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Old 02-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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I'm looking to see if there is anyone else in the area that shares my problem. My problem is from the first of April till about mid November I have nothing to do but ride, ride, ride and ride some more. I plan on doing a bunch of 1, 2, 3, and 4 day trips all over the northwest, with a big emphasis on the back roads of the eastern half of Oregon and Washington. I plan on doing mostly remote camping or developed camp grounds, maybe a yurt or two but very few motels if any. So if your getting on in years and you want to get some seroius rideing time in before you go the way of the dinosaur give me a shout.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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Well, RR, I'm interested . . . just retired for the second time myself. We're in the middle of putting our house together, then have to help the #2 daughter get to US Army BOLC at the end of this month.

I've volunteered for the BMW national rally in July, and want to do the Chief Joseph Rally (grew up in John Day) and hopefully the Stanley Stomp (led Outward Bound trips out of Grandjean Campground os-so-long-ago).

With all that said, I'm up for some riding. Paved or gravel, no matter. I'm a little old for really gnarly dirt, though if there's young'ns around to help pick up the bike I'd be tempted . . .

Do like to camp. Motels are for when the wife's along in her car . . .
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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I will be retiring July 1st and plan to put a lot of miles on in preparation for a 37 day motorcycle tour of South Africa in October and November. My best friend s retiring the same day and is also touring with me. He lives in Mt Vernon. I live in Winlock (south of Chehalis). PM me when you are planning a ride. Doesn't have to be after July 1. Anytime works for me.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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I'm looking to see if there is anyone else in the area that shares my problem. My problem is from the first of April till about mid November I have nothing to do but ride, ride, ride and ride some more. I plan on doing a bunch of 1, 2, 3, and 4 day trips all over the northwest, with a big emphasis on the back roads of the eastern half of Oregon and Washington. I plan on doing mostly remote camping or developed camp grounds, maybe a yurt or two but very few motels if any. So if your getting on in years and you want to get some seroius rideing time in before you go the way of the dinosaur give me a shout.
Enjoy the ride
Work sux...but I know you retired guys sometimes don't look at the calendar so much, and often don't even know what day it is. So, ff you happen to find some of those trips end up being on a weekend, give me a shout, I'd be proud to ride with ya anytime.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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Work sux...but I know you retired guys sometimes don't look at the calendar so much, and often don't even know what day it is. So, ff you happen to find some of those trips end up being on a weekend, give me a shout, I'd be proud to ride with ya anytime.
Hi Scott
Being retired is pretty cool, being old not so much. Save those pennies and retire early.
Any time your looking to ride and can't find someone to go with try me.
I just found out I don't need that stomach surgery yet so I won't be down next month.
Now my only problem is getting that 950 up and running. It's been in the shop for 10 weeks now and
tomorrow I pick it up and take it to a new shop and see if they can figure it out.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
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Yep cheaper riding but retired early.
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[QUOTE=rockyroad;20766941]Hi Scott
Being retired is pretty cool, being old not so much. Save those pennies and retire early.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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Hi Scott
I just found out I don't need that stomach surgery yet so I won't be down next month.
Now my only problem is getting that 950 up and running. It's been in the shop for 10 weeks now and
tomorrow I pick it up and take it to a new shop and see if they can figure it out.
Good news Gary!

Hope you have better luck with a different tech!
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:57 PM   #8
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When I was younger and working I managed to get 12 months off work.
After 6 months of touring on the bike I had forgot what month it was, but I was really well organized for packing/unpacking. You do remember the seasons though when it snows! I flew from Europe to Sir Lanka to get back to the sun

Now being retired you should be able to spend much more time away from home than 1 or 2 days at a stretch.... go see stuff that is a long way away .... meet the SO when you get there? Do it while you can.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:00 AM   #9
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When I was younger and working I managed to get 12 months off work.
After 6 months of touring on the bike I had forgot what month it was, but I was really well organized for packing/unpacking. You do remember the seasons though when it snows! I flew from Europe to Sir Lanka to get back to the sun

Now being retired you should be able to spend much more time away from home than 1 or 2 days at a stretch.... go see stuff that is a long way away .... meet the SO when you get there? Do it while you can.

Don't put any wild thoughts into his head, i enjoy riding OR & WA with him! Is that selfish?
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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Sounds good to this retired guy. My calendar sometimes is full but but likley to squeeze in more rides.
I prefer to camp with one reason keeping the traveling cost down.
I ride ST, DS and ADV.
I am in Graham, south of Puyallup.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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I'm not tired again, I'm just still tired. Your future adventures sound great, please post 'em up as you ride them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #12
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Hello Rockyroad, from over here in Idaho. I too have plenty of time to ride and have done so; find myself doing a lot of solo rides on back roads and forest services roads. I too camp and cheap motel.. mostly camp. Last year I went south of the border and spent almost 4 months on the road. This up coming year will be closer to home... lots to explore in our own backyard. I have found slowing down a bit and taking in the scenery and carrying a fishing pole for those interesting spots one runs across to be enlightening.

Yes, Ride while you can! Hope to be reading some of your exploits here in the future.

See you out there
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
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Hello Rockyroad, from over here in Idaho. I too have plenty of time to ride and have done so; find myself doing a lot of solo rides on back roads and forest services roads. I too camp and cheap motel.. mostly camp. Last year I went south of the border and spent almost 4 months on the road. This up coming year will be closer to home... lots to explore in our own backyard. I have found slowing down a bit and taking in the scenery and carrying a fishing pole for those interesting spots one runs across to be enlightening.

Yes, Ride while you can! Hope to be reading some of your exploits here in the future.

See you out there
Hi Idahosam
I hear you about slowing down and taking in the surroundings. There is a lot to see in our little corner of the world and a 30 second stop every now and then just doesn't do it justice sometimes. I guess that is one big advantage of riding solo, you get to set your own pace . I've stopped riding in the middle of the day when I was solo and set up camp cause the sceen in front of me needed to be seen at sunset and midnight and sunrise.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:27 PM   #14
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Well, I don't think being retired and able to ride is a problem . You could post up some ideas and dates for rides and we could make some plans. Three of us did a 900 mile loop around S.E. Oregon last May and had a ball. More on the plate for this year. Alvord and N. California this spring.
Have fun and keep us posted.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #15
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Bend is my home but since I retired 2 years ago I've been spending winters riding the trails in S. Arizona. Will be moving over to Moab for the last couple weeks in April to ride Trail 90s with 30 other guys, then back home for a few weeks. Will probably ride the old GL500 to Alaska this summer. If you feel like heading north let me know.
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