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    Missoula, MT to Glasgow, KY

    I flew to Missoula to pick up my 2001 R1150GS last Sunday, 27feb2011. I am staying in Hays, KS tonight, Wednesday, 02mar2011 and hope to make it home tomorrow if weather permits, passing through MO, IL, IN & KY. It has been very cold and windy. My speedometer did weird things at 15 degrees but has worked fine since getting above 20. The heated grips work OK if above 40 - I stopped several times on the side of the road to warm my hands on the cylinder heads.
    The Rockies are beautiful but could not/would not stop to take pictures - very few safe places to pull off the road. The main roads through MT & WY were very clear - thanks highway crews!
    Ran through 50 miles of frozen fog in western NE this morning. Several observers to my folly have suggested that I must be very tough. I tell them that they are too kind. I personnaly think what I am doing borders on stupidity.
    I wanted to thank a young lady who gave me a jump start in Hardin, MT on the morning of 11 degrees. I didn't catch her name but she said she owned a Heritage Soft Tail Classic and a Sportster. I was removing the battery to take it inside the motel to warm; this after calling the local wrecker service who wanted $85. The lady was pulling into an adjacent restaurant and rolled down her window, asking if I needed help. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Wow - I was near Glasgow today for work...62 and sunny.
    Hope rest of your trip is warmer!
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    That's one way to get used to a new (to you) bike. I'm glad you made it through MT and WY without snow or ice. Snow is forecast here for tonight.

    (When I rode year-round in New England, the only bikes you'd see in the winter were Harleys and BMWs.)

    Pictures would have been nice, but I know that when your fingers freeze up and you just want to get there, pictures aren't on the agenda. Ride safe and stay warm. Enjoy your new bike!

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    Laramie! The only place I dropped my bike while moving. 1980 Quad Cities deperture - drop to I-70 - out to San Luis Obispo - up to SF and back on I-80 - 5500 miles in 11 days.
    Picked up the bike and drove to emergency room for gravel removal and a few stitches (pea gravel on exit ramp). I got too close to the shoulder on the ramp having been distracted by another vehicle.

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    Yep, lots of pea gravel around here. We call it soil. The wind can blow it onto the roads and it'll lurk in curves waiting for unwary motorcyclists.

    - Kate
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