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Old 11-18-2007, 08:52 PM   #136
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All I can say is "WOW." You should give up that car parts crap and hit up one of the major monthly glossies for a job. Your brand of honesty, wit, and insight is sorely needed everywhere, not just the motorcycling world. Drifter's a lucky, lucky kid......................

Thanks for making me laugh so hard.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:21 PM   #137
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Aaaaccck! I've been addicted!

As a "johnny-come-lately" to this thread, I find myself amused, bemused, entertained, delighted, stimulated, and green-ated with jealousy. I wanna take off and wonder. No, the spelling is correct, I meant wonder, as in, wonder where this road goes, wonder where I'll be tomorrow, wonder if there's bears in these woods, wonder in the battery will start it in the morning.

I've not enjoyed a ride report, as literature, like this before. Mr. Gadget writes fabulous reports, filled with detail and photos. But you sir, write with your heart and mind and soul. I've long said that a woman's greatest asset is a mans imagination. the same could be said of road trips, thank you for your imagination and inspiration.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:07 PM   #138
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Wish I had kept my PC

Just finished reading your report. Had lots of laughs. I bought a '98 PC in '99 for $5,200 with 5,000 miles on it. Great bike, as you said, don't think you can blow one of them up. I put 22,000 miles on it in two years and for some reason traded if off. One of the great mistakes of my 70 years. I got a lot of grief riding it but did'nt give a shit about that. One of the times, a asshole in a Chevy pick/up at a stop light asks the usual, is that a scooter or what. After trying to ignore him he asks if it will run. My answer, fast enough to outrun that piece of shit you are driving. As you know they were not the best bike to drag race on but I beat him to the next light. Again, great report.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:43 PM   #139
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Outstanding report

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with other middle aged motorcycle riding cubicle dwellers.

Cheers!
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:17 PM   #140
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Laugh Pirsig spells better, but that's about it

I was going to post first about my cool new bike, yadda yadda, put together some pics, blah blah, then someone bumps this thread and I read it.

Freakin' awesome.

Delaware's got a couple things besides the Destroyers you might find enjoyable, and it's pretty easy to nick the northwestern corner...
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:22 PM   #141
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Great report and great machine! What a wonderful adventure to share with your son. That last shot of you in the cube is just heartbreaking though. It reminds me of Charlie going back to way he was before the treatments in Flowers for Algernon.

Looking forward to next year's ride report of the trip from Socal to Detroit. Oh hey, and congratulations on beating out St. Louis for the murder capital of the US. That's kinda like the Lions winning the NFC Central.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:27 PM   #142
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Best ride report I've read in a long time.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:19 PM   #143
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Laughed out loud couple of times, great write up!
I live pretty close to the cack's resting place, if you want I can ride it for you couple of times a year (my kids will love it)
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:42 PM   #144
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Two big thumbs up from me.

I won't venture to give career advice, but I do look forward to your next adventure.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:17 PM   #145
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There went an hour of my life well spent!

Thanks for reminding us why we ride!

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Old 11-20-2007, 05:18 PM   #146
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As an expat Michigander I can relate to so much of this report. The comments about the weather, the Lions, the auto industry.....My father retired last year after 32 years in tool and die at Generous Motors. It afforded me a pretty damn good childhood but upon retirement all the promises for years and years of pension, healthcare, discounts turned into, "take this modest check and punch out." My entire family has been in Michigan for, who knows? Generations. My folks worked their asses off and last year hopped in the GMC (powered by an Isuzu diesel) and towed a 5th wheel all over the country. Now that they've finally seen what's out there they can't wait to leave Michigan, if they could only get more than what they paid for the house - 25 years ago!

Excellent ride report! I was in Del Mar the same time you were.
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:56 PM   #147
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Dude, you are so going to get me into trouble. When my boss asks for my accomplishments this week I gotta find some way of finesssing "Read the greatest motorcycle ride chronicle ever" in to some sort of business related nerdspeak.

Excellent story. I've yet to do my first real road trip, but your story has really got my wunderlust boiling.

Thanks for a great post. It made work tolerable today.
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:34 AM   #148
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Ya, awesome trip report! Very inspiring..

I feel bad now that I spent all that $$ on a brand new BMW, but alas...

I am determined to take my son on a cross country trip soon. My wife is so afraid of what might happen, but the shared experiences vastly outweigh the possible risks. Your son has no idea who special that trip was, prob won't fully appreciate it for another 20 years.

Take care.. Allen
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:52 AM   #149
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Impressive RR thread! The fuzzy foto'z are fine, camera's never capture the true beauty anyway, gotta see it 3D.

I did a solo ride from Detroit to San Diego back in '96 on a '95 K11LT. But, didn't stop much to "smell the roses". I saw much, but I also passed up much, as I had less than two weeks to do the 6,000 miles.

Noticed the HAUL ASS sticker. Fellow Orbitsuns fan??? I've ridden a lot with the lead guitarist this past year.


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Old 11-21-2007, 08:10 PM   #150
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As everyone else has said, your writing is great. One of the best reports I've read in ages. You've got me ready to hit the road, even on Thanksgiving day in the rain. Drat on you.

Just warn us when you are reunited with your bike and the next run starts.
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