The Trip

"We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the-glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. I feel better now, having said this, altough only those who have experienced it will understand it." - John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

Yes, that trip took me. It took me so much, that when we returned to Boston, I felt like I was in a movie. The surroundings looked familiar, "I have been here before", but I wasn't part of it - I felt just like i was watching a film. It took me a couple of days really arrive there again. I was just used travel, to ride. My worries were "What's up today" and "Where do we go". Nothing else mattered. Every day brought new experience, new encounters, new challenges. And now I was here again, in my "other life" which I had left just 20 days ago yet seemed so far away.

The Bikes

After we had left it behind, Stevie's bike was checked by the local police. B ut after they had run the numbers through their computer and found nothing wrong with it, they just left it sitting there. Jason, who had gotten word of the bike sitting there, took his trailer and hauled it back to L.A. Later on, he gave it an autopsy and found it had indeed died of overheating. The ignition had been way off, that and the Mojave desert heat had been too much, even for a diehard SOHC/4 Honda.

Back in Boston, I ordered a Tsubaki O-ring chain - exactly the same Andy has on his bike. I had used three chains on the whole trip, had two chain breaks, and had to retighten my chain every day, despite frequent lubing. Andy hadn't had to touch his chain at all on the whole trip, except for lubing. Honda had banned master link chains for the 750 for good reason when the bike was first introduced in 1969. (I have O-ring chains on all my other Honda SOHC/4 bikes, and had no problems ever).