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    Hey Cowchip....don't let your wife talk to mine, as this is the first time that I'll be gone for a month, since I left for service back in 1970. I've gotten away with a week at a time for snow skiing, cause she hates the cold, and coupled with, "Honey, this will be my father/soon bonding week" I've never had an issue, but I think she is doing some second thinking about this one..... :-) I do have her flying out on the 21st to Seattle for 5 days of sightseeing (car rental) and then it's back to the airport. I'll be like the little kid in the comic strip with shoe prints all over the country before leading back to St. Louie....

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    NICE and GAS:)

    Way to go Don, WELCOME to the mix. You'll have a great time. I have done these Rallies for decades, since the 70s, loved them all. I too, my 60s now and trying to ride more than ever, Alaska after Salem. Look us up in the GSGiant Camp at Salem, chat it up more. I am "Polarbear", easy to find. GASOLINE in the West is really not too big a thing to worry on. JUST some towns are 50-75miles apart and a few even more miles apart. Just before leaving any populated area, KNOW you have enough in tank to make it. I am a welder and made a rack to safely hold my 1.5 gallon extra tank on right side passenger footpeg, works great, even off road when rough going. I selected the footpeg area , because its low CG and an easy target to mount such. It still sits inside the outer limits of Jesse saddlebags, so if a fall occurs the gas tank gets into no danger of scrapes, direct hits. Inside your bag is, well maybe stinky if the can is not entirely sealed tight. I prefer my gas outside in the open. The ROTOPAX system lends itself to GS style bikes best and maybe your luggage rack on a street bike. Its a VERY POPULAR gas carrier, very secure the way they mount. They start at one gallon size and run around 75-100 bucks with all the hardware to mount'em(one tank). You WILL see many at rally, folks buy these a lot. Google Rotopax, easy to find. Happy Trails, Randy

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    SALEM to Arctic Ocean?

    Might start asking now, as my plans take me there after Salem. Leaving Sunday from Rally for a month North, Haul Road to Pruedoe Bay and other Alaska sights. Made it to about half way point one year way back(Mid BC), now time to do it right all the way. I am camping as much as possible and weather permits. I have wet gear for camping, so mostly camping I hope. See how I hold up! My bike, GSA1200. We can share ideas at Salem and maybe even some road time up North. I am torn between riding the entire loop, Cassiar Hwy and so on and/or doing part of the Ferry to Vancouver Island maybe coming back or going North? Its a 13hour+(used to be around 350$) ferry ride. Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. Just my beginning thoughts. I will NOT take the entire inside water passage for my first Alaska trip, wanting to ride most of it. The ferry at Port Hardy is questionable without reserves and my time about the area, im not able to make reservations this early. Walk/ride ons for bikes, ANYBODY know at Port hardy(going North) or Prince Rupert coming South, no reservations? I know they make them, already called. Randy

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    Thanks:)

    I did call this AM(BC Ferries, 888#), got answers. The Port Hardy to Prince Rupert is a reservations full ferry, required. Very helpful folks, nice on phone. Two days or so is all she figured one would have to call ahead to get onboard. 417$, one m/c, one rider is fare, one way. Trailers and sidecars more, two up also more. FYI. Randy

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    Garden Bay,BC;

    I've been in BC Coastal region only a few times. Is that inland lakes or coastal town? Ive been absent 5 years in Canada, its my GSA1200 and my turn again. This bike has never been North of border. Love those border patrol guys, always ask me how much money Im going to spend while in Canada? Who knows, I usually say. Never been inspected for how much cash I may carry, lol. Anyhow, the question and answer sessions at border crossings are sometimes laughable, keeping it inside of course. Don't want to laugh at any questions. I have passed all my crossings, usually very quick. Passports nowadays are the norm and mine still not used since I got it about 5 years ago. My first Passport stamp WILL be Canada, I want them to stamp it. Salem Rally is close enough to Canada, I imagine MANY will be crossing USA/Canada border on BMWs this year. For those wishing to see Canada from the South, VICTORIA is a hot spot for the tourist, as much of BC. Vancouver Island is too cool to miss. A DAY RIDE from Salem if you get with it. Trouble is Washington is in middle of you(Salem) and Canada and too much to see there too!!! The crossing at Port Angeles to Victoria is a favorite, COHO Ferry. I forgot fare. Its worth it! About a two hour ride across on water. Don't forget the Empress Hotel and HIGH TEA. Randy

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    NOT alone here:(

    I'm a talker BUT want much help here, "OK,Lying in wait" stuff going on out there! SALEM and our NW has got to be a top 10 area for anybody to visit, so share your pre trip trials and tribs... You must have some stuff going on. I've been dwelling heavy on sidecars and my GSA convert and just have not gone the last mile on that decision yet. Looking forward to seeing some in Salem and DMC is just down/up the road in Washington, hmmmm? I know this phenom has grown in recent years and I LOOK intently. Got the DOG already, he is just begging me to do it!!! Randy

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    Nashville, TN to Salem, OR the long way around

    Heading out to the RA Rally in Asheville, NC in the morning, 6/20. Then a leisurely trip to Salem for the MOA Rally. I did both rallies in 2009 including a 5 day rolling rally in between.
    I'm semi-retired and there isn't a lot going on employment wise right now so I decided to take the cross country trip I've dreamed about.
    Fresh service and new rear tire should get me there and back. I'm going to work my way thru the south into Dallas then up into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Pretty wide open from there on the way to Salem.
    On the way back I'll take a more northerly route and visit family in Boulder and Cedar Rapids. Then probably down the Mississippi towards home.
    Looking forward to the trip and hanging with everyone in Salem.
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    Our local dealer is, well - let's just say I will never again spend a penny in that shop. But 175 miles south we have Max BMW, an awesomely incredible dealer! So I took the day off, tucked Barley into the sidecar, and down we went. Today's visit was like all the others. We were greeted by name, warmly, and the rig was taken right in for service. It's a little early, as we'll turn 24k somewhere in Idaho on the way to Salem, but I feel better knowing the machine is 100%. Picked up some supplies for DIY maintenance while I was there.

    It's just not possible for me to scoot down the road on that magnificent rig without feeling the tug of faraway places! Still a couple of weeks before we leave, so for now I have to resist the urge to head west and let the bike roam. Soon, though. Soon.
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    Great:)

    Don Burns rides"Warthog"rides out of Colorado Springs. Matt rides out of N. Hampshire, BOTH on GSAs/GS Giants. They both are in this thread above, so send them a message. I think they both entertain riding partners crossing the USA. Like to meet Barley, heard of him all these recent years and just not crossed paths. Salem maybe. Me too, retired and too much time to prepare! I need to ride soon, or go nuts. My GSA1200 is prepped and ready, with its 12 gallons gas for the very remote Pruedoe Bay after rally. Salem should be better than average rally, not so hot. I did the dual rallies, RA/MOA when the Johnson City MOA and Canaan Valley RA took place. Happy Trails to ya, Randy. PS; WHEN is that RA this year and its Ashville again? Guess I could come there this year too, with some last minute planning here.

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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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