My Eyes Are My Ears: A solo journey thorough the USA and Canada by a deaf Adv rider

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    ahhh, dreadful day! bet the pizza lifted your spirits (better than them Souse you had yesterday for sure!) :wink: Hate traffic & construction..wonder why bother having construction during the daytime. Should be limited to night work only...but then taxpayers will complain, nevertheless!! You need to get outta there as fast as you can and get up to Canada but then, again you'll probably encounter road construction in places up there too. Great post today...enjoying reading about your adventures and it just gets better!
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  2. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Thanks for sharing your ride report through a different perspective. Eyes are alot more important than ears. Great report. You define what is great about this site and those who gather here.
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  3. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    this is great! Keep it coming!:clap
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  4. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Well, you got my attention all the way from Australia.

    First thing I must tell you though, mate, they are not prawns, they are shrimps (baby prawns). When you get sick of riding on the wrong side of the road come downunder and see what seafood is really like.

    Keep the pics coming, I'm soaking up some fine red wine wishing I was on the bike behind you.

    Good luck.:clap

    Trev
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  5. Sevoman

    Sevoman Ever Vigilant

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    Really nice start. It will be refreshing to get a "new" perspective on the sights from a person who has highly refined senses from a lifetime of developing them.

    GET OFF THE SLAB!! I hope your new shoes in NH push you right onto the byways and two-lanes that are all over the US and our northern neighbor.

    I really look forward to the pictures and report from Nova Scotia as it is a place I really want to visit.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. CODArider

    CODArider n00b

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    Hola, Papa! Looks like a great start to the trip! Mmmm... that pizza sure did look good; much better than pizza here in Kansas! I'll keep a lookout for your postings so I can live vicariously through you during my "summer break". Ride safe!
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  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Got up early from some 65 miles east of Boston. No Starbucks...no coffee...AH, no worries....

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    Rolled thru Mass/Boston..got lost because I set my GPS to shorter distance which led me through every Irish town that's there in Mass. :lol3
    Rerouted myself into "faster distance", eh, hit Toll gates. Those who use Tolls on bikes know the routine.
    1) get to the gate and make sure you're not in this puddle of oil trippings from cars..
    2) stop bike and get into neutral(hope there's no hill)
    3) open helmet so that he can read my lips (remember G.W. Bush) to say "Hi, good morning..nice day ain't it"
    4) remove gloves
    5) fumble in your pants pocket for $$$$ (don't drop it, Jesus!!)
    6) thank him profussely for his patience

    Now this takes about a min or more; and you can see cagers in the rear fume at this badass biker.

    At one toll booth...I told the guy that it will take some time and I cannot hear and am deaf as I didn't understand what he said in regard to the cost of the toll. He replied, "I know." ..???? Guess he assumed I couldn't hear him as I was wearing my helmet which muffles ones ears? Then he gestured that he was a biker too and it would cost me 0.50 cents to pass through...eh, while that gate displayed $1.35. Wish we had more guys like him...


    Stopped somewhere for another cuppa Java to wash down the previous one that got stuck in my esophagus

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    Had a nice cup and some cholesterol special morning sandwich there. Outside sits Brunhilde drooling like a dog at my morning chow. "Eh, Brunhilde, you're getting your shoes today and this'll cost me an arm and a leg...while this sandwich and coffe is only $4.78"


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    Die Motoraeder aller Strassen..

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    Like any human Doctors appointment; Brunhilde waits impatiently(yellow rear splash guard)

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    While Brunhilde is being fitted with new shoes. I browsed the store and oogled at this nice lady, he,he....ROSE

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    Gloria Steinem said it best.....

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    Hey, let's talk about tires.....Before and after...

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    Rear tire..........ready to climb mountains

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    The service manager(Tom Flansburg) who communicated with me via Blackberry. These guys at Max are super friendly and very accommodating. I highly recommend them. The other gent was from Brunswich, Canada and gave me countless tips riding Canada.

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    Freeport>>>>very touristy and crowded. Called it a day here....ugh!

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    Tourists Galore!

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    The MacDonaldization of Freeport.....

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    1700 th Century MacDonalds...? :puke1

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    My Tent for the NIGHT..

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    AMEN...................Church converted to Book Store

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    Until the Next Adventure.......

    YOUR MAN ON THE ROAD
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  8. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    This is soooo cool. Great pics and great writing! Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with all of us. I'm going to follow this thread!!!

    Tom
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  9. Scoop

    Scoop runs with scissors

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    Great report so far, and you are getting closer to Canada. Fewer Starbucks here, but Tim Horton's will take care of you! I am going to send the link to some of my Deaf friends, they will follow your ride with interest, as will I.
    Good riding.
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  10. Sevoman

    Sevoman Ever Vigilant

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    Ruining a perfectly good historic house.:cry

    Nice pictures, btw. I am particular to Roses. :poser

    Ride Safe.

    Sevoman
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  11. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    The coffee fix takes the prize! I'm really enjoying this ride...you're getting close to Canada!!
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  12. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Thanks for the posts!! May good luck be with you ahead!!
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  13. driller

    driller Twist and Go

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    Be glad Rose was not wearing her blue sweater....you would have been charmed into buying a new bike even if you didn't need it!:deal
    Safe travels. We will keep Carolina blue till you return.
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  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    All things Maine: fog, blueberries and "Lobsta". Am within a stones throw from Canada. Decided to call it a day as the line to Canada customs gate is long and it's COLD. On went the heated grips, liners..thick gloves and tomorrow its the heated vest...frigid Canada here I come, remember I am from hot NC.

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    A pile of the best Maine molluscas...
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    Disected from the batter it looks like this: lower part is the gut that has s**t, but its fried to dead..no salmonella there..??? Absolutely delicioso!

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    Washed down with Maine clam chowder and local brew of Hefeweizen

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    Bath, ME naval shipyard. This is where the missile cruisers are build. NOT to good a pic...

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  15. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Hmm, this sorta looks like an old koot flipping someone off.... :huh

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  16. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Deserved a Lobsta after all these postings lately...


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    Got served by 4 waitresses as I was the only one there.....
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    Canada bound.......

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    Taking a leak in the woods.....

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    Couple from BC heading to Lab

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    Another couple from Maine heading to Lab via Suzuki Vstrom and street tires. Taking 2 weeks max. The author and the lady rider..we forgot to take a pic of her hubby...ooops

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    Resting in Calais now for the evening. Too much wait traffic at the Canada border. See you Manana...
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  17. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    great photos...especially those lobsters! Enjoyed your photos...guess you were too exhausted to write anymore tonight?!! :snore :snore Look forward to more photos and short commentaries from you. Rest well...here comes CANADA tomorrow! :rayof :wings :wave
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  18. NomadRip

    NomadRip Always a n00b

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    Excellent so far! :clap
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  19. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    I am following this RR with great interest. I and at least one other ADVrider will be in PEI and Nova Scotia in September so I am learning all I can from those who've gone before.

    I am also reading this because of your perspective. I dated a professor of sign language who taught me a great deal about deaf culture--and I want to learn more.

    I am curious about what challenges in particular you face as a deaf rider and how you deal with them.

    Thank you very much for posting your journey.

    I toast your Latte.
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  20. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    Really enjoy following along, with gas prices as they are this is really an inexpensive way to travel. :1drink
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