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Old 06-04-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Location: Athens, GA and Blairsville, GA
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Off to the land of fruits and nuts: 40+ days on the road

This will undoubtedly go down as the busiest summer of my life...not that I am complaining. After spending 3 weeks in Australia,

I arrived back in Georgia on Monday evening, giving me about 4 days to prepare everything for the longest ride I have ever taken. Yep, this Saturday, my wife and I

will hop on the bike and take off for the West coast, with many many stops along the way. Our 35+ day journey will certainly bring us many new experiences as well as expose us to areas of the country that neither of us have previously seen.

Considering that the longest trip I have ever taken involves just over 1,000 miles of riding, this 7500 mile adventure should be quite the undertaking. While my wife is very comfortable on the back of the GS, she has never done a lot of mileage either. I figure if worst comes to worst and she becomes miserable, a credit card and an airport is all that's needed to take care of the situation...which provides a sense of relief when worries about comfort start to arise.

The planning for this trip has been a lot of fun, stretching into last summer as Val and I decided where we wanted to go and what we needed to be comfortable. Accruing the gear took many months and many visits from the UPS man.

I will update this thread as we continue to pack and sort through our final gear that will go on the trip. I have invested in a lot of quality stuff because I want to keep things light, while at the same time give us some creature comforts. Here is the steed that will by carrying us to Cali and 1200GS with just shy of 40,000 miles on it. Pretty kitted out and *hopefully* ready to do anything we ask of it.

The plan is to camp around 30% of the time and then hotel it the rest. Of course this can change based on hotel prices, weather, and campsite availability. While we will be traveling during tourist season, I hope that we will be able to find lodging and campsites without too much trouble. The only reservation we have so far is at a hostel in Union Square, San Francisco...we need to be there by June 19th.

I hope to update this thread very frequently as our trip progresses. This will not only be a way for me to finally have a nice, ongoing ride report (many of which I have read and enjoyed over the years) but at the same time document our experiences so that we can reflect back once the trip is done. Val's principal job will be trip photographer, so any of the from the saddle shots that you see on here are credited to her. I will try to capture some more shots as we stop and visit the various locations. Because people always wonder what I shoot with, I can tell you that Val will be using a Canon Powershot A590IS and I will be using my trusty Canon Powershot G7. I have a Nikon D60 that I love, but the bulk does not justify the bump in picture quality, at least on a trip like this one where space is at a premium.

So there you have it, the beginning of a ride that I hope will be incredible, adventurous, safe, and full of experiences that will be remembered forever. I am very lucky to have a wife that is so supportive and wants to hop on the back of a motorcycle for over a month. All of our friends and family think we're crazy, and I hope we don't prove them right!
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