Day 6 – a lot to be thankful for today

Day 6 – October 24th

Starting odometer: 23,968 in Emporia, KS

Today is Gregg’s 52nd birthday!  Happy Birthday Gregg.  Have I mentioned that Gregg’s a tall guy.  Here he is in the Motel 6 shower in Emporia, KS.  Good thing he didn’t want to wash his hair.

good thing the birthday boy (NOT wearing his birthday suit) didn't need to wash his hair

good thing the birthday boy (NOT wearing his birthday suit) didn’t need to wash his hair

Today is one of those days that I had a lot to be thankful for – pretty much in the order they happened:

  1. I get to spend Gregg’s birthday with him.
    Even Gregg's all bundled up

    Even Gregg’s all bundled up

  2. Dan, the nice man at Floyd’s Auto Repair in Emporia who came out and poured the 1/4 cup of coolant at no charge into Margarita to make up for what had boiled over the night before when she’d overheated as we came off the highway.
    in the heart of corn country motorists get a choice - gasoline with corn or without

    in the heart of corn country motorists get a choice – gasoline with corn or without

  3. The nice truck drivers who pulled over on KS Hwy 50 to allow us to blow past
    wide open stretches of road and corn and wheat fields along Hwy 50 in Kansas

    wide open stretches of road and corn and wheat fields along Hwy 50 in Kansas

  4.  A gorgeous sunny day, relatively warm in that we were still wearing all our layers, but didn’t need grip heaters on
    WOW!  When we take off all of our cold weather riding gear it completely fills Gregg's bike

    WOW! When we take off all of our cold weather riding gear it completely fills Gregg’s bike

  5. After stopping for a mid-morning break in Walton, KS (population 235) I decided that after thinking about it for a few days I should probably check the oil.  Nothing registered on the dipstick.  And yes, the bike was up on the center stand and had run about 60 miles and then sat for 10 minutes.  So I broke out one of the two extra quarts I was carrying.  Ended up adding the entire quart (save for a little that spilled pouring w/o a funnel).  Still NOTHING on the dipstick.  After adding the second quart and still nothing on the dipstick I Googled “Kansas Triumph dealers.”
  6. Turns out Biker’s Edge Power Sport is in Wichita and we were only 30 minutes away.  Joe Bolen, the service manager was great.   Took Margarita right in.  I think he might have been a little surprised I was riding with my own spare oil filter (thank you Bill H.).  Paul Brown got to work.  He too checked and confirmed that there was nothing on the dipstick.
    Biker's Edge - Wichita, KS

    Biker’s Edge – Wichita, KS

    i wanted to make sure that the dipstick wasn’t broken.  Nope.  So got an oil change just to be safe.

    Paul Brown changing the oil and checking Margarita out

    Paul Brown changing the oil and checking Margarita out

    What came out looked like four quarts so somehow Margarita was two quarts low.

    SO happy that we were less than 30 miles from a Triumph shop

    SO happy that we were less than 30 miles from a Triumph shop

  7. I asked Paul to check the tire pressure.  22 lbs in the rear tire.  He added another 20 lbs.
  8. And he replaced the right brake light too.
  9. AND Joe only charged me for 30 minutes of labor – for a total labor rate of get this – $21.25.  Their normal shop rate is $85/hr.  He only charged me a 1/4 of his shop rate.  Of course the four quarts of oil that went into the bike and the three spares I got were $94.50.  Yes, that Castrol is $13.50/quart.  Biker’s Edge has a special place in my heart.  THANK YOU guys.
  10. The spectacular farmland that went on mile after mile.
    we are passing a lot of 'strange' agricultural machinery

    we are passing a lot of ‘strange’ agricultural machinery

    grain elevators everywhere

    grain elevators everywhere

    a lot of these along the way

    a lot of these along the way

  11. I was very thankful that the sign that said, “Grooved payment next 9 miles” over exaggerated.  Miles of grooved payment, late in the afternoon, on a windy day, riding into the sun on a two lane highway with a lot of semis going in the opposite …. I was ready to get off the bike by 6 PM.
  12. We didn’t make it to Clayton, NM – we didn’t even make it out of Kansas, but we saw amazing sights today.
  13. And lastly – we were lucky to get a room in Liberal.  Not sure what the story is, but we were told there were NO rooms available last night.
    are you kidding me?  No Vacancy signs all over town in Liberal, KS on a Thursday night

    are you kidding me? No Vacancy signs all over town in Liberal, KS on a Thursday night

  14.  Another amazing day of riding.
  15. Ending odometer reading:  24,275
  16. GPS stats for the day
    taking a break

    taking a break

    GPS stats for day 6

    GPS stats for day 6

    If you want to see ALL of our pictures visit Gregg’s SmugMug album for this ride:  http://gbolton.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2013-Trip-out-West/32303760_3MWb9d#!i=2853701244&k=fxRX9Vc  I joined the ride on page 9.

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4 responses to “Day 6 – a lot to be thankful for today”

  1. Klint S says :

    The ag equipment is only strange if you haven’t been around it before ;). That is a CAT combine in your picture. It is without its head for harvesting grain. At that time of the year in KS you are looking at corn, soybean, milo, or sunflower harvest. Glad my buddy Paul could help you out in Wichita!

  2. Klint S says :

    wait maybe there is a head on the combine and its cut off in the picture. If I could see it I could let you know which crop it is for.

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