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Old 07-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #121
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Great thread!

Guitarhack, thanks for posting your ride photos and daily reports. What a great idea to have your chase crew (aka family) making the trip with you. Sounds like the best kind of vacation -- you get to ride as much as you want, and your family gets to travel in comfort and enjoy the sights with you. I looked over at my wife who is watching me read your thread out of the corner of her eye and said, "Honey, when the girls get a little older we should do a road trip like this one!"
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:58 PM   #122
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Great ride report Brad, thanks for taking the time to post all your pics.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #123
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Really enjoying this RR. Utah looks a gret place to do a bike trip. I am really amazed at the cleanliness of the roads an environs on the photos. Congrats to Miss SATS smartipants. Hope she goes on with her studies. Must do a "family reunion" trip here. Look forward to the rest of the RR if possible lets have some stats of the Wee attained on the trip.
Thanks Rod.

Come to think of it, you're right. It hadn't occurred to me, but the roads were very tidy. Other than a few exceptions, people do seem to finally be catching on and not pitching their trash on the road. Also, thanks for the kind words regarding Christina. We are very proud of her ...in case you hadn't noticed

Also, I will post of end of trip stats when I get a chance





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Guitarhack, thanks for posting your ride photos and daily reports. What a great idea to have your chase crew (aka family) making the trip with you. Sounds like the best kind of vacation -- you get to ride as much as you want, and your family gets to travel in comfort and enjoy the sights with you. I looked over at my wife who is watching me read your thread out of the corner of her eye and said, "Honey, when the girls get a little older we should do a road trip like this one!"
The "Support Crew" thing kinda worked out. At times it seemed ridiculous to be filling two gas tanks (and driving two vehicles) but all in all it worked. My wife might possibly disagree, but I thought it was a nice balance. ...although there were times my wife grew tired of driving. At the risk of stating the obvious, I am really lucky to have married such a good sport.




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Great ride report Brad, thanks for taking the time to post all your pics.
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Thanks Jorg.

Doing this RR ended up being a lot of fun. Thanks for following along.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #124
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Day 17

Saturday, June 16th
Mileage: ~ 450

The Last Leg.

I woke up early, but Red Bud had already left for work. He had to have been exhausted.

The night before he had given me a quick tour of Memphis, but it was at dusk - so I wasn't able to get pics. So I just had to run by Graceland and take a pic or two.





I didn't notice it at the time I took these pics, as I didn't stay long (I was trying not to get fussed at for blocking the road), but virtually every square inch had some sort of note scribbled on it. Notes to Elvis?




I never got off the bike. This is the best pic I could get of the home...


Graceland was out of my way, and I was anxious to get home, so I didn't stay long.

Today's route





The Mississippi state line sign caught me by surprise, and I missed it. But I did capture the Alabama sign.



...and getting ever-closer to home, I got the Georgia sign too.




Finally, in the afternoon, I made it home, unpacked, and tucked the Wee back into her spot in the workshop.




Some final statistics:
Total Mileage: 5034

Total States Visited: 15



Number of National Parks Visited: 8




Total Cost: Hard to say...
We had frequent flyer miles and $1000.00 of free hotel rooms. ...but we stayed in expensive hotels. All in all it was probably $1500 - $2000. It could be done for a lot less if you stay in cheaper hotels.

Whatever it cost, it was worth it.

... we collected a lot of stickers...
(not all of these were new from this trip)




...and no doubt the rain will eventually cause them to peel off...




...but the memories will stay with me for the rest of my life.


Thanks for following along.


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Old 07-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #125
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Great Trip Report

Brad,

I'm glad I found your trip report.
You took excellent pictures, and they make me want to visit.
I don't know how you found the time for the trip, but I know I've got to carve it out of my life for a trip such as this.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #126
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I dunno man, looks like you should have pushed on to Vegas as well so you could be roughly as far away from the Pacific Ocean as you were from the Atlantic Ocean.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:17 AM   #127
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Like many others have said, your trip report (and associated pictures) are an inspiration to get out and see America for what she truly is.

Thanks for your time to post this.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:08 PM   #128
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Thank you~

What a great read.

I am envious and happy to see a Wee RR. I am looking into one this winter...

Thanks again and glad you and the support crew are safe and sound
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:45 PM   #129
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What a great read.

I am envious and happy to see a Wee RR. I am looking into one this winter...

Thanks again and glad you and the support crew are safe and sound

Thanks for the kind words. I have really enjoyed my Wee. It has been a great bike,
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #130
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Anybody know the story of this little building?

...Look at that rock behind it!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_..._Behunin_Cabin


Hey! I missed this great report this summer since I was out riding. Very enjoyable. You know how to pick a route guitarhack.

BTW, You would've been able to ride the switchbacks here, no problem and probably beaten your support crew back to town.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #131
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_..._Behunin_Cabin


Hey! I missed this great report this summer since I was out riding. Very enjoyable. You know how to pick a route guitarhack.

BTW, You would've been able to ride the switchbacks here, no problem and probably beaten your support crew back to town.
Hey cool! Thanks

I figured one of you FFs would know the significance of that little house.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:49 AM   #132
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Wow, look at this gem tucked away in Day Trippin'! You seriously could/should have thrown this in Ride Reports; certainly epic enough.

I appreciate humble whenever I see it, and you come off that way throughout your RR. But insult yourself as you may, I just read this report front to back non-stop and screwed myself for sleep . Give yourself due credit man- this is great stuff.

The pics are great, the commentary is great, many unique elements (support crew, hikes, etc), and damn is that a nice Vstrom. I have scrapbooked this report (firefox extension- permanently save webpages) for future reading and for planning my trip to Alaska next year.

Thanks for your time
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #133
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No kidding!!! Really great idea, family vacation/solo bike tour. Inspired Sir.

I'm always late to the party, but I needed (truly NEEDED) a diversion exactly like this today. Muchas gracias amigo.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:23 PM   #134
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Brad,

I'm waaay back on part 2 of Day 11, but I am enjoying this ride report immensely.

Thanks for sharing your awesome pics, and I'm lovin' your storytellin' style.


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Old 11-02-2012, 04:02 AM   #135
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Just started reading...

Up to page 5 and enjoying the heck out of it Brad.
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