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    What a great read. Thanks for the report. You guys certainly had more than your fair share of challenges.
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    Wow! What an adventure!

    Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write it all!
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    Teaser

    Thanks for a great armchair travelogue.
    Paul Harvey would have given you "two thumbs up".
    Do it again.
    Where are you going next ?
    Charlie

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    Next trip.........

    Charlie,

    Either back to the Alps, or down to old Mexico.
    It can't be as dangerous as they say!

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    Great trip- all the adventure, ups & downs, meeting of folks, and scenery one could ask for in a trip- OR- in a report on a trip.
    I know what it takes to write up, and post pix for a RR of this scope. Thanks for taking the time to relate your story.
    I've really enjoyed reading it.

    I must say (speaking for everyone, perhaps?) that the follow-up bit on Thomas was kinda anti-climatic. I'd surely love it if he wrote his bit up, threw in some of his own pix, and added them to your tale. That would definitely round things out nicely!
    SO! Thomas, dude- IF you're reading this....
    AHEM.

    jus sayin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    Great trip- all the adventure, ups & downs, meeting of folks, and scenery one could ask for in a trip- OR- in a report on a trip.
    I know what it takes to write up, and post pix for a RR of this scope. Thanks for taking the time to relate your story.
    I've really enjoyed reading it.

    I must say (speaking for everyone, perhaps?) that the follow-up bit on Thomas was kinda anti-climatic. I'd surely love it if he wrote his bit up, threw in some of his own pix, and added them to your tale. That would definitely round things out nicely!
    SO! Thomas, dude- IF you're reading this....
    AHEM.

    jus sayin.


    Tom
    Ah, the story is only beginning :-) I'm sure I cannot match my colleagues prose...but the Irish in me can spin a yarn.

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    As Bryan and Fran may have mentioned I have some Army experience....well ah um about 30 years worth...I think that counts as some doesn't it :-) Been there, done that, have the tee shirt and hat for Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq #2, Iraq #3, Afghanistan, and 70 some other countries. Though Bryan jokes about me traveling with "a Duce and a Half" my experience is working in small teams that hump what you need for the mission. In this case the hump was the RT....and was I glad it was not me carrying a ruck sack!

    My decision to ride the brand spanking new RT was not my original plan. But, plans are good until they are confronted with reality.

    An Army buddy, "LW," died in February. We had known each other since 1987-1988. He was the type of friend we all wish for - give you the shirt off this back, drive a 1,000 miles because you were broke down and never bat an eye. LW's family was selling LW's motorcycle to help fund his son's college. So, there was no question as to what to do - I bought LW's motorcycle. Well, I like to think of it as a lease....his son gets it back when he graduates from college.

    This raised 2 issues - cash to also buy a GS for the adventure and maintaining domestic tranquility. So, the RT was on.

    We worked to kit it out appropriately, I packed an extensive tool kit with items to confront most incidents and queried BMWMOA for the best set up and tires for an RT on such an adventure. Well the operative word regarding my tool kit - it took into consideration "most incidents."

    Did I mention I wish Irish - if I didn't have bad luck I would have no luck at all:-)

    More to follow.

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    Excellent ride report! I couldn't stop reading it once i started.
    Its been kinda fun to compare yours to Frans over on ADVrider as he's been writing it. haha.


    Looking forward to the next one.

    Brian in Austin

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    Hi Thomas,

    Sounds like you've led a bit of an adventurous life already, via your career! (My dad was an Army lifer- 30+ years, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam- thanks for your service, BTW)

    Anyway, kudos also for keeping the RT in the "Family" as it were. If you have the time to elaborate, it'd be lovely, if not, I understand. Either way, I'm sure the entire experience was just one more "trip of a lifetime"- you have the memories and stories for your personal archives... And that's often enough.

    Cheers, sir.
    Tom
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    Toolkit -

    "We worked to kit it out appropriately, I packed an extensive tool kit with items to confront most incidents and queried BMWMOA for the best set up and tires for an RT on such an adventure. Well the operative word regarding my tool kit - it took into consideration "most incidents."

    I was so humbled by Thomas' Cruz tool kit, customized for the BMW fasteners and bolts, that I set about trying to build my own on my return.

    In hindsight, I don't think the TCK 80s were the right tire for the rear on the RT though...the combination of the tire geometry, the width of the tire, the softer rubber compound and the weight of the bike, gear and rider on the jagged gravel of the far North made for a toxic combination.



    I ran a Heidi in the rear and liked that big tough beefy center tread to battle the rock demons. In fact I ran all 12,600 miles on that Heidi and apart from being squared off that tire could have run another 3000 miles.


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    Thumbs up Your first entry had me hooked!

    Excellent ride report. I hope to have the time to have that sort of adventure some day. Well honestly, I could do without some parts of "the adventure"

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    What a great read! I read with interest at how physical the toll was not only for the bikes but for you too. While I'm pretty adventurous now I'm not sure I'd want to endure that day after day, mile after mile of tough, deep gravel and chloride roads. I do 50-100 mi forest roads, but 300 miles of gravel? Not sure Thank you for yyour ride rereport.
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    M?xico....

    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer01 View Post
    Charlie,

    Either back to the Alps, or down to old Mexico.
    It can't be as dangerous as they say!
    Hello B. I have some good haunts down there. My hija is going to school down in GDL and we would have a great welcome there. We would be safer than safe. Tall J from the Full Moon

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    Mexico -

    So how's your Spanish? I figure if I ride with Thomas, he can arrange a parade of Black suburbans to escort us for a ways anyhow!

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    A Great Read😀

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    yup
    Write and Ride on !

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