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Old 03-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Off the grid for a while: 16 Countries-31 States-9 Canadian provinces-30,000 miles +

So here’s the basic plan…and we all know that’s up for change


Starting in Ushuaia Argentina and heading north.

I got an offer of a job in Louisiana and I accepted on one condition…I could go for a ‘little motorcycle ride’ before I started, “sure” was the response, so without really taking advantage I got a bike shipped to Ushuaia and will head north from there. New employer (a good friend) tells me the job is waiting for me when I get back, in this economy this I find this amazing so without taking real advantage cutting out the southward journey seemed the way to go.

The above is the good part…the bad part is I was living in Washington State when this whole plan and job offer was hatched, so I had to move prior to the ride, so I just did a 3000 mile rode trip to Louisiana from WA. To add to all of this the bike was in the UK because I’m doing the SA part of the trip with a group from the UK and they are shipping their bikes from the UK so to get a good deal I had to buy a bike there…now that makes it real difficult to prep a bike for a trip without a bike!!!

So, once I arrive in Ushuaia I have 3 days of prep on the bike to get it ready to roll and then its northwards.

I get on a plane in a few days in New Orleans with lots of excess baggage and hopefully there’s a smiling face at the check-in counter who is open to a little sweet talking. Only 3lbs is clothes and essentials (the rest I’ll buy as I need it), then there’s another 75lbs of tools, parts, equipment and riding gear!!!

You can’t go into a 7/11 with a helmet on, wonder if I can board a plane wearing one, sure as hell not putting that in checked luggage; most other things could be construed as a weapon so it all has to be checked baggage


The main plan is to follow the continental divide or close to it until I can’t go any further north, then its east until I can’t go any further east and then the same story heading south…the GPS shows 30,000 miles for the trip as you see it on the map, I’m betting a $1 it’s more, a lot more…
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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the bike

This is what I’m riding…Yamaha XT660Z, I know it’s the last time it will look this good. I’ll add photos and document the mods I do before I ride
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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excess baggage!!!!

…and this is the pile of excess baggage that’s going along
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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Wow looks like an amazing trip. When you come through Nova Scotia let us know I will look you up! Have a good ride and take care.

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Old 03-15-2011, 09:40 PM   #5
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Wow looks like an amazing trip. When you come through Nova Scotia let us know I will look you up! Have a good ride and take care.

Andrew
i will for sure, it should be around july, thanks for the offer
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:09 PM   #6
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Looks like a blast!! I'm Jealous, I know the map doesn't look that way but if you should happen into the Sacramento area I'll buy a good Rib Eye & always have good single malt around, PM is all it takes, also have access to about anything you could possibly need as far as shop equipment or tools go, Best of luck on your adventure!! When is departure date?
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:42 PM   #7
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Subscribed! When you come through Montana pm me. Can accommodate a pretty good size crew at the ranch with a little advance notice.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:04 AM   #8
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Subscribed! When you come through Montana pm me. Can accommodate a pretty good size crew at the ranch with a little advance notice.

let me know here you are and i'll be in touch...the main group will be riding hard thru the states as they are heading home, if youare on the way they maybe intouch

i'll be solo by montana so open for more detours

thanks for the offer

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Old 03-30-2011, 04:05 AM   #9
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ohhh That's nice, it's one hell of a ride
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #10
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Sorry we missed you in Rocky Brook, NF. We (the GSA and the Buell) figured you must have got held up with bike maintenance and all the icebergs near St Anthony. All the best with the rest of your travels.

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Old 07-25-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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Sorry we missed you in Rocky Brook, NF. We (the GSA and the Buell) figured you must have got held up with bike maintenance and all the icebergs near St Anthony. All the best with the rest of your travels.

Len
I went to both places you said and they said no messages. I even hit the gas station dead on 7.30 I carried on up the road a few miles I pulled in to an overlook on top of a hill and ended up pitching my tent under a no camping sign! The shot shot with what looks like a roundabout is where I was about 30 from trout river. If your friend has questions for his SA trip get him to PM me
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:20 AM   #12
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Wow. Your finished already. Only seems like yesterday I saw you on the road to twillingate. Glad your safe. Sweet st too.


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Old 09-14-2011, 03:22 PM   #13
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Wow. Your finished already. Only seems like yesterday I saw you on the road to twillingate. Glad your safe. Sweet st too.


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i know it seems like a lifetime ago we rode by each other...now to plan and do the next ride
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:15 PM   #14
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Read this in two days and lost my breath there for a while What can one say that hasn´t allready been said? Nothing mutch...
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:36 PM   #15
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Read this in two days and lost my breath there for a while What can one say that hasn´t allready been said? Nothing mutch...
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