30: Unemployed and Homeless

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Tex76, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    I figured I would get a good jumpstart on my mid-life crisis (or just die earlier) and quit my job and sold my house. The plan is to see as much of the Western US as I can over the next 6 weeks or so. I have some routes in mind and some places I want to visit but I'm keeping everything else pretty open. See where the road takes me.

    If I'm coming through your neck of the woods and you'd like to ride or have route suggestions, bring it on. :clap

    I left Dallas early Saturday and drove through about 100 miles of rain, my dad had mentioned Palo Duro Canyon to me just a few days earlier so that was my destination. What a great spot! I got there early enough to ride around for a bit then watch the sunset over the valley.

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    Headed back down to my campsite and some granola bars when the ADV gods sent me Darren806 with a cold beer and some great conversation. Great meeting you Darren :freaky

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    Slept like a baby under a sky full of stars and headed out early the next morning.

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    Stopped off at Cadillac Ranch on my way West, after taking pictures for 9 trillion tourists, snapped a quick one of yours truly.

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    Made it into new mexico shortly after, scenery just improved with every mile.

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    I think I'm wiping away a tear of joy in this pic

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    Been some great riding already, tomorrow I pick up a route that Pantah laid out for me. Should be some amazing back roads and some dirt finally. This will take from where I am now (Taos, NM) to Southern Utah. I'm like a kid in a candy store :D
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  2. jackc1027

    jackc1027 Adventurer

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    Awesome! I will be following this thread, sounds like a trip I would like to make in the next few years. I'm a few years younger than you, so this thread will be motivation/inspiration for e down the road! What are your plans of where to go? Strictly western US? Alaska possibly?
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  3. izzy's

    izzy's Been here awhile

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    Palo Duro Canyon is beautiful. It is a shame that most of it is on private property and not accessible to the public.
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  4. c1skout

    c1skout Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a plan! Great photos.
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  5. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Homeless... but for only 6 weeks?
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  6. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Ya, I'll actually be building a home when I get back. All this just happened to come together at the right time.
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  7. Longbow

    Longbow Vroooom

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    :lurk Enjoy your journeys !!
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  8. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    in for the pictures :freaky
    i loved NM when i was there a couple years ago. lots to see there
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  9. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    "We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

    One vote for best signature.
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  10. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Slow down and "smell the roses"...at the pace you're going, you'll be half way through your trek in 4 days.:lol3
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  11. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    I just had to get out of Texas!! It has its own gravitational force, if you dont carry enough speed past Amarillo, it will suck you right back in.:evil
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  12. Benny73

    Benny73 Seeker

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    Wished I had seen this thread earlier. I'm in East Texas, Carthage to be exact, and am currently in your same situation. I've been looking for someone to ride with, this would've been great. Maybe next time. Good luck, and safe travels
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  13. Humunn

    Humunn Moto Prozac

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    This ought to be good!
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  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I always enjoy a RR from a Texas rider. Them boys and girls like to get out and about. They seem to favor the front range, where their tales really begin. Of course, why wouldn't they?

    I've been through Texas. Hard to avoid for ADV east coast riders, given the special treats of southern Utah, AZ and NM. I hope I ever spend another night in an Amarillo truck stop. I've spent too many already. :D
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  15. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    If you are heading due west, don't miss Valles Caldera in New Mexico (near Los Alamos) and then swing over to Monument Valley (Arizona).
    If you make it to California: Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo north. Keep going.
    If you make it to the San Francisco Bay Area, maybe I'll join you for a day.

    And PS-> Amarillo isn't THAT bad. Folks are real nice. Weather always sucks. I was just there a few weeks ago.
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  16. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    That's true!
    They have the "Big Texan Steak Ranch". Home of the 72oz steak!
    :dg

    Q~
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  17. D-R0CK

    D-R0CK Adventurer

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    Are you coming through Provo? If you're in that part of the state at the end of this week, I'd be more than happy to take you to some dirt and if you're camping I've got some great spots if you're interested. Looks like this: [​IMG]
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  18. darren806

    darren806 n00b

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    Those pictures are amazing! Love the one of the stars in PD Canyon. Are they all taken with GoPro?
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  19. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    The route you laid out has been KILLER Pantah. Just got a hotel room in Monument valley and will be updating some pics. Remember saying that MV loop was "soft dirt"? In Texas, when its 6 inches deep, we call that shit sand!! :evil
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  20. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Hey Darren :wave. The star shot was with my T3i DSLR I carry as well. You'll see pics from that, the gopro and my cell all scattered through this RR
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