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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PA Slammer, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. blacktruck

    blacktruck Wanderer

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    Great RR. Retired from the military a few years ago and understand what you were saying. I'm off on another trip right now still doing a little work for the effort in SWA. I can understand the head clearing going on. You picked a great way to do it. You did a heck of an ambitious ride there and I'm glad you took all of us inmates along. I won't be back for any serious trips for awhile yet but I would be in if you ever do another, particularly to the north east.
    Ride safe man.
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  2. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    @ mrphotoman...

    Sorry to hear about the vacation... one thing I find extremely valuable is time off. Just found this morning one of our coworkers, and good friend, has passed away. He was diagnosed with cancer in Oct and in great health up to that point. It has happened so quick. I'm at a loss for words.

    Regardless of you job / career, take the time you need. Enjoy the things you love. I found out about our friends cancer while on this trip. Taking the time, regardless of the difficulty in doing so, is worth it in the end.

    PA Slammer
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  3. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    @blacktruck,

    I'm about to make that move from retirement to the airlines as well. I've just about 26 years in and it doesn't look good with cut backs that I can hang on much longer. Spent the last two weeks on airlineapps getting everything together. Looks like Delta and United will be opening their doors soon. Wish me luck in getting hired.

    As for a trip north... I'd like to make that one very soon. Just waiting on the weather to break. I don't mind the cold, just don't want the snow.

    PA Slammer
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  4. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Those "Oh Shit" times like when you were coming over the pass in the snow, and similar incidents has happened to me also.

    More times than once. That feeling you have when you know that you could of avoided it, but taken the chance anyway and pressed forward are awful. I keep thinking of my family and get mad at myself for jeopardizing their well being. It's like we lose sense of caution because we don't want to succumb to being afraid.

    I always feel rewarded when I come out of these incidents, and thankful that I survived them. But also feel uncomfortable that I risked what could of been a very unfortunate outcome.

    Is it because there is something inside us that needs to feel that fear every now and then?
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  5. CloneBoy

    CloneBoy Future Adventurer

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    I want to do a Maine trip as well

    Also want to ride the Glacier Trail in Nova Scotia


    How soon you thinking of going??


    I am NOT interested in going in the snow either!

    I am in Columbus, Ohio not to far from you


    Great pics, thanks for sharing your trip
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  6. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Wow, what a great way to clear your head after serving to protect our freedom. I appreciate your sacrifice, and will remember this when I head out of DC into the foothills of PA/WV on my orange F800GS!

    Cheers,
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  7. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    I don't have any plans in the works. I just know I want to do it soon. Not like tomorrow soon, but like when the weather breaks soon. It doesn't have to be warm, I just want to ensure it will be clear of snow.

    More than likely I will only have a three day weekend to work with, but could be ready to leave right from work and maybe skate out a little early. The trip really wouldn't take that long to do as the Maine border isn't too far away.

    If you're interested let me know. We'll start to plan it out!

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  8. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Poolman, let me know when you come up this way. Love to go on a little ride with you. Always have a cold beer or two lying around for inmates!

    PA Slammer
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  9. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    WOW!
    Glad I came across this RR from a fellow Pittsburgher and F800GS rider.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences and hope to join you on one of your rides.
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  10. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    ADVer,

    Let me know if you have any ideas! I'm always up for some crazy fun.
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  11. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Well, its been awhile, but time to finish the lower 48!

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  12. Belgradian

    Belgradian Been here awhile

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  13. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Sweet camp at Lakeside Campground in NY.
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  14. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    6 more states today! Boy I'm tired!

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  15. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Previously posted in the Pittsburgh thread...

    Landed in CT without a plan... Rolled into Kettletown State Park at 9:28pm... Young girl had just closed the office at 9:30pm... We looked sadly through the window... She opened the door and said we're full... We sadly said puleeze... She said I can put you in overflow in a field away from all the campers... Aaaa, OK... She said we're not supposed to allow you to use the showers, but you look like you really might want one. We again looked sadly into her eyes with the yearning weary face of great ADV travelers. She said sign here.

    Ahhh, to be clean again, camping in a State Park in a field by ourselves, a picnic table, fire ring, a huge downed tree that's completely dry, and... our own outhouse. My friends, this is living.

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  16. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    And... It's over. What a crazy country.
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  17. bluestar

    bluestar the rain maker

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    Congrats on completing your goal. :clap I'm only 1/2 way through with the lower 48 but hoping to add a few more states next month.

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  18. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    Good job on getting to your goal!
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  19. Dr. Pinetree

    Dr. Pinetree Michael Motorcycle

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    So YOU'RE the guy that has that license plate!
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  20. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    Guilty!
    Have had it around 7 years or so.
    First on a 05 F650GS and now on my 2010 F800GS.
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