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Old 03-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #2626
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Aloha gals!

I'm a noob to this forum, but not exactly a noob riding.
My kids have flown the coop, and I finally find myself able to live my dream :)
At the moment I am prepping my "Year around the US" tour, buying all the "necessities" and toys.
I have a KLR650 and am getting her road ready. Building my own panniers seeing as the ones I like are about $800 and that's just a tad too much for me LOL.
Bought a GPS just in case but not sure if it will actually help other than well me which way is North, which my compass will also do. Bought a great tent (Eureka Mountainpass 2XTE) with 2 vestibules for my junk, and a very warm sleeping bag.
Bought a couple of older free campsites books and hope to be able not to waste money on theses ridiculously expensive campsites. Paying 8 bucks once in a while is fine, but $22 for a night? Might as well get a Motel.
Buzzed my head for travel convenience, and bought male riding gear so I wouldn't attract unwanted attention. May sound silly, but I am more worried about men than bears. LOL
I am excited to hit the road in June, will post pics and such.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:42 PM   #2627
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Thanks everyone for your tremendous support :) It really helps to know that some other women out there don't think I've lost my mind.

The planning has officially started. I unfortunately had to sell my bike - it wouldn't run despite lots of TLC. I did get over 600 quid for it though! I thought that was pretty good for a non-runner and the money went into an account for my trip. Now I have my hubby's bike to ride and I honestly think I will feel more confident on it, it being reliable and non "quirky"

I am now planning my route in more detail and looking at actual roads I want to ride between point A and point B.
Does anyone know of a program that will save your chosen route? Google Maps and Earth won't. I also am thinking I will need a Sat. Navigation device that will allow me to save the particular route I choose. Are these known as "tracks" in the ADV circle?

Thanks again for the support.. You gals are a lifeline for me.
Well I'm not a gal but a quick answer to your questions, yes there are sat devices that will save your route, and yes they could be tracks or routes. Ask more questions here.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #2628
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Bought a couple of older free campsites books and hope to be able not to waste money on theses ridiculously expensive campsites. Paying 8 bucks once in a while is fine, but $22 for a night? Might as well get a Motel.

my home/yard is always open to travelers. Just shoot me a pm if you are close to Asheville, NC and I can put you up, make you a home cooked meal with a few beers, and a washing machine ...
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:03 PM   #2629
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my home/yard is always open to travelers. Just shoot me a pm if you are close to Asheville, NC and I can put you up, make you a home cooked meal with a few beers, and a washing machine ...
As is mine if you are traveling through the north Idaho panhandle. We have 5 acres in the woods, a guest room, and a kitchen so you won't have to "rough" it. Send me a PM if you are planning on heading this way!
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:40 PM   #2630
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my home/yard is always open to travelers. Just shoot me a pm if you are close to Asheville, NC and I can put you up, make you a home cooked meal with a few beers, and a washing machine ...
Thanks Cuttle.
Funny you live in Asheville, it is one of the places on my list. Supposedly Asheville is THE most new age town in the US. I have to go and check it out. I'll sens you a PM when I'm in the neighborhood
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:42 PM   #2631
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As is mine if you are traveling through the north Idaho panhandle. We have 5 acres in the woods, a guest room, and a kitchen so you won't have to "rough" it. Send me a PM if you are planning on heading this way!
Thanks Gypsy_Writer. I just might go over Idaho. Not sure yet when, but I shall let you know.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:52 AM   #2632
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Thanks Cuttle.
Funny you live in Asheville, it is one of the places on my list. Supposedly Asheville is THE most new age town in the US. I have to go and check it out. I'll sens you a PM when I'm in the neighborhood
your welcome! I'm about 20miles north (in the sticks) aka as Mars Hill
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:52 AM   #2633
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my home/yard is always open to travelers. Just shoot me a pm if you are close to Asheville, NC and I can put you up, make you a home cooked meal with a few beers, and a washing machine ...
Ours is open if you make it to central Minnesota. We have a spare room or lots of tent space, a shop and tools if repairs are needed.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:15 AM   #2634
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Our door is open as well... We are on the Tent,bed,couch list of ADV...
We have had many ADV family travelers here..
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:46 AM   #2635
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I'm a noob to this forum, but not exactly a noob riding.
My kids have flown the coop, and I finally find myself able to live my dream :)
At the moment I am prepping my "Year around the US" tour, buying all the "necessities" and toys.
I have a KLR650 and am getting her road ready. Building my own panniers seeing as the ones I like are about $800 and that's just a tad too much for me LOL.
Bought a GPS just in case but not sure if it will actually help other than well me which way is North, which my compass will also do. Bought a great tent (Eureka Mountainpass 2XTE) with 2 vestibules for my junk, and a very warm sleeping bag.
Bought a couple of older free campsites books and hope to be able not to waste money on theses ridiculously expensive campsites. Paying 8 bucks once in a while is fine, but $22 for a night? Might as well get a Motel.
Buzzed my head for travel convenience, and bought male riding gear so I wouldn't attract unwanted attention. May sound silly, but I am more worried about men than bears. LOL
I am excited to hit the road in June, will post pics and such.
I haven't been on ADV for quite some time, but do get daily updates for some old threads like "Any women riders?" We're incredibly lucky to have this ongoing thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149585 We're post #79. Congrats on your upcoming.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #2636
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May sound silly, but I am more worried about men than bears. LOL
I know how you feel!!

Look forward to hearing more about your trip planning and trip!

When and for how long will you be travelling?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #2637
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I am more worried about men than bears. LOL
I am excited to hit the road in June, will post pics and such.
Legitimate concern!!! Should be your biggest worry. Glad you are excited
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:10 PM   #2638
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Thanks for the invite everyone!
I'm taking the laptop, so I'll keep you posted where I am.
My plan is to ride for a year, and follow the warm weather.
Hopefully I'll find seasonal work along the way, like apple picking etc. I used to do this when I was younger.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:18 PM   #2639
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Thanks for the invite everyone!
I'm taking the laptop, so I'll keep you posted where I am.
My plan is to ride for a year, and follow the warm weather.
Hopefully I'll find seasonal work along the way, like apple picking etc. I used to do this when I was younger.
Definitely add me to your list of a hot meal, beer, bed and laundry ... Charlottesville, Virginia area :-) I love hosting!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #2640
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Just to say hi from South
A keen off-road rider and looking forward to spending more time here!
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