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Old 11-27-2010, 09:30 AM   #31
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Bigdog, As always I really enjoy your adventures. thanks for taking the time to tell the story.

Sam has been an inspiration to so many of us with his tat maps, and others.
I hope when I'm 71 I'm still on my bike enjoying life to it's fullest.

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Old 11-27-2010, 02:39 PM   #32
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Very nice......thanks for taking us along to meet Sam.


Ps...nice hat!
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:34 PM   #33
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Sure glad I was invited to this read. Looks like it will have a positive effect on my riding habits. Thanks so much.
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #34
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Another fun RR Bigdog...thanks for sharing.

Two things:

1. I am not of your age...gonna be 37 here in a few weeks, but even when I was a kid, we'd stick playing cards( not baseball cards...they were worth something at that point) in the wheels of our bicycles. I was on a bicycles from what ever age I stared riding, right up until I got my driver's license. I was probably only off two wheels for less than a year, before I had found my new love, motorized two wheels.

2. I too have the Kili 5.0 jacket. It is a great jacket.....crazy how many features they worked into it. Hopefully, since you have the Sand color too, you got it on the sale that New Enough had, when they were $139. Awesome price for that jacket.

Here I am wearing it, heading out for a three day weekend trip with a buddy of mine. Typically I use it for the street riding..not too much on the dirt.

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:48 PM   #35
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Great RR Mark!!!! Thanks for the ride along!!!

If it gets to cold back there, come on out!!!!!

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Old 11-27-2010, 06:50 PM   #36
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Thanks Mark, another great story.

Mississippi is a great place. I found a wonderful girl there twenty one years ago and spent a lot of time in the air over your route teaching people to fly.

Like Scott said, when you need a break from winter, come on out.


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Old 11-27-2010, 09:10 PM   #37
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Thanks BigDog, Nice report as usual
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:23 AM   #38
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You know Mark I don't think that a day goes by where you are not amazed at the blessings of life. I think we can all tell through your wonderful Ride Reports and this is what brings us back to read these - sometimes over and over. You've been a great inspiration to a lot of us and I am personally Thankful I got to meet and ride with you a few times. Guys like you and Sam, plus a few others on here, are of a different cut all have the Will to mold Life to your level of satisfaction and would probably kick Life in the tailend if it was any other way.......I'm sure it takes a little bit of orneryness but that is just part of it and what helps you all do the things that brings joy to your lives. This is what gives a lot of us on here the inspiration to get back out there and explore the world whether it is 100 or 1000 miles away.........I'll be down and out for the next 4 or 5 months mending a wing that needs fixing so I'll be living through all of the pictures and reports here.

Hopefully you are all ready planning the next....
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:29 AM   #39
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Spring Mississippi Hill Country Ride

Just got off the phone with Sam.

He's sponsoring (along with a big bike shop in Corinth, Mississippi) a 2 day guided ride late spring in 2011.

The ride will be free and he's asked me to be one of the ride leaders on this ride---and he wants to keep groups to no bigger than 6. I told him I would be glad to.

We'll ride South from Corinth---to a destination that as of now is unknown--and then ride back the next day----I'm sure he'll have a town with motels included. Part of this route will be the official Mississippi Hill Country ride----but not all of it.

He expects a whole lot of riders and will be needing guides.

Sounds like a neat time and a chance for people to hang out with Sam.

Please don't e-mail him with questions about this---all details---and the route are up in the air---he's working on it and we'll get plenty of notice about is later on.

This is all I know---sounds like a really good relaxing time to see some green Kudzu to me

The riding in that part of the country is extremely easy---if it ain't wet.
If it is you'll need a helicopter in spots.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:49 AM   #40
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Thanks Mark, Enjoyed your report with Sam

Going to mark my calendar.

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Old 12-01-2010, 05:19 AM   #41
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In on this ride Mark...keep us posted

Looking forward to riding with you again and meeting up with "The Man, The Myth, The Legend...Sam Correo."
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:06 AM   #42
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Mark, thanks for another great story! I always enjoy your reports.

BTW, kudzu is taking over the woodlands of the south at an astonishing rate.

If you don't have it in your state you are better off for it, and at the first sign of it everybody in the state needs to turn out with shovels in hand -- dig it up, and then burn it roots and all.

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Old 12-01-2010, 06:13 AM   #43
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Thanks again Mark for the very interesting insight into Sam and his work.

BTW, that Kudzu is some interesting stuff. Seems some fellow with a PHD imported it to use as a cattle feed. He's still trying to teach cattle to climb trees.

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Old 12-02-2010, 04:48 AM   #44
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Darn, guess I'll have to spring for another bike yet. I still have stuff for a KLR 650 I've never sold or wanted to. May as well be another one of those.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:11 AM   #45
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Nice RR!! I live just off the South end of the MSHCT and a I rode it for the first time this past weekend with a couple of inmates. Can't wait to try the Southbound leg!

Oh, and we decided the little shelter was probably a Tornado /storm shelter:
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