Financial Suicide: A new life behind bars

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stuntheavy, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. MufflerBearings

    MufflerBearings Been here awhile

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    I'm in on both counts.:lurk Far as I can tell, you're doing it right.:thumb
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  2. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    Good on ya Chris, best of luck to you. I've done similar 'life on the road trips', in the US (hitched 10k mls for 6 months) & NZ (lived in a camper van traveling the country, loaded with Triumph chopper & mtnbike, guitar & guns), it's probably the most peaceful & beautiful lifestyle a person can live. You think you will never resort to the rat race of main stream life again...enjoy your new life to the absolute fullest...while it lasts!!:deal:clap
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  3. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    Mine are the stock wheels, but being that the bike is 12 years old, I'm sure they aren't the stock tubes. Someones monkied around with them a time or 7 I'm sure.

    If you see some a-hole out there on an XRR with an ugly helmet, track him down! :freaky

    Thank you, Sir! I would have no idea where to begin with such a thing, are they difficult to update? I will be running on the TAT with a netbook, so my computer abilities will be quite limited.

    I have GoPros but I have a feeling with such limited computer power that I won't even be able to upload raw footage. Perhaps, we'll see.
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  4. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Mr. Spoil Sport

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    An aviator friend sent this -

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    Substitute "Adventure Rider" for "pilot" and it still sounds about right. Oh, and don't ever look back. :thumb
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  5. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    Lets try something interesting.

    I don't have anywhere to be for a few weeks, yet I'm leaving Monday. If this is lame and doesn't work out, then I'll give it up. Everyone wants to come along for the ride, thought it might be fun to kick off the trip by letting you guys drive!:freaky

    ADV, choose my destination!

    Here are the rules:
    - I'm in Houston, Texas, currently, so it should be a days ride from here. I don't want to slab it, so keep that in mind in terms of distance.
    - Destination must be roughly north-east of here (Deals Gap is where I'd like to end up by the weekend). A little more north, or a little more east is fine.
    - Not looking to stay in the Hilton, so should be somewhere I can find inexpensive, or free camping.
    -No pee-pee sword fighting skin bars, you whackos.
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  6. jackflash

    jackflash Been here awhile

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    Awesome.

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  7. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    I'm onboard and looking forward to following this adventure.
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  8. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    I'd suggest Northwest Arkansas, but it's snowing here at the moment. In May. Unfriggin' cool.:puke1
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  9. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    The SLAP rally is by Oark AR in 1-1/2 weeks. Look at upcoming rally thread. I will take my XR650R down on the trailer behind the Gold Wing! Lots of riding, trails, forest roads and highway!

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 2
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  10. h2o_snow

    h2o_snow Water, snow & dirt too.

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    Ah.....this hits home for more than a few of us. Sustitute guide & patroller and you got me.

    Enjoy the ride but ride to enjoy - with your background and lack of baggage it will be a STORY! :clap

    I'm in, and the door here in potatoland is open.
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  11. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    It's shit pouring the rain over at Deal's Gap right now so if you left Houston you could ride in behind that storm system. There are a couple of inmate run shops around should you need anything and after you get bored at Deal's Gap (where you can camp if you want) you can ride the Cherohala Skyway (look it up = awesome) and then ride offroad all throughout the National Forest.

    Not that I'm biased or anything...
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  12. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    How about heading for the Natchez Trace. Here is a possible first leg for you.

    EDIT: Just playing around, here is a more complete route including the entire length of the Trace. Also check into camping at Tishomingo State Park in N.E. Mississippi.
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  13. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    Natchez trace is mellow. I know there is at least one free camping spot.
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  14. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    This looks fun
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  15. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    I've ridden the Trace, to me it was a long, boring tree tunnel! I grew up with mountains and twisty roads and that is what fires my rockets. The Skyway is great, the side roads off the Blue Ridge are awesome. YMMV however.
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  16. RubberSideUp

    RubberSideUp Adventurer

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    This had me laughing hysterically, and when my girlfriend asked what I was laughing at, I told her to read this story of the Happy Pilot...she didn't look too happy!

    I say ride to the Keys, I've been wanting to do that and could go for some recent pictures, haha.
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  17. Keithert

    Keithert Long timer

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    One of the most memorable rides I've had was at the start of the keys on a rented Harley Sportster 1200. It's dead straight but a cool route nonetheless.
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  18. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    Its very good of you to think that you need to help out the people who host you in the tent space, but I would say the people on there enjoy the experience as much as you appreciate their hospitality. I have only been called on once to host another rider, Stef from France was mid way through a 2+ yea RTW trip, he stayed under our roof for 2 days, we fed him food and booze and were happy to do it, great experience.

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    Enjoy you trip, if you can help out your host that's awesome, but don't feel guilty at all.


    Cheers, Todd
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  19. pne

    pne Long timer

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    best of luck on your trip. At 25 I'm going through a similar phase. My friends called it a quarter life crisis and my coworkers called me crazy when I quit my job to travel.
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  20. singletrackjack

    singletrackjack Adventurer

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    Where's the like button on this dang thing? -- good on ya Todd.

    Ya know this bug we all have is more like the military comradery than anything I have experienced sense the service back in the early 70s -- and I for one enjoy it - appreciate it and feel lucky to be a part of it! Thanks Guys.