Life is Awesome

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by stromsurfer, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. stromsurfer

    stromsurfer Stromsurfer

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    I have been advised that i should post here, so thought I would try and chronicle this adventure here in Hacks. I may be in over my head at some point, and may need the knowledge and wisdom of the hack collective.:D

    Brought over from the Maine Forum.

    I am doing excellent, thanks for asking. Truth be known, speaking, eating, and walking have become very difficult. Eighty percent of my speech is unintelligible, and walking without assistance is not without hazards. The most painful part is that in some respects, those challenges are quite tedious and boring(except for when choking, like last week while on the last day of a four day sail when for the first time ever i hurled and then aspirated the vomit, all while trying to hold on with useless hands, and not go overboard) However, I am not complaining because I know that I am probably better today then I will be tomorrow, so I try and enjoy every day as it comes, and stay determined to live well and be appreciative of what I still can do.

    Speaking of boredom. The Dakar hack has turned into a sweet ride and I have done about 2,600 miles since hacking it. The problem is they have been all day trips. I want to go someplace but my family is not too keen on the idea of me heading North over the boarder.

    So while you FF's have been leaving tracks all over the continent, I have been scheming. Hmmm what can I do....wait I know. I have never done a fly and ride. :-). It just so happens that there is a nice 2010 Ural in North Carolina, and it also just happens that my two daughters live in NC.:D
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    I leave this Friday.:clap

    I have to adapt if I want to keep riding. The Ural can be converted to hand controls, has reverse, and it is somewhat easier to get on to then my Dakar and, the rack on the back is perfect to strap my walker onto. :wink: I know the Ural is so slow that it will make me want to kill myself, but that is going to happen at some point anyway....just kidding, please nobody call the crisis hot line, I am fine. I rode a 1150GSA with Dnper tub that i really really wanted, and checked with some folks here that are in the know but, it is a bit much to push around while trying to hold a cane or walker. I need something that when I get into trouble, I can back the fuck up(sorry for foul mouth). I already had to call for help once because I could not get turned around and don't want to be embarrassed again, well at least for a week or so.

    So that's it. I fly out Friday, pick the bike up Saturday, stay with my kids for a few days, and then ride home via the back roads of NC, Kentucky, Tenn, VA! West VA, and on up through. Depending on how things go i may even try to get to the big falls in NY, jump the boarder, and then its an easy downhill to Maine. Well that's the plan anyway. At the risk of ridicule from the manly men out there I will be honest....not sure how long I want to be away from the wifey. Our days together are numbered and every day apart is one fewer that we get to in person, express our love and affection for each other.

    Wish me luck folks, this should be an adventure! A pathetic man, riding a reverse engineered bike from that early forties, through deliverance country, that is notorious for breaking down, all while trying to control the stupid smile on his face.:D

    MC
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Sharp rig, Urally speaking. . .
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  3. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    " Every man dies, not every man really lives. "


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  4. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    You just might have.....FUN:clap
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  5. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    :clap ENJOY:clap
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  6. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Good luck to you and kudo's on your determination and positive outlook :deal
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  7. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    That's the way to be living and the wife will be along on the ride with you as there is no way that part of your heart can be left behind.
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  8. Thermos

    Thermos Been here awhile

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    Where are you in Maine?

    -T
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  9. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Awesome!

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
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  10. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye Been here awhile

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    Oddly enough I am flying into RI, buying a bike in MA, and will be riding through out VT, NH, and ME before riding back down to NC the same week you will be headed back up north.

    It turns out I'm also pretty close to the Ural that you are buying. If I wasn't preparing to fly out on the 20th I would offer you any help that I could.

    I also admire your zest for life. I recently lost a friend to ALS and his progression was documented and can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COeSNqjReM0
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  11. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Turtlemoye, it is entirely possible that we know each other, or at least have mutual friends.


    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
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  12. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Well onward and forward, you made the best choice considering the walker.Take care.DB
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  13. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Hat's off ss, enjoy the ride
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  14. stromsurfer

    stromsurfer Stromsurfer

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    On the Often Awesome home page, my family is pictured about five posts down from the top.
    My oldest daughter graduated two years ago from Guilford College, and now works there as Assistant to the Dean of Student Life. My younger daughter will be a senior this year, and currently works there as part of the Cadre Program.
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    Picked up the bike Sunday. A really nice family. The son inherited it from his grandfather, who bought it in Texas and rode it to NC. The guy was incredibly anal and put a lot of time into the bike. I got a box of extras, and the most impressive tool roll I have every seen.

    Bought it new from StormSeller Ural in Grand Prairie, TX. While he had it he had replaced the factory tires with German Heidenau tires (all 4 including spare), had the wheels sent to CA for balancing and truing, and replaced the factory mufflers which much nicer sounding ones. He also had aluminum alignment bars custom made so he could align the motorcycle. I have all the records of the maintenance he had done. I also have a DVD that comes with the motorcycle put out by Ural that shows how to do all the basic maintenance procedures.

    Bike and Sidecar Windscreen
    Upgraded Mirrors
    Thermometer and Compass mounted on windscreen brackets
    Extra capacity engine oil sump
    Deluxe sidecar seat.
    Lock for sidecar trunk
    Weatherproofing for sidecar trunk
    Accessory outlet
    Tonneau Cover
    Center stand
    Sidecar luggage rack and extra gas can
    Sidecar rear view mirror
    Jack
    Gear oil
    Huge toolkit
    2 Spare inner tubes
    7 oil filers
    Spare carb parts(changed needles)
    Factory mufflers
    Various other specialty tools

    Getting used to the rig. Will start journey home in a few days.
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    Thanks for the positive comments and support.

    MC
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  15. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    My nephew is Camden... named after the town. My sister lives in Damariscotta.
    Getting out there on two wheels is on my definite "to-do" list!
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  16. Thermos

    Thermos Been here awhile

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    If you find yourself in Gray, look me up.

    Lots of Ural rides with the folks on Soviet steeds in the Maine area if interested.

    -T
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  17. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye Been here awhile

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    It truly is a small world. I sent you a PM and would love an opportunity to possibly meet up if you are still in the area.
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  18. stromsurfer

    stromsurfer Stromsurfer

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    I posted this update in my regional thread when I got back. I keep a daily journal and am working on writing up a few of the events of the trip, and interactions that took place along the way.
    One word....AWESOME!,,

    1,590 mile
    20-Number Of Days Away
    14-Number of Days Riding
    6 Minor Injury Non-Moto Related Falls
    6 Mountain Ranges
    Uncountable Acts Of Kindness
    Monticello
    Cooperstown-Lou Gehrig
    Canada-Quebec
    Blistering Sun
    1-Number Of Times I Ran Out Of Gas
    1-Number Of Cars The Ural Passed While Riding In The Passing Lane
    10- Number of Pounds Lost
    1-Number of Walking Canes Lost
    150-Number of miles Towed
    %99-Time Spent Smiling
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    Well I made it.....kind of. Traveled almost 1,600 miles but the bike only went 1,450. Great adventure, beautiful country, and amazing kindness of strangers. The Ural rumbled along quite nicely. No highways, no tolls, no traffic all back secondary roads. Basically followed the mountain ranges right on up through...blue ridge mountains, appellation mountains, allegheny mountains, great smokey mountains, adirondack mountains, green mountains. Somehow I actualy missed the turn to Maine, and ended up 30 miles east of Montreal. :-) :-) Sorry about no updates and not many pictures.....excuses later. Also, I wussed out on camping......more excuses later. It just really have difficulty moving, and after an incident alone and away from the bike and could not get up.....even more excuses later, i decided that riding and traveling was more important to me than camping, so from then on it was cheezy hotel/motels. Between riding and navigation, I was just to beat to do much more then just checking in with family, and some writing in my journal, which I will at some point maybe morph it into a RR, and post excerpts from here.

    Thanks for your interest.

    MC
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  19. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Your a brave one and not much of a complainer, if your happy I'd say the trip was a ragging success.DB

    I should buy that Ural when your done with it just for some good Karma !
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  20. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Congratulations, Stromsurfer! And good on ya! You're an inspiration.

    BTW, what have you done with the Dakar rig?
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