An italian octopus riding across america (twvt & tat)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by POLPO, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. POLPO

    POLPO In Italy is Octopus.

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    Hi everybody, my name is Massimo, Polpo in ADV, Polpo means Octopus in italian, I'm a dual sport rider in Italy and next saturday, july 16th, I'm gonna leave from Lewes Beach DE to reach Jellico TN and then Port Orford OR. Hope so...
    My motorcycle is a Honda XR 650 L, I've bought it last october from Yahbo.
    Lee P., (Dualsport Armory) took care of the 650 along the winter season.
    Many friends here in ADV helped me in different ways gaving me advices and various help.
    I thank Sam Correro for his help and for all the maps and the rollchart he made, heavy job.
    So after a year of planning (in Italy) now I'm in Middelburg Virginia, waiting.
    Waiting for the launch day.
    Waiting and getting a little nervous.
    Waiting and preparing the bike.
    Waiting and preparing my self to the biggest, the longest and toughest trip in off-road I ever made in my entire life. I'm I 48.
    Many friends asked to me if I'm ready. Obviuosly not.

    So the first wrinkle is that my italian iphone with a AT&T micro sim inside doesen't get in internet, they don't know why and they sent me to the Apple store in Farfaix. Tomorrow I'll go.

    Anyway, I've read tons of TAT RR, I've enjioed thousend photos. I'm not that good in internet stuff and unfortunately my english in too simple to let you guys enjoy the RR. I'll do my best on writing a report.
    I'll write better in italian and everyday I'll try to write something in my blog. There is also a Google translator in it.

    Message for Intothenew, get ready because in 3-4 days after the launch I'll be at your place to cook an Hillbilly Italian dinner.

    So guys, looks incredible but after a year of work, planning (almost) everything, is my turn to go.
    Hope everything is going to be good.
    6 days to go.

    Thanks.

    Ciao.

    Polpo.
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  2. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Just write the words and we'll figure it out. Welcome to the US and hope your trip is the best ever.
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  3. DandyLion

    DandyLion Adventurer

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    benvenuto a estate uniti! Your English will be much better than the majority of our Italian so don't be shy! Hope it is a trip of a lifetime, you will have friends in the Southwest if you get out this way! Can't wait to follow your adventure.
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  4. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Welcome to America! Looks like you will see lots of the good stuff!!!

    Safe journey.
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  5. AlabamaCowboy

    AlabamaCowboy Been here awhile

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    Jellico ? Is that like Jellystone ? :evil Safe Travels friend.
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  6. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    Welcome back Massimo! Thanks for the awesome pasta meal last night. ciao for now

    Sorry about the bad photo but it shows the smiling italian spirit


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  7. POLPO

    POLPO In Italy is Octopus.

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    3 spare tubes
    2 spare clutch cables
    1 quarter of oil
    3 copies of the key
    1 set of patches and glue
    Checked the GPS
    Checked the SPOT
    Checked a small part of the TWVT around the Shenandoah river ( I was too curious)
    Checked the cameras and the helmet videocamera.
    Had italian lunch at Violino, Italian restaurant in Winchester VA.

    For today was a good day.

    3 days to go.
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  8. Earache

    Earache Hola!

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    Looking forward to your ride report.
    If you find yourself near Indy, give me a yell and we'll do some dinner and drinks, etc:freaky
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  9. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    You are going to have a great time! What you don't have now you ether don't need or you can find along the way... :D
    We will be following your travels and when in Oregon look us up.
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  10. mundobravo

    mundobravo Long timer

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    welcome !
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  11. Moco

    Moco Adventurer

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    Very awesome. Have safe and enjoyable travels.

    Wish I'd seen your post before the weekend was through,,it wouldve been an opportunity to meet as your staying about 25 miles west of me.

    If you ever need anything in the vicinty of DC/Arlington,let me know.
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  12. Ed~

    Ed~ What, Me Worry?

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    Polpo, ti mando una foto per il vostro avatar:

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    :clap
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  13. POLPO

    POLPO In Italy is Octopus.

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    Thanks guys and the octopus is great!
    Ciao.

    Polpo.
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  14. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Buona fortuna on your ride!
    pics-pics-pics :clap
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  15. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    hey Polpo I remember your posts from last year, glad you made it to the US:clap Some nice leisurely gravel roads to ride out there in the Middleburg horse country. Why is your start point Lewes, DE?
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  16. POLPO

    POLPO In Italy is Octopus.

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    I'll start from Lewes Beach just because if you track a line from DC to the ocean, the nearest place is that beach.
    I have to leave from the water and try to touch the water in the other ocean. Hope so...
    They told me it could be crowded of people. i'll let you know.
    Ciao.

    Polpo.
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  17. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    Good luck on your journey! Welcome! :clap
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  18. POLPO

    POLPO In Italy is Octopus.

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    Tomorrow is the day.
    I don't know how many picures I'll be able to post because I've discovered that my laptop doesen't connect with the web and I don't know why. I'll use my iphone.
    Nayway you can check also my blog: http://transamericaenduro2011.blogspot.com
    I'd like to thank everybody helped me doing big or small things.

    Ciao.

    Polpo.
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  19. capriccio

    capriccio Long timer

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    Ciao, Massimo!!! Seguiro' la tua avventura con molto anticipazione. In bocca al lupo!

    Il tuo inglese e benessimo, meglio di molti nati qua, ma se fai molto foto non ce' tanto
    bisogno di parole.

    Vai con Dio!
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  20. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Good luck on your ride, Polpo. Can't wait to see the photos. Be safe!

    I'm have some family obligations until probably Tuesday or Wednesday, so I will not be able to meet you this time. Sorry.
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