Successful McGyver

Tim the toolman did a successful fix on the gasket. Using a credit card and a jack knife.
The happy boys.

Hard at Work

Gene and Norm take advatage of some free WiFi while the bike is worked on.

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Mechanical Issues

Our first breakdown on the way to the grand canyon. Andrew lost a gasket. Tim the toolman is trying to fix it.

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Pikes Peak – we still cannot believe the ride !!!

Pikes Peak,.. need I say more (other than you really burn gas – with my bike anyway)

We just sat at around watching video footage of our accent (with chase vehicle follwoing closely behind),.. the video and pictures are amazing. At the 4 mile marker – it sinks in when the signs says that ”Pikes Peak is 1 miles above you”,.. not one mile away,.. it takes 19 more miles of meandering switchback roads up one side of the mountain,.. to finally get to the top of Pike’s Peak (1 mile above you).

There are some guard-rails, but for the most part,.. there is nothing. We will post some of the pictures as soon as possible and hopefully upload some video as well,.. it is nothing like the real thing,.. just ask one of support crew (Jim) who jumped on the back of Tim’s bike for the ride,.. just to catch some great video,.. by the time he got to the top we have sick,.. but the video was incredible.

Tomorrow is long day of steady riding to Winslow Arizona and then onto the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam,.. with maybe a much needed stop in Vegas,.. until tomorrow.

 

Gas

Mike A only has a little tank.

Where is Paxton NE

Who would have ever thought we would be in Paxton NE

The end of the third day found us in Paxton NE, after leaving Iowa City for our second full day of riding. The day was sunny and bright and the tempurature just kept getting hotter – 36 C when we pulled in at 9 pm tonight.

The winds were pretty tough to deal with,.. today. There was a lot of lane closures which means that you not only are dealing gusty cross winds that throwing the bikes across the lanes but also a lot of buffetting wind from trucks coming at your in the on-coming lanes. Everyone had to focused but in true ’never say die fashion’ the last 2 hours of riding turned out to the best of the evening.

Norm, Gene and Tim headed to sort out the hotel while Mike, Andrew, Tim and I sprinted the last couple hours from Kearney NE to Paxton NE. Cold beer and a couple of phone calls back home and we are good for the night.

Tomorrow we see the rockies and Pikes Peak,.. really looking forward for the climb. I think we are heading out very early tomorrow morning.

 

 

Morning of the Second Day – On to the USA

 

We set off early on Friday morning, after a big breakfast of ham and eggs at the farm. We were crossing at the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit, Michigan.

 

It is quite a view as you ride over the Detroit River. The sedate riverside on the Windsor side, as you pass over the University of Windsor. As you look to the U.S. side, you see the Detroit skyline.

And then we were into the line with the U.S. customs and immigration. It was slow, but we made it through by 9:30 a.m. 800 km to go.

The Riders

After the welcome at Tory’s school, we all headed back to the Girard Family Farm for a feast, fire and libations. Family, friends and well wishers came out to celebrate the start of the ride. Our charity broke the $11,000 mark with more to come as we ride. Chris made his trademark bonfire and Frank had cigars for everyone. The farmstead had sleeping room fore everyone. We got up and had a picture of the riders, just before we set off.

Three states in one day

On the second day of our ride we crossed three state lines. Michigan, Illinois and stopped the night in Iowa City. 8 1/2 hours in the saddle. All is well. Mike A is grinning ear to ear.

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The Ride Begins

We started the first leg of the ride on Thursday. We arrived in Windsor, at Tory’s school. We had a warm welcome from the Vice Principal and the MAD group(Making A Difference). Tory gave a wonderful speech and his classmates looked at the bikes. The school gave a donation to start the Ride off right.

Thank you everyone at Sandwich West Public School.

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