We made it!
This picture is for Cody aka...chocolate thunder!
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Left Seth's on Wednesday with jimmy back with us. Made it to mike and Cody's home that night. The fam fed us and gave us beer and shelter! Next morn we ate a huge omish breakfast that made us have a late start so we only made it south of Bradford PA where we camped in national Forest for the night. Cody left us this day to go back to work.
Next day we covered many more miles and got almost to NY. Jimmy blew a spark plug out so we had to go back to town and get a tap kit for it. Ended up camping in the yard of the house we broke down in front of... thanks Dan!
Next day lots of rough NY roads but we made it to Glenn's mom house where she and john fed us and sheltered us. Thankyou! Everyone crashed out early due to having our asses kicked by the roads.
Today we have made it to the border of Vermont and new Hampshire on route 9. Portland tomorrow god willing!
So I've been unable to update the blog for a bit since T-Mobile is awful and has no coverage... so I can only update when I can find Wi-Fi somewhere.
So we're in Bridgeport at our friend Seth's place. Today is Tuesday I think.
Recap of last few days. Left rogersville Friday morning with slims charging system fixed. Made it out of tn and into va before we had lots of small problems we had to stop for. Cruising along near Lebanon, va Dave walker's bike died...no compression. Got it trailored down to the superstop gas station/hot rod cafe and tore the motor apart to find that both bolts holding the cam chain sprocket had sheared...causing the pistons to slam into the exhaust valves and bend the hell out of them.
Found the nearest valves back in Johnson city...so decided to send a few back the next morn to get the parts.
Drunkfest 012 happened Friday night beside the gas station. The term "baby bird" was born.
Sat morn...jimmy, tank and cody headed for Johnson city to get parts for d walker. Meanwhile the rest of us chilled at a fall festival in cedar bluff, va. On the way back from johnson city...Jimmy's bike did the EXACT SAME THING that d walkers did. Bolts sheared and bent a valve. Got him trailered back to the gas station and got his dad to bring up a spare head from Knoxville that we robbed a valve from. Put d walker's bike back together and then tried to put Jimmy's back but couldn't get the engine to time. Upon further inspection...his cam chain was stretched and trash. He decided to get his wife to come get him and then fix it in Knoxville and then catch up with us later.
Meanwhile Glenn was replacing a bad valve in his motor when he discovered a broken piston ring. Got new ones in JC and replaced and he's good now. Mike tried tightening his can chain...only to discover his tensioner was missing some pieces...down in the motor. So he tore his all apart too...so at one point we had 4 motors apart in the parking lot. Mike cleaned it out and they tried to make a makeshift fix out of lead fishing sinkers... seriously. Put it back together and it started.
We left jimmy Sunday morning and made many miles up to wv and road 219. Slept south of elkins Sunday night in national forest and headed for Bridgeport Monday morn. 50 miles out...mike's bike stopped. Tensioner completely came apart. Seth trailered him to Bridgeport and now we're waiting on jimmy to reach us with parts for mike. We're also waiting out the rain.
Headed to dubois, pa tomorrow to stay with cody and mike's family....
Next update whenever I find WiFi again!
So we're drinking beer at a Mexican restaurant in rogersville ten...camping tonight just down the road at a welding shop that tank found. 5 or 6 breakdowns today....1) Pete 2) Ollie 3) Dave walker 4)Glenn (to get a valve in Morristown) 5) Tim.
More tomorrow I'm sure ;)
Hopefully we'll make wv tomorrow.
Random pics to follow:
So it's 10 am and we were supposed to meet here at the time warp at 9am. 8 of us are here..waiting on pistol (who was asleep when slim called him 10 minutes ago), slappy, tank and olie. When they get here we are headed to Morristown to the junk yard there to try and find a spare valve for slappy. Probably the first of many trips to a junk yard!
Also check out www.tinyurl.com/5552012 to track the silver fox along the trip.