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Old 09-03-2014, 05:36 AM   #1
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Dave and LoveShack: The Summer of 2014.

Scratching The Seven Year Itch.

In March of 2007, three brothers attempted their first long distance ride together. We made it as far as Key West, somewhat intact as a group. Despite the differences in personalities and ride styles, otherwise known as challenges, photographs documented commemorative highlights. (Photo taken on Daytona Beach.)

The morning after that photo was taken, the first of two brothers departed the group abruptly. It appeared my debaucheries were too blatant for ilk of the Christian persuasion to stomach. I grabbed the camera and photo documented the departure, uttering as the event unfolded. “See ya!”

The remaining two brothers continued exploring Florida’s beaches and Bike Week, having what I thought was a good time.

The following evening, after sharing a wonderful dinner, he informed me he’d decided to cut the trip short.

“I’m leaving early in the morning. I want to ride solo back to Virginia.” I said,


I returned home and told Julie,

“That’s the first and last time I’ll ever do a long distance trip with those two brothers, period!”

Fast forward seven years. I received a text from Powell.

“I’ll be riding the Goldwing to Peoria for a business trip. From there, I’m planning to ride to Phoenix to visit mom. I’d love to have you and Dana join me. Think about it and let me know. Let’s make this happen!”

My initial reaction was, “You gotta be fucking kidding me.”

After a few sips of pre dawn coffee, I began processing the possibilities. This would be the first time in nearly a decade the three of us would ride together. Perhaps all three have learned and grown from past experiences. I thought of my good friend Donny and others who always ask,

“Dave, when are you going on your next trip?” The response is always the same.

“As soon as I can.”

By 10am, I’d ordered an new front tire for LoveShack. By 2pm, I gave my brother a commitment to meet in Missouri. Later that evening I fired him a text.

“LoveShack just needs some basic maintenance and a new front tire which has already been ordered. See you in Missouri.” He replied,

“Currently changing the oil in ‘Faithful.’ Gotta check tire pressures and that’s about it.” And I thought, quietly to myself,

“FAITHFUL? Awe fuck Dave, what have you gotten yourself in to this time?” I was expecting the other brother to chime in any moment and tell me, “Yeah, ‘CHASTITY’ is ready to roll!”

I immediately called my brother Mike in northern California, explaining the mini family reunion unfolding.

“Mike, I realize this is short notice, but if possible, please come to Phoenix for a brief gathering with all the brothers and mom. It will be the first time in decades the five of us have gathered, and I’m certain it will mean the world to mom, and you have no idea just how much it will mean to me.” I went on,

“Please redeem me from Powell and Dana.” Mike laughed and replied,

“My teaching semester begins Monday, but I’ll do my best to be there.” Five minutes later he fired a text,

“I’m coming!”

I called mom for the first time in ages. I told her,

“It looks like you’re going to have a bunch of visitors, and I have a special surprise to share.” She replied,

“Oh honey, I’m so excited you three are coming I’m about to explode. What’s the surprise?”

“Mike is coming too!”

Mom indeed exploded with joy.

To my friends and family on ADV or otherwise, “Welcome Back.” This report will take some time to write. I’ve narrowed down 4014 photos to just 2615. The majority of them were shot ‘on the fly’ in the American Southwest, including northern Arizona,

southern Utah,

western Colorado,

and of course, northern New Mexico.

This video represents the first several days of the journey. Hit F11 and crank it up, or not…


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Old 09-03-2014, 05:41 AM   #2
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Hey Buddy!

Looking forward to this. Always happy to see another one of your reports. Need to take a moment and chat soon... Bring it.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:49 AM   #3
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I had hope you had another one coming.....Bring it Dave!
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:52 AM   #4
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This should be good :)
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:53 AM   #5
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Hell yes! Looking fwd to it Dave
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:16 AM   #6
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SO IN! I needed an iDave RR, and in one of my favorite parts of the country! OH HELL YEAH!! I just got chills!
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:19 AM   #7
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Oh, yeah, iDave rides again......IN!!!
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:25 AM   #8
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I had a feeling...
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:38 AM   #9
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I'm in. Obviously.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:47 AM   #10
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:57 AM   #11
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Ok, I'm in but also pissed , you were 20 mils from my front door. Coffee,beer cigars, & a chance meeting w/ the infamous iDave missed,and less than 2 weeks ago, judging from the pix of the monsoon flooding on I-17.

Well if thats the way your gona be ---maybe next time --- still in & lovin it

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Old 09-03-2014, 09:15 AM   #12
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Looks like this will be a trip and a journey. Hope the ending is better this time around.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:23 AM   #13
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:35 AM   #14
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Hate it when you scroll down and expect to get engrossed in a journey only to find it hasn't been posted yet I nee to learn to check the post count before I get excited.

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Old 09-03-2014, 11:12 AM   #15
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Won't miss this for sure.
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