Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Hit 9K miles a couple days ago.

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    Damn, a long-term road review is long overdue.
  2. Dunewar

    Dunewar Been here awhile

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    I am in the traffic engineering business, and there is a whole wave of new realtime network based solutions coming, but it is going to cost time and money... But none of that in this excellent ride report (or is it life report?). I wanna read about man-machine connections. I have experienced 'the zone', where the mind does nothing but ride. Every motion is fluid, the whole world seems two clicks quieter, and time does not exist. Those are the rides where i only stop for gas, get back on and go go go
  3. armozx6r

    armozx6r n00b

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    this blog motivated me to actually register on this site. Incredible read and inspiring.. look me up if ever in Joisey' and looking to ride or bored. Good luck to you.

    loved your quote:

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  4. PhillipsMetal

    PhillipsMetal Been here awhile

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    40 some odd stitches. Initially wanted to do surgery but talked them into sewing it up and letting me go home. They were amazed that the knee cap wasn't broken. I hope that Super Chachi has a speedy recovery.
  5. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Read Joseph Campbell....that idea of following your dreams (as he put it, bliss), was something I had always been suspect of. But after three months of doing just that I realize it's real. Still takes a lot of dedication and effort and thought, but devote yourself (even if it's for just an hour or two a day) to following that internal voice that's pure you--and new worlds open.

    It's a big world out there and amazing things can happen when you expose yourself to failure, fear and chance.
    FLHRSI likes this.
  6. Lee C

    Lee C Long timer

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    We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
    :clap
  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    I love that quote. I also like, "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."

    -Joseph Campbell

    JG
  8. Lee C

    Lee C Long timer

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    Gets you thinking doesn't
    If you are falling....dive.
  9. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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    Excellent RR! Found this thread this morning and read it start to finish. Somehow makes me exhale and feel more peaceful:clap
    When you're in New Mexico, I'll buy.:freaky
  10. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    Excellent RR!! I was driven here from another RR with Ducati's ....
    I really like the way that you used the Panigale and now I am more tempted to sell my GSA
    and buy the S1kRR that I lure...
    Keep riding!!!

    PS: I could easily use both Panigale and a similar tuned S2K for commute.. it will be my best time before I hit the lab...
  11. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Last few pics of the Vineyard:

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    Went out for a ride on some of the back trails in MV before I left. First two times I rode bikes after the tumor I ended up sliding into paralysis, then passing out. So I was a little worried being out in the middle of deer-tick-infested 'nowhere'. But I survived. Felt really strange afterwards, but it sure felt great to be pedaling again.

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    Road terminated out at a desolate section of the coastline. Far more stunning than the picture suggests.
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    And the last night I went out to dinner and was fortunate enough to sit next to Eleanor and Don. They were high school sweethearts who grew up during the depression in Brooklyn (married for 61 years). Great people who loved hearing my stories of adventure as much as I loved hearing about growing up and living on the East Coast. And though she doesn't look it, she's also a french fry thief. ;)

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  12. Sgt93

    Sgt93 Adventurer

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    Loving the adventure. :thumbup
  13. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Had the bike loaded into the Ferry at 8:59 and was off:

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    Met up with Tricklidz and his gal Mary on the way down to Long Island. He's got a few workshops for his stable of Ducatis (my apologies for the terrible pictures) and they rode in a series of motorcycle documentaries for 4? years I think.

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    This is probably a good time to write about the biggest difference between my former 'normal' life and the one I'm living. On two days notice I spend a week in solitude in a remote part of an island in a beautiful house that wasn't mine. Then I get on and off a ferry, cruise down a highway in an unfamiliar part of the US on roads I've never seen before, hurling through cities I've never heard of. I arrive in a charming, near-perfect little town where people smile and wave. And then I'm sitting on a comfortable and relaxing porch, gear strewn about, laughing and having lunch and a great time with two people I've never met, but instantly feel like I've known for years. It's fucking weird this trip. Weird and awesome. It's almost like having amnesia--the conversation, the familiarity without any prior memories. But it all just works. Thanks Steve and Mary!
  14. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    love the RR! wonderful people and wonderful riding, stay out as long as you can. you're not missing anything.
  15. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    I'm kind of disappointed in those last 2 pictures.....would of really loved to see that ducati garage.... lol

    Keep up the great RR.
    It just keeps on getting me more and more motivated for my ride next year.
    Thanks
  16. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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  17. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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  18. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    A couple of people have sent me a recent news story on Detroit.

    "The Detroit Police is admitting that they are grossly understaffed and can no longer keep the city safe. In fact, they are actaully warning people that they believe the city has become too dangerous to enter. The Detroit Police Department would like the public know that the explosion in violent crime has turned the city into a war zone that they can no longer police. Their “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally was meant to inform the public that the officers have become fearful for their own lives, which they blame on an epidemic level of violence caused by budget cuts and a grossly understaffed police force.

    Detroit has become one of the most dangerous cities in the world with one of the highest homicide rates in the country. (Flint is actually #1 by a small margin.)

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  19. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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  20. infresig

    infresig Adventurer

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    Congrats and welcome to New York! I've been reading from the beginning and remember when New York seemed pretty far away. If (or when) you come down to the city, let me know if I can be helpful with suggestions for places to eat, stay or visit. Also, FYI, there's a bike night on the west side of Manhattan every Tuesday night. I would also be happy to show you some of the roads in the area if you're interested in venturing out.

    Btw, I really enjoyed the pics from MV. I was there for a wedding a few years ago and couldn't resist renting a scooter. It was a lot of fun, but didn't keep me from looking on with intense envy at all the motorbikes coming off the ferry. I've fantasized ever since about returning with a sportbike to take advantage of all those great roads.