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Across the Country on a Honda C70 Super Cub

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by hitchiker_forever, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. chopperito

    chopperito aka dirty dave

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    beautiful. please continue.
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  2. trevhead

    trevhead Adventurer

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    bring it. :clap
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  3. Rastus

    Rastus World Traveler

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    It must have really been HOT! But the whole idea is classic. Wish I'd thought of it...:D
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  4. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    Not really something I enjoy doing. Taking off the rear wheel of this thing is a pain. It doesn't have a center stand so some milk crates underneath and a bungee cord holding it to a near by air pump is the best I can do without putting it on its side. Took about an hour and wasn't too pleasant. Like an idiot I forgot to bring tire irons so I had to use my open ends to take out the tube.
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  5. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    My home and one of my favorite places in the world, the Sierras steep, sheer, and sudden.
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  6. Ray-zer

    Ray-zer Adventurer

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    Are they alright?:eek1
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  7. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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    Sweet RR so far - kind of an American version of Nathan Millward's trip around the world on his Postie.
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  8. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    He's home...Looking forward to the story.
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  9. RPD1

    RPD1 We don't

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    Good for you. Lookig forward to hearing the rest of the story.
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  10. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    They turned out OK.

    And you guys are going to have to wait a little, I have no pictures of Nevada due to camera loss... so I'm going to try and cook up some Ernest Hemingway writing.
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  11. mashrider

    mashrider Been here awhile

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    nice adv, but you sold the bike???????
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  12. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    Bishop, CA to Ely, NV in one day at 35mph

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    The day started cold. I had to wrap up with everything I had to keep the wind out.
    2 pair T-shirt.
    Classy dress shirt.
    One sweater.
    Water resistant air force jacket.
    Most importantly my wool scarf.
    The morning desert was cold.

    All wrapped up I set off back down 395.

    Sorry I just really love the Sierras. :D
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  13. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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  14. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    Clear sky!!!!!
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  15. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    I stopped for a breakfast of spam and eggs over my propane stove then kept on trucking. After about 2 hours I hit Bishop, California. Nothing special, just another town, had some sights, might go back for the climbing.
    I'm not much of a tourist, every time I find some famous place, its never that exciting, never makes me happy. To me its about the journey and the challenge to get somewhere not the sights, or the sounds, or the food. Seeing the landscape combine and meld together is always more interesting than one specific spot. Bishop was nice no doubt, just not my kind of place.

    This guy was on highway 6 about the same time I was he seems to have the road spot on.
    All rights reserved by nathan_rank

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    Nice drive.
    The shoulder was a little small for dodging but there wasn't a lot of traffic on that road anyway.
    It seemed that my speedo had had enough though, it literally popped out of its socket after making a weird spinning noise for the past two hours. I removed the cable and kept going.
    A sign came up.
    Provincetown, MA 3,205 miles
    Still a ways to go, but every mile counted.

    Green farms bordered the highway and I took some pictures with the cows, and enjoyed the scenery while eating my nuts and water.
    At the gas station before the Nevada border I met some Harley riders.
    "Nice little bike, where you heading too"
    "I'm just going east"
    "Don't know where?"
    "No not really"
    *Akward silence*
    "Yeah we just came up from North Dakota"
    "Cool"
    "Well cya"
    "Cya"
    Talking isn't my thing...

    But I realized I had no agenda, no plans, no reservations, and no directions.
    A map and a compass, a cell phone connecting me to the outside world.
    I felt free, and for the high school Asian student thats rare.
    In someway my parents or the school system controlled my life.
    Wake up. Go to school. Take the classes that will get me into college. Socialize. Extracurriculars until nightfall. Homework. Sleep. Repeat.
    My life was in my own hands, I could go anywhere and do anything, and as long as it cost less than $15 a day, I was set.

    I passed a couple GS riders and a pretty attractive girl, payed my $3 gas in cash (no debit card) and gave one the riders his forgotten helmet back.
    An hour later I made it to the Nevada border. I got off my cub and danced my ass off, I kissed the wood the first state out of......? Still that one state was a lot of miles. I jumped and sang and screamed a big "FUCK YEAH" into the empty desert for half an hour.
    I ate some more nuts and took one last look at the Sierras.
    Off into Nevada.
    All right reserve aaroads.com
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  16. hitchiker_forever

    hitchiker_forever Crazy

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    Had to, not enough time, explain later
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  17. jpdude999

    jpdude999 Rider on the Strom

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    DAMN! I'm in, even if I get showed up by an 18 year old kid. :huh
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  18. City Man

    City Man Adventurer

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    Way cool, reminds me of my youth, If I needed 500 dollars to do an adventure, 50 dollars was more then enough. I can see many more adventures are coming your way. :pynd:lurk
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  19. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Now this is refreshing! LESS IS MORE! GOOD FOR YOU! Steve
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  20. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    At 19 (Summer of 2006) I drove my 1991 Toyota Corolla 8,000 miles from Seattle to San Diego, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Humbolt, San Diego, Vancouver Canada, Seattle. And everywhere in between.

    Of the 58 Days on the rode, I paid for lodging on 6 days.

    Now I'm in Colombia, nearly half way through a 10 month journey from Seattle to Buenos Aires.

    School got in the way, 9 months a year, but every summer holds an ADVENTURE.

    Well done with your Honda Cub. Why not right?

    --Alex
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