rain storm, so we covered up the bikes and called it a night.
While I was getting ready for bed that night I confused some new medication and instead of taking my evening meds I took my daytime meds - triple the dose!! Of course, I didn't realize it until the next night. As a result of the mix up, I got next to no sleep that night and was dragging the following day. Thankfully, that was the only side effect.
We made it to Minneola, KS where we stayed at the Super 54 Inn. It is a tiny little motel that could be better. We were hot and tired so I asked the person who checked us in to put us in the room with the best AC. Unfortunately, if our room had the best AC I hate to think what the worst one was like. I get it though, these places mainly have traffic during the winter season. Outside of the AC the room was comfortable, clean and tiny, so no major complaints with that. Dinner was across the street at a little place where I had the best quesadilla I have ever had. It wasn't traditional style but it was very tasty.
Up and out early in the morning. headed to Omaha, NE where we will have dinner with Debbie's boss and a co-worker. Along the way we stopped in Kinsley, KS, which happens to be the halfway between San Francisco and New York City as well as home to a boat load of gnats.
Arrived in Omaha earlier than expected which gave us time to get cleaned up before dinner. Had a nice dinner and then an early night.
Finally, having had enough of being unable to communicate, we decide to detour a little bit to Litchfield, IL where the nearest authorized J&M installer is located. Char at Niehaus Cycles was a huge help. I spoke with her on the phone several times to troubleshoot what may be wrong with my headset. When I was unsuccessful with the various suggestions Char offered, we spent the night in Litchfield, so we could be at Niehaus when they opened in the morning.
One new helmet and headset later and I am still unheard. We backtracked to Springfield to visit Hall's Harley Davidson where they locate the crimped wire that is causing the problem and we are off again. The day was pretty much a waste between running around for the helmet, Debbie's battery, then the back to Springfield so we didn't get many miles. We'll start again in the morning.
To be continued.