Hit the road out of Austin this morning, about 7am. it was already warm and humid. Very quickly, I noticed something odd about the bike- rather than less vibration fron the front wheel, which i expected from having new tires, i had more vibration. i pondered this through the friday morning Austin commute traffic jam, and when i stopped for gas north of Temple, i took a close look at the tire, looking for bead-seating problems, etc. While inspecting, I had a sinking realization: I had put the tire on the rim in teh wrong direction. DOH. That’s probably the problem. I reason that it’s not going to be instantly disasterous, and continue northward, pondering my options. One: ride it to Des Moines, get Shawn to help me swap it. Two: swap it myself at the hotel this evening. Three: find a motorcycle shop along the way and get them to change it for me. So i stop at a convenient McDonalds, use their WiFi to search for motorcycle dealers in Waco. Waco Motorsports get’s a shout out here: I found them, and they got me in and out in 45 minutes, including my work to pull the front wheel and put it back in place. Thanks for Ashley and Cory for their great work.
After the tire was installed correctly, my bike went back to it’s normal self. The rest of the day’s ride was a boring slog up I-35 in some very difficult weather, at least for me. 92 degrees F and about 85% humidity. Really a struggle to stay cool.
Didn’t get any pictures; nothing really worth taking pictures of, and little willingness to stop and get even warmer. ended the day in Norman, OK. Tomorrow hope to get to teh Kansas City area, which will put me within 3 – 4 hours distance of the Des Moines area, to replace my phone, and visit family nearby.