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    Got any "adventures" planned? Even if they are only for a couple hours in the afternoon?

    A lot of us have been locked down and haven't been able to get out much. The weather though is getting better, and the restrictions are going away.

    So what's been on your mind that you're looking forward to go to?

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    I'll start things off. I have a friend in Eastern Washington who owns a place out in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere in this case, is in the middle of a very sparsely populated area, with lots of trees and hills. Plenty of curves to the road. And virtually no one on them. So we'll get some riding in, then sit around a bonfire at his place in the evening and tell tales of what we'd like the others to think we did...and the tales will get better as the evening goes on.

    So I'll leave next Friday for that and come home on Sunday.

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    I've gotten some lunch run rides in since we aren't locked down so completely. Not as satisfying as a proper trek but gets the wheels rolling.
    I passed on a chance to ride yesterday because it was wet.

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    Heading out tomorrow for a leisurely four day ride around the state of Wisconsin with a friend. Spring is in full glory, the crops are greening, flowers blooming and the weather is to be sunny 60's and 70's. Sounds perfect.

    So I guess I can't really call it an adventure since that's hardship enjoyed later from an easychair.

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    I have discovered something about myself that I guess I was unaware of. I have toured on two wheels for years, been all over the US several times. Never once did I give overnight quarters a second thought. I am not a camper, but I have always just stopped at whatever type establishment (hotel, motel, mom & pop, big chain, tiny rustic cabin, did not matter) looked inviting. But now … I find myself obsessing over where I will stay overnight on a motorcycle trip. Will it be safe? Will it be clean enough? Will I pick up some contagion and bring it home? Guess I am not as ready as I thought for my next outing.

    This is a long way of saying I am not planning anything at the time. And I am sad about that. <sigh>
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    Well, there is always camping. Nothing like being isolated in your own tent. The strange thing is that most state parks in California are now open, but their campgrounds are still closed due to virus regulations. I never did figure out that one. And bathrooms are now open at most parks, but water for drinking remains turned off. I guess when they say that the bathrooms are open they are talking about pit toilets.

    I visited a local county park last week and their entire water system that supplied drinking water to the picnic area has been removed. That seemed kind of permanent. Now if you want to drink water or wash the virus off of your hands you have to use bottled water, I guess.
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    We have a medical doctor in my Thursday evening Life Group. He spent two years getting an epidemiologist degree. He doesn't wear a mask unless going someplace like Costco where they require it. He says to just follow the normal practices of washing your hands often and don't touch your face.

    I'm more concerned on a trip with the restrictions others will place on me that will make things difficult like Richard pointed out, than catching the virus. I've been going into a prison environment for 18 years and rarely come down with anything. And when I do, I can think back to when I was touching my face because it is so unusual.

    With all that said, after this weekend, I'm planning on riding over to Spearfish, SD. I'm planning to ride over Lolo Pass, and come down to Yellowstone National Park from the northwest corner. Then ride across Yellowstone, and then up and over Beartooth Pass. Once in Spearfish, I'll join up in a small rally. I want to see the Badlands too.

    So that's some more plans I have on my radar.

    Oh...and Monday, I'm changing my tires to get ready.

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    Thanks to superstition I couldn't write here what I'm planning, but...
    After covid and some interesting books (s.f., archaeology, history) I thought to go on search of my roots , so this year maybe a week trip in central Italy to visit etruscan settlements and necropolis.
    It seems that during iron age, there have been connections between etruscan territories and Sardinia, I've already visited Sardinia more than once, so this is time to visit the mainland, from the shore line, to the hills and lakes in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria, including Marmore falls (created by romans diverting a river) and Civita di Bagnoregio.
    By the way, how do you choose the places you visit, or you ride to?
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    Leaving tomorrow for the Badlands in South Dakota. The way out has me going through Lolo Pass (100+ miles of twisty road). I'll pass through Yellowstone on the way. I'd like to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I missed that the last time. Then I'm heading to Beartooth Pass and Red Lodge. Then over to the area around the Badlands. With luck, the weather will stay good.

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    Have safe and enjoyable trip, Chris.
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    Thanks. Weather looks dicey at the higher elevations. I may bring my electric gear, just in case.

    A couple days ago, I thought about not going. But then I thought about what I'd miss. I'd miss the challenge of heading out cross-country by myself. I'd miss the opportunity to see some marvelous sights along the way. And frankly, I think it is too easy to slip into a routine of waiting at home to die.

    Back when I was in the USAF, we used to talk about what a rough life it was, because so many people retired and died within 3-5 years. Then when I worked at Boeing, we used to say the same thing, because people would retire and then die a few years later. Except now we were talking about people who were 20 years older...but having the same outcome. I think the reason was that they went home, and then did nothing except wait to die...and so they did.

    We get few challenges in life nowadays. Taking a trip like this in a car is a no-brainer. Just buy gas. Bring a jacket for the cool times when you get out of the car, and when it is cool, turn up the heat. And when it gets hot...well, there's always the air conditioning. But you have to plan ahead on a motorcycle. I'll possibly head over a pass that is up around 11-12,000 feet. I'm starting out at sea level. The environment, is going to change dramatically. Am I up to it? I know the bike is.

    And so now to check the weather one more time, and then pack. The lawn is mowed. The widows in the church have been called and their orders turned in for the free meal one of the local restaurants is giving them. The finals and papers for the prison seminary class are graded. And I have an understanding wife who lets me do all this. Life is good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunther View Post
    ...By the way, how do you choose the places you visit, or you ride to?
    I choose the places I'm going to visit mostly by thinking of what I missed the last time I went through an area. I'm one of those people who can watch a TV program and still enjoy seeing it a couple times more later. I always pick up something new that I didn't see before. The same with picking out the locations I want to ride. And with the variation of the seasons, it all changes for temperature, colours, people, etc. For me, I can think of a lot of areas I'd like to see east of the Rockies...but there is so much to see west of the Rockies that I'll probably spend virtually all of my riding time over on the west side. This trip will be going along the northern portion of the USA. This August, I'm heading south into central Oregon to ride in the Painted Hills area. Later, I'll be heading to a rally over near Park City, Utah. There's five different national parks in the area, plus lots of national monuments. And each one is unique. I've been through the national parks before, but I didn't really get a chance to appreciate them. Now I'll get a chance.

    It is too easy to take the easy and lazy route and stay at home...till you get to the point you have no choice. For now, I can...so I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    Thanks. Weather looks dicey at the higher elevations. I may bring my electric gear, just in case.

    A couple days ago, I thought about not going. But then I thought about what I'd miss. I'd miss the challenge of heading out cross-country by myself. I'd miss the opportunity to see some marvelous sights along the way. And frankly, I think it is too easy to slip into a routine of waiting at home to die.

    Back when I was in the USAF, we used to talk about what a rough life it was, because so many people retired and died within 3-5 years. Then when I worked at Boeing, we used to say the same thing, because people would retire and then die a few years later. Except now we were talking about people who were 20 years older...but having the same outcome. I think the reason was that they went home, and then did nothing except wait to die...and so they did.

    We get few challenges in life nowadays. Taking a trip like this in a car is a no-brainer. Just buy gas. Bring a jacket for the cool times when you get out of the car, and when it is cool, turn up the heat. And when it gets hot...well, there's always the air conditioning. But you have to plan ahead on a motorcycle. I'll possibly head over a pass that is up around 11-12,000 feet. I'm starting out at sea level. The environment, is going to change dramatically. Am I up to it? I know the bike is.

    And so now to check the weather one more time, and then pack. The lawn is mowed. The widows in the church have been called and their orders turned in for the free meal one of the local restaurants is giving them. The finals and papers for the prison seminary class are graded. And I have an understanding wife who lets me do all this. Life is good.


    I choose the places I'm going to visit mostly by thinking of what I missed the last time I went through an area. I'm one of those people who can watch a TV program and still enjoy seeing it a couple times more later. I always pick up something new that I didn't see before. The same with picking out the locations I want to ride. And with the variation of the seasons, it all changes for temperature, colours, people, etc. For me, I can think of a lot of areas I'd like to see east of the Rockies...but there is so much to see west of the Rockies that I'll probably spend virtually all of my riding time over on the west side. This trip will be going along the northern portion of the USA. This August, I'm heading south into central Oregon to ride in the Painted Hills area. Later, I'll be heading to a rally over near Park City, Utah. There's five different national parks in the area, plus lots of national monuments. And each one is unique. I've been through the national parks before, but I didn't really get a chance to appreciate them. Now I'll get a chance.

    It is too easy to take the easy and lazy route and stay at home...till you get to the point you have no choice. For now, I can...so I will.

    Chris
    Well written Chris. Wish I had said that.

    Have a great ride.
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    So now, I'm wrestling with my next trip. "WeSTOC" was a rally planned for late August in Park City, Utah. They cancelled it for the coronavirus. Which also means that the roads will be wide open and there will be less crowds at the destination.

    Park City is right in close reach of Utah's five National Parks. Zion. Moab. Arches. Canyonland. And my favorite, Capitol Reef.

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    The southern half of Utah, below I-70, is just about my favorite place to ride. I've done it several times over the years and love all the parks, but ... the roads between the parks are the real attraction.

    Have a great ride.
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