Southern CA to Central NY, GS noob

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  1. corps_of_discovery

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    It would be easier to read if your text color was white instead of black. Other than that, good luck with your trip.
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    Stop at Chapparal cycle in San Bernardino or Cycle Gear by Murrieta and get yourself some rain gear, boots and whatever other gear you need, at good prices.
    Sport chalet in Redlands carries a lot of camping gear at good discount as well.
    Enjoy your trip. Don't over plan..... make plans each day based on the weather and the interesting stuff to you that is 100 to 200 miles ahead of you!
    Have fun! I'm envious....
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    Don't let these baseless fears ruin your trip, I am not saying that something bad couldn't happen, it's just that the likelihood is rather small. I have traveled quite a bit by myself on a motorcycle and have yet to have anything go wrong. Last summer I soloed to Prudoe Bay and then down to New Mexico before coming home with nary a problem. All you have to do is to ride safely and stay alert to your surroundings and you will be OK.

    The main thing that will stop you is if you mechanical problems. Do your due diligence as far as making your bike ready, and after a couple of days on the road you'll be having too much fun to be worried.
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    I went to Chapparal today, awesome store but no joy. They had some Italian boots I forget the name of it. Both pairs were over 200, and I wasn't impressed. In the event of rain I'm thinking about just putting plastic bags over my socks since the boots I have are for the desert. It was a cool place I just wasn't ready to pay 200+ for something that didn't have the support. Most of the trip will be on the road, I think... So I should be good with hiking boots. I want something that has the ankle support and steel shank but it looks like that will cost big. There is a cycle gear in v'ville and Ill try that tomorrow. It doesn't seem like a show stopper now, thanks for the suggestions and support. I have the rain gear top from the bmw jacket, and the bottoms from oylimpa
    Ill look up the place in Redlands.
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    Thanks Lokey. Stay alert stay alive. If this all works out I think Alaska is next. I do think the concerns are baseless, but real.
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    288 Miles. Almost ran out of gas once, need to plan out the gas stops better or get a extra gas container. Mostly Corn fields 96 and 40. Hit nasty wind in KA. Could have made it to MO but not with the wind and heat. Boring, trying to come up with a better plan tomorrow and for the next few days.
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    Anyone taken 36 through N Kansas rather than 70?
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    Scott, thanks for the nice words... Wish we had been able to talk while you were here. Well, then that leaves it undone and a talk for some other time.

    I have no knowledge of 36, and by now you are on the road. But, in my opinion Kansas is simply there and there is no way but to go. The key is to stay alert, as Lokey said. Kansas is a serious challenge to our ability to actually DO that. Miles of miles... Stop often and simply break the GOING part for even a few minutes. That may shift your mind to clarity and allow staying in that alert zone when you get back on. It really is a Tau thing; your life at this moment is moving in its own way. Beware of finding yourself trying to make something be; see the going as a river, you may find that you can float easier than you might think.

    Ride safe...

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    It's probably late, but I would describe eastern Colorado and western Kansas on 36 as an adventure of sorts. Desolate is another term. That doesn't mean I wouldn't ride it again, but you should have a full tank and plenty of water. The rest of 36 going East is certainly straight, but the undulations really give you a feel for the prairie. Watch out for deer. We were told they are thick and much larger than what we see in the East.
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    Pleasure to have you stay with us, CoD! :freaky Hope those gloves help you out on the rest of your trip.


    CoD took to riding that TallBike as if it had a blue and white roundel on it, hah. Couple of miles each way with aplomb! Only one wreck, and that was wheelie-related :rofl

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    Finished Art and Zen of Motorcycle Maintenance. I obviously need to work on the maintenance part but that’s a different subject. I thought that I was familiar with most of the concepts in the book. Most of the ideas were not new or ground breaking. However, after reading more the author flipped a switch, and things escaladed quickly.
    Started with Mu, and not answering yes or no. There isn’t a word for Mu in our language but its apparent everywhere. Esp in the 1010101 world. Does the computer or devise have electrical current in the circuit, the voltmeter will read itself…Mu. When the dude gets his rug pissed on and doesn’t know what to do. It should have been Mu because he lacked the context of the reality. Same, same for Syria and other recent conflicts. We really should be seeking truth in the context, most of the time you will find your not unable to. The only reason the dude goes to the mansion was because his friend talked him into it. Claiming they crossed a line…
    Back to Zen, I think it really starts when Phaedrus went for his doctorate at Chicago. I had some of the same experiences with trying to understand the writings and professors. I always thought to myself it to be as simple as hiding truth through jargon and smoke n mirrors. This problem is more systemic and real than most prob acknowledge. The duality and church or reason ultimately gets torn apart. The fact that Phaedrus turns to ancient Greece for answers on the path of truth seeking was a whole new level for me. I guess I missed the whole argument in my own studies but it is serious stuff. By the end of the book the author destroys some arguments of Greece and describes how those ideas clearly have and are misleading ppl. Along with accurately describing the problems and struggles between good and truth. He doesn’t really offer a complete picture (nor does he reach his goal of big collective idea), probably from the fact that he concludes its evil. The ideas certainly transcends political dichotomy which is comforting, and just gives me more of strong belief in respecting individuality (and not shocking ppl you think are insane). It is one of the best books I have ever read. Didn’t expect the Chris dying or the fact Phaedrus was the one carrying them along the whole time. Makes sense after the fact I guess.
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    Best part of the whole trip was tent space in IL.:freaky 475 miles from MO including the trip back to KC for the tire. Glad to meet new friends. Never thought Urbana IL could be so awesome. Thanks again for everything, Gloves worked great for the gps screen and throttle lock. Alot more comfortable than the leather ones. After an awesome time out on the bikes, I left the next morning and did 763 miles back home. End of trip ill post more pics another time.
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    I was wondering what happened to you in the morning... glad you made it back ok. I know I wouldn't have wanted to ride 763 miles that day :rofl
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    Very interesting ride report. Glad you made it back home, and hoping that you some more material to post up on the last leg of the journey. Dudeism and Pirsig....interesting bedfellows. I wonder what the Dude would think of the metaphysics of quality? The Dude abided. He stayed mellow in the face of the world's concerns. Except for the rug. We can recognize "quality" but can we define it? Is quality the result of caring?

    Pirsig's metaphysics of quality never caught on the way he had hoped, I don't think. Seems to me that product lifetimes are now so short that "quality" hardly matters because a "new and better" replacement will be coming out before quality becomes a real issue. And maybe more importantly, humans display a remarkable ability to set what I'll call "functional quality" aside in favor of other considerations that satisfy a need. I also think that our societal norm of "quality" has degraded over the last few decades to the point that when we encounter quality of the more distant past we are confused and have a hard time comprehending it. See the recent stories about tests given to 8th graders 100 years ago compared to today.

    Sorry for the diversion. It's a pretty good idea to take a minute each morning before you ride and check your bike over: tire pressure, tire condition, chain tension, brakes, lights, turn signals, oil level. You're hurling your body through space on this thing and a helmet and suit only offer so much protection.
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