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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by edstoll, Nov 9, 2009.
It's not too late.
Nice treat. I love this sort of stuff.
That's the way to do it! When I turned 50 I wanted to stick my toes i some warm sand .I flew to Costa Rica and rented a XT 600 for a few days. Good time ,but you got a bike forever!
I don't really know how to put this but, does it suck to be back in Iowa after riding in N.C., Tn. Ky. and Mo.?
Very cool, and Happy Birthday! When I turned 48 (several years ago now ) I did the same kind of thing to pick up a new-to-me bike in Phoenix, Arizona and got to ride around the Grand Canyon on the way home (to Lander, Wyoming). It's oh so sweet to play with your new toy like that! Unfortunately my birthday is November 28th so it was a tad chilly with ice and snow in places, but it was still fun.
I now live in Lexington, Virginia which is about 10 miles from the BRP. I got a kick out of your statement:
For those of you who don’t know about the BRP. It is a serene passage that weaves through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway is specifically designed for leisurely driving, so you can cruise along at your own pace and relish the astounding views of the Mountains year-round.
I work in Roanoke and when I ride the bike I'll sometimes come home on the BRP. Many times I've ridden the entire 70 or so miles on a glorious weekday afternoon and seen only a couple of cars and zero park rangers, so it's a bit hard to keep it "leisurely" . Those curves were MADE for going fast on motorcycles! It's a wonderful place to ride and only closes if we get snow and ice (they don't plow) which isn't all that common.
Congrats on the new bike!
Rode the "Land Between the Lakes" back in 1982 on a cross country bicycle trip. It was good to see that it is still there and looks to be unchanged. Had Buffalo then too!!
I did the same thing a few years ago.. Bought a ticket to LA and went out for a 97 GS.. Came back thru northern AZ, and New Mexico.. Great, Oklahoma, not so great, and Ark, great..
I told my wife the adventure was worth the price of the bike.. If the bike ended up worth 0.. I was even..
That's just a great way to get a bike and a ride.. I thought later, I should have bought one in Alaska..
By the way, thats nice lookin strom..
congrat's on the great birthday present and fun ride.
I really enjoyed your RR. I am dreaming about getting a another bike. I have some health issues so it on hold for now but I can always look. As I discovered getting older in life the way a man keeps his property and himself reflects on how his takes care of things. All the bikes I have looked on the internet look to be in fantastic condition when I see a sharp clean house and uncluttered garage in the photos.
Looks like you got a great bike. Question, I assume you had a pickup at the air port. How did you load the bike in the bed by yourself?
Happy Birthday and congrats on the bike and the trip !
I turned 50 last November and my wife agreed to let me get a wee strom . I looked and looked and couldn't quite pull the trigger until March when I found a used '08 with 52 miles on it ! It has been a great ride after 25 years without a bike .
Enjoy the bike and remember age is just a number !
There sure isn't anything wrong with how you did your 50th. If fact I envy that. I would like to try it someday myself.
As far as being sucky here, The states you mention have great riding but for me Iowa is home. Born and raised here. As I go on these trips I really really enjoy all the scenery and twisty roads but I get homesick. This is where my wife , family and friends are. It's also nice to get home to my own bed and toilet.
Besides, now that I have a Wee Strom all those great destinations just got closer.
My wife's birthday is the 21st of November. Maybe I can go get one somewhere for her but I won't do Wyoming that time of year like you did.
I stole the BRP statement from some website. I agree with you leisurely is not proper on that road with a bike.
I had a loading ramp in the back of the pick up. It wasn't really any harder than loading a dirt bike. It would be much tougher with a Goldwing or something. I had to take the windshield off to clear the ceiling.
Congrats on the Wee Storm and looks like you had a great binding with the bike on the way home. Sure did some of the great roads of the area for sure. Thanks for sharing yur new experience with us.
What a cool way to celebrate your 50th! In just a couple of years I'll be ready to do the same. Perhaps I'll take a wee to Alaska from Austin!
Enjoyed the ride report. Thanks for sharing
Excellent RR. Passed the milestone a few years back with nowhere close to an adventure like that. You did good. I think it's great that you have found a bike like that and to have picked it up like you did and then even further to have recorded the trip home for all of us inmates. Thanks for sharing.
Gotta check your other trips. I love riding in the southeast.
Ride safe man...
Great report. I think I'll ride down their this summer and check out the BRP. Thanks for the idea.
Thanks for dragging up my old ride report. It was great to re-live it. A lot has happened since that time and I savor the memories.
Ed - I enjoyed riding your old report tonight. Always enjoyable to read about and adventurer such as yourself who has a sense of wonder about the world!