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Old 03-14-2011, 08:13 PM   #31
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@SoosCreek: what map app are you using for posting your routes? Love how easy it is to see where you've been.
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The maps that are being posted are from Bing maps.
Yep, I actually PRINTSCREEN while in Bing Maps with the route determined into Google Picasa 3 and then use the CROP tool to get the image I want. Easy and looks nice.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #32
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Day 7, 8 – 50 miles, Mission Viejo, CA to Los Angeles, CA

The Day’s Ride Report – PAC 10 Tournament

Given my lack of enthusiasm for LA freeway riding, I decided it was better to get a hotel near downtown for each access to Staples Center and the PAC 10 basketball tournament. Nothing too exciting about the motorcycle travel, but arena had lots of seats you could buy from scalpers. LA does not have a scalping law and all of the tickets were either gone or not available at the last minute except for getting on the street. Nice arena.

Washington Huskies versus Washington State Cougars was a great game and came down to the last minute. Washington won, GO HUSKIES!
Then Washington played Oregon in the semi’s and won fairly easily. Now they have to beat Arizona to get that automatic bid…

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No time for pictures today. Sorry!

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Helmet. I bought a black Shoei MultiTec helmet a couple of years ago and have a dark smoke shield. I like the Shoei quality and always will wear a full face helmet given my previous encounter with freeway cement. The flip up is nice and helps me with situations where I need better visibility or communications when I am stopped. The flip also helps me when I need to wear sunglasses in addition to the smoke shield.

My only real complaint helmet is noise level that is common for flip up helmets. I wear ear plugs on a string most of the time anyway. It is on my agenda to get a Bluetooth set of ear plugs so I can use phone, MP3 and GPS.

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Followed his threads knowing full well I will never go out-of-bounds like he does…

Tomorrow - Pac 10 Basketball Tournament Final Go Huskies!
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:21 PM   #33
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Day 9 – 130 miles, Los Angeles, CA to La Quinta, CA

Decided not to stay in LA for the PAC-10 Tournament Championship – Mistake! Washington beat Arizona and the place looked empty on television! I should have been there….but family always comes first. Since it was Saturday I decided to head out to make sure I got to spend some time with the folks who work for a living during the week.

The Day’s Ride Report

I got on Highway 60 headed east to the desert, connected with Interstate 10, etc. There was nothing exciting here other than trying to avoid the other crazies on the road. Beautiful day in LA but a little cloudy but the sun was there in the desert as always.

I have been coming to the “Desert” as we call it for about 30 years on and off. I have seen it grow immensely over that time and sometimes I cannot even recognize it. It would have been fun to be here in the 50’s and 60’s with the movie stars, etc.

I don’t miss the rain in Seattle or the cold weather.

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Outerwear. I have First Gear TPG jacket and pants. It works well in the northern climates but does get hot when the temperature rises. It has mesh vents but is not a mesh jacket. The waterproof layer is the internal liner.

I have struggled to find exactly what works well for my needs. I need a thermal layer to keep me warm, a layer for protection and a layer for waterproofing. But then I also need ventilation. This jacket is not a perfect combination of layers but was the best I could find that fit properly.
The top protection layer can get soaked and takes a long time to dry even if I stay dry underneath.

Weather protection was the primary reason I took the ST1300 instead of the GS12. In driving rain only my shoulders are directly exposed, although I get everything wet eventually. Warmth in itself is not an issue in that the ST gives off heat and protection from the cold.

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Followed a couple of his threads and found them interesting with lots of good photos. I now know what a MOG is…
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:26 PM   #34
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Days 10-24 – 0 miles, La Quinta, CA

Golfing is one of my other passions and I try and combine the two when I can. On this trip I sent my backup set of clubs down to my in-laws via FedEx Ground. It only costs $40 each way and that is almost like an airplane baggage fee. At least that was my rationalization. It would have cost me at around $50 to rent clubs at each course anyway and I planned on playing quite a few times.

The Day’s Ride Report – Golfing!

No riding for two weeks except back and forth to some golf courses. See the pictures of my setup for carrying the bag. I love to show up at a golf course at the bag drop on the bike…always get a chuckle from the bags boys. Remember this is SoCal so there is valet for everything, probably even McDs!

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No Miles! Tomorrow I ride again.

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Taking the clubs to the golf course. Got a great "Thumbs Up" from a guy in a Ferrari at a stop sign in La Quinta...





Marriott Desert Springs


La Quinta


PGA West


Toscana



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Heated Gear. I use the Gerbering jacket liner and heated gloves with a dual controller. It does not take much juice to keep me warm and it has worked well.

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Great photography, interesting comments and always interesting following a woman on a solo ride.

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I head to Prescott Arizona to visit some more friends and hear the road is not too bad also.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:42 PM   #35
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Highway 1 Collapse

BTW, for anyone thinking about going down the PCH Highway 1 between Monterey and San Luis Obispo, it is closed. See the article below as it appears it will be closed for months....

I went through a few days before...

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/...ay-1-collapse/
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Days 25 – 265 miles, La Quinta, CA to Prescott, Az

Back on the bike! The trip continues after my 2 week golfing stop in Palm Desert/La Quinta where it was warm and sunny. It is good to be back on the bike covering some miles…

The Day’s Ride Report

I took off on Interstate 10 headed east toward Prescott, Arizona from La Quinta. I wanted to slab it to the Arizona state highway 60 cut off thru Blythe. I had never been down that road before and as always it was pretty much just the long-haul truckers, the SUVs and some RVs.
Based on the map, I was expecting some empty desert on Highway 60 once I turned off of I10. Boy was I surprised to see large flocks of winter Snow Birds parked in RV “resorts” along the way. It seems that all it takes to build a RV Resort in the desert was a little water, power and a central quickie mart. The parks were packed and there were lots of Snow Birds, even some dry camping out along the way. It has helped some of the small towns along the old highway stay alive as they have 1-2 restaurants that seem to make their living in the winter off of the birds.
Turned off of Highway 60 and got onto highway 71 that took me to Congress, Arizona. Not much there, but I did start to seem fellow bikers taking day trips for the weekend from places like Phoenix, etc. Nice weather, good riding.
Highway 71 splits off to state highway 89 which takes you into Prescott after lifting you off of the desert a couple thousand feet. Nice winding road that takes you up to the high desert and into the beautiful boulder area of Prescott.
Pretty easy day riding, no major events.

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Interstate 10 Facing West at Chirlaco Summit

Interstate 10 Facing East


Arizona Highway 89 near Glen Oaks coming up from the desert floor


High Desert



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I will never feel cold again! I have walked around a town in -40 Celsius before and cannot even dream of riding that weather.


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I head to Las Vegas or there abouts tomorrow.
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Days 26 – 330 miles, Prescott, Az to Mesquite, Nv

The best part about doing this trip is the time I get to spend with family and friends. I am lucky if I see some of these folks once a year or sometimes longer. I spent the night with some good friends in Prescott and had a nice steak dinner and a glass of wine. We did the usual catching up on how everyone is doing, etc. What can be better than that?

The Day’s Ride Report

We had breakfast downtown Prescott at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon which is a historic bar that seems to have lots of bikers on Sunday morning. There were literally 50-100 bikers hanging out along the courthouse square and visiting coffee shops, etc. Seemed like a decent group, even if they were mostly Harley folks.

Headed north on Highway 89 out of Prescott to connect with Interstate 40 and then to Las Vegas. Highway 89 is a high desert highway that was quite beautiful and traffic was nonexistent. I did pass a few Snow Birds headed north, seems a lot of them were from Canada and heading back.

Interstate 40 was surprising fun to ride. Very little traffic, mostly truckers, and very pretty as it made its way thru high desert and some mountains. Made my way into Kingman Arizona and stopped for lunch before heading north toward Vegas.

Turned onto Highway 93 headed north. Not much happening there but it was a straight shot into Vegas and over the new Hoover Dam Bypass and into Boulder City. The bypass only opened about 6 months ago and really makes it easy to get into town. Now if they would only improve the road from Vegas to Boulder City as some of it was thru town.

I got into Las Vegas pretty easily and took a ride down Las Vegas Boulevard or “the strip”. I have been to Vegas many times in the past as I have done some work there for the county. I was not real interested in the strip and was not getting a little warm in my riding gear as it was 75 degrees. I decided to go over to the Rio on the other side of Highway 15 and planned on checking in for the night. I had researched their $45 night rate the night before. I found good motorcycle parking near the front and headed on in.

However, when I walked toward the check in counter there were about 50 folks in line to check in. So I headed toward the slots with the intention of killing time. Put in my $20 and played for an hour, cashed in my winnings of around $20 dollars and headed back to the check in. The line was even longer! So back to the slots for another hour, another $20-40 in winnings and went back to the check in. Same problem. So, as I had my riding gear, tank bag and helmet with me and things were not getting better, I decided to head out to Mesquite on I15 which is about another 90 miles or so. I figured I could get there before dark…

Got to Mesquite, did not have a hotel lined up, so I stopped at the McDonalds with the free WiFi and did a Trip Adviser check for lodging. Found the Falcon Ridge Hotel online for about $60 and booked it. No casino, but a very nice hotel. I ran into some other bikers who were headed back home after doing a few days in Death Valley.

I was back on the road by myself again…

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Hoover Dam Bypass Photo I found online...



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I have been following his thread for over a year. I really found the trip north from Buenos Aires thru Brazil, French Guiana, etc. recently to be very interesting.

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Days 27 – 375 miles, Mesquite, Nv to Ely, Nv thru Zion - Part 1

There is definitively something to be said for riding alone on long motorcycle trips. You just get up and go where you want without consideration for anyone but yourself. Today was to be another one of those days and I was looking forward to it.

The Day’s Ride Report

Today was an extraordinary so I split the report up into 2 Parts. This is Part 1 which takes me through Zion National Park to Beaver, Utah for lunch…

I left Mesquite bright and early as I decided to skip the continental breakfast that was free with the room as I did not see anything there worth eating and the coffee was so-so. I decided that I would stop in St. George, Utah for breakfast. In my travels, I always seem to like to get that first 50-100 miles under my belt before I stop for breakfast if it works out.

I did stop in St. George, but not at a diner like I planned. I got to the north side of town and was surprised to see the exit off the freeway toward Zion so I just took it and figured I would find something. I did stop at a Subway that was in a gas station as I needed fuel anyway and the coffee was pretty good. So now I was all good to go for Zion. I was on Highway 9 headed east.

Zion was about 30 miles down the road and I passed thru Hurricane, Utah and into Springdale which is a very quaint town with lots of little motels/lodges and restaurants. It turns out it is basically the entrance to Zion and that is where the tourists shop. I paid the entrance fee and then stopped at the visitor center for a break and to determine the plan. I have never been to Zion before and did have a clue about what is was.

Weather was really nice in town, around 65 degrees and getting warmer by the hour. I wandered through the lower part of Zion and stopped and took many pictures of which some are below. Beautiful park and easy to drive through, but its real value is in the hiking up the canyon walls, etc. Since I did not want to leave my belongings on the bike or take them with me, I decided to pass on the hikes and just sit for a while and wander around.

After a while I got back on the bike and headed down the highway toward Bryce Canyon. The road winds up the canyon and then heads you out across the forests toward Highway 89. Nice country and easy roads and I just cruised along. But it also climbs up in elevation and as I went along I was getting colder and colder. I decided to stop when I realized I had just gone over a 6,000+ foot summit and I did not have my warm liners on. I went for the heated gear.

I took the turn to Highway 12 which takes you to Bryce Canyon National Park. I went about 20 miles along the highway and stopped at a closed visitor center before the actual park entrance and determined that it was just too cold to spend the rest of the day going to Bryce. So I turned around and headed to Panguitch, Utah for some lunch and a warm up. I found an old diner that has some good food and took a break…

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I have followed their trip since its beginning. They have just finished and I really appreciate the detailed report of the pros and cons of all of their equipment.

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Days 27 – 375 miles, Mesquite, Nv to Ely, Nv thru Zion - Part II

This is the second half of the day’s ride report…from Panguitch, Utah to Ely, Nevada on the Loneliest Road(s).

The Day’s Ride Report

After the break in Panguitch, Utah, I headed west hoping to go down in elevation and up in temperature as it was pretty darn cold and there was snow falling just to the north of where I was. The road from Panguitch to I15 was a cruiser and went over another pass and then down off of the mountains and into the valley. It got warmer as I planned but also windy.

Stopped in Beaver, Utah to get some gas and determine my plan for evening. Wind was blowing like crazy and all I wanted to do was get out of there. Drove thru the town and did not see anything too interesting, but I did get some cash at an ATM. Decided to head west as I had about 2-3 hours of daylight left.

I took highway 21 out of Beaver and headed to what looks like the end of the earth. The road slowly gained in elevation and after about 30 minutes I had not seen even 1 car. I decided to stop and put on the cold weather gear, including the pant liners. That turned out to be a very good decision.

Highway 21 goes up over passes and then down thru high desert valleys where there is nothing but straight roads and some cattle. There are even cattle guards on the road and the first time I crossed one I was going 80 and it came upon me quickly. Startled me a little and from then one I managed to aim for the cross bars on the guards to minimize the shudder effect.

Highway 21 goes thru a couple of small towns and then connects to the infamous Highway 50, which I have seen listed as the Worlds Loneliest Road. It travels from I15 in Utah to Reno, Nevada and has no traffic and crosses the emptiness of Nevada. Highway 21 is very similar. I took some pictures of the roadways as I went along. Continued on into Ely, Nevada where I would stop and spend the night.

I loved travelling these roads as the land is very beautiful with the high desert and the snowcapped ranges that seem to come one after another for hundreds of miles. It was quite cold, but I was warm with the heated gear, but I was really tired once I got into town. Stopped at a casino in my hotel and lost the winnings from Vegas and went to bed.

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Stopped middle of the road, this is the view to the west...

The view to the east...

And my bike in the middle of the road. No cars for over an hour...



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As I am interested in travelling a similar route, I have followed these folks from just north of me all the way done. Great ride report.

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I ride north to Idaho in the same sort of territory.
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Days 28 – 435 miles, Ely, Nv to Ontario, Oregon

What do you think about when are riding along with no traffic and nothing to distract you? I seem to cover the gamut of topics in my head with really no specific theme. I am planning on a South America trip so I did spend some time thinking about the pros and cons of various ways to approach the trip. I seem to have landed where you all tell me to be: that is sketch out a simple plan and just go and do it, things will change anyway.

The Day’s Ride Report

I started the day in 34 degree weather knowing full well that it will not warm up anytime soon. The schedule was to head north from Ely, Nevada on Highway 93 and see how far I wanted to go. There was not much in Ely to keep me around, but I made sure I had a hot breakfast for the road.

It is about 130 miles or so between Ely and Wells and it is a very straight north/south stretch up a high desert valley with snowcapped mountains on both sides. I turned on the heated gear and just went for it. It took about 2 hours or so to get to Wells and the temp never got above 37 degrees. The heated gloves, heated jacket and cruise control got me through this stretch. It was actually quite beautiful as you can see by the pictures, but I was always looking north at snow falling on the hills and wondering if it would affect my plans. I made it to Wells, Nevada and decided to stop for an hour or so after getting some gas to warm me up.

After I was warm, I decided to continue north up to Twin Falls, Idaho via Jackpot, Nevada. I had thoughts of going down I80 to Elko and then up north via eastern Oregon, but the temperature and the threat of snow kept me further east.

I made a straight shot to Twin Falls on highway 93 from Wells with little traffic and nice scenery. It also warmed up to the low 40’s along the way. After going through Twin Falls, I headed out west on I84 toward Boise, still uncertain where I would stop.

I84 was pretty boring but given the weather I was happy to be covering some distance. As I got to Boise I just kept on going until I arrived in Ontario, Oregon and a reasonable hotel. It had started to rain after Boise and I was happy to be done for the day.

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Throttlemeister Throttle Lock. I bought a TM before this trip for the ST1300 knowing that I would have long stretches of road. It was easy to install, less than 5 minutes, and has worked well for what it is. I tended to turn it on by my right hand and just leave it. I did have to tighten it up one time, but I had not done lock tight yet.

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MG has started many forum discussions over the years and seems to always both provide and get good information.

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I ride home.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:04 PM   #41
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Days 29 – 450 miles, Ontario, Oregon to Auburn, Washington

One of things I did think about a lot on this trip is my eventual retirement and what that really will mean. I currently have a small management consulting firm, but my plan is to work sparingly this year and see how I like it. I have figured out that retirement is more of a process than it is a target or objective. Many people can retire at different times in their life and it is usually not just about finances. There are lots of other issues to consider such as health, interests, lifestyle, etc. All of these are choices that have to be made as you move along the process.

Adventure riding is one of the considerations for my retirement. I like to travel and see various parts of the world and experience the cultures. I lived for 5 years in Europe as a child of a military person so I have some experience with foreign countries. I went back to Europe a few years ago and enjoyed it, but I don’t think I can do the standard tourist fare. I have also traveled to many favorite vacation spots such as Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, etc. However, I do suck at foreign language.

One of the thoughts behind this trip was to evaluate how much I enjoyed riding. Even after I rode back from Alaska last summer and then did another trip through Oregon. You learn something each trip.

The Day’s Ride Report

It was not raining in Ontario as I loaded up the bike but it sure looked like it was going to start soon. I figured if I could just skirt the rain, then this last leg of the journey would be fine. I knew I had to make a choice sometime in the day to either go down 84 through the gorge or over the mountains.

So I started off from Ontario and headed out on I84 toward Baker City. Easter Oregon is a mountainous terrain and I had to go over a couple of passes along the way before I got to Washington. I got a little wet, but stopped in Baker City for fuel and then headed to La Grande where I had a nice breakfast at a Denny’s. Service was great and I decided to put on my waterproof boot covers to make sure my feet did not get soaked.

After La Grande and the Blue Mountains the wind I started to hit some wind. And then stronger wind. And then even stronger wind. Gusts of about 30-40 mph, but it was in my face and not from the side. I decided to no go through the Columbia River Gorge as the wind really gets funneled and can be difficult. So it was the mountains then.

I turned north around Hermiston onto highway 395 toward the Tri Cities and crossed the Columbia River into Washington. Then the wind really started, but this time from the side. All the way to Yakima I felt like I was holding on for dear life just waiting for the next gust. I believe it was the worst wind I have ever ridden in. It made me think of the winds in Patagonia on Route 40 toward Tierra del Fuego which I have read are really a pain.
But I made it all the way to Ellensburg and stopped for gas and food. I knew going west on I90 this time of year meant rain, lots of rain and I was not denied. Started raining about 5 miles out of town and picked up as I made up into the mountains. Near the top of the pass it turned into a downpour but what you gonna do? I knew that I was only an hour from home so I pressed on.

The windshield and the fairing protection from the ST1300 combined with the rain gear helped keep me pretty dry as long as I was moving so that is what I did. The heated gear kept me warm and I made it all the way home.

I did have one interesting experience coming down off the pass. I was in the right lane of the 3 lane highway and this car was just following me. I slowed down, they slowed down. I waved them around, they chose to stay put. I decided to move over to the middle lane and then the older lady driving just zipped past me on the right. WTF? So I continue on and eventually I come across her again near North Bend. Seems she got behind someone else and was just following them. I passed on the left and realized that the lady just does not drive anywhere other than the far right lane….This was all in pouring rain with limited visibility, kind of freaked me out as I don’t like tailgaters…

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Not a good picture but wanted to capture the wind and the upcoming rain...

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Tourmaster Rain Boot Covers. I have had these for a while and never used them. I took them on this trip as a precaution. They worked great on that last leg of the trip. Cheap, easy to put on, and can go over or under your riding pants.

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He provides good information and I enjoy his comments on other posts.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:06 PM   #42
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Excellent report! I really like your format, it makes it easy to follow along. Thanks for taking the time to post!
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Epilogue, 2011 West Coast Swing

One of things I did think about a lot on this trip is my eventual retirement and what that really will mean. I currently have a small management consulting firm, but my plan is to work sparingly this year and see how I like it. I have figured out that retirement is more of a process than it is a target or objective. Many people can retire at different times in their life and it is usually not just about finances. There are lots of other issues to consider such as health, interests, children, etc. All of these are choices that have to be made as you move along the process.

This trip was the first long trip I have taken since I came back from Alaska last summer on the 12GS. I really do like to just ride and see things as they go by. And meet some interesting people. So I guess I will continue on this summer and start planning that trip to Tierra del Fuego for next fall My wife wants to meet up somewhere and ride for a couple of months. But, I will have to see how the work is doing.

The ADV form has been both fun to read and I have learned from many much more experience that I am. Hope to put that to use for my next trip.

Mileage
3,800 miles in total including some minor local trips in La Quinta. Some freeway, but mostly highway with little traffic.

Ride Goals
1. Make it home in 1 piece (Completed!)
2. Don’t get (m)any speeding tickets (Completed! No tickets.)
3. Meet and talk to people along the way (Some folks along the way, could have done more..)
4. Meet up with some ADV riders (Negative. Need to work on how to communicate…)
5. Teach myself to slow down and smell the roses (Some, but could have taken a few more days down and up)
6. Learn to be a more understanding and better person (don’t we all want that?) (Maybe!)

Lessons Learned
1. Always look over your shoulder when changing lanes on the freeway! I got surprised once just north of San Fran by someone going really fast.
2. Don’t take so many clothes! I will never learn and the repacking is a bitch.
3. Create a packing plan and map! It will save you time over the long run and you will know where everything is.
4. Use the boot rain covers! When you know you are going to get wet, they are simple and easy and keep you both dry and warm.
5. Ride reports take a lot of time but are worth the effort! They create a nice history and can be shared with friends, etc.
6. Get connect in regional group! Been on my list and hope to do this summer.

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Yours Truly

Taken last summer on my Alaska Trip in famous downtown Chicken, Alaska!
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