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Season 2018 Planning - January 18, 2018, 11:16 AM

Yo....haven't been on here in near forever, it seems. (Yes I'm still alive, didn't kick the bucket yet).

Last year got completely away from me; had a death in the family, my brother had a meltdown, my wife became gravely ill and we nearly lost her, and my business demands exploded, all about the same time.

Needless to say, I put very few (under 10K) miles on, took no trips, and only managed a couple of non-commuting, just relaxation type day rides.

Barring more crises, my plan is to actually schedule some overnight or multi-day rides. I want to get back up the the Adirondacks, I want to visit Ohio hill country, and I'd like to do a number of WV, PA Western MD day and/or overnight rides.

When I put it on paper it sounds like a lot, but I've started considering that this ol' bod is getting closer to the "Use By" date and I have a lot of riding that I want to get done. My goal is to work things up to a multi week/month long ride the end of this year or beginning of next year. I need to build up my ass, lose some weight and build strength and conditioning. I've turned balder, fatter, softer and even uglier and if I can fix two of those issues I'll feel better about planning a longer ride.

Anyone that wants to plan some longer rides this year, feel free to post here or PM me and we can start looking at the calendar.

As an aside; I'm too effin old to be sleeping on the ground, I have no interest in "Slaying the Dragon", but I'm open to other destinations. I'm an Olde Farte', so protracted periods of triple-digit speeds are out of my ability. I don't mind short periods of "playful" speeds, but if bombing across the eastern seaboard at sub-light velocities is your thing, you'll be leavin' me in your wake........


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January 18, 2018, 12:32 PM

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Yo....haven't been on here in near forever, it seems. (Yes I'm still alive, didn't kick the bucket yet).

Last year got completely away from me; had a death in the family, my brother had a meltdown, my wife became gravely ill and we nearly lost her, and my business demands exploded, all about the same time.

Needless to say, I put very few (under 10K) miles on, took no trips, and only managed a couple of non-commuting, just relaxation type day rides.

Barring more crises, my plan is to actually schedule some overnight or multi-day rides. I want to get back up the the Adirondacks, I want to visit Ohio hill country, and I'd like to do a number of WV, PA Western MD day and/or overnight rides.

When I put it on paper it sounds like a lot, but I've started considering that this ol' bod is getting closer to the "Use By" date and I have a lot of riding that I want to get done. My goal is to work things up to a multi week/month long ride the end of this year or beginning of next year. I need to build up my ass, lose some weight and build strength and conditioning. I've turned balder, fatter, softer and even uglier and if I can fix two of those issues I'll feel better about planning a longer ride.

Anyone that wants to plan some longer rides this year, feel free to post here or PM me and we can start looking at the calendar.

As an aside; I'm too effin old to be sleeping on the ground, I have no interest in "Slaying the Dragon", but I'm open to other destinations. I'm an Olde Farte', so protracted periods of triple-digit speeds are out of my ability. I don't mind short periods of "playful" speeds, but if bombing across the eastern seaboard at sub-light velocities is your thing, you'll be leavin' me in your wake........
It's like I'm seeing myself in the mirror, 30 years from now. I would so be part of this, but I've moved to Europe for now, so I sincerely hope you find some partners in crime and please post updates!


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January 18, 2018, 04:18 PM

I want to do a Nova Scotia trip in late August but summer classes only warrant a small time frame. Alternatively, I planned a trip to Belize where we can rent dual sports and gp off roading for a solid week


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January 18, 2018, 04:21 PM

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It's like I'm seeing myself in the mirror, 30 years from now. I would so be part of this, but I've moved to Europe for now, so I sincerely hope you find some partners in crime and please post updates!
You're in Italy, right? I'm soooo jealous.
I would love to ride there!

As far as the other part; Yep, bury your parents, your siblings and almost lose your significant other and it gets your attention. Time is winding down for me. I don't know if I have two weeks or twenty five years left, but it would be a shame to waste any of it....

I'm just guessing, but I'm willing to bet that nobody on their deathbed ever said, "dang, I wish I had worked more and played less".....

Just sayin...


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January 18, 2018, 04:51 PM

Dude, I so hear ya! As we age the reality that the clock is ticking comes into play.

I got serious about my motorcycle bucket list a few years ago. My parents had both passed, put 2 children in the ground, and buried my wife. It was time for some ME time before someone's tossing dirt over my face.

About mid-winter I start doing regular light work outs to build stamina for riding season and get out when I can throughout the winter. I discovered dual porting/ADV riding really was a lot of fun and a good workout. But whether strictly pavement or a combo of paved and unpaved there sure is a bunch of country to see!

Since I got serious I've ridden the TET to Florida and back. Ridden from VA out to CO and explored on and off-road throughout a good part of the state. Ridden up to the Upper peninsula of Michigan and did a 1200 miles D/S loop around the Upper Peninsula. Ridden dirt and back roads to NC and back to join some other Tiger riders for a weekend. Spent countless hours prowling around locally searching out little hidden gems.

My next "Trip" is Florida at the end of february. I'll be hauling a little 250 dirtbike down to ride a weekend event down there and do some exploring. I have some serious reservations about hauling a bike versus riding a bike but we'll see. I doubt I'm gonna get hooked on the idea of hauling bikes places.

Anyway, seen some wonderful country on two wheels these last few years, met some wonderful folks, had some awesome experiences.

Just do it.


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January 19, 2018, 05:00 AM

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Dude, I so hear ya! As we age the reality that the clock is ticking comes into play.

I got serious about my motorcycle bucket list a few years ago. My parents had both passed, put 2 children in the ground, and buried my wife. It was time for some ME time before someone's tossing dirt over my face.

About mid-winter I start doing regular light work outs to build stamina for riding season and get out when I can throughout the winter.

I didn't know...sounds like you had a time of it.

Funny how that crap changes your perspective.

One minute I was head down, slogging through the daily grind........and I looked up, and almost everyone I cared about was dead and buried.

Fack that.

I'm not going quietly.


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You're in Italy, right? I'm soooo jealous.
I would love to ride there!

As far as the other part; Yep, bury your parents, your siblings and almost lose your significant other and it gets your attention. Time is winding down for me. I don't know if I have two weeks or twenty five years left, but it would be a shame to waste any of it....

I'm just guessing, but I'm willing to bet that nobody on their deathbed ever said, "dang, I wish I had worked more and played less".....

Just sayin...
Yup, I'm in northern Italy. One hour away from the beach, one hour away from the alps. And I have a GS and a 998 to play with, could not ask for more in the motorcycle department!


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Dude, I so hear ya! As we age the reality that the clock is ticking comes into play.

I got serious about my motorcycle bucket list a few years ago. My parents had both passed, put 2 children in the ground, and buried my wife. It was time for some ME time before someone's tossing dirt over my face.

About mid-winter I start doing regular light work outs to build stamina for riding season and get out when I can throughout the winter. I discovered dual porting/ADV riding really was a lot of fun and a good workout. But whether strictly pavement or a combo of paved and unpaved there sure is a bunch of country to see!

Since I got serious I've ridden the TET to Florida and back. Ridden from VA out to CO and explored on and off-road throughout a good part of the state. Ridden up to the Upper peninsula of Michigan and did a 1200 miles D/S loop around the Upper Peninsula. Ridden dirt and back roads to NC and back to join some other Tiger riders for a weekend. Spent countless hours prowling around locally searching out little hidden gems.

My next "Trip" is Florida at the end of february. I'll be hauling a little 250 dirtbike down to ride a weekend event down there and do some exploring. I have some serious reservations about hauling a bike versus riding a bike but we'll see. I doubt I'm gonna get hooked on the idea of hauling bikes places.

Anyway, seen some wonderful country on two wheels these last few years, met some wonderful folks, had some awesome experiences.

Just do it.
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January 23, 2018, 06:46 AM

Adirondacks you say? I live in Ballston Lake, NY now, just a bit North of Albany before the Adirondacks. Then again, depends on what part of it you're talking about.. If you find yourself up my way, give me a shout for a place to stay and whatnot.
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I'm always down for a weekend trip.
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Adirondacks you say? I live in Ballston Lake, NY now, just a bit North of Albany before the Adirondacks. Then again, depends on what part of it you're talking about.. If you find yourself up my way, give me a shout for a place to stay and whatnot.
Nice! I love most of upstate NY.... I might take you up on that.


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I'm always down for a weekend trip.
Any preference on destination?


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Any preference on destination?
My current schedule, I am off Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I'd like to explore upstate NY more.

Did Lake George up to Lake Placid over the fall on a buddies bike.
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Lake George is about 30 mins from my place on a bike.

Large swaths of the Adirondacks aren't great for road motorcycling though, because there's nothing there... (I never realized how big the Adirondacks were until I moved up here... it's the largest park in the lower 48, larger than Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, etc). Much of it is only served by fire roads, and the paved ones that go through are straight as an arrow. Check out the Catskill region a bit South/ Southwest of Albany. Woodstock, Phoenicia, Big Indian area. That's gorgeous country.

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my buddy and i are planning a 2-3 week cross country trip starting august 31, you're welcome to come along.



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