Well, last week was my summer vacation. Trucked the Vaq up to Madsion Fl. and spent the week with my best friend Billy, Billy's son and Billy's mom. Billy went to kindergarten with my next younger brother, and he started coming over to my street to play when we were kids. When my dad brought home the first skoot and I got into ridin (a 125 enduro), Billy's dad got him a 185 enduro and we rode together everywhere. I have known him for 47+ years.
My original plan was to spend 2 days with him and then do a 5 day ride, aiming to get into Arkansas. A forum member was nice enuff to offer info on good roads and that made it all the more appealing.
Arrival at Billy's place...
Unfortunately I had to change my plans and decided to do some day rides and spend the rest of the time hanging with Billy and his son. Worked out perfect. Saturday we went to a watermellon festival in Monticello Fl. Got some good watermellon, then I took them out for father's day lunch on Sunday. Since I had also brought my bicycle I did some bike riding around his area. Saw a donkey grazing by the roadside and stopped to say hi. It was friendly but after a while the rest of the donkeys must of thought I had food, about 20 more showed up! I had nothing to offer, and as I rode away they were prolly calling me an azz!!
2 very handsome dudes...NOT!!
I rode mon-wed-and friday. Monday's ride I split the ride between Fl and Ga but mostly in Ga. Found some good roads, good riding and did 295 mls.
Tuesday we went over to Tallahasse to an antique car museum, saw some neat cars, and neat stuff.
Look at the compression ratio for this Ford...
A VERY COOL AMC...
A cool collection and display of pedal cars...
Wednesday's ride i stayed in Fl. Rode over to the panhandle along the coast and stopped at Carribelle Beach. Relaxed a bit and saw this plaque explaining how this beach was used to train troops for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. As I like to know as much as possible about WW2, i was very interseted to learn this...
Left the coast and headed North thru the Apalachicola Nat'l Forest. Nice but my map showed a few towns on the way that I thought I could gas up. Towns turned into just a few trailers and my gas light was on, had been on. I saw couple of farmers and stopped to inquire about the nearest gas. 20 miles up the road. I was already showing 201 mls on this tank! So that leg was ridden with much aprehension, straightening out the curves, coasting down the hills and trying to keep the speeds beow 50mph. This was the miles on that tank when I finally got to a gas station where the skoot took in 5.2 gallons!!
Boy was I a happy guy, and not to pat myself on the back, grateful for my tuning and overall set-up! That day ended up being a 349.2 mile day. It was also on this day the Vaq clicked past the 39,000 mile mark!
Thurdsday we went up to Tifton Ga. to the H/D dealer as Billy had a H/D and I/we wanted to check out the skoots. They had one CVO on the floor that was 39,000+ $$$$$$$$ WOW!!
I have always loved the pin-up girls of the 40's and saw this t-shirt, she just caught my eye. My next tatoo was gonna have a pin-up girl in it and I finally found her
Friday's ride was in Ga and I stopped back at the H/D dealership and ,sorry guys, just had to buy that t-shirt!! That day's ridin amounted to 376.1 mls.
Funny thing, about 4 miles from Billy's house i started hearing a not so good noise coming from the engine, which turned out to be from the top of the rear cylinder head. Kinda sounded like lots of valve clarance from a collapsed hydraulic lash adjuster. It did not go away. I think the Vaq was NOT happy bout that t-shirt!!
Got the skoot back down here and it still was ticking. Using my mechanic's stethascope I could tell it was from the rear cylinder's left exhaust valve. In talking to car guys they suggested the Rislone engine treatment saying that stuff had fixed collapsed lifters on their cars. So out came the fairly new Amsoil, in went some cheap Advanced auto parts 20-50 and a quart of the Rislone. Cranked it up and withn 20 minutes the noise was gone. Go figure, and it took over 39,000 miles for this to happen. I'm gonna run this oil mix for 100 or so miles, if it stays quite it'll get dumped and the Amsoil goes back in.
All in all it was a great vacation.