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Gasketitis...

As mentioned already, we were unsure of what the best route and most expedicious fix for the leaking head gaskets might be. I decided not to try machining these complicated and, in our timescale, irreplaceable parts. The other choice at hand was to use some high temp copper RTV goop. One problem with it is that it wants 24 hours to set up, but we didn't even have 12...

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Workin' for a Livin'

Here are some photos Don snapped of me working (in the shade, at least) at a gas station in Shullsberg, WI to replace the burnt head gaskets. I think I beat the "flat rate" time.

(Photos courtesy of Don Cameron.)

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Day 4 - Milwaukee, WI to Anamosa, IA - 214 miles

Today was the "short day", only 214 miles. But this was the first day with a "hosted lunch", at Kutter Harley Davidson in Monroe, WI. This changes the equation a bit, because at the hosted lunches, where someone is paying to feed us, we are required to show up and hang out for a specified time.

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Day 3 - Sandusky, OH to Milwaukee, WI - 300 miles

Sorry about the short report yesterday. We had two consecutive long days, and when you toss in a bit of wrenching besides, it can raise the priority of getting some sleep in. The relining the rear brakes got finished relatively late, and I was on the bike again this morning at 6:45. I don't think the sun was actually up yet when I checked out and rode off from Sandusky.

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Short Entry Today

Not that there isn't plenty to write about, but it's already 11pm and there's another long day tomorrow. The R52 went the distance, including torrential rain, an accident that closed I-90 in downtown Cleveland, and another road closure in Huron, OH. I don't actually know how many miles I rode, but it was more than advertised.

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Day 1 - Newburgh, NY to Wellsboro, PA - 210 miles

Today turned out very well. The heay rains and subsequent really sticky weather went away and we had very pleasant riding weather: sunny but not hot or particularly humid.

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One last preview

Here's a quick preview of the R52 in action:

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Here We Go!

Things are looking up! The Sprinter spent Tuesday and Wednesday at a local shop. They replaced the fuel filter and the "turbo resonator" (a device that muffles the output of the turbocharger, is made of plastic, and has a poor reputation because it splits along a molded seam, as mine did), and now the Sprinter runs fine again.

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Made it to NY

Well, we made late last night to NY. Crawling up all those hills in the Alleghenies at about 40mph really had me watching my mirrors. The Sprinter is at a shop this morning and I'm hoping to hear back soon what the problem is. In the meantime, Steve and I are recovering from four long days of sitting still. Don will be here in another couple hours.

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The Adventures Have Begun

Well, Steve Woodward (my chase van driver) and I are in South Bend, IA this morning, after three long days of driving. Our goal is to land, late tonight, at my friends' house in Amenia, NY.

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