Every journey must start with the first step.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rogerdodger, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Now just a couple of days away before the beginning of my adventure and I too must take that first step. I find my self thinking. Wait a minute. I like my warm bed in the morning. I like coming home to my little house. I like having all my things around me that bring me comfort and ease my daily routine.

    Sure I have the excitement of the journey, with all the things to see and experiences to be had. But after traveling all through my 20's I know the reality of it too. Never having a place to lay out your things in comfort, always wondering where you"ll sleep from one day to the next. If you leave your things somewhere, will they be there when you come back? Maybe Im just a worrier? I didnt get this grey hair in my early 20's for nothing.

    So what the hell am I thinking of to be leaving my little comfort zone? That first step is starting to feel like a huge leap, a jump or maybe plummet into the unknown. Originally I bought my bike for this one journey, to test myself and see if I still had the adventurous spirit in me. To see if i could hack the trials and tribulations of life on the road.

    If I was selling up everything and leaving for good then it might be easier. After all thats what I use to do all the time. Move every 6 months and go traveling. Leave and never look back. Back packing with my life in my pack. But is been 15 years since I lead that life and now I'm really finding it hard to leave.

    I've motorcycled for years, but only once did I pack a few things and go camp for the night. This time I plan to go for a month and be as self sufficient as possible with tent and camping stove and everything else that I might need for a month long trip. Shit Im only going from Georgia to Florida. Its not like im going to the middle of nowhere and cant buy what I need on the road. Even so, Ive packed and then re packed, packed then re packed again and I still seem to have too much stuff, but feel like Ive forgotten everything important.

    Ok well lets stop whining and get this show on the road.

    Here's a packing attempt. Still needs a few tweeks to be sure. Ive packed a few things that other might not have. A wet suit and googles and my running shoes. For the last couple of years Ive been doing triathlons and I dont see why I need to stop training while im away on my trip. Plus I have a marathon to run in March so I really cant stop training right now.
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    I bought the bike used and the tires were worn flat. I really wanted the Torances on her too, so on Saturday morning with the temp at 28 degrees I bundled up and headed out to the bike shop.

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    First dumb ass mistake. I came home with my new rubber. i was so bundled up that I couldnt move too well on the bike. I had to do a 5 or 6 or 7 point turn in my back yard to be able to put her away. In the process i missplaced my foot and down I went. HAvent done that in years. After reading about these bikes, I dont know how you guys ride in the dirt and can haul them around. I tried and tried to pick her up. I was getting so pissed knowing it was a dumb mistake and now with the bike laying in a combination of dirt and gravel it was probably scratching the hell out of the engine cover and who knows what else. I just couldnt get down under the bike enough to get a grip and lift. I could feel my legs and ass muscles straining and knew I wasnt doing my self much good. Finally I gave it one last try by holding more at the subfame at the back where I could grip better and get more leaverage and up she came. Not too bad damage and the engine cover already had scratches from the previous owner doing the exact same thing.

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    Ok bike loaded and ready to head out in the morning, or possibly Tuesday.

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  2. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Relax, have fun,cherish every moment cause it will be over all too soon. Keep in touch and Post some pictures. Whats the plan anyways?
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  3. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    No real plan, other than go to florida, get sun, relax, have fun, dont die.
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  4. Shewbert

    Shewbert Been here awhile

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    Good luck and have a safe ride. Hope you're able to post pics while you're away. The pics and ride reports from those riders fortunate enough to be able to ride in winter is what keeps us "garage bound" riders going till spring.

    Enjoy, sounds lioke a great adventure.:freaky
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  5. GB

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    Have fun... and enjoy the sun... Take lotsa pics!! :thumb

    We'll be waiting..

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  6. Teeds

    Teeds Don Quixote

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    Have a great trip.

    I am determined to solo somewhere this summer, if time will only allow it.
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  7. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Have fun!!!
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  8. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Another frozen exile checking in.:D

    Have an excellent journey.
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  9. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    Have fun Roger!!!! :clap
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  10. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Ok I must say my hats off to you guys who ride these trips for weeks. Ive only been away 3 days and I feel like my life has been turned upside down. I guess Im a creature of habit and riding a bike with your life packed up on it certainly isnt condusive to a daily habit.

    I wasn't going to write a long report now, cause I'm sitting in a public library with wi fi access, but the road is calling and its already late.

    One thing that's been a shock is that most of the state park camp sites have been fully booked for 11 months. Ive managed to find a nice little place on the beach at Flagler. The last two days I have had some routine and got my hour run first thing in the morning through the trails of the park...Still hoping to see that Bobcat that they say is there.

    First night was in Brunswick GA in a little hippy commune. Its rather cool as you sleep in very well made, if not a little cold tree houses. We had a circle of thanks before dinner, which was almost totally prepared from things that they had grown in the gardens. I felt a little out of place with all the guys and their shaggy long beard's and the woman with equally long under arm hair.
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    This is the geodesic (sp?) dome that was the first structure built out here in the 70's.
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  11. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Day two and I was down in Florida. The wind was pretty strong with gusts that felt like I was about to be lifted right off the bike, which made it all the more fun crossing this monster bridge into Jacksonville.
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    Crossing over the intercoastal to get the last camping spot that the nice lady at the park was holding for me. I ended up doing 90 to 100mph just to be able to get there in time.

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  12. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    My first morning in Florida and it was still a bit chilly but not as bad as the low 30's it had been in Brunswich.

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  13. mattzuki

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    The first step is admitting you have a problem. :D

    Good luck with your journey. How far into fl are you going?
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  14. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    I have no idea!
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  15. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Great adventure yesterday. I rode over to Ocala National Forest. Stoped in a little town called Walaka and I mean little. Drove down a sandy road to a cafe Id spied that sat on the banks of Lake George. No tourists around here and I was the focus of attention int he cafe. Where was I from, where am I going, what kind of bike is that? Some locals tell me I have to take the ferry over to Salt Springs and they give me directions and send me on my way.
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    The ferry was awesome. there's been a ferry here since 1780 and the tug that pushed this barge was built in 1918.

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  16. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    What no one thought to tell me though was that on the other side I had 7 miles of sand road that started out ok. I was buzzing along at 40 then nearly lost the front end. Slowed down but every now and again the front would feel like it was going to dump as I ran into soft sand. After a while I figured that its best to gas it even more when you feel it washing out and get the weight on the back wheel. It started to be quite fun, although the thought of how heavy this bike is and the prospect of having to pick it up was in the back of my mind.
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    It was all worth it in the end. The springs are awesome.

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    Had a swim with the fishes, but freaked out when I was swimming just a few inches over the blue crabs.

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    These guys all started to come into roost. they were huge swooping across the lagoon.
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  17. SkidinNC

    SkidinNC Been here awhile

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    Dude, I'm jealous. Makes me want to scan the calendar and schedule my next trip.
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  18. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Just make sure you miss the tornados! Had a lovely ride in the pouring rain today with lightning strikes coming right down next to me.
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  19. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    Hey Roger, I go to Brunswick/St Simmons/Jekyll Island twice a year. I had no idea about those little wooden hut things!!!!

    Also go to the beach at night and touch a jelly fish with yoru finger. They GLOW! No kidding! They only sting you where you have hair folicals.
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  20. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    I have one more beach stop to make before Im back in atlanta for the weekend. so maybe I'll try the jelly fish proding. If you go to the tree house hostel, just go with an open mind to hippys that are trying to do the right thing. they do have a web site though. http://www.foresthostel.com/
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