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Old 08-14-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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Plan "B" - Skibum Soiree 2010 - and *really* good friends....

Well, here it goes, the story of plan "B" -

I'm starting this report early, as there is a long story in the beginning.....This one is sure to be a wild + crazy adventure......

Goodolguzzi and I have planned to ride the Trans-Labrador highway to the Skibum Soiree 2010 since last winter. He went out and bought a 650 X-Challenge to do the ride, and even tricked it all out with big tank + travelling gear.



That's GoodolGuzzi - next to his shiny new Challenge.

Fast forward to the end of July, and while riding with Carl (internal Combust) at the RA rally in Pownal, I hurt my wrist, something about a G450 and gravity makes for a bad combo.

Here's Carl on the way to the Rally.



Here is VTbeemer showing how to do it right.



I was having WAY too much fun.......



Then I make 1 teensy-weeny mistake.



Now, it doesn't look like I'm going to be riding through Labrador soon at this point, SUCK!



So, I PM GoodolGuzzi and drop the bomb - I'm out for the trip, so sorry.

Carl (Internal Combust) and Dan (VTbeemer) were the best at helping me get some medical care, and getting my machine loaded up after my Bride swooped in to sweep up my mess. She's a pro, she has picked me up at the E/R like 5 or 6 times in the last 15 years we've spent together, so she's "used" to getting that call. God love that Woman.

Settling into a nice comfy fiberglass cast, it's going to be a long 6-8 weeks without riding.



So the next weekend, after I get casted up, who shows up at my place on their bikes but GoodolGuzzi, Kaw4Life, and Vt-Stromer. I was thinking they came to "rub it in" but Goodol came up with "PLAN B" instead.

He remembers another machine of mine in the barn -



He suggests that he drive my sidecar rig to Newfoundland for the Soiree, and I should ride in the hack, as the convalescing monkey.

Whoa. This thought never crossed my mind!



This guy bought a bike for our trip, spent a lotta dough setting it up, and now, he still wants me to go on the trip with him, and (to me) seems to be making a big sacrifice to do it.

Riding a sidecar rig is fun, but totally different than riding a dual sport bike.

The rig has been there before - in 2007



Gotta get approval from many levels of Upper Management now, fianancial advisor, Doctor, Wife (it's her motorbike - really!) and so off I go in search of approvals all around.

The in-house consultant was hard to win over, but I did it.



Then after consulting with the Doc yesterday, it's seems to be a go -



Now, Skibum69 - the host of the party, doesn't know about my injury, as he is racing the Rally of Mongolia at the moment.



Doing great too, I might add.

A new set of tires needs to be fitted to the rig, and we have a departure date of the 28th or 29th of this month.

Wish us luck.


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