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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    OK, Lying in wait?

    This RALLY in Salem is just down the road now and almost no chat about it here I see. I'm proding the fire, or starting so. I'm GSGiant oriented, but find anybody on a Beemer or even another Xbike going to Salem my friend. Just seems we must be asleep at the switch or Summer Heat has y'all zoned out, or even those nasty Tornado's in the alley right recent. Hope anybody in the Middle USA has been safe, as I have watched the storms there on TV. Wow factor going on there. Clovis, CA here on my GSA1200 of 5 years now and getting excited about Salem and Oregon again. I have travelled to all the back East rallies too, so no excuses out there, y'all get them scooters, rigs fired up, polished and think'in rid'in West very soon. Canada, come on down, love your country too and have missed riding up there my last few years. Mexico too. WE always get a few countries in the mix, riders from afar. Even Florida and Alaska are afar. Who's got that long distance trophy space made already? I got a Friend coming from NHampshire, GSA'ing Matt I met last year at the Arkansas GSGiant Camp. Some best friends from Columbia SC on their RT/Trailer rig too will be crossing to Salem. I look forward to meeting all these folks and more. Not ONE word from my California Brethren. I must be cut from different cloth, grew up in Virginia. ANYHOW, lets not keep this a dead zone, forum page rusting, regarding Salem. I'm just speaking my mind here, y'all wake up, are ya still able to do this? This "Polarbear" will make an effort, usually do. Happy Trails, Randy....PS;HAYFORK,CA., GS Camp, July 14th for one night. (ALL welcome)ITS OUR South to North gathering of the GSGiants and guests, en route to Salem. This locale is a very pretty area of NCal and won't disappoint anybody from far or close. GSGiant Playbooks will come to many signed up and you can play hard at it, as you wish. See y'all, RandyGSA1200, red/white, looks like I travelled the all of NAmerica with stickers all about its panels. Can't miss me.

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    I am planning on riding my RT to the rally from NE Georgia. First cross country for me at the ripe old age of 64. Bucket list type of thing. Planning on stopping in Calif. for a few days to visit wife's cousin, then head up the coast to Salem. Return will be more northerly track. Currently a solo ride. Maybe can hook up with others who will be on similar route.

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    I did a practice run down to Branson MO for a couple of days just past to test out my loading process and weather resistance of my bags. So, I went looking for rain.... (just see how many other bike riders intentionally look for rain). Learned a lot of things while out, like, making sure that I have my poncho inside the tent so that in the morning when it's raining, I can gear up for walking around the campsite before leaving the tent. Another item I learned is that weather resistant and water proof are miles apart when riding down the highway. So, I'm going to have to pop for a decent waterproof bag to place on top of my camping gear bag, so that everything doesn't go into the same bag. Also, since I don't have a trailer, nor intend to purchase one before the trip. And since the back seat on my K12RS is fairly small, I've found that the tent and chair, along with accompanying ground tarp and inflatable mattress need to be in a bag, and not just lashed to the paniers. By lashing to the paniers, it became a big job to get to my rain gear located in the right side, so, another lesson to keep the frog togs up in the top case on the back.... Bobr9, I'd suggest doing the same thing before leaving on your first cross country, as it will help you shake out a lot of loose ends.

    So, even with 3 days of riding and camping in the rain, I learned a lot, and am on pins and needles to break camp at home (figuratively speaking) in early July, and hit the road west. I can certainly understand the bucket list reference, as I'm 62, and wanted to ride on a tour to the pacific coast every since my high school buddies went out that way for their senior trip, back in 69. Couldn't afford it back then, and then the war, so now it's time to complete this item from the list. Where my buddies just shake their heads on going for a month long camp-out, I just smile and wish them a long boring July.

    Bobr, maybe we'll run across each other on the road west.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post

    Bobr, maybe we'll run across each other on the road west.......
    10-4...we should email or pm our itineraries as we get closer to the rally. Also we should definitely plan on hooking up at the rally at a minimum to compare notes and return schedule.

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    Great:)

    I'm at 61 now myself, so we are of something similar! I have dozens of NAmerican tours in me, so much time out there myself. I like reading your testing the rains, local riding for the BIG one West. Nice. Mark down the Hayfork,CAL locale, you're welcome. Its a basic GSGiant affair, but nobody is turned out as I see it and I am in like Flynn "Polarbear". Its a wonderful part of this state and very closeby to about ALL the touring HOT spots all come to see in N.California. Please look this spot up and camp out one night(HAYFORK), as you head North. We all are going to Salem. Reads your BMW'ON, its all mentioned. Hope to see ya'll soon, happy trails crossing this great country. YOU KNOW the best thing about the Plains States and touring across what so many call boring country to ride in??? ITS THE FOLKS living there, man they are down to earth, loving people and will step up for the simple HI on the road, when its most needed and you feel the need. Crossing the USA dozens of times and I never fail to meet somebody new in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and so on and on and they are not even bikers most of the time. A "great country", live it, don't just ride thru it! ....Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    ITS THE FOLKS living there, man they are down to earth, loving people and will step up for the simple HI on the road, when its most needed and you feel the need. Crossing the USA dozens of times and I never fail to meet somebody new in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and so on and on and they are not even bikers most of the time. A "great country", live it, don't just ride thru it! ....Randy
    Hey Randy, I feel you are spot on with this comment. The ride is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but the folks you meet across the country is the most important part of the trip. And something about a Beemer MC tends to provide a lot of openings for conversations. I especially like dropping in on the Micky D's or Hardie's crowds early in the morning and visiting with those folks who have a seasoned perspective on life. Your right about the "great country" we live in, and meeting folks who may agree or disagree with my perspective is always an important (in my opinion) of any trip. Otherwise, I could just ride around my local area, and turn on the travel channel to see the sights...:-)

    See you at the rally.....Walt E.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobr9 View Post
    10-4...we should email or pm our itineraries as we get closer to the rally. Also we should definitely plan on hooking up at the rally at a minimum to compare notes and return schedule.
    Sounds like a good plan. I've got my destination routing completed in my head, but will put it down on paper in the next couple of weeks and pm it to you. If we miss paths on the road, I'll be working several evenings in the registration booth so be sure to ask for me when you check-in. I'm traveling solo but would sure like some company at camp in Salem..... Until then....be safe and don't forget to exercise the body as part of your trip preparations. It'll make the long days in the saddle easier to get accustomed to, not to mention the many nights sleeping on the ground.....:-) Walt E.

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    Randy, the RA rally is in Asheville on the Biltmore grounds. Begins tomorrow so probably out of your reach this year.
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    See that!

    I've been healing anyhow, shoulder rebuild recently. Am riding again, looking for places to ride before Salem. 3 to 4 week gap between these rallies this year, kind a hard to kill that much time between the two. I ride Grand Canyon tomorrow or next day out of here, just need a bike ride. Randy

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