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    The winter blues have me planning...

    Just publicly musing here. I may be getting a little ambitious, but the snow and cold are driving me to it.
    I've got an 8-10 week and a 3 week trip planned for this year. Trying to keep focused on my primary goal of what I am calling a "lazy, jagged 4 corners". Tofino is on the list (sister in Duncan, BC anyway), southern California, Florida panhandle (just to say I got to Florida). Trying to stay off the interstates as much as possible. Planning on camping 90% of the time and looking at a lot of BLM and FS campgrounds, rustic, basic and cheap (or free). With camping and secondary roads, I'm looking at an average of 400-500 km. ride days and taking every 5th or 6th day as a "day of rest". i.e. stay in one place and day trip it to sites of interest.
    Got to arrange for both front and back tires (and oil) in California it looks like and another rear tire (and oil) half way back. Getting into the 27 to 30,000 km round trip range.
    Although I'm retired, there are always some time juggling. If things fall totally in place, I have a course in New York State at the end of May and then head south, then west, then northish lol... north and west, and then east, returning to the Atlantic provinces at the first of August. Then I have an Ontario and new England 3 weeks planned in September. Trying to stay out of Utah, Arizona and the other southern states in July and August.
    Backup plan... if things get bolloxed with all those things that have to fall into place, I'll do 3 weeks at the end of May and then start the 4 corners at the first of August going counterclockwise with going across Canada first and then south, east and north.
    Who knows, this could lead into 6 months of boondocking every year while I am healthy.
    So many places to see, but this year, I just want to get totally around the continent. I have crossed it once with the bike but that was a straighter line out and back. I cannot do every iconic tourist site (don't want to) or every great motorcycle road in one season. Got to leave something for next year and the year after.
    One issue so far... too many relatives and old school mates coming out of the woodwork and saying I "have to visit" them. Some are just being polite I am sure... but it would add 2 weeks to the trip right now lol. I guess I will have to tell a few of them "Next year... I'll visit you next year."
    Planning and prepping... and not writing things in stone but keeping them fluid.
    Now, I just need it to warm up so I can get to bike maintenance.

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    Re: The winter blues have me planning...

    We had a guy who was riding all summer crossing the USA. Posting on 4 different bike sites he said. Went by Crusty.
    Well he closed his rented place, putting his stuff in storage. So he had no home to go back to.
    So his only chance to get off the ground, he tent, camped at 65, was to stop and see friends, and
    relatives. He made this statement I have not forgot.

    " THEY ARE NOT AS HAPPY TO SEE YOU THE 3RD TIME ". I found that very telling.....LOL

    Buttset from Mo.

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    Re: The winter blues have me planning...

    @buttset " THEY ARE NOT AS HAPPY TO SEE YOU THE 3RD TIME ". I found that very telling.....LO
    I can believe that lol... once or twice a year for immediate family, 3-4 years for other relatives, and every 5 years for old classmates and/or girlfriends. Of course that is subject to how close they are to one's intended route and how much laundry you need to get caught up on.

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    Re: The winter blues have me planning...

    This guy did 30,000 miles that one summer, crossed the USA 4 times.

    So he was speaking of the 3rd time the same summer.

    I had a picture in my head, of him stopping, to see old friend, from the past.
    They take him, out to their best, eating place, clean sheets, in the guest room.
    Breakfast maybe, OK off to work, they say, make my place yours. Lots of talk, of the old days.
    So 1-2 days, go by, your off, on your Adventure.

    35 days later you knock on the door, I (you), see they are not Smiling, as long as the 1st time.

    Then the 3rd Time!!!.......................................... Your cell # comes up on their caller ID.

    You might have to leave a message. lol lol lol

    Buttset

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    Winter blues. Around here there's a winter storm pattern of around 7 years . This has been a tough winter. On the positive side the1979 r100rt barn find is now on my lift and getting restored. If I get it done, you may see it at the Hunts campgrounds in June. My guest room has an authentic German coo coo clock. 😏
    KISS

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    Re: The winter blues have me planning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtyairhead View Post
    Winter blues. Around here there's a winter storm pattern of around 7 years . This has been a tough winter. On the positive side the1979 r100rt barn find is now on my lift and getting restored. If I get it done, you may see it at the Hunts campgrounds in June. My guest room has an authentic German coo coo clock. ��
    Nice re: the R100RT. Had a R75/5 (1970?) for years with the larger tank, Vetter fairing and Craven bags. Loved that bike.

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