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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. ItÔÇÖs 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


    HereÔÇÖs 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
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    Have a wonderful & safe adventure...I am sure you will keep us posted.

    Don't blink in PieTown...you'll miss it!

    Enjoy the
    Steve Henson
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    It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away-D.Dillon/G. Strait

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    Keep us posted, Hope to see ya in Johnson City.

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    I am so jealously ing! Ride safe. Enjoy. Post often!
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    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
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    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 thatÔÇÖs only part of the story.

    Dave Swift
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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, IÔÇÖm now playing catch-up.

    July 8 was a great ride up to Kingman, AZ. I ÔÇ£got my kicksÔÇØ 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
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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. IÔÇÖll 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 ÔÇ£willinÔÇØ 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
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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 dayÔÇÖs activities!


    Dave Swift
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    July12

    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
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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
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    Diet while touring across the south? Good luck with that?

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

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