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    Midwest Riders going to the Rally?

    I'm in Northern lower MI and was wondering if anyone in the vicinity is heading out to the rally? I'm tentatively planning a 2 week trek of mostly camping. I'm considering doing a loop up to Olympia National Park after the rally and then on to Glacier for a couple of days then heading home via US-2.

    Anyone have similar plans?

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    We're heading out from Ontario. Planning to spend a couple of days in Napa, then ride up the PCH before heading for the Rally. Maybe we'll see you there!

    Cheryl

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    Heading out from Greenville, SC....via Colorado, UT, ID, and into Oregon. Not a camping type. But after rally heading out to West coast and then North along the coast and coming thru Washington, MT, WY, Nebraska....and south.

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    Riding from Vermont over four of the lakes, reentering the states at the SOO. Will probably haul buttocks from there to Glacier, drop into Hell's Canyon, then to the rally. Will probably only stay a couple of days, then loop back to the Olympic Peninsula, ferry across the Sound, catch the Northern Cascades, then meander down to the TOTR in Paonia, Colorado. Will spend a couple of days there then slab it home before my vacation time expires.

    Camping all the way. Might find a hotel every few days to wash the stench out.

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    Yes...from Chicago....

    I'm thinking of taking the northerly route through the black hills, and see Rushmore, which I haven't seen since I was a kid.
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    Western Lower Michigan

    I will be heading out from West Michigan. Thinking about a very indirect route out taking 2 for a while and then floating down towards Utah. A buddy from Ontario has not seen the great stuff south of 70 in Utah. From there, straight across to the UN, followed by the MOA. I have to do the Lolo and other parts of Idaho on the way back out. PM me to get in touch.

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    Thanks for the replies. As we get closer to lift off and travel plans firm up I'll PM those interested in riding to see what/how much fits with each others plans... Cheers, Tim

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    Are all you guys retired?

    How do you find the time to ride so much?

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    time off

    Quote Originally Posted by Toadmanor View Post
    Are all you guys retired?

    How do you find the time to ride so much?
    Taking two weeks off, riding from MN, planing to ride the "Zen Route" there and something else home. Camping as much as possible. Riding two up with camping gear on a 1975 R60/6. Two lane black top preferred.
    47 years old, same job for 23 years (warehouse) 6 weeks of vacation each year.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHANDELAND View Post
    Taking two weeks off, riding from MN, planing to ride the "Zen Route" there and something else home. Camping as much as possible. Riding two up with camping gear on a 1975 R60/6. Two lane black top preferred.
    47 years old, same job for 23 years (warehouse) 6 weeks of vacation each year.
    Steve
    Here I am same job for 35 years, 11 years older than you 6 weeks vacation a year, and I can't seem to put two weeks back to back. Oh, I don't have anyone who wants to ride pillion with me either.

    All that and my bike is 34 years newer than yours!

    Oh, but I am from Minnesota!


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    Planning, Planning, Planning

    The only way I can do this type of ride each year is to protect the vacation time diligently. I put the big rocks on the calender early, so the small ones do not overwhelm my goal. Of course this then points to setting up the backwards planning to get everything done on the bike, at work, and at the other work (that two jobs thing) so that I am ready when the trip time comes up. Got a bike work/repair day coming up to do the major modifications for the year on a long weekend. Protect the vacation time against all comers! Pop up events not planned before I get my trip on, don't get done.
    Share the dates 9 months out or more with people I work for and those that work for me, as well as family and friends.
    And, most importantly, invite your family and friends to go along, join you there, or see along the way.

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    I did that ride taking 2 a few years ago. Great way to go. Lots to see. Two weeks may be rushing it. I'm from Kzoo area. Taking super-slab to Dubuque area and then heading north to catch US20, which runs all the way to the rally. US20 is also known as the Oregon Trail. I'll be traveling alone, but would welcome some company. I plan to camp/motel. Leaving around July 4th. Riding a GSA. Doing dirt when an occasion arrises.

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    Heading out from ON around the first of July. To Denver to visit my son, dil, and granddaughter. Then Redmond. Then Vancouver, BC to visit, the other son, dil and granddaughter. Then Ponoka, AB for a rally. Possibly off to Vermont after that for the RA rally. Home at the end of the month.

    Route to be determined each night by the weather channel and whatever appeals to me on the map.

    Yes I'm retired.

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    Speaking of vacations, time off, and planning, here is my revelation. Now I am retired. About five years before retiring, I took my first ever two week vacation. It was wonderful and created an the real perspective on life rather than the corporate/career perspective. I couldn't believe that it took me so long to make a decent vacation trip. Good equilibrium requires the right balance of each, but it is very easy to loose sight of the needs for personal time.

    If you are too far from Redmond (or any ride) for a one week vacation and can't go, try to figure out whose (and what) rules are controlling. Then take the extra 2, 3, 4 days.

    Ben

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    Squach Hello

    The route via hwy2 is long and flat especially until Glacier NP, but Galcier NP, Flathead lake ... are fantastic!! Just takes days in ND, Minn are boring.

    Past post states Hwy 20 route that I took last Redmond rally and very fun. Sand Hills of Nebraska, Wyoming Jackson hole and Idaho. I would sugest hwy 20 but my 2 cents Funner Faster!

    Charlie

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