Me, a blonde, 2 Ducati's....3,000 miles (and then some)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GP1152, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon ...riding California

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    Ignore the haters. Keep up with the great posts. You'll like the Raptor. I just got a 2013 platinum F150 with the ecoboost. They're good trucks. This is my second one. Looking forward to more updates.
  2. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Good to see that the mods threw out the trash. Carry on with more great RR's. Riding your way in late may.:D
  3. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

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    Gus, just found this a couple of days ago and finished it last night, absolutely fantastic all around, this is one of those rare ride reports that make you feel all is right with the world.

    Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to post.............and keep it coming :thumb
  4. Yoyodyne

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    Gus, disregard this...gentleman. I thought you handled the notrivia posting with class.

    Your RR was (and continues to be) one of the better ride reports I've followed. Thoroughly enjoyed every posting of superb pictures, great writing & thoughts, and the experiences you and yours have shared. Thanks.
  5. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    Are you for real? Hopefully that :wink: means you are being sarcastic. This was, and still is,a great RR. It's a shame haters have to try and ruin it. Like many others, I enjoy these reports and look forward to the next post. Ignore the haters Gus, and keep the RR going.
  6. openroad98

    openroad98 Newbie Tripmeister

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    Very nice transporter, Gus! I've never seen a white Raptor, all the ones around me are silver or black... nice choice of color. :clap Please, consume all the fossil fuel you can find and take that gorgeous truck somewhere with Ducs in tow. Gonna be a good summer, thanks for being awesome and sharing pics of your toys with us! I LOVE the LEDs Ford puts all over their Raptors, those things are bright!

    Both your bike and MRSGP1152's have been an inspiration, I'm going to get the wheels and frame powder coated black on my naked bike next fall... Red & black Duc SF on the cheap! :) Until then, Kriega pack and ride the wheels off it this summer. Planning a 6 day ride around lake Superior from Michigan into Canada, going to try your philosophy of 300-400 miles per day and enjoying the scenery more. Might even take the naked bike instead of the FJR on this trip since my buddy will be riding his Honda 919 streetfighter.

    Hey, I kinda missed the whole deal with "notrivia", but like everyone said; ignore the haters and keep on riding. Everyone has a style, personal goals, and a way to get there on each ride they take. He could ride a YZ250 with nothing but a loincloth and bedroll across the PanAmerica trail for all I care. Post a R/R and I'll give it a look, just go easy on the pictures! :eek1 But don't bash anyone else's ride for being different than yours.

    AntiHero made a 7 month journey last over 100 pages, and took plenty of people along with him that for various reasons will never make a trip like that. In some ways, you and the Mrs are in a similar position... blessed in ways that allow you take trips and enjoy stops along the way. Keep sharing if you can, and many (like me) will take things away from your journey to use on our own trips... even if it's just a traveling mini curling-iron. :D

    Have a great week!
  7. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Marty, don't forget to let me know when exactly you'll be around. Stephanie and I would both love to meet up with you for lunch or dinner.
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Glad you're enjoying it so far. More to come for sure!!
  9. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Yoyodyne. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The way I travel isn't how others may want to travel, but that's always up to the person. If someone wants to REALLY rough it and camp in the middle of nowhere, that's great. Who am I to criticize what that person chooses to do, right? We might do that with the dirt-bikes sometime soon. Who knows.
    Anyway.....we'll keep doing our thing.
  10. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Didn't know what to make of it but ultimately it didn't seem like sarcasm.
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    You know those lights are DOT mandated because this damn thing is so wide?? Crazy!!

    Do it man. You'll have a great time. We usually keep the mileage around here to around 250 miles a day, but on the east coast you'll tend to cover more ground due to the terrain. Just google map each leg and see how long it says it'll be for that leg and work it backwards. We had some parts along the coast that showed 6 hours for +/- 150 miles. If I had tried to get in 250 miles we would have been racing to get to the next place and would have had to get DRIVE -THRU!! ;-)


    Exactly!! To each his/her own

    Don't forget the hair-dryer!!
  12. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    I want to thank everyone for the kind words. As has been mentioned above both by me and others, everyone has their own way of doing things. What works for one, doesn't for others. The idea of traveling via motorcycle is appealing to all of us here, but to some the thought of taking something with 2 wheels on a 3,000 mile road trip is crazy.....to them.

    Anyway, for a long time I lurked on this site and read all the ride reports. I was always glad to read about someone else's good fortune and never felt any envy or disdain for someone showing the good experiences they had or the equipment they acquired for what they wanted to accomplish. On the contrary. I got a lot of valuable information that helped in our own travels. When we started taking our own trips I figure maybe people would get something out of or appreciate our experiences. whether it be a trip we take or a truck we buy, I share with everyone here just the same as I would share with any of my friends.

    In the end, we're all here either sharing or living vicariously thru everyone else's experiences. That's what a forum like this is all about.
  13. Cafe Racer

    Cafe Racer Calspeed

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    And this is because you bought a FORD Raptor that requires more fuel that the average vehicle? What was the point of this comment? Not necessary. Designed to infuriate.




    You mean, he said his "piece"?

    It is good to hear that you would be willing to have his post back online. It would be good for the others to form THEIR OWN opinions. It should be reposted.

    In closing, Notrivia appears to be what most of us would consider an ADV Rider. And I am sure that when you see him and his bike sporting the ADV decal there is no question that he portrays what he actually is.

    "So, this is touring 'A La Modernity?... " quoted from Notrivia

    I admire your motorcycle(s). They are truly beautiful machines. And as mentioned, some of your pictures are crisp and beautiful.

    Ride on!

    Miguel
  14. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Time to let it go/no room for the trash that he wrote. Hope I spelled everything correctly.:lol3
  15. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    My thoughts exactly!!
    Although, excellent point. I misspelled the "peace". Thanks.


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  16. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Looks like Titus Canyon, but I could be wrong...........Death Valley, my favorite place to ride but.........I'm really enjoying riding in Nevada as well.

    I'm glad to see you and your wife each have your own bikes, and what great looking bikes they are. I love to see women joining in on all the fun. Wish more would.

    My wife has ridden with me our entire marriage and rode off road with me and our two children for over 17 years. Riding is a great couple and family activity. My children grew up on their own motorcycles. My daughters last dirt bike was a Yamaha YZ250F and her last street bike was a Suzuki GSXR600R. My son and I ride KTM 500EXC's for the dual sport fun we enjoy.

    Looking forward to reading about your "dual sport" adventures as well as your street rides.

    Thanks for the tip on your good experience in Cambria. My wife and I will be riding there in a few weeks so we will spend the night there and try to get that room 210.

    Keep up the reporting and great photo's.
  17. mcjetter

    mcjetter Adventurer

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    Is that the new Husquvarna Terra? :eek1 Would really like to hear your thoughts about the bike and maybe your perspective on how it compares to other dual sporters
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Man those KTM 350 & 500 EXC's are some BAD-ASS!! I know enough to know that those are about the best you can get in that category!!! Congrats!! If money wouldn't have been a factor thats' what I would have gotten. I just couldn't justify that as my first dual-sport bike. I ended up finding a REALLY good deal on a Husqvarna 310te, which is no slouch I guess. I was able to find a leftover 2012 and paid (OTD) what I would have paid for a Yamaha WR250r. The husky had a high enough seat height that was a better fit for me than anything else I saw. I could have found something used, but it seemed anything that wouldn't be too small for me was far away. Add the shipping to it and you're right back to where a new one would cost. I'm really happy with the husky.

    You're right about where that was, in Titus Canyon. I'll write a bit more about our trip there in the next few days I hope. It was our second time there in a month and third time in the last 6 months. Love that place. One could easily spend 2 weeks there and not see everything. So far one of my favorite places I've ever been to, here in the States or overseas. Can't wait to go there in the Raptor.

    That's really great that you're whole family is involved with motorcycle. It makes the experience that much better when you can all do it together. And so much better to be able to combine the time you spend with them along with the time you spend on a hobby or past-time.

    Glad you guys are heading over to Cambria and checking out that same place (and room). You guys will like it. The restaurant I mention down the street was pretty good too. Be sure to check back in and let me know how it went.

    Safe travels!!!
  19. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    It's actually a Husqvarna 310te. Really liking it so far :thumb
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    This is long overdue. Partly because we've had other things going on (as mentioned previously) and partly because the last day back from Cambria was pretty uneventful. We were only about 120 miles from home and we needed to get home somewhat early since Stephanie had to go to work later that afternoon. It was also Super-Bowl sunday (yikes….yeah it's been that long!!) and I wanted to get home in time to watch the game.

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    Looking out the window that morning when we woke up I saw it was bit overcast. It was early so there was some time for that to clear up. It was time for breakfast. This hotel didn't offer Stephanie's free breakfast and from the reviews we had seen on yelp, the in-house restaurant wasn't that great. If we were going to pay for breakfast, it wasn't going to be there. Besides, with how little time we were going to be there in town, we might as well get out and go for a walk We found a place that was right down the street called the Old Monterey Cafe. Looked promising enough.
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    This place was on the same street as the Asian place we had been to on our previous trip here to Monterey. Walking inside we found the restaurant to be a small, comfortable place. The walls inside are decorated with old movie posters, print ads and the like. It was pretty busy this morning, but luckily, no wait.

    We were greeted and shown to our table by a friendly hispanic guy. We chatted with him a bit and then he left us to our menus.
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    Was a bit bored as Stephanie went to the restroom and snapped some pictures of the tower-o-cream:
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    They had a bit of everything on the breakfast menu and we opted for this (by the time i got around to these pictures Stephanie was just about done getting rid of the evidence):
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    If you're in Monterey, check the place out. The staff was great and the food was equally good. Anyway, we paid our bill and were just sitting talking when we noticed a young couple that had walked in and was now waiting for a table. We figured we'd get going and let them have the table. Time to head back to the hotel and head out.

    As you've probably gathered by now, we have the whole packing thing down to a science. It wasn't long before we were warming up the bikes, getting everything loaded and were on our way. The weather had cleared up a bit. It was still a bit on the cool side, but still better than it had been a few days previously. This is the first time we wouldn't be heading back along the coast from here. It would be highway all the way there and I really wasn't looking forward to it (see previous mentions of how I dread long highway stints……it's just fu%#$ng exhausting and boring to me to sit in the same position for so long). I guess in the end it still beats working or doing a million other things. I'm still out on the bike with Stephanie. Things could definitely be worse!! Plus it's hard to not get spoiled with all the great roads we now have around here.

    Because the ride wasn't so long and because we had to get back home, there would be no stop for lunch along the way. The plan was to get home and eat something there. The drive as you can also imagine was pretty uneventful. The sun had come out and so had the wind. Something an open highway always seems to make more prevalent. One thing that was kind of funny during the ride was this car with 4 young guys in it that was cruising next to us snapping away with their camera. Must have looked pretty cool to them to see 2 Streetfighters, one of which was piloted by a woman.

    Along the way we made one stop just to stretch our legs and another to get gas. That one stop was ironically right down the street from Stephanie's work, where she would be just a few hours from then. We joked that she should have just brought her scrubs….it would have saved her a trip back. From there it wouldn't be too long before we would make it home. That short leg of the trip was only "highlighted" by the guy in an old chevy that insisted on getting in front of us and peppering us with what seemed like a quart-a-minute of burning oil. Even though we ended up getting back in front of him just to avoid it, our visors had a film of crud on them from there on out. Didn't bother stopping since we would be home soon. The helmets and the bikes would get a good wash soon enough.

    So that's pretty much it. We got home, I got the bikes and gear put away and Stephanie made me this to have while I watched the game. Not a bad way to end a great weekend…..

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