Off the grid for a while: 16 Countries-31 States-9 Canadian provinces-30,000 miles +

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    So here’s the basic plan…and we all know that’s up for change<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Starting in Ushuaia <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>Argentina</st1:place></st1:country-region> and heading north.<o:p></o:p>
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    I got an offer of a job in Louisiana and I accepted on one condition…I could go for a ‘little motorcycle ride’ before I started, “sure” was the response, so without really taking advantage I got a bike shipped to Ushuaia and will head north from there. New employer (a good friend) tells me the job is waiting for me when I get back, in this economy this I find this amazing so without taking real advantage cutting out the southward journey seemed the way to go.<o:p></o:p>
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    The above is the good part…the bad part is I was living in Washington State when this whole plan and job offer was hatched, so I had to move prior to the ride, so I just did a 3000 mile rode trip to Louisiana from WA. To add to all of this the bike was in the UK because I’m doing the SA part of the trip with a group from the UK and they are shipping their bikes from the UK so to get a good deal I had to buy a bike there…now that makes it real difficult to prep a bike for a trip without a bike!!!<o:p></o:p>
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    So, once I arrive in Ushuaia I have 3 days of prep on the bike to get it ready to roll and then its northwards.<o:p></o:p>
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    I get on a plane in a few days in <st1:City><st1:place>New Orleans</st1:place></st1:City> with lots of excess baggage and hopefully there’s a smiling face at the check-in counter who is open to a little sweet talking. Only 3lbs is clothes and essentials (the rest I’ll buy as I need it), then there’s another 75lbs of tools, parts, equipment and riding gear!!!<o:p></o:p>
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    You can’t go into a 7/11 with a helmet on, wonder if I can board a plane wearing one, sure as hell not putting that in checked luggage; most other things could be construed as a weapon so it all has to be checked baggage


    The main plan is to follow the continental divide or close to it until I can’t go any further north, then its east until I can’t go any further east and then the same story heading south…the <st1:stockticker>GPS</st1:stockticker> shows 30,000 miles for the trip as you see it on the map, I’m betting a $1 it’s more, a lot more…<o:p></o:p>

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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    This is what I’m riding…Yamaha XT660Z, I know it’s the last time it will look this good. I’ll add photos and document the mods I do before I ride
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    …and this is the pile of excess baggage that’s going along

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  4. Antennas

    Antennas Been here awhile

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    Wow looks like an amazing trip. When you come through Nova Scotia let us know I will look you up! Have a good ride and take care.

    Andrew
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  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i will for sure, it should be around july, thanks for the offer
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  6. Mechanical Mischief

    Mechanical Mischief Long timer

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    Looks like a blast!! I'm Jealous, I know the map doesn't look that way but if you should happen into the Sacramento area I'll buy a good Rib Eye & always have good single malt around, PM is all it takes, also have access to about anything you could possibly need as far as shop equipment or tools go, Best of luck on your adventure!! When is departure date?
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  7. dareduc

    dareduc Not So n00b

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    Nice. looking forward to reading the follow ups
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  8. jp4evr

    jp4evr I'm a dad, have a ceegar

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    So, I'm super jealous and I'll add my $.02 since I've done all of .... well, nothing like this. But why don't you ship your "excess" gear rather than trying to take it on a plane? Put it on FedEx and off it goes.....

    Anyway, have a great time and I've got the HWY 80 side of the Sac area covered if you hit this far west. come by and see us. plenty of room to camp / swim / etc.
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  9. SCOTTSST

    SCOTTSST Adventurer

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    good luck in your travels you are in for a lot of them! subscribed
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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have been known to take a detour before for a good steak, 800 miles one time to meet a friend in texas, and the steak was worth it...but at this point i will take a rain check, like i say routes can change, one thing i know for sure i have another ride planned for next year going by your front door so if not this one then that one for sure

    leaving new orleans on sunday march 20

    thanks again - paul - dmh65
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  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i agree fedex sounds like a good idea, but...having shipped three packages and them loosing two of them i'd rather be having my gear close at hand than have to buy it for the fourth time and hopefully a little sweet talking at the airport goes a long way or its off to the ATM for me!!!
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  12. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Good luck!
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  13. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Riveted.
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  14. SleazyRider

    SleazyRider Desolate Loner

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    that bike looks awesome...
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  15. BikerGeek99

    BikerGeek99 Horizon Chaser

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    F'n wow! That looks like one awesome ride!

    Didn't look like it on your map, but if you're in the central Ohio region and need anything, or wanna grab a bite to eat, give me a shout when the time comes.

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  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    like i said n the original write up things can change, if i'm close i'll PM you...thanks

    paul
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  17. Cardinal Rule

    Cardinal Rule Been here awhile

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    Wow, looks like an amazing ride...will be watching this one.

    You are right, should be thankful for any job offer in this economy, let alone one that will wait on you to have some fun first. How long are you planning for this?
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  18. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    I'm in for this one. The 660 Tenere is the bike Yamaha should have brought to the US instead of the 1200 or maybe along with the 1200. Good luck on your adventure.
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  19. adentre

    adentre n00b

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    Amazing, this trip is unreal. How much $$ do you think it will cost in the end? Not a bit of my business, just curious? The best to you!:D
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  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    100% agreement with that, i am also posting this on xt660.com so hopefully someone from yamaha will read that or this and pull their finger out, cause once this is finished i'll be needing another one!!!!
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