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    • Maintenance Day

      June 15, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      Today was service at High Desert HD. They rebuilt my forks, replaced the right hand control module, and changed the front brake pads. I was in at 09:00 and out by 13:00. Then I sat in the hot jacuzzi without jets (broken) and watched movies the rest of the night. Now I'm going to sleep. Relaxing day.

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

      Day 96 mileage: 7.8 (total 21805.0)
      HD Dealerships: 1 (total 197)
      National Parks: 0 (total 39 in 19 states)
      10 Rides for 2022: 0 (total 5 of 10)
      MCGTTX Stops: 0 (total 23 of 50)
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    • Gem of a Ride HOG Touring Rally Day 1

      June 16, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

      Today I decided to beeline to Twin Falls to get my 10 Rides for 2022 photo at Snake River where Evel Knievel unsuccessfully attempted to jump the canyon with his "skycycle" aka rocket.

      On the way back to Meridian, I stopped at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor's Center for a moment.

      Then I hit the dealership where I had service yesterday and where the Gem of a Ride HOG Touring Rally begins. I saw a lot of people I know, including my two buds from Ohio who have come out to join me, Dano and Rob. I haven't seen Rob since 2020 and Dano since September, so it's wonderful to be near them again.

      We hung out for a while, then went to the hotel to get them checked in. Rob took a nap while Dano and I got caught up on our lives, then we all went back to the HD for dinner.

      A good meal with good conversation and decisions about where and when to meet in the morning, then it was back to the hotel. Now, I'm just about ready to crash. Another really good day.

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

      Day 97 mileage: 307.4 (total 22112.4)
      HD Dealerships: 1 (total 198)
      National Parks: 1 (total 40 in 20 states)
      10 Rides for 2022: 1 (total 6 of 10)
      MCGTTX Stops: 0 (total 23 of 50)
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    • Oregon To Idaho

      June 14, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      Well, I only made it to 02:30 before having to go to the laundry room for warmth. I was able to nap in the rocking chair though. At 07:00 I started packing and breaking down the tent. At 08:00, I was standing at the store door to get coffee 🤣. By 09:00, I had on pretty much all of my clothes and my heated gear, including the insoles, and was rolling south to go east.

      Unlike the days I rode from Medford to Klamath Falls and then to Culver, it wasn't raining and I got to see some stuff. Just north of Bend there is an alpaca farm, and not long after that I spied several Longhorns with calves. Today's ride was mostly through what signs called the Great Plains or the High Plains, which was mostly cattle. I also saw a small herd of mule deer who looked like they wanted to cross the road to get it a small pond. I got past them first. When I got lower in altitude, from 4,500 to about 2,000 feet, the land turned to irrigated crops. There were three common crops, a grain, a wheat, and onions. No doubt on the onions because the smell was so thick I could taste them.

      I got to Meridian (Boise) at 17:30 (Mountain time now) with only a little dampness on my leathers from some light sprinkles and road spray. It's was a good day because my heated gear kept me toasty warm all day and I didn't run out of gas despite having to go 160 miles.

      Unfortunately, I am terribly sad that I lost my red neck gaiter somewhere on the road late today. It was a gift from the Ramstein Military HOG Chapter 2015 Christmas Party we had about a week before I left Germany. I was wearing it inside my helmet to keep my head and ears warmer. The wind must have sucked it out. 😭😭😭

      After I checked in and unloaded the bike, which is when I realized the gaiter was gone, I walked across the street to the grocery store and am now sitting in the room, messing with my GPS, drinking a cold beverage, and feeling like it's only 19:30.

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

      Day 95 mileage: 359.1 (total 21797.2)
      HD Dealerships: 0 (total 196)
      National Parks: 0 (total 39 in 19 states)
      10 Rides for 2022: 0 (total 5 of 10)
      MCGTTX Stops: 0 (total 23 of 50)
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    • Day 11

      Boise KOA

      August 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

      We made it to Boise! Our new tires are doing well (see post from this morning) after spending all day speeding down the freeway at 80 miles an hour.

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Meridian, ميريديان, Мъридиън, Меридиан, مریدیان، آیداهو, メリディアン, მერიდიანი, मेरिडियन, Меридијан, Меридіан, میریڈیئن، ایڈاہو

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