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  • #16
    Originally posted by BaggerBum View Post
    Great pics Mike! Thanks for the viewing.
    Thanks and you're welcome.
    Mike
    Official HERD Member #00164
    '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

    Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Hot Pink Harley View Post
      awesome
      Thanks Cindy.
      Mike
      Official HERD Member #00164
      '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

      Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Big D View Post
        Mike! Great write-up so far...



        Hey, check this out!

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        Bombdog, HPH and I were there 6 years ago...

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        Now, for some reason, I didn't capture Dan in any pic's. Can't figure it out.

        Thanks and there is more to come. It's cool that you guys were there too and you also took a picture of the same NTP sign!
        Mike
        Official HERD Member #00164
        '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

        Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Big D View Post
          Mike, here's another... Love that sign in Vidalia...

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          Here's some Herdsters at that sign in 2013...

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          You are exactly right... riding The Trace isn't for every rider, as the speed limit is "leisurely", but I returned solo on every inch of it, shortly after this pic was taken. (Missed a danged good breakfast, too.)

          I had the time of my life, riding NNE on the entire Trace solo, getting to the northern end at dusk, and making it to the north end of Nashville before calling it a day. The solitude, and the scenery is wonderful.

          Looking forward to seeing the rest of your trip.

          The one I MISSED.

          Another deja vu moment here for sure! Thanks for posting your pics from a previous trip there.
          Mike
          Official HERD Member #00164
          '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

          Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
            Well it took a week but I'm here again now, so let me get back to posting more from my road trip.
            Mike
            Official HERD Member #00164
            '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

            Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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            • #21
              I'll pick up with the pictures right where I left off last week. So here are more shots from our Tuesday night visit to Nashville.

              Some more pics of the city skyline.


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              This is a panoramic shot of the above city skyline pics I posted so far all stitched together.

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              A picture that better shows the Cumberland River and the image of the Nashville skyline reflected in it.

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              Posing for a picture on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that crosses the Cumberland River leading directly into downtown Nashville.


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              Another good picture of the Cumberland with a cool reflection on its surface.

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              Again here is a panoramic shot of the above few pictures together.

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              Check out the "ACME FEED & SEED" building. I wonder if this is where Wily Coyote gets the piles of seed he tries to tempt the roadrunner with so he will stand still for a moment! lol


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              A cool elevated shot of 2nd Ave S in downtown Nashville near the end of the bridge.


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              A shot of me on the corner of 3rd Ave S and Broadway directly across from Kid Rock's Bar/Steakhouse.


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              The famous Pedal Tavern, a people powered rolling bar that cruises around downtown Nashville. The customers drink as they pedal their way through the streets.


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              These are all the downtown pictures I have. Next group are from our tour of the GRAND OLE OPRY on Wednesday morning.
              Mike
              Official HERD Member #00164
              '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

              Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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              • #22
                GRAND OLE OPRY tour pictures.


                I couldn't resist posing with Diane in front of the main entrance walkway.


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                A couple of Jim and I before we took the tour.


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                A couple of Jim and I in front of the building.


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                Country music fans of the HERD, can you correctly name all of the the famous musicians displayed on the building?


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                Cool "food truck" that is actually an old bus!


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                The world famous stage where so many famous country music stars have performed over the years.


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                The unusual purple padding on the wooden benches that fill out the auditorium.


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                The view of the famous stage from the walkway that runs across the auditorium.


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                Mike
                Official HERD Member #00164
                '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

                Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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                • #23
                  Okay here are the last group of pictures from my trip.

                  This is a weird speed limit sign that is the posted speed limit in the shopping plaza where the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE is located. This is the first time I have ever seen a sign with this speed so I thought it deserved a picture and also a mention in my road trip story. I wonder what were they thinking when they posted these signs all around the shopping plaza???


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                  Wednesday afternoon after we left Nashville, Jim and I headed North to Kentucky. But instead of going directly to HS 10, we spent the rest of the afternoon and the night with some friends of Jim at their lake cabin just North of Mammoth Cave State Park.


                  Here we are entering Kentucky.


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                  The area around a dam we passed on our ride to his friends cabin.


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                  The dam spillway.


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                  These next 5 pics are of the lake.


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                  A panoramic shot of the lake.


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                  Finally entering Mammoth Cave National Park on Thursday afternoon.


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                  So Friday morning Jim and I said our goodbyes since he would be heading home and I planned to still continue my trip for another week on the road solo. My plan was to visit a number of towns that I was looking at as possible potential places to move to someday to get an overall first impression of each location. Unfortunately that didn't happen because a huge weather front was moving into the area so I had to cut my trip short and head for home to avoid a week long pattern of rain and thunderstorms.

                  Friday morning I rode down with members of the HERD to Nashville for a day trip where we spent the better part of a day bar hopping and enjoying all the live music each bar was pumping out. After a while some of the group headed back to Mammoth Cave but our smaller group, which now was made up of Clone/Jerry, his wife April, and his friend (sorry can't remember his name) and I stayed in Nashville until around 6pm or so. After an epic hours long afternoon Karaoke session with Jerry and I taking turns belting out song after song, they too finally decided to head back. I walked Jerry and April back to his bike and wished them a safe ride back to Mammoth Cave and then back home again from there. After they left I stayed a little while longer, probably an additional hour or so, in Nashville then I too headed out.

                  After leaving the downtown area I stopped at a McDonalds to grab a quick late dinner as I was searching for a room for the night. I looked for a while but in the end decided to just head back to the same hotel Jim and I had stayed in Tuesday night. That night as I was relaxing in my room around 10:30pm I decided to check the weather report and radar on my phone and that's when I found out if I didn't leave by early the next day I would be wet for most of the next 7 days no matter which town I was in. The huge green swath of rain on the radar covered the entire states of KY and TN, there was no place I could go to avoid the storm. So I got up early and was all packed by 7:30am saturday morning. After checking out I hit the road by 7:45am or so and started my long Northeast ride back home.

                  However after initially making good progress with minimal and quick gas & go stops, disaster struck as I was heading North on I-81 in VA. Suddenly my bike started violently shaking and the bars where jerking back and forth in my hands as I tried to hold them steady. I immediately looked for a space to pull over and as luck would have it I was just coming up to an exit ramp. I aimed for the exit ramp and came to a skidding halt in a cloud of smoke wondering what just happened. Well what had just happened was that I had just suffered a massive blow out of my rear tire at interstate speed!!! But through a combination of decades worth of riding skills acquired over the years, pure survival instinct, an enormous amount of luck and in no small part the grace of God, I was some how not only able to live through this potentially fatal tire failure but at the same time also keep myself and my bike off the road!!! It's a miracle that I not only survived but I never went down considering how it could have, and in all probability should have, played out!!! I definitely beat some long odds there let me tell you!!!

                  After I was stopped safely I had the tough task of pushing my 900lb RGS up an uphill exit ramp and down a section of road to get to a relatively safe spot out of the traffic flow. So after all 150lbs of me has pushed this 900lb bike with a completely flat rear tire for a good distance I can go no further. Both my legs and arms are shaking, I'm totally exhausted from the strain and can't move the bike another foot. Eventually another biker comes riding by and stops to see what's going on. I tell him what happened and he says there is a bike shop about a mile away. He offers to ride there and see if they can come out to tow me in. After a while he comes back to tell me a guy was coming out with a small trailer to get me. So when he got there, after I rested for a bit, I was able to help him roll the bike up a ramp into the trailer. Then he took me back to the bike shop and eventually by 5pm I was able to continue my Saturday ride heading home. I made it to North VA before finally getting a room for the night and finished my ride home Sunday afternoon.



                  So here are some pics of my blown out rear tire. Looking at the condition of the tire here, it's plain to see just how lucky I was to not have gone down!!! This is no small failure, this is torn open a quarter of the way around the tire!!!


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                  So after this near fatal disaster, during the rest of my ride home including all the potholes and the normal crazy NYC area traffic (which took me hours to go the last 50 miles) seemed so minor in comparison. I had cut my road trip short by a week and after 8 days on the road I rolled into my driveway with just over 3300 miles on the trip odometer! This ended my epic HS 10 road trip!




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                  Mike
                  Official HERD Member #00164
                  '00 Softail Deuce "Tribal Mistress" - Gone but never forgotten!

                  Current Ride - '17 Road Glide (Ultra) Special - 107ci Stage 1, Ultra Tour-Pak, fairing lowers, saddlebag guards, blacked out front end and exhaust, more changes to come!

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                  • #24
                    great pics and write up Mike! So thankful you were able to get the bike stopped safely. It was really great seeing you again, hopefully we won't have to wait another 5 years to meet up again.
                    Josh
                    Herd Member #00042
                    2017 Road Glide Ultra

                    R.I.P. Dad 1951-2015

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                    • #25
                      Awesome recap Mike! Great pics! Wow that tire blowout is crazy! I can't believe it came apart like that. How many miles did that tire have on it? So glad you were able to keep it up and stopped without going down.
                      Jeff
                      09 FLHRCI
                      Herd Member #00045

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                      • #26
                        I bet the blowout was a scary situation and made your butt pucker up. As you said, years of experience and the grace of God helped you through that. That tire looks almost new for it to have failed like that.
                        .
                        2010 FLHX - Street Glide
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                        • #27
                          Great follow up on the trip and you must be living right my brother, that tire blowout had to be a hell of a thing to ride out! Glad you kept it upright!
                          Bob

                          Official HERD Member #00230

                          Westchester County, NY
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                          • #28
                            Living it with you once again Mike. That's one hell of a blowout, not sure how you kept it upright.
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                            • #29
                              WOW!!! So glad you made it home safe!!!
                              A.K.A. Chad
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                              • #30
                                Wow!!!!!
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