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I tripped over this on the internet. It's hosted by AK Leather. Nice Idea. Some of us just ride around home, and some of us travel. But even those that don't travel much might enjoy visiting with someone coming through their area, and I know from experience many would be more than willing to offer assistance if needed. It would be really nice to have this resource available if things went wrong, or you just wanted to visit, or if you needed local information.

Doing it as a post is impractical I'm thinking since it would become loaded with other stuff, not be concise and not be organized. Not sure the site format would accommodate a separate place for it.

One thought would be to see if someone has time to compile the list and keep it updated. Then when you were planning a trip you could contact that person and request the list be emailed to you. Be considerable work for someone to do that. Information could just be PM'ed to them, and that would keep the list relatively non-public since the keeper of the list would also be the "keeper of the gate" so to speak.

I love the idea, just don't know if it's practical. Your thoughts?

Here is what I'm talking about. We could do ours arranged by State with a subheading for the town or area.

Emergency Phone Tree | Alaska Leather
 

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We would probably also struggle to keep the idea current as the list was populated. In other words, how do you make sure people who would be willing to be placed on the list get continually reminded until we have a well populated list?
 

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I wish I had your trust and faith in mankind! Just because a person rides a MC does not make a person a trustworthy or worthy recipient of my assistance. I do things more on a one to one basis once I have determined the worthiness of the person I am about to assist. BTW Borneo, if you are passing by my area I have your back covered in spades!

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Thanks Gary. I agree with your concern. That's why I like the number only, no name, no address approach. The person would have to contact you by phone first, and you would be able to identify them at least to the extent you have interacted with them on the forum. That's also why I like the request and email idea, it adds a further level of protection. We could also require that if you haven't started a thread with the outline of your trip you don't get the list. That way everyone here could see who was planning the trip and weigh in with concerns before the list was emailed.
 

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Thanks Gary. I agree with your concern. That's why I like the number only, no name, no address approach. The person would have to contact you by phone first, and you would be able to identify them at least to the extent you have interacted with them on the forum. That's also why I like the request and email idea, it adds a further level of protection. We could also require that if you haven't started a thread with the outline of your trip you don't get the list. That way everyone here could see who was planning the trip and weigh in with concerns before the list was emailed.
I can easily say I would help any of our forum members. The level of help and how far out of my way I would go is yet to be determined! I do like the idea you are touting but I may not be as open and accepting as many others here. I applaud those who are but it is my nature to be a bit standoffish and untrusting where my home and family are brought into the mix. It is just me.

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I think it is a great idea. Everybody already knows how to get ahold of me. Anyone in southern Idaho or northern Nevada, needs help or whatever, just send me an e-mail.
 

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On the KAWANOW site they did this years ago. You would sign up and say if you provided gas, towing, running parts, a place to sleep, etc.

There are tons of places that work with folks who migrate via camping across the nation I'm told. Yes, I'm sure some are taken advantage of but there are ways to protect yourself from that.

It's a great idea especially for those who are TW riders and are really wanting to ride the TAT perhaps or do two lane or country roads across America.

I have older cousins who have camped and backpacked and motorcycled both this nation and the world including Antarctica which really makes me jealous.
They said Walmart allows you to camp in their parking lots and American Legion halls do as well.

A law firm called Russ Brown motorcycle attorneys has a membership program that costs you nothing and they create a giant data base, I'm number 2541157 and I have listed myself
as one who helps traveling bikers.
RUSSBROWN.com
Take a peek there perhaps.

I fantasize about being able to take my T-Dub and ride anywhere, albeit slowly perhaps, and camp along the way and not worry about having issues as I travel.
Wouldn't it be neat to host a group of T-Dubbers traveling from one area to another next year and give them a camp spot, or other amenities?
Wanna do it?
 

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And as a follow up, like I mentioned above I contacted two ADV members in Manitoba for weather/riding condition info relative to early October. Both responded, both offered me a place to stay, and one would like to ride a few hours north with me. I was impressed.
 

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Maybe a Google Docs document similar to the Moab list. Those are expandable and easy to edit.
 

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And as a follow up, like I mentioned above I contacted two ADV members in Manitoba for weather/riding condition info relative to early October. Both responded, both offered me a place to stay, and one would like to ride a few hours north with me. I was impressed.
Heck, come on down and ride the corn harvest with us and I'll buy your lunch. Dinner too!
 
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