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Old 06-23-2011, 09:58 PM   #211
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Hey Mark, I'm glad I got to PDX in time for dinner with you and the rest of the crew. Have a great trip and remember, you have a place in hotlanta if needed. I remember the crew at starbux from my visit last year, a great bunch!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:41 PM   #212
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Johnny have let and ridden, and then back to finish details..... But T- Minus 36 hours and I will be riding the USA! :Ricky

:Wave Marty . Great to see you if you are up early tomorrow, feel free to stop on by. The coffee guys would love to see you you. Meeting until about 9AM.

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Old 06-24-2011, 05:32 AM   #213
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I'm hoping it cools down a bit for you here in Fl because it has been close to triple digits for a while now

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Old 06-24-2011, 06:26 AM   #214
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Johnny have let and ridden, and then back to finish details..... But T- Minus 36 hours and I will be riding the USA! :Ricky

:Wave Marty . Great to see you if you are up early tomorrow, feel free to stop on by. The coffee guys would love to see you you. Meeting until about 9AM.

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I'm just giving you a hard time, Mark...looks like your journey's begun in it's own special way...preparations and sweet separations, giggles and goodbyes...

You're a very fortunate man.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:41 PM   #215
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Hey Mark, enjoyed seeing you and the coffee crew. The river road you told me about was great. I did it both ways. Found a great restaurant in dundee across from the fire station. Good food and wine!
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:47 PM   #216
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Nice work mate!!! Keep going!!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:16 AM   #217
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:24 AM   #218
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Great Send off party mark!!!!! Keep in touch as you roll down to the far corner. I will send you a PM with the SOs contact info. Ride Safe!! Us and Dan are this morning to head to KW to document to his visit and the start of my ride!!! See ya here or on the road!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:09 AM   #219
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Departure day!

June 25th, 2011

Departure Day! After many long days and nights packing and preparing for this ride, it is now here!

The bike is loaded, personal belongings in the house are packed away, many details of life are taken care of for now, and it is time to get out and start this ride.

First destination is Cape Canaveral Florida to watch the space shuttle Launch!!



Will head up and have coffee with the "guys" and then start riding to the east. Have not picked a route, but will do it as I get out on the road.

The Big GS is loaded with Camping Gear for this journey and we will see what I can do without along the way.

"On The Road Again!"
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:15 AM   #220
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Only Mark would have a camera to take a picture of his camera.



Stopping by MFP for breakfast? If not, Bon Voyage.
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:42 AM   #221
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We haven't met yet, read your threads tho.

All the very best on your journey.

I travelled this world with no fixed abode, wanting to sample every back road, the time i had was carefree & powered, my only advice...don't forget to shower!!

Have a blast, live free!! It's a magic journey not many "really" experience.

Good on ya!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:17 AM   #222
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I'm gonna enjoy reading about your travels, Mark.

Have a great CC to break in your riding stance!
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:07 PM   #223
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In for the long haul. If you get to NE Oklahoma dinner is on me. Have a great ride and ride safe.

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Old 06-25-2011, 08:52 PM   #224
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First big day out

Was the culmination of the last 4 month of packing and preparing for this day. As I reflect on the day, there were many emotions just under the surface for me. I big mix of sadness, loss, excitement and starting on this unknown of this next big chapter.

Started out having coffee with the guys, and my Buddy John came to send me off. He was not able to join me on this part of the ride due to some family responsibilities which is the right choice. He brought his little dog "Louie"



I met up with some PDX advr that were heading to watch the Vintage Motocross races at PIR. Great to see Ladybug, Loud Al, Luke, Mortimersickle, No Po!! Hope you had a great day!

Then on the road!


Rode out along the Clackamas river toward Detroit Lakes



A great way to start the ride


Had a group of Farley rides to pass :)



The state of ORegon has some really interesting sights and geology. Volcanic flows


Heading east through Oregon


Very cool "rainbow" in the sky


Rolled into Lakeview, Oregon in the afternoon. This to get settle into a motel, so that I could spread out my gear and start reorganizing for the rest of the ride.




Getting a sunny's ride in today was a good start. I know that there is lots of miles of road to ride, and lots of emotions to work through for me as I continue into this new Chapter. Today it was very clear to me as I had lots of helmet time to let it all sink in. Smiling along the way with recollections of times spent with Chris (my lovely wife who passed away in January). Miss her and our life together, but now I am moving on to life without her by my side. Faith, Hope and Courage. still words that will guide me.

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Old 06-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #225
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You go Mark! You deserve it.

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