Back from the Fandango

Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Wed Jul 4 15:05:53 PDT 2007

Glad you made it home safe, Pete. I know you were a little worried about 
your tires. What did the Avons look like when you got home?

Doing my post-Fandango bike clean-up today. Looks like my fairings were sand 
blasted using pea gravel. Sheesh!

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'02 Daytona 955i
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "schnowz" <schnowz at>
To: <gpzlist at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 4:48 PM
Subject: Back from the Fandango

   Arrived home in CT a little fatigued from the Fandango last night 7,148 
miles for the trip. (109,478 on the clock) I spent yesterday checking out 
backroads in DE/PA and hit the slab in Bloomsburg Pa around 3:30pm last bit 
of slab was boring, like all slab but especially because it's familiar 

   It was great meeting the western contingent and finally putting names to 
faces. Some great riding and scenery out there, with a great group.. I was 
hoping to see Buerhle out there, but got the news that he has the Geeper up 
for sale. Mike ask the ex for forgiveness or whatever it takes - your 
Geeper's future is at stake for god's sake..

    A big Thanks to Charles for organizing a great ride, and family for 
putting up with the eastern tourists. I got to use the Scaps garage for an 
oil change and Charles even offered to loan me wheels for my jaunt around 
the Rockies .

    I adjusted my plans as I went. I met the group in Silverton as it gave 
me an extra day to get there. I was doing 500+ miles per day on back roads, 
but there was no way I was going to be able meet at Charles's place on 
Wednesday without a long day in the saddle and cutting out the New Mexico 
part of the trip. I was planning to head back through the Ozarks but an 11th 
hour decision (after hearing the Forecast of heavy rain and flooding ) had 
me heading North to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. (thanks 
for the suggestion Rob). Definitely worth seeing if you haven't seen them. 
There was a forest fire while I was there, and the road I had planned was 
blocked. So I had the option of going back or taking a gravel fire road with 
directions from the Park ranger. I chose the latter and thankfully made it 
thru without incident as there was no other traffic if I dropped it. I spent 
a day just visiting these and MT Rushmore - it was good to relax and see 
some sights as I had no time on the way out to stop and check stuff out. The 
rest of eastern South Dakota and western Minnassota was just plain boring 
and was the most slab I did the whole trip. Not even an option to take 
alternate side roads as they were mostly dirt. The SE part of Minnesota and 
western Wisconsin was not bad and SE Minnesota reminded me of VT. I followed 
the Mississippi down thru Illinois crossing back and forth. Stopped near 
Galena on the way down - quaint old mining town. Then headed down thru Ind 
to KY checking out towns and cities as I went. I crossed back over to Ohio 
and then WV up thru MD and PA.

    Some great roads, too numerous to mention them all, and many weren't 
numbered. Suffice it to say if you live the Appalachians, Ozarks or the 
Rockies you're in rider heaven.. To mention a couple, for the guys in the 
Northeast - check out PA 26 between Everett PA and Piney Grove MD. I enjoyed 
this as much as the famous 555 in Ohio.(which is unpredictable for newbies). 
Also WV route 7 going into Ohio. (but of course most WV roads are great) and 
160 across southern Mo was for the most part good - especially between 
Doniphan and Alton. These are not necessarily technical like Deals Gap - 
just good twisty roads, good surface without traffic. I will defer to 
Charles on the Western roads as he is more able than I to point out some of 
the awesome roads out there.

Thanks to Charles and Rob for the plaques..

Chuck and Jeff I hope you're both well on the way to recovery..

            Pete Staniforth

            96 GPZ (in serous need of valve adjustment and cleaning.)

PS. I'm glad to report Steve has modified his compulsive polishing 

Charles... That T shirt is mine but isn't worth the money to ship it. 
(especially if it's been used as a codpiece) Thanks anyway.. 

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