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Old 04-25-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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What do you mean the Smoky Mountains aren't on the way to Florida!?

Ride report proper starts (for those of you who are impatient) on Page 3! Road updates between here and there.

20 longs years. Two decades. Dos década. That's how long it's been since Malibu_Wifey and I have been camping together. Oh, I can get her to jump on the back of the motorsykle on a moment's notice and log a thousand miles pillion with ne'er a whine or whimper. But that's staying in bed and breakfasts or quaint hotels along the way. I still remember that fateful camping trip long ago--rained the whole time, it was cold, and couldn't find enough dry kindling to fill a matchbox. "I think I'm done camping," was all she said.

The planning is done, and the bike is loaded. Too loaded.



But I fear those Big Agnes memory foam ensconced air mattresses may be the only thing between me and a subpoena of income from a divorce attorney law firm named Weiner and Cox. But I need not get ahead of myself here. Today it's empty nest syndrome. The kids have moved out--oh, I'm not worried, I'm sure they'll move back in one or two more times. But for now, the house feels empty. So when I told Malibu_Wifey I was going to take a bike trip to Florida, she said she was going too. I parried, but I'm doing it on the cheap--I'm camping off the bike. Roughing it. Cowboy camping... she said, "Cowgirl camping, because I'm going too!"

So much for cheap. New sleep pads, new bags, can't fit all that gear... new Wolfman dry duffel, give me the mongo one! How about a new camp light?! Now don't misread me here. She's not high maintenance, demanding, or difficult in the least. And I want to KEEP IT that way!

Wish us luck, first stop, Suches, GA. And yes, I know, the Smoky Mountains are a couple hundred miles out of the way. But she luvs those mountains.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like an awesome trip, and if it gets cold out while camping then rub two bodies together and throw in some Eskimo kisses and that should turn on the heat! ;).
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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For some odd reason...the addition of a passenger always seems to triple the amount of stuff. Enjoy your ride.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:20 AM   #4
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Lucky man.

Count yourself fortunate. I couldn't get my wife on the bike or in a tent if the world was ending. Yes, I'm whining.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:58 PM   #5
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I'm in. Should be an interesting RR.
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:40 PM   #6
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From the road. I think we just flanked the front running through thus part of the country. I'll check radar in a minute.

Yesterday was stupendous. Force the GPS off the super slabs and tell it "shortest distance". The results may just surprise you. We found this.



Betwixt the two of us, and throwing out the Russian judge's score , it rates as one of the best roads evar! Beautiful. Twisted. Did I mention beautiful?

Just gonna share updates from the road. I already miss the mountains...

Thanks for riding along.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:13 PM   #7
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Count yourself fortunate. I couldn't get my wife on the bike or in a tent if the world was ending. Yes, I'm whining.
That also, at least until the Ural arrived.
But carry on m_d
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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Count yourself fortunate. I couldn't get my wife on the bike or in a tent if the world was ending. Yes, I'm whining.
Me too. Looking forward to reading about the experience.

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Old 04-27-2014, 05:24 PM   #9
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Judge Bill and I can attest that the Smoky Mountains ARE on the way to Florida.! Right after Barber Motorcycle Museum in Alabama.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:56 PM   #10
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Another quick one from the road. Suches, GA was I believe what God intended when he invented motorcycles. Sorry I can't quite quote the scripture and verse, but I'm sure it's in there.

Also, evidence that raccoons are not deterred by modern day plastics.


Malibu_wifey did not have a good night's sleep the first night. Senior Racoon didn't help the second. But she's still not complaining... Longest road day yet today. Bet we we both sleep like babies tonight.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:08 PM   #11
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Phone update. Day off today. Made it to middle of the Tourist Zone... Do-do-do-do.

Here's how we wait out a downpour when we're rolling...


For the uninitiated, Hwy 27 down the center of Florida might seem like a logical solution for travel. It's not. It's a ruse. It's intended to lure unsuspecting travelers into to a stop and go hypnosis that drives them into stopping at a tzchatki emporeum to silence the screaming kiddos in the back of the minivan.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:03 PM   #12
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Phone update. Day off today. Made it to middle of the Tourist Zone... Do-do-do-d
Here's how we wait out a downpour when we're rolling...


For the uninitiated, Hwy 27 down the center of Florida might seem like a logical solution for travel. It's not. It's a ruse. It's intended to lure unsuspecting travelers into to a stop and go hypnosis that drives them into stopping at a tzchatki emporeum to silence the screaming kiddos in the back of the minivan.

much more of that & the nest will fill back up
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:32 PM   #13
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Update! Well, we successfully out-flanked Stormzilla... For now.



Cancelled the reservation in the panhandle, and threw out the play book. How does it go? The adventure begins when...

Malibu_Wifey? She's having a blast! We found a fantastic... Well, I'll save that for the ride report proper.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:53 PM   #14
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Update number... something. One picture says it all.

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:56 PM   #15
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A perfect marshmallow. You're making me hungry, it's been a long time since I had marshmallows toasted over a campfire.
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