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Old 09-23-2011, 09:31 PM   #796
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September 21, 2011 Lake Oswego to Roseville, CA

On the Road Again. After a very brief stop at home to switch to the F800GS and connect with friends.... I'm off!

Getting ready for the next part of the journey as been hectic getting the bike packed and ready for the next 1-2 years.
But I was ready last night, and decided it was time to take off my watch..... No longer need to be on the clock



Also cleaned the bugs off my Helmet, put on a new face shield, and new internal pads. Just like new!



Was up early to meet with my good friends like we have done over the past 16 + years. Sharing our faith, encouraging one another to be the best Men we can, and sharing our lives together.



They have been supportive for many years.



The clouds we in a big layer.... to the south it is blue sky!



Gas prices on my way through Oregon.



Rode the slab south. MT Shasta was looking good!



Rolling along the road. My Spot GPS locator on my sleeve.



IceCreamSoldier had PM'd me with an offer to stay on my way south. He had been encouraging as I cared for Chris, and knew I needed to meet him and his family. So Roseville was my stopping point for the day. 575 miles from home. I rode into his driveway and was greeted warmly with a parking spot in the garage.



We had a great evening with a great dinner Paul cooked, and time spent meeting his kids and Wife Jill.
to ICS Family!! What a terrific way to start the next part of my trip!

During the evening Paul asked me if I would be willing to speak to his daughters 4th grade school as the "special Guest" in the morning before heading south. Of course, this will be a fun way to share the trip!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:03 PM   #797
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September 22, 2011 Roseville, CA to Paso Robles, CA

Started our morning with a smiley face coffee mug just like the next couple years on the road!



Interesting reading material in the bathroom.



Maybe these things will come in handy



Not sure that I will need this one



After a fabulous evening with IceCreamSoldier and family, and the stage set for a morning sharing my ride with Mrs Garcia's 4th grade class, we had another surprise for Pauls daughter. She would get to ride to school on "Radioman's Bike" she the first and only passenger to ride on the bike Her enthusiasm was precious!!



off to class we go.



Paul gives the class a kind introduction



Fortunately I had a set of maps with me..... So I was able to explain the journey and route.



The kids had some great questions about the trip. It was refreshing as they had many practical questions and lots of smiles. How do I carry water, What if I run out of Gas, what food will I eat, How log will it take, Will you get lonely, What if penguins attack you . It was a really fun hour to share!

Then outside to actually see the motorcycle. Explaining what I had packed and answering questions!



This was a wonderful time to share with kids!! Thanks Paul for setting this up!! Hopefully we can keep a dialog with the kids going from other parts of the world...maybe skyping from another 4th grade class somewhere else in the world

Then Paul road with me along the Sacramento River to share a bit of the area.





and Paul is an owner of a 2006 R1150 GSA SE ... one of the few and the proud







Then a stop at a historic town of Locke where Chinese immigrants



A few words with Confucius



Then we said goodbye for now.



Off to meet up with Nixel in Oakland for lunch. Into to the California traffic.



Find Nixels new loft space.



Of course a photo to say we got together! Great seeing you again Nicky



South of Hollister, and out into the California countryside





Riding late to meet up with Ace Ralph and family



Once again another gracious and friendly ADV family welcoming me into their home.

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:15 PM   #798
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September 23, 2011 Paso Robles, CA to Quartzsite, AZ

Spent the morning with Roger and his family. It was a really great time to get to know them, share stories of life and this part of my journey. Thanks


Mileage: 500 riding miles today.

Sunny and Hot as I rode across California, through Mojave Desert and into Arizona. Was 104 + degrees as I rode into Needles, CA . Stopped riding at 8PM and it was still 96 degrees



After a fabulous breakfast including Bacon I was off across Hwy 58.



Fortunately with a radar detector and the courtesy of other motorcyclist sharing the hand signal patting the top of the helmet, we thwarted the efforts to raise revenue by the state patrol

California has some amazingly diverse terrain. Road through an area with lots of oil pumping going on.



Rolling through Mojave and Barstow heading east....



only in California do the wheelbarrows have Mag Wheels



Gas prices in Needles, CA.



Sunsetting over Eastern California.



Stopped at a motel in Arizona. IdahoSam is about 150 miles east of me.... We will meet up in the morning for a ride south to Tucson!
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #799
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Knowing Mark and that big smile......that shot took some doing.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:25 PM   #800
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Via con Dios, my friend. Sorry we couldn't hook up while you were in the Portland area; but you know why. I'll be following your adventures.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:55 AM   #801
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See, being a hilljack weedbender, I interpret that as saying that if you pee here, get away as fast as possible............Bon Temps, Mark!
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:31 AM   #802
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Knowing Mark and that big smile......that shot took some doing.
"You got look mean!"

This is more like it.

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Old 09-24-2011, 08:20 AM   #803
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Tucson fly by

Mark, if you want some garage time, or just a refreshing beverage here in Tucson give us a ring. We're a couple miles from IronHorse BMW.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:44 AM   #804
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Knowing Mark and that big smile......that shot took some doing.


I thought the same thing!!
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:19 PM   #806
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Ok Mark...Lisa's pissed you aren't coming this way.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:03 PM   #807
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Ok Mark...Lisa's pissed you aren't coming this way.
Really sorry it did not work out. But now it will have to happen on the my return trip.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:06 AM   #808
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Really sorry it did not work out. But now it will have to happen on the my return trip.
Is it too early to book the "RadioMan Returns" session at the school Just would like to let everyone know that Mark had those kids ( and the two teachers ) spell bound. Wouldn't be surprised if Chapter Four for our travelin' man has something to do with elementary education
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:25 PM   #810
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September 24, 2011 Quartzsite, AZ to Tucson, AZ

Today was travel day, meeting up with Sam who is joining me riding south and then getting to my brothers house in Tucson.

Mileage: about 235

Weather: it was in the 90's at 7am. just kept getting hotter. reached 105 on the ride to Tucson

I was packing the bike in front of the hotel, and Gary walks by and gives me the "nice bike"..... We start talking about the ride, motorcycles, life etc. Turned out to be a real great meeting!! He is a sculpture and he and his wife were down selling his sculptures from Utah. He left, but came back while I was still packing and gave me one of his Stainless steel Necklaces. The image is of two hands grasping each other.

Had to get a photo as the dialog and meeting was special.



Here is the Necklace: The Statue of Responsibility http://www.sorfoundation.org/
Based on Dr Viktor Frankel Meaning of Life which I had read 20 years ago.



Just before I left, his wife came out and we were talking about Alzheimer's Disease, caregiving and family. Amazing how many people are effected with this disease.



Sam and I meet up for breakfast in Tempe and me David who rides a GS, he was interested in our trip and wanted a photo.



Then roll on down the hwy to my brothers house.



My brother and I catching up.




Getting the bikes unpacked in the garage, I notice a sticker on Sam's bike........

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