Ebay fly and drive 2000 MILES !!!!

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  1. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    Hi,I need advise,any and all.On July 4th Myself and my 13 year old nephew are flying to Fort Hood TX.Actually Austin an hour away.
    I thought this would be a good bonding experience for us both.

    So I won the auction and bought the tickets from Burlington VT. to Austin TX. Then took a look at google maps and this is what they show as I guess the most direct shot.They state less than TWO days ! More like two weeks :rofl

    No backing out now but take a look at the map and let me know if there are places I should stop and check out. I haven't been to a lot of these states.

    will take lots of pictures and speaking of pictures here's the first from Google.

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  2. eatalotapeaches

    eatalotapeaches finding my own way

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    Have you looked at the weather for the south lately? Austin says 104 tommorrow and Mississippi says 98 (with a heat index of 105). My advise is get up early to beat the sun. Take breaks often and hydrate hydrate hydrate.

    The Natchez Trace goes from south Mississippi to Nashville. It's not on your direct route, but have you been to Barber Motorsports, the Smokies, Blue Ridge Parkway?
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  3. ooweel

    ooweel Jobless, Its OK!

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    Congrats! Fun deal to ADV on a fly in ride out!

    Hope you did your homework before you got to this point?
    I have done the fly in ride out on bikes and its WAY COOL! The reason I bring this up is you're gonna not only have you on the bike but you're gonna have your 13 yo Nephew? Sure hope he is ATGATT as with you and this is not his very first outing on a bike with you? Another issue is the bike ready for a jump and go? I always tell the seller to take it to a dealer nearby and I personally call and tell the dealer to evaluate the bike for the ride I am going to do with it. This is just a suggestion and you may have all ready done something along this line to make this Adventure a safe and memorable one for both of you.
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  4. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    Ya,that's what got me nervous all that heat !

    I looked today and over 100 all week
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  5. DirtyOldMan

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    I'd recommend exploring northwest AR a bit as you pass through. I'd skip Memphis and come up through southern Mo.
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  6. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    My nephew would rather sit home I'm sure,but that's the idea.

    He doesn't even know yet,soon he will.

    He's been out for a day on the back of my Aprilia once.He rides dirt bikes.
    His dad ,my brother passed away last September, hence the bonding.
    He lives with me as I'm his guardian.
    The bike has been serviced in Germany before the owner brought it back to the states.Two new tires,the owner is a doctor in the service.He just bought a new 1098
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  7. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    This is the start of my homework.Still have almost two weeks.
    I usually wear leather but I can see mesh in my near future,very near future.
    I'm getting Chadd some better gear also...
    Driving directions to Fort Hood, Texas
    1,887 mi –
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  8. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    I would if it was in the fall,seems like almost too hot to sleep outside.

    I guess Chadd and I will find out a little bit about ourselves.

    We will have to improvise a lot I think. :freaky
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  9. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    I would not do it with a passenger. Sorry, that's just me.

    There is no reason to stop or see any part of Memphis.

    I would go straight north and get a little NW AR then go straight east and get a little smokies. I would then head north through W VA, E KY & all of WV. Then get a little W PA & W NY before getting home.
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  10. iceman

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    Really,that's the only reason I set it up was for my nephew.It would have been a lot cheaper to have it shipped to Vermont but I wanted to do something with Chadd that he could remember for the rest of his life.

    After this he may never ride again !! Well maybe next week it will be cooler and cloudy I hope.
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  11. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    2,000 miles can be tough on anyone. A passenger on a "fly and ride bike" might be worse. Heck even a 2,000 road trip in a car can be tough on the parties involved.

    I would attempt this only if he had done several day trips with me, some of them a little longer than his comfort zone. After that I would try a 3 day weekend ride, again pushing his comfort zone.

    Some people like 800 mile days, some people like 200 mile days. If he gets pissed/bored/upset/mad in the backseat of a car, no big deal, on a bike? Yikes. Again this is why I suggest pushing his limits on shorter rides. You can always talk a tired and cranky passenger into a few more hours, but how about a few more days? You really need to see how he will react when he has had enough.


    How about flying him into a town about 2/3 of the way home? You will have had time to get use to the new bike and shake it down for any problems and his portion will be much more managable. Just a thought.

    I do not mean to be rude, but our ideas of bonding experiances often turn out to be nightmares for the other people. You do not want him thinking you are the Clark Griswold of motorcycles do you?

    Best of luck,

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  12. iceman

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    Thanks Scott,I know what you mean.
    I could just throw his ticket away and get the bike myself,but like I said this was for him and now that I have watched the weather for a while it's not looking like the most fun part of my summer either but like I said I already have the tickets and no real turning around now.If we take it slow 300/400 mile days and stay at air conditioned hotels we should be fine..I hope :eek1
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  13. iceman

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    Scott,I was thinking of doing a 2/3 day trip couple hundred mile trip camp out before we leave and see how he responds to that.
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  14. Yankee Dog

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    dont be silly. bring him along. After all, adventure is adversity in retrospect.

    As to the route. Slide East and pick up the Natchez Trace in Natchez, MS. Once you reach Nashville, slide East again to Tellico Plains, TN. Pick up the Cherohalo Skyway, then the Blueridge and then Skyline Drive. Then due North to upstate New York and over to home. Or do the tourist thing and stop off in DC to tour the museums and monuments.

    Opportunities for long trips like this do no come along every day. Make the most of it.

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  15. Dragonflylily

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    Iceman, I wish someone asked me to do that when I was 13.

    I'd be concerned about the bike being up & ready. Other than that my 11 year old daughter does 400+ mile days with me. Tell him to bring his Ipod & do everything you can to keep him cool. My daughter complains when it's over 80 degrees so if you can pick up some mesh for him you'll both be happier. If he likes bikes & this bike is up to par it's going to be a fantastic memory maker.

    Good for you stepping in for your brother, he'll be looking out for you from up above.

    If you need to stop around our area (I-88) your welcome to. You can jump in our pond to cool off!
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  16. iceman

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    Thanks,I'm a lot older than 13 but when I was I remember it being a turning point in my life.
    The red sox were in the world series and I went to EXPO 67 in Montreal the worlds fair.
    So I know it can be an impressionable time in the life a a young boy slowly turning into a man.Thankfully only a hundred pounds :lol3 so not much weight.
    Here he is today with his dirt bike and he has agreed to a couple of days in southern Vermont soon.Still doesn't know the BIG plans.He's very reluctant to have pictures taken and today I told him when he gets older he will be very happy he has them to share with his friends.

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  17. iceman

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    Dragonfly,thanks for the response.The bike is the only one in the USA which kind of drew me to it.I have also been up on it since new.The owner told me even in Germany people would ask "what kind of bike is that"even though it was a German bike.Luckily it has optional Touratech bags but after that it's pretty NAKED but the small screen it has is supposed to be great ! The bike has an adapter for plug in stuff.So I'll have a Zune with 800 songs and Chadd will have an Ipod.

    Half of me thinks my brother is rooting me on and because Chadd was daddy's boy the other half I can hear my brother saying "what the hell are you doing"
    It really sucks to loose your younger brother at the age of 45.

    At some point I will explain to Chadd that it is our memorial ride for his dad.
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  18. Jamie Z

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    Scott and I both live in Memphis and we both agree. Not much good motorcycling around here unfortunately. Close to lots of good stuff, and Scott's suggestion of NW Arkansas is a good one. Eatalotapeaches recommended the Natchez Trace, another good idea.

    Interestingly, changing your route to "Avoid Highways" on Google Maps send you right up the Natchez Parkway. http://tinyurl.com/nzd9fo

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  19. iceman

    iceman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the link Jamie.i think that would be a great little detour. :-) New map and all !! Thanks very much.http://www.nps.gov/natr/

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  20. iceman

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    It was so hot here today I did online research under a shade tree at the lake.

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