“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” - Solo X Country 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by soph9, May 3, 2014.

  1. MUS

    MUS ActaNonVerba

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    I followed your Alaska trip on the Triumph's. So sorry about the break-up, but nothing clears the head and soul like a motorcycle adventure, so just move on and enjoy what lies ahead. I grew up in Huntington, LI and while I live in Virginia, travel north frequently. Just be careful of the pot holes and general poor condition of the roads no matter what route you take to LI.
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  2. DarknStormy

    DarknStormy DL1000

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    I truly hope you find the adventure you seek and healing you desire!

    :lurk

    BTW beautiful bike
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  3. wyoly

    wyoly Adventurer

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    :clap
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  4. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Leslie, we're following you ! Wish y'all kinds of good fortunes, new friends and awesome roads. BTW, the "Good Girls Go To Heaven, GS Girls go everywhere" pic?

    I took that in November of 2012 at the Rawhyde Open House. Dang it's small world! I'm honored you chose to post it here and glad you like it!:clap

    The bike is a GS 650 that belongs to my friend Jessica. Here's a pic of Jessica taken the same day. If memory serves me right, the Touratech bags were a gift from Nicholas, her SI. They were brand new, hence no dirt on them yet :clap

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  5. adkjack

    adkjack Been here awhile

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    Leslie-

    I'm in Saratoga Springs, but will work with you to try to get together. When do you anticipate being in upstate NY?

    Dave R.
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  6. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Beginning of June maybe


    If you see typos it's my phones fault!
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  7. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    very cool and glad it was OK to use the pic...I love it and it says it all! Thanks
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  8. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    My pleasure. Curios where you found the pic? Btw, do you know Sue Taylor?
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  9. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    a guy named George in the UK found it...George has been a very loyal visitor to my blog and FB page and re-branded me...he designed the advgrrl logo as a gift. Sue? Not sure
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  10. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    Oi, have an awesome journey and look at the world with new eyes! A fellow lower mainlander wishes you nothing but the best :D


    As an aside, please forgive me, but it's refreshing to note that it's not always the guy that is wrong in a relationship with a girl :lol3

    Cheers soph9 :freaky
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  11. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    @ErikMotoMan - I found the photo on the BMW GS Europe Facebook group, and it has also made its rounds on the BMW GS Girls page.

    —George
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  12. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Great decal I have to say


    If you see typos it's my phones fault!
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  13. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Planning at least where I might head for the first 6 days at 0330. Why else is there to day on Mother's Day?

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    If you see typos it's my phones fault!
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  14. beemerchick1

    beemerchick1 n00b

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    Hi there !

    I'm with you. Ride a F 800 GT, ju$t $old my G$ 650. Need a new laptop too, the $ don't work, have to u$e $ in$tead, :rofl

    Left a 27 year marriage after being told for year$ I wa$ no good. Originally from Calgary, now enjoying Malibu and a California motorcycle man (yummy) who look$ out for me and make$ $ure I'm $afe, appreciated and $ati$fied. $omeone I$ waiting for YOU to brighten their life.

    You are on the right track! :clap
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  15. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Was up at 0330 this morning, [​IMG]May 11th, Mother's Day looking at maps. Even though I only have 6 days left to "prepare" it's never to late to scout out possible routes, check ones gear and do a little inspection of the bike. After looking at maps so early they began to look a little like this...


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    I noticed my tire pressure was quite low. Possibly because of the changes in weather and to be honest I have not stayed on top of the pressure checking area. When on the road I check all the time.


    Pumped them back up to a ripe 38psi both rear and front. I use Heidenau Scout K60 tires. I all ready have 13,000 KM's on them so keeping the pressure up I hope will make them last until I get to Ontario for replacements.



    I am sorry to hear that Dual Sport Plus in Ontario are retiring at the end of June and shutting down. I am lucky they will fit me in for a full service, including valve inspection and new tires.


    So, I was somewhat productive today regarding my trip but got side tracked with household chores too...like cutting the lawn, taking care of the gardens, cleaning etc. So, I got all my gear down, checked my sleeping bag, all good there, Therm-A-Rest pad...check...tools, oil filter, brakes pads all new a good. Threw everything down from my loft area and I got to look at this mess..


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    Cleaned my brake pads too. So, after traveling with two for many years and dividing the gear between two bikes...I need to down size a bit and make sure I bring only what I need and get it all into my luggage.



    I can tell you this I am all ready taking out clothes I want to bring versus need to bring.


    I will sift through all this tomorrow and start placing items into their designated location on the bike, make sure it's balanced etc.


    Camping stove works after being dormant for over a year...took awhile to get the awesome blue flame but it eventually showed up. This stove can use unleaded gas as well as white fuel.


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    Nemo has a cool pillow that inflates like a Therm-A-Rest pad and you can adjust its firmness. Has some webbing on the back if you need to prop it up with a shirt on something. Cool part it has its own built-in stuff sack and packs into itself...very small I might add. The pic does not do it justice. It packs really small I promise.


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    Then packed...


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    At this point I had enough, clothes upstairs and the lawn was yelling at me to cut it...Left the bike, went to the yard. Last night I did a little of this...


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    and today I did a little of this too...I love my back yard.


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    There is plenty for me to do when I get back when it comes to finishing the deck trim and have to re-stain it because last summer I stained in REALLY hot weather.


    So peaceful at times...we have lot's of kids in the hood but today was quiet. All the moms were out with their families so I got to have me time and visit some friends left behind relaxing at their own homes. All the while planning in my head the packing and getting ready for Saturday's departure east. I will be staying Canada until Alberta I think or maybe to Eastern BC then down through the States.


    I will be posting my SpotWalla tracking URL soon. It will be live on Friday but you won't see any movement until Saturday when I leave. I am hoping I set up the SpotWalla page correctly and will check at the end of the day Saturday to se if it is tracking me.


    So, 6 days...well...5 by the time most read this until my SOLO trip. I will miss my dogs as always...but I am getting excited to see what it is like to be on my own. More packing pics as I go along.
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  16. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    In. :thumb
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  17. Westbay

    Westbay Adventurer Supporter

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    Thanks for the introduction and pictures of preparing for the trip. I look forward to following along. Be safe, bob
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  18. flyingz06

    flyingz06 Been here awhile

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    so why the headset if riding solo and no radio?
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  19. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    I listen to music from my phone, can answer the phone for emergencies, listen to audio books and yes listen to the radio too.


    If you see typos it's my phones fault!
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  20. sstracke

    sstracke Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great route - best of luck.
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