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Headed to San Antonio area in a cupla weeks - I'll be attempting my first SS1000 from Phoenix to New Braunfels -

Looking for suggestions for fun stuff to do in that area, the wife and kid units will be joining me the day after and we'll be in town for a few days.

Any suggestions for fun, family oriented stuff, as well as "can't miss" kind of places to eat would be appreciated...

Also - I've done more than a few long distance ride, just not crammed in to a single day as of yet...

Any thoughts on the SS1000 would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Sea World is there for the children,the Alamo is there,they have a great river walk there,not too far north is caverns,don't recall their name
 

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A $107 Airhawk Cruiser R seat air-pad will turn a thousand miles into 100, according to your posterior that day and the next.
Of course a lower price found online than stated retail.

Hydrate- Evacuate-Hydrate- Evacuate, Repeat for 1 quart per hour in the heat.

A massage after (before too!) that long of a ride will move the lymph system, ease neck and shoulder tension,
and generally make you feel like a new person.

Doing things the next day seems a bit adventurous without some body rejuvenation
Maybe Im old and broken - that sounds like the real problem here!

SAFE trip and Wing-on
 

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We did the Alamo - we did the riverwalk - we did the natural bridge caverns - we did the national museum of the pacific war (totally awesome - well worth the trip) in Fredriksburg - we ate all the good food and really enjoyed ourselves (wife and daughter both want to go back again)

This is my first SS1000, although I've completed long days (+800 miles) before - this is also my first long day/trip on this particular scooter.

Pre-flight maintenance:

new tires, front and back
Rebuilt the brake calipers front and rear
new brake pads, front and rear
Flushed the brake and clutch lines, all around.
Oil Change

In flight navigation/entertainment/systems:

Ran a battery tender type (SAE) connection to a power tap - this supplies a connection to a 12VDC lighter socket in the left saddlebag. This ran a charger for my cell phone (music, communications, back-up navigation), as well as providing a connection in case I need to run either jumper cables in/out or needing to connect my air compressor.


Driving lights from Amazon: These were absolutely awesome...



Garmin Nuvi GPS in a RAM medium Aquabox 6000

10 liter (2.5 Gallon) jerry can style gas can, metric socket set, phillips/slotted screwdriver, vise grips, gerber MultiTool, small funnel, slime micro compressor, zip ties, electrical tape, stock tool roll, stop n go tire plug kit, handful of granola bars, 2 liter camelbak... Paper map of Arizona, NM and Texas, along with a detail map of San Antonio and surrounding area.

The only thing I needed out of all of this, was the gas can. (see below)

I departed home (San Tan Valley, AZ) at about 230am MST.
I arrived in New Braunfels Tx, by way of El Paso, Pecos and Odessa and finally San Antonio at a little after midnight MST.

Boy - I'm glad I brought that extra gas can... Here's the map of the ride (two separate maps, as google maps is stupid and won't allow all the stops...)

https://goo.gl/maps/pZz1yTY9Tkm
https://goo.gl/maps/7hTrgULeDi82

1065 miles - 22 hours (almost exactly) due to really bad traffic around El Paso and Wickett, and horrible, horrible headwinds on the way to Odessa. Intermittent rain, lightning, thunder, wind, cold (down in to the low 50's in spots) and also some of the best riding I've ever had while I was down there. Check out "the three sisters" when you have a minute. http://www.ridetexas.com/the-twisted-sisters/

But I made it.

Things that are noteworthy -

1) Next time, get an electric vest. It gets >cold< in the desert just after dawn...
2) Airhawk saddle pads are worth more than their weight in gold. I had zero issues with pressure points or posterior pain on this ride.
3) The camelbak made all the difference. I refilled the 2 liter bladder 4 1/2 times... Staying well hydrated kept me fresh and coherent through the whole ride.
4) Next time, don't do it on a V-Twin cruiser. Get an ADV style bike or Touring bike (Goldwing etc) for certain.
5) driving lights (even $25 ones from amazon - fricking amazing) are worth more than their weight in gold - I closely avoided a deer strike because I could see... and I saw others far enough away to slow down and let them do their thing.
6) always bring spare gas... always always always. I was riding the 20 towards Pecos (horrible headwinds and intermittent deluge type rain), and thought... "Gee, I haven't seen a gas station in a couple of whiles"... not 10 seconds later, it starts to cough and complain at me... so I stopped, dumped my reserve into the tank, and kept going. 2 miles later, beyond a couple of tall hills, there was a gas station. "Really? you couldn't wait 5 more minutes to do this to me??" I'm still laughing about this... But I'm glad I had that reserve...
7) Make sure your GPS (along with all other electrical farkles) is actually charging, >before< you depart on your trip... My GPS died about 4 hours in to the ride when it said the battery was depleted... I was miffed... I was eventually able to get a different charger (almost no one on the road has a mini usb connector/charger any more) and have it charge in the saddlebag while riding... which came in handy for the last leg of the trip, in the dark and in the middle of the night... but I was peeved that my charging cable into the GPS holder, wasn't charging things. It was passing just enough current to fool the GPS into thinking that there was power...

I'll do this again - and more - but I'm getting something more... comfortable... for long distance riding before I do so.

Now I just need to submit to the IBA and have them certify it.

And this is travelin' bloo... ready to go.



Hydration stop in Fort Hancock Texas.


I'm open to questions and comments - I don't know everything (just ask my wife)

Cheers!

AZDD
 

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:claps:

glad you had a good trip, and that the family was able to join you in San Antonio,
that makes for a better life all the way around.

I presume that they took the car and the short way to San Antone?

You must have gone to Pecos, TX simply to ensure that you had the 1,000 mile minimum, as Mesa to San Antonio is only 980 miles, and you being in San Tan Valley made that even less.

We moved out of Mesa in Oct 2011, I really miss that country in the winter time, but I don't miss the summers at all.
 

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Hi John -

Yes, I detoured up through Pecos and then up to Odessa as well. I wanted to make darn sure I got my 1000 miles in. :)

The family did indeed take the short route straight down the 10 to San Antonio.

They actually drove down with the trailer, so we could load bloo up and share the drive home. I'm glad we did drive home, as it started raining on the 26th and continued all the way from San Antonio to well across the Arizona border. 2 days of rain is no fun in a truck, let alone on a motorcycle.

It all worked out quite well.

:)

AZDD
 

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Nice trip report, sure glad everything went well for you and best that you had an awesome time.
 

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Yet still we don't know what kind of motorcycle you rode. Was it a '58 BMW, or a '29 Harley? Maybe a '62 CB 150...?

Maybe if you put that info in your profile we wouldn't have to guess.

And congrats on the 1000 in one. Anyone who has done one of those, (or tried) knows it ain't easy.
 

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Just got my IBA certification approval in my email - swag has been ordered - I'm pretty stoked about it. My thanks, again, to those who provided support, both mental and logistical, for this ride. What a great community we have here.

Below is the wording that we intend to put on your certificate. ************* This is to Certify that on the 22nd of September 2017, AZDesertDad rode a Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic a total of 1,070 grueling miles in less than twenty-four hours starting in San Tan Valley, Arizona continuing on to Las Cruces, New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; Odessa, Texas; McCamey, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas before ending in New Braunfels, Texas while participating in the SaddleSore 1000. The SaddleSore 1000 was conducted under very strict guidelines set forth by the Iron Butt Association. Only a handful of riders from around the world have managed to solve the challenges such a grueling ride involves. *************
 
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