100CCC SS5K B2B
Pre-Trip and Maintenance and Planning for the trip
Charlie was nice enough to set up a private forum for us to let us keep a record of our plan so we started with dates and then the real planning began. We decided to split up the tasks to make it easier. I took planning the routes and gas stops with some past plans Charlie had from his previous 50CC ride. I then used the MC Tourers Forum to get other gas stops and verified them against "The Next Exit" and "Fuel Finder". It took a while to plan out a full coast to coast to coast trip but it wasn't very hard with all those resources. Also Yahoo maps has a section to find gas stations also that I found very useful. After planning the CCC I focused on the B2B. That was much easier to plan. Charlie focused on the witnesses and had people in all the right places at the right time.
For maintenance I did all the normal things and arranged for two sets of tires to be delivered a couple weeks before I left. I scheduled to have one set put on a few days before and left the other set to be put on when I got home from the trip if I needed them. I changed my oil right before leaving and decided that if Honda says 8,000 miles between oil changes is ok with dino oil then I should be able to do 10,000 on synthetic oil without a problem. I didn't want to have to mess with changing oil on the trip because there wouldn't be a lot of time to rest and I wanted all the rest I could get when we weren't traveling. I did arrange to have a pillion shelf made by a generous man in Indiana. There are posts on St-Owners.com of it from Earache. It gave me a nice flat surface to store anything I needed to put on the bike and that's where my water bottle can be securely fastened. Big thanks to Eric for building it for me.
I really didn't have any major issues in getting the bike together since I spent the winter getting it ready to go. I did add a set of PIAA 910's with the BLM brackets though because I knew I would need them in west Texas on the return leg of the 100CCC. Joe Sears at http://www.spoiledbiker.com set me up with everything I needed and I did write a tutorial on the installation to help others that might want to tackle the same job in the future. I did start training for the trip. I started running again and lifting weights just to get my body ready for sitting on the bike for hours on end. I knew sleep was going to be an issue because I have a hard time sleeping away from home. I'm use to sleeping with a fan running and I have a hard time falling asleep without it, so I started sleeping without a fan. I didn't get much sleep for the first few nights but eventually I kicked the habit. I used ear plugs to help me sleep after that in noisy situations. Some people snore on occasion ;). I also had to focus on a pinched nerve and tight muscles in my shoulder. Those would wear on me during the trip but a prescription level dose of ibuprofin every 6 hours took care of it. That was my real savior because that was the one thing I thought that might end my trip before the finish. I don't like taking pills when I don't have to but if these issues starting acting up on the trip I wasn't going to have much of a choice.
With all of that in order I was ready to set out on the biggest trip I have undertaken in my life and it would put me to the test. This was my testing ground for the ButtLite and other big rallies in the future just to see if I could manage sleep and still do the miles. I was nervous about it but I did take measures to prepare myself so I was ready for the challenge.
Chapter 3: Milwaukee to Denver to San Diego