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Old 07-07-2011, 02:54 AM   #1
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Cool2 $1000 in the pocket, how far can we go?

Plan is to leave home Monday and head east across the northern portion of Washington State and simply head east until I run through half my money and then turn around and come home.

The ride is like my last, to clear my head. Monday would have been my start date at my old employer if I'd successfully nailed my last two interviews. Well the interviews went very well, but somethng apparently went awry on me. The last ride did a lot to help me get my head on straight and get over the depression of getting laid off.

I'm hoping to get at least as far as Glacier Nat. Park. Never been to Montana before. If the money is holding out, N. Dakota is a possibility too. No time set, just go and come back when funds are depleted. Route back will be 12 across Idaho and southern Washington out to the coast and essentially circumnavigate Washington as I close into home.

If anyone is traveling in that vicintiy and spies a dark gray SV650n with luggage (and Moose brand handguards) sporting an ADV sticker or two, drop by my camp, I mix a pretty good Gin&Tonic.

I'd prefer to take my DR650, but I've got plans for it and I won't have time to fix it up in time to leave Monday, I worked all winter on my SV making some mods to make it roadtrip comfy so it is ready to roll, I only need to mount a top box and it is good to go.

More to come, I like to post from the road while the experiences are fresh in my mind.
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Excellent, our country is now run by folks that would allow you to smoke pot in Washington State, but not buy a Big-Gulp in New York.

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:40 AM   #2
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:42 AM   #3
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:55 AM   #4
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Good chance to see Dry Falls before the next Ice Age starts.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:49 AM   #6
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I took a similar trip in 2005 at the end of an 8 month lay-off, just before I started a new job. Pretty cathartic. You can always get another job. You can't always get the time for a trip like this.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:14 PM   #7
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You can always get another job.
Not according to 15 million plus unemployed Americans!
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:12 AM   #8
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Not according to 15 million plus unemployed Americans!
Kids, let me remind one and all this fact is precisely why we are taking off on this trip. To forget that bit of trivia.

Tomorrow is the big day, but we'll see if I actually make it out. My wife, the financial rock I rely on right now is not feeling well so I may have to delay a day. Otherwise a late start is in order and a short ride where I won't make it over the Cascades to Eastern Washington.

I still have a couple of things to sort out with the bike, like a shifter adjustment for the hiking boots I'll be wearing instead of proper riding boots and some minor packing to sort out. I have a fantastic pair of Sidi's I ride in, but they kill me to walk around in and on my last trip I passed on some walk-about due to footware. This bugs me somewhat as I've had a major foot injury in the past due to improper footware, but since I'm riding the SV650n and not a dualsport and will stick to pavement the whole way, hopefully a set of sturdy Merrills will be adequate.

As to the packing, I'm sort of obsessive-compulsive. I'll pack all up once and then unpack it all to make sure I've not overlooked anything and I'm good to go. This habit has paid off more than once in the past on assorted trips of various destinations and mode of travel.

Also, since I'll be traveling with my sole computer, I need to do some back ups of data I need to keep safe and make sure the machine is good to go. Takes a little time there.

Today was wrapping up some chores about the place, oil change for the wife's car and get a close cropped hair cut to alleviate "hair-care" on the ride. I learned the last time out to shave the beard and head and camping is much easier in the long run. Had to mount a top-box today as well and then search about for where I hid the Spot transponder and GPS on top of everything else. It was handy that the bear spray was all in the same hiding spot as I'll be camping and cooking in grizzly country on this trip. Heck, I get bears in my yard, this trip shouldn't be much different overall.

I'll post a photo of the bike tomorrow ready to roll.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:52 AM   #9
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Plan on getting past Montana! I can make it to the west coast and back from here (Missouri) on less than $1000.00. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #10
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gin & tonic

he's not kidding - he does mix a good G&T
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:56 AM   #11
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When I travelled East through Montana back in 2004 I branched off of I-90 just East of Missoula and took 12 to Roundup, then branching South to see the Little Big Horn Monument. I think Montana is the road kill capital of the U.S. so keep your eyes out for animals, live and otherwise. Little Big Horn was worth the time.

Another highlight of that trip was Devil's Tower, which is not too far from LBH. I wasn't expecting much, after all it's just a big rock, right? But it really was impressive in person. There is camping there, but there are also places to camp not far from there that would be better.

If you have the time make a run through Yellowstone. Entering from Cody to Cooke City via Dead Indian Hill Road and Chief Joseph Hwy is awesome for either entering or leaving the park. Very steep with switchbacks, but the views are incredible when coming from the East. I spent one night at Buffalo Bill State Park before taking that route - it's very convenient for an early morning start to roam through the park.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:03 PM   #12
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:05 PM   #13
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Give em hell out there, take no prisoners, and keep the road reports coming in. I'll just have to sit back and enjoy the read.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:09 AM   #14
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Sounds like a great ride and a good challenge for yourself as well with the $1,000 budget. No better time to think than when going for long rides. What is your time frame?

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:14 AM   #15
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Good luck old man - no sleeping on lumpy ground this time.
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