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    Thumbs up My Long Ride for Life

    The Adventure Begins.

    This is it, finally, the start of my two month odyssey! A big loop around the United States. It‘«÷s the chance of a lifetime for me to see a lot of great places, meet a bunch of new people, and ride some great roads. And hopefully, raise a bunch of money for the American Cancer Society.

    The bike has been tuned.

    Camping gear and tools are stowed.

    Clothing all packed.

    Look! Everything actually fits on the bike!

    Routes and stops all identified.

    Here is my route list and schedule:

    Date Destination
    6-Jul Bishop, CA
    7-Jul Needles, CA
    8-Jul Prescott Valley, AZ
    9-Jul Pie Town, NM
    10-Jul Tucumcari, NM
    11-Jul Pauls Valley, OK
    12-Jul Hot Springs Village, AK
    13-Jul West Monroe, LA
    14-Jul Birmingham, AL
    15-Jul Canton, NC
    16-Jul Johnson City, TN - MOA Rally
    19-Jul Waynesville, NC
    20-Jul Franklin,TN
    31-Jul Given, WV
    1-Aug Shenandoah Park, VA
    2-Aug Tully, NY
    3-Aug Richmond, VT
    5-Aug Waitsfield, VT
    6-Aug Woodstock, VT
    8-Aug Chester, VT
    10-Aug Lancaster, NH - BMWST Unrally
    14-Aug Ottawa, ONT
    15-Aug Blind River, ONT
    16-Aug Gwinn, MI
    17-Aug Duluth, MN
    18-Aug Fargo, ND
    19-Aug Miles City, MT
    20-Aug Butte, MT
    21-Aug St. Mary, MT (Glacier)
    22-Aug Nine Mile Falls, WA
    23-Aug Seattle, WA
    24-Aug South Bend, WA
    25-Aug Troutdale, OR
    26-Aug Bend, OR
    27-Aug Mountain Home, ID
    28-Aug Wendover, UT
    3-Sep Home

    Here‘«÷s my starting mileage (for those of you who have made a pledge based on miles.)

    I ride at dawn! Hope you can follow along.
    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    not so retired henzilla's Avatar
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    Sep 2006
    Have a wonderful & safe adventure...I am sure you will keep us posted.

    Don't blink in'll miss it!

    Enjoy the
    Steve Henson
    SABMWRA MOA Club#62's Flat Fixer/ current forum moderator
    It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away-D.Dillon/G. Strait

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    Registered User kgadley01's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    South Carolina
    Keep us posted, Hope to see ya in Johnson City.

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    Still Wondering mika's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Fly Over Land
    I am so jealously ing! Ride safe. Enjoy. Post often!
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    2wheelsround-The Rider
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    Jun 2006
    Unionville, PA and Dallas, Texas

    I will be out there as well

    Taking a different route but will be leaving 3rd week in July. Ride safe and if, only if, your "agenda" were to change, embrace it and enjoy the moment. It's all about the ride!

    Have fun

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    Day One - July 6

    Today was a great start. Up to Donner Lake, around Tahoe, and down 395 to Bishop, with a few scenic detours thrown in. Great riding in the Sierras!

    For more pictures and details, go to my website.
    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    Rally Rat
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    Jul 2007
    Big Sky country (Montana)
    Nice pic; no wonder Ben Cartwright built the "Pondersosa" there!

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    July 7

    Heat and more heat.

    I left Bishop just before 5:30 a.m., thinking I would beat the heat. That proved wishful thinking. By the time I arrived in Needles it was 110. But that‘«÷s only part of the story.

    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    July 8 and 9 catchup

    Technology and Family

    Due to some family issues and lack of internet access for two days, I‘«÷m now playing catch-up.

    July 8 was a great ride up to Kingman, AZ. I ‘«£got my kicks‘«ō along 100 miles of some of the best that Route 66 has to offer.

    The following day, July 9, was a welcome change of scenery into the higher elevations along Highway 260, a great road. I met up with JohnLT in Show Low. We weathered a storm together as we crossed in New Mexico in Hwy 60.

    Details and photo links a now posted on my website.
    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    Juy 10

    Wonderful New Mexico

    A personal note of thanks to those who have sent me pledges this week for the Cancer Society. I‘«÷ll be thrilled if I can get 18 more people at a penny a mile. Some cash donations have also come in. I started the trip with $135, and my goal is to hit $1,000. Ambitious, but not impossible given the number of people reading my blog. And finally, to the friends and relatives who have donated to my coffee fund, I thank you for your support and kindness.

    Now, back to my trip‘«™

    Another big sky day, following me from Pie Town through Albuquerque, and on to Tucumcari. I was ‘«£willin‘«ō to check out a number of little towns along the way in search of Route 66 artifacts. Found some modern technology as well.

    More on the website.
    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    July 11

    Goodbye Mother Road

    I spent half the day checking out more Route 66 remnants along I-40, across Texas and into Oklahoma. I hit the mother lode of Route 66 museums in Elk City. And that was just half the day‘«÷s activities!

    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    Sweeping into Hot Springs

    Another long and very hot day across Oklahoma and into Arkansas. Lots of great roads and scenery along the way with little or no traffic. The last 30 miles was the best part of the day.

    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    Your pictures are wonderful!

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    July 13

    More of the scenic South

    Continuing south through Arkansas and into Louisiana, the country roads were a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. On the way, I found a nice spot to sample more BBQ. At this rate, my diet may be in serious jeopardy!

    Dave Swift
    Grass Valley, CA
    '14 R1200GSLC "Woody"

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    Registered User univibe88's Avatar
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    Jun 2009
    Newton, MA
    Diet while touring across the south? Good luck with that?

    Thanks for posting photos. I am jealous of your experience.

    2007 K1200GT
    1987 K75C - sold

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