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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:05:58 pm

Title: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:05:58 pm
After suffering through another Michigan winter with a bad case of Cabin Fever, after caring for 2 elderly parents with 2 bouts of cancer, a heart attack, and my 30 year old cousin dying from getting a pin drop of Amoxycillin on her hand, I was mad at the world, my brain was melted, felt like I had goop filling my noggin.  I took my frustration out on you Wilddogs in the R&P section, something that affects me to this day.  I'm sorry for everything I put yous through.  I mean it.

I HAD to escape the insanity that was my life for over a year.  I decided to embark on a multi month motorbike adventure without any timeline. I set a goal about 10 years ago to ride a motorbike through all 50 States and Canadian Provinces. I had 15 States and a handful of Canadian Provinces to reach my goal.  It was time to cross more states off the list.  I ended up visiting, well, I've taken too many shots to the head to remember, there were so many.

I left the Great Lakes State 18 May 2018 making my way slowly to the Dallas Fort Worth area to spend a month while ordering and making certain I had everything I needed to conquer this multi month trip.  I bought a new point n shoot camera for packability during the trip, still not used to it, so please forgive my pics, many of them could be much much better.

I left DFW on or about 21 June 2018, to Carlsbad Caverns before beginning the New Mexico BDR (Backcountry Discovery Route). The plan was to then ride part of the Colorado BDR, before heading to Moab, Utah to ride the famous White Rim Trail and visit all the southern Utah NP’s, before riding parts of and visiting an old girl friend in Arizona.  I was wondering wherethefak wherethefakawe lived in AZ because I wanted to meet my hero from this forum.  He seems like a real sweetheart just like me, man that guy has a gift for telling you exactly how it is here,  so I wanted to buy him a beer or 10 and hear about his life.  Unfortunately, I was unable to contact him because of my departure from the forum.  I'm not complaining, I deserved the departure.  It is an honor and a privilege to be back.

After AZ, I hoped to rest for a few days in Vegas, before visiting friends in La Jolla, California. Then, touring north through the rest of CA, Oregon, Washington , Idaho, Montana, Glacier NP, Banff NP, and Jasper NP, maybe Alaska before heading back to Michigan.

I had a trip of a lifetime, although, yet again, I began the trip on my 17' KTM Super Adventure R, but she refused to bring me home.  I'm 0-2 taking trips on this bike expecting to make it back home, on the same bike, the first was not the bikes fault, this trip, ahh, I'll explain in my report.  I still don't care, this is the most fun Adventure Touring bike sold today FOR ME, I've ridden them all, no bike provides me the grins this bike does.

A few teaser peekchas to see if I can get any enthusiasm generated for me completing another lengthy RR.  This report may take months to complete as I was gone 6 months.  Will you join me on this adventure, fellow Wilddogs?

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Fudge on July 25, 2019, 02:20:23 pm
In  :happy1:

Looking forward to this journey. I am sorry to hear about life's setbacks, and am glad you managed to find a way to deal with the demons.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: woody1 on July 25, 2019, 02:23:11 pm
Gooi ek ry saam... :ricky:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Dwerg on July 25, 2019, 02:24:59 pm
Cool  :thumleft:

People usually look at me a little strange when I say USA is my #1 dream biking destination
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:36:05 pm
In  :happy1:

Looking forward to this journey. I am sorry to hear about life's setbacks, and am glad you managed to find a way to deal with the demons.  :thumleft:

Thank you, bro, means a lot :'(  You are one of my favorite muddafuckas on this forum, I mean it.

Still dealing with the demons in my head occasionally, I want them gone before I have to check myself in to a mental institution  :lol8: :clock:

Don't phuck with Fudge
He won't budge
back down
he aint no clown  >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:37:20 pm
Gooi ek ry saam... :ricky:

I don't know what that means, but I'll take it  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 25, 2019, 02:39:22 pm
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: RobC on July 25, 2019, 02:40:27 pm
Awesome! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:43:55 pm
Cool  :thumleft:

People usually look at me a little strange when I say USA is my #1 dream biking destination

Well, just wtf are you waiting for?  I've got a 1290R for ya to ride and an expert guide, he's a little insane, but it'll be a good time.

Getcho cute little white ass over here, bring Noneking with ya, plenty of whiskey to drink and poontang to chase it with  :ricky:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:45:23 pm
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!

That's okay, it's none of my business what people say or think about me.

I've got to focus on what really matters.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:46:02 pm
Awesome! :thumleft:

thanks bro  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: skydiver on July 25, 2019, 02:47:12 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 25, 2019, 02:51:15 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D

Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Black_Hawk on July 25, 2019, 02:56:37 pm
Very Nice, thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Vintage_Mania on July 25, 2019, 03:00:01 pm
Keeping an eye on this fred.

I spend about a week in and around San Diego in the beginning of June. Went up to La Jolla and surrounds for a day, what an awesome and beautiful place.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Fudge on July 25, 2019, 03:01:52 pm
In  :happy1:

Looking forward to this journey. I am sorry to hear about life's setbacks, and am glad you managed to find a way to deal with the demons.  :thumleft:

Thank you, bro, means a lot :'(  You are one of my favorite muddafuckas on this forum, I mean it.

Still dealing with the demons in my head occasionally, I want them gone before I have to check myself in to a mental institution  :lol8: :clock:

Don't phuck with Fudge
He won't budge
back down
he aint no clown  >:D

 :imaposer:

Them demons are always going to be there unfortunately, it is part of the price we pay for being sentient creatures.

If you haven't already read it, one of my favourite reads on someone dealing with similar demons is Neil Peart's Ghost Rider - http://www.neilpeart.net/index.php/books/bookdetails?booknumber=3

For those not familiar with the name, Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush. With in the span of 10 months, Peart lost both his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, and his wife, Jackie. In the book he tells of the sense of loss and directionlessness that led him on an 88 000km (55 000 mile) journey by motorcycle across much of North America, down through Mexico to Belize, and back again. He chronicled his personal odyssey of grieving, thinking, and reminiscing as he rode trying to find personal peace.

 
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 25, 2019, 04:08:15 pm
Cool  :thumleft:

People usually look at me a little strange when I say USA is my #1 dream biking destination

My wife says I have no ambition when I tell her I want to ride the USA - we quietly (maybe not so much quietly) agree to disagree - she can stay at home....

Bring it on, I say!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Oubones on July 25, 2019, 04:09:38 pm
 :sip:
Waiting impatiently for this one to unfold!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 25, 2019, 05:25:10 pm
Buddy and his wife has just toured through north America, Mexico and into Canada, and kept sending back videos and photos.

I agree with Dwerg, what a country to tour a motorcycle in!!

Like Easyrider!

Btw; "Gooi ek ry saam" means, literally "Throw I ride together" :thumleft:  basically Let the RR roll, we're along for the ride!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Noneking on July 25, 2019, 06:12:50 pm
Good to have you back! Looks like this is going to be one helluva RR :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 25, 2019, 06:23:35 pm
Big oil we really missed your contributions here as well as your friendship, and so good to see you are back and as usual you pictures and stories is amazing!

'Ek ry saam'!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: eberhard on July 25, 2019, 07:11:48 pm
Some super pictures you took there!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: eberhard on July 25, 2019, 07:15:03 pm
Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D

Like this one? KEEP 'EM COMING!!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: eberhard on July 25, 2019, 07:17:11 pm
That's the life!!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Splash on July 25, 2019, 09:08:30 pm
What a trip. Thanks for the pictures.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: captain jack on July 25, 2019, 09:33:27 pm
Look forward to more detail :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on July 26, 2019, 03:04:29 am
That's the life!!

Gatorade, what I drink daily to stay hydrated  :thumleft:

I'm also along for the ride...  :ricky:

Oh, and the demons, well it takes balls to push them away. They never completely fuck off, but they do stay away longer and longer as time progresses  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: DeeCeeBee on July 26, 2019, 05:04:12 am
The states are on my bucket-lust too!

I’ll be along for the ride too
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Sheepman on July 26, 2019, 05:51:30 am
Champion Oil Chief , with ya on this trip  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 06:35:17 am
Cool  :thumleft:

People usually look at me a little strange when I say USA is my #1 dream biking destination

My wife says I have no ambition when I tell her I want to ride the USA - we quietly (maybe not so much quietly) agree to disagree - she can stay at home....

Bring it on, I say!!

 :thumleft:

Time for a new wife?   :peepwall:  Come on over, maybe you'll find a side piece while here  >:D  Kidding!!  I do not condone adultery.

Nothing starts a fire in an American girls panties faster than a ZA  accent.  :xxbah:  I'd encourage you DO NOT tell the wife of this, she'll never let you come over!





Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 06:37:32 am
:sip:
Waiting impatiently for this one to unfold!

Find some patience, I took about 20,000 pics on this trip, I have them narrowed down to about 5,000  :deal:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 06:43:57 am
Buddy and his wife has just toured through north America, Mexico and into Canada, and kept sending back videos and photos.

I agree with Dwerg, what a country to tour a motorcycle in!!

Like Easyrider!

Btw; "Gooi ek ry saam" means, literally "Throw I ride together" :thumleft:  basically Let the RR roll, we're along for the ride!

You have a buddy?  That thought hadn't crossed my mind  :pot:

Kidding honey, come on over with Dwerg and Noneking, you can ride pillion, if you promise to give me a gentle reacharound  :drif:

Kidding, your hands are too calloused from working on BMW's.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 06:45:25 am
Good to have you back! Looks like this is going to be one helluva RR :thumleft:

Thanks!

I'm going to try.  You've set the bar high  ;)
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 06:48:12 am
Big oil we really missed your contributions here as well as your friendship, and so good to see you are back and as usual you pictures and stories is amazing!

'Ek ry saam'!!  :thumleft:

You're a good man, TVB.

I hope you have an experience of a lifetime when you're here.

Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:01:21 am
Some super pictures you took there!  :thumleft: :thumleft:

You're much too kind, certainly not Sardine, TVB, or Captain Zef quality peekchas.


Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D


(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Texas/DSC02158.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Texas/DSC02158.jpg.html)
Like this one? KEEP 'EM COMING!!

She just needs a good Brazilian Bikini Wax, a few beers to get her in the mood  :drif:


That's the life!!

Whatever, you're just drooling at the sight of sausage  >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:04:14 am
What a trip. Thanks for the pictures.

Hey, you're welcome, a few thousand more coming.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:05:46 am
Look forward to more detail :thumleft:

I'll try to keep it 100 witcha  O0

Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:09:02 am
That's the life!!

Gatorade, what I drink daily to stay hydrated  :thumleft:

I'm also along for the ride...  :ricky:

Oh, and the demons, well it takes balls to push them away. They never completely fuck off, but they do stay away longer and longer as time progresses  :thumleft:

I enjoy it too Zog, I drank lots of the stuff on my trip with a packet of rehydrate mixed in.

Yay, thanks for coming wit me bra.

Yeah, them fricken little pricks on my shoulder man, they're really irritating me lately.  Demons not nice  :-\
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:11:12 am
The states are on my bucket-lust too!

I’ll be along for the ride too

Well make it happen DCB  :thumleft:

ZA and NAM are on my bucket list.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:11:58 am
Champion Oil Chief , with ya on this trip  :thumleft:

Thanks, glad to have ya  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:19:46 am
A few more teaser peekchas-

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03038.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03038.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03054.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03054.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03085.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Billy%20the%20Kid%20Lincoln/DSC03085.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/DSC03228.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/DSC03228.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/WS%20MR/DSC03597.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/WS%20MR/DSC03597.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/WS%20MR/DSC03611.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/WS%20MR/DSC03611.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03853.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03853.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03846.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03846.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03737.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03737.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03729.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03729.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03691.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03691.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03671.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03671.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03662.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Gila%20NF/DSC03662.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:28:14 am
How bout a little more teasing, yeah that's right, you know you like it.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03972.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03972.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03970.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03970.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03967.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/VLA/DSC03967.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Sandia/DSC04088.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Sandia/DSC04088.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04259.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04259.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04256.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04256.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04225.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04225.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04219.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04219.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04197_1.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04197_1.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04196.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04196.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04191.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Angel%20Fire%20and%20Red%20River/DSC04191.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04382.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04382.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04380.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04380.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04347.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04347.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04285.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Ojo%20Caliente%20and%20Taos%20Ski%20Valley/DSC04285.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04167.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04167.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04164.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04164.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04159.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04159.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04140.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Jemez/DSC04140.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Chaco/DSC04433.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Chaco/DSC04433.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Chaco/DSC04397.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/New%20Mexico/Chaco/DSC04397.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: stcomza on July 26, 2019, 07:38:48 am

Please please please keep it coming... :thumleft:

This might just be the "kick in the ass" inspiration SWAMBO and I need to plan our trip to the US of A  :ricky:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 07:41:49 am
A few teasers from Colorado.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04614.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04614.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04626.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04626.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04636.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04636.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04642.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04642.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04646.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04646.jpg.html)
(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04650.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/Colorado/DSC04650.jpg.html)



Bedtime for me WD's, stay tuned, Blog 1 of the trip coming soon.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: the ruffian on July 26, 2019, 08:30:00 am
Love the audio excerpt in the Ghost Rider link you posted above....

A clear index of your own predilection for dealing with the demons...

And many of us here ride along with you in resonance - our own tacit complicity with our demons fueling our empathic tank.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: cocky on July 26, 2019, 08:34:58 am
Hell's Bell's, I do love your writing style and the ease with which you tell your stories. I have to concur with Dwerg that riding the USA is a absolute burning passion for me, if my stars align it will be in 2021, not to keen on the cold weather though!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: OomD on July 26, 2019, 01:12:41 pm
Such a few pictures that already says such a lot! Love it! Welcome (back) and thanks for taking us along on the ride! :ricky:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: punisher on July 26, 2019, 02:21:00 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D

Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D


well that got my attention ...................  i will ........uhmmm  ride along



and i must confess , when i sit and dram about a different lifestyle , touring the states is at the top of my list to ride through ...................  ahhhhh dreaming
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 02:59:27 pm
Love the audio excerpt in the Ghost Rider link you posted above....

A clear index of your own predilection for dealing with the demons...

And many of us here ride along with you in resonance - our own tacit complicity with our demons fueling our empathic tank.

Lovely words Shakespeare, that was heartwarming to read.  Thank you.  :occasion14:

I'm debating just how much I'm going to share with you dogs about my personal demons in this RR.  Part of me wants to pour my heart out in this report, no holds barred, no stone left unturned.  Part of me just wants to keep it lite and airy.  Why?  I know I'm not alone in what I deal with everyday of my life, especially as an American male.  Actually, no, I'm wrong, I shouldn't say as an American male.  Regardless of where we Wilddogs call home on this big rock, I believe we all live with the debilitating and endless emotions and or instincts that we MUST provide for, be patient with, and protect our loved ones, at all costs, regardless of consequences, all while being stoic, because if we start to complain or show any sadness, well, here anyway, you'll be labeled weak, a pussy, crybaby, best friends will kick you while you're down to make you tougher.  Those are the kind of friends I need less of.  I do have friends I can be vulnerable with and they only encourage and help.  I do the same for them.

Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  :peepwall: Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:


Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 03:17:22 pm
Hell's Bell's, I do love your writing style and the ease with which you tell your stories. I have to concur with Dwerg that riding the USA is a absolute burning passion for me, if my stars align it will be in 2021, not to keen on the cold weather though!

ACDC  :headbang:

Thank you for your compliments. 

Every kind of riding one could imagine in this enormous country and Canada.

When you come over, my personal rule of thumb is to avoid the southern half of the US June through August, even though I didn't do that on this trip  :imaposer: always ride the northern half and Canada June through September, maybe in to mid-October for the fall colors, to be safe from ice and or snow.  This doesn't always hold true, one can experience ice and snow in late May, early June in the Northern states and Canada. 
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 04:23:31 pm
Such a few pictures that already says such a lot! Love it! Welcome (back) and thanks for taking us along on the ride! :ricky:

 :thumleft: Yuda man.  It is my pleasure. 
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 04:25:57 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D

Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D


well that got my attention ...................  i will ........uhmmm  ride along



and i must confess , when i sit and dram about a different lifestyle , touring the states is at the top of my list to ride through ...................  ahhhhh dreaming

I lied  :imaposer:  Sorry  >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: punisher on July 26, 2019, 04:29:01 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D

Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D


well that got my attention ...................  i will ........uhmmm  ride along



and i must confess , when i sit and dram about a different lifestyle , touring the states is at the top of my list to ride through ...................  ahhhhh dreaming

I lied  :imaposer:  Sorry  >:D

fukker  :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 04:50:34 pm
I'm in for the trip ...... well, at least until you post more pics of the pretty blonde lady above.  >:D

Wait till you see naked pics of her  >:D


well that got my attention ...................  i will ........uhmmm  ride along



and i must confess , when i sit and dram about a different lifestyle , touring the states is at the top of my list to ride through ...................  ahhhhh dreaming

I lied  :imaposer:  Sorry  >:D

fukker  :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :imaposer:  Hey, I tried, she put on her favorite swimsuit and was willing to pose for pics, but her grandma grabbed her pistol and pointed it at me, no she just gave the look of, you could easily have an accident..   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 26, 2019, 04:57:23 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 26, 2019, 06:16:52 pm
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!

Impimpi. :pot: :pot:

That means "tell-tale", BigOil. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Bundu on July 26, 2019, 08:38:18 pm
.........

I'm debating just how much I'm going to share with you dogs about my personal demons in this RR.  Part of me wants to pour my heart out in this report, no holds barred, no stone left unturned.  Part of me just wants to keep it lite and airy.  Why?  I know I'm not alone in what I deal with everyday of my life, especially as an American male.  Actually, no, I'm wrong, I shouldn't say as an American male.  Regardless of where we Wilddogs call home on this big rock, I believe we all live with the debilitating and endless emotions and or instincts that we MUST provide for, be patient with, and protect our loved ones, at all costs, regardless of consequences, all while being stoic, because if we start to complain or show any sadness, well, here anyway, you'll be labeled weak, a pussy, crybaby, best friends will kick you while you're down to make you tougher.  Those are the kind of friends I need less of.  I do have friends I can be vulnerable with and they only encourage and help.  I do the same for them.

Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:

welcome back meneer!  :thumleft:

 :lol8: :lol8: we've had our fights and gotten each banned a couple of times  ;D

share whatever you're comfortable with, demons are nasty things to live with on your own and you are not the only one  :thumleft:

Enjoying your thread and humour so far - GOOI!

PS: I do own a 2015 1290 (LOVE it!) and have had bikes all my life, just not big on writing ride reports - call me a lazy fuck  ;) :biggrin:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 26, 2019, 08:50:44 pm
Good to see this.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on July 27, 2019, 03:24:55 am
Cool  :thumleft:

People usually look at me a little strange when I say USA is my #1 dream biking destination

My wife says I have no ambition when I tell her I want to ride the USA - we quietly (maybe not so much quietly) agree to disagree - she can stay at home....

Bring it on, I say!!

 :thumleft:

Time for a new wife?   :peepwall:  Come on over, maybe you'll find a side piece while here  >:D  Kidding!!  I do not condone adultery.

Nothing starts a fire in an American girls panties faster than a ZA  accent.  :xxbah:  I'd encourage you DO NOT tell the wife of this, she'll never let you come over!

ain't that the truth  :lol8:

but I heard on the radio the other day that the Aussies are taking over from us now. maybe it's something to do with their propensity for sheep  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on July 27, 2019, 03:28:36 am
You can put up as many pics as you like.

Seeing mountains like that just reminds me how flat it is in Florida. I looked it up the other day and Florida IS the flattest state. Highest point is something like 300ft ASL. If I wanna get high here I drive over a causeway. Get up to 50 feet  :spitcoffee:

That teaser pic of the petrified log reminds me of Namibia. I saw them there somewhere. Too long ago to remember.

impimpi = snitch  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 30, 2019, 12:09:20 am
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!

Impimpi. :pot: :pot:

That means "tell-tale", BigOil. :thumleft:

You knowz wut day say bout snitches bra
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on July 30, 2019, 03:03:27 am
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!

Impimpi. :pot: :pot:

That means "tell-tale", BigOil. :thumleft:

You knowz wut day say bout snitches bra

snitches get stitches…   :sip:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 30, 2019, 03:39:21 am
Very nice! But honestly, they are still bad mouthing you in R&P!

Impimpi. :pot: :pot:

That means "tell-tale", BigOil. :thumleft:

You knowz wut day say bout snitches bra

snitches get stitches…   :sip:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

and end up in ditches   >:D
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 30, 2019, 05:48:15 am
.........

I'm debating just how much I'm going to share with you dogs about my personal demons in this RR.  Part of me wants to pour my heart out in this report, no holds barred, no stone left unturned.  Part of me just wants to keep it lite and airy.  Why?  I know I'm not alone in what I deal with everyday of my life, especially as an American male.  Actually, no, I'm wrong, I shouldn't say as an American male.  Regardless of where we Wilddogs call home on this big rock, I believe we all live with the debilitating and endless emotions and or instincts that we MUST provide for, be patient with, and protect our loved ones, at all costs, regardless of consequences, all while being stoic, because if we start to complain or show any sadness, well, here anyway, you'll be labeled weak, a pussy, crybaby, best friends will kick you while you're down to make you tougher.  Those are the kind of friends I need less of.  I do have friends I can be vulnerable with and they only encourage and help.  I do the same for them.

Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:

welcome back meneer!  :thumleft:

 :lol8: :lol8: we've had our fights and gotten each banned a couple of times  ;D

share whatever you're comfortable with, demons are nasty things to live with on your own and you are not the only one  :thumleft:

Enjoying your thread and humour so far - GOOI!

PS: I do own a 2015 1290 (LOVE it!) and have had bikes all my life, just not big on writing ride reports - call me a lazy fuck  ;) :biggrin:

 :'( :'( :'(. Oh my, can it be, my old arch nemesis, Bundu  :'( :'( :'(

Glad to hear from ya, let us be better this time. 

Yes, your 1290 SA Touring, nice bike, please don't be mad at me, I knew you had the bike.

I don't want you to be mad how I confirmed you rode motorcycles.  I was naughty.  >:D

Thanks for following my report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 30, 2019, 05:49:46 am
Good to see this.  :thumleft:

Hey Hardy, how are ya?

I hope you're well.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 30, 2019, 06:47:59 am
Olie-bol! The pics are nice, as usual!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Black_Hawk on July 30, 2019, 07:25:33 am
Stunning photo's, keep them coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: ClemS on July 30, 2019, 07:39:43 am
I shall follow you - Thanks for sharing!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Matewis on July 30, 2019, 08:01:55 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: OomD on July 30, 2019, 08:18:33 am
Nothing starts a fire in an American girls panties faster than a ZA  accent.  :xxbah:  I'd encourage you DO NOT tell the wife of this, she'll never let you come over!
ain't that the truth  :lol8:
but I heard on the radio the other day that the Aussies are taking over from us now. maybe it's something to do with their propensity for sheep  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Well, apparently the Aussies invented the condom, by using a sheep's colon. The Americans, though, improved on the design by taking it out of the sheep first.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Sputnik080 on July 30, 2019, 08:57:06 am
This is going to be one epic RR, thanks for sharing and all the best with your battles.

Doesn't matter how hard arsed the guys here are, somewhere deep down (some very deep) we're all the same, whether you like it or not.

Push comes to shove, everyone will help out or give a shoulder to lean on.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on July 30, 2019, 09:11:20 am
Following! Very nice.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on July 30, 2019, 09:22:30 am
Now here comes a thing.. the USA where everything is as big as your eyes

This is going to be an epic RR
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Operator on July 30, 2019, 09:39:59 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Lem on July 30, 2019, 11:39:30 am
Thanks for sharing these beautiful landscapes. Massive country with such diversity in landscape  :thumleft:

The USA is definitely high on my dream travel list as well. I'd like to tag my family along and cross it with a van  :deal:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 30, 2019, 11:30:53 pm
Herewith a list of items I felt I needed before I embarked on a multi-month journey from Michigan down through Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma  and around the Desert Southwest (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California and Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Alberta). If everything went to plan, Alaska before heading East through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, then back to the Michigan.

Items I had to order before leaving include a link to where I think I ordered them from! 





Bike

Make/Model:  2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
Rubber:  Continental TKC 80
Handlebars:  Renthal Twinwall -  https://ktmtwins.com/products/renthal-ktm-orange-966-twinwall-handlebars
Footpegs:  KTM PP Rally https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-60103940000
Dust protection:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-part-num-60708920000
Rear Brake Reservoir Cover:   KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-rear-brake-reservoir-cap-ktm-1090-1190-1290-690-adv-rc8-super-adv-duke-2008-2017
Front Brake Reservoir Cover:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-brake-fluid-reservoir-cover-ktm-1090-1190-1290-adv-super-duke-smt-2008-2017
Charge Port:  BT USB
Hydraulic Clutch Cover: KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-hydraulic-clutch-cover-ktm-690-1290-1190-1090-end-duke-adv-2013-2017
Heated Grips:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-heated-grips-ktm-1190-1290-2017
Extended Luggage Carrier:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-60312978044
Bar Risers:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-78901939044
Hand Guards:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-part-num-60712992044
Heated Seat:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-pillion-ergo-seat-heated-including-switch-ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-2017
Auxiliary fuel:  2 Mountain Safety Research 30 ounce  https://www.campsaver.com/msr-fuel-bottle.html?_iv_code=Z65-SVA-MSR0261-MSR0261-30-OZ
Auxiliary fuel:  2 Optimus 1L. https://www.campsaver.com/optimus-fuel-bottles.html?_iv_code=1BT-SVA-29301-8018995
KTM Sticker Kit:  I don't recall where I ordered.





Camp

Auxiliary H2O:  Mountain Safety Research 2L Dromlite https://moskomoto.com/collections/motorcycle-luggage/products/2l-dromedary-water-storage-bag
Cooler:  Pelican SC24  https://www.pelicancases.com/product/pelican-24-can-soft-cooler
Tent:  Snugpak Scorpion 3 https://www.snugpak.com/outdoor/scorpion-3
Sleeping Bag:  The North Face 40F degree mummy bag
Sleeping Pad:  Nemo Cosmo 3D. https://www.nemoequipment.com/product/cosmo-3d/
Tarpaulin:  8' x 10' basic tarp I use as a tent footprint  https://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Purpose-Tarp-8-x-10/16889152
Ditty Sacks:  Outdoor Research Mesh
Pain Relief:  White Widow
Sleep Med:  White Widow
Toilet Paper:  Charmin Ultra Soft Dual Layer Jumbo Roll  :laughing7:
Wet Wipes
Ben's Invisinet
Knife:  Ka-Bar Survival
Microfiber towels
Visor cleaner
Beef Jerky
Gatorade
Ketchup
Mustard
Deli Turkey and Roast Beef
Bread
Olive Oil
Eggs
Egg carrier
Pepper
Salt
Flesh seasoning
Brats
Ribeye Steaks
Blueberry Jam
Gevalia Dark Roast
Hershey's Chocolate Caramel Coffee Creamer  :la:
3 pair sunglasses
3 ink pens
Small notebook
Torch lighter
Smiley Face Pipe
Fire Fork
Insect Repellant
Vitamin B1
Omeperazole
Xarelto
Aloe Vera
Sunscreen
Chair:  Helinox Sunset https://helinox.com/products/sunset-chair?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp8Kqz8bd4wIVhJ6fCh3OhwlyEAAYASAAEgJFDfD_BwE
Table:  Helinox Table One https://helinox.com/products/table-one-hard-top-l?variant=16668102983750
Shampoo
Tooth Paste
Tooth Brush
Nail Clippers
Lip Balm
First Aid Kit
Rehydrate
Shave cream
Razor
Flossers
Powder:  Anti Monkey Butt  https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Monkey-Butt-Anti-Friction-Calamine/dp/B07RM5Q18S?th=1
Rectal cream
Preparation H Hemorroidal inserts
Hemorrhoid lance
Hemorrhoid massager




Cooking

Camp Stove:  JetBoil https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-sumo-group-cooking-system.html
Auxiliary stove:  JetBoil Mighty Mo https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-mightmo-stove.html
Skillet Support:  JetBoil Pot support https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-pot-support.html
Fuel can support:  JetBoil stabilizer https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-fuel-can-stabilizer.html
Utensils:  Jet Boil 3pc https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-jetset-utensil-set.html
Skillet:  Jet Boil https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-10in-fry-pan.html
French Press:  Jet Boil https://www.campsaver.com/jet-boil-jetboil-grande-coffee-press.html
Skillet 2:  Jet Boil https://www.campsaver.com/jetboil-summit-skillet.html





Recording Devices & Mounts

Ram Mounts:  Double Socket Arm https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ram-mounts-double-socket-arm
Ram Mounts:  U-Bolt base https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ram-mounts-u-bolt-base
Ram Mounts:  Camera mount https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ram-mounts-camera-adapter
Camera:  Sony RX100M5  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1421536-REG/sony_dsc_rx100m5a_dsc_rx100_va_digital_camera.html
Spare Batteries:  5 x Sony NP-BX1 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/983888-REG/sony_npbx1_m8_np_bx1_rechargeable_battery_pack.html
Camera/Action Cam Battery Charger:  Sony https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/913639-REG/sony_acctrbx_cyber_shot_battery_charger_kit.html?sts=pi-ps&pim=Y
Action Cam:  Sony FDR-X3000 4K https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1278151-REG/sony_fdr_x3000_action_camera.html
Action Cam Gimbal:  FeiyuTech G5GS https://www.newegg.com/p/0UF-01FK-00002?item=9SIAGK17XG9698&source=region&nm_mc=knc-googlemkp-pc&cm_mmc=knc-googlemkp-pc-_-pla-go2play-_-accessories+-+camera+other-_-9SIAGK17XG9698&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsLDE6cLd4wIVA0OGCh3qzg14EAkYCyABEgJpQPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Camera Bag:  Sony https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/475393-REG/Sony_LCSCSJ_LCS_CSJ_Soft_Carrying_Case.html?sts=pi&pim=Y
SAE to USB Charger:  Anker https://www.bestbuy.com/site/anker-roav-smartcharge-2-port-usb-vehicle-charger-black/6297942.p?skuId=6297942
Memory Card:  Sandisk Extreme Pro 128gb https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431034-REG/sandisk_sdsdxxy_128g_ancin_extremepro_sdxc_128gb_card.html
Memory Card:  Sandisk Extreme microSDXC 256gb https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431038-REG/sandisk_sdsqxa1_256g_a_extreme_microsd_256gb_card.html
Tablet:  Apple iPad Pro https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-pro/11-inch-display-512gb-space-gray-wifi





Navigation & Mounts

Ram Mounts:  Apple iPhone carrier https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ram-mounts-apple-iphone-6-7-holder
Ram Mounts:  U-bolt base kit https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ram-mounts-u-bolt-kit
GPS:  Garmin Zumo 396 https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/garmin-zumo-396lmt-s-navigator-motorcycle-gps
GPS Mount:  KTM PP https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/ktm-part-num-60712992044
GPS/Phone:  Apple iPhone 6s
Butler Maps New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-new-mexico-backcountry-discovery-route
Butler Maps Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-colorado-backcountry-discovery-route
Butler Maps Arizona:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-arizona
Butler Maps Southern California:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-southern-california
Butler Maps Northern California:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-northern-california
Butler Maps Oregon:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-oregon
Butler Maps Washington:  https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/butler-maps-washington





Luggage

Auxiliary fuel bottle holders:  2  x Mosko Moto 4L Pouch https://moskomoto.com/collections/motorcycle-luggage/products/large-molle-accessory-sleeve
Tool Roll:  Mosko Moto Fatty https://moskomoto.com/collections/motorcycle-luggage/products/fatty-tool-roll
Tent Pole Bag:  Mosko Moto https://moskomoto.com/collections/motorcycle-luggage/products/tent-pole-bag
Dry bags:  3 x 20L Mosko Moto https://moskomoto.com/collections/motorcycle-luggage/products/20l-drysak
Molle Stix:  Mosko Moto https://moskomoto.com/collections/all/products/stix-sak
Tie downs:  Rok Straps https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rok-straps-adjustable-straps
Cam Buckle straps
Tank Bag:   Ortlieb Waterproof MOTO already owned  https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Touratech-Waterproof-MOTO-Tank-Bag
Dry Duffle:  Ortlieb Dry Duffle 110L https://ortliebusa.com/product/duffle/
Dry Duffle:  Ortlieb Dry Duffle 60L already owned https://ortliebusa.com/product/duffle/





Tools & Spares

Liquid Gasket:  3 Bond https://ktmtwins.com/collections/ktm-1290-super-adventure-r-parts/products/3-bond-1184
Tire levers
Plug kit w/CO2 canisters
Air compressor:  Anit-Gravity https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/antigravity-batteries-tire-inflator
Assorted Tools - needle-nosed vise-grips, crescent wrench, mini-bolt driver, torx and allen bits, wrenches, etc.
21" Tube
18" Tube
Master Link
Chain rivet press
JB Weld
Zip-ties in assorted lengths plus a few long heavy duty ties
Rubber Cement




Apparel

Summer Paw Protectors:  Rukka Airium https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-airium-gloves
Mid-weight Paw Protectors:  deer-skin
Pants:  BMW City Pant 1.0
Helmet:  Arai Corsair-V
Spare Shield:  Arai clear and Dark Smoke
Jacket:  Rukka Armaxion
Balaclava:  Rukka Gore Windstopper
Summer weight under suit:  Rukka Max Seamless long sleeve shirt and pant
Mid-weight under suit:  Rukka Outlast 1-piece
Camp pants:  The North Face Paramount Peak
Socks Skin Layer:  Wigwam polypropylene
Socks Mid Layer:  Wigwam 12" ring spun wool
Camp shirts:  Russell Athletic breathable T-shirts
Mid-layer camp jacket:  Browning goose down
Riding boots:  Danner Recon https://www.danner.com/men/law-enforcement/recon-8-black-200g.html.html
3 Hats
Hydration Pack:  KTM PP Dakar
Keen Flip Flops:  https://www.keenfootwear.com/p/M-WAIMEA-H2.html?dwvar_M-WAIMEA-H2_color=1020299&cgid=merch_footwear


And, at least twenty items I'm missing.



 
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on July 31, 2019, 03:15:50 am
Herewith a list of items I felt I needed before I embarked on a multi-month journey


Hemorrhoid massager



you took a ladyboy with you?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: OomD on July 31, 2019, 06:44:47 am
Hemorrhoid lance
Hemorrhoid massager
I think his name is Lance.  :pot:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: jaybiker on July 31, 2019, 09:37:04 am
 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

But well done big oil for opening up about your afflictions. Things we don't often speak of like the chronic eczema that plagues me in the same region.
It's a pain in the arse living with a PITA!   :xxbah:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 31, 2019, 10:01:01 am
Looking forward to being envious/jealous/soppies (afrikaans word meaning sadly disgruntled...) with the RR..

 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Fudge on July 31, 2019, 10:45:34 am
Herewith a list of items I felt I needed before I embarked on a multi-month journey from Michigan down through Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma  and around the Desert Southwest (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California and Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Alberta). If everything went to plan, Alaska before heading East through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, then back to the Michigan.

Items I had to order before leaving include a link to where I think I ordered them from!  <snip>

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: BFG on July 31, 2019, 11:01:02 am
What a huge trip.
Looking forward to the RR
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Gérrard on July 31, 2019, 11:46:57 am


Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  :peepwall: Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:


We have a thread where we share attacks by the Black Dog. One way or another it helps. Sometimes the only thing that helps is getting on the bike and blow some wind in the face. If it was part of your ride and you want to share, do so. You'll be surprised by the understanding you get here, because we know...
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Rufus115 on July 31, 2019, 12:13:54 pm
@ Big Oil....hope you left the point and squirt camera in the bag the whole trip, the pics you took with what I assume is your cellphone, have more depth that can only be perceived by those who have tried to shove a gloved hand into a pouch to clasp something that would hopefully simultaneously capture the view and what was on your mind.

And since we talk openly around these parts, I think your old profile pic was better and more suited and I too associate the current one with Jaco....go change it back.

PS: By page 2, I decided that I will be knocking on your door one day
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 31, 2019, 03:01:41 pm
Olie-bol! The pics are nice, as usual!
Stunning photo's, keep them coming  :thumleft:
I shall follow you - Thanks for sharing!  :thumleft:
Subscribe
Following! Very nice.
What a huge trip.
Looking forward to the RR
:sip:
Now here comes a thing.. the USA where everything is as big as your eyes

This is going to be an epic RR


Thank you thank you thank you.  I'm happy you follow.  Nice to read positive feedback for all this work.



Nothing starts a fire in an American girls panties faster than a ZA  accent.  :xxbah:  I'd encourage you DO NOT tell the wife of this, she'll never let you come over!
ain't that the truth  :lol8:
but I heard on the radio the other day that the Aussies are taking over from us now. maybe it's something to do with their propensity for sheep  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Well, apparently the Aussies invented the condom, by using a sheep's colon. The Americans, though, improved on the design by taking it out of the sheep first.

 :imaposer:  :spitcoffee:  I had to read that a few times, when I finally got the joke, I nearly shit my pants belly laughing.  :imaposer:  Funniest lines I've read in weeks.




This is going to be one epic RR, thanks for sharing and all the best with your battles.

Doesn't matter how hard arsed the guys here are, somewhere deep down (some very deep) we're all the same, whether you like it or not.

Push comes to shove, everyone will help out or give a shoulder to lean on.

Thank you for your kindness, talking about these subjects is still taboo in many places of my country.  That must change.



Thanks for sharing these beautiful landscapes. Massive country with such diversity in landscape  :thumleft:

The USA is definitely high on my dream travel list as well. I'd like to tag my family along and cross it with a van  :deal:

Funny you say this, Mr. Lem.  I'm at the age where I don't want to ride huge distances anymore to get to my chosen area.  I want to haul my bike and have a warm low cost place to sleep.  I'm waiting for a nice meticulously maintained pre-owned high roof cargo or passenger can I can unbolt the seats from.  Build a fold down bed, auxiliary power, refrigerator, etc.  Not extravagant by any means, just simple stuff to get me by and dry!




Herewith a list of items I felt I needed before I embarked on a multi-month journey


Hemorrhoid massager



you took a ladyboy with you?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

 :imaposer:  No sir, granite scale model of my exwifes long middle finger, that way I can remember just how much she screwed me.  :ricky:




Hemorrhoid lance
Hemorrhoid massager
I think his name is Lance.  :pot:

 :imaposer:  You're on a roll, Sir OomD  :imaposer:



:laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

But well done big oil for opening up about your afflictions. Things we don't often speak of like the chronic eczema that plagues me in the same region.
It's a pain in the arse living with a PITA!   :xxbah:

Thank you, Sir jay biker, visions of balls, eczema, and anus went lovely with my breakfast cereal  :peepwall: :lol8:



Looking forward to being envious/jealous/soppies (afrikaans word meaning sadly disgruntled...) with the RR..

 :biggrin:

Don't be sad, make a plan to come ride here.  Just don't come with expectations you can see everything. 

It sometimes bothers me when I feel I can't visit every place or road in my country in 2 lifetimes.  All I can do is see as much as possible.

The same goes for Africa.  I used to dream of covering most of African continent, but after joining here, I know that is no longer an option for me.  I know myself well enough to understand that I don't have enough patience for things such as border crossings and dealing with government workers whom care less about performing their duties. 

When I come, I'm leaning towards just ZA and NAM.




Herewith a list of items I felt I needed before I embarked on a multi-month journey from Michigan down through Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma  and around the Desert Southwest (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California and Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Alberta). If everything went to plan, Alaska before heading East through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, then back to the Michigan.

Items I had to order before leaving include a link to where I think I ordered them from!  <snip>

 :thumleft:

Too much stuff, Sir Fudge, I always begin trips with too much stuff and have to post several items home.






Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  :peepwall: Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:


We have a thread where we share attacks by the Black Dog. One way or another it helps. Sometimes the only thing that helps is getting on the bike and blow some wind in the face. If it was part of your ride and you want to share, do so. You'll be surprised by the understanding you get here, because we know...

I'll find the thread, I need it and maybe I could help others.




@ Big Oil....hope you left the point and squirt camera in the bag the whole trip, the pics you took with what I assume is your cellphone, have more depth that can only be perceived by those who have tried to shove a gloved hand into a pouch to clasp something that would hopefully simultaneously capture the view and what was on your mind.

And since we talk openly around these parts, I think your old profile pic was better and more suited and I too associate the current one with Jaco....go change it back.

PS: By page 2, I decided that I will be knocking on your door one day

Thank you for your kind eloquent words, Mr Rufus. 

I apologize, I didn't know someone had used the Dr. Evil avatar previously, I'm glad you were up front with me.  I'll change it soon. I felt like my bald eagle avatar portrays too much nationalism for bike forum, plus the eyes were a little intimidating even for me.  I'll look for avatar that I think people will like and respect more.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: I&horse on July 31, 2019, 04:55:12 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: mtr89 on July 31, 2019, 08:22:29 pm
Ah yes, the States... I would give my left nut to spend at least 6 months riding the States, the TAT being the first ride to do.
Now if I could only find someone wealthy enough to pay for my left ball.. :imaposer: :imaposer:
Keep it coming @bigoil, this looks to be an awesome RR
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on July 31, 2019, 10:19:12 pm
sub

Thank you  :thumleft:


Ah yes, the States... I would give my left nut to spend at least 6 months riding the States, the TAT being the first ride to do.
Now if I could only find someone wealthy enough to pay for my left ball.. :imaposer: :imaposer:
Keep it coming @bigoil, this looks to be an awesome RR

That's funny, let me know if you find someone willing to pay for a ball, I may have one to spare.

I'm hoping this report turns out awesome, though, it will most likely be like my life, marriage, favorite job, started out great  :imaposer:

Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Oubones on August 01, 2019, 03:32:25 am
James is it only me or does the jetboil give a strange taste to the water?
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 01, 2019, 06:11:08 am
James is it only me or does the jetboil give a strange taste to the water?

Hi Hennie, are you referring to a metallic taste from the water?
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Gérrard on August 01, 2019, 11:08:36 am


Talking about our demons and mental illness is still extremely taboo in our country.  Well, I'm done living my life with pent up rage and issues.  :peepwall: Life is survival dealing with the Human Condition we see everyday.  If I decide to tell all, it will be because it is such a liberating experience and I hope others suffering issues will find it easier to discuss their issues with friends and loved ones because if that dumbass big oil can do it, so can I.   :3some:


We have a thread where we share attacks by the Black Dog. One way or another it helps. Sometimes the only thing that helps is getting on the bike and blow some wind in the face. If it was part of your ride and you want to share, do so. You'll be surprised by the understanding you get here, because we know...

I'll find the thread, I need it and maybe I could help others.

[/quote]

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=137412.0
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Welsh on August 01, 2019, 11:35:30 am
James is it only me or does the jetboil give a strange taste to the water?

Hi Hennie, are you referring to a metallic taste from the water?

B O, what's with the R1150GSA in your profile?  ::)
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Rufus115 on August 01, 2019, 01:12:18 pm
@big oil...I didn't mean you to be without avatar in this process!. FWIW, in my most humble opinion, there is nothing wrong with the bald eagle....its a stoic statement of patriosim sitting on the side. If its who you are, then its who you are. One can be silent and proud in the same moment...my 2c.

Looking foward to more updates..hopefully, there are camping meal pics that feature not gatoraid, but a cold frosty beer that you spirited out of the last town you blew through!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 01, 2019, 02:20:46 pm
James is it only me or does the jetboil give a strange taste to the water?

Hi Hennie, are you referring to a metallic taste from the water?

B O, what's with the R1150GSA in your profile?  ::) 

They're called letters from English alphabet   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 01, 2019, 02:33:06 pm
@big oil...I didn't mean you to be without avatar in this process!. FWIW, in my most humble opinion, there is nothing wrong with the bald eagle....its a stoic statement of patriosim sitting on the side. If its who you are, then its who you are. One can be silent and proud in the same moment...my 2c.

Looking foward to more updates..hopefully, there are camping meal pics that feature not gatoraid, but a cold frosty beer that you spirited out of the last town you blew through!

No, forget it, Mr Avatar FBI  :pot:

Kidding!!

Thank you for your humble opinion, no worries mate, I haven't found the right avatar yet, so blank for now.

During my first stint here, there were a few comments about me displaying avatars portraying Trump and nationalism on a bike forum.

I don't want anyone viewing or following my report feeling uncomfortable .

There's a few camp and food pics coming!!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: jaybiker on August 01, 2019, 05:35:11 pm
I vote bring back the eagle. It's just your national bird and an attractive one too. Identifies with you being American, but not aggressively nationalistic, any more than the NZ kiwi, or SA's blue crane.

Just 2c.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 01, 2019, 05:43:05 pm
Looking forward to this with great interest ... where was the photo of Billy taken?

 8)
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Mr Zog on August 02, 2019, 01:52:18 am
You are concerned about a birdie on your avatar, I have the word SEX blazoned all over mine  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

I liked the eagle...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Gene on August 02, 2019, 07:07:17 am
Great report, how i wish to be back in the USA again, was in Alibama and surrounds, great country...
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: OomD on August 02, 2019, 08:13:21 am
Loved your eagle avatar. Nothing wrong with being american about being american.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Welsh on August 02, 2019, 08:39:05 am
You are concerned about a birdie on your avatar, I have the word SEX blazoned all over mine  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

I liked the eagle...  :thumleft:

I got a Dwagon  :peepwall: :succubus1:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 04, 2019, 07:25:56 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 16, 2019, 01:59:04 pm
Entry 1 - Outlaw Rides Again
Star Date - 18 May 2018
Distance - 217 miles / 350 kilometers


Where do I begin? I needed a vacation.  As I said previously, my brain was liquified.  I love Michigan winters, there's nothing more fun than riding a snowmobile through deep powda (powdery snow), hard to fathom a small engine sport more fun than dirt-biking, but in my opinion, snowmobiling is a magical experience.  Only one problem, I had sold my Ski-doo and I don't ski anymore.  Why don't I ski?  My friends nicknamed me bullet train.  I can ski..........straight........I just can't turn or stop.  My friends get scared I'm going to kill several people skiing at 70mph down the mountain. 

I mean, I have the face, charm, and physique of Italian legend, Alberto Tomba, however friends fear comes from the fact I stand about 6'8" 275lbs on ski's and look like the abominable snowman or a Russian Yeti!  They are correct, I could kill or paralyze people hitting them at 70 or 80 per on skis.

I begin to hate old man winter when he lingers into March, April, sometimes May.  Take this past winter, for example, many parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan nearly broke the annual snowfall record.

Imagine waking up in the morning, opening your door to this-


(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/edited-image_3.png) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/edited-image_3.png.html)



Do we Michiganders cry and whine when this happens?  No, it's our way of life.  We make the best of it.  By drinking copious amounts of alcohol.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3098.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3098.jpg.html)



There's something eerily beautiful about snow to me, how it blankets and cleanses the earth!

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3094.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3094.jpg.html)



Move snow until you can escape your home.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3101.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3101.jpg.html)


Or building, here a window on the 3rd story of a building at Michigan Tech University.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3100.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3100.jpg.html)


Hopefully you own a big bakkie or tractor with a large plow or snowblower.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3092.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3092.jpg.html)


Otherwise, you are screwed until you can dig your car out!

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Michigan%20living/IMG_3107.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Michigan%20living/IMG_3107.jpg.html)

Typically, when leaving for a multiple week motorbike trip, I only sleep a few hours the night before. With this trip hopefully lasting multiple months, I didn't sleep for a second worrying I'd packed everything I'd need. Finally, after lying in bed all night with mind racing, I decided to roll out of bed at the butt crack of dawn and start strapping bags to my bike and get every last minute thing I thought I'd need. Finally, a little after noon, and after breakfast, a visit with mom to say my goodbyes, I was off.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/edited-image_4.png) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/edited-image_4.png.html)



First stop, just a short ride to Brembo North America MFG and Foundry, near Homer, Michigan. Brembo bought out the original brake manufacturer and has been growing every year since. The factory and foundry are enormous, and they can't hire fast enough. They've begun hiring directly off the street and offering incentives trying to hire enough staff. I had some more pics of the foundry, they were lost however. I'll have to shoot some more when I return to Michigan and add them to the report. No, this factory does not mfg the calipers, master cylinders, or any of the braking components on your bike. The components this location manufacturers, feeds the Big 3 and some other automotive companies building cars here in N.A.


(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Summer%202018/070B34E2-C6E5-4A16-805B-275C3599128F.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Summer%202018/070B34E2-C6E5-4A16-805B-275C3599128F.jpeg.html)


I could tell in the first mile of riding, I had way too much stuff packed, the weight needed to be adjusted and rearranged.

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I dedicated this ride to my hometown, its citizens, school I attended from kindergarten until graduation, our athletic teams, of which our baseball team holds the national record for consecutive wins, 75-0 before losing, the superintendent of my local school invited me for a photo-op.  I try my best to show kids in my hometown there's a whole world out there to explore instead of getting fat playing video games.  Here's a link providing the story of the record breaking streak. http://michiganbaseballhall.org/members/homer.html  Recently, we just won our 3rd Michigan State Championship in baseball.  I attended the championship game, exciting for your hometown team to be considered the best team in the entire state.  BTW, major league pitcher of Arizona Diamondback fame, Josh Collmenter, was a member of the record breaking Homer team.

Here's my bike in front of the north entrance of the school I attended.

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Photo-op with Superintendent and Michigan Hall of Fame coach and friend, Scott Salow. A genius baseball coach, Scott was the coach during the record setting years, including a 4 year stretch when Homer played 149 games, winning 143 of them. Scott is still the head coach presently.  I don't post many pics of myself.  I don't have time to answer calls from modeling and acting agents.

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I didn't even leave the school without dropping my bike. I had a lot of weight on my rear rack and the 2 Ortleib bags filled with a bunch of stuff I probably didn't need. I tried to swing my right leg over the bike and didn't quite make it, started to fall, didn't let go of the left hand grip, and brought the bike over as I fell on the ground. Lol, luckily I had my helmet on as my head hit the cement!!! Coach Salow and a schoolteacher came out to assist!! The 3 of us were able to right the bike. They wished me well, and I was on my way.

Shortly after leaving Homer, Michigan, it started to rain just across the border in Fremont, Indiana. It rained, and rained, and rained some more. I decided to just dead head on the Interstate as I've already ridden most of the great routes in Northern Indiana. I just wanted to get south as fast as I could on day 1. After riding in frigid rain for hours, I decided I was done for the day in South Indianapolis. I had my waterproof Rukka jacket on, which kept my upper body dry. Because I was still carrying my winter hibernation weight I typically gain every winter, I could not fit in my Rukka pant, so had to wear my BMW City Pant, which are very comfortable, but in no way waterproof.

I didn't take many pics on day 1 because of the rain and I didn't want to get my new camera wet as I had just read on the internet a few days previously my new camera is fragile to water.

I stopped at a rest area about 1.5 hours north of Indianapolis, Indiana.  I was mentally fatigued not getting a wink of sleep.  I booked a room at a Super 8. Friendly staff, but cleanliness was terrible. The carpet needed changed years ago, stains everywhere. I hadn't even got in my room before a meth head girl came up to me to ask me if I had a lighter she could use. What was really strange, after I entered my room, removed my jacket, I went back outside to retrieve a duffel bag off my bike, reentered the motel hallway. Not 3 minutes had passed since the girl had asked me for a light, when the same girl came up to me again, asking me if I had a lighter she could use. I felt sorry for her, she was obviously quite strung out and frustrated she couldn't find a light. I would avoid the Super 8 in South Indy if I was you. Turned out to be the most expensive hotel room from Michigan to Texas and was by far the worst experience I've had in years. I don't need a fancy hotel by any means, but this place was a disaster.


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The only good part about the stay was I cooked my own meal on my JetBoil stove. Unfortunately, it started pouring rain before I was done cooking. Oh well, that's part of the adventure and a little water adds to the adventure.

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I plugged in the mini-fridge in my room, but couldn't hear the compressor cycling. Darn, I wanted to keep my drinks cold. Unplugged the mini-fridge, turned the unit around to look at the back, and noticed someone had done some questionable repairs on the fridge. Appeared the return line had been cut and was crimped with pliers, lol. I notified the front desk my fridge did not work. A repair man showed up a few minutes later. He couldn't fix the unit either. He said he'd be back in a few minutes with a new unit. He came back with a unit, but it was not new, it appeared to be several years old and had just been found in a salvage yard. I wasn't complaining though, it worked, aesthetics didn't matter at this point!!

I actually slept well, only awoke a few times during the night, most likely drug addicts in the hallway. Quite an experience, my first night away from home, not one I would've chosen, but that's life.  Hopefully the next evening will be better.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on August 16, 2019, 04:09:38 pm
Hey on that pic off you and the coach, what does it say on the poster, Homer Strong or Homer Strond? Hope it is StronG because StronD in Afrikaans means shit  :laughing4: :imaposer:

BY the way like it so far.

Gooi Mielies!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 16, 2019, 04:37:41 pm
Hey on that pic off you and the coach, what does it say on the poster, Homer Strong or Homer Strond? Hope it is StronG because StronD in Afrikaans means shit  :laughing4: :imaposer:

BY the way like it so far.

Gooi Mielies!  :thumleft:

Homer Strong  :thumleft:

Thank you for following.

Gooi Mielies = ? English  sorry, I'm behind in studying Afrikaans.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: >>Thump°C on August 16, 2019, 05:31:40 pm
Hey on that pic off you and the coach, what does it say on the poster, Homer Strong or Homer Strond? Hope it is StronG because StronD in Afrikaans means shit  :laughing4: :imaposer:

BY the way like it so far.

Gooi Mielies!  :thumleft:

Homer Strong  :thumleft:

Thank you for following.

Gooi Mielies = ? English  sorry, I'm behind in studying Afrikaans.
Throw corn, LOL

Means "go for it" with passion and all that other stuff that makes life interesting.
I agree, keep on posting,
It's also one of the countries I'd love to just keep riding in.
Love your pics, you have a good eye on stuff that interests us.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 16, 2019, 05:33:34 pm
Entry 2 - Larry Legend
Star Date - 19 May 2018
Distance - 216 miles / 348 kilometers



Awaking in the shit-hole of the century, I wanted to get the hell out asap. I quickly loaded my bags, which admittedly, I already knew I'd brought too much stuff. Better to have too much than not enough, I suppose. One can always send unneeded luggage back home, via UPS or USPS.

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I made my way south on HWY 37 to Bloomington, before diverting east towards Lake Monroe on HWY 446, aka Knightsbridge road. I stopped near a public recreation area for a break and a picnic. It was a pretty area, I think the waterway was named Lake Monroe, not sure.


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It appeared the area had received much rain and experienced areas of flooding.

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A fella in a nice Ford F150 preparing his boat for launch.

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My stomach started a fuss with a slow growl, it was time for protein.  I found this lekker picnic spot, where I enjoyed a turkey sammich.

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With a nice view.

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From the picnic spot, I continued on Knightsbridge road towards Blue Springs Cavern, for a possible underground boat tour. What a beautiful building the Blue Springs Cavern Tour has to book the tour.

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A lovely looking rose bush near where I parked my Katoom, with roses in full bloom, just after a nice long cold drink.

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Inside the Visitor Center at Blue Springs Cavern, near Bedford, Indiana.  I asked about the tour, it is an underground cave with river.  There are some tight spots along the route, that is all I needed to hear, no thank you.

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They had this delicious looking rock candy inside the visitor center, it must have been stale because I nearly chipped a tooth when I tried a bite.

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I sat down for a few minutes to gather myself and warm up some.  I was soaked from waist down to ankles.  From Blue Springs Cavern, I continued south southwest on HWY 50, aka Indiana's Historic Pathways North Spur, to near Shoal, Indiana and found Jug Rock. Not a very good pic, as the foliage was taking over the sightline to the cool rock formation.

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Not a very good pic due to all the foliage.

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I struck up a conversation with a gentleman who'd grown up in the area. He suggested I visit and tour 'The Dome' when in West Baden Springs, Indiana. The man wasn't sure of the name of the site, but he told me to ride into town and ask anyone where 'The Dome' is and they'd know.

So, from Jug Rock, I rode HWY 150, which was motorbiking nirvana. High speed sweepers. It was wet, but the TKC 80's were glued to the wet pavement. I had quite a spirited ride from Tug Rock to West Baden Springs, Indiana. Luckily, 'The Dome' was easy to find. 'The Dome' is actually named West Baden Springs Hotel and is part of French Lick Resort. Take my word for it, if you ever find yourself nearby, do yourself a solid and stop by and tour the dome. When you walk in the hotel and reach the dome, your mouth will drop at the design and architecture.

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Look up.

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A little too fancy for my tastes, as rooms begin around the $250 mark and go skyward from there. However, I'd like to bring my elderly mother down here someday so she can enjoy herself in the lap of luxury, while I golf at the Donald Ross designed golf course nearby.

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I found a little history about the place, Italicized with my pics in between.

In 1855 the Mile Lick Hotel was built to capitalize on the abundance of mineral springs in the area. The name was later changed to West Baden Springs Hotel as it was fashioned after the great mineral spa of Europe, Baden Baden. Lee W. Sinclair transformed West Baden into a sophisticated resort, adding an opera house, a casino, a two-deck pony and bicycle track and a full-size baseball field. Sadly, in June of 1901 a fire destroyed the entire lodging structure in less than two hours. Thankfully, all of the guests escaped harm.

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Sinclair used this tragedy as his opportunity to build the hotel of his dreams. He envisioned a circular building topped with the world's largest dome, decorated like the grandest spas of Europe. Architect Harrison Albright of West Virginia, accepted Sinclair’s commission and agreed to complete the project within a year. The new hotel, complete with a 200-foot diameter atrium and fireplace that burned 14 foot logs opened for business in June of 1902.

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After Sinclair died in 1916, his daughter, Lillian, and her husband took over the hotel's operation and completed a massive renovation effort that left their finances overextended. In 1923 Lillian sold the hotel to Ed Ballard for one million dollars.


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When the stock market crashed in 1929 the hotel emptied of guests almost overnight. Eventually Ballard closed the hotel in June 1932 and in 1934 sold it to the Jesuits for one dollar. The Jesuits removed many of property’s elegant appointments and eventually dismantled the building's four Moorish towers. The seminary, known as West Baden College, operated until 1964 when declining enrollment led the Jesuits to close the facility. A Michigan couple purchased the property in 1966 and donated it to Northwood Institute, a private college, which operated in West Baden until 1983.


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While the colleges did not maintain the West Baden property in the same lavish style it exhibited during the hotel era, it was relatively well cared for until 1985 when Northwood sold it to a real estate development firm. That firm soon declared bankruptcy and the property was tangled in years of litigation.



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In 1974 West Baden was listed as a National Historic Landmark but the elements took their toll on the neglected hotel and it was closed to the public in 1989 for safety reasons. In January 1991 a buildup of ice and water on the roof and in drainpipes caused the collapse of a portion of the exterior wall. Indiana Landmarks, the country’s largest state-wide historic preservation organization, led the charge to stabilize the hotel to preserve redevelopment potential, and attract a new owner capable of restoring the property for a new use. In 1992 Indiana Landmarks spent $140,000 to stabilize the hotel, matching a $70,000 contribution from an anonymous donor.


In May 1994 the hotel was sold to Minnesota Investment Partners [MIP] for $500,000. Grand Casinos, Inc., an investor in the purchase, optioned the hotel from MIP. The COOK Group, Inc., a global medical device manufacturing company, headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, stepped in to preserve both French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. Under the direction of Bill, Gayle and their son, Carl Cook, both hotels and their grounds received a multi-million dollar renovation returning them to the grandeur of the days of Sinclair and uniting them as one resort. In 2006, French Lick Springs Hotel reopened after an extensive renovation and new addition, French Lick Casino. The original 1917 “Hill Course” was reopened and restored as The Donald Ross Course. With the completion of the West Baden Springs Hotel restoration in 2007 French Lick Resort was born.




An incredible antique Rolls Royce is on display.

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After leaving the dome, it actually stopped raining for the first time in quite awhile on my trip!! I then continued south through the neighboring town of French Lick, Indiana. French Lick holds a dear place in my heart as it's the hometown of Larry Joe Bird, aka Larry Legend, the famous Boston Celtic and Gold Medal winner, and whom I believe to be one of the best, if not thee greatest NBA (National Basketball Association) player of all time. Many will argue with me on that point and claim Michael Jordan, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, or Lebron James is the GOAT, but I still will say Larry Legend was the best. Larry at the same age, leads Lebron in several stats. Yes, MJ has the rings, but he was also the face of the NBA and anyone whom got near Jordan, got whistled for a foul. Not taking anything from MJ, Magic, or Lebron, they're incredible basketball players, but in my opinion, the NBA hasn't been the same since Larry, Magic, and Jordan played. I hope I get to meet Larry Legend someday, I'd like to have an autographed Celtic jersey.

A nice GMC Yukon with a suspension lift.

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From French Lick, Indiana, I continued south to Patoka Lake. Beautiful area and lake. I'm not sure, but I think I heard someone say it is man-made.

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Some folks enjoying some fishing.

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From the Patoka Lake area, and after all of the rain I'd ridden through again, I decided I didn't want to setup a tent in the rain, so I booked a Motel 6 in Owensboro, Kentucky from Indiana. A few miles further, I crossed from Indiana to Kintuck.

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Actually a very nice Motel 6, clean rooms, hot shower, and a nice flatscreen tv, and ice-cold air conditioning, I couldn't have been more satisfied.

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I decided on a couple brats I had in my Pelican cooler.

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And a real nice reduced price Ribeye steak I discovered at Wally (Walmart).  Ate the brats while the thin cut ribeye sautéed in some olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side.  I felt like a caveman.

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I was starting to feel better and comfortable being on the road.



Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: eberhard on August 16, 2019, 05:49:14 pm
Again, this summarises biking.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 19, 2019, 08:55:36 am
Again, this summarises biking.

 :thumleft: Satisfying to put in a long day on the bike, then cook a nice meal, eat like caveman, then wash it all down with your favorite beverage.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Oshkosh on August 19, 2019, 05:28:12 pm
Great RR BO really enjoying the Trip & Pictures!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 20, 2019, 05:07:52 am
Great RR BO really enjoying the Trip & Pictures!!!  :thumleft:

Thanks for the positive feedback, Oshkosh  :headbang: :occasion14:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 20, 2019, 05:24:31 am
Entry 3 - New Spine Needed
Star Date - 20 May 2018
Distance - 0 miles / 0 kilometers


The comfort didn't last long.  I awoke after a decent nights sleep, cheap mattress my only complaint, at the Motel 6 in Owensboro with a major problem. My spine wouldn't work. My back was locked up. Instead of taking mere seconds to walk to the bathroom to take my morning pee, it took minutes. I ended up having to tip-toe over to the shell station 150 yards across the street from my room to buy some extra strength Tylenol. It took me approximately 15 minutes to get there and back. I was in a lot of pain.

I took 5 Tylenol and went back to sleep. When I awoke, I could walk easier but was still in pain. I took a cold and hot shower and iced my back. Finally in the evening, my back loosened up to the point I could walk without difficulty and most pain had subsided. I went to bed and awoke refreshed and pain free, ready to hit the road early.

Spasms and tightness gone.  Did some early morning stretching.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 02:56:06 am
Entry 4 - Jim's Pit Stop
Star Date - 21 May 2018
Distance - 280 miles / 451 kilometers


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I was looking forward to leaving Owensboro, KY after spending 2 nights there, most of the time in a great deal of pain.  I thought I'd take it easy and avoid any gravel and just stay on pavement, concerned about any jolts to my back.

It was a nice smooth ride to the Kentucky Illinois border.

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I continued to ride towards Carbondale, IL and then went south.  Crossed over the Illinois Missouri border a short time later.

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I stopped at Wally World to look for some reduced priced steaks in Silkston, MO.  I was fortunate to find an old ribeye marked down quite a bit.  I love steak just before it starts to turn as that's when it seems to have the most flavor.  Strange, I know, but that's what an old butcher told me when I was a young lad and it's stuck with me all of my life.

I continued riding towards Van Buren, MO as I was told Jim's Pit Stop was a nice cheap place to stay, with a bar within walking distance.  It was steamy hot, especially for this polar bear Michigander.  I stopped at a recreational area for a picnic, just a few miles before Van Buren, MO.


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Made it to Jim's Pit Stop motel a short time later, ready for a cold cold beer after riding in hot weather for hours.  It's a small motel, only $42 a night if you pay cash, $47 using a CC.

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Had to get a pic of the KTM in front of the party bus.

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The memory foam mattress provided me a dreamy nights sleep, although I found the memory foam mattress a little hot.  Didn't matter, I had the A/C unit set on the Igloo setting to keep my polar bear skin cool.

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And the best part, the bar is just a short walk across the parking lot filled with cheap ice cold beer.

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I had planned on cooking the almost spoiled ribeye I purchased at Wally World, but the bar maid told me to come back for dinner at the bar.  Homemade Cole slaw, baked beans, and pork steak that had been marinating for days, then lightly grilled at the bar, all you can eat for the lovely sum of 5 bucks, lmao.  It wasn't worth getting my cooking gear out, cooking, and cleaning up for 5 bucks.  The dinner they provided was a feast, I ate twice as much as I should have, but it was so so delicious.  I was starting to feel that southern hospitality.  I also drank too many beers, I waddled out of bar back to my room.

I highly recommend Jim's Pit Stop.  You'll make Jim happy if you pay cash.  You may get lucky like I did and get fed a delicious feast for chump change.  Warning:  Jim is very opinionated and set in his ways, just agree with him and nod for best results!


I was beginning to feel that groove of being on a road trip, which I love.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 04:29:41 pm
Entry 4 - Mark Twain Forest to Branson
Star Date - 22 May 2018
Distance - 174 miles / 280 kilometers




I awoke after a nice nights sleep slightly tipsy from a few too many cold ones at Jim's Pit Stop the previous evening.  Nothing a big mug of Gevalia dark roast French pressed with my JetBoil couldn't cure.  I sat out on the porch of my room enjoying the large cup of mud, until my senses were ready for a shower.  After a refreshing and invigorating shower, I tied down my luggage and suited up.  It was time to roll.  Westbound and down baby.

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I rode west on HWY 60, but it was boring, so I ditched the highway and rode country roads to HWY 160.  Wow, incredible riding on roller coaster roads with lots of sweeping high speed curves.  I was loving it.  I had video footage, unfortunately, all lost in a data transfer.

Soon thereafter though, I felt a number 2 brewing from all the pork steak, Cole slaw, and baked beans from the previous nights dinner.  I crossed a bridge and saw a beautiful little turtle that was most likely going to be killed by a car or truck, so I did my good deed for the day and nudged him/her off the road.  All the nudging with the turtle, had churned my stomach.  If I didn't act quick, I'd have my own turtle head soon.  It was time to lose some weight in the woods, I was most certainly not going to make it to the next town and with concerns about plugging a toilet, I decided I'd unload some pork n beans in the woods just like in the old days!  Is that T.M.I.?  Hey, it is part of the adventure.

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So, I saved a turtle and took a humungous shat in da woods, eh.  Good thing I hadn't waited for a toilet, it could've gotten ugly.

Soon thereafter, I discovered a really cool antique store just before Theodosia, MO.  Had to stop for a look around and shoot a pic of new technology with old technology in the background.



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Not long after the antique store, I discovered a waterway near Theodosia, with a lovely woman sunbathing with her chair in a few inches of water.  The area was quite flooded and several picnic tables were completely submerged under water.

I didn't shoot a pic of the lovely woman sunbathing, though I admired the way she laid there on her lounge chair, in a few inches of water, without what appeared a worry or care in the world.  A gentle breeze, the suns warmth, she could easily reach for a handful of water to cool herself off.


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Okay, where was I?  Oh yeah, I'm about to reenter the roadway, time to focus on riding, the sign at the entrance to the waterway.



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From here, I continued to Branson with an uneventful ride.  My first time to Branson, I was in awe of the Bass Pro Shops when I entered the city limits.  What a place, wow.

I looked online for a hotel.  Found the Dockers Inn was offering $37 per night.  Upon arrival, the front desk person told me that was for 2nd floor rooms, no elevator, and a first floor room would be $5 more.  Not worth arguing over 5 bucks, I booked the room.  Upon entering the room, I couldn't believe the size of the room I'd just rented for only $42 per night.  A huge room with huge beds, I was happy and comfortable.  I planned to only stay 1 night in Branson but that changed to 4 nights.  I'll tell you why in the next installment.

Thanks for following fellow adventurists.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 04:50:50 pm
Entry 5 - Veterans Memorial Museum
Star Date - 23 May 2018
Distance - 10 miles / 6 kilometers




Upon entering my hotel room, the first thing I did was set the thermostat on Igloo, for my polar bear Michigander skin.  That's the lowest setting on the thermostat for the rest of you, or 62 degrees Fahrenheit in this hotel room!!

After unloading luggage and donning some comfortable clothes, it was time to fire up the JetBoil and cook that almost rotten Ribeye.  I cooked a couple of brats first and then seared the Ribeye and like any good caveman, ate the ribeye with my hunting knife.  Oh, it was so so delicious.

My first night, I just relaxed in my room, on the lovely bed, watching tv, and talking with my mommy!!!  I slept like a log the entire night, awaking refreshed and happy. Except my hands were swollen and sunburned, horribly.  The first thing on my list was to book another night, there's no way I could ride.  Then, I sourced some aloe vera gel and a bottle of I can't remember to help swelling.  There was so much to do in Branson, I just had to stay in town for at least another night.  I'd seen the Veterans Memorial Museum on my way to the hotel, so I decided the museum would be my first stop for the day.

Cost of admission was only around $18 with tax.  I ended up spending about 4 hours at the museum.  That's just me, you do not want to attend a museum with me if you're the type who walks through and leaves.  I get my money's worth, lol.  I typically read EVERYTHING!!

This will be a picture intense post.  These artifacts are the ones that stood out to me during my time there.  There were more things that caught my eye, though the pics may not have turned out so well so they will not be provided.  I hope you enjoy going back in history as much as I do.   I'm thankful for the men and women who followed orders, regardless of uniform, and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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As I arrived, I took the above pic, and all of a sudden I heard some rumbling V8's coming down the road, so I turned around and kept the shutter button down as these beauties rumbled past.


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American cars of that era had style.



There's a jet and a Huey helicopter on museum grounds.


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 04:53:23 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:00:35 pm
USS Missouri
Class:  Iowa-class battleship
Length:  887 feet
Height:  209 feet from keel to mast
Beam:  108 feet
Weight:  58,000 tons- full load; 45,000 tons- unloaded
Speed:  In excess of 30 knots (35mph)

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History

Iowa-class battleships were designed for speed and firepower.  Four Iowa-class battleships were built during WWII including the USS Missouri, the keel of which was laid on 6 January 1941, at Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Her armament included the main battery of nine 16 inch guns and twenty 5 inch anti-aircraft guns.  There were 5 mounts on each side with two guns in each.  When she was modernized in the 1980's four of the mounts were removed and were replaced by Tomahawk missile launchers, so there are only 12 of them now.

The Missouri was launched on 29 January 1944, and commissioned on 11 June 1944.  She was assigned to the Pacific Third Fleet and steamed into Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1944.

The USS Missouri was part of the force that carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and provided firepower in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  During the war's final month, the "Mighty Mo" served as Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's flagship for the Pacific Third Fleet.

The Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on 2 September 1945, ending WWII.  The ceremony for the signing of the Formal Instrument of Surrender was conducted by Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas A. MacArthur.

But her story does not end there.  The Mighty Mo's main battery firepower became legend in Korea, with her nine 16 inch guns hurling 1,800 pound shells as heavy as Volkswagens over 23 miles in defense of U.S. land forces.




Interesting Facts

Designing the Missouri took 175 tons of blueprint paper.  The ship was built in three years  and required over 3 million man-days to complete the job.

For comparison's sake, the Missouri is 279 feet longer and 11 feet wider than the USS Arizona.  The Mighty Mo is also 5 feet longer and 18 feet wider than the RMS Titanic.

Just how big is the Missouri?  If you could stand the ship on end, it would be 332 feet taller than the Washington Monument.

The nine 16-inch guns are the Mighty Mo's trademark feature.  Each gun barrel is approximately 67 feet long, weighs an incredible 116 tons, and can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds - with pinpoint accuracy.

The Missouri was the last U.S. battleship to be launched and the last to be decommissioned.  She was also the most formidable.  In addition to her massive firepower capabilities, she possessed thick steel armor plating that protected the hull (13.5 inches), the gun turrets (17 inches in front; 13 inches on the sides), the citadel (17 inches), and the conning tower sides (17.3 inches).
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:15:02 pm
I found this knife interesting as I had not ever seen a knife with integrated brass knuckles.

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Whistle technology hasn't changed much since the WW's.

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Forgive me, I can't recall the backstory on this photo, anyone recognize the location?


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U.S. Air Force Baby Life Raft

During the Cold War the U.S. Air Force would occasionally transport families of Air Force personnel over large bodies of water.  After concerns about what would happen to a baby in the event of a water landing, these rare baby life rafts were installed in the aircraft.  The raft is also equipped with a parachute attachment.

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10th Mountain Division Soldier

Specially trained and equipped for operations in mountainous terrain, the 10th Mountain Division served with great distinction in Italy in WWII.  After the war, veterans of the 10th Mountain did much to popularize skiing as a recreational sport in the U.S., and were some of the original founders of famous ski resorts, especially in Colorado near where the 10th Mountain trained.

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The technology of my JetBoil stove has been around for quite some time!


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:18:57 pm
This pic makes me question what mankind is doing to one another.  I can't believe we live in a world where an invention like this is necessary.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:23:10 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:25:18 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:27:03 pm
Yay Finland

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:34:33 pm
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German pilots wore the cold weather bear skin winter suits on the Eastern Front during WW2.  Even the warmest clothing was not often protection against the frigid Soviet winter weather.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:36:28 pm


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:36:45 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:41:34 pm
Soviet pilot wearing boots and gauntlets sewn from dog pelts with fur inside and out.

I can't imagine the temps these hardened pilots experienced.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on August 26, 2019, 05:42:35 pm
Captured North Korean soldiers wearing their winter uniforms.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Rufus115 on August 26, 2019, 05:58:34 pm
Thanks BO, some very sobering photos.

As you allude to, how can we build a baby sized gas capsule and not stop and say "this madness must stop!"
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 01, 2019, 08:26:48 pm
Thanks BO, some very sobering photos.

As you allude to, how can we build a baby sized gas capsule and not stop and say "this madness must stop!"


Excellent point, think of the tax monies spent on tools to kill each other spent on helping one another.....
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 01, 2019, 08:29:34 pm
Thanks BO, some very sobering photos.

As you allude to, how can we build a baby sized gas capsule and not stop and say "this madness must stop!"


Excellent point, think of the tax monies spent on tools to kill each other spent on helping one another.....

I have many more pics from the museum, I don’t know whether you dogs want to see them or shall I skip the somewhat depressing pics and get on with the rest of Branson?


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: blackbird on September 03, 2019, 04:14:23 pm
Only now stumbled onto this thread, wow BO! Pack all the photos you want as we are just following with jaws dropped. The scenery says BIG COUNTRY in every one you post. Thanks for taking us on the trip with you. Go big and show all. Enjoy the trip!
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Oubones on September 03, 2019, 08:57:40 pm
James, keep on throwing your magic here!
I really enjoy following here and learning about areas and things that I never knew!
Post as much as you want!
Thanks for the effort you put in to share this with us! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Black_Hawk on September 04, 2019, 08:36:17 am
James, keep on throwing your magic here!
I really enjoy following here and learning about areas and things that I never knew!
Post as much as you want!
Thanks for the effort you put in to share this with us! :thumleft:

I agree, keep up the good work  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 04, 2019, 08:39:23 am
Gooi Pics....

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 08, 2019, 07:42:28 am
Only now stumbled onto this thread, wow BO! Pack all the photos you want as we are just following with jaws dropped. The scenery says BIG COUNTRY in every one you post. Thanks for taking us on the trip with you. Go big and show all. Enjoy the trip!

James, keep on throwing your magic here!
I really enjoy following here and learning about areas and things that I never knew!
Post as much as you want!
Thanks for the effort you put in to share this with us! :thumleft:

James, keep on throwing your magic here!
I really enjoy following here and learning about areas and things that I never knew!
Post as much as you want!
Thanks for the effort you put in to share this with us! :thumleft:

I agree, keep up the good work  :thumleft:

Gooi Pics....

 :thumleft:

Thanks for the encouragement fellas, I'll try to get the next entry up soon, still learning how to do videos.
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 08, 2019, 08:30:59 am
Some more pics from my time at the Veterans Museum in Branson, MO.

Purple Heart

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 08, 2019, 08:33:22 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 08, 2019, 08:35:12 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 08, 2019, 08:36:37 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: 1ougat on September 08, 2019, 11:23:53 am
 :sip: good read  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 05:01:09 am
Imagine lying in a battlefield hospital, in a foreign country, shrapnel riddled, wound maggot infested, 18-2?. 

Forgive me, I have watched all the war documentaries and Hollywood action films depicting WW1 & WW2, I cannot imagine such conditions.

Much respect for the men and woman, regardless where their ancestry lied, faith, or lack thereof, I simply cannot imagine what it must of been like to see such death and destruction on a monumental scale.

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I am debating whether this legless soldier is smiling or smirking

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 05:03:57 am


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 05:16:13 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 05:24:52 am
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: Oubones on September 09, 2019, 05:33:34 am
The WW1 and WW2 conditions and suffering should be revisited by us to remind us of how cruel and inhumane war is sothat we can treat each other better and rather talk things right than fight each other!
Many can learn from your example as to changing for the better and bringing a positive contribution to the people that you come into contact with! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 09:13:10 pm

WW1 German Nurses Uniform

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 09:15:46 pm
Imagine being a farm boy or girl, you had not ever seen a ship so massive in your life, now you are on the vessel knowing most likely you'll die and not ever return to your loved ones.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 09:16:48 pm
Hard to fault the US government in their decision, though still a sad time in our history.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 09:17:50 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 09, 2019, 09:21:01 pm
Women played such a vital and important role during the war effort.  If it hadn't been for them busting their asses back home manufacturing everything, I'm not convinced the allies would've have won.

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 10, 2019, 07:53:54 pm
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D-Day Normandy, France

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The Battle of Okinawa (Japanese: 沖縄戦 Hepburn: Okinawa-sen) (Okinawan: 沖縄戦, romanized: Uchinaa ikusa), codenamed Operation Iceberg, was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by United States Marine and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army.  The initial invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  The 82-day battle lasted from April 1 until June 22, 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were planning to use Kadena Air Base on the large island of Okinawa as a base for Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands, 340 mi (550 km) away.

The United States created the Tenth Army, a cross-branch force consisting of the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th infantry divisions of the US Army with the 1st, 2nd, and 6th divisions of the Marine Corps, to fight on the island. The Tenth was unique in that it had its own tactical air force (joint Army-Marine command), and was also supported by combined naval and amphibious forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or tetsu no bōfū ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of Japanese kamikaze attacks, and the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific, with approximately 160,000 casualties on both sides: at least 75,000 Allied and 84,166–117,000 Japanese, including drafted Okinawans wearing Japanese uniforms. 149,425 Okinawans were killed, committed suicide or went missing, a significant proportion of the estimated pre-war 300,000 local population.

In the naval operations surrounding the battle, both sides lost considerable numbers of ships and aircraft, including the Japanese battleship Yamato.  After the battle, Okinawa provided a fleet anchorage, troop staging areas, and airfields in proximity to Japan in preparation for a planned invasion.




Notice this soldiers eyes, I see a man attempting to make sense of everything he has witnessed in Okinawa, Japan.


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Military use of children

On Okinawa, middle school boys were organized into front-line-service Tekketsu Kinnōtai, while Himeyuri students were organized into a nursing unit.

The Imperial Japanese Army mobilized 1,780 middle school boys aged 14–17 years into front-line-service. They were named Tekketsu Kinnōtai (ja:鉄血勤皇隊, "Iron and Blood Imperial Corps"). This mobilization was conducted by an ordinance of the Ministry of the Army, not by law. The ordinances mobilized the students as volunteer soldiers for form's sake; in reality, the military authorities ordered schools to force almost all students to "volunteer" as soldiers; sometimes they counterfeited the necessary documents. About half of the Tekketsu Kinnōtai were killed, including in suicide bomb attacks against tanks, and in guerrilla operations.

After losing the Battle of Okinawa, the Japanese government enacted new laws in preparation for the decisive battles in the main islands. These laws made it possible for boys aged 15 or older and girls aged 17 or older to be drafted into front-line-service.


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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 10, 2019, 07:57:42 pm
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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: big oil on September 10, 2019, 08:08:18 pm
U.S. Marines rest on a transport ship after the battle of Eniwetok Atoll in 1945

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Title: Re: Nasty Insane in the Membrane Austrian Conquer the USA
Post by: dirt rat on September 14, 2019, 08:56:41 am
How fucked up that was - How little we've learnt .
I remember the tv series The World At War as a young boy - scared me shitless.