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What is the best ride you have done, plan to do, or dream of doing? Something famous from your Bucket List ( Baja, Pikes Peak, etc) perhaps? Or maybe you've just been traveling somewhere and thought " This would be Most Exceedingly Excellent on my TW" , like volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, or a vacation discovered twisty road through fantastic scenery, or anytime you've been stuck in the back seat with slow Uncle Marvin and Aunt Millie arguing up front. Maybe it was that honeymoon many years ago.
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My best ride so far was the part of a day I spent at the NE Russ Rally. Got an early start on the road at 6:00am with the TW loaded on my trailer, arrived at "base camp" about 8:45am and spent the day riding, enjoying some different scenery and trails, and shooting the breeze with fellow TW owners.
 

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I can think of many an adventure and tale but just wish to stimulate good dialog and fond memories, maybe get you guys planning your own special trip.
However I'll quickly list a few memorable rides and wishful thinking.
1) Sneaking into Mt Saint Helens 2 months after the eruption and touring devastation. Wet fine ash was rubbery like 2 week old jello, farther out were vast deposits of crunchy pumice spheres like Cocoa Puff cereal. Fantastic and unique riding conditions. Absolute total devastation, thousands upon thousands of downed trees, smashed vehicles of victims, only sign of life a few lupines poking up through ash and a lone USGS helicopter in distance.
2) Ran mineral sampling programs from back of KDX175 before days of GPS and LEDs. Had a 4" reflector 6v lantern fixed to helmet with lantern battery in fanny-pack. Once snuck into a mine by riding down continuous 10% spiral ramp to bottom some 1100 ft down ( 1100 ft decent @ 10% is an 11,000 ft ramp) using just helmet light. Sure was glad when KDX two stroke kicked into life powering up headlight for a very LOUD romp back to the surface.
3) Best TW ride? This spring's tour of Death Valley, Alabama Hills and Bristlecone Pines ranks high.
4) Planned Dream ride? Complete the Rubicon Trail on TW this time, I have previously done parts with Jeep and KDX.
5) Improbable Bucket List? Tour Bolivian and Peruvian pre-Inca archeological sites, ride the Death Road in Andes. Maybe TW into Himalayas, or there is always Baja.

OK folks, your turn. Ignore my sensationalistic stuff, I just do weird things.
And if you don't like my underground motorcycling stories I have some underground kayaking stories too. My Guardian Angel has worked overtime protecting me over the years and I swear I am a saner person now.
 

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Up until now the best bike trip I’ve done was the 20 days I spent on the TW touring Western NFLD and Cape Breton with my brother-in-law last summer. We rode the old rail-beds,climbed mountain trails,thrashed the little TW's along the highways and byways,wilderness camped,saw lots of wildlife(Including moose),feasted on great local cuisine(Including moose:D),fished,got tuned on the local Newfy "Screech", met some very interesting locals, saw beautiful and wondrous sights, etc,etc,etc. And only had to don our rain gear twice during the entire trip.
My next "Dream Trip" if all goes well will be next year. I retire in January and plan on riding across Canada visiting friends along the way and then heading south into the US and following my front wheel back home going who knows where along the way. I have no hard fast plan or schedule other than to see as many new places as possible and return home sooner or later.
Who knows I may bump into some of you along the way.
As much as I love the mighty TW I will be riding my V-Strom as it is much better suited for the trip. I can't wait for summer 2015!!
 

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I retire in January and plan on riding across Canada visiting friends along the way and then heading south into the US and following my front wheel back home going who knows where along the way. I have no hard fast plan or schedule other than to see as many new places as possible and return home sooner or later.
Who knows I may bump into some of you along the way.
Long way off I know, but food for thought, if your front tire brings you too or through Sandhollow, Idaho, ... But my feelings won't be hurt if your front tire takes you on a different route:p
 

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My best non-TW/motorcycle journey was through British Columbia, Yukon, to Alaska. This was gonna be our one and only life-time trip up there. However, we enjoyed it so much we plan on doing it again.

Best so far dream ride: Sometimes it's the simple things, but my best TW ride so far was our Crutcher Crossing weekend camp & ride adventure in SW Idaho.

Dream ride: Still in the planning stages, is my Central Idaho Loop Ride. And when I say planning stages, I mean trying to talk my wife into it. She wants to go too, but finding it difficult to plan with an ATV because of pavement portions...and having enough vacation time off work!

Improbable dream ride: TW adventure loop ride through Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Neveda with maybe a dash of California. (Idaho doesn't count since I live here!)
 

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Long way off I know, but food for thought, if your front tire brings you too or through Sandhollow, Idaho, ... But my feelings won't be hurt if your front tire takes you on a different route:p
Thanks Admiral. I just might head through there on my way south. I sure would like to meet you and shake Georgie's paw. Maybe get a picture of her perched on the back of my Strom.:D She is an amazing dog. If my Nellie could ride like that I would take her along with me. Nothing beats the company of a good pup.
So far my US plan possibly includes California,Las Vegas,Grand canyon,some of Route66,back north to Colorado, Wyoming, then east to ???. All subject to change of course...
 

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Dubster, Route 66. Thats within shouting distance of Belen, NM. Russ and Gina made it to my horme as one end of their 66 Honeymoon trek. Maybe you should consider it as the other end of a transcan run. Now New Foundland and Cape Breton. Those are dream rides, I've made in a VW Van but not on the TW Oh just think about it.
Dream rides are cheap. Rout e 50 across the US. Route 54 from NM to Ill and beyond. See America first. Would I do the continental divide - you bet if I had a good riding companion and fewer years on the clock. Good rides are long rides where you have time to relax and think about things. Who can't have one of those? Tom
 

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Thanks Admiral. I just might head through there on my way south. I sure would like to meet you and shake Georgie's paw. Maybe get a picture of her perched on the back of my Strom.:D She is an amazing dog. If my Nellie could ride like that I would take her along with me. Nothing beats the company of a good pup.
So far my US plan possibly includes California,Las Vegas,Grand canyon,some of Route66,back north to Colorado, Wyoming, then east to ???. All subject to change of course...
Dubster, maybe our roads will cross next year. As for my dream ride which if all goes well, I will be on the road in May 2015 and yes I will be riding the TW across the back road of North America for a year. I too will try to hook up with as many of you as I can. Stay tuned for more info which will be coming shortly....I'm working on a blog that will detail the preparation for this ride and the ride itself.
 

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Dubster, maybe our roads will cross next year. As for my dream ride which if all goes well, I will be on the road in May 2015 and yes I will be riding the TW across the back road of North America for a year. I too will try to hook up with as many of you as I can. Stay tuned for more info which will be coming shortly....I'm working on a blog that will detail the preparation for this ride and the ride itself.
I for one cannot wait to hear more about this!


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Hi. My best TW ride was a recent 4,000 mile tour of mainland Mexico. John
 

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Ever since I got to Haiti 4 years ago, I've dreamed of touring around the outer edge of the entire Island. I'm in the south east corner of Haiti, 8 miles from the DR border. I would go through Haiti first, cross into the DR way up north, go all the way around, and cross back into Haiti via the southern border again. It's a beautiful drive along the carribean ocean, and through the mountains. A tw would be fairly well suited for the type of roads I would experience. Only problem is, I don't know Spanish. :D
 

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Of rides I've already done, probably a combination of my death valley trips. As far as the future, always wanted to do Mojave Rd from the seat of my TW (been there w/the 4runner). I had talked to Russ a couple of times about doing it in 2 days and sleeping in the sand, but never made it happen. Figure with a support vehicle it would be easy to have a truck meet us each night with supplies and tents. :cool:
 

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Oh geez. That's a great question. Here's my list:
1. Windigo Lake, Ontario
2. Ghost town tour through Colorado
3. Kettle Valley Railway Trail
4. Trans American Trail
5. Great River Road from Minnesota to Mississippi River delta
6. Minnesota to Deadhorse Alaska
7. Minnesota to Inuvik

That oughta represent about a lifetimes worth of riding.
 

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The blog is finally up and running...you may follow me on Two Wheels Two Feet | Learning to stand on my own two feet through motorcycles

Mind you, I just started the blog and it only have 1 posting so far. I will be doing a weekly posting of various topics in preparation for my trip next year.
Been to Pie~Town once when returning from Delivering a RV to the Big A....it has quite a history, and if you "Google" Pie Town, New Mexico, you will find photos and stories of Migrant Farmers and Families during the years of the Great Depression....it, despite it's small size, was quite famous back in the days of the deep depression. Great Start on your Blog....:D
 
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