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Old 10-08-2007, 09:58 AM   #121
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Read on

You should seriously turn this into a book.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:00 PM   #122
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Ran across your RR late last night and returned this evening.

Thanks for the thoughtful prose and Drifters pics, they seemed to compliment each other. Highwater mark this one.

I will never, ever look at a PC the same way again.

I ride with a couple of ex pat Brits, very funny.

Cheers Steve
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:55 AM   #123
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Originally Posted by ahendepe

...As we sit in the line to enter our great sovereign nation at Tecate I inform drifter that sometimes vehicles that are as beautiful and inspired as ours may get additional scrutiny at the border. We buy water from a cute girl on the side of the road. I then ask “ have you ever heard of the law enforcement technique called cavity search? Drifter has a shot of adrenaline course through his veins and his eyes become as wide as saucers. “You are kidding right Dad” “I hope so Drifter”
*coffee comes out my nose*

No need for photos in this report. The images are perfectly clear.

Too many great lines to quote. Your report is what great writing is made of. Granville King would be proud! Hope you continue to write and Drifter continues the tradition!
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The future is no place to place your better days. ~ DMB

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

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Old 10-27-2007, 03:36 PM   #124
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I just found this report- Great stuff. One of my favorites, I do believe. Thanks!
"What these people need is some mental psychology."-Bonnie Abbzug

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Old 10-27-2007, 06:08 PM   #125
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"Well I am afraid that while we all are comfortably numb looking into the past through the rear view mirror in this country we are going to rear end the future and get our insurance cancelled."

You, sir, have a gift. And you are wasting it sitting in a cube designing quality parts the bean counters are going to cheapen into garbage only to be used to build hunks of shit no one wants to buy. I know this because I spent 5-6 days a week fixing the friggin' things for 20 years. Somewhere between the union waste and the corporate greed your job is going to vaporize one day anyway, best to be prepared -

As others have said, you are certainly publishable. Give it a whirl. There was so much in your story - incredible wit, humor, profound clarity, and incredible vision. Certainly one of the best things I have ever read here, and that's saying a lot because there are some VERY talented writers around these parts.
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:11 PM   #126
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Good thing you ended this report

You have taken me away from the world series. And my Boston Red Sox are beating Colorado in the 6th.

Great report.

I taught Pirsig in a Science and Literature college course years ago. Your insights rival his. Your story just hits the right notes.

Thank You
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:21 AM   #127
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Ok you have done it I'm ready to buy your Pc800, head south to Mexico and sip some julup. Ok how would it be if i just bought my own and tagged along with you and drifter. I could bring my son. you would like him he's 6ft 2 a statistision and spent 11 year camping and living in the Alaskan back counrty as we lived there when he was a growing up. I'll cash in my retirment buy the PC's and of couse i will have to remove the gauges,spray paint, and sheet rock scew in accessory holders. 59.6 and pulling the plug in 5 months the wife is saying "Why dont you take a trip".
I'm with everyone else I just enjoyed reading your report.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:13 AM   #128
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Talking Thought it couldn't get any better then....

The End!

Wow the card lock door and the cube were a real contrast. I hope you're kiddng about the nitro.

Best post I've read here by far my dog (only one around) could not figure out why I was laughing so much.

What else can I thing I ever read.

Hang in there man...hang in there.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:12 PM   #129
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Vermin: I to your writing abilities, but most of all to your huge level of daring-do to ride that stanky bucket so far, and even more so with one of your larvae attached!

Hey Drifter - I have a 10 year old daughter who considers me strange, but you've got her experience beat. I think I'm Ward Cleaver next to your old man, as not even 2 regular UberScooters would hold a candle to the Rat-Extraordinaire that took you X-country. I'd call you lucky to have such a Dad.

3 cheers for the CACK

You might like to read " The South Will Rise at Noon." by Douglas Glover.

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Old 10-28-2007, 02:49 PM   #130
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Originally Posted by ahendepe
Day number I don’t know

I tell the guys girlfriend that the only difference between the books main character Phaedrus and myself is that I am neither brilliant, tortured or insane, she looks at my bike and there is an uncomfortable silence.
Maybe the funniest line out of a ride report I've ever read.

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Old 10-28-2007, 09:00 PM   #131
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A most excellent RR and the reason this place rocks. You are a very talented writer, my friend.

You have no idea how this trip with your son is going to stay with him for the rest of his life. Props to your wife for letting him go with you. Fifty years from now when he reflects back on his life, I bet this trip will rank right up there at the top.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:15 PM   #132
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nice illustration

Good job Mike
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:18 PM   #133
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cack survived

Cack (the PC) was just about 5 miles west of one of the big fires. It is a damn shame about all the destruction. I was a little worried that uncle b was gonna use the fire as an opportunity to clean his garage.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:46 PM   #134
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Must read for my teenage son

Awesome report. I think most teenagers today could benifit from such a trip. I will get my 14 year old to read it and if he shows any intrest, we will have to try a journey of our own. Thanks for a inspiring report.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:26 PM   #135
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Great report! I don't think specific bike is a requirement to be an adventurer... ok, I'm just trying to build it up when I trade in my ride for goldwing... but really
Eyes on the horizon!
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