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Old 06-17-2013, 06:16 AM   #16
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When in my 40's, 50's & 60's I would put off a ride for, it's too hot, it's too cold, it's too far, i'm too tired, I need a better bike But at 72 you begin to think, how many more opportunities will I have, so I try & plan accordingly. Have much confidence in my bikes 1995 XR650L & 2008 WR250R. Have a little mech. skill accumulated over the years & some great friends that after a couple days would come looking for me Always invite others to join me on these rides but if no takers I go solo & really what's the worst thing that can happen?
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:57 AM   #17
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Thanks for sharing. I guess I'd feel more comfortable if I was with someone out there.

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #18
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Great ride report, thanks for sharing. Not many people would undertake a trip like that solo (I am another one). People don't realize how relaxing a solo trip can be, not worrying about who wants to go where and who needs to stop when etc.

Yes riding with others has advantages too but sometimes it is just nice to clear your head and GO!!!

I totally agree with the solo riding ! ! !
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #19
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When in my 40's, 50's & 60's I would put off a ride for, it's too hot, it's too cold, it's too far, i'm too tired, I need a better bike But at 72 you begin to think, how many more opportunities will I have, so I try & plan accordingly. Have much confidence in my bikes 1995 XR650L & 2008 WR250R. Have a little mech. skill accumulated over the years & some great friends that after a couple days would come looking for me Always invite others to join me on these rides but if no takers I go solo & really what's the worst thing that can happen?


DAMN, Tom a 439 mile "day" is more like an endurance ride. Hell my ass is sore, knees a knock'n and thigh's burn'n... just think'n about it! ... and I'm several years short of your age.

Tom... I agree with your thinking... re/opportunities. Having confidence in your riding skills and bike make solo travel much easier.


Looks like a great trip. Thank you for taking us along.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:50 AM   #20
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DAMN, Tom a 439 mile "day" is more like an endurance ride. Hell my ass is sore, knees a knock'n and thigh's burn'n... just think'n about it! ... and I'm several years short of your age.

Tom... I agree with your thinking... re/opportunities. Having confidence in your riding skills and bike make solo travel much easier.


Looks like a great trip. Thank you for taking us along.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:58 PM   #21
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Great ride report, thanks for sharing. Not many people would undertake a trip like that solo (I am another one). People don't realize how relaxing a solo trip can be, not worrying about who wants to go where and who needs to stop when etc.

Yes riding with others has advantages too but sometimes it is just nice to clear your head and GO!!!
Couldnt have said it better!
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #22
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Nice write up and pics Tom!
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #23
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Wow. How many times have you done that loop now? When you and I did that loop back in September, I was ready to call it a day at Gray Mountain. Good to see you're still riding hard. I got worried when you were thinking of selling the little bike.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:48 PM   #24
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Wow. How many times have you done that loop now? When you and I did that loop back in September, I was ready to call it a day at Gray Mountain. Good to see you're still riding hard. I got worried when you were thinking of selling the little bike.
Went counter clockwise this time, hate to get in a rut Was going to try & get down to one bike but can't imagine life without either one Fire started in Dosie Pit almost 2,000 & growing up here to the north west. Not good. Lots of animals in harms way
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:03 PM   #25
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damn....this is one marathon ride. you're an animal.

i love to ride and enjoy the outdoors; never take anything for granted. my goal is ride at least 2 weekends in a month and at least 100 miles/ride. then, do 3 one-week riding in a year and go somewhere far.

thanks tom for the inspiration.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:58 PM   #26
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damn....this is one marathon ride. you're an animal.

i love to ride and enjoy the outdoors; never take anything for granted. my goal is ride at least 2 weekends in a month and at least 100 miles/ride. then, do 3 one-week riding in a year and go somewhere far.

thanks tom for the inspiration.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #27
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Nice!

Very nice report and pics. Thanks for posting.

A 400+ day on an XRL with lots of dirt roads is a pretty dang good ride. Well done!
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:13 PM   #28
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Heard about the Prescott AZ forest fire on the radio while returning from Waco. Hope you are ok AZ Tom.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #29
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Heard about the Prescott AZ forest fire on the radio while returning from Waco. Hope you are ok AZ Tom.
Thanks, I am on the opposite side of town from it, but have a friend coming back from a vacation that is in the closed off area. He has many restored vintage Harley's & Indians & doubts they will let him into the area where he lives. Not good & so far no real containment. Wind is really making it tough.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:56 PM   #30
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Looks like great territory; thanks for the report. Also, long live solo rides - no waiting, no whining, no worrying.
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