“I Can’t Afford Not to Go!”

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  1. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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    My inmate name is Braveteacher. You see, I’m a high school guidance counselor at Boone High School in Orlando, Florida. Our mascot is a brave Indian—hence, Braveteacher has been my code name for the last 17 years.


    Motorcycling has been a part of my life since middle/high school (some 30+ years ago), but I have never gone on an adventure with two wheels for more than a couple hours. So, earlier this year, I decided that I was going to put some miles on my 2015 Bonneville. Work less this summer and ride more….car pe diem…and every other cliché saying you can come up with.


    A friend/neighbor and fellow inmate (Stuff2C), came over the other day to critique my gear. He is an experienced Florida to Alaska (and many other trips) two-wheel trip kind of a guy. After an hour of pouring over my gear and some great conversation, he told me the story of when he was planning his trip to Alaska. He asked his boss for a month off. His boss replied, “Can you afford to go?” and Jerry’s response has become my moto: “I can’t afford not to go!”


    So, if you are looking to follow a trip for 30 days around the U.S. from coast to coast, I’m your forum. The loose plan is from Daytona, June 11th (toes in the water with pictures) to Arkansas (visit parents) to Oklahoma (visit my best friend from High School – it’s been 25 years or so) to Idaho (rendezvous with family in Yellowstone) to California, Redwood National Forest, up Oregon coast, East to Sturgis, South to Mt. Rushmore, Memphis to see Elvis, then home and back to work July 11th. Stuff2C said to get home late on the last day and sleep at work. HeHeHe.


    I hope you enjoy following the post, and maybe we will see each other on the road. 20161126_170932.jpg IMG_20170506_184222.jpg IMG_20170527_171517.jpg IMG_20170530_170222.jpg
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  2. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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  3. Valker

    Valker Long timer

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    In. As a 40 year teacher, I can attest to the need for two wheeled roadtrips of extended length. I hit my 50th state in 1985 (flew to Hawaii and rented a bike). Have a blast. Avoid audio input as much as possible. Wear earplugs.
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  4. BigDogRaven

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  5. NOTAGAIN

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  6. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Well, the turkey looks like it will miss you? Got that going for you, which is nice!
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  7. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Adventurer

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    Are you going two use I-10 through Mobile, Alabama?
    You're rough draft needs moor detail ;)
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  8. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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    No interstate highways...plan on staying on the Alabama River the first night on 84.
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  9. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Adventurer

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    That makes more sense. No point playing on the superslab, go find those scenic roads!
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  10. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    absolutely in, can not wait to follow your ADVenture :super
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  11. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    I am kind of bummed you didn't introduce me to the tom :lol3
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  12. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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    Your the leader of my neighborhood association there are lots of things in my backyard that I don't want you to see...hehe

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  13. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    :photog
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  14. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    ACE Cafe Orlando bike night tomorrow... 3 mile shakedown ride :ricky
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  15. migilito

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    Where's the Turkey gonna sit?
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  16. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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    IN MY BELLY! Just kidding...we got her 3 years ago...her name is Thanksgiving and we had plans for her but she turned out to be too sweet to eat. However, she lays huge eggs that I eat for breakfast! IMG_5873.JPG
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  17. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    Pretty nice riding through there! It's not too far from home and I've ridden there frequently! Enjoy your trip, sounds awesome!
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  18. Eagletalon

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    Wish you the best! Will be following along
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  19. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

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    And I'm off. 4pm in Orlando...first stop Daytona. The sky is dark but not raining. My parting shot! IMG_5886.JPG
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  20. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    Awesome!! Ride well... looking forward to following along
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