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Old 07-10-2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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Father and son day, Laurel Mountains Pennsylvania.

This morning my son and I woke up and had a lazy morning of french toast and got ready to leave at about noon for Laurel Caverns. It was his first long adventure, total for the day was 235 miles on the mighty KLR650. We had a great day and the bike performed flawlessly as expected. Note that we took the PA turnpike from Cranberry PA. to New Stanton PA., 119 to 40 and 40 up to the summit to the Laurel Caverns and the George Washingtom built, Fort Necessity.
The RT40 Summit overview:






Inside the Laurel Caverns:






















Bird formation marking the Devils Staircase:






The back observation deck at Laurel Caverns:


Then it was off to Fort Necessity:












Next stop was the Ohipyle rock slide.






Checking the water temp.




We then walked over to the lower side of the waterfall area wher the Kayaks are placed in and wher folks swim.








Then a walk back to the bike to begin the treck home.


We took a butt break when we came through the ticket booth at New Stanton PA.


By this point we were half way home on the PA turnpike and we were both hurting pretty good. Another butt break!




So that ended the day with us arriving back home at about 10:45PM. We are both happy to be home and ready to sleep like logs!
It was a great day with my oldest son, there are not many days that he gives me like this, so I enjoyed every shared moment!
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:11 AM   #2
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Awesome ride with the son. THanks for sharing.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:32 AM   #3
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Hey dude, Thanks for sharing.!

great pictures!!!


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Old 07-11-2010, 08:54 AM   #4
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Thanks! I'm trying to come up with simple things to do with my oldest boy (14 yrs) and also my daughter (10 yrs) so we can leave and return the same day and have it be things that are worth the ride for the kids. This was a pretty long day, at 235 miles of seat time.... I realized that with a passenger you can not stand up for a break, you can not move around on the seat much... you just have to take breaks often and do the best you can. I can really see the merit of an aftermarket seat for this type of riding!

One thing that really makes me happy is that one day I can be off in the woods jumping fallen trees, hitting hill climbs, and generally having a dirt bike of a great time... and the nest day I can wash it up and do a 200+ mile day two-up on the KLR. I know, it is not great bike at doing any one thing, but for me... it is one great bike for doing many fun things! And to all the haters... I have 2300 miles on the current oil/filter and she still reads full! Ive done about 600 miles on this oil out on interstates doing 75 MPH consistant and still no oil loss. I keep watching and I carry a qt of oil just in case!

It's great that my son will still give me a day where I have him all to myself, at his age he is drifting into adulthood and spending more and more time running with his buddies. I hope that these special days (special for me anyways!) will be in his memory long after he is grown and playing out his own life. Having children is the greatest, but the pain of seeing them start to grow away from you (as a parent) is a tough pill to swallow. I truely love my children so much it hurts, I'm nearly crying just writing this.

God bless you all.
May the road bring you joy and your families bring you love.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:30 PM   #5
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Awesome day trip!

You're blessed to have such an awesome day with your son. I know you cherish it.

I too ride a KLR, and have a son. Unfortunately, my boy is only good for about 30 minutes on the Sargeant saddle, and one quart of oil is good for about 2 tanks of gas at "touring speed."



Godspeed in your journey.

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Old 07-12-2010, 05:48 PM   #6
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Awesome and lucky! Thanks for the inspiration
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:45 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:57 PM   #8
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Cool...thanks for sharing...for some reason I like caves
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