Day 10 - Monday, August 4, 2008

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

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 10:

Well folks. This is the scoop so far today. As of 8:30am PST I started calling around to see who could service my bike today. While many shops refused to service any Kawasaki bikes, those who would were closed on Monday and told me to bring in the bike tomorrow (Tuesday) - yeah right !!!! I finally got a hold of "Jerome" at Street Rider of Reno (at 9:30am) who asked me a few questions and then said "bring her in" and we will take a look at her and hopefully get you back out on the road today. Woohooooo - I am surprised we did not get any complaint calls from our neighbouring rooms  :o)

Anyway, I called AAA and within 30 minutes a tow truck was there. By 10:30 my bike was at SRR ( and Jerome got to work on her. It was the first time he was would be working on my type of bike, so I was a little nervous about that, but this guy knew his stuff, and in the end I had no other choice. By 11:30am Jerome had my bike stripped naked and immediatelly told me that he could smell the oil in the fuel system. To both of our surprise there was no independent fuel filter to be found, so he continued on eliminating all possible causes.

Rusty and I took off to Best Buy and found a charger for my camera. Not cheap, but we needed it to keep posting these great pictures for all of you  :o)   So now you all owe us $40.00   ha ha ha. From there we went for lunch at Chili's. Right after lunch I got a call from Jerome who told me "I have some good news for you Andre", and that was that he found all four spark plugs covered in oil. Because he did not have the spark plugs in stock he told me where they could be found and Rusty rushed off to get them and deliver them to him. Rusty called me just minutes ago that he had delivered to spark plugs at 2:20pm, so we are now hopefull that we can hit the road by 5pm.

I also decided to change my front tire on my bike as when I inspected it I found that it had worn considerably from the ride and it had lost its contour. The center area of the tire that runs flat on the road had grown like a "hump" and did not look safe at all - so off it comes and a new one goes on. My rear tire looks like it will get me back to Miami. We'll see.

Most people that we encountered / came across in Reno have been super friendly and helpfull. People who saw are Florida tags would stop to ask us questions like "hey, you guys lost" (ha ha ha), or simply inquire what we were upto.

Once again I wish to thank all of you who continue to give us a call to check on us, and for all the text messages we have received. We very much appreciate it. I apologize to those of you whose calls I have not returned promptly, but this is because of limited cell phone coverage in certain areas we have been traveling and because I have been keeping myself busy with my motorcycle issues these last 28+ hours.

I am signing off for now. I hope to hear back from Jerome in the coming hour with more good news and then we are off. If there should be bad news passed on and we are forced to remain another night then I will be updating this entry later this evening.

2nd update....

I picked up my bike at 4pm. Jerome explained to me that indeed it was the spark plugs. Once the new ones were installed the bike fired back up, but not before letting out a huge puff of black smoke out of the exhaust filling the entire service area at SRR (as explained to me by Jerome). So again thanks to Jerome for his outstanding work and being able to put me back out on the road in only 6 hours. If anyone is ever passing through Reno and requires some mechanical assistance with their bike - do yourselves a favor and lookup Jerome at SRR.

We headed back to the hotel, packed our things and were on the road again at 5:10pm.

A3 C14 odometer reading 6533 miles
Rusty 1200RT odometer reading 28053 miles

We took SR431 over the mountains into Incline Village and then rode along the Eastern part of Lake Tahoe. We had crossed into the California  side but encountered such bad traffic that we turned back and took SR50 back over the mountains to SR395, which we rode through its fabulous deep valleys and twisty roads until we ended our day in Bishop, CA, at the Redwood Motel at 9pm. We rode a dissapointing 146 miles today, but considering our late start - we think we did ok.

While on SR395 one of Rusty's main headlights blew, and one of his HID lights cracked. That meant that I lead the way down the dark canyon roads of SR395. By the way, my bike was finally purring again  :o)

Before settling in for the night we fueled our bikes at the Shell gas station in Bishop and encountered what would be our most expensive fill-up of the entire ride. They were charging $5.69 per gallon of premium. Ouch !!!!

Roads travelled today:,+nv&daddr=39.24608,-119.962463+to:bishop,+ca&hl=en&geocode=&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=10&via=1&sll=39.2716,-119.816895&sspn=0.301931,0.571289&ie=UTF8&ll=37.31666,-118.379059&spn=0.310177,0.571289&z=10
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