Tiffany Ambling through America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tiffany, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Hi Tiffany...glad you enjoyed your visit to the colonies! Looking forward to following your next adventure!
  2. Gummitarzan

    Gummitarzan Adventurer

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    Great reading and riding Tiffany:clap
    I read that you might visit Sweden. Well if you ever do and I´m not (hopefully I am:D) on a journey myself you´re more than welcome to crash at my place.

    Buy the way. What kind of camera do you use?

    Again, thanks for charing!

    Ride safe
  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Now THAT is impressive RockyDog, you've transformed things there.:D

    So, it's true, blokes CAN tidy up:rofl
  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    I loaded Thelma up and we headed out into the traffic once more, looking to get over or under a river, I managed to find this tunnel...

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    (another in the occasional series of don't tell my Mum I was taking photos as I rode along!)

    In search of the shipping agents - James Cargo, I ended up in New Jersey somewhere - shipping agents tend to be in obscure locations where there are seedy warehouses and very few actual people in sight. I reached my destination and handed over Thelma to a very nice young man called Arpad, the paperwork took us very little time, then he did a visual check of Thelma, as she is so battered after the 15 years of travel that I've put her through, it didn't take long to note on his sheet that almost every panel is damaged! And before I knew it, Arpad was wheeling Thelma away into the warehouse.


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    I always find it hard saying goodbye to Thelma and leaving her in someone else's hands. Picking up my bag, I headed back into NYC on the train, clutching bike helmet and seat as a reminder that I'm usually a bike traveller

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    It was my final night in America, Sabs had a drinks party to wish me farewell

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  5. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hi Tiff,
    Have to ask, why do you carry the seat with you? I've taped my wind screen to the seat when shipping.
  6. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    There is a good reason for that Marty.
    When I'd passed through LA, the lovely guys at Bill Mayer Seats asked me to test out a new prototype GS Adventure seat on Thelma for them. It's got a special material covering it and was fantastic. The seat more than proved itself and now it was time for the next stage with it.
    I'm carrying the seat to the nearest post office to send it back to the guys and they will ship the finished prototype to me in England.

    http://billmayer-saddles.com/BMS/

    A big thank you to Bill and the guys.:clap:clap
  7. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Makes sense now. It does look rather new in the pic. Thank you.
  8. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    Tiffany, it was a real pleasure to meet you in Arkansas at the GS Giant event. I've really enjoyed reading your ride report! Very interesting!
    Glad to see you got some new tires from the guys at No-Mar before leaving the MOA rally. Twisted Throttle has been very good to me in the past too.:ricky
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    So what dodgy behaviour were you indulging yourself in to warrant the attention of a Sheriff?

    I like the sound of that ...
  10. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    So you're catching up a bit Cole, now that you've got the time...

    Absolutely No dodgy behaviour, the sherrif just couldn't cope with the fact that I have a number plate that isn't an American one, didn't show up on their computer system and therefore I MUST be up to no good.

    It's true, you're not the only Walter in Thelma's life:D
  11. SLACKER

    SLACKER Been here awhile

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    Nice
  12. missadventure

    missadventure n00bie d00bie d00

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    Great ride report. I admire your skill with the riding self portraits, good timing! Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures :clap
  13. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    always good to get feedback Slacker :D

    Kyle it was good to meet you as well, it was a very sociable event. Glad to see you've been following my RR, and yes, No Mar and Twisted Throttle were very helpful. BIg thanks to both of those companies.

    Missadventure - BTW love the name - I've got to admit the self-portraits whilst riding are a bit hit or miss, and there are times I just give up after several attempts as they're just not working out how I want them to. More travels will be coming up next year. In the menatime take a look at my website for the earlier travel.
  14. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Thelma was last seen being wheeled into the shipping agents' warehouse somewhere in deepest, darkest New Jersey, whilst I was then partying in New York for my final night before flying home.
    I always have mixed emotions when I'm heading back to England after a journey. Even more so if I'm not actually riding Thelma, and having to once more navigate through a busy airport with a load of bike gear.
    I feel a sense of accomplishment at having achieved something, a sense of loss that the journey is over and anticipation about going home- I love where I live and have a close network of family and friends whom I'm always looking forward to seeing again.
    JFK Airport, incidentally had the most unpleasant jobs worth person I have ever encountered at any airport...and Yes, I did tell her that:D

    But they let me out and I made it back to England, some weeks later, Thelma arrived...
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    The Aylward Brothers, friends of mine from London had come alongg to assist collecting Thelma from the docks.

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    It was a bit of a struggle because I'm a bit short to be of much use once Thelma is on a ramp and neither of these guys rides motorbikes...at all!
    We eventually got Thelma into the back of the van

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  15. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Proof that I was back in England
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    We unloaded Thelma onto the street in Deptford, South London and I waved my Union Jack


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    Clouds were gathering and I had to move quickly

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    As Thelma's seat was still on its way back from America, I had to create a substitute

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    I rode across London and found a Knight in Shining Armour...Steptoe

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    He happened to have a GS from a similar era which he's in the process of doing up in his workshop- he's a genius with BMW GS bikes.
    And he was happy to lend me the seat, which sort of fitted and was definitely a big improvement on my gaffer tape and foam creation.
    Huge thanks to Steptoe AKA Neil a veritable hero in English GS circles.

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  16. missadventure

    missadventure n00bie d00bie d00

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    Thanks, I should have used misadventure, but maybe it was taken.

    I have seen your website, IMPRESSIVE. You are an inspiration. This is the first of your ride reports I had the time to read all the way through. I see you have a couple of others, which I must check out.:clap

    I noticed you have done a lot of trips two up. I think it is cool that you travel with someone and take turns driving. Do you prefer that modus operandi?
  17. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Welcome home! Was at CountrySide BMW yesterday collecting my new GS. The guys all said hello to you.:D
  18. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Many thanks for the kind words Missadventure, I've got three RRs here, but have also done another five majot bike trips which were all trans-continental. I love travelling two up on my bike, and to be honest,.. that was how I learnt to ride a big bike with the pillion rider (Brit word) calling encouragement whilst she was also holding on for a dear life :eek1
    and also all my off-roading for the first few years was two-up, probably even more of a white knuckle ride:D However, when you don't know anything different, you just get on with it.
    I enjoy the challenge of riding, but also enjoy relaxing on the back, in that way I can appreciate the view as well as ensuring I get that all important afternoon nap. In fact I once fell asleep within 20 mins of getting on the back of someone's bike!
    If I'm on my bike solo then I also often pick up hitch-hikers - no doubt that will trigger off a few comments.
  19. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    "If I'm on my bike solo then I also often pick up hitch-hikers - no doubt that will trigger off a few comments."
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    Ha ha always wondered how you originally met Walter
  20. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

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    Really enjoyed you report, hopefully I can catch one of your talks next time your over.

    I found Trail to Tibet, have you got a link to the other one?