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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.
I wish I could have been there...
Yep, we made it, having a great night at both Oakland and San Fran bike clubs. A big thank you to them.
Might be heading up to Seattle in the short time I have left before flying back to England, but got to get Dot fixed up first. She's starting to sound like a tractor and the back wheel's a bit buckled. But I guess she's got almost 90,000 kilometres on the clock now, still on original piston, having covered 8000 kays on this American trip, or just under 5000 miles. So that's almost 30,000 miles in a combined time of ten months. So she's doing alright. Certainly been an adventure...
And that's having survived 120 degree heat through Death Valley...
Congratulations. I never doubted you and Dot would make it. Love the pictures on Facebook, and especially the one of Dot and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. What a journey, and what great astute observations of the USA and the people you've met along the way. Well done. You will no doubt find yourself at work very soon, and reminiscing about your amazing trip this summer. I've always found Americans to be very generous, and so glad you have a few extra dollars now to get Dot home. Do come back again next year with Dot and come up to British Columbia and the Yukon and see the Canadian Rockies! I wish I lived closer and I'd have come to see you in San Francisco! Seattle's closer, but not close enough for me to meet you. Give Dot a big pat on the tank and tell her well done from me!
Congratulations Nate and definitely take up Danielle's recommendation of the Canadian Rockies if you end up in that part of the world again. Beautiful.
Have a safe flight home and I hope both you and Dot get the TLC you deserve.
Nate, it sure was a treat to have had the opportunity to meet you and spend a short time talking to you. Glad to see you made it to the coast! We had lunch together in Sargents, CO where we had just repaired a flat tire on my DRZ.
I just finished your book last night, great stuff, I really enjoyed it.
Doesn't look like your heading back to the east coast, but if you find yourself in the Boston area I would be happy to host.
You made me disappear from my present moment and into some future solo trip for a moment. You are an excellent writer and traveler. Thank you for the journey!
Huray! Glad you made it across the States. It was great meeting you in Zion.
"So why do we do it; to sight-see and send postcards? Nah. Were escaping, running from something that in our minds make us go. Boredom, the routine of life, a relationship, an inadequacy, you can escape them all on the road. That is until you stop for a while and they quickly catch up. You will be sat, merry in the moment around a campfire or at a table having lunch, when WHAM, they come right back having pursued you all this way across the globe."
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Super Suz thanks for sharing
Nate see U in England in '15 for the Rugby World Cup. Ride down to the White Swan in Twickenham for a pint or 6
See you were in Ride mag this month then Nathan with the pearls of wisdom for riding kit
I was indeed Mr Kwak.Actually, I didn't realise just how big a tw@t I looked until I saw the piece in print. Ah well...
And there's an interview in MCN this week as well, with them burning out copies of my book for £9.99 inc p&p. UK only. Which is nice. Got to start writing second one as well, on America trip. With plan to return to Seattle - where Dot is - in the spring and make the push north to Alaska, as we originally set out to do this year.Then not sure what. But will make more effort to document it this time. Merry Christmas everyone...
Wouldnt say twat, its just what you find comfy
You are the coolest one of the bunch and I bet the "power ranger" guy you're next to has not been through all those "Stan" countries or the Himalayas on his bike.
Arthur (Lucky peg # 121)
I just saw that Nathan is on a big metal bird heading back to his beloved Dot in Seattle. Planning on bringing her home. Go the Postman!
Hey guys, a while since I last checked in.
Felt I just needed to update the blog report with a few more pics of the America trip as I never got round to it last year. I've not started a new ride report for it as I don't think I'll have the time to narrate, more a case of upload some pics. So here goes, starting in New York on what was a 6000 mile ride, in six weeks, from NY across to San Francisco and then up to Seattle. Same bike as Sydney to London. Still going strong, kind of... though currently having a new piston fitted.
New York, landing early August...
who's the babe in picture #5?
Moving in to Pennsylvania, heading towards Detroit...
(gonna annotate these later)
Good to hear from you Nate! Great shots there of NYC! Excellent!
Hope you have some free time to fill in the blanks on your USA crossing ... maybe even an update on your current status?
You'll be glad to know your book has been passed around to two fellow riders, both enjoyed the read.
Are you back in the UK now? Future plans?
Stay well ... (do me a favor! buy some BOOTS! )