A Solo TW200 Travels Eastbound WA to MN

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Macadam Drifter, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    Rest in Peace, Michael.
  2. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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    Rest in Peace
  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl Can't shoot straight Supporter

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    Good bye, Michael....:cry You lived life to it's fullest.!!!!:clap
  4. queenpdog

    queenpdog Long timer

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    Goodbye traveler. My next TW ride will be in your honor....just have to recover from surgery. So sad you are gone, so grateful I got to know you through your posts and adventures.


    :cry:cry:cry:cry:cry
  5. enz0

    enz0 Been here awhile

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    awesome rider, even awesomer rider. Kick this cancer thing in the head a couple of times and then head down my way and I'll buy you a few dozen beers and pick your brains about taking small bikes to ridiculous places
  6. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Mike,

    Your upbeat spirit in the face of adversity will always be an inspiration to me. The world was blessed by your presence.

    Todd
  7. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Macadam Drifter / Michael Kraus & Family --

    You were an inspiration, both on and off the bike. Safe travels!
  8. playharder

    playharder Just a rider

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    My condolences to Michael's family. His small bike exploits were an inspiration to us all. I can only hope to someday replicate some small part of what he did.

    John
  9. TwinDuro

    TwinDuro Befuddled Adventurer

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    Rest in Peace Michael... :cry

    You showed us all that the greatest of adventures can be had by taking the road less traveled; in so many more ways then one... Your fantastic rides and unsinkable attitude continue to inspire us all... You will be sorely missed! :cry

    Ride on Macadam Drifter, ride on! :cry

    <iframe src="https://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/888404166_iY6yx?width=425&height=240" frameborder="0" height="240" scrolling="no" width="425"></iframe>
    (Video from Mike's blog...)
  10. DJ1

    DJ1 Chopper Jockey

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    I met Mike last year while traveling, he encouraged me to join this forum even though I'm a "chopper" guy, we both agreed that traveling on any type of bike can be an adventure. I only spent a short hour or so chatting with him but he was a very great person.
  11. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Thanks for sharing Michael. I am glad that the pain and weakness are gone... Your adventures will continue to inspire us to take big trips on small bikes and share the tale. Rest in Peace Macadam Drifter, you live on in our hearts and collective spirit!
  12. S.t.t.G.

    S.t.t.G. Mind over metal...

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    An inspiration indeed......rest in peace.....
  13. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

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    May you have fair winds and following seas Shipmate

    Roger Tessman
    USN
  14. RudyS2MT

    RudyS2MT Rudy in MT

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    You had quite a ride Michael!

    It was so good to be there to share it with you..... I do wish your family well.


    Rudy in Helena, MT (A fellow TW lover)
  15. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Oh boy...

    :cry

    RIP, and fuck cancer.
  16. jachew

    jachew Adventurer

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    My condolences to his friends and family.
  17. Mugwest

    Mugwest "You mean the REAL world!?"

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    Damn.

    Just.


    I found this RR for the first time today, was tickled with it all. Learned a few things, too. Laughed out loud some and smiled a lot.


    It's all so fleeting isn't it
  18. azwheelin

    azwheelin Adventurer

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    Truly some sad news to hear. He inspired me with his adventures and will be missed. :cry

    Loved his tag too: The TW200 is slow but the Earth is patient - Macadam Drifter
  19. AngryScot

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    So sad :waysad
  20. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer Supporter

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    Any question sent his way he was most gracious to immediately respond...and finished up with followup PM's. Always with a most positive attitude, no matter his pain and suffering. His ride reports were an inspiration and will be missed by many...long lives his Ride Reports...

    He so proved that it's not the bike but the adventure.

    He and I emailed about doing a trip way up in British Columbia but it never happened due to his illness.

    If ever there is a "Ride Report Hall of Fame", Michael will be sitting on the front row.

    :cry :cry