“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” - Solo X Country 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by soph9, May 3, 2014.

  1. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    100 KM's = 62.13 MILES you can use this as a reference for my mileage ;-)

    Starting ODM = 12350 KM
    FINAL ODM = 26, 457 KM

    Final mileage 14,107 KM or 8765 miles

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/99804221" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/99804221">2014 X Country SOLO Trip</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/soph9">Leslie Sofarelli</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Final Route- trip completed June 15th 2014

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    Departure date May 17, 2014 for 30 days. Plan - Vancouver, BC to North Carolina to Long Island, Upstate New York and back. Don't know the route yet.

    SpotWALLA LINK for tracking....live tracks begin Saturday May 17.

    Some other blog posts I feel worth reading and I am sure many can relate while we wait for my departure are:

    Riding Solo as a Type II Diabetic


    How Tall is too Tall


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    I have done quite a few big RR's and smaller one's but what makes this one different is I am no longer with my thought to be partner for life Cheryl. Let me back up...Cheryl and I were partners as common law for 15 years before she proposed to me in March 2012. In August of 2013 we had a destination wedding that turned out to be the best day of my life. We shared our relationship with 62 of our closest family and friends over a 2 day party.

    January 2014 Cheryl left without really looking back and here I am grieving the loss of a short marriage but long history of a relationship I moved to Canada for in 1998. This RR will not be full of morose "feelings" and thoughts. It will be part of my healing to continue my passion for riding long distances and learning what it is like to be a soloist in life.

    My name is Leslie, originally from New York and moved to BC, Canada for the "love" of my life. I am staying here for now. I have a great career in Organ Donation working for BC Transplant. More about that later. I am learning I have friends outside who thought was my best friend. I have support but in the end it's up to me to move forward but I have a lot of thinking to do and of course working through my grief and mourning.

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    I ride a 2013 BMW F800GS. Have been across country in 2010 on my 2010 BMW F650GS. Rode to Alaska on a borrowed Triumph Tiger 800XC from Triumph Canada. RR in my signature. Since 2010 I have put on my bikes about 88,000 Km's and try to ride as much as I can to work. I run a blog that I am going to keep, just changed the name. I am no longer advgrrls but simply advgrrl.

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    I will be wearing the new KLIM Altitude suit made for women. The first really technical gear made for we grrls in our own sizing. Looks like this...

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    I know I am not smiling. Probably was not in the best of moods although I should have been elated getting the new suit before most even had one to buy. I have reviewed this suit as my first impressions but will post a thorough review since I will be living in it for about 14,000 KM's.

    This is my bike minus my dry bag and other things I will bring along.

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    Another shot of my beauty

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    As always, I will be honest and upfront about anything to do with my gear, my bike or anything else I come across. This will be like a journal of sorts so if you choose to follow I hope you have patience with me. I will be posting some prep pics of my gear and what I am packing if I get around to organizing myself before the day I leave. My route...not sure anymore. Keeps changing and I will take it day by day.

    I will post a SPOTWalla page as I will have my SPOT Connect with me. So much easier to keep family and friends updated daily. I am a Type II Diabetic so this trip will also test my ability to take care of myself. Love the little pocket on the KLIM gear where I can put my emergency card for contacts and medical issues.

    2 weeks to go and I hope some of you might join me on my first SOLO adventure and as always feel free to comment, ask questions etc....and I will do my best while out on the road to stay on top of them. Oh, this will be a live report as much as I can post. Stay tuned! Leslie
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  2. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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    We met once at Pacific Motorsports in Richmond. Enjoyed your previous RR, so I am looking forward to following this one. Good luck with your solo ride.

    -Peter
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  3. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Thanks Peter!
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  4. GaryAK

    GaryAK Easy Going

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    Yo Leslie -

    We'll be about a week behind you - probably crossing your trail from time to time, and maybe meet up with you at some point on your way back.

    Until then, go get 'em tiger! :ricky

    Your finest hour awaits you. :norton

    We've got your back. :clap

    Gary
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  5. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    Followed, Leslie!
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  6. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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    Yes I am in as well....Sorry about your marriage...but you know you never know why something is good. Keep it up
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  7. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Sorry to hear about your divorce. Enjoyed your prior RR's and look forward to this one. May your solo journey be a safe, fun and healing one.
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  8. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Tough times indeed and I wish you well. I too have enjoyed your travels and the insights you've shared and I'm "IN" on this trip.

    Stay safe, keep moving forward and thanks in advance for taking us along.
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  9. NikkiC

    NikkiC n00b

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    Can't wait to follow you through your adventure! It sounds like an amazing way to start the next chapter in your life :freaky
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  10. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    :clap

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  11. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    Doors close and windows open, will be following and as you know OUR door is open if you pass our way. :lurk

    Enjoy your ride and find your peace. Colours will return
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  12. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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  13. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    Hi Leslie- I look forward to following along on your solo X country journey! I enjoyed the RR and photos from your Alaska adventures and I know this will be a great trip as well.

    I know you've used a couple different seats in the past. Are you planning to ride what looks like a stock low seat x country?

    My wife will be stoked to see the new Altitude suit for ladies. This should be a great test for it and we look forward to your reviews.

    In! :thumb
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  14. HMMWV

    HMMWV Makin Dust

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    Love that color 800GS and love the way you have it set up.:thumb

    Have a great trip. The open road and solitude has some amazing healing powers.
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  15. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    I will be using my stock low seat and bring a long a sheep skin. I have been working out and I am hoping as in the past this helps my ass last longer in the saddle. :D
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  16. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    Look forward to reading about your adventures.
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  17. Oldgirl

    Oldgirl Adventurer

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    Following your trip Leslie :thumb
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  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Thanks everyone for jumping in so fast. I appreciate it.
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  19. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    Sorry to read about your break up. :cry It's difficult letting loved ones go but sometimes it has to be that way for whatever reason. Do what you need to do to move on.

    I'll be following along with everyone else and wishing you a safe and happy ride. :lurk
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  20. Roelof1966

    Roelof1966 Adventurer

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    I will follow you're trip from day to day. Wish you luck, zen & fun on the road.
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