Day 3: VA to PA (371 miles)

Last night’s Gloden Globes monologue by Ricky Gervais was the best, since, like forever. I have coffee on my iPad because of that bastard! Ricky has cojones grande for that bit.

Here is the full clip:
Ricky Gervais, Golden Globe Monologue

As expected, driving long distances in the Jeep isn’t as comfortable as the CR-V used to be. I’m getting used to it, realizing now that I need to make hourly stops to stretch and move around a bit. That’s actually a good thing, since I used to drive for hours at a stretch before I got this Jeep.

I’m really hating the headlights in the Jeep. I expected them to be bad, since they’re the halogen reflector type. My CR-V had halogen projectors that were better, but still not great. I’m researching LED projector headlights, hoping to pick up a cheap(ish) set once I get to my final destination.

Today’s drive was 371 miles, about 100 miles short of the total trip. But I’m tired and need to get some sleep. Here’s today’s route:

Day 2: SC to VA (317 miles)

One thing for sure, Jeep Wrangler seats are not made for touring. I mean the front seats are (manually) adjustable and have lumbar support, but they are definitely not cushiony. If its any consolidation, I’m getting decent gas mileage.

Started the day at 41 degrees with 2,041 miles on the odometer. Took it easier today for my butt to recover. I found a cheap hotel that’s Harley-Davidson and Jeep friendly.

If you travel a lot, you’ve got to use Pelican Air luggage. Tough as heck, waterproof, and if you pack camping clothes you can pack enough for 4 days.

Got word from HaulBikes. They’re picking up my Harley-Davidson Road Glide is getting picked up tomorrow. If you’ve ever seen the inside of their trucks, you’ll understand why special equipment and care is needed to schlep an 840 pound motorcycle.

The bike’s front wheel is rolled into a steel bracket and the bike is strapped down using special motorcycle straps. No fork lifts or kickstands involved. #tongueInCheek

Gonna tune in to watch Ricky Gervais’ monologue at the Golden Globes before resting for tomorrow.

Todays route:

Day 1: FL to SC (386 miles)

“No parking spaces.” – said no Jeep owner ever

Starting the trip with 1,646 miles on the odometer and Hootie And The Blowfish on CarPlay.

I changed my mind and decided to slab it this first day, since the terrain is flat. I was impressed, stable even at 115 mph. Wait. Wat?

Not smart doing 115 mph in a Jeep, honestly thought Jeeps were electronically limited to 97 mph. When I noticed I slowed down right away. I’ll have Jeep check that once I’m in PA.

Here is today’s mostly boring route:

1,000+ miles by Jeep? No problem…

After 4.5 years at my current company, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. So on Sat, Jan 4th, I’m relocating from Florida to Pennsylvania. Brian’s Valley Forge Harley-Davidson recommended using HaulBike to ship my Road Glide to them for storage. Its being picked up a couple days after I leave. Another company is handling my household goods.

I’ll be driving my Jeep Wrangler Sport (JL) 2 door the 1,000 or so miles. I won’t be slabbing it, since short wheel base is less than ideal at Interstate Freeway speeds. I’ll be taking some regular roads, even some unpaved if I get lucky. I’m giving myself 5 days, and might avoid fast roads. I want to get there in one piece.

I’ll be buying cool/cold weather clothing as I head north. Its slim pickings here in Florida. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Once I get to Pennsylvania I’ll be staying in a temporary place for 30 days, then on to permanent digs. Hoping to find a place away from congested areas, and garage space (at least for the Harley-Davidson). Now that I have the Jeep I’m not too concerned about getting around in the snow. #fistpump

So today I’m putting all the remaining stuff into the Jeep for the early morning departure. I shipped everything I wouldn’t need for a month, so I have roughly 300 pounds of stuff that’s going into the back of the jeep. I bought a few Craftsman and Lowes Commander totes, amazing how handy those things come in for packing miscellaneous stuff. 🙂 Clothing is going into a large check-in and carry-on luggaeg and . Putting a sheet over it and a couple racheting tiedown straps to keep stuff from moving around.

Good thing I removed the back bench seat. That really opens up the back to fit more stuff. I stopped at Lowes to buy some 5 and 10 gallon heavy duty totes for packing hard to pack stuff. My clothing is going into my two motorcycle sissy bar bags, since they hold a lot. I’ll put a moving pad over everything, and a bed sheet over it all, then I’ll use a few racheting tie downs to hold it all down.

I won’t be camping, but I’m bringing the gear in the Jeep. Figured I might get lucky with weather, besides its light “fluffy” stuff that’ll help cushion stuff in back. I did however pack a tow strap since its too early to figure out what I’m doing with a bumper/lift/winch kit (crossing that bridge in the Summer time). Planning on 2.5″ lift and 35″ tires.

Bye Honda CR-V, hello Jeep Wrangler

I promised myself I’d trade in my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring before the 60,000 mile mark. This way I get maximum trade in, since Honda can certify it for the next person. It wasn’t my first Honda CR-V but it was my last. I won’t go into detail on why, but a pain point was our beta testing a CarPlay firmware update that never materialized. #vaporware #scam

For what its worth, my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring was an All Wheel Drive (AWD) function is not all its cracked to be. Its great for driving in the rain, but that’s about it. Drive it up a snowy incline, and it doesn’t do so well. Its a reactive system, not very good to be honest, though it isn’t a total design failure.

The third generation CR-V line has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds which isn’t quite enough for a small camping trailer, and the rating is only any good on smooth road. Forget about pulling a trailer through any rough roads, or over mountains. What’s the sense in pulling a trailer if you can’t go anywhere fun?

So I finally decided to get my dream car. A two door 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL with manual shift and a 3.6L V6 engine. Jeeps with 2L I4 engines are just silly if you ask me. I didn’t want to go with a four door, since I rarely have more than one passenger, and the difference in gas mileage is substantial between 2 and 4 door models.

The ugly.

Manual seats (yes, a huge PITA but used to it already). Manual widows (yes you have to reach over to roll the passenger window up and down). Manual locks (yes no keyfob with buttons). Manual mirrors (yes you have to get out of the car to adjust the passenger rear view mirror). Manual headlights (yes if you forget to turn them off you’ll get a reminder but if you ignore it you’ll be calling AAA). No remote start (because its a standard).

The awesome.

8 speaker sound system (even though it really can use a more powerful amp and better speakers and a subwoofer). Powerful engine (if you’re too aggressive, you’ll spin your wheels when accelerating). Decent gas mileage (20 mpg so far in first 750 miles). Soft roof that’s simple and easy to roll back, remove, collapse, what have you. Easily removable rear seats (much more space). Removeable windshield, doors, etc.

The mediocre.

Towing capacity is 2,000 and that’s even if you go over rough terrain. The 3.6L V6 engine is the same one that’s used in the 4 door model, which is rated 3,500 towing capacity. Jeep explained its due to the longer wheel base and higher weight on the four door. Guess it makes sense, I just know I love the engine. It has serious kick on the highway, although its a Jeep so sticking to the speed limit. Really.

This is a basic, vanilla Jeep. The only feature I paid for is AC. Having lived in Texas and SoCal, and now Florida, homie needs his AC. Didn’t get a navigation head unit, since its $3K more, figured there are several third party options that support CarPlay and are plug-n-play. Including fully supporting the stock steering wheel controls, and backup camera. This baby has just the right mix of feaatures for the road as well as for some minor off roading (though the JL ain’t no JK).

Memories.

I just realized the last time I drove a manual was in the US Army, when I was usually the guy who drive the Battalion Commander around in a M151 MUTT. I enlisted at 17 and having never owned a car before. In the 40 years since, I’ve only owned automatics. Not by choice. They just don’t make manual transmission cars anymore. Well, honestly Jeep has always offered a manual shifting model, just thought it wasn’t the right time to get one.

I drove a M151 MUTT in 120 degree weather (Fort Campbell) as well as in -40 degree weather (Fort Drum). What a piece of shit it was. But it always worked. Uncomfortable as all hell, but it always worked. Ugly as heck, but it always worked. I guess that’s the point, it always worked. At this stage in my life, having branched out into motorcycle touring, I want my car to just work.

So a few weeks ago I went into the Jeep dealer with guns blazing. I want manual. Yep, we have that. I want black. Yep we have that. I want a 3.6L V6 engine. Yep, we have that. I want AC but I don’t want your overpriced navigation unit. Yes, we have that. They kind of fibbed, they had to swap one of their stock Jeep Wrangler JLs with another dealer who had exactly what I wanted.

I want to trade in my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring. Yep, we’ll take it off your hands…especially when they found it to be 95% condition which is rare for a 4 year old car with 57,000+ miles on it. 🙂 We went through a few hours of negotiation, to get the best deal possible. And yes I threw the expected “Jeep gas mileage sucks” at them to troll them. LOL

How tough was the negotiation? It came down to a slight disagreement over what my car’s trade in is worth. I wanted to get at least the minimum amount for the 95% condition of the car. I was serious enough to walk out over a $300 deficit. The next day I get a call that they’ll add it, and the next day I went in and signed the paperwork. And yes gimme GAP, and yes gimme extended maintenance.

A week later and I’m happier than a pig in shit. Or so my Texas buddies would say. I’m trying to resist the urge to mod the Jeep. Why? Because the three biggest mod markets are (1) Harley-Davidson, (2) Ford F-150, and (3) Jeep Wrangler. So I have to exercise restraint. But not so much. I mean I do need running boards. And a hitch. And wheel lock nuts. A short rubberized antenna. And an iPhone mount. I’m trying, not sure how long I can hold out before I order more mods. 😀

EDIT: Forgot to mention I declined the CarPlay 7” head unit since I could buy the exact OEM item, install it myself and save $2,000. Its ordered and I expect to install it by Dec 28th. here is a stock photo:

JNUC2019

The Jamf National User Conference in Minneapolis is where everyone who manages huge numbers of Macs in enterprise goes for three days of sessions, training, collaboration, and of course swag. 🙂

I’ve been to all of them since 2011, except for the 2018 event, when I chose to relocate to Florida to fill a position we couldn’t find someone for.

This year’s event didn’t disappoint, it was fucking packed. The sessions were awesome, too bad we can’t clone ourselves to attend more than one at a time! Lunches were great with buckets of bacon on the side!

It was 17 degrees when I got off the plane. I figured I’d get by with a hoodie, and I was mostly right. Pitting Uber against Lyft to get the best rate and quickest pick up time, I didn’t spend more much time in the cold.

I purposely avoided the Hyatt Regency area, and stayed in a Ramada Inn. I’m a low maintenance guy, all I care about is having a buffet breakfast. They had exactly what I needed, including great coffee!

For next year, JNUC2020 will be held in San Diego in September. I plan to ride my motorcycle there. So it’ll be a mix of vacation and training. So excited looking forward to it!

Some links:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-163000722.html
https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-nation-user-conference-showcasing-powerful-new-product-line-2019-11-12
https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2019-11-12/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-nation-user-conference-showcasing-powerful-new-product-line

ToTD Scouting Ride (Car) Video And Pictures

Looks like Killboy and 129photos finally posted their October 9th photos. Those guys are good. Notice the GoPro mounted at the center of the roof.

Scroll down for a 720i version of the video, with a touch of emo-grunge…

Thousand Foot Krutch Lyrics

“Adrenaline”

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

The rush is like nothing
It gets your blood pumpin’
When you flip the switch, it comes on
It’ll trail you, derail you
Hammer and nail you
To the point where you need to explode

Let’s put the pedal to the floor
Here it comes, lets go
Wind it up and let it go
We’re gonna watch it blow

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

It will stop at nothin’
To make you feel somethin’
‘Till you feel like that’s what you need
But proceed with caution
‘Cause you can get lost
And not everything is what it seems

Let’s put the pedal to the floor
Here it comes, lets go
Wind it up and let it go
We’re gonna watch it blow

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload

Scouting ToTD 6 Times

Piece of cake. In a car. Is it tough? Meh. There are much tougher roads in Simi Valley. 318 turns is tough, but the worst parts are not as bad as its rep. Still worth it though.

Definitely a tourist attraction, and a good ride to test your skills. If you take the right line around the turns, and you keep your head on a swivel, you should be fine. If you ride like an idiot you might be enshrined on the Tree Of Shame.

On one of the dry runs a tow truck was brought in to bring a bike up from roughly 60’ off a cliff. The rider climbed up and was crediting his air bag vest for saving his life. Hope to post the GoPro clips soon.

There are some interesting shops in the area, particularly the south end of ToTD. I rewarded my 2016 Honda CR-V with a Dragon US 129 badge. I just have to come up with a clever story about how I earnest earned it.

The ”YNP” badge next to it was from my last real vacation, when I bravely drove through the woods at Yosemite National Park, much to the chagrin of Park Rangers who tried in vain to stop me. I bravely defended myself against rabid man eating squirrels (I swear they were big!), and fought off waves of flying blood sucking penetrating drones (military code name MOS-key-toes).

There are some nice shops at the South end of ToTD. Don’t miss this one, apparently owned by Mister Dragon himself.

Not a fan of the insensitive “killboy” logo which is shockingly sexist, toxically masculine, politically incorrect, and seems to imply that the dragon will not killgirl.

I mean really, what would @AOC say?! Makes me want to retreat into my safe space! #tongueincheek

Found some interesting artwork at the South end of the road. I understand Mister Dragon has a penchant for eating plasticky South Eastern motorcycles (rice rockets). Apparently American Iron motorcycles taste too much like greasy chrome.

Here is a piece of today’s route. Not sure how to edit it down to just the ToTD road.

660 Miles, 10 Hours, By Car, Tomorrow We Scout

Jumped in the car around 0800ET and got to the hotel around 1800ET. I guess that’s not too bad, considering I stopped a few times for food and gas. I’m about 16 miles from Tail Of The Dragon.

I’m staying at Luxbury Inn & Suites in Maryville, TN. The rooms were marked down from $129 to $79. Pretty good deal considering its newly renovated and who doesn’t like hot breakfast. 🙂 The manager told me I can come down twice, its from 0600ET thru 0900ET.

Gonna get some rest, then tomorrow I’m going to enjoy a nice English Breakfast before heading out. I need to find a GoPro mount that’ll attach to my sunroof, or window, or (gasp) suction cup on hood or door. I really want to catch ToTD on video.

Just for kicks, I captured the drive:

Scouting Tail of The Dragon (by Car)

If you’re reading my blog, you might remember a failed shift linkage on my 2016 Street Bob (FXDB) caused me to cancel the final leg of my three week vacation back in August. So I didn’t get the chance to do Tail Of The Dragon. On the bright side, I ended up trading up to a 2019 Road Glide (FLTRX). I planned to do it a few months ago but delayed the purchase due to my relocating to Florida.

I got home safely after the vacation, but the adventure wasn’t over. Unpacking the bike, I got careless and twisted my ankle in the garage. At first I thought I’d shake it off, but after a few hours I realized I needed to get it looked at. So I went for a bite and then headed to the Emergency Room. The doctor confirmed I had a broken Fibula, and had a nurse put a fiberglass half cast on my foot. The doctor gave me the name of a local Orthopedic Surgeon.

On the way home I wrestled with the idea of nominating myself for a Darwin Candidate award. I called Aetna, since I don’t usually take recommendations from hospitals I never went to. Aetna recommended someone in the area. After some researching found he was one of the most successful and popular Orthopedic Surgeons in the area. He put me into a walking boot, anticipating 4-6 weeks to heal (clean break). I wasted no time and purchased Amazon Prime so I could watch some movies, and treat myself to Mayans M.C. once it comes on.

Fast forward to this week. I took my final X-Ray, and went to DMV to pick up the tags for the new bike (which Rock City Harley-Davidson paid for). I had a few more vacation days to burn up before the end of the year, so decided to take them now. I’m heading out early tomorrow to scout ToTD by car. This way I can take advantage of the Fall weather, hoping the road isn’t covered in leaves. Wouldn’t want to my car to be taken out by one of those race bike adrenaline junkies.

Bed time…then up early, and 600 miles to ToTD. Along the way I’ll try to reign my desire to start modding the new bike. The two things I have in mind are Lower Fairings (HogWorkz) for protection against rain and rocks, and 12″ handlebars (KST Kustoms) because I need to go up a bit and the grip angles are causing wrist discomfort.

Limpio is now Limpia #facePalm

So a couple of my female riding buddies (y’all know who you are!) gave me shit, because I decided to name my new bike Limpio. Apparently motorcycles owned by males need to have female names.

The reason I named my old bike after a character in Weeds, Season 5, Episode 3, played by Ramon Franco was because I never really washed that bike. I thought it was clever.

Apparently not clever enough. Now I have to name my new bike after some silly Ecuadorian spiritual cleansing ritual.

OMG forgive me Limpio…er…Limpia.

Limpio Has Entered The Building (Home Safe)

Limpio has entered the building, trip total for 21 days of riding (23 days if I count the 2 days spent on the shift linkage mechanical and trade up fix) is 7,087 miles total for the trip (6,117* miles on Sucio and 970* miles on Limpio).

This vacation was my longest ever, and I’ll never forget it. Thank you Florida for stupid labor laws. I plan to do this every year although it’ll probably be 2 weeks instead of 3.

“So like the new bike?” Has got to be the number one question asked in the past few days.

Ok, well the Road Glide was beyond imagination. 80-90 mph on stretches was so easy, with music too! Such a superior bike for longer, faster rides.

I need to add an adjustable H-D back rest (I’ll need it once the sissy bar bag is removed). Definitely need to get a 2″ higher handlebar (the sweep back grip angle made my wrist sore after a couple days). Not sure I need to get a taller windshield, since air flow is already excellent.

The Street Bob was enjoyable but at speeds up to 50-60 mph. Anything higher and I found myself holding my left arm across my chest to help eliminate buffeting. It can not be fixed with a larger windshield. It can not be fixed with side spoilers. A Batwing would have helped since as far as I know those don’t come with vents to cancel the vacuum, which is the root cause of buffeting.

Having tried both a Street Glide and Road Glide at highway speeds, I found that even though both models’ fairing have vents, only the Road Glide was comfortable at 80-90. I’m sure the Road Glide would have done better than the Streer Glide with side winds since the fairing is attached to the frame but I never got a chance to test that (read several reviews that mention that).

Do I wish I had both bikes? Yep. I won’t be using the Road Glide to commute. So I won’t put 16,000 miles per year on it. But I do plan to do a whole lot of riding, and that riding will be quality long distance stuff. Like the past few weeks.

Thanks to Jim Colley and Merle Fisher for letting me latch on for a couple days, and to so many other people who I met during the last few weeks, and for all the cheers and support here on Facebook. Kudos to every Harley-Davidson shop who helped me with supplies, service, parts, and advice.

Huge huge thanks to Kenny “BB” Waller at Rock City Harley-Davidson who tolerated my borderline shyster level negotiation. He actually saw me come in the previous day for a bandana, and had me pegged for a trade in. Karma is a thing. He saw me the next day when I had Sucio towed, and he read my mind on what bike I wanted. Aha! I see what he did! LOL

*Sucio’s miles don’t exactly align with Fuelly pics.

*Limpio had 4 miles when I bought it.

First Two Days With Limpia

DAY ONE (Friday; 382 miles):

At the 50 mile mark Limpia lived up to her name. It started raining heavily and she asked if we could hang out at an overpass until it ended. Limpia showered yesterday, so of course I said yes.

This gave me a more time to study the navigation center console. Wow it’s packed with functions. I never knew the radio had were Weather Bands!

Apparently I hit a button that shows me current music track rather than speed limit. Fixed. I also had to figure out how to get audio turn by turn. Fixed.

Searching for songs/albums/artists is as good as it gets for now, since I’m sporting a half helmet, so can’t ask Siri for help. I see a Full Face helmet in my very near future. 🙂

Cruise control is very simple to start/set/stop, and boy am I using it on long stretches. Switching between functions is a bit convoluted but got that sorted out too.

I am happy to report the hard saddle bags are fully sealed. Not a drop of water got in, even in pouring rain at 80mph. And man they are huge compared to the Pelicans I had on the Dyna Street Bob.

The handlebar grips are angled a little too inward. My wrists are complaining a bit. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel on a bike? Adding slightly higher bars with less offset to the list. Maybe 10 degrees.

DAY TWO (Saturday, 233 miles):

I got up early to go to Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson, to get a Jiffy Stand Extension Kit, since I could barely reach it. Now I can reach it with my heel to extend, and my toe to bring it back. This was a stress point for me, where I’d somewhat panic if I couldn’t find it the first time. Now, no problem. #wipesBrow

I took my time today, did a bunch of slow speed turns to force myself to get used to it. . One more day of riding from Tallahassee, FL to Ocoee, FL tomorrow. I also stopped at a few overpasses when rain got heavy. In one spot there was a couple on the other side of the highway, also under the overpass. We exchanged peace signs so we could get selfies, from across the highway, like anyone would care. LOL

One more day on the road. From Tallahassee, FL, to Ocoee, FL. Roughly 250 miles.

No Relive route to publish today.