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Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by guitarhack, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. m5guy

    m5guy Adventurer

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    Guitarhack, thanks for posting your ride photos and daily reports. What a great idea to have your chase crew (aka family) making the trip with you. Sounds like the best kind of vacation -- you get to ride as much as you want, and your family gets to travel in comfort and enjoy the sights with you. I looked over at my wife who is watching me read your thread out of the corner of her eye and said, "Honey, when the girls get a little older we should do a road trip like this one!"
  2. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Great ride report Brad, thanks for taking the time to post all your pics.
    Jörg.
  3. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Thanks Rod.

    Come to think of it, you're right. It hadn't occurred to me, but the roads were very tidy. Other than a few exceptions, people do seem to finally be catching on and not pitching their trash on the road. Also, thanks for the kind words regarding Christina. We are very proud of her ...in case you hadn't noticed :lol3

    Also, I will post of end of trip stats when I get a chance





    The "Support Crew" thing kinda worked out. At times it seemed ridiculous to be filling two gas tanks (and driving two vehicles) but all in all it worked. My wife might possibly disagree, but I thought it was a nice balance. ...although there were times my wife grew tired of driving. At the risk of stating the obvious, I am really lucky to have married such a good sport. :raabia




    Thanks Jorg.

    Doing this RR ended up being a lot of fun. Thanks for following along.
  4. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Saturday, June 16th
    Mileage: ~ 450

    The Last Leg.

    I woke up early, but Red Bud had already left for work. He had to have been exhausted.

    The night before he had given me a quick tour of Memphis, but it was at dusk - so I wasn't able to get pics. So I just had to run by Graceland and take a pic or two.
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    I didn't notice it at the time I took these pics, as I didn't stay long (I was trying not to get fussed at for blocking the road), but virtually every square inch had some sort of note scribbled on it. Notes to Elvis? :confused
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    I never got off the bike. This is the best pic I could get of the home...
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    Graceland was out of my way, and I was anxious to get home, so I didn't stay long.

    Today's route
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    The Mississippi state line sign caught me by surprise, and I missed it. But I did capture the Alabama sign.
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    ...and getting ever-closer to home, I got the Georgia sign too.
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    Finally, in the afternoon, I made it home, unpacked, and tucked the Wee back into her spot in the workshop.
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    Some final statistics:
    Total Mileage: 5034
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    Total States Visited: 15



    Number of National Parks Visited: 8
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    Total Cost: Hard to say...
    We had frequent flyer miles and $1000.00 of free hotel rooms. ...but we stayed in expensive hotels. All in all it was probably $1500 - $2000. It could be done for a lot less if you stay in cheaper hotels.

    Whatever it cost, it was worth it.

    ... we collected a lot of stickers...
    (not all of these were new from this trip)
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    ...and no doubt the rain will eventually cause them to peel off...
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    ...but the memories will stay with me for the rest of my life.


    Thanks for following along.


    Brad
  5. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    Brad,

    I'm glad I found your trip report.
    You took excellent pictures, and they make me want to visit.
    I don't know how you found the time for the trip, but I know I've got to carve it out of my life for a trip such as this.

    Steve
  6. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I dunno man, looks like you should have pushed on to Vegas as well so you could be roughly as far away from the Pacific Ocean as you were from the Atlantic Ocean. :deal
  7. Gart

    Gart n00b

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    Like many others have said, your trip report (and associated pictures) are an inspiration to get out and see America for what she truly is.

    Thanks for your time to post this.
  8. waterboybueche

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    What a great read.

    I am envious and happy to see a Wee RR. I am looking into one this winter...

    Thanks again and glad you and the support crew are safe and sound
  9. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Thanks for the kind words. I have really enjoyed my Wee. It has been a great bike,
  10. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Hey! I missed this great report this summer since I was out riding. Very enjoyable. You know how to pick a route guitarhack.

    BTW, You would've been able to ride the switchbacks here, no problem and probably beaten your support crew back to town.
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  11. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Hey cool! Thanks

    I figured one of you FFs would know the significance of that little house. :thumb
  12. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    :eek1 Wow, look at this gem tucked away in Day Trippin'! You seriously could/should have thrown this in Ride Reports; certainly epic enough.

    I appreciate humble whenever I see it, and you come off that way throughout your RR. But insult yourself as you may, I just read this report front to back non-stop and screwed myself for sleep :lol3. Give yourself due credit man- this is great stuff.

    The pics are great, the commentary is great, many unique elements (support crew, hikes, etc), and damn is that a nice Vstrom. I have scrapbooked this report (firefox extension- permanently save webpages) for future reading and for planning my trip to Alaska next year.

    Thanks for your time :thumb
  13. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    No kidding!!! Really great idea, family vacation/solo bike tour. Inspired Sir.

    :D I'm always late to the party, but I needed (truly NEEDED) a diversion exactly like this today. Muchas gracias amigo. :thumb
  14. Land

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    Brad,

    I'm waaay back on part 2 of Day 11, but I am enjoying this ride report immensely.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome pics, and I'm lovin' your storytellin' style.
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    Chris
  15. Laconic

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    Up to page 5 and enjoying the heck out of it Brad. :thumb
  16. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    Hey, thanks guys. It's odd how this thread resurrected somehow. ...but it's fun to relive it.

    I have no idea how he did it, but look at the pic below - one of the FFs on this forum was kind enough to magically make the doofus disappear. :thumb

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    Thanks Phil! How did you do that :scratch
  17. socaltrailrider

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    That was great! Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us. It was an enjoyable read.
  18. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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    Nice little Friday after work report! That's it, I'm going to Utah! If I left now I could be there tomorow:deal
    Nice RR:clap
  19. Laconic

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    Great work on this Brad. I'm more than a little envious...
  20. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged

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    You're no slouch either.