For Dads & Daughters

Discussion in 'Photos' started by dlrides, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    My daughter asked me a shocking question Saturday evening, " Dad, take me riding to these places you always talk about". :eek1

    Let me expand this somewhat. My daughter has never had a great interest in motorcycles, and I have never pushed the issue. Sometimes she gets a little curious when I am in the garage working on one of the old bikes, but that is usually the extent of it.

    Erica is now becoming a teenager, and sometimes Dad feels a little left out, so I seized the opportunity to spend some with her on the bike. Since the divorce eight years ago, and 50/50 custody, my weekends are usually filled with cheerleading, softball, and sleepovers. Add to this the rigors of teen blossoming, boys, cell phone, etc., I was very excited !

    BTW- Some of the pics will be blurry to you, but very clear to me.


    The true love of my life, Erica
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    Plenty of these signs during the day
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    Unique river rock abandoned store, that Erica thought was "neat"
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    Erica: "Will this bike go down beside that river ?"
    Dad: "Sure it will"
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    We then headed towards an area called Mortimer, NC. Mortimer was a logging town around the turn of the century that was washed away by a large flood (in the 1920's/). A few buildings remain, including an old factory that was supposed ly one of the largest cotton mills in the southeast. Concrete remnants can be seen all along the river bottom where it stood. Part of the boiler room and some of the boilers are still intact, if you know where they are.
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    The Mortimer store, still in use
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    Erica:"can we see some waterfalls ?"
    More gravel roads to waterfalls, in fact, the rest of the day was spent on gravel seeing waterfalls.
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    Time for a lunch break, MRE's under a rock ledge, in the rain. Best lunch ever !
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    Granfather Mountain & BRP Viaduct bridges

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    From Grandfather Mountain on to Linville falls

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    Down Old NC 105 to Wisemans View, these are all in the general area where the movie "Last of The Mohicans" was filmed.
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    Linville Gorge

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    Daddy's girl (last one, I promise)

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    Erica's back was hurting after six hours of riding, and it was one and a half hours home, so off we go ! When we arrived home she stumbled to her bed and stayed for the next four hours, back to typical teen life again. :lol3

    This was the best ride a father could ever ask for ! So dad's, hang in there you might get lucky too !
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  2. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Good job, Don! I know right where you are coming from :thumb
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  3. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Things WILL change,:rofl but I have been luckier than most !
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  4. Deadly

    Deadly Asphalt Adventurer!

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    Kids are fun to travel with and once you get them involved in the ride they come up with some pretty interesting ideas. Enjoy them while they are young because they wont be kids forever.
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  5. DarkRider

    DarkRider Middle-aged Man

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    Mine's 8...promised her a trip to AK before she graduates from high school...hopefully I'm as lucky as you and she still wants to get on the back when she's that age. Great report! :clap
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  6. dakarboy

    dakarboy ugly and stupid

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    five months old now. cant wait to take her for her first ride....[​IMG]
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  7. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Congrats, little girls are special. Stay close, it will pay off !
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  8. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Nice! :thumb
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  9. Gizmo

    Gizmo Hermes

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    Good on you, enjoy those times with her. I still cherish the many rides with my daughter.
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  10. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Rides with my daughter have been limited to short jaunts around town, but I'm looking forward to a few years from now (and a bit more gear) to allow for some longer rides!

    (Darkrider, you putz! You're daughter is nine, too!)

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  11. gixracer

    gixracer Been here awhile

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    mine can wait either

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  12. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Mines still cooking in the oven, but I'm counting on her tiny fingers to get bolts out of small places my hamfinger wont get to. :lol3

    I hope I'm doing stuff like that when she grows up, DL. That look great.

    J
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  13. IDScarecrow

    IDScarecrow Long timer

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    She helps me wash it:

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    It'll be a few years before she rides (hopefully).
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  14. Pelon

    Pelon Dia Por Dia

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    Fantastic! Que preciosa! I have two daughters (9 & 7) and a little boy (10 mo.) My first daughter could care less about bikes, but my second one is really interested. I finally convinced my wife to let me get her a bike, so she now is the proud owner of a used Honda 50. I have to get her some gear (I am waiting for the desert season to start before I waste any money on a growing girl), and then we are going to be in Ocotillo Wells and Baja every chance we get. I can't wait.

    You are a lucky man, which I think you already know!
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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nice report!! My daughter will be 15 next month. How did that happen? :scratch

    We've had some great times on motorcycles together. From the time she was in diapers sitting in the sidecar coloring while we rode around, to her first time on the seat of a new bike(way to young at the time, I thought for sure she'd fall off), day trip to Yosemite on the KLR (she hasn't forgiven for that one yet), the time we rode to Mt. Tam was another good one. We're talking about riding to SF for a concert on thursday, not really sure how we'll lock all our gear up? We're going cross country together next summer, she want's to see the ducks come into that hotel in Little Rock.
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  16. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    Me & My girl Bridgit....
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    By the time mine girl started riding at 8 yrs old she had already rebuilt three sets of carbs and two clutches. She has since replaced the pistons on one RD400 and one Kawasaki H2 triple.

    This pic was taken when she was 8 yrs old I think. She's tall for her age and is the top basketball player at her school, St. Johns Perish.
    She's now 12 going on 18 and is the "IT' girl at school as seen in the bottom picture. She now wants to start learning to drive on the street so she can get her motorcycle license at 14. Ain't gonna happen !!!
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  17. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    Oh and.....my wife, Bridgit's mom, also ditched her promise before God....when Bridgit was 10.
    Commiting adultery and as she put, "I'm just not hhhaaapppy"

    I made sure my daughter wasn't taken from me because her mom was "Just not hhhaaapppy".

    I have my girl every day after school and Thursday night until Tuesday night every other weekend.

    (does my bitterness show ?)
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  18. GB

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    dads and daughters... such a special bond...

    here's mine last week:

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    Thanks for sharing your pics with your pride and joy :thumb

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  19. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    I know where you are coming from !

    When I was suprised with the "I'm just not happy, I'm moving out thursday", I SWORE that I would not be a weekeend dad. We have a 50/50 deal, but I wish I had went for full custody, since I pull all the load anyway. It took four years for Erica to stop crying at night, and she still asks questions about why mom isn't around all the time. I don't want to get started on the "bitterness issue", it will never go away !

    Erica has been my "rock" for eight years, and getting stronger all the time !
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  20. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    Hey Don,

    What a great thread!!! So wonderful when you see a dad and his daughter having fun together. I'll never forget my dad---got me my first bike at 10 years old! Erica is a lovely young lady and has a great dad to spend time with her like that. Hats off!

    Don't know if you've ever seen this web page, but it has some good info and old pics from the Mortimer area....

    Mel

    http://web.utk.edu/~jeparks/history.htm
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