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    Greetings from the Adobe

    On April 21 we departed the Adobe in the Big Bend to attend the Blitz to Branson, a BMW motorcycle get-together Voni and Jim Hair invented 15 years ago. Today, we arrived home at the Adobe, 24,054 miles later. In between Voni bought one bike and traded in one bike, and we sold two others we had parked in Kansas, by advertising them on the the Internet.

    Our travels took us (in no particular order) to British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and of course, Texas. Please notice that, as Paul promised himself, not once did we venture east of the Mississippi River.

    We spent several days visiting with son Mike in Kansas and with daughter Melanie and our grandsons Noah and Brody in Iowa; visited friends or other relatives in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington; and attended BMW rallies in Missouri, Alberta CANADA, Oregon, and New Mexico. Otherwise we mostly rode and camped in the mountains except when weather, whether high winds, extreme heat, or nasty cold, drove us to a motel. Rain we just missed for the most part or we camped in a little over night drizzle anyway.

    We each got our annual physical exams, saw the dentist, and got new glasses. We used up all or the better part of 6 or 7 tires. We each bought new riding jackets. Paul bought a hoodie with a skull on the back to keep his neck warm in the sleeping bag at night. Voni bought some red shirts.

    We spent almost two weeks in the Rockies in British Columbia and Alberta, and much of the rest of the summer in the Rockies between Montana and New Mexico. We also sampled the Great Plains going to and from Kansas and Iowa, and spent time in the Black Hills in South Dakota and the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. On reflection we are unsure whether the day it was 107 in Lawrence, Kansas, or the day it was 104 with 44 mph crosswinds near Chadron, Nebraska, or the day we rode in crosswinds gusting to 59 mph near Rawlins, Wyoming was the worst. We also have not figured out whether the Canadian Rockies, the northern U.S. Rockies, or the Bighorns were the most fun. That is probably a tossup. We plan to go back for more research.

    Parked in front of the Adobe, Paul's R1150R now has 153,629 miles on it, and the front tire is worn out after 18,757 miles, making it the longest life front tire that bike has ever seen. It is also the only tire he haa ever had in 700,000 miles riding BMWs that is more worn both sides of the center than it is in the middle. That is a testament to riding day after day, week after week, on curvy mountain roads.

    When she picked it up in Bentonville, Arkansas in May Voni's new-to-her F800S had been ridden just over 8,000 miles in its three-year pre-Voni life. She has since added just under 20,000 more miles to its odometer. It needs another tire too! Or two!

    If arriving back home wasn't special enough, today was also the day Paul logged his 700,000th BMW mile, exactly 16 miles north of the Adobe, looking over at Santiago Peak, a Big Bend landmark. That is almost exactly 200 times the annual average mileage among members of the American Motorcyclist Association and 70 times the annual average for BMW MOA members. No wonder boots, jackets, helmets, and other riding gear wear out so fast.

    To put that number in perspective though, yesterday Voni went over the 960,000 BMW mile mark, which is a whole quarter million plus a little more miles than Paul. Paul almost always rides in the front when we ride together. Voni explains that the least experienced rider should go first.

    Unfortunately the African antelope sometimes found grazing along that stretch of highway were nowhere to be found for the obligatory photographs Voni took of Paul holding up 7 fingers.

    In our absence our recording thermometer (which Paul reset when we left) registered outside temperatures of 45 degrees for a low and 111 for a high. The house which had been closed up was 89 inside when we arrived but cooled well with one window air conditioner running. Tonight's forecast low of about 62 will finish the cooling job once we open the windows and doors to let nature cool the adobe walls both inside and out.

    We plan to be home mostly for the next few months, although we do plan to go to a rally over by Houston, a long distance endurance rally at Los Lunas, NM, and the Veteran's Gathering at Deming, NM in the next couple of months. Other than that, we think we'll just ride our motorcycles - once Paul changes a few tires, changes oil, and does a few other routine service items.

    There's no place like home.



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    Great going...I am sooo jealous!
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    I want to be like voni when I grow up!

    Congrats to both of you!

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    Sounds like a fantastic summer ride.
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    You two are amazing! Congrats to you both on your milages, Voni it looks like next year is going to be a milestone that few reach!!

    Have fun in New Mexico, and say hi to Ira for me!

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    Great post Voni.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    I want to be like voni when I grow up!

    Congrats to both of you!
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    Voni,

    When we met you and Paul a few years back the seed was planted for Annie and me to follow our own version of your path. Since then we have divested ourselves of much of what we owned through an auction (boy-oh-boy was that a liberating feeling), sold our house and have taken up temporary residence on campus. This coming weekend Annie leaves to haul a trailer load of our meager belongings to Montana and continue our quest for a new base station near our daughter. I retire in a year and we will then begin to make motorcycle traveling the center piece of our lives. Our plan is to meander around the continent attending rallies, viewing sights, seeing events and imposing on friends and relatives (after all we will be poor pensioners). We plan on hearing every relative, friend and acquaintance utter the following words in the next several years, "Don't you think you should be leaving now." Since we are going to be in Montana and not the warm environment of south Tejas, our plan is to trailer out of Montana each January and head for AZ, NM, TX, or FL and establish a base for our winter riding for a few months. Our summer riding will probably often entail coming back to Alaska and the Yukon to visit friends and enjoy this great part of the world. And at some point we hope to take our dream ride back in Europe to tour Scotland as we did when we were a bit younger , and retrace our paths from when we lived in Germany. We can't be sure that our plans will workout the way we hope, but we are both more enthusiastic about our future than we have been in a very long time. Thanks for the planting the seed and the continuing inspiration provided by posts such as this.
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    Thanks everyone for coming along and sharing our joy!

    We feel incredibly blessed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Thanks everyone for coming along and sharing our joy!

    We feel incredibly blessed!

    Voni
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    And thanks for sharing your blessings with us!
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