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Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 02:46 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
The World is crazy

I've been home for a little over two weeks, long enough to recuperate and catch up with what's happening, and I wish I hadn't. When I'm travelling I have little idea of the latest news, and I now...
Forum: Ride reports 10-28-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
I'm on my way home

I'm knackered, it's a hard life these motorbike trips, at least the way I do it, it is. I'm just so thankful for Jmack for storing my bike, just because he can, what a guy! I'm waiting at Savannah...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
The power of thought

Last night I camped beside a little stream near Union WV, one of the best spots so far. I stopped at a church and I knocked on a neighbour's door to check if it was OK. A friendly bloke, Mel,...
Forum: Americas 10-23-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks Jmack

Hi Jmack and thankyou. I have sent you a PM. Thanks Mark
Forum: Ride reports 10-21-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
The power of prayer

I decided to go south down hwy 678 and 675, parallel to the Skyland Drive and save the entrance fee. I'm pleased I did because I met Alfred and his lovely wife, I camped on their lawn. Alfred is a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-20-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Another day on the road

You know you are having a good day when you start waving involuntary to the on-coming traffic. Yesterday I squeezed between Washington and Baltimore travelling west from east Maryland. The plan was...
Forum: Americas 10-19-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By TassieMark
Bike storage east coast USA

Hi, my current trip is nearly over, and I'm looking for some place to leave my bike for 6 months. I intend to return next year and ship the bike to the UK. I'm looking for someone perhaps in...
Forum: Ride reports 10-19-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Hi vtcyclist

I should never have questioned anyone taking this beauty for granted, it's scope in quality and quantity is magnificent. Early the other morning, I stopped to ask a couple of guys preparing for the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-18-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Where we end up

Hellen, the most attractive lady with the hen house, grew up in England. Back then I bet she never thought for one minute that she would be breeding retriever poodle cross pet dogs in country New...
Forum: Ride reports 10-18-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Camping continued

What I like best about this liberty camping is that I don't know what will happen next, the next night I slept alongside a hen house in country New Jersey and last night I slept around the back of a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-16-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Camping

Where will I sleep tonight? Late every afternoon I ask myself this question. I call myself a liberty camper, that is, I sleep free and maybe sometimes I take the odd liberty here and there. Take last...
Forum: Ride reports 10-15-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Car parks

If you are feeling sad and blue, or just want to talk to someone new, put a registration plate from somewhere distant like Timbuktu, load up your bike like a camel about to go there, and go down to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Smile, you're on candid camera

In Maine on Hwy 109 I stopped to take a photo of a row of trees, their colours varied from green to yellow to orange to red, absolutely beautiful. As I was getting back on the bike, a big dog in...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Taking it for granted

A few posts ago I questioned if the locals take the autumn beauty of New England for granted. Yesterday I stopped at a hardware store on Hwy 109 for a metal pipe to fix my tent pole, the plastic pipe...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
A new career

James came with me on a trip from Athens up the Dalmatian Coast to Italy a few years ago. It was hot in Athens, so I said to him 'just wait here and I will nip into the shop and buy a couple of iced...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
The less fortunate

Ellen works with disabled children, a most worthwhile career. She was most interested to hear about our son, James, who has cerebral palsy. He lives at home with us and gets by pretty good. Luckily...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
A catastrophic failure

Dave is also in recovery mode. He is recovering from a serious motorbike accident. The single sided swing arm on his Stelvio snapped, totalling the bike and nearly doing the same to him. At this...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
I finally get to meet Dave and Ellen

Last year I rode from Florida to Seattle. I left my bike with the good people at Moto International in Seattle. They mentioned me in a newsletter about going North to Alaska and they received a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Groundhog day

Just another day in nature's paradise, marvellous scenery, beautiful day. Over the last 3 days I've wandered north east through New England. I'm privileged to be seeing it at it's best. I wonder if...
Forum: Ride reports 10-12-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
I'd love to

Hi, I would love to post some photos, but my note book is caput, and I'm struggling to just post this, I bought a tablet to see me through, and it has a mind of it's own. Photos? No chance until I...
Forum: Ride reports 10-11-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Simply stunning

I had new tyres fitted in Rome yesterday. I'm pleased with the rear tyre, I experimented with a 175x60 instead of the regular 185x55. The flatter profile lasted from Anchorage to New York state, I...
Forum: Ride reports 10-10-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
A cultural misunderstanding?

Yesterday afternoon I was at gas station near Syracuse NY when a guy comes and starts talking. He invites me home to rest up and 'spend some time with a woman'. I assumed he meant talk to him and his...
Forum: Ride reports 10-09-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Rata tat tat

There was not a cloud in the sky when I visited the Hyder glacier, a most beautiful day, seeing it at it's best. I meet two friendly guys riding the latest GSA's, they both got the works, heated...
Forum: Ride reports 10-08-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
I liked the Cassiar

When getting the tyre fitted in Anchorage a biker told me stuff about the Cassiar. He said it wasn't all sealed and I would need extra gas. It must have been years since he had been on the Cassiar,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-08-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Larry and the Cassiar Hwy

I met Larry at a police road check just West of Teslin. He was riding a BMW K1200 GT with all the gadgets. He said he was going down the Alcan, I was going down the Cassiar. So I was surprised to see...
Forum: Ride reports 10-07-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Before I forget

I had better record my route do far. I came down the Cassiar, over to Jasper, down the Icefields Parkway, over to Osoyoos by mistake, crossed into USA at Oroville. I travelled east through Washington...
Forum: Ride reports 10-07-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Thank God for the Salvos

Riding into Whitehorse I lost my outer waterproof coat. My fault, I had it stuck under a bungee. That night I slept at the same spot as last year, a block of land storing construction equipment on...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
When things go wrong

I'm in another McDonalds, this time in Sturgis, Michigan. Their oatmeal breakfast is so good I had two, those protesters back home on the Burwood Hwy don't know what they are missing, perhaps they...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Back to Alaska

The busted tent pole can wait, it's cold outside, I'm on my 2nd coffee refill at a McDonalds. By the time I got to Tok it was a beautiful sunny day. The autumn colours are magnificent, I will post...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Snap, bugger

I camped last night behind a chicken diner on Hwy60 in Michigan, it rained, I've got a good tent, I slept like a baby. I should pay extra, or at least pay something, when it rains, I love it. It's...
Forum: Ride reports 10-04-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
It's a small world

A friendly chap comes up to me and we talk about bikes and touring in Alaska. He allays my concerns about the weather, I might be delayed a day here or there but I will be OK, he has ridden the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-03-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Heading south

Before the trip was delayed, I had plans of going back up the Dalton at least to the Atigun Pass, but now the plan is to get south in one piece. It's raining coming into Anchorage, I get that tyre...
Forum: Ride reports 10-03-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Gone fishing

Of course Rus took me fishing. Last year we went out to the middle of Cook Inlet where the fish are. This year the tides are too strong and we go off Seldovia, where the fish aren't. The plan is to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-03-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Back to now

This sure is a jumbled RR, but who cares, I don't. Last night I was cruising east along Hwy113 towards Kankakee looking for spot to camp. There are lots of spots, all with no camping signs. I spot a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-02-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Back to Alaska

I met Rus by accident, well by mistake really, my mistake. Last year I slept on the strip at Homer, next morning as I was leaving, I stopped at the gas station. I pull out and get about 50 yards down...
Forum: Ride reports 10-02-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
McDonalds

I like McDonalds, especially their free WiFi. I'm sitting in one at the moment. I just got through a bottleneck at the intersection of I80 and Hwy70 in Illinois, the weather to the south looks...
Forum: Ride reports 10-02-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
I like hitchhiking

I was on the side of the road early. After waiting about an hour for a lift, doubts enter my head, am I going to get a lift, and along comes Joe. He is a landscaper and has a job about 20 miles down...
Forum: Ride reports 10-01-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
Some people are just so kind

It really is a pleasure to receive kindness from people, it enriches me, it's a pleasure to be alive. Thanks Ken and Tina and those two young blokes in London. On the way into Anchorage from the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-01-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
A soft bed

On our last day of camping, we met a lovely couple from London, Ken and Tina. They said that if we ever need a bed to give them a call. Boy, did I need a bed. I asked a young bloke to give me a hand...
Forum: Ride reports 10-01-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,751
Posted By TassieMark
North to Alaska

I was booked to fly from Heathrow to Anchorage on Sep 3rd. I caught the ferry back to Heysham, spotted that wooden bench out the corner of my eye and thought I've been there. The train ride south to...
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