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Old 06-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Wish I was a headlight, on a northbound .....

Wish I was a headlight, on a northbound Train, I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain!

Here we go, less the 30 days to go.
Last year, I was snuggled up with the girl of my dreams and told here, some day, we need to take a year off, hope on the bike, and go thatta way. She agreed. Somehow, life takes some funny turns, suddenly, here it is. I am turn 50, she just turned 30. I am pretired, she gets a one year LOA from here management job at a fortune 500 company.
The bike is my 2004 concours, with a sweet 18 cubic feet, aluminum trailer behind it, so we have enough space i hope. She gets to carry her stuff on the trail, i get the tank bag, right?

We have a basic plan and its simple, no plans!
Well, ok, we do have some plans.
July 1, we take off, eh? The idea is to get out of the Northeast as quickly as possible. As much as we despise the slab, we have decided to blast across the rustbelt, and past the windy city of Chicago, and then settle in to the rhythm of the road. Once were in Wisconsin, we plan to slow it down, two hundred miles a day at most.
We have one month to get to Vancouver, we are booked on a 10 day cruise to Alaska. Initially we planned to have the bike shipped p on a barge, but after looking at the costs and time factors, we decided not to. So we get a nice 10 day break, see some beautiful sights, and enjoy the cruise. Fly back to Vancouver and start meandering down the coast. We are looking to book a timeshare for a week in september in Sonoma valley, just so we can tour the wineries. After that, were expecting to follow the warm weather south. We have another timeshare booked in Sedona in November, should be a nice time to be there. From there, we plan to head south of the border, we have a resort booked on the beach of Acapulco for Christmas!! We expect to stay down yonder till sometime in late feburary, when we plan to pop back into the USA around Padre Island, Texas. Hopefully its warm enough. If not were ok with staying till march or so. After that, we cruise the gulf coast, we have the option of a timeshare in Mobile, Alabama if we want, or we might just head to Floriduh, we have family in FT Meyers, and Jax. Early April finds us head back to reality, via Nashville, and the spine of the Appalachians till we land back in the great state of row dylin, hopefully by late May 2014, with a better tan then when we left.

I will be updating this ride report as we travel, but the daily stuff will be on our blog.
Were close to actually being ready, the bike has new tires, fresh oils, filters, plugs, brake pads, and lots of time spent checking everything. Should be no problems. The trailer is sweet, lightweight, lots of storage space, empty weight of 185 pounds. We have a nice 4 person tent with a huge vestibule, new bags, new pads, and a hope to actually be able to enjoy camping. Cooking might be a challenge for one of us, but I am sure I wont starve.

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Old 06-04-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I'm in sounds like a great plan!
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #5
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We may be goin to hell inna bucket



But at least were enjoyin the ride!

Cant imagine any other FF's hadnt got that plate,
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:58 PM   #6
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:20 AM   #9
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When that door slammed shut - you crawled through a pretty god damn nice window I tell you what.

Keep the rubber side down and enjoy the ride.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #10
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When that door slammed shut - you crawled through a pretty god damn nice window I tell you what.

Keep the rubber side down and enjoy the ride.
Thanks Capt. You know I am !!
This should be E P I C !!
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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20 days to go

Were getting closer! Only 20 days to go. We just ordered the new GPS, and locking mounts. Need to get to Twisted Throttle to pick up her new jacket and some heated gear. Still need to go to REI for cooking gear. The bike has new tires, bearings and the hitch is installed and wired for lights.
The trailer is assembled, and looks ready to go.
The anticipation is building!




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Old 06-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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Less then 3 weeks now

Running out of time, but not stuff to do.
Must be close to forgetting everything



The rig is bout ready, 18 cubic feet of dry storage, plus all the crap we can strap to the top. Along witha sweet cooler rack for adult refreshments of course.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #13
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:04 PM   #14
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T-7

Counting down the days till departure.
Where are we at
Lets see now, we have just finished buying heated gear and controls at twisted throttle, along with some nice waterproof coats, a fresh pair of Alpinestar riding boots,
Mounted the new Garmin Montana 600 on the bike, working on a mount for the spot tracker and phone/iPod also.
The trailer is bout ready, did some prelimanary packing, and took a test ride with it, its actually prettyneasy to haul back there. Pivots nicely, and doesnt feel heavy at all. I am fabricating a gas jug mount for the back, as well as a place for an extra 12v battery, which I will have connected to a solar charger for back up, and maybe to run some of the heated gear off.
We still have to pick up a jet boil, and a small gas stove at REI this week, as well as some simple cookware,
We are having a going away party saturday night in Coventry, RI, any local inmates are welcome to stop over for a few cold refreshing beverages or ?

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #15
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Bon voyage!Have fun & be safe. A lot of folks will be riding with ya!
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