Day 8 - Saturday, August 2, 2008

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Aug 17, 2008


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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Day 8:

We started the day off at 7:30am PST after one of the better breakfasts we have had since we commenced this tour. Thanks for that Roadway Inn.

A3 C14 odometer reading was 5933 miles
Rusty 1200RT odometer reading was 27423 miles

We departed Portland (http://www.travelportland.com/) on SR26 to Madras where we switched over to SR97 all the way down till Alturas where we then got onto SR395 that brought us all the way into Reno, Nevada. On SR26 we passed through the Mount Hood National Scenic Byway (http://www.mthoodterritory.com/), but would you not know it that the weather again was not cooperative with us. We climbed to an elevation of 4000 feet when we entered the clouds and by the time we came out of that weather there was no Mt. Hood to be seen. Dissapointing, but we were there. We stopped for lunch in Bend at 11:40am.

Now an apology.    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Crow. I wish to apologize for murdering your son/daughter today on SR395 at mile marker 77. I was cruising along at 80mph, minding my own business and enjoying the scenery, when all of a sudden he decides to imitate his thousands of siblings/cousins and flies out from the bushes directly in the path of motorcycle. He caught me off guard and gave me no time to react therefore I could regretfully not avoid him. I wish to comfort you in knowing that his death was quick and painless. As he swooped out of the bushes he took a look in my direction when I saw his eyes open wide and his beak let out a gasp. He slammed into my headlight and died instantly as every bone in his fragile little body snapped and he then shot up about 45 feet in the air and landed in the bushes, which will now be known as his final resting ground. Had I been able to call 911 I would have, but there was no signal available, I think (I did not stop to check - sorry). Your son blessed my motocycle with his guts and feathers; what a kind bird he was.

We arrived in Reno (http://www.cityofreno.com/) at 7:15pm and checked in to the El Dorado hotel and casino (http://www.eldoradoreno.com/). We took a shower, had some dinner and strolled the main street for all of 20 minutes. We took some pictures at the "RENO - The Biggest Little City in the World" sign and called it the night.

As we unloaded our bikes I discovered that many of my electrical gadgets had been dissolved (for lack of a better word) to a great extent. To make a long story short we discovered that the spare 1 gallon gas tanks fumes apparently were eating away at anything made of rubber or plastic. My camera battery charger was destroyed as was my ac cellphone charger. The liner of my Givi case was a mess causing me to have to take everything out and dispose of many items. See my Day 9 update for what followed next.

On this day we rode a total of 571 miles,and considering we travelled only on secondary roads that traversed through many little towns we did quite well.

Roads we travelled today:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=I-205+S%2FVeterans+Memorial+Hwy+%4045.560860,+-122.563730&daddr=45.015302,-121.470337+to:reno,+nv&hl=en&geocode=8425460721783621229,45.560860,-122.563730&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=8&via=1&sll=44.633482,-121.558228&sspn=2.275047,4.235229&ie=UTF8&ll=42.972502,-120.871582&spn=9.355391,16.940918&z=6
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