Last Day of Preparation

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
Trip End Sep 15, 2008

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Today was the last day to put it all together.

I have a LIST of things to take that I have developed over the years and I find if I stick to the list I only have a few surprises. If I don't use the list I will take too much stuff and often forget important things. This list has evolved over the years as I have added more tech toys that need chargers of all shapes and sizes, and I now have a bike with a chain that needs kerosene and oil to lubricate every 1000 Km.

As of 2:00pm everything is on the bike. All I need is a tank of gas and I will be on my way

This will be a trip without the pressures of returning to work. I have been retired for four months and am starting to understand that I am not on a long vacation. So I have a route set on my Garmin GPS that includes many roads I have ridden by in the past as there was no time to ride them, or the bike I had at the time was not capable of handling the gravel. I now have the time, and I have a motorcycle that works well on pavement as well as gravel.

I have always owned Honda Goldwings; a 1984 GL1200,a 1993 GL1500 and a 2001 GL1800. They are amazing bikes and are the best for long distance comfortable trips on paved roads. I have ridden in all provinces and territories in Canada on Goldwings including several gravel roads in the Yukon and Alaska, but it isn't an easy way to spend a day. The ride to the Arctic Circle in 2006 was the time I decided I needed a different kind of bike to allow me more access to all types of roads. I traded in the 2001 GoldWing for a 2007 Suzuki DL650 Vstrom and actually received some money in return. It has been a year of preparing the bike for this ride and it has been a lot of fun.
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sandra_on on

This will be quite a trip. I'm looking forward to following along with you!

croussette on

Best of luck and ride safe
Well John the day has come. Your long awaited dream is about to become reality. The bike looks great and I can see the grin on your face. Take lots of pictures. Have the ride of your life (I am certain it will be) and most of all, be safe.

Looking forward to reading your blog on a daily basis. We'll meet in the fall for a ride and picture showing.

En avant les mnoteurs... Take care!
Sylvain (2006 DL650 V-Strom)

dianedean on

Today's the DAY
Good luck John, We will be following along with your BLOG....


astatham on

Every great journey starts with a single step
John, safe travels, keep the shinny bits pointing up and the black ones down. Look forward to your regular updates. Have a ball, and we will see you in September.

brotherinlaw on

Have fun send photo
I think the bike is to small ha ha Can't see it too much stuff on the bike,,,,should have been a Harley lol

seldomhome on

Hi John,
Congratulations on your retirement and the start of your adventure. I will be following along from time to time.
Ron L

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