"I've Been Everywhere, Man" Living the song on two wheels.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swedstal, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Saturday, June 29th

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    That’s right, Han! This is a motorcycle site gol darn it!

    I had a mission for the morning. Since “Oklahoma” is mentioned in the song, I wanted to have some choices for the picture to represent it. I already captured the Sacred Rain Arrow a couple of posts ago. Today, I wanted to add an iconic picture of the Gloss Mountains to my quiver. I’d been thinking of returning since we’d ridden through there a couple of days prior.

    Justin would be joining us as we headed west to see if we could find a place to take a good picture.

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    Our only option was to go on the “lease roads” that the oil companies use to access their pumps. I’d never really been up close to one and they are bigger than I thought.

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    Rocky had an itchy trigger finger on my camera, which I really appreciated. He got a lot of good shots through the process.

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    Google made this little panorama for me:

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    I found the position that I wanted, but it would require me to take Annie out onto a little ridge. I probably wouldn’t have tried it on my own, but I had some good muscle to help me out of any tight spots.

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    I think we got some winners:

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    My only exit strategy from the spot was to have very capable and helpful friends. :thumb It probably took us ten minutes to heave Annie backwards. We were laboring under an intensely hot sun, but my happy helpers were still smiling.

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    This little outing was both very unnecessary and very enjoyable. I guess you could say the same thing about my trip in general!

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  2. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    It was time for me to hit the road, but not before the regular festivities. For all of his help, I had Rocky cross off Hennessey, place 74 of 92.

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    I could go on for many paragraphs about everything this family did to me. Without their help, this trip through NW Oklahoma would have looked completely different.

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    Ryan is a good little rider and I’m eager to see where life’s adventures take him. I can almost imagine a conversation we might have about twenty years from now….

    Me: Hey you young whippersnapper, get off of my lawn!

    Ryan: It’s me, Ryan, your old friend from Oklahoma.

    Me: Do they have lawns in Oklahoma? I said get off! What are you doing here anyway?

    Ryan: Ooops…sorry. I’ve decided to take the road to Everywhere. I’ve made good progress and I think I will be able to beat your time by a few months. I was wondering if you would check off “Nebraska” for me.

    Me: Pfff. We’ll just see about that…Isn’t that bike one of the new Honda Africa Sextuplets? Doesn’t that model have autopilot?

    Ryan: Yeah, but I only use it in places like Nebraska.

    Me: You watch your mouth! And what about Ombabika? Since they built the four-lane highway up to the mega-resort there, that place has totally lost its mystique. There’s no challenge anymore!

    Ryan: I did skinny dip in the Ombabika River. That has to count for something, right?

    Me: Hmm… I suppose so. Tell ya what, I’ll sign off on Nebraska. Just promise to not use any more auto pilot while you are here.

    Ryan: You got it.

    Me: …and can I sign your bike?

    Ryan: No, that’s weird. Why would anyone do that.

    *end scene*





    After I told Rocky about the generous donation I received, he smiled and shook his head, saying in the nicest way possible, “You still don’t get it, do you?” In some ways I guess I still don’t. The way people have cared for me continues to be baffling.

    I guess all that I can do is take these experiences to heart and try to emulate them in my own life. I want to be a person who will share a home, share some money or even share a quilt with someone who could use it. I’ve certainly received a crash course in generosity over the last two years.

    18 to go!

    Keep stitching, everybody

    BA
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  3. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Realtime update: I made an alteration to my plans around mid-day yesterday. I was planning to spend a couple of days in New Orleans, but the situation with flooding and the coming storm made that unwise. Instead, I bolted across the state and now am on the edge of Houston. I should be mostly clear of the storm’s path here. I hope everyone in Louisiana stays safe!
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  4. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer Supporter

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    Oh my! This could be your best update ever! I never would have picked Oklahoma for such an outstanding stop. Wish you’d have added another two pages about what happened there. Just amazing. I may get on the bike and show up at one of your final spots. It’ll be like the end of the running scene in Forest Gump. They’ll be a 1,000 bikes following you by then. Ha!
  5. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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  6. WYO George

    WYO George witness protection file #7236

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    I gotta be honest here, as much as it pains me to say.... I knew how to spell it. I’m not that great at spelling common werds, but I’m a total nerd when it comes to odd words (and useless trivia). I even remember how to spell sphygmomanometer after learning it in 5th grade science class.

    Yep, total geek.
  7. interceptor1972

    interceptor1972 Been here awhile

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    Excellent update and a great story! Wonderful seeing the people I'd heard about. Looks like you had a wonderful time with amazing people!

    Good choice on bolting. It looks like Louisiana will get more wet stuff after all they have recently gotten. Be weather aware, however, since things in the Gulf of Mexico have a way of getting to Houston pretty quick. Stay safe and have a blast!
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    tag3 Doofus

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  9. Davidprej

    Davidprej Davidprej Supporter

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    This could be epic. If he could let us know when his last leg will be at least a week or two ahead of time, as many inmates as possible could show up for an escort. Ok, maybe not 1000, but a half dozen at least!
  10. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Someone with video editing skills could insert footage that makes it look like hundreds of followers were riding along.... that would be cool :lol2:jack
    Happy birthday!
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  11. WYO George

    WYO George witness protection file #7236

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    Happy birthday Brett!
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  12. interceptor1972

    interceptor1972 Been here awhile

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    Happy birthday Brett!!!
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  13. swedstal's wingmom

    swedstal's wingmom n00b

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    Hey ADVriders. Be sure and wish Brett a happy birthday today! I like the idea of some of you joining him on his final leg. I know I would like to do that!! Thanks for all the support you do give him! Swedstal's Wingmom.
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  14. KiwiPewe

    KiwiPewe Coddiwomple Supporter

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    Happy birthday, Brett, from Aoteroa.
    Not quite sure wether my bike will float enough to make it to the Grand Victory Parade (or GVP, as it shall be known henceforth).:flug
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  15. vt700guy

    vt700guy Been here awhile

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    OK, I had always planned on adding something about Brett's stay here in Oklahoma with me after he posted, but I really don't know what I can say that he hasn't already said 10 times better. He has said many kind words, but I still feel overwhelmingly that I got more from him during his time here than he did from me.

    Brett, you just might be on to something with Ryan 20 years from now. I was showing him the posts yesterday and he asked me about going to Nebraska and visiting. I explained that you are still not home but we will make sure we go visit when you are, and Ryan asked how far it is. When I told him it is about 360 miles he said "that's nothing dad, we can do that easily in one day." His longest day currently is 450 miles on the day we met in Woodward, and he has already asked me to pick a longer ride. I asked him why he wanted to ride farther in a day and he replied " I need to be pushed dad so I know how far I can ride in one day." I better stock up on tires because this kid is going to help me wear some out.

    Thanks again for spending time in our humble abode, we are already looking forward to the next time we cross paths.
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  16. vt700guy

    vt700guy Been here awhile

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    I would love to do this!
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  17. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Hello Brad,

    Happy birthday from the dar north of Germany from one fellow ADV rider/reader of this quality publication.

    Continue on mission - and report back.

    My best wishes to the next stage of your travels.
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  18. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    I would totally show your son the Iron Butt Association web site if I could. But I am known to be a pot stirrer.
  19. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Happy Birthday!

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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Indeed, Happy Birthday!
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