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rogerdodger 02-04-2007 10:31 AM

Every journey must start with the first step.
Now just a couple of days away before the beginning of my adventure and I too must take that first step. I find my self thinking. Wait a minute. I like my warm bed in the morning. I like coming home to my little house. I like having all my things around me that bring me comfort and ease my daily routine.

Sure I have the excitement of the journey, with all the things to see and experiences to be had. But after traveling all through my 20's I know the reality of it too. Never having a place to lay out your things in comfort, always wondering where you"ll sleep from one day to the next. If you leave your things somewhere, will they be there when you come back? Maybe Im just a worrier? I didnt get this grey hair in my early 20's for nothing.

So what the hell am I thinking of to be leaving my little comfort zone? That first step is starting to feel like a huge leap, a jump or maybe plummet into the unknown. Originally I bought my bike for this one journey, to test myself and see if I still had the adventurous spirit in me. To see if i could hack the trials and tribulations of life on the road.

If I was selling up everything and leaving for good then it might be easier. After all thats what I use to do all the time. Move every 6 months and go traveling. Leave and never look back. Back packing with my life in my pack. But is been 15 years since I lead that life and now I'm really finding it hard to leave.

I've motorcycled for years, but only once did I pack a few things and go camp for the night. This time I plan to go for a month and be as self sufficient as possible with tent and camping stove and everything else that I might need for a month long trip. Shit Im only going from Georgia to Florida. Its not like im going to the middle of nowhere and cant buy what I need on the road. Even so, Ive packed and then re packed, packed then re packed again and I still seem to have too much stuff, but feel like Ive forgotten everything important.

Ok well lets stop whining and get this show on the road.

Here's a packing attempt. Still needs a few tweeks to be sure. Ive packed a few things that other might not have. A wet suit and googles and my running shoes. For the last couple of years Ive been doing triathlons and I dont see why I need to stop training while im away on my trip. Plus I have a marathon to run in March so I really cant stop training right now.

I bought the bike used and the tires were worn flat. I really wanted the Torances on her too, so on Saturday morning with the temp at 28 degrees I bundled up and headed out to the bike shop.

First dumb ass mistake. I came home with my new rubber. i was so bundled up that I couldnt move too well on the bike. I had to do a 5 or 6 or 7 point turn in my back yard to be able to put her away. In the process i missplaced my foot and down I went. HAvent done that in years. After reading about these bikes, I dont know how you guys ride in the dirt and can haul them around. I tried and tried to pick her up. I was getting so pissed knowing it was a dumb mistake and now with the bike laying in a combination of dirt and gravel it was probably scratching the hell out of the engine cover and who knows what else. I just couldnt get down under the bike enough to get a grip and lift. I could feel my legs and ass muscles straining and knew I wasnt doing my self much good. Finally I gave it one last try by holding more at the subfame at the back where I could grip better and get more leaverage and up she came. Not too bad damage and the engine cover already had scratches from the previous owner doing the exact same thing.

Ok bike loaded and ready to head out in the morning, or possibly Tuesday.

kootenay kid 02-04-2007 10:41 AM

Relax, have fun,cherish every moment cause it will be over all too soon. Keep in touch and Post some pictures. Whats the plan anyways?

rogerdodger 02-04-2007 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by kootenay kid
Relax, have fun,cherish every moment cause it will be over all too soon. Keep in touch and Post some pictures. Whats the plan anyways?

No real plan, other than go to florida, get sun, relax, have fun, dont die.

Shewbert 02-04-2007 12:15 PM

Good luck and have a safe ride. Hope you're able to post pics while you're away. The pics and ride reports from those riders fortunate enough to be able to ride in winter is what keeps us "garage bound" riders going till spring.

Enjoy, sounds lioke a great adventure.:freaky

GB 02-04-2007 12:55 PM

Have fun... and enjoy the sun... Take lotsa pics!! :thumb

We'll be waiting..


Teeds 02-04-2007 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by kootenay kid
Relax, have fun,cherish every moment cause it will be over all too soon. Keep in touch and Post some pictures.


Have a great trip.

I am determined to solo somewhere this summer, if time will only allow it.

GalacticGS 02-05-2007 04:56 AM


Have fun!!!

Questor 02-05-2007 05:12 AM

Another frozen exile checking in.:D

Have an excellent journey.

blackbirdzach 02-05-2007 07:49 AM

Have fun Roger!!!! :clap

rogerdodger 02-09-2007 08:57 AM

Ok I must say my hats off to you guys who ride these trips for weeks. Ive only been away 3 days and I feel like my life has been turned upside down. I guess Im a creature of habit and riding a bike with your life packed up on it certainly isnt condusive to a daily habit.

I wasn't going to write a long report now, cause I'm sitting in a public library with wi fi access, but the road is calling and its already late.

One thing that's been a shock is that most of the state park camp sites have been fully booked for 11 months. Ive managed to find a nice little place on the beach at Flagler. The last two days I have had some routine and got my hour run first thing in the morning through the trails of the park...Still hoping to see that Bobcat that they say is there.

First night was in Brunswick GA in a little hippy commune. Its rather cool as you sleep in very well made, if not a little cold tree houses. We had a circle of thanks before dinner, which was almost totally prepared from things that they had grown in the gardens. I felt a little out of place with all the guys and their shaggy long beard's and the woman with equally long under arm hair.

This is the geodesic (sp?) dome that was the first structure built out here in the 70's.

rogerdodger 02-09-2007 09:05 AM

Day two and I was down in Florida. The wind was pretty strong with gusts that felt like I was about to be lifted right off the bike, which made it all the more fun crossing this monster bridge into Jacksonville.

Crossing over the intercoastal to get the last camping spot that the nice lady at the park was holding for me. I ended up doing 90 to 100mph just to be able to get there in time.

rogerdodger 02-09-2007 09:08 AM

My first morning in Florida and it was still a bit chilly but not as bad as the low 30's it had been in Brunswich.


No swimming yet with these little buggers about.


mattzuki 02-09-2007 09:25 AM

every one knows what the first step is
The first step is admitting you have a problem. :D

Good luck with your journey. How far into fl are you going?

rogerdodger 02-10-2007 09:19 AM


Originally Posted by mattzuki
The first step is admitting you have a problem. :D

Good luck with your journey. How far into fl are you going?

I have no idea!

rogerdodger 02-10-2007 04:24 PM

Great adventure yesterday. I rode over to Ocala National Forest. Stoped in a little town called Walaka and I mean little. Drove down a sandy road to a cafe Id spied that sat on the banks of Lake George. No tourists around here and I was the focus of attention int he cafe. Where was I from, where am I going, what kind of bike is that? Some locals tell me I have to take the ferry over to Salt Springs and they give me directions and send me on my way.

The ferry was awesome. there's been a ferry here since 1780 and the tug that pushed this barge was built in 1918.

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