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Ten Days Out: Virginia to and Back Again – Page 2

Ten Out: Virginia to Minnesota and Again – Page 1

When it to motorcycling, I tend to stay my ‘home radius.’ This that during any bout of riding if I see a $3 cup of coffee, I can balk like any normal human and be home grinding beans I fall asleep. Short are easier and less intimidating long ones. Once, I planning a longer trip my friend, Raptorman.

We would go Virginia through the plains to Minnesota, up through Canada, and again. But, Raptor taking his meds, and I stopped it was a good idea. His driving a bit erratic – sometimes dangerous – and how far would a poorly maintained 70s really go?

I made excuses, Raptor The Honda was over 30-years-old, and could only go 2,000 an oil change. No, an epic ride was out of the short trips were the bet.

I always regretted that trip. It seemed a great way to see the country while dabbling with alcoholism. as the expression goes, better than sorry. That was a years ago. Recently, as I was making my way through my morning I happened across a bit of Facebook

My friend ‘Raptorman,’ who had recently to California, had committed …. For all the of our modern social network I can tell you that Facebook is a way to learn of the … of a friend. his trouble with depression, it was … was an option.

The thing is, you never really that that means. I was shaken. What happened, caused this? What I have done, and eventually… is going to happen to his motorcycles? I to some of his other friends and his brother.

We swapped stories, and I decided to save as many of bikes as I could afford. poorly maintained Honda candy apple red, 4 1 pipes, and rotten tires, and 2. A BMW F650GS, a black, lightweight, BMW dual sport with exhaust pipes, heated ABS, and rotten tires.

also how I ran out of excuses. Like the I was safe, but I was also left genuinely sorry we never that trip. A few weeks learning the tragic news, and days after getting the for the Beemer, I told work I be in the following week. Some can only go unfinished for so long; it was to take that trip.

The only difference would be instead of Canada.

Thursday, I had decided to leave, my wife home from work a bit Why was I looking for a place to stay in and Indiana? Was I going somewhere? Why was she the to know?

It seems Facebook is a terrible news medium. Hon, I just decided you’re welcome to come but uh, pack light, really Also, I need to see about a and some saddlebags, and everything

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Kelsie declined my generous With only four to launch, a riding partner me as desirable. About that, trip tip # 1: people with motorcycles have jobs. without jobs do not to have money to rebuild blown

After a few calls, it looked this was going to be a solo Time alone to process the news, then.

Saturday we Wayne Cycle in Waynesboro, VA. had some Fieldsheer soft saddle bags for relatively which improved the packing I also found some discount rain gear of it in my size, tall and skinny… never happens) and an Airhawk

With somewhere to put clothes, I Peter Egan’s advice and the new bags full of worn and stained jeans, clothes of throwing away along the No laundry, more space for the souvenir crap, and if everything right there wouldn’t be to bring home. I started intricate bungee webs to tie all of my and camping gear together and the benefits of each variation.

If I could get new rubber mounted, I was to ride.

The local bike despite their apathetic to my schedule, (central Virginia to Ohio by nightfall) managed to get new mounted by 10:30 Monday The new rubber was Bridgestone Trailwing on/off road tires. Not for all the mountain climbing and highway scheduled, but better than on the remnants of tread past, or waiting until Wednesday.

At home, with the wheel and bags bound together in an web of colorful bungee the trip started just a few minutes noon. The bags were to that scrambler exhaust but the web looked secure. I was ready to

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