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Old 01-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #16
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The end run

So where was I....oh yeah, southern end of South Carolina. Woke up and grabbed a little cereal for breakfast in the motel lobby, packed up the bike and hit the road around 8:00am 'ish.

Skies were looking a little over cast.



Luckily, temps were already in the low 50s. Even so I put on all my gear, except for the rain gear and hit the road. Five minutes later, I had to pull over to pull off some layers, I was sweating! By 9:00am I was entering Georgia.



After seeing the last picture, you might think that the weather was perfect for the rest of the ride, but alas, I had to find one rain cloud.



Luckily, it only sprinkled a bit, and for no more than 5 minutes or so; hardly anything worth nothing. From there it was endless miles of pine tree forests. Some new, some old, and some recently logged.



Oh how I wish I had more time right now, and tires better suited for DS, so as to explore some of the side roads.



Oh well, for another time. The farther south I got, the better the weather got. I swear, at the peak of the day, it must have hit the low 70s! Here are some pics that I took along the way in Georgia and into Florida.



I just love these moss covered trees.









Self portrait!



Lots of bikers out and about in northern FL. Enjoying the first ride of the new year!





As I passed Orlando though, the sun started to set, and I hopped onto the turnpike and started making a b-line for Key West. Still had quite a ways to go though. Here are a few pics of the setting sun as I zoom on down the turnpike.







After several gas stops, one dinner break, and a couple stretch/wake-up breaks, I reached Key West at 12:40am. Time to crash out!

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #17
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I'm jealous. I want to be you for one summer.
You're welcome to come along Kev!
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:14 PM   #18
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You're welcome to come along Kev!
I appreciate that but with my job an extended summer vacation will never be in the cards. Maybe a wintertime trip to Mexico or rent a bike in Costa Rica, but for now that is what dreams are made of.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:29 PM   #19
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Pleasure meeting you

Glad you made it back home safe and sound. Looks like you had a good ride and good weather.

It was a pleasure to meet you. You are truly an ADV rider!

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Those were the words I heard from a friend of mine when I told him that I was flying out to western Kentucky to go pick up a new bike and then ride it back to Key West, FL by way of Virginia first. No big deal right? Except its end of December!

Tuesday, December 28th, the first leg of the trip. I fly in to Owensboro, KY and meet Byron, the owner of the bike I'm buying, and we head over to his house to check out the bike. Up until then, I had not yet seen the bike in person, but I had a good feeling about this bike. After all, its a 2009 with only 1400 miles on it; what could be wrong with the bike!? After a full look over of the bike and a little test ride, we sit down and take care of the paper work. By 6:15pm, I'm ready to roll away!

Here I am before leaving Byron's place on my new ride.



It was about 34 degrees outside when I left Byron's place, and living in Key West for the past year has turned me into a bit of a wuss when it comes to cold weather. Luckily I had brought plenty off good gear with me, including a set of heated gloves that I had on one of my other bikes back up in VA. I had my dad strip the wiring harness off of the bike and ship me all the parts prior to flying out to KY. That evening I rode about 2hrs and finally got a hotel room in Elizabethtown, KY. The plan was to meet my dad around Charleston, WV the next day. I had asked him to come and meet me with his truck 'cause I was a little concerned about going over the mountains during this time of year.

Well to make a long story short, I end up getting a wake up call at 6:45am. It's my dad and he's already in Charleston, WV!?
I guess he couldn't sleep the night before and was concerned about me and the weather and just got on the road. So I got my stuff together, packed up the bike and hit the road. We ended up meeting between Lexington, KY and Huntington, WV along I-64. We loaded up the bike in the back of the truck and headed east.

HEre is the bike after we loaded it in the truck.



The roads turned out to be fine going over the mountains, but I didn't not riding in the freezing cold!
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:13 PM   #20
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2) Butter beans may be brown where you come from, but down here in the south, they're greenish. don't know what you've been eating, but I'd get a second opinion if I were you.

Ummm.... how about BUTTERED Lima beans...
BUTTER bears ARE yellow-brown... at least in the other 49 states...

But I'm drooling over that bike...very nice!
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:56 PM   #21
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Wow! Alaska then the TAT with your Dad
I'm looking forward to reading both of those. Will you post from the road, like you did last time?

HEY!! Maybe I can meet you and your Dad when you get into Nevada and I can finish up the TAT with you guys on my new GOLDWING!!! That's do'able....don't ya think? Yeah....a little sand, a 900 lb. Goldwing...that should work out great! Of course I'll have to find some knobbies for the wing....they gotta be white wall, though

Even if I can't find the White Wall Knobbies, we might still be able to meet up somewhere in California and put a small dent in the states beer supply

You ride safe, and keep us all posted.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:28 PM   #22
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"Wow! Alaska then the TAT with your Dad
I'm looking forward to reading both of those. Will you post from the road, like you did last time?"

I also am looking forward to the upcoming RR. Followed along with the last TAT. Enjoyed it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:58 PM   #23
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"Wow! Alaska then the TAT with your Dad
I'm looking forward to reading both of those. Will you post from the road, like you did last time?"

I also am looking forward to the upcoming RR. Followed along with the last TAT. Enjoyed it.
You betcha!

Just keep an eye out on the ride report thread. Trip dates are roughly as follows: Alaska - mid June departure from key west, Fl with between one to two months to reach prudhoe bay and then return to the east coast, and TAT mid august departure more than likely.

Glad you enjoyed my last TAT run. Having my dad with me this go around should make it interesting. Between now and June though, just a lot of working, saving ( money), and planning.

Is it June yet?
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:22 PM   #24
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nah its not crazy man. I drive my 2008 CBR1000RR until snow or salt lands and I live in Canada. I just bought a KTM640A today so I will be picking up about 2.5- hours from here and riding home and there is snow everywhere now. Crazy is in the Eyes of the Beholder.... To me, you are just fine brother!!!!! Ride On!!!!
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #25
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Hey Denis,

Nice bike you got there. I especially like the color. I got another bike too.



I'll be keeping my DRZ of course but plan on riding this one to Oregon this summer. Looking forward to reading your RR's and If you and your dad are looking to take a southern route home after riding the TAT you'll have to stop off here first.

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Old 01-11-2011, 06:27 PM   #26
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nah its not crazy man. I drive my 2008 CBR1000RR until snow or salt lands and I live in Canada. I just bought a KTM640A today so I will be picking up about 2.5- hours from here and riding home and there is snow everywhere now. Crazy is in the Eyes of the Beholder.... To me, you are just fine brother!!!!! Ride On!!!!
I agree with you whole-heartedly my friend. However, aside from us crazy people here on ADV, to everyday normal folk, we're the exception, not the norm! Personally, I think it's the other way around!

Enjoy the ride home with the new bike.


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Hey Denis,

Nice bike you got there. I especially like the color. I got another bike too.



I'll be keeping my DRZ of course but plan on riding this one to Oregon this summer. Looking forward to reading your RR's and If you and your dad are looking to take a southern route home after riding the TAT you'll have to stop off here first.

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SWEET new bike there Zarah!!!

I can see many miles of enjoyment in that thing. I almost bought a Bmer (a 2003 650GS with 900 miles for $3700!!!!) but it was gone when I called.

Thanks for the invite. We'll definately be coming south (read CA & NV) on the return, as my brother that was living in Carmel Valley, CA when I did the TAT last time, now lives a little east of Reno, NV, so we'll be swinging by there to visit him. That and you're the second person to already invite me to swing by; it's not easy to turn down one invitation, and even harder to turn down two. I'll be in touch as we draw closer; will more than likely be some time in September or so.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:51 AM   #27
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That bike looks great, Denis! It should be terrific on the Alaska sojourn. Thanks for reporting on the ride. Again, your relaxed style makes it easy to read. I am wondering if you can share your route. Been pondering a ride to FL for some time now. Sorry to miss you when you were around; maybe catch you in April. Keep on sending those 70F sunrise on the water pics - we need 'em!
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:35 PM   #28
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I road from Wilkes Barre PA to Greenville SC the week before Christmas. My weather was nothing like yours. I don't think I saw a degree over 20 until I hit NC. And boy did it snow.



I leave for Key West on the 26th. Hopefully I will get better weather this time. Nice Report.
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