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Old 03-05-2011, 05:51 AM   #1
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Jersey to Alabama...and back: A Trans-Shenandoah Adventure...

On of the first things I read on ADV that really hit me was: "Nobody gives a shit about something you didn't do".

Man. That's good. So, I hesitate sometimes about talking about something I'm gonna do.

Well...I'm taking this ride, I need to. I have to. I'm tracking Skierd's trip...and at 43, I feel it, the weight of it. I'm a happy guy mostly--but I feel the weight of years...and the pressing of irrelevence around me.

Work is relevant and good things are happening here. Family is relevent and good things are happening there.

You know...as you get older though...irrelevence is a danger. The thing I think that brings death close is the narrowing of your life's possibilities.

When you're young, life is full of the unknowns--where will I live? Who or will I marry? Will it last? Will there be kids? For me...there's will I get command of a line company? Will I be a brigade primary staff guy? What will it be Ops? Or will I get a functional area and become a specialist in something like computer simulations...or personnel? Is there a battalion command in the future?

Well...those things are, for me, more and more, known and decided. They've unfolded...or are unfolding...and it's GOOD.

There are fewer possibilities. The branches in the road diminish and the way ahead is known, narrower and with no room to turn around.

I don't mind that. But it's funny how when more of the road is behind you and it narrows in this way--like when you're riding in the woods, following an unknown trail...eventually, it'll peter out and end....or join another.

I think about following rivers and creeks upstream the same way...I feel my life doing that. It's NOT BAD. It's GOOD...but you see your life has unfolded and it's interesting. To have fewer possibilities...

Eventually you'll say, this is the town I'm going to die in...this is the house...this bed...and I hope when you get there, if you did it right, you'll smile wryly and laugh.

So, I watch guys older than me in this motorcycling thing--some parts of our lives are more about knowns than unknowns. BUT, THIS...this thing here that we do--it's about possibilities. Still there is something ahead! The unknown. Where does that go?

You feel me?
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:32 AM   #2
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Yes I do. Sounds like I'm at the same place in life as you.

Mobill, send me your email address so I can send you the gps tracks I have from Sylacauga Alabama to Ft. Payne Alabama. Some if it runs the forrest service road of the Skyway Motorway.
I've ridden it many times and love it.
Maybe its something you can use.

Good luck and subscribed!
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:40 AM   #3
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Thanks. PM Sent.

This is, by the way 11-20 March. Departing this coming Friday....another WR250R out plying America's byways. By the way.

4 days/3 nights down, then 2 days of school and 4 days/3 nights back.

It's Burlington, NJ to Hunstsville/Madison, AL and return.

Thanks to Intothenew and I believe it's bluelightning (Dan) for work on TWVT and TET-S for their tireless work--really to all the guys working TET/TNJT/TMAT...they've opened doors to me. Doors to possibilities.

All that GPS work...wouldn't be worth much without a map backup...I do a little bit of the fly by the seat, but I try to be prepared.

Printed and laminated maps of the routes and some detail to the routes along the corridor:



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Old 03-05-2011, 06:49 AM   #4
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I like your style. I am subscribed. Have a great trip and BTW....thanks for your service to your country.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:36 AM   #5
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OK, 4 gdb files sent.
Can send highlighted map by snailmail if needed.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:44 AM   #6
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:21 AM   #7
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Thanks fellas.

The bike for this trip (Seems like this thread need some pix already!):
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:14 PM   #8
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:37 AM   #9
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Following, Bill!

For some reason I didn't realize that you are 7 years ahead of me. I already feel the path narrowing, I understand you completely.

Will you please reply to my Facebook comment dammit?! Hell it might keep us alive another couple of years!
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:42 AM   #10
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Hey fellas. Skierd, prettttty cool, if departing on the same day. That'd be awesome. If you leave late it's good--I probably wont get to Camp Canaan on Friday until late...I'm going to proof a route for Rob23 if it all works out. So, it'll be a 500 mile day.

Steve--yo, not ignoring, I don't FB from work maybe on my phone....anyway, been stacked with prep and school and work.

New rubber is on the bike...fuel pump should arrive from Service Honda today...I've staged and mocked up the luggage twice, walked around it last night and tightened almost nothing. This is an amazing bike, for 9,000 miles, I've barely had a wrench to it.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:06 AM   #11
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Hey fellas. Skierd, prettttty cool, if departing on the same day. That'd be awesome. If you leave late it's good--I probably wont get to Camp Canaan on Friday until late...I'm going to proof a route for Rob23 if it all works out. So, it'll be a 500 mile day.

Steve--yo, not ignoring, I don't FB from work maybe on my phone....anyway, been stacked with prep and school and work.

New rubber is on the bike...fuel pump should arrive from Service Honda today...I've staged and mocked up the luggage twice, walked around it last night and tightened almost nothing. This is an amazing bike, for 9,000 miles, I've barely had a wrench to it.
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No FB from work but ADV is ok? I'm down with that.

I sent you a more detailed message, basically to pester you. Looking fowrward to your trip bro!
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #12
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Hooking up with Skierd on Friday...AWESOME!!

See his thread here. Good stuff boys and girls:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=661723

Fuel pump is in. New tires on.

Swapping straps tomorrow..Rox straps on the way...test drive today didn't include luggage. That is bad. I would normally ride for a few days to work with all the stuff I'm tripping with. Just couldn't....so...we'll see how it goes.

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Old 03-09-2011, 10:57 PM   #13
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"Nobody gives a shit about something you didn't do".


You know...as you get older though...irrelevence is a danger. The thing I think that brings death close is the narrowing of your life's possibilities.
Your relation to life has always inrigued me, my friend. IN.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:10 AM   #14
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Came over here from Skierd's thread...looks like a good trip and an even better reason to take it
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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Have a fun time Bill.
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