Bricked Zumo

Went to update the Zumo today, and evidently I’ve bricked it somehow. I last used it in August and it worked great, but now it can’t get past the “Loading maps” splash screen. Hell, I can’t even perform a hard reset on it. I shot an email to Garmin and hopefully they’ll be able to walk me through a fix, or, at the very least, let me send them the unit for repair.

And I wonder if this is in anyway related to the weeks and weeks of lost tracks from my summer trip…

But no worries…. With temps slated to hit 68 tomorrow, this is not going to stop me from going for a nice long ride. I’ll just be all old fashioned and take along a paper map with me. I’ve only had a GPS for 2 years – I can still remember planning 2k mile trips out on homemade trip-ticks! I think I can handle a day ride around SE Texas.

To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the ride…

I’ve been insanely busy the last few weeks – a direct result of overextending myself and rather poor planning. I’ve got several posts “in the works”, but for now, here’s a glimpse of what’s been on my mind the last few days.


It’s not a real route. I haven’t even begun routing yet, actually. But I dreamed about the trip last night, which means it’s time to start planning. Will the final route look like this? Oh, probably not. About the only 2 things that are guaranteed to remain the same are the starting point and Deadhorse, Alaska. Yes, it’s a long trip. But, interestingly, Google calculates the mileage out to be less than last summer’s li’l jaunt around the country.

So, yeah… that’s the kind of thing I dream of after a day of fairly bad weather (drizzly and grey), a fairly bad movie (Prisoners), and a fairly bad day of football (Bills and Texans – oh dear).

At least my fantasy team won, though. Sometimes that silver lining is all we’ve got!

Misc Pic Monday

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series 2013 - Summer Trip

Back on June 3rd I was 2 days into my summer trip. The first couple days of my route took me through SE Oklahoma and W Arkansas. I’ll go into more detail later, but suffice it to say for now that I can’t wait to go back and explore these areas more.

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This is Route 2 in Oklahoma. I rode north alongside the Kiamichi River through Antlers and Moyers before heading east into Arkansas. This is an absolutely gorgeous part of the country and took me by surprise, especially Oklahoma. For whatever reason, it never really occurred to me that I’d be heading through the southern end of the Ozarks while there. I just wanted to ride in OK because I’d never been there before. Between this, rte 271, and the other little roads I twisted along towards AR, it was a lovely, lovely morning ride!

Back to the grind of “real life”… and more numbers

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series 2013 - Summer Trip

I’ve been home for less than a week and already the stress of “real life” has returned. To combat this, I did what any good adventure motorcyclist would do – I started browsing through pictures of the summer trip. What caught my eye first was what I ran across back on June 30.

I had camped just outside of Missoula, MT and was tooling along the Blackfoot River on Rte. 200 a few miles east of town. 200 runs east-west between the river and a mountain.

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There had been signs warning me that this was bighorn sheep territory, and sure enough, as I rounded a corner I came across 7 of them making their way across the road from the river to the mountains.

They all hopped quickly down into a ravine as I approached. I pulled over about 75 yards beyond, and only this guy popped up out of the ravine. I assume he is the alpha of the group and was keeping an eye on me. I don’t think his eyes strayed from me for more than a couple seconds at a time in the 10 minutes I sat there snapping pictures.

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To give it some scale, this is a pic without zooming in at all. He was close!

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About an hour later, I stopped for a smoke and spotted a nest in a tree off in the distance. This is zoomed in as far as I could go. I even broke out the Gorilla Pod to help keep the camera steady.

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I don’t know what kind of bird that is, but I’m assuming it’s a hawk or falcon of some sort. Anyone know?

Before I head back to my real-world stress, I thought I’d throw five more numbers at you from the trip:

Number of countries visited: 2
Number of states visited: 35
Highest temperature ridden in: 118 in Death Valley, CA
Lowest temperature ridden in: 34 in Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Average MPG for the entire trip: 49

See all the currently uploaded images from this trip here:

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