A light, airy, effervescent, blog of grave consequence. (NOT!) Dedicated to those of us who must respond to negative stimuli by Chernobyling (entombing in concrete) our innermost thoughts.

Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, United States

A semi-gruntled corporate reliability engineer trying to make ends meet while keeping my wife happy, and myself out of the asylum.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Finally Home

So far, this is my favorite picture.

About half-way from Las Vegas to Ely, NV:


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dinner in Santa Rosa, NM

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Heading home tomorrow.

Our guide, was injured on Monday afternoon while on our way to Ely, NV via some wonderful dirt roads. He was looking back to see how we were faring, blew a turn and high-sided his R1200GSA. We were able to tie-wrap and duct-tape the bike together so it was rideable. He was in quite a bit of pain but we made it 40 miles on dirt roads to the nearest pavement and then made it an additional 225 miles back toLas Vegas.

While heading out on the dirt, our other rider caught a rut and tank-slapped himself and his bike into the bushes. We got his bike patched up and finally made it home. His right shoulder is sore, but we rode today and he's ok for the ride home.

Our guide is not so lucky. His father, a doctor, checked him out and believes he separated a rib from both the sternum and spine. He doesn't have enough strength in his right side to safely ride home, so he will be flying home Friday and shipping his bike back.

We're leaving tomorrow about 0700 to get to Santa Rosa, NM for day one. Day two will get us to Arlington, TX, and Saturday should get us home.

Found the parts

Amazingly, HDLV had the parts in stock. I picked up a spare set as well.

Hoover Dam

Lost a bolt

Shifter pivot bolt loosened up and fell out on the way around the north end of Lake Mead to the Valley of fire. Fixed it by using the rear brake pivot bolt and sleeve.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Should have been the duplicate picture

In the dinner post.




Mechanical Equipment Update

So far, the Buell is faring spectacularly. The only damage is a cracked right read turn signal cover and a blown left fork seal. (The fork angers me significantly as I paid the dealer to change the fluid and go through the front end not three months ago. And it blew on the trip out. The oil was gone by the time we arrived Saturday.

The other two bikes have not fared so well.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Caliente, NV Union Pacific Station

Dinner is served

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wheeler Pass

Crossed it up the hard side and down the easy. Just unbelievable. If I have to go home tomorrow the trip was worth it.

How to convert an '03 FZ1 to an adventure bike in 5 minutes or less.

Gear change

A few more...

A few pics from home base.

Breakfast Sunday Morning

Homemade biscuits, farm fresh eggs, bacon, and game sausage with homemade fig & pomegranate jam. Hard to take.


Made it. Great ride today on US 70 and 93. Awesome roads . Weather held out as well. We were sprinkled on a little bit but nothing heavy. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Globe, AZ

1315. Been on US70 for a while. Much better thab I10. A few pics at the gas station.

Breakfast Day 2

Not quite where we wanted to eat, but it'll work


Made it to Las Cruces, NM. Another SS1K. Won't be doing the BB1500. Too much stuff today. Another 10 hours or so tomorrow. Will update later.

Friday, May 23, 2008

On our way

Quick stop in Lobdell to pick up the group.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Please leave them on the blog.

Thanks to Horton the Who for setting me up with a parallel mobile email server. It's working great!

Loaded & Locked

All that's left to pack is my toiletry kit a pillow. On the road at 0530 tomorrow.

Road Trip About to Commence

Heading out to Nevada for a week's bounding about the mountains. Updates will be here periodically. Click on the pictures to see the full sized images. These will only be phone camera quality. The good ones will have to wait until I get home.

Picture test



Picture test

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Phone test