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    New Rider/Member: One month on the road


    I recently got back from a 32 day trip from Virginia to Oregon via mid US and then back home via northern US. I was and am still a new rider having aced the rider safety course at the end of June, 2013 and put on only 1,000 miles from July to mid-August before setting out.

    The trip totaled to just over 8,000 miles with no major mishaps, visiting with family/friends and AMAZING sites around the US. It's documented at the link below (I've still 3 more posts to complete the story from South Dakota to home).

    I was initially inspired by the book Ghost Rider back in 2008 when I first read it and it's a bug that's always stayed with me. I was further inspired and reached my tipping point earlier this year when I read about Simon and Lisa Thomas at and their statement about dreams and consequences.

    I rode a 1996 BMW R1100RT I picked up off a fellow moving out of the area who wasn't taking long trips anymore. It's funny to compare my comfort level from mid-June when I got the bike and had a friend drive it home for me to where I'm at now.

    Hopefully my experience will inspire people (especially would-be riders) to follow their dreams, respect their riding level always and enjoy the open road!

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    Intermediate Adventurer Newstar's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    Landenberg, PA
    Welcome, Jason! That was a pretty ambitious trip as a new rider. I'm glad all went well. Nice intro post! I look forward to hearing about your adventures and how you feel you progress as a rider.

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    Apr 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Welcome, and congrats on the ride! I'm still a new rider at 2 years and 24,000 miles ... haven't gotten to anything that ambitious yet. Next summer, though.

    I just looked through a bit of your blog, and noticed you got AAA roadside assistance after a towing distance problem. When I last looked, our California AAA's motorcycle roadside assistance coverage was pretty sketchy -- it was only with the "premium" membership, and only "if available." BMWMOA's coverage has less weasel-words, and they did come through for me with a 50-mile tow out of our local mountains one night. Just - buyer beware!
    2000 R1100RT / 1987 K75C (RIP) / Santa Clarita, CA

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    Apr 2006
    Nice, Jason! Maybe you could add your age..??

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    It is what it is. Bud's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
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    Fantastic. Glad to have you here and look forward to reading more of your ride reports.
    Ride Well

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    Bloomington, IL

    Smile Welcome!

    Jason, welcome to the fold! Glad you had a great long distance ride. There are lots of places to see in this great land...and always better on two wheels.
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    Registered User jandhumphreyme's Avatar
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    Sep 2013
    Central Maine
    Welcome, glad things went well and you returned safe and sound. I agree, there is no way to see the world as exhilarating as on a motorcycle. Looking forward to hearing of your future adventures. I'll see you out there.
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    And we never even know we have the key

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