Lost and loving it

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by diesel1015, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. diesel1015

    diesel1015 will wrench for food

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    The man: My name is Darin. 23 years old, avid motorcyclist, outdoorsman, mechanic, former soldier and future college student. After being honorably discharged from the Army, I find myself with 6 months of open space, before college starts in the fall.
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    The mule: Its ugly, its slow, its unbelievably reliable. This one has an IMS gas tank, a bigger seat, a rack from Happy Trails, some hacked up pelican boxes I had, an led headlight, and a race light frame with Boatman conversion mounts.
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    The route: What route? The plan is the head west out of Atlanta, Georgia, to Mexico. Head south, through Mexico, to Panama before tuning back north. Find a boat to Baja and cross back into the United States through California. From there, head as far north as time allows before turning back towards Atlanta, Georgia. That's the plan for now. I have a notoriously bad sense of direction so it helps to plan as I go. I'm doing as much free camping along the way as possible. The less money spent on lodging means more money for gas and food, right?

    Some places to see-
    Copper Canyon
    Ruins in Mexico
    Panama Canal
    Las Vegas
    New Orleans
    Moab, Utah
    Pikes Peak
    Back Country Discovery Route, Oregon
    Overland Expo in Arizona
    As many National Parks as possible
    Anything else I find along the way
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  2. Mechanoligist

    Mechanoligist Just along for the ride

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    Hey diesel1015 Thanks for your service! Enjoy your travels you have earned it and then some! :freaky
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  3. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    More pictures, hurry up and start riding.:D
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  4. G-Wing

    G-Wing Been here awhile

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    I'm in Diesel and thanks for your service, time to enjoy :thumb
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  5. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    ThX for your service diesel !!!

    Wow ! You're doing the right thing. And you got tons of time.
    Grand Canyon could go on your list. And maybe the Million Dollar Highway. Dare I say it....Alaska !

    Good Luck !!!
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  6. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Thanks for your service diesel !!! DR 650 rocks!:deal
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  7. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    Hey D. Thx for your service. Stand Tall man. GL on UR travels. Need more pics. Travelin' with ya. GB.
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  8. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :devildog Thank you for serving!!

    Now go get some two wheeled therapy :wink::wink::wink:
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  9. jnorton1

    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    Good luck with the ride!
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  10. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    You have ample time to cover what you want to cover. Good luck out there!!!

    Later
    John
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  11. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

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    Do it up! Take your time and stop to smell the tacos. :lol3 Definitely see Baja. Oh, and lots of fotos too.
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  12. Iron Dingo

    Iron Dingo Been here awhile

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  13. Valley

    Valley Adventurer

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    Enjoy it. You've earned it.

    :lurk
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  14. Delilama

    Delilama Papa Bear KLR

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    Like the others have said.Thanx for your service.
    Things you forgot,GIRLS,BEER:rofl:rofl
    And we have to see lot's of photo's!
    Ride well,have fun!:clap:clap:freaky:freaky
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  15. diesel1015

    diesel1015 will wrench for food

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    Thanks guys. I'm currently in Texas on my way to Big Bend. I'm a little over a week behind with the writing and still have to catch up with New Orleans, and a few other places. I definitely have work on the photo taking.

    Rich H2: I might stop by the Grand Canyon, but having seen it before, it's low on the list. Alaska is a possibility. My grandparents are headed up in an rv this summer, so I might meet them along the way somewhere. What's the Million Dollar Mile? I'm getting bunch of different results when I look it up.



    Days 1, 2, and 3

    After much hurried, last minute preparations I was finally on the road. I headed south, away from Atlanta, onto new places and people. Sputtering down twisting back roads I saw much of the old South I had come to love. The old antebellum homes, the weathered barns with rusting tin roofs, the oak and pecan trees, and the small and quiet towns that I hadn't seen in a long time. That first night I stopped along the Georgia/Alabama state line at a Corps of Engineers site. The campground was empty, and apart from a few old men fishing on the river, I had the whole place to myself.
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    Waking up with the sun and eager to go, I rode west. After a long day on the road, I pulled into a small campground next to a lake. Despite being close to a busy road, it wasn't a bad place to camp for the night. Tired from travelling, I crawled into the sleeping bag early. Around midnight I jumped up to the sounds of people yelling and hurried foot steps. Slowly looking out from my tent, I found an entire boy scout pack descending on the campground. Groggy the next morning, I wasted no time taking off from what was now a very busy city of tents.

    Onto New Orleans!
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  16. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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    Very cool. Enjoy and I am cerstainly in for the ride!
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  17. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    Yes, it does 'rock' until the 3rd gear cog disintegrates.

    GEAR,3RD DRIVE
    24231-12D21 (replaces 24231-12D20) $53.39


    Seems like cheap insurance for some peace of mind. Will involve opening the case though. Either that or just cross yer fingers because it doesn't happen to everybody.
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  18. SpeedoJosh

    SpeedoJosh Been here awhile

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    Holy fuck! This has potential to be so epic. My dream ride right here. If only you were planning this around mid year or so, I would of tagged along fo' sho. :freaky

    You running a GPS at all, or just rolling with the flow?
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  19. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    On your way up to Utah, After N rim of the GC (AZ 67) if you have not done that, ride Hwy UT 14 and 12. Dip down to the Moki Dugway and Valley of the Gods (UT 261), before heading up to Moab. Definitely do Canyon Lands (UT 313). If you get to go further North, ride Chief Joesph Skyway out of Cody(WY 296) and the Bear Tooth Pass (212) into MT. Then the Medicine wheel passageway (WY Alt 14) to Sheridan.

    I salute your service!

    Have fun!
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  20. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Thank You for your service, enjoy Your time off!:clap
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