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Somewhere in Arkansas

September 21, 2010

An abandoned building with trees growing inside.














9 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 21, 2010 3:11 pm

    Pete: Cool photo effects! Were these taken on your 30 mi. sightseeing sidebar? I have to assume that, after your carb rebuild, the Premier is chuffing along faithfully. What happened on the zero point day? Keep hanging in there and see you. Velo is almost all prepped. If (heaven forbid) something goes wrong with both your machines you can finish is fine style on my Venom. No points but smother ride. Jim A.

    • Pete Young permalink*
      September 21, 2010 3:22 pm

      broken crankpin in Oklahoma, about 5 miles from the finish of a 340 mile day. I tore it apart that night, drove a few hundred miles up to Amarillo TX, machined a new one, drove to Clovis, rebuilt the motor and fired it up by midnight. Was running fine today, at the 60 mile mark the engine pulley broke. Now at a machine shop getting a new one made up, should be on the road in the morning.

  2. September 21, 2010 3:42 pm

    Great pics Pete!

  3. Richard McKenney permalink
    September 21, 2010 6:57 pm

    Oh Man!! What a struggle, I see you have Murphy’s Law over there as well.

    I thought you’d “come a cropper” when the last couple of posts didn’t show.

    If it doesn’t kill you it grows you, you’re a legend Pete, something to tell the grandkids.

    I’d pay big money for Jacqui Van Ham to call me her hero! Some people have all the luck.

    Cheers Richard

  4. September 21, 2010 8:15 pm

    Holy endurance. Good on you.

  5. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:40 pm

    Well, that explains a lot! You sound like you’re having to do everything yourself. I hope not. Only a few more hops to Victorville and then downhill all the way (at least on the map). If one of you roars out to the end of the pier and hasn’t the brakes to stop, don’t worry. You won’t go into the drink. There’s a house there. That will stop you.

    No longer laying in the gutter, gazing up at the stars, but thinking positive thoughts about crank pin and engine pulley, Jim A. Supposed to have rain by tonight but no such luck.

  6. Paul Venne permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:46 pm

    I think you deserve some kind of “Ironman” award. More broken stuff? Yike. I rode a DT1 Yamaha to Miami and back. Just had to soldier on and solve the problem when she quit. It was water getting to the points. Hope you’ve seen the last of the problems and now are an expert metallurgist! Thanks, Paul V/Bangkok

  7. Charlie Taylor permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:19 am

    Great photos: I’ve always wondered about those abandoned houses in the Great Nowhere. Who lived there, what went down, what did they grow?? There’s a long scene in the “Road to Perdition” which taps on that theme- a movie about disappearing, among other things. Glad to learn that you have surmounted the latest disaster and are on the road again. What’s with the crankpin thing? We should have a Doctor Science show-and -tell when you get back to S.F.

  8. September 22, 2010 3:25 pm

    Hey Pete,

    Looks like you’re the new man for big ends in SF. Great journey, I couldn’t have done it, and I’m sure you’ll never forget it!


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