Plan "B" - Skibum Soiree 2010 - and *really* good friends....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MZcountryboy, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    Well, here it goes, the story of plan "B" -

    I'm starting this report early, as there is a long story in the beginning.....This one is sure to be a wild + crazy adventure......

    Goodolguzzi and I have planned to ride the Trans-Labrador highway to the Skibum Soiree 2010 since last winter. He went out and bought a 650 X-Challenge to do the ride, and even tricked it all out with big tank + travelling gear.

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    That's GoodolGuzzi - next to his shiny new Challenge.

    Fast forward to the end of July, and while riding with Carl (internal Combust) at the RA rally in Pownal, I hurt my wrist, something about a G450 and gravity makes for a bad combo.

    Here's Carl on the way to the Rally.

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    Here is VTbeemer showing how to do it right.

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    I was having WAY too much fun.......

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    Then I make 1 teensy-weeny mistake. :eek1

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    Now, it doesn't look like I'm going to be riding through Labrador soon at this point, SUCK!

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    So, I PM GoodolGuzzi and drop the bomb - I'm out for the trip, so sorry.

    Carl (Internal Combust) and Dan (VTbeemer) were the best at helping me get some medical care, and getting my machine loaded up after my Bride swooped in to sweep up my mess. She's a pro, she has picked me up at the E/R like 5 or 6 times in the last 15 years we've spent together, so she's "used" to getting that call. God love that Woman.

    Settling into a nice comfy fiberglass cast, it's going to be a long 6-8 weeks without riding.

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    So the next weekend, after I get casted up, who shows up at my place on their bikes but GoodolGuzzi, Kaw4Life, and Vt-Stromer. I was thinking they came to "rub it in" but Goodol came up with "PLAN B" instead.

    He remembers another machine of mine in the barn -

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    He suggests that he drive my sidecar rig to Newfoundland for the Soiree, and I should ride in the hack, as the convalescing monkey.

    Whoa. This thought never crossed my mind!

    :huh :eek1 :deal

    This guy bought a bike for our trip, spent a lotta dough setting it up, and now, he still wants me to go on the trip with him, and (to me) seems to be making a big sacrifice to do it.

    Riding a sidecar rig is fun, but totally different than riding a dual sport bike.

    The rig has been there before - in 2007

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    Gotta get approval from many levels of Upper Management now, fianancial advisor, Doctor, Wife (it's her motorbike - really!) and so off I go in search of approvals all around.

    The in-house consultant was hard to win over, but I did it.

    :deal

    Then after consulting with the Doc yesterday, it's seems to be a go -

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    Now, Skibum69 - the host of the party, doesn't know about my injury, as he is racing the Rally of Mongolia at the moment.

    :deal

    Doing great too, I might add.

    A new set of tires needs to be fitted to the rig, and we have a departure date of the 28th or 29th of this month.

    Wish us luck.

    :deal
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  2. kamakaziozzy

    kamakaziozzy 3rd Wheel Adventurer

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    Friends!:clap Riding monkey will give ya a total new view of the ride. Beats the hell out of the sofa while your healing. Enjoy the trip!:clap
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  3. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  4. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    See you there! I never knew you could put a sidecar on the big GS so I'll have to check that out.
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  5. VTbeemer

    VTbeemer Traveler

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    I'd volunteer to ride Goodolguzzi's X-Challange along during your trip. This way he won't be deprived of its warm comfort during those cool nights up in Labrador :evil. But I'll be starting my six weeks down in S America in Bolivia around the time you guys are getting back. Sounds like a great plan!!

    Have a great trip!!!
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  6. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    some one needs to merge these two threads:D
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  7. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    We'll stick with this thread from now on, as it seems as there is new action to report....

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    GoodolGuzzi and Junkyard washed up in the driveway today - fresh from the Guzzi Gig in the Adirondacks.

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    what is that dry run you speak of Dave? :ear :lol3

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  8. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Good luck guys...I hope it all works out when does the main event start?
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  10. Mudhen

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    Awesome. Simply, awesome.

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  11. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    Sad seeing the X in the MZbahn covered up...looks kozy in flannel though :D

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    Not sure who was more nervous on the test run...Mrs.MZ, Mr.Mz or me!!!
    Slightlyshakey start out the drive :huh ...but about halfway into our 35ish miles run MZsays...'doing great fella!"
    phew...so i gave him my camera to start practicing

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    MZview

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    Pretty sure MZ's wickedcoolyounglady was very relieved to see us arrive back in one piece :thumb

    Scott had to work overtime to get the uppermostlevel of management approval :deal

    Arms feel ok today...but i think i'll be glad that we have a leisurely 4-5 days to travel the 900ish miles to the Soiree :D

    Scott even let me borrow his fancy seat for the Kanc blast home...ready for TransLab 2011 :nod

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  12. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    and the planning continues.................

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  13. Junkyard

    Junkyard Been here awhile

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    Soooooo Jealous. The first 5 miles sure looked interesting...:eek1

    Was fun watching you saw'n the steering back and forth trying to figure out the wiggles. I could totally hear the thoughts in your head. Sounds like you figured out to try to compensate less and got the ride height thingy dialed in. Way to go. :clap

    Happy Monday
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  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Yo MZ....God speed up there...sure cool you sittin' in the TUB for a change..:clap Likey likey???
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  15. markbvt

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    This ought to be good.

    Maybe I'll run into you guys on the Rock as we're looping homewards from the Trans-Lab. I'll keep my eyes peeled!

    --mark
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  17. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    The MZ's gave me homework...hopefully i can pass the 50 question knowledge test at the end :*sip*

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    MZ - looks like you're well on you're way to figuring out that new mapping software :thumb
    nice earplug markah :lol3
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  18. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  20. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    I really just needed some beer...

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    ...and a little tinkering project :D

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