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Old 06-10-2013, 01:36 AM   #16
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Hey there peeps... Here are a few maps showing large sections of the route we have planned. The map is just a picture, but the links underneath the dates will take you to a live google map page where you can zoom right in or alter the route if you have an alternative route to recommend. Each green dot is a destination where we will spend a night. I think we cross about 25 states - do we cross yours? It'd be great to catch up with some fellow riders along the way, catch up for a beer, maybe you could show us through some of your best local roads? I can't believe we're going to be there on Friday!


Los Angeles to Baker City






Date: Depart: Arrive:
June 14 Melbourne Australia Los Angeles (4 days here)
18 Los Angeles Las Vegas (3 days here)
21 Las Vegas Bishop
22 Bishop Twainharte
23 Twainharte Sutter Creek
24 Sutter Creek San Francisco (4 days here)
28 San Francisco Casper
29 Casper Mad River
30 Mad River Medford
JULY 1 Medford Bend
2 Bend Clyde Holliday State Park
3 Clyde Holliday State Park Baker City



Los Angeles to Baker City For detailed map.








Baker City to Cheyenne





Date: Depart: Arrive:
JULY 4 Baker City Boise/Weiser
5 Boise/Weiser Idaho Falls
6 Idaho Falls West Yellowstone
7 West Yellowstone Red Lodge
8 Red Lodge Buffalo Bill State Park
9 Buffalo Bill State Park Gillette
10 Gillette Deadwood
11 Deadwood Sage Creek Campgrounds
12 Sage Creek Campgrounds Horse Thief Lake
13 Horse Thief Lake Cheyenne



[FONT=arial][COLOR=#000000]Baker City to Cheyenne For detailed map.










Cheyenne to Amarillo





Date: Depart: Arrive:
JULY 14 Cheyenne Shadow Mountain Lake
15 Shadow Mountain Lake Left Hand Canyon
16 Left Hand Canyon Denver
17 Denver Colorado Springs
18 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs (day trip up Pikes Peak)
19 Colorado Springs Curecanti National Recreation Area
20 Curecanti National Rec. Area Durango
21 Durango Holbrook
22 Holbrook Albuquerque
23 Albuquerque Amarillo



Cheyenne to Amarillo For detailed map.








Amarillo to Deals Gap





Date: Depart: Arrive:
JULY 24 Amarillo Oklahoma City
25 Oklahoma City Hot Springs
26 Hot Springs Harrison
27 Harrison Mammoth Springs
28 Mammoth Springs Memphis (5 Days here)
AUG 1 Memphis Birmingham
2 Birmingham Dahlonega
3 Dahlonega Deals Gap



Amarillo to Deals Gap For detailed map.








Deals Gap to Mountain City





Date: Depart: Arrive:
AUG 4 Deals Gap Walhalla
5 Walhalla Pigeon Forge
6 Pigeon Forge Mountain City


Deals Gap to Mountain City For detailed map.








Mountain City to Philadelphia





Date: Depart: Arrive:
AUG 7 Mountain City Paint Bank
8 Paint Bank McDowell
9 McDowell Davis
10 Davis Washington (5 days here)
14 Washington Philadelphia


Mountain City to Philadelphia For detailed map.








Philadelphia to New York


Haven't looked into this last one properly yet.





Philadelphia to New York For detailed map.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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hey! Where did my post go?!
Not sure, how strange!

Btw, that is a BITCHIN' KTM!
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #18
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so fricking subscribed to this one! You guys are the shiznit. When you get to BRP area you must allow me to meet and buy a round for you! Looks like it might be a while, but I will be looking for you!

KTMs are cool. That KTM is sub-zero.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #19
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damn and DAMN! I just read the whole back story. That chick is fricking BAD. ASS. Seriously, you guys are awesome. Both of you. Thats some real
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #20
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I think this is so great
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:54 PM   #21
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Look forward to you guys making it out here, you might even find a surprise or two waiting for you when you get here.



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Old 06-12-2013, 07:44 AM   #22
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Since you are going to be in Albuquerque, take the road that leads to the Sandia crest. Very nice views once you get to the top. Check out www.bestbikingroads.com. The road if 576, it is in the opposite side of the mountain if you are looking at Sandia Crest from the city of Albuquerque. You can find it on this map. http://www.bestbikingroads.com/motor...ico_-4154.html

Tell us about the KTM!!!!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:26 AM   #23
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in for the awesome.

Kudos to you sir (and the wife) for embracing life and making the best of the cards your dealt.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:41 AM   #24
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #25
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:51 AM   #26
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Where are you staying in L.A.?

This looks like the coolest story ever. Definitely subscribed.

I live in Long Beach (part of the L.A. megalopolis, about 25 miles south of LAX). I have a spare bedroom (downstairs) if you don't already have arrangements. You're welcome to it.

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Old 06-12-2013, 01:47 PM   #27
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This is weird, I'm getting Grrrl's posts in my inbox but none of them are showing on the thread. Is she somehow blocked from posting?
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:32 PM   #28
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This is weird, I'm getting Grrrl's posts in my inbox but none of them are showing on the thread. Is she somehow blocked from posting?

Here is the message that has just been posted (as per my email, with a few tweaks):
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I can see her post in this thread.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #29
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Sounds like a great adventure for sure! Looking forward to the ride! Of course, what a great BIKE!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:25 PM   #30
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thanks for the feedback guys, heres hoping we get a chance to meet and share either a bit of road with you guys or at least a beer or 3 .

So the KTM is where most of the questions are. So will give a quick run down.

It's been custom built to suit Lenna, like other para's everyone wanted to throw her on a can-am, after trialling her on one and I also tested it we came to the decision (not offense to anyone that owns one, but it just wasn't for us) that all they did was take the worst parts of a car and combine that with the worst parts of motorcycling. For us it the way a motorcycle corners that truly make them unique. It was then that was when I we decided if we were going to do it, it would have to include the best things about riding and for us that thrill was cornering.

Where the can am makes hard work of cornering fighting the nature of force a motorcycle works nicely in this manner and therefore works much better for a rider with limited torso strength.



Can am I believe are working on something similar but when I contacted them a few years ago about it, it was a bit of a pipe dream, and we couldn't wait, looked into what else was available when we found the trike conversion though it wasn’t suitable for a paraplegic so we designed a system that would work for her.

It's not a one size fits all, everything from the seat base (which you can't see) to controls are all custom built to suit Lenna needs.

Does it have its limits? It's sure does, you can only lean it so far before you run out of lean angle.

So their are challenges that we face on rides, like blind turns that tighten, if Lenna reads the entry to the turn incorrectly and get in hot, she can't shift her weight to the to the inside to tighten the her line and once she hits the bump stop that is as tight as she can turn.

One way we found to get around said problems was to use com's between the bikes, (we had a friend loan us bike to bike com's recently where we could talk between each other in live time), and found this gave her quiet a increased safety margin as I could give her for warning on road conditions, turns, and corner layouts (blind approachs etc) sort like giving her rally type notes/markers on each approaching turn allowing her to enter turns with confidence that she wasn't going to run out of turn.

This then left us with a question mark as to should we run com's on the trip. The budget was getting a bit tight and most allocated but felt these com's where a must for our situation.

We approached RocketMOTO (Adam who is a vendor on this site and offers discount to ADVriders) about getting a set of Sena SMH10 to run between the bikes and after explaining the story above, Rocket MOTO offer to donate a set to the cause. Wow, what a generous offer. I can't thank Adam and RocketMOTO enough for his offer to help a fellow rider return to road riding and also making it as safe as possible for her.

Since then we have discovered that other riders running the Sena headset will be able to join us in conversation (upto 4 I think) while riding with us, so if you keen to meet up with us and wanna join us for a spin and have a chat to us as we cross the country or if you want to point out the sights or just join in on our game of I spy along the way (which Lenna is crap at by the way, you have been pre warned) please drop Adam a line at Rocketmoto.com and grab a Sena headset, from the quick trial run we had using them here in Australia, these should make for a super fun and entertaining banter or if your lucky you might hear Lenna get a bit carried away and start singing lalalala for the 10 weeks. Either way it changed our riding/touring, some argue it takes your attention away for us, it's certainly makes things safer for Lenna and gives her more time to react/prepare for upcoming hazards. So if you wanna get in on the fun please support a Vendor that is willing to help out other riders.

Again thanks to the team at Rocket MOTO for supplying us with a set of these headsets.


Can't wait to get this trip underway


Bikes left yesterday and we leave tomorrow... there is a bit more to the story of the bikes going, will post that story up soon
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