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Day 4 – Luggage Review, Smokehouse of Laurel and New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

07 Oct

We got up around 7:30am today as we were very tired from yesterday.  The weather was beautiful, around 65F (18C).  We brought all of our side cases and bags from our motorcycles inside of our hotel room and reviewed all the things we carried.  We decided to leave a few items as most likely they would not be critical to our trip considering the space and weight limitations we have (see picture).

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After breakfast, we left to New Orleans with an objective to fix Gintaras’ bike at a nearby dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  On the way, we stopped in Laurel, Mississippi for lunch.  The name of the restaurant was the Smokehouse of Laurel.  We had some chicken and pork.  It was delicious!   We also met two local women who asked us to take them on our trip to Argentina. They were very kind and allowed us to take their picture.

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After lunch we made it to New Orleans with one stop to get gas and stretch.  The ride was nice and the scenery was beautiful especially when entering New Orleans.  The BMW GPS gave us a few surprises before we finally found a hotel.  This made our trip more adventurous.  I would not mind to burn my nav system.

The weather in New Orleans was 88F (31C), which is a “nice” introduction to what awaits us in the next 3 months being in a hot climate of Mexico.  Tomorrow, we are taking Gintaras’ bike to Baton Rouge to fix the clutch.

Routes taken: I-20 W, I-59 S, I-10 W

Miles ridden: 353 miles (568 km)

 

Day 3 – Crossing Four States (Birmingham, Alabama)

06 Oct

In the morning, we headed down to Greenville, South Carolina to the closest dealership to fix the clutch.  Shortly after lunch, we were told that the clutch was fixed. Two hours later, Gintaras told me that the clutch problem reappered, which forced us to go highways instead of scenic routes, as shifting the gears was quite problematic.

We wanted to make progress mileage wise and decided to go all the way to Birmingham, Alabama.  We arrived to Birmingham around 7:00pm as we got caught in traffic while going through Atlanta.  Tomorrow, we will have to make a decision where to go to take care of the clutch issue.  The local dealership is closed tomorrow and there are not dealers on the way to New Orleans.  We have the option of back tracking or going out of the way from the planned route to New Orleans.

Routes taken: I-26, US-25, I-85, I-20 West

Miles ridden: 361 miles (581 km)