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Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2014, 10:45 AM
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Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Yeah, I blasted through that part of the country...

Yeah, I blasted through that part of the country way too fast. I regret it, it's beautiful out that way and worth spending a few weeks to poke around. Next time for sure!




Glad you enjoyed...
Forum: Ride reports 08-18-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Finished

Sorry for the lack of timely updates over the last couple of weeks. It's been a whirlwind of endless miles, the making of memories, taking in the moments selfishly rather than worrying about f-stops...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Those are simple enough rules. I'll be here for a...

Those are simple enough rules. I'll be here for a while, then! :1drink




Yeah... it was either that, or pay for overnight shipping twice - once from Triumph to Missoula and again from Missoula...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
The end?

Thanks again to all of you guys for sticking around. I can't express enough gratitude to the ADV community - you guys are among the greats. Great people, great riders, great friends.
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
That's about the way it goes for me too, man. I...

That's about the way it goes for me too, man. I think you're spot on about environments people thrive in - a sense of place is part of the balance that we are all looking for. Glad you found yours.
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
The journey continues

Thanks to everyone who's sticking around to help see this thing through to the end. As I mentioned before, I do feel like the searching is over, but the ride isn't. In fact, I think it just got to...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
New beginnings

There's something about the desert that will make a man question his right to exist in this world. When one distant horizon, upon being reached, opens up to show another, and another, and another...
Forum: Ride reports 08-03-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Oh right, photos

Oh yeah, some pics :lol3

I didn't take many the last few days, as I've mostly just been riding. In a strange way it feels good, to just get on the bike and cover some ground, not worrying about...
Forum: Ride reports 08-03-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
The diversity of landscapes in Washington really...

The diversity of landscapes in Washington really surprised me. I'd only ever been to Seattle, Olympia, and the Olympic peninsula. What a pretty state!




Highway 50 it is. I made it to Reno...
Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
No end in sight

I can't thank all of you guys enough for the kind words, wisdom, and encouragement. Not to mention the tent / couch space and the reminders that there are still good people in this world. This ADV...
Forum: Ride reports 07-29-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Roll of the dice

July 30, 2014 : Missoula, Montana : [ Day 64 ]

Wyoming was a chance. A last-minute choice, a roll of the dice. So far on this journey, these things have been the norm, and so far, they've been...
Forum: Ride reports 07-29-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Glad you're on board! I tried to order...

Glad you're on board!



I tried to order a replacement, but all we could find was aftermarket, and overnight shipping on a Saturday cost more than the lever itself. So Joe (I think, the owner)...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Setbacks

Well, after two days in Rock Springs sorting out the idle issue, and learning more about stepper motors than I ever cared to, I packed up and started heading toward Lander to meet my friend from the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I've always wanted a wide-angle lens, and got...

I've always wanted a wide-angle lens, and got this 10-22 just before I left on this ride. I love it! But then, I've never done portraits. You sacrifice some sharpness and speed with those versatile...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Fucking stepper motor

While waiting for my parts to arrive in Steamboat, I killed some time with my friend's dog, Banjo.

http://i.imgur.com/W1gtJ3t.jpg

Banjo loves to help when the hose comes out. Watering plants,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Thanks for the kind words. I have three cameras...

Thanks for the kind words. I have three cameras with me: a GoPro, my phone (Galaxy S4), and a Canon 60D. The 60D is the DSLR, and I mostly shoot in RAW with a 10-22mm lens and a circular polarizer. I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I'm still killing time in Steamboat Springs,...

I'm still killing time in Steamboat Springs, catching up with my friend and getting ready for Utah. We did some driving around in his pickup, camping in the Routt National Forest.
...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I'm with you there, but part of the point of this...

I'm with you there, but part of the point of this ride was to reconnect with people that I've lost touch with. Unfortunately, some of them live in these hot places, but that is a small price to pay....
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Ophir and Deliverance

Long days of incessant crosswinds on the prairies, fighting for every mile across the barren hellscapes of western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. But the winds calmed when I crossed into New...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Just say when, I'll meet you anywhere! ...

Just say when, I'll meet you anywhere!




The gear is holding up well. Minor issues here and there, nothing to worry about. I'm working on another update, I'll try to get it posted later this...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Westward

Well, I tried to take my time across the prairies, but I failed. When I got to Hot Springs, Arkansas I was in a strange mood - crossing the Mississippi for the first time since leaving "home" made my...
Forum: Ride reports 07-11-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
If there's any wisdom here it originated in other...

If there's any wisdom here it originated in other ride reports that served as inspiration and motivation, and from JDowns, who offered actual wisdom at the beginning of his journey. I am only...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Chop wood, carry water

There really isn't a way to verbalize the experiences of the past week or so. All of the descriptive power of the English language comes up tragically short in explaining how much it means to me, and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I have a Heidenau K60 rear that has been...

I have a Heidenau K60 rear that has been absolutely bulletproof. I think I'll be using that one from here on. The fronts I'm experimenting with, trying to find a balance between pavement and dirt,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Must haves, at least for me: camp coffee, good...

Must haves, at least for me: camp coffee, good gear that will hold up in the rain, and some basic tools that you may need like tire irons and wrenches. Things I wish I had sooner: chain lube. You...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
There's no way I can thank Rick (Motor7) and the...

There's no way I can thank Rick (Motor7) and the other Rick (motor_1) enough for shacking me up and showing me around these last few days.

My dad once hitchiked across the US and back, and tells...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
huntertim, usually it's listening to the voice in...

huntertim, usually it's listening to the voice in my head that gets me in trouble! There's a musical event up there on the Keeweenaw the first week in August, I'm going to try and make it but we'll...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Maybe you're right. My musical hero...

Maybe you're right. My musical hero (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgQVPEDkPGY) puts it better than I can:

"I think the road will break me, never fill the hole
But every time I'm saved, I stop...
Forum: Ride reports 06-29-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Many thanks

Thanks Rick for the sweet campsite! Seriously. I would pay a premium for this kind of luxury.

http://i.imgur.com/nzpiR7l.jpg

Sorry I had to take off so soon. You're a hell of a guy. But I was...
Forum: Ride reports 06-26-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Motor7, that looks like a neat spot. I'm in...

Motor7, that looks like a neat spot. I'm in Harlan now, not too far away by the looks of it. And hey, with that hydraulic splitter it's not so bad! I'd be happy to help you knock that out for tent...
Forum: Ride reports 06-26-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
These last few days, even in their "oh shit"...

These last few days, even in their "oh shit" moments, and in the rain and mud, have been some of the best I can ever remember. Up until Kentucky, the "adventure" has been in the act of the ride...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
rubline, welcome aboard! rk1450, that's a...

rubline, welcome aboard!

rk1450, that's a part of the country I have never seen. I'd love to ride up there, but it might have to wait a bit. I kinda have my heart set on heading West sooner rather...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. I got...

You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. I got the KAT GPX loaded and I'm checking it out now... this is exactly what I was looking for. Cheers!
Forum: Regional forums 06-24-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,023
Posted By akula802
Funny, I was thinking about that the other day....

Funny, I was thinking about that the other day. I've never been either, but I'll be heading west soon - on a long "rideabout" at the moment.

Keep me in the loop. Burning Man could be a great time...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
With my mind free of the last pressing...

With my mind free of the last pressing responsibilities, I feel like the ride just started all over again. No more worrying about when and where I can access email, use the computer, or make calls....
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I'm into Kentucky now, Prestonsburg to be exact....

I'm into Kentucky now, Prestonsburg to be exact. I have no idea what I'm doing here, so I'm going to spend today going over maps and stuff. I'd like to see some of coal country, check out a museum or...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
It's a washed out Saturday

Asheville has been a strange stop for me, but in a good way. I guess I forgot to mention that on top of everything else that was burning me down prior to the start of this journey, I've been a grad...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
Carolina mornings

I had a great time with family in Raleigh - it's crazy how fast life moves when you're away from it. It was fantastic to just hang out and catch up, and I probably gained five pounds with all the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm definitely...

I'm glad you're enjoying it.

I'm definitely not a professional with the photos. I shot sports in college, but I barely got paid for that. I jut like to play around, it's always been a sort of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 35,230
Posted By akula802
It's called the Ultralight, made by Traveler...

It's called the Ultralight, made by Traveler Guitars (http://www.travelerguitar.com/electric/item/ultra-light-electric). I actually found it reading someone else's trip report here a while back......
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