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Old 06-14-2013, 10:18 PM   #21
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The book is called shifting gears at 50. A motorcycling guide for new and returning riders.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #22
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The book is called shifting gears at 50. A motorcycling guide for new and returning riders.
Thanks, I'm an avid reader and read 700page novels in one sitting, I'll check it out.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:11 PM   #23
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great stories, can't wait for the next installment.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:51 AM   #24
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Installment 7:

Alright, it's been 5yrs since this epic ride and the story has been coming in dribbles and drabs. It's about time for me to finish what I started. The exact times of my stops may be a little off, I suffer from CRS.

Sorry to say but most of the return ride was uneventful except for the last leg of the journey. I did get quite a bad sunburn, especially on my head riding sans helmet though.

O.K., I'm on what I at the time believe to be the end of the next to the last leg of the return ride. It's about 8:00 PM, I'm in north Fl., so I decide to fill the tank and find a nice hotel for the night. I pull into a Shell station, slide off the bike real cool like so anyone that might be watching will be impressed. I know their watching because my bike is just so cool.

Get out the bank card (Shell card is maxed out), slide it into the pump and I see "Please see attendant". What the fuck???? I try it again, same thing. Oh no, I know I have money in the account, what now?

I call Nanette on the cell phone and tell her what's happening. She confirms by checking on-line there's plenty of money in the account. She then informs me that the bank did leave a message to call, something about weird activity on the card. She thought nothing of it and never called. I'm screwed!!!!! Of course the weird activity was my usage of the card as I crossed the country. I informed the bank when I left to go west but with my hasty departure (Wore out my welcome remember?) I neglected to for the return journey.

Of course Murphy's Law is in full force, it's Sunday, at night, no way to straighten this mess out until the next day. I'm also completely out of cash, well nearly. I have just enough for one tank full leaving me with $3.27 left in my pocket afterward.

Nanette feels bad and suggests she drive to the local Circle K and use their Western Union kiosk to wire me money through a hotel ahead, I'm saved. She looks for a likely candidate on the Internet and we make plans for me to stop at the designated hotel.

Upon reaching the hotel I call Nanette on my cell and she has bad news, the Kiosk seems to be on the fritz. There are three Circle Ks in our area so she offers to drive to another. It's after 11:00 PM, I've been on the bike more than 15hrs, but what else can I do but keep going.

We arrange for me to call her in an hr. as I'll be needing gas soon anyway. I pull into another Shell station to put in the last of my cash and give her a call. More bad news, this kiosk isn't working either. Nanette heads off to the last Circle K hoping this time the wire transfer will work; I put my whopping $3.27 in the tank and ride off.

About 30 miles down the road I see a Western Union office that's open all night. I call Nanette to let her know I'll be waiting here to make the transfer easier. I go inside and inform the tellers of my plight and wait. It takes Nanette about an hr to reach the last kiosk but again no go. It's now after 1:30, I've been on this infernal machine for what seems a lifetime, and I really don't have a clue what to do.

I tell Nanette I'm going to ride until I'm out of gas and sit by the roadside until morning. I return to the bike and decide to give one more look for any loose change I might have. I haven't mentioned this earlier in the tale but I actually did have somewhat of a bag, carrier, whatever you might call it. I bungeed a small soft sided lunch box onto the rear fender to keep a map, tooth brush, phone charger, fingerless gloves, and a few other things in. I tear into this thing like a man possessed. I find a quarter and become ecstatic, then realize it's actually a washer that had fallen off on my trip west.

Undeterred I continue to pull out everything in the bag. As I'm in the middle of ripping through the bag I see something flutter to the ground. What could this be I think? I look down; it's half of a ten dollar bill. Aha, it now dawns on me that on the first day of my journey west I received a ten as change but tore it in half as I folded it to put in my pocket. I kept it in my pocket for the next couple of days but worried I would lose half and the other half would be useless. Now if I could only find the other half.

I continue my search and low and behold I find it, salvation is at hand. I go inside the Western Union office to see if they have any scotch tape, as I approach the teller with my request she starts to offer me money for gas. I tell her I found ten dollars and calculated it would be just enough to get me home. She doesn't have any tape but trades me an untorn bill in exchange. It's now after 2:00 AM, there's a gas station next door so I fill up and head south.

I pick up route 60 about 4:00 and head east. Those familiar with central south Fl. know fog can be a real hazard in the middle of the night. It's like soup, I can barely see beyond my front tire, and the fog is soaking through my clothes. To make matters worse, the truckers like to use route 60 also.

The only light on the back of my bike is the small brake/ tail light over my license plate. I don't dare go over 35 mph in fear of hitting a deer, this means the semi's coming from behind will overtake me at considerably higher speed. Every time I see headlights approaching from behind I flash my brake light and pray they notice.

Being so wet I'm again freezing, so I decide to stay on route 60 through to Vero Beach and turn south on US 1. I make the turn south about 8:00 AM, glad to feel the warm air coming in from the ocean. I cruise easy the rest of the way home, through Fort Pierce, on into Port Saint Lucie, and home about 9:00.

When I pull into the driveway I've been on the bike for over 25 hrs, 23 actually in the saddle. Climbing off the bike I almost collapse, my legs don't want to work. Nanette runs outside and helps me into the house. After hugging and kissing my angel, talking about the night’s ordeal, I take a quick, very hot shower and fall into the bed for the next 12 hrs.

This ends the Deer Jumper saga. Thank you all for being so patient, hope this last installment wasn't too long of a read.

Martin
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #25
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Love the bike, and the stories!
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #26
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Awesome read. I just recently discovered another site that has a large number of ride reports and love reading them. Nice to see one here as well. I have a few good trips planned this summer too and if they are worthy I will be posting them up afterwards. It's weird how at the time, the hardships can be just that...a reall pain in the ass, but yet in hindsight and sometimes during the ride (for me anyway) that is what keeps us riding and doing the trips. It's too easy to just jump in the car and take off. Climate control, shelter, windshield wipers, etc. I hope this trip and any other like it continue to give you good memories for years to come. Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #27
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Climbing off the bike I almost collapse, my legs don't want to work. Nanette runs outside and helps me into the house. After hugging and kissing my angel, talking about the night’s ordeal, I take a quick, very hot shower and fall into the bed for the next 12 hrs.


Martin
This line brought tears to my eyes, probably because I'm going thru a nasty divorce I didn't want.

Awesome story. Awesome bike. And sounds like an awesome wife!

Thank you for the sharing of your saga. I checked almost daily to see if there were any updates and the wait was worth it. Great writing skill!

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Old 06-29-2013, 12:06 PM   #28
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This line brought tears to my eyes, probably because I'm going thru a nasty divorce I didn't want.

Awesome story. Awesome bike. And sounds like an awesome wife!

Thank you for the sharing of your saga. I checked almost daily to see if there were any updates and the wait was worth it. Great writing skill!

ernie
Sorry to hear about your divorce. Marriage is very hard work that too many aren't willing to put in, don't kid yourself that Nanette and I didn't have our moments. In a marriage that lasts 32yrs there are bound to be ups and downs, there were times we both thought about bailing out, but we decided to put our heads down and keep on pushing through.

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Old 06-29-2013, 02:54 PM   #29
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Sorry to hear about your divorce. Marriage is very hard work that too many aren't willing to put in, don't kid yourself that Nanette and I didn't have our moments. In a marriage that lasts 32yrs there are bound to be ups and downs, there were times we both thought about bailing out, but we decided to put our heads down and keep on pushing through.

Martin
Thank you and I've come to realize that this is just a valley in my life that needs to be traveled through.

I don't travel alone knowing that God is there alongside, keeping and making me what He wants me to be.

I truly wish that this didn't happen, but it did. Thank you for your wise words...

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:16 PM   #30
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Well you have another girl in your life there...pretty nice Shadow!
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