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Old 04-02-2014, 05:20 PM   #1
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Ogribikes ride for Multiple Sclerosis

I joined up to ride the MS5000. It's a 50 day ride for Multiple Sclerosis.

Long Haul Paul started this ride last year, Paul lives with MS and does a lot of miles, I mean a lot. You can read about him here, Endless Road Tour.

About the MS5000.

Also a link to my donation page, Jim's MS5000 Motorcycle Challenge. I would appreciate donations to help find a cure for MS. All donation go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Now lets get to my ride, the riding part started April 1st but I was away on business and got home today. I ran out to get my first fuel receipt and found I need to replace the rear tire, so that will be tomorrow morning. My mileage starts at 20868, I hope to get at least 5K miles before the end. Part of this ride will be a MotoAdventure Tour I'm taking in Ecuador. So I hope this thread gets a little interesting. Here is a link to the tour,
High Andes Deep Amazon Tour. My main ride in the US will be my R1200GS Adventure.

I hope to entertain you a bit during this ride.



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Old 04-02-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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No better cause anywhere. Two in our immediate family are living with MS.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:51 AM   #3
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Not the best way to start this ride. Slow leak that takes about two days to become worrisome. I don't want to keep stopping to air up on a multi day ride. Waiting on the shop to open, time for another cup of coffee.

Looks so sad...



All secure...



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Old 04-03-2014, 06:47 PM   #4
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After getting the new rubber I decided to scrub it in. I headed out to Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR via a couple gravel roads in Fulshear to wear off the new stuff on the tire.



Saw some great examples of Longhorns.









A quick stop at a historical marker.





Then on to Attwater, the flowers were in bloom and it smelled great out on the prairie.



I think the Garmin knows something I don't.



Wondering if I'll get wet before getting home.



I sped.



A few of the flowers along the way.





Time to start meandering home.



Obligatory selfie.



Interesting sights along the way home.





I did ride through a wee bit of rain but not enough to ruin my camera or phone in my mesh gear.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Today was a ride to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.















































I never saw a gator, I was looking, as I was eating my smoked chicken lunch I thought of Swamp People and remembered that they used chicken for bait. :loll

It was a great morning for riding. I would have spent the whole day out but I'm waiting for a package that needs a signature.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:47 PM   #6
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Good stuff!

Enjoyed the photos. I was a biologist for the U.S.F.W.S. and worked at both of those refuges. Best wishes on your quest!
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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Today was a visit to Sam Houston, with a few bluebonnets along the way, a quick stop in Grimes County and a stop at Green Acres to check out the longhorns.

We are still collecting donations to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, Jim's MS5000 Motorcycle Challenge, that's what this ride is all about, please help with what you can spare.




























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Old 04-06-2014, 01:56 PM   #8
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Another day, a few more miles. I headed South to Brazoria County to take a gander of the Stephen Austin statue. Rode through some rain heading there but not enough to care. Remember, Ride For A Reason, Jim's MS5000 Motorcycle Challenge, please donate.

Would you ride in the rain to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis?

I would...



Quick visit to see Mr. Austin.





I headed South West from there and ended up in Bay City, the temps went from 60F, 16C when I left the house to 77F, 25C in Bay City and down to 66F, 19C by the time I got home.

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Old 05-01-2014, 11:12 PM   #9
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Okay, getting back on track.

I was in the middle of moving from Houston back to Virginia after the MotoGP Race. So that took up way to much time with setting that up. I ended up with my GS Adventure in Houston and will ride it back to Virginia when I get back from holiday. I had to start and end my trip to Ecuador in Houston as I bought the ticket last year and it would cost double to change the ticket.

Packed my bags.



Parked the GS.



Headed to the airport.



Hopped on the plane.



And flew to Quito, Ecuador, 10,000 Ft and 10 Klicks south of the equator.



Sunday I'll start the High Andes Deep Amazon MotoAdventure with Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental.

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Old 05-02-2014, 10:15 AM   #10
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Ogribike, thanks for your effort in helping with the fight of MS. My wife was diagnosed with MS many years ago. I sure would like to see a cure for this awful disease.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:02 PM   #11
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A few photos from the day 1 ride, more to come later.

The Riding...





The Lunch...



The Route...

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Old 05-08-2014, 05:30 AM   #12
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Sorry for the lack of updates. We don't always have Internet. The MotoAdventure with Ecuador Freedom Bike Rentals has been fantastic. We have lost one rider due to possible broken rib and a sprained ankle. One rider not sure if they can continue and one with a bruised chest.

I'm doing great and having a blast.











Our route so far.

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:04 PM   #13
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Missed some more posting due to lack of Internet. I'm am still out of sequence but I will try to fix that later.

Day 6, this day consisted of loading the bikes in a canoe for a float down river to Rio Coca.

























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Old 05-15-2014, 06:05 AM   #14
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Back in the States. It was a great ride and I added 1532 klicks (952 miles) to my MS5000 challenge. We are still collecting donations, please help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Final route.



I'll post more photos later, next I'll ride to Virginia from Texas.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:25 AM   #15
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Awesome ride! You were a great person to have along! We hope to have the pleasure of riding with you in the future. Good luck with Africa and don't forget to look for a job here in Ecuador!
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