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Old 09-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #451
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On the hunt for a souvenir, Thelma and I tried to fit the GS Giants' sign into our luggage, but it wasn't going to happen



We'd also acquired a mascot...and it's in the right colours





Saying goodbye to various friends and some of the great people I'd met, I struck lucky. The guys at Twisted Throttle (one of the GS Giants' sponsors) felt so sorry for me in my European winter coat - yep that's right I've been sweating through all this intense heat - hence the multiple bad hair days and me looking not at my best. Anyway, Erik and the guys produced a Macna summer jacket for me, complete with all those vents and mesh that I'd noticed the Yanks in this part of the world have.
How excited was I and it matched Thelma



We were both looking a bit more spruce, me in my jacket, Thelma with her new tyres asI loaded up my panniers, bidding farewell and headed out on my own once more- after eight days with the GS guys, it was a wrench saying goodbye and returning to my solitary ride, I knew I'd miss them all. I'd especially like to thank Ian who organised the GS Giants event (I was joking about nicking the sign, honest Ian!), Tracey the Queen and Score Keeper and all the rest of the women and guys for their friendship and the fun we had. I'd also like to thank the BMW MOA Rally organisers who inviyted me to this great event and to Bill Mayers Saddles for providing me with a vendor's pass.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:50 PM   #452
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Enjoying every mile ! Thanks for taking the time to share . Oily side down , shiny side up !
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:01 AM   #453
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The guys at Twisted Throttle (one of the GS Giants' sponsors) felt so sorry for me in my European winter coat - yep that's right I've been sweating through all this intense heat - hence the multiple bad hair days and me looking not at my best. Anyway, Erik and the guys produced a Macna summer jacket for me, complete with all those vents and mesh that I'd noticed the Yanks in this part of the world have.
LOL! There's a very good reason why us Yanks wear so much mesh, it gets danged HOT out here!! I'd say my best riding purchase was my all-mesh summer jacket for the central California summers, without that I'd have given up the sweat-fest long ago!!

Look forward to hearing about the rest, loving your reports as always.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #454
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looking good in the jacket and a BIG kudos to the Twisted Throttle guys!
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #455
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LOL! There's a very good reason why us Yanks wear so much mesh, it gets danged HOT out here!! I'd say my best riding purchase was my all-mesh summer jacket for the central California summers, without that I'd have given up the sweat-fest long ago!!

Look forward to hearing about the rest, loving your reports as always.
Hi Sarah
I think we don't really know the meaning of summer in England, recently the newspapers claimed London would be "basking as temperatures soared to 78 degrees"

Barely warm would be the opinion of many Americans I'm sure. Also I'm a bit cold-blooded and it takes a lot for me to feel too warm.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:34 AM   #456
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A big thank you to Stepehn AKA Rocky Dog for
a) Tracking me down at the MOA - it's a bloody big event
b) Listening to one of my talks AND restarining himself from heckling
c) Letting me use some of his great photos from the event

Thanks Stepehen, I owe you for all that

I was back on the road looking at the farms I was passing, which all seemed to be in contention for the Most American Farmhouse in the Mid-West competition.



And loving signs as simple as this



Yield??? That's not something you do with a vehicle, it's a wrestling term, or something that kinights used to demand in days of yore.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:49 AM   #457
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Have you considered registering to be of the 5 people in the world to get to ride one of the 2013 R1200gs?
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:24 AM   #458
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Hey Ridingman
I hadn't been awre of that. Do you really think they might let me have one?
Did you see what I did to the 1200 GS that I rode last year to Tibet?
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #459
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Despite my best efforts I'd been just about the last rider to leave our camping area- I must remember not to chat so much, this meant I didn't get too far on my day's riding...I'd been expecting to camp somewhere in Tennessee but my map is small and I somehow managed tobe in a different state, though on the plus side I did get an unexpected view of that archway thing in St Louis which I've heard about on the telly.
I ended up in and stumbled across a great camping spot, which I have to admit I accessed via a small footpath which was a squeeze for Thelma, but when I saw the view from my tent in the morning, it was worth it



I'm sure a real camp site would probably charge a fair amount of money for this type of location. Further round it became even more picturesque



Much as I enjoy camping, I was looking forward to a couple nights in a real bed having spent the past 14 nights in my tent. Humidity was rising as I went southwards and arrived at Fabrizio and Geoffrey's house in Atlanta, that bastion of southerness. The combination of a warm latin american welcome combined with legendary southern hospitality welcome was fantastic, some wine, great conversation and a comfortable bed awaited me. I also had a go on Fabrizio's BMW bike...



It looks a bit like Thelma without her seat and was a lot of fun to ride.

I stayed in Atlanta for a couple of days, my hosts were amused by my version of a GPS



Yep folks, that's right good old pen and paper (and a nice view of one of the dents in Thelma's fuel tank!) A close up of the pages, and apologies to those of you wincing at my liberal use of sellotape on the petrol tank, but a few adhesive marks are nothing compared to the the battle scars that Thelma has.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:53 AM   #460
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Hope you were in atlanta while I was in europe. Would have loved to say hello.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:28 AM   #461
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Of course I didn't dare go through Atlanta while you were around without telling you
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:31 AM   #462
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the guys at this place really thought I was weird when I pulled out my camera to get a photo of this notice



I'm sure we're a bit easier on cheque (real spelling) bouncers in England.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:44 AM   #463
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I'm sure we're a bit easier on cheque (real spelling) bouncers in England.
I thought you guys hung check bouncers off the side of the Tower in cages for the winter?! Illinois is worse than that?! WOW!

Remind me to pay CASH in Illinois!
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:17 PM   #464
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #465
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Of course I didn't dare go through Atlanta while you were around without telling you
Maybe next june in England.
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