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Old 11-01-2012, 07:58 PM   #16
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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Been rolling across the southeast. Left Kentucky, camped in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. I have enjoyed all sorts of weather. Today I got my ass kicked riding across the Mississippi River into Arkansas was steady rain. Here are a few random shots. I really do appreciate feedback. Those that have commented thank you. Lots to think about and crazy thoughts creep in at wild times.

Southern Tennessee.

















Hay Field Camping





Love sunsets



I sometimes see a trails, I sometimes follow.


Did I say I like sunsets? From my tent in Alabama.



Alabama tent back yard view.





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Old 11-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #18
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Simply epic Tony! Keep 'em coming and ride safe!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #19
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Simply epic Tony! Keep 'em coming and ride safe!!

Thank you TB. Your crate straps have been the bomb.

Not always sunny.


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Old 11-05-2012, 08:45 PM   #20
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #21
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I guess that beats unloading your bike!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #22
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That`s one heavy doorstop! The luggage keeps getting taller and a few more bags here and there!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #23
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looks like a fun trip
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #24
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That`s one heavy doorstop! The luggage keeps getting taller and a few more bags here and there!
Yes and no. I seem to pack things differently everyday. Each morning I go Eureka, this is perfect. Then I get on the bike and a running shoe is sticking me in the back or the top bag is too full. But by the time I get back to NM, I think I will have it figured out,.

Started out of Crozet Virginia like this.


More recent is this.


I packed the dry bags and had them with me. I was able to sort through airline baggage and other gear and mailed
it all home. What I have now works pretty well. I could get rid of one bag but it allows for more room in the saddle bags and the panniers. My laptop and peripherals are in the shoe on the back (high & dry) but that box could hold a lot for camping stuff and clothes.

I have a stove, cooking gear, all the basic camping accessories as well. I have in one bag a tent, tarp (which can easily be strapped under the dry bags but I just don't like crap hanging out), also my sleeping pad, sleeping bag, a sheet, tent stakes. Second (red) bag has tent poles, chair, pillow, dity bag, extra clothes. Top bag has spare jacket, running shoes that at size 13 take up a lot of room. towel and hand towel and a spare dry bag. If I didn't have the second jacket and shoes I could be done with the third top bag but not heavy. Tools, camping gear, a bottle of oil, chain lube, spare parts, and stove fuel are in one saddle bag the other saddle bag has clothes and rain suit. Panniers contain gloves, cameras, misc. stuff, extra shirt, lots of warm stuff like balaclava, head band, neck gaiter, glove liners, bandannas, etc. Top number plate bag bag has flash lights, tools I use a lot including a small hammer, cable locks and shoe goo, tape, super glue (stuff I have purchased) to salvage my left trials boot sole.. I totally understand large side boxes that are very common since they are easy to pack, stay dry and could serve as a step to mount your bike. Maybe I can just rig some action packers on the side and top?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:29 AM   #25
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I told you you would change your packing up multiple times throughout this trip!

Seems you are getting things sorted out now and developing a routine. Time to just enjoy the ride!!
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:21 PM   #26
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It's things like this that I dream of doing some day. I have logged a lot of miles this season but have yet to try a cross country trip like this.

Thank you so much for sharing and keep the good pics coming.

Most of all be careful and enjoy your journey!

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Old 11-06-2012, 08:39 PM   #27
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #28
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It's things like this that I dream of doing some day. I have logged a lot of miles this season but have yet to try a cross country trip like this.

Thank you so much for sharing and keep the good pics coming.

Most of all be careful and enjoy your journey!

Wow and thank you. Stop dreaming and start planning. Don't die without memories in the bank.



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Great Trip!
Yes, it has been but not always easy. I have the triathlon or marathon spirit, push on, the end is a long ways off. Otherwise it has been bruuuuuupp for over 2000 miles now.

Shoe repair again.


The mood of the day.

Another old abandoned factory. This picture captures the mood for the day.



I saw the black man and I saw fields. Yea some Niel Young was running though me. Mississippi delta bottom lands. Long straits interrupted with 90 degree turns and also lots of mud from tractors. As bad a wet leaves on twisties.




I can see clearly now the rain is gone.








I love maps



Americana, lives large across this great country.







Earned a night in a cheap room after a day of getting my ass kicked.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:20 PM   #29
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Tony, I'm guessing you got the flat fixed or pushed the bike to a motel? What's the scoop?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:58 PM   #30
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OH YOUR A DAY AHEAD. Um yes, I have refuge. I will repair tomorrow and then I have actual work to do in town here. The tube came out of the rim and the push and ride to the room was crazy with the tube rolling around while I pushed and sometimes road Jo Jo. So many times I nearly dropped the bike, but never did. There were many options, many considerations. It felt awesome to lean the bike against a crappy motel wall, walk in with no shirt on, dripping in sweat, clothes, jackets and helmet hanging off my bike. Wasted, and the fat white trash chick took like 20 minutes to check me in. I pushed the bike backwards to my room and felt like I I finished Kona. Now to find a block or something to get the wheel off and get the show back on the road,.

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