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Old 12-12-2012, 03:11 PM   #16
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Fun times.

Great report. Bet if feels great to have the 1k+ mile ride under the ol' belt Before you know it you'll be hitting other countries, then continents... Have fun!!
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #17
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Nice RR

Nice RR, enjoyed reading it as I"ve never been up that way.

That bike looks really loaded, for a second there I thought you were going on a longer trip! All joking aside though packing is all part of the process. As someone else said, you figure out what you need and what you can do without as time goes on.

Great looking bike and make sure to post up your next adventure.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:30 PM   #18
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Nice adventure.

About cracks in the sidewall of tires. I do not worry much about them. What you are seeing is the thin rubber coating on the outside of the sidewall that has "weather cracks" they do not effect the over intergraty of the tire. In fact I have had brand new tires show cracks after one year. I have pulled tires off of bikes that have sat in the desert sun for many year with tons of cracks in them. Not only in the sidewalls but along the knobs. Threw them on my bike and rode the piss out if it over rocks on the highway... That might not have been the best idea. But 2 year old tires with a little side wall weather checking. Ride on brother JOHN.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #19
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good to see new people taking their first trips. i am from the Toledo / Bowling Green area, and took lots of trips around the country from there. It doesn't take much to see that Toledo really has nothing but humidity and flat land. Venture south my friend. Even SE Ohio has some awesome roads, woods and scenery. Then, keep going south towards the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you will be drooling. You may have to take the wife there, she shops during the day, while you get my point.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #20
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Great RR. Love first adv ride reports. Yours was exceptionally child like. I mean it was like listening my children's first bus ride ever to their first day of school ever.

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:25 AM   #21
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Now that your feet are wet, keep on, there's a whole world to see. And seeing the world on the back of a bike is the only way to see it.

Looking forward to your next report.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the good comments.

I was having such a great adventure sometimes I forgot to take pictures of everything cool.

I am planning another trip to the UP this coming June. I want to make it all the way to the northernmost point and camp by the lake shore.

My dream trip is to go to Alaska.

This whole website has been a great inspiration to me.

Thank You everyone
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:36 AM   #23
... that element.
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Nice write up

It isn't easy writing up a full report. I enjoyed yours, keep it up.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:40 AM   #24
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hey Subcool,

thanks for the RR. That looks like a great destination for a quick/short-ish trip

You never forget your first.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:12 AM   #25
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Enjoyed your report. No trouble thats a confidence builder.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by hoebster View Post
Even SE Ohio has some awesome roads, woods and scenery.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #27
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Subcool, you can alwyas take the ferry out of Ludington Mi to Wi and ride up through the UP that way. Nice RR btw.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #28
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Enjoyed reading your RR. Thanks.

Given time and few more trips you'll probably start to pare down your packing list and substitute some of the heavier gear with compact, lightweight backpacker stuff.
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