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Old 05-26-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Where is Gary now? - Solo cross country and back again on a 07 KLR 650

Hello!

Well the time has come and after lots of planning and prep it's almost time to leave.

I'm planning on riding my KLR solo across the country and back again in a little over 4 months. I have plans to be in Maryland by the middle of August so I'll have lots of time to get to the east coast. Then I'll head back to Oregon mid September and hopefully be back by mid October.

This is something I have been longing to do for years and now it's hard to believe that it's happening. I have had a lot of help from my family and friends and I really feel like a lucky guy.

So feel free to follow along, I'll be happy to have you all along for the adventure! I'll be posting here often and also on my blog www.whereisgarynow.wordpress.com

A rough route to the east coast is posted below. It's by no means firm as I tend to take detours a lot. I'll post the route west later and for all you peeps that like to know what gear people carry I'll post that up in a few days.

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:20 AM   #2
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You certainly can't be accused of taking a shortcut across the USA. Hope you have a terrific journey.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Nope, don't want to miss a thing!
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
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just did Barstow ca. to fl. panhandle on my klr. 3, 800 mile days. 16 tooth sprocket 5k 80mph. klr did not miss a beat.
The Blue Ridge parkway is a great ride. Godspeed
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:07 PM   #5
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just did Barstow ca. to fl. panhandle on my klr. 3, 800 mile days. 16 tooth sprocket 5k 80mph. klr did not miss a beat.
The Blue Ridge parkway is a great ride. Godspeed
+1 on the 16 tooth.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:36 PM   #6
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Hurry up, I need something to read.

Godspeed to you.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:46 PM   #7
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just did Barstow ca. to fl. panhandle on my klr. 3, 800 mile days. 16 tooth sprocket 5k 80mph. klr did not miss a beat.
The Blue Ridge parkway is a great ride. Godspeed
800 mile days on a KLR? You sir, have my respect!

Busy day today. New Shinkos are on and the bike is all ready to go. Just got to get the house packed up and I'm good to go. Will try to get a post up tomorrow, stay tuned!
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:56 PM   #8
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:21 AM   #9
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I'll wave when you pass by
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:22 AM   #10
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Looks to be a good basis for a route. Enjoy , stay on back roads, take your time. You're gonna see a lot of beautiful country in the Northwest.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:39 AM   #11
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:29 AM   #12
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I'll wave back!
From your map it looks like you may come through Shady Cove, Or. it is to/from Crater Lake on Hwy. 62. If you do stop at the Chiropractic office- across from the 76 gas station-for 10 seconds, I take you pic and post it.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:35 AM   #13
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From your map it looks like you may come through Shady Cove, Or. it is to/from Crater Lake on Hwy. 62. If you do stop at the Chiropractic office- across from the 76 gas station-for 10 seconds, I take you pic and post it.
If I end up going through that way I'll be sure to do it!
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:45 AM   #14
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Hello!
Sorry to leave you all hanging. Here is the route west. Not as many stops on the way back but it doesn’t mean it won’t be as much fun. Stopping to see friends in Florida, Texas, Arizona & California.
Places I’m hoping to see on the way back:
The Carolinas


Key West


New Orleans


Houston


Roswell, NM


Grand Canyon


Slab City


Ventura, CA


San Francisco


San Andreas fault


And most important of all, HOME!!!!


Looking forward to having you all follow along with me. More later.
http://goo.gl/maps/qmh9Z


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Old 05-28-2014, 10:10 AM   #15
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See you in Ventura!
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