First Trip on 2 Wheels. 10,000 miles. 21 years old.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by EvanADV, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Lovin' the RR, sorry for your loss.

    I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would, glad to know you got back ok.

    Congrats on the nuptuals!:clap
  2. EvanADV

    EvanADV Oso

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    Thanks for hangin' in there with me folks. Back at it and trying to wrap this up.
  3. ShadowMan

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    This is the first time I've ever commented on a ride report, but yours is different. It's refreshing to see a Christian who isn't afraid of mentioning God and the things he sent to cheer you up at a low point in your trip, like the fighter jet, the bright yellow Iowa Hawkeyes tailgate bus and the Christian couple. Being from Iowa, I'm a Hawkeyes fan and its funny to see something like that show up in a ride report.
    Congrats on getting married, and to a beautiful girl at that.
    Looking forward to the rest of the trip.
  4. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    Excellent advice!
  5. greenmtndave

    greenmtndave Been here awhile

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    :ear
  6. rascalman

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  7. e85racer

    e85racer n00b

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    Thank you so much for sharing this RR. I've been lurking on here a long time and felt compelled to comment on your thread! I'm looking forward to my 20 year old son reading your report also
  8. EvanADV

    EvanADV Oso

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  9. EvanADV

    EvanADV Oso

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    Resurrecting this from the dead.

    It’s been quite a while since I contributed to this, for that I must apologize. I’ve done a lot of living since then, which I hope to explain as I wrap this up, but I am alive and well. As I mentioned, I have a habit of not finishing things I start. This one keeps nagging me, partly because I fear if I don’t write this stuff down I’ll forget it forever. Admittedly, I had a lot more down time when I first started writing this at my place of employment. Enough excuses, though. The rest of the ride may be less than epic, the following years of my life were not. You'll see some pictures are now missing from earlier posts, and there's a reason for that. I’ll be continuing that part of the story here, since I have left so many of you hanging.
  10. EvanADV

    EvanADV Oso

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    Las Cruces, NM to Lubbock, TX - July 29, 2010

    In a final appeal through Facebook, a distant friend came through with a place for me to stay in west Texas. The lady who saw it was a schoolteacher with my mom more than 10 years before, and her brother in-law Alan and his wife Eunice were happy to host me at their home in Lubbock, TX. When I left Las Cruces, I had 3500 miles left on my planned route.

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    I said my goodbyes to John and his daughter, and headed west on US-70. Shortly after getting out of town I got to a border inspection station, as John had warned me about. They checked my license and I was on my way. I was intrigues that they don’t put these right on the border, but several miles inside the border. I rode through White Sands and continued on some very straight roads until I got to the foot of the mountains of Lincoln National Forest. Continued onto US-82 and the windy mountain road kept things interesting.

    When I reached the upper part of the mountains, a storm had accumulated above me. I stopped for gas in Cloudcroft, NM, aptly named, as it began to pour down raining. I went inside the gas station and hung out for bit to see if it would pass, but after a while I decided to just get on with it. I continued on through the rain and tried to enjoy the ride. It was lush and green all around, which was not what I ever expected to see in New Mexico. I remember my finger throbbing constantly, I guess it bothered me more in combination with battling the rain.

    I got soaked through, still without any kind of rain suit, but by the time I got on the other side of the mountains and into Texas I think my clothes dried out within minutes as the clouds vanished and the hot sun returned. Along with entry into the state of Texas almost instantly came the scent of oil in the air. I never would have thought you could actually smell oil in the air, but I certainly could. I remember seeing the oil pumps dispersed across the fields, slowly moving up and down, in a strangely majestic way like you’d imagine it’d be like looking out over a field of dinosaurs. It was a similar fascination to what I had to the windmills in Iowa and Nebraska. There’s just something about looking into flat nothingness and seeing these huge machines moving in unison.

    I made it to my host’s home in Lubbock, TX in late afternoon. I was definitely relieved to get out of the heat. I met my host Eunice and she showed me the spare room where I’d be staying. I got cleaned up and we had dinner when her husband Alan returned home. It was nice to have a home cooked meal. They told me about themselves and their family. Alan was a professor at Texas Tech, PHd in Family Therapy / Counseling and part-time pastor at a small church outside the city. All three of their children were out of the house for college and beyond and they were happy to have company. They had all the usually questions about me and my trip, and I learned about them and their family.

    I didn’t know it at the time, but just one year prior to that one of the most influential books I would ever read was penned right there in that same town in Texas by Dr. Andrew Farley. I wouldn’t read it until late 2012, but his book The Naked Gospel would totally change my life when I did, and it would be one of the early stages of how I was prepared for some of the most difficult things I would ever experience later that same year. Interestingly enough, that same path has led me to become a full time counselor, the profession of my host that evening in that same town. So, I didn't know it, but Lubbock had significance.
  11. Moedad

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    Nice to see this thread resurrected, Evan. Looking forward to the rest! :clap