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Old 04-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #61
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:40 PM   #62
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Thanks for a nice job on the report. It makes all the difference when in addition to sharing the usual details of the day...you also share who you are.

A pleasure to meet you sir.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #63
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #64
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I just wanted to let you know a lot of us from the charlotte forum are following your report. It has been a very intresting read and I like the real life stories you are adding as you recount your adventures on the road alone, just you and your bike. I myself have experineced many of the same feelings while touring alone on the open road. It is something you can never explane untill you have been there yourself. Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:47 PM   #65
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Pretty awesome report so far. Just curious about any repairs or anything?? You're a couple thousand miles in and so far no mention of anything. As a beginner rider and someone wanting to make a long journey that's my biggest fear, what if this breaks etc.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:39 PM   #66
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This is a F-18 Hornet. Not sure what it's doing out there. This is a Navy/Marine Corps fighter/attack jet so I'm not sure what base this would have came from. But I'm sure they fly all over the place haha.

Anyway excellent ride report so far. I hope you were able to get off the interstates through parts of your journey though. You only get a small glimpse of the country on the interstates. The two lane state highways and country roads are where you really see what the country has to offer
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:37 AM   #67
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Thanks to all who are following along and enjoying my ramblings.

To answer a few questions:

At this point, and not to spoil things, but at no point during the trip or while i've owned this bike have I had any mechanical problems. I oiled the chain every few gas stops and changed the tires and oil when I got to Northern California. That's it.

As far as interstates are concerned, yes, unfortunately I spent most of my time on them and not secondary roads. It was my first trip and most days I was more concerned about getting where I was going as quick as possible. Looking back, I wish I would have taken my time and some alternative routes, but I still enjoyed it very much and feel like I saw a tremendous amount of things along the way.

Next few stops include:
  • Denver, CO
  • Jackson, WY & Yellowstone
  • Missoula, MT
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Salem, OR
  • Willits, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Monterey, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:32 AM   #68
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I see you made it to Salem, Oregon... what date was that? I'm wondering if I was in town at the time...

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #69
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I see you made it to Salem, Oregon... what date was that? I'm wondering if I was in town at the time...

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I left Jackson, WY on 7/4 and had a day at each stop after that until Salem, so....probably 7/7 or so.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:04 AM   #70
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I left Jackson, WY on 7/4 and had a day at each stop after that until Salem, so....probably 7/7 or so.
I forget -- was that last year or the year before? In either case, I wasn't there... I got back to Salem last year end of July, and was there from July-Nov of 2010.

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #71
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I forget -- was that last year or the year before? In either case, I wasn't there... I got back to Salem last year end of July, and was there from July-Nov of 2010.

Rob
Sorry, forgot to mention it was 2010.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #72
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I was wondering if the F18 was a Blue Angel by chance ?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #73
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Some of the best RR's are written after the fact. Good job!
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:44 AM   #74
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Excellent RR! I'm enjoying your humble and transparent style of writing. The Lord does work in mysterious ways!
I'm curious, you've mentioned that you packed way too much. Did you at some time during your journey stop and
mail some of it back home?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #75
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Yes, I sent a good bit home with my parents and fiancee when I met them in Vegas later on in the trip, and then more when I got to Kentucky near the end.
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