Lots to be thankful for.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ogre_fl, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Once again my clan went up to Cheaha State park in Alabama for the week of Thanksgiving.

    We enjoy the scenery, brisk weather and seasonal changes that we just don't quite get down in the Florida Panhandle.

    I am thankful for the ability to make this trip.
    Yea I would like a diesel truck, fancy toy hauler and high dollar bike, but I have a good enough rig that lets me take my family and a bike along for a week of camping.

    I am thankful that its all paid for.

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    I am thankful for having a happy and healthy family that enjoys going to places like this with me.

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    I am very thankful for the fact that they also like to sleep in and generally are slow movers until about mid day during these camping trips.

    This gives me the chance to get out on the bike for a few hours every morning and explore.

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    I am thankful for the great riding diversity that the Cheaha area offers even when taken in bites only a few hours at a time.
    I could not have asked for a better week. :D
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  2. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    Good times camping with the family.
    Your boys will always remember these times. :thumb
    I had a Coleman camper similar to yours. Mine had a handy storage compartment up front near the tongue.

    Many good memories camping with the wife (passed away almost 6 years now) and kids.
    In the winter, we had a couple of electric ceramic cube heaters and it kept the pop up nice and toasty in 30-40 degree weather.
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  3. TreeManG23

    TreeManG23 TreeMan Racing

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    Very nice trip & pics Ogre
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  4. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    You do have lots to be thankful for. So do I.

    Cheaha is a great park. My brothers and I spent the night at one of their cabins and ate at the restaurant. We visited the Barber Motorsports Museum the next day. It was a great trip.
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  5. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Nice.:clap
    I love your set up
    and I can definitely appreciate
    that it is paid for.
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  6. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    Great pictures..... good times...... great point of view.

    I don't have much. I own just what I have a use for. It is all paid for, and and I use it well.

    I am not envious of people who apparently have this that and the other thing. All too often it is still being paid for, and / or they live their lives worrying that someone might steal it from them.

    My ex-girlfriend, Lady Never Enough, wanted to ride around in a horseless carriage, so she took up with a guy who had a car..... and sold the small motorcycle I bought her, to help him pay it off. Was she any better off? I suppose it depends on your point of view.

    Some of my best motorcycle trips were around the British Isles and Europe in the early to mid '90s, on a Honda CB250RS that I picked up for £500. I camped or stayed in YHA hostels. Unfortunately there were no digital cameras back then and the photos I took are stashed half the world away from where I am now, so cannot post them.

    It is a joy now to have a digital camera, a Mac Mini, and mobile broadband (no phone line to my rented apartment).

    The memories remain with me. The bike didn't.... I had it about 4 years, then it was stolen when I popped into a news agent for just a couple of minutes. C'est la vie
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  7. Jamie

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    You just can't buy quality time like that. You think you could squeeze a couple of CRF100's in the back of that truck?:D
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  8. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    I might be able to squeeze 2 more smaller bikes in there.
    I know I can get one more full size in easy as the DRZ is tucked way over on the drivers side.

    I have 2 great, very smart boys, but they don't really have any interest in riding and believe me I have tried.

    In truth though, I would really need to add 3 more bikes as my wife has far more interest in riding than my boys do.
    No way would she want to stay at the camper if we all went off.

    There goes that dream of the diesel truck and toy hauler again. :evil
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