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    Welcome from the Panhandle

    Welcome! Ride west, young man--ride west! (and I'll guide you some fabulous seafood -- or some great backroads in my area, Destin to Mobile Bay).

    Pensacola here, K1200LT
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    Awesome indeed !

    (But what's the steam-powered model in the last few seconds?)
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    Last air-cooled Guzzis?

    I hope not. The big block engine, for one, is a relic that is still competent in its intended uses and I'd hate to see it go away -- like an engandered species going extinct. Would be nice to have...
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    Motel

    Wife and I trailered from Florida to nothwest Georgia, spent the night in a motel, left cage and trialer there by prior agreement with management, rode for several days, returned to the motel for...
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    It is not the role of government to protect us from ourselves, and yet --

    I support Florida's refusal to make helmets mandatory for motorcycle operators or passengers over the age of 12, but I never ride without one and every time I see someone riding without a helmet I...
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    Push the botton . . .

    Put bike in neutral, run engine at fast idle, keep both feet firmly on the ground, hold bike vertical, hold the power centerstand button down, and feel smug that you have a K1200 LT.
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    NW Florida, South Alabama, SW Mississippi

    TJ's, Freeport, FL, maybe an hour east of Ft. Walton Beach, FL20 a block or two west of US331 -- home cooking
    Juana's Pagodas, Navarre Beach, FL, foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge, informal, great...
  8. Thread: Panhandler

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    Thankee, Sir --

    Name comes from an inside family joke. My lovely bride is rather image-conscious. We bought a house with a garage door keypad. "Oh, great," I bitched, "another number to remember!" Then I said...
  9. Thread: Tired of riding?

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    Thank you, rinty

    No, I had not seen that thread, being new here. 40427's contribution most closely resembles my situation. My wife is still working, closing in on 50 years as an educator. She retired from a county...
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    How I found it

    Very easily -- Used the Bing mapping program, entered Fossil and Monument as origin-destination points, and clicked.
  11. Thread: Tired of riding?

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    "What you said" about age and smaller bikes

    Almost at the same time I bought a 2005 K1200 LT and got a Moto Guzzi EV11 running, and I find the Guzzi more fun on short runs -- but I'm very pleased with my "move up" from my Valkyrie to the LT...
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    Just retired? Hmmm. . . .

    Don't get offended, but . . . what if it's you, not motorcycling? A lot of men slip unawares into depression when they retire. It manifests itself as lethargy and loss of interest in the things...
  13. Near the dragon

    Wayah Road. From where US129 (through Robbinsville, south of Deal's Gap) intersects US74, go east about three miles but after two started looking for the little green street sign saying Wayah Road. ...
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    Flatlander

    Okay, Snuffy Smiff -- I was only a flatlanr tourister back then, but tell me -- any good ridin roads off I-75 between Knoxville and London? Been ove that stretch a couple of times in cages and the...
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    A post-trip comment

    US19 from Tampa up to Capps, southeast of Tallahassee, is a very pleasant, relaxing ride. Much of it is divided 4-lane, flat as a pool table and straight as a harp string for miles, through forest...
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    Lemme See . .

    Counting all machines, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, DC, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West...
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    Two perfect fuels.

    Two perfect fuels.
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    Us421

    US421 from Bristol, TN (on I-81 at the TN/VA line) southeast to Sugar Mill on US321.

    I dare ya.

    This road is not only technical, it's flat-ass dangerous. It was my introduction to mountain...
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    Found It -- maybe

    Trace I-84 east from Portland to Biggs Junction and US97. Go south on US97 about the same distance as Portland-Biggs Junction to Shaniko and OR218. Follow that generally northeast to Fossil. ...
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    Academic effort

    I love pouring over maps. Can you remember a city, town, intersection with another highway, anything on a map within 50 or 100 miles of it?
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    If You Don't Get Enough . . .

    Y'all will probably ride the Cherohola Skyway from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains, TN (one of the best rides in the area). But you may not be told that Tellico Plains south to Ducktown on US68 is a...
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    Lodging Alternative

    There are a number of biker-friendly and biker-dedicated hostileries in the Robbinsville area along US129 south of Robbinsville. I've stayed twice at the Tuskeegee Inn (yup-they use all four e's) on...
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    State Flowers, Fun Rides

    Thankee for the welcome!

    Bride and I had boated into St. Andrews Marina at Panama City, in the oldest part of town. Bunch of little antique (read "junk") shops, etc. Bride was windowshopping her...
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    Baton Rouge

    I've met the crew at Baton Rouge through getting a Moto Guzzi running, but they -- Lauren in parts and Cory in servide -- have been especially beyond-the-call helpful to me with advice and resources...
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    Greetings

    Greetings from one curmudgeon to another . . . .Pensacola, FL here; newly-acquired K1200 LT
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