Earth, Wind and Tires

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BluNozr, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. KLRUSERIOUS?

    KLRUSERIOUS? Farkle-whore

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WTF are we supposed to do now? Do you mean, I am actually going to have to do work during the days instead of reading your enthralling ride reports? Guess I'll just have to settle with watching re-runs :lol3

    Awesome work Lenny...YOU'RE HIRED!

    Safe riding bud
  2. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Hey it will be OK. I know it's coming to the end but.....

    "Holy crap, I have to go back to work. How the hell am I going to find time to day dream and take three hour lunch breaks?" :eek1
  3. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    I knew every mile, each corner and sign that approached on the road I travelled countless times before but still it felt odd. *I struggled all morning with the feeling and it was not until I approached the coast near Halifax that the reason for my apprehension became clear. *Months of unplanned events, the constant feeling of anticipation and never ending surprise was being replaced with the unfamiliarity of familiar.

    <!--more-->Riding across Moncton just before 9AM on the crisp June morning I marvelled at what I once classified as rush hour traffic. *The short run from the hotel on the west side of the city to Beemer dealership took less time then I thought and I was inside looking over all the goodies just after the key opened the door.

    <img class="alignnone" title="Quick stop at Atlantic Motoplex BMW Motorrad in Moncton, NB" src="http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n585/lenmacdonald/Canada/IMG_3277-1.jpg" alt="" width="491" height="369" />

    Quick stop at Atlantic Motoplex BMW Motorrad in Moncton, NB

    The staff was quick and helpful listing off the prices of the list I had made in the hotel room earlier that morning. *I decided before I arrived that I would continue on regardless of what I found out and that the spring in the rear would take me home if I took my time.

    I continued on through the final border of the journey crossing the Tantramar Marsh to Nova Scotia in the late morning on my way to Halifax.

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    One last border

    Once there I stopped by the office for a quick hello to let my employer know that I was still alive and coming back to work. *Afterwards I milled around the city for a while and got the notion to ride over to the KTM shop and have a look around.

    <img class="alignnone" title="Shhhh! Don't tell Nelly." src="http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n585/lenmacdonald/Canada/IMG_0503-1.jpg" alt="" width="461" height="614" />

    Shhhh! *Don't tell Nelly.

    Time went fast in the candy store and when I looked down at my phone I noticed that it was nearing 4PM. *I rode back across town to meet up with a good friend that has helped out and offered tons of advice and encouragement over my entire trip.

    <img class="alignnone" title="Ryan and his bike" src="http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n585/lenmacdonald/Canada/IMG_3279-1.jpg" alt="" width="491" height="369" />

    Ryan and his bike

    We decided to go out to Peggy's Cove to take a look around and I puttered along to the serenade of Ryan's exhaust as he darted around in traffic. *We got out to the coast just as the fog was approaching and managed a couple of photos before the little village perched on the smooth granite rocks got socked in.

    <img class="alignnone" title="The bikes at Peggy's Cove, NS" src="http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n585/lenmacdonald/Canada/IMG_3283-1.jpg" alt="" width="491" height="368" />

    The bikes at Peggy's Cove, NS

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    Riding with Ryan at Peggy's Cove, NS

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    Riding with Ryan at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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    We found our way back to the city and headed to Ryan's place where we sat down for a couple of drinks of rum. *As each glass emptied the stories tales got taller. *After a few we decided to take a cab over to the pub with the best wings on the east coast and fill up.

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    Wing time in Dartmouth

    One pitcher turned in to... well who knows and the wings were just how I remembered them. *I got caught up on what I had missed over the past few months and I got a chance to talk bikes and riding with a great friend and long time rider. *A few plans for rides in the coming weeks were hatched some ideas on bikes floated before we made our way back to Ryan's place. *In typical style Ryan and his wife Denise had a great spot for me to lay my head and treated me like gold on my return to the province.
  4. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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  5. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed it immensely BN. Will be a great reference guide as I hit my soon to be 300+ days on the road. Glad to read your (pretty well) home safe.
    ToadRide
  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    What a ride Len! :clap:clap:clap It was a pleasure to kill some quality time in Colombia with you my friend:freaky Will need to do it again one day.

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    You where just about to get frogged by my little buddy riding along in my spare tire for so many miles:lol3

    I'll never forget that night you went off on that German guy in Cartagena resturant about the service:roflGood times amigo:freaky
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    wtf man??
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  7. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Thanks Silviu

    Send me a PM with the link to your RR when you get started. I'm looking forward to seeing the newer improved version next season

    Thanks Reddog.
  8. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    This one was after you pulled out the steakhouse place map you were using to get us to Cartagena.

    It was lots of fun John and riding with you was certainly a highlight. I look forward to the next time should you ever return from SA.
  9. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Life on the road is exciting, each day is new and the time passes quick. *The past 10 months have been a whirlwind of great experiences, fantastic people and exceptional riding but today I was as tired as I been in some time. *After a short ride and a memorable reunion with my dog Jack I settled down with family content and satisfied about the journey... and thinking about when the next one might happen.<!--more-->

    My head was heavy when I woke and I dreaded the drive I had for just that reason. *If it wasn't for family waiting I might have stayed in bed and passed another day in the city but I got up, cursed Ryan for all the beer he forced me to drink and grabbed a shower. *I left well after nine and rode northeast towards my parents home in Antigonish where my best friend Jack was waiting for me.

    I stopped in Truro along the way for a coffee and more McDonald's WiFi. *The cookie cutter appearance and smells of the fast food chain was identical to all of the other countries I had visited with the exception of the seasonal special served inside.

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    McLobster! *Only in Atlantic Canada.

    It would be another hour riding from there and when I got close to town I made a quick call to my father about where I was. *He asked me to hold back a bit so he could be at the house to meet me. *He wanted to see the dogs reaction and after he got to the house I pulled in.

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    313 days had past since I last saw my parents home and they took my most precious possession into there care and looked out for him. *It was this type of generosity and interest that my entire family gave me and made the trip possible. *With out them and the help of many friends it just wouldn't have happened.

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    As usual some nieces and nephews trickled over from next door and and clambered up on the bike and peppered me with questions about the trip. * My parents welcomed me back with a big meal and a told me a few stories about their year and the antics of the dog.

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    Cyra having the last ride of the day

    After a big meal things started to calm down and my niece Elyssa and I crawled down on the mat for some quality time with Jack.

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    Hanging out with Jack and Elyssa

    The evening shot by after everyone found there way home and things at the house got quiet. *It was then I started to realize what the next few weeks have in store.

    The coming days will wear away catching up, preparing to go back to work and sorting out life's daily grind but tonight I put that on hold and fell back into a days end habit I had developed over my time on the road...

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    I dreamt about where the next ride would be.
  10. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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    Epic. :thumb

    Thanks for the ride. :clap :clap :clap
  11. drdetroit

    drdetroit m00se

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  12. DetoX68

    DetoX68 Been here awhile

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    Len, thank you for sharing this journy with us, I enjoyed every word and picture of it. Going away from home for 10 months is not possible for the most of us, so we are as jealous as hell. :D But I'm sattisfied with a two week RR in the France Alps that's comming up.

    I wish you a lot of succes trying to pick up your daily life and getting back to work. And if you ever get stucked in Holland, you're more than welcome. :clap
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    C-Stain Long timer

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    Thanks for taking us with you.
  14. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    Great RR and the video with Jack was super.

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  15. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Not a problem NoVa Rider. It was my pleasure.

    Thanks drdetroit.

    It will be a bit of an adjustment but I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of real life.

    If you don't mind send me a quick PM when you do your tour of Northern France. I'm starting my notes for the next ride and it is on the path I have drawn.
  16. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the encouragement before, during and now after the run. I got your PM's and I will most likely get in touch soon. I am taking a few days to get settled and I'm still waiting from work to tell me where to go. There has been a bit of a change in the stable as well.

    There's lot's to talk about, lies to tell and rum to drink.

    See you all soon.
  17. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    So, how many marriage proposals have you had?:rofl
  18. KLRUSERIOUS?

    KLRUSERIOUS? Farkle-whore

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    I guess all good things must come to an end.

    Awesome job Lenny...thanks for taking us along for the ride.

    I also agree wholeheartedly with Nova Rider............Epic.

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I will miss this thread!
  19. SavannahCapt

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    I'm sure that you are glad to be home, but I'm sure going to miss this thread:cry
  20. hvman

    hvman Been here awhile

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    I'm sure glad we got to meet you, Len. I'm even more happy you had such a great trip. So many people are afraid of too many things, You had such a great adventure. It will take a while to get out of the habit of checking on your progress almost every night.
    If you are ever out west again and in the neighborhood we sure hope you let us know.
    "Change in the stable" wouldn't have anything to do with that blue beast you were sitting on would it?
    Best wishes, Jerry and Becky