Ted's Big Ride---Day Twenty-Nine

Nephi, UT to Vernal, UT
May 28, 2006

Some rain forecasted for tonight, and it's sprinkling now. 20% possible showers tomorrow afternoon, I shoot for being lucky. I altered my plan to ride high country and end in Vernal, UT rather than trying to go all the way thru into Wyoming. Will see how the day unfolds, as usual. Cheers to All.
Plan distance: 192 miles
Plan time at posted speed limit: 4 hours 21 minutes

Actual distance:  Today=196 miles    Total=5,682 miles

Average Miles/Gallon: 43.3
Average Price/Gallon: $3.09

1:04:55 PM The morning was rainy so I waited for the sky to brighten up a bit. I must be loosing my head here (chuckle) as the weather progressively got worse, and quite quickly too!

I started heading out Rt. 132 East, heading for the Mt Nebo Scenic Drive North. Within 10 miles I was hitting serious snow and poor visibility, so I turned around and went back to Nephi where I sat it out in a Wendy's having coffee. After about an hour, it was clearing in town so I started back out.

Within a short period of time, I realized that it was not going to be of any use to travel back into the clouds, to ride thru unknown conditions, and not to be able to see a darn thing. So, I went back to the Interstate and initiated plan B, to bypass the Scenic Loop and go north and pick up Rt. 6 East just south of Provo and get on with the trip to Vernal.

2:29:05 PM This was a look up at where Mt. Nebo was advertised to reside. Hard to tell with this visibility. You can see why I was prudent to not follow my original plan A.

The ride up the Interstate was cold and rain kept coming and going, this sporadic weather followed me onto Rt.6 East toward Thistle. After about 60 miles I stopped in Cedar Haven to get gas and warm up. I had a enormous ham steak breakfast and watched the end of the Indy 500. What a fantastic finish, the second closest finish in history. You could feel somewhat sorry for the young Marco Andretti, but he got greatly outclassed in the final moments by the superior driving of Sam Hornish Jr., (live and learn younger drivers).

5:09:50 PM Getting closer and headed for the renowned Flaming Gorge.
5:32:42 PM Nice blue skies have finally found me, although it is still cool.
Now comes the next mechanical challenge. Somewhere prior to Myton, UT, my bike became noticeably noisier. I stopped and noticed that the nuts holding the rear cylinder exhaust flange were GONE and the support bracket for the exhaust pipes had cracked! The exhaust system is an item that was supposedly attended to during my 15K mile service, ONLY 800 miles ago.
The exhaust flange nuts have completely gone missing. Serious BUMMER!!!

With the bracket cracked and the rear cylinder exhaust un-attached, the whole exhaust system is being held on at the front cylinder. I gingerly rode into Vernal, UT 40 miles away. On the way into town, I passed a H-D dealership (closed Sunday and Monday) where I will be at 0900 hrs Tuesday morning, where (at least I have reason to believe) I can get repaired.