1788 miles on the 919 in 3 days of riding
My butt still hurts 24 hours later.
Ok, it was actually 4 calendar days but 1.5 of those days I was working in the Alabama office.
Rode up from Friendswood (about halfway between Houston and Galveston) to Huntsville, AL in one day Monday. Slabbed it most of the way except for a back roads diversion that was supposed to take me north to Bogalusa but I missed the cutback east and ended up going to Hattiesburg, MS. Beautiful county, great weather, mostly boring roads on the way up because I did not have time to research much else.
Worked Tuesday and halfday Wednesday.
Left for the return about 2pm Wednesday. Decided on a lark to take the Natchez Trace. That turned out to be stupid...
Took some interesting back roads to Tupelo, MS. I love wandering rural roads. Gassed up in Tupelo because according to the map there was one gas station on the trace and it would be closed. So I had a 177 mile stretch to Jackson, MS with no gas. Turned out this was not a problem because I got the most amazing gas mileage I have ever gotten on the trace.
Hit the trace about 5pm. It was beautiful and the flow of traffic was about 60mph. But once the sun went down, the trace became a stupid place to be. The natural beauty was invisible outside the beam of my headlight and there were lots of deer. Only one kamikaze bambi ran out in front of me but it was enough to give me the adrenaline shakes for 5 minutes. The trace is kinda surreal at night. No gas stations, no billboards, no fast food. Just mile after mile of deer infested wilderness.
Because of the poor visibility and deer, I kept the speed between 57 and 62mph for all 173 miles I was on the trace. Even though my gas light was not on, I decided to stop for a break when I finally hit Jackson. 173.3 miles and 3.38 gallons of gas. Over 51 miles to the gallon if you drive like grandma heading to bingo.
Stayed the night in Jackson, MS. Took some beautiful backroads to Vidalia, LA and then experienced some really rough backroads. LA is beautiful and twisty in some parts but the roads are something else.
Ate at a McDonalds for lunch near Opelousas and discovered "McDonalds All Purpose Cleaning Solution" is great on taking bug guts off my face shield. Missed a planned turn near 105 and 190 in LA and figured it out when I ran out of pavement 6 miles later. Doubled back and made my turn only to discover it was dirt too. I was hot, tired, and getting a little sore so I slabbed it down to I-10 and the rest of the way home.
Great fun. Learned a lot about my bike. I think I will take off the little National Cycle screen, too much buffeting at interstate speeds. Anybody want to get rid of a Corbin? The stock seat is ok but not for those kind of days.