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Old 05-07-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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Riding the TET from MA to NC

We have been planing this trip for a while. I remember January 10 sending a text to "beemerjim" (Jim) and "hulkedup" (Keith) that we had only 4 months to go before we leave on our trip. This gave us the hope we needed to make it through the rest of the stinking winter !!

We are leaving this Friday May 10 and I am going to try to do a live RR as we travel. There will be lots of photos but the videos may have to wait until I get home to use the big computer.

Here is Keith, developer of the Trans Mass Trail on his trusty KLR.









Here is a video he did about the mods to his bike.



Here is "beemerjim" Jim. If you every want to ride dirt roads in Western MA get a hold of Jim. He can lead you on a all day ride and never hit the same roads twice.



Here is his KLR ready for the adventure.




Here is yours truly , "spinalcracker" , (Mike) sporting the doo rag for when I get to Deals Gap later in the trip.



Some glamor shots of the 800GS








My sidekick



A quick video of me packing the bike. Espresso really makes the packing go faster.





First stop is Mrs Murphy's donuts in Southwick MA Friday morning 8 am.






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Old 05-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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Stop on by

Don't know when you'll be in NC, but if you are here around the 16 th or so, stay at Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah and hang out with a bunch of Nighthawk riders. (Some if us have DS's too)

Good place. Just down the road from the Dragon and near the TET route. Rumors are that a Georgia rider will have some homemade peach "punch"
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Safe Travels Gents!

Wishing you gentlemen a wonderful trip - stay safe out there and have tons of fun. I'll be headed the other way up the Puppy Dog via the TMT while you guys head south. Quiet couple weeks for NDR - crickets . . .

Can't wait to exchange stories about our respective journeys and share our pics & videos.

Safe travels friends!

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Old 05-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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How long do you think it will take you guys to complete? Good luck with the journey and I'll be following along.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Keith here...we are going to cheat a bit and start our TET adventure near Front Royal. We don't have the time to ride the whole way down from Massachusetts on the dirt. Our plan is to do a two day trip over 2 lane backroads to get us into Virginia. From there it's 600 miles of dirt down to Damascus, NC. Then, Mike has to head east to a graduation and I have to figure out how to get a KLR 1,000 miles home. We should be on the road 9-14 days.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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Keith here...we are going to cheat a bit and start our TET adventure near Front Royal. We don't have the time to ride the whole way down from Massachusetts on the dirt. Our plan is to do a two day trip over 2 lane backroads to get us into Virginia. From there it's 600 miles of dirt down to Damascus, NC. Then, Mike has to head east to a graduation and I have to figure out how to get a KLR 1,000 miles home. We should be on the road 9-14 days.
Thanks for the reply, Keith. Sounds like a good time. Safe travels!
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:01 PM   #7
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Don't know when you'll be in NC, but if you are here around the 16 th or so, stay at Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah and hang out with a bunch of Nighthawk riders. (Some if us have DS's too)

Good place. Just down the road from the Dragon and near the TET route. Rumors are that a Georgia rider will have some homemade peach "punch"
Sounds good ! I put Stecoach in the gps.

I need to be in Salem-Winston for my stepdaughters graduation from Wake Forest PA school on Friday 17th.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:54 AM   #8
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It's 5 something in the morning, the day before we leave, and I can't sleep. Every day that passes I manage to load more crap on the poor KLR. If we hang around much longer, Mike & Keith are going to have a hard time picking it up for me.
I weighed it yesterday and using the bathroom scale, and came up with 518 lbs. Add the 200lbs of lard that goes on the seat, and we're going to have to start paying attention to the load limit signs on the bridges.
One more day, & we're on the road!

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:37 AM   #9
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Happy Trails!

Have a great trip, subscribed!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:51 AM   #10
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I am very envious. Have a great time!
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:41 PM   #11
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As a Massachusetts expatriate, I am looking forward to following your adventures.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:46 PM   #12
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We are all useless at work today, counting the hours now the minutes until we leave !! Next time I'm going on a trip I'm taking the day before I leave off !!

Here is my SPOT tracker. There is no info now but tomorrow 8 AM you should see it stopped at Mrs. Murphy's Donuts in Southwick MA

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...SJTDZIrINk6Wp5
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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Have a great time and beware of banjo music.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #14
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This RR has KLR's. I'll follow.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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