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Old 01-01-2010, 06:50 PM   #1
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Laugh "Fly-ride West ride Canada to Mexico & points between

Oct. 2012 Edit: 3 years running now. Still Haven't made it to either Panama nor Alaska even though it was originally a 1 1/2 year plan. The seasons & the trips are just not long enough. Anyways the migration has been fun & the plan is still to get to both. It's just takin a little longer. Oh well!!!
Livin the Dream - Ridin the world. That's the plan.
I'm only semi retired yet, plus can't/don't want to be away from home for too long at a time right now. So what can I do?
FLY & RIDE! Starting with the Wild Wonderful rugged & Beautiful West. I'll store the bike in major hubs allowing for direct flights from T.O. Toronto Ontario Canada that is.
This is a 2 year plan riding North/South like a migratory bird, with the seasons.
Far south as Panama, far north as Alaska in roughly 2 week stints over the next 2 years. Rough plan is: Leave Ontario fall 2009 Destination Phoenix. Store Bike fly home. Fly back in 3 weeks following Explore area, finish in Vegas. Use Vegas as hub till spring.
Winter 2009: Ride Baja, Mexico-Copper canyon, Death Valley, San, Diego, Palm Springs, LA.
Spring: Head north via California & West coast. First hub, San Francisco. Explore. North to hub Vancouver late spring.
July - Alberta. Start heading south August, rocky mountain States, local rallies, WestFest. Will be visiting many National Parks. Migrate south with the weather, Ultimately back to Vegas.
Winter 2011 head thru Mexico & Central America to Panama. Store bike so no rush.
Fly home couple weeks then back & ride north back to Vegas. Spring/Summer to Alaska & Yukon then???
Ready to ride;Ride started Sunday Oct 26. (Wanted to have some good pics ready before starting report to make for a more entertaining start, plus well hey what can I say I've been busy.)
Start plan was riding to Phoenix, store bike fly home Nov.10. To make the ride more interesting
I decided to ride straight south first thru West Virginia, Tennessee, Great Smokies, Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon, Cherahola then West. Planned to meet up with 2 fellow ADVers, AllenTC in Charlston West Virginia and Todd-ADVTENN in Tennesseesome fellow ADVers.. AllenTC was going to ride 2 Hrs north to meet me in North end of west Virginia so we could do a nice route south together. I would stay at his place in Charleston and we would ride to meet with Todd next day.
Ended up leaving much later in the day than expected.

Now I had to make up some time in the dark.
Riding south in the dark on the NY interstate I fear for Deer.
Woh! Suddenly appearing in my headlite my fear is realized and it's a big one!
I slam the brakes on, the bike dives and the road ahead is suddenly dark, headlite pointing straight down, Can't see!.
I let up for an instant having dropped a good amount of speed. Oh Deer he's right there! Why am I letting off the brakes.
Just stop! Stop! stop! to the side. No cars behind me, Whoooh! I'm stopped, lights up, deer gone. Big Breath!!! Careful!
Yes the Adventure has begun!
Rode to about 11pm got motel. Met Allen next Day 11:00 Clarksburg WV. We had a beautiful sunny fall day ~20C/70F.
I made sure we found some adventurous roads and extra challenge.




Here are some comments Allen had made on facebook: "When I meet Roland, I ask if he has a route. "No, I thought we'd just see what the GPS says is the funnest (yes, I know it's not a real word) ride." His method for determining this is to zoom the screen down to the smallest scale and see which road looks curviest. This also usually winds up putting us on some of the most ungodly dirt, back-country roads. We spend something like 6 hours making our way back from Clarksburg to Scott Depot. A ride that took me 2 hours to make on the way up."

The next day we head out to meet another friend, Todd, who lives in Kingsport, TN. The plan is to meet him in Tazewell, VA and do some sightseeing around his neck of the woods. The only catch is, it's pouring by the time as we roll out of Tazewell.

Despite the weather, these two decide to go through every drenched, leave covered two-lane in western VA and eastern TN. After about three hours of riding, my Tourmaster pants, touted as waterproof, shout "No mas" and give up. I swear, it was that fast. One minute I'm riding in relative comfort, the next, cold rainwater douses my bikini area. Shocking, I tell you. I spend till almost 6pm THAT day riding in the rain! But the evening was pretty awesome. That evening I had some great Mexican and got to try some real Tennessee 'shine. When I got home Wednesday afternoon, I had a hair over 1,300 miles on the bike.

This time Allan didn't launch his bike up a cliff into a tree so he is gettin better.
Eastern Rendesvous:
We met with Todd Next day. Unfortunatly weather was miserable and we couldnt do a good part of the route Todd had planned out. Was still a good day and fun seeing riding with those guys. Met Todds family, very nice. We went out for diner & Then visited and had some drinks Todds Dad who has an awsome ManCave (Garage/Shed). What a place, Bikes/Beer/Moonshine & Memoabilia. Slot Machine, Juke Box. That was a fun night."
A big part of the fun of the ride is meeting new people along the way and the different accents and the way they speak. Oddly many thought I spoke differently & with an accent???
Here we are next morning in Todds driveway.


Allen would be returning home along with a new self proclaimed nickname, "Pokey".
He's since got a new mascot mounted On his bike.

Todd would ride with me and return home the following day.
So there I have a start. I'll try to catch up the RR asap. Stay tuned - Come along.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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I've been leaving a GS around in different spots that are easily flown to from Alaska and riding to where ever I can find another place to store it now for about five or six years. Great way to go. Let me know when you get to Alaska. Bear
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:23 AM   #3
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Great.

keep it coming... Roland


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Old 01-02-2010, 06:36 AM   #4
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:36 AM   #5
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Appreciate the feedback Guys.
Any ride reports Bear, highlites, fav places, advice?

We got great weather & headed for Deals Gap & Tail of the Dragon via the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Todd had the great Idea of taking a shortcut thru Parsons Branch (a popular spot in the park)
Just one problem, it was a one way to get in, or rather out. Todd says "Aah it won't be busy this time of year!" Not! Well we are adventure riders, and except for the dirty looks & people yelling at us, it was a great fun ride, especially the blind corners.
We get into Parsons Branch and it is bumper to bumper. Barely moving, single lane, one way. Good news is there is a ditch. Alright we're dual sporters, I head for the ditch, Todd follows. Extra fun now!
We're half way thru, I see a fellow, loaded down adventurer, sitting in the traffic. A young Asian female.
She looks at us like, hey that's what I should be doing! Oh & it was really warm at this point so she musta been roasting.
Todd recongnises her. It's fellow ADVer Erica of "Erica's highway to Hell" thread. Erica is 24hrs old & riding out of L.A. across America on her own. Wow! She was on day 78! She followed us to the southern one way road out. It's a beautiful road out, fall colours & a stream we cross about 7 times.


Erica & I




Erica's a great rider both on & off pavement. This was her fisrt time fo Tail of the Dragon.
Here we are at Deals gap.

Erica at the Fontana Dam

Above the Fontana Dam

Riding out To the Cherahola

We split with Erica at the Cherahola Highway as we wanted to take the adventure dual sport route & Erica had never been over the Cherahola Highway. She was in for a treat.
Its was great meeting & riding with you Erica. You're an Inspiring & Brave adventurer.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:06 PM   #6
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Hey Roland,

I'm so glad that I got to meet both you and Todd. I will always remember that day! And let me know when you swing through Los Angeles, I will be more than happy to play tour guide! Cheers, see you soon.

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Old 01-04-2010, 07:01 PM   #7
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All I can say Roland is I'm jealous and I'm sure it beats installing windows or bench racing in Ontario's winters ! Good Luck and Safe Journey .
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:36 AM   #8
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:39 PM   #9
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Laugh Fly -Ride 2 Tucson

Hey thanks for the comments guy, sorry for takin so long ta get back but hey I've been busy.
So my wife Lily came with me on this trip.
We flew back to Phoenix, picked up Suzi (the Bike) out of storage.
I store most of my riding stuff with the bike so I can fly with just a carry on. Very convenient & easier to stay organized. I keep a minimum amount of clothing and do laundry along the way. The only clothing that travels is what I wear for the flight. For the transition back to the cold I bring along a micro-fleece & wind breaker back & forth, which works very well for layering. You'll see that in the pictures.
Dressed to ride!

Destination Tucson. A couple hrs on a slightly more interesting route.. Very Desolate, that makes Lily Nervous.I much prefer that to the busy route/cities.
I got a great deal on a condo in a gated golf resort, Ventana Canyon.
It was spectacular location on the northeast end of Tucson at the base of the mountains.
Saguaro Cacti where everywhere, beautiful, as was the golf course. Very well manicured and picturesque as you can see.








We did some walk touring of the course and took a ride into the curvy hilly roads leading up the mountain.
These roads were only accessable with the gated community which is where the resort was.
The homes were worth average $6-8 million.. The landscaping was all forms & varieties of Canti & such. They were beautiful,very low maintenance, wouldn't require watering. Cool!



Hey there big fella!


Day after arriving we visited the Kartchner caverns.The underground formations were well preserved & spectacular. Pictures were not allowed however.
Lily did spot these which give the hearing equivalency a bat. She thought I needed that. Huh?

Next up: We witness a gunfight & a guy that looks just like me gets hung. TWICE!
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-2009 Colorado & West Fest
-Baja 2009 from Canada
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:05 PM   #10
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keep it going

Hi Roland keep it going...

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Old 01-22-2010, 04:41 PM   #11
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Hi Roland keep it going...

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What he said.

Those golf course pictures are incredible!
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:41 PM   #12
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Eek We see a Gunfight at the OK Corral

This day was exciting & Lilys favorite. We went to Thombstone. Sight of the famous gunfight at the
OK Corral.

Gotta guard my woman.

Gee! Lily sure looks happy.

We saw a re-enactment of the Gunfight. That's Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday.

These are not the kind of bars I like to handle.

One of the Locals.

Another one of the locals. He actually started to move when we got close for a pic. A personal
space thing I suppose!

Ya lookin fer trouble?

JUST HANGIN AROUND.

The End (Not really, stay tuned lots more hangin around)
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:53 AM   #13
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So we left Tucson & went to visit my sister Cathy & her husband Larry who live in Calgary & winter in Yuma Arizona. Nice climate right thru the winter. They're avid golfers and greatly enjoy the weather and plentiful golfing opportunities the area affords.
They also enjoy a great group of friends they have made there.
After having dinner they made me dry the dishes while Lily sat, watched & took this picture.

While there we saw a huge sanddune recreation area in California & did some quick shopping in Algodones Mexico. Bought a great Baja cap which you'll see in subsequent pictures. Not this one. See next one.


Visit was short but sweet.


Next we're headed for Scottsdale.
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-Now: Fly/ride - Panama to Alaska & pts between.
-2009 Colorado & West Fest
-Baja 2009 from Canada
"Take time, because time will eventually take you"! (and you never know just how much yer gonna get )
Let's ride!
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08 Husaberg FE450 (Street Plated)

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:55 AM   #14
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We finished the week together in Scottsdale Arizona.



The bronze statues in old Scottsdale were spectacular.

The wild wild west.
Poor Lily got sick last day, : unusual for her, & she got it bad , I think it was food poisoning
Whoh! Lily has left just in time, bad weather is coming in.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:28 PM   #15
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My bike is on trickle charge while yours is doing mileage . Great pictures. Just keep on making us jealous . John H
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