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Day 2 – Deers and Clutch Problem (Asheville, NC)

05 Oct

In the morning, we checked the tire pressure and oil level.  My motorcycle was low on oil and had low tire pressure in the front wheel.  Yesterday’s riding on twisty roads and being in low gears apparently ate some of the engine oil.

We rode up in the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway where we saw many deers.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  We met to German guys who were traveling on bicycles from North Carolina on their way to New York City.  They had large bags on their bikes, We stopped and talked to them.  It was great to see such determined athletic people.

After for about 3 hours in the mountains, both of us got extremely cold (it was below 50F / low teens in celcius) and stopped at a local restaurant at Mabry Mill.  We had a nice lunch and hot chocolate, which tasted especially good.  After we came out from the restaurant, we noticed there was another BMW bike parked right in between our two bikes.  We joked that it’s OK because it is the same brand (lol).  We met the owner.  His name was David and we enjoyed our conversation.  He became interested in our trip to Argentina and said that he would follow us on the website.  David had an RT1200 and had 140K miles on it.   He seemed to be a very experience rider.  After we got on the road, David passed us and we saw him a few miles later standing on the intersection with  a camera waving to us and taking some pictures of us while riding.

Later in the day, Gintaras bike started to have an issue with the clutch.  I tested his bike at one of the overlooks.  I have never experienced such a “responsive” clutch.  After I shifted in the first gear, I did not know what happened but I was already going.  We got to Asheville, North Carolina around 7pm, ate, and updated the website for our followers.  Tomorrow, we have to go to the closest dealership to have Gintaras’ bike checked out.

Routes taken: Blue Ridge Pkwy, I-77 South, US 40 West

Miles ridden: 293 miles (472 km)

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Mabry Mill on Blue Ridge Parkway, VA

 
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Day 1 – Rain Followed by Sun (Roanoke, VA)

04 Oct

The day was a bit emotional at the beginning in anticipation of leaving home, friends, and the regular comforts we are all used to.  Leaving everything behind did not hit us until the morning came.  It was raining all morning.   We had an extended breakfast at 9:30 am in the hope that the rain would stop.  The rain did not stop and so we decided to ride in the rain around 11 am.  We rode in rain for about an hour and a half until we passed Front Royal, VA after which the clouds cleared up and the sun came out.  This was a happy moment and we thought that things are looking pretty good!  I pulled out my helmet camera and shot a few videos of Gintaras while riding.  We rode to Staunton, VA and turned off to Blue Ridge Parkway and rode some 50 miles on it and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  We stopped at a few places and shot some pictures.  It was getting closer to 4 pm and we decided to ride to a final destination for today in Roanoke, VA to find a hotel.  It started to rain again and we rode in rain for another hour and decided to turn off Blue Ridge Pkwy to get on the main road to avoid twisty slippery roads.  We safely made it to Roanoke around 8pm. It was a great day despite the rain.  This day gave us an opportunity to ride in rain, on twisty slippery roads, and highways full of semi-trucks at night.  We look forward to resting and riding tomorrow to North Carolina.  Hope tomorrow will be a sunny day.

Routes taken: 66 West, US 81 south, Blue Ridge Pkwy

Miles ridden: 306 miles (492 km)



 
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Pre-Departure

01 Oct

During the past several months, we completed the necessary preparations for our bikes and got all the necessities for our trip, including tools and spare pars.  This was a very long planning process.  It is hard to foresee what may happen in the future on your trip; nevertheless, we had to make ourselves play many scenarios and come up with possible  solutions for particular situations.  We also had an opportunity to talk to two people who have done long-range multi-country trips.  We learned from their experiences.  Both people have done amazing trips and gave us good tips.  At the end of this preparation process, we learned a few important lessons: 1) friends and families are important and 2) everything a person needs may fit in two side cases and a top bag.


 
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Wineries

19 Sep


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La Grange winery in Haymarket, VA

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Potomac river at the Great Falls park in McLean, VA

 
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Middleburg

21 Aug

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.Leisurely ride around Middleburg Saturday morning… 


 
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