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Postby Rev » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:19 am

Hello again, Citizens!

To save us all some time, I have composed a chart to illustrate whether this particular post will be of any interest to you.

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Still with me? Weird.

Now, as some of you know, I've been thinking about taking a longer trip on the way to Ragnarok, and as some other small number of you may know, I am a great fan of the book "Across America By Motorcycle" which was written in 1922 by a guy who made the trip in 1919.

Since I am very bad at planning, I have been unable to figure out where I wanted to go (Like that pulled pork barbecue idea? That was just silly.), so a couple of weeks ago I decided I would just follow the route taken by C.K. Shepherd in 1919 and write about it. Also I needed a gimmick, or I'd just be fucking around on a motorbike. This way I am fucking around with both a motorbike AND OBSCURE TRAVEL LITERATURE, which makes me sort of an intellectual, I'm sure you'll agree.

Rolly will be joining me on this trip, unless someone at Homeland Security has read the letters I have been sending them regarding Rolly being A FOREIGNER AND A THREAT TO MY WAY OF LIFE. I haven't received any responses, though, so my pleas may have fallen on deaf ears.

Anyways, we'll basically be leaving the 8th, heading west along routes 40/70 to Pueblo Colorado or thereabouts, then taking a left towards Albuquerque, then a right to Los Angeles, up to San Francisco, and back east toward Colorado for the Ragnarok-type festivities.

There are some more further details on the blog I set up for this purpose, which will also be updated from the road using FANCY NEW TECHNOLOGIES, such as "Twitter," which is a way to send pictures of cats THROUGH YOUR CELL PHONE!!! It can be found at http://www.acrossamericabymotorcycle.blogspot.com, because that is the name of the book, except for the www, the blogspot and the .com, which are just there because they make you do that in order to be on the internet.

Feel free to become a "follower." (Note to my existing followers: this is a totally different thing, they just call it that. You still need to wear the uniforms).

Some of you may have already been contacted by someone claiming to be me and looking for advice on cheap lodging, etc. and others will probably be contacted in the near future with similar requests. We're probably going to be mostly camping, as we are both somewhat underemployed at the moment, and I have even purchased a camping stove, to minimize the time I have to ride before I've had my coffee, and possibly to blow myself up in a hilarious manner.

So that's the plan, such as it is. Thank you for reading, and I hope to see some of you along the way, possibly in your natural habitats, or, barring that, in the large mountainous oxygen dead zone in the middle of the country.

Yours &c.,
Rev. Chris

PS: Here is a map from 1915. I have no real idea where this takes us, but it's the part that goes through Arizona about halfway up the state, then towards LA. This navigating stuff is hard work.

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Postby Jaeger » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:46 am

Fuckin' tremendous, man.

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Postby Vespalina » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:53 am

It sounds jangleplatz! Have a fantastic time.
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Hrm...wonder if they'd let me take off all 3 weeks in a row?
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Postby thrasherbill » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:03 pm

So jealous of this and Ghost's cross country trip. I tried to book 2 weeks off in a row in August to tag a west coast trip onto the Harry Reerer run and got denied.
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Postby goose » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:05 pm

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Postby piccini9 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:28 pm

You need to print that 1915 map on some yellow paper, fold it up, spill some coffee on it, and pull it out EVERY time you stop to ask directions.

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Postby Priest » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:42 pm

Between yourself, Rolly, Ghost, and RC26, I'm starting to think that unemployment is the thing to do. Seriously, I can barely find the time to ride to dinner.
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Postby Jaeger » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:47 pm

Priest wrote:Between yourself, Rolly, Ghost, and RC26, I'm starting to think that unemployment is the thing to do. Seriously, I can barely find the time to ride to dinner.


Fuckin' +1.

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Postby Rev » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:08 pm

I scoff at you job-havers, with your bill-paying and your fripperies and your fine linen waistcoats.
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Postby rc26 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:28 pm

Looks like a good ride. I'm truly envious.
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Postby rolly » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:32 pm

Priest wrote:Between yourself, Rolly, Ghost, and RC26, I'm starting to think that unemployment is the thing to do. Seriously, I can barely find the time to ride to dinner.


Yup, unemployment is the new black.

thrasherbill wrote:So jealous of this and Ghost's cross country trip. I tried to book 2 weeks off in a row in August to tag a west coast trip onto the Harry Reerer run and got denied.


See above.
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Postby Whiskeywrist » Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:22 pm

Not sure what the timing is going to be like, but you guys should certainly try to rendezvous with the PNW cell approach to the Rag if you're in the neighborhood.

Our gmap is pretty well finalized with our daily camp spot destinations, and can be found in the "regional planning" section.

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Postby DerGolgo » Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:37 pm

Bookmark...done.

Have fun! Sounds like an excellent idea for a roadtrip.
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Postby SomeMook » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:37 pm

Awesomesauce. I want to come with, but blah blah blah. I hate you guys. :wink:
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Postby AZRider » Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:59 pm

Take good pix with a good camera.

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Postby UndertheGun » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:06 pm

Cool. Very jealous.

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Postby xtian » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:20 pm

great, a summer soap.
thanks for documenting and enjoy the road.
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Postby GeekGrl » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:43 pm

Fecking brilliant, mate!

* also, fecking jealous you mangy sods! :-)
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Postby Rev » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:07 am

Whiskeywrist wrote:Not sure what the timing is going to be like, but you guys should certainly try to rendezvous with the PNW cell approach to the Rag if you're in the neighborhood.

Our gmap is pretty well finalized with our daily camp spot destinations, and can be found in the "regional planning" section.



We'll be heading there from San Francisco (if things go according to plan), so Scofield State Park looks like the best possibility for a meetup, but are you stopping there on the way to or the way from?
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Postby Midliferider » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:33 am

Sounds like the prefect plan for someone with no planning skills. May I send you a photo of me, that you can carry with you for good luck? If you find yourself in trouble, just look at my image and ask yourself.... what would midlife do?
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Postby Rev » Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:02 am

Midlife, I'll be passing through Columbus on the 8th on the way to meet Rolly in Indianapolis (or thereabouts). I have to do 600 miles that day, and I'm notoriously distractable when I'm by myself ("HOLY CRAP! IS THAT A FIBERGLASS DINOSAUR?!"), but maybe we could do a quick meet and greet. You're around 400 miles from Baltimore, so it would probably be late afternoon/early evening by the time I get there, barring incidents and roadside attractions.
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Postby Midliferider » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:06 am

Rev I sent a pm to ya. I thought you were coming in from the west, Doh. I see now you're coming from the east going west. Anyways the exit is well marked to Reynoldsburg. Check in if you have the time to stop. Stay safe. Ohio is a police state with many smoky the bears packing radar. Pay attention. Hope to meet ya.
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Postby Rev » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:40 am

PM returned, and thanks for the tip regarding The Man.
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Postby 12ci » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:28 am

AZRider wrote:Take good pix with a good camera.


+1

speaking of which, let me know if you need more memory cards or an spare battery.

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Postby rolly » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:20 am

Launching Monday.
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Postby red » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:52 am

rolly wrote:Launching Monday.


Like everyone else, I'm jealous!!! Hopefully we'll get to meet up around Indy. Stay safe and enjoy the ride!
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Postby Drift » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:24 am

What all those other jealous bastards said.
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Postby rolly » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:30 am

rolly wrote:Launching <s>Monday</s> Tuesday.

Yeah, as I said all along, Tuesday.
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Postby Rev » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:22 pm

rolly wrote:
rolly wrote:Launching <s>Monday</s> Tuesday.

Yeah, as I said all along, Tuesday.


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Postby Whiskeywrist » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:37 pm

Rev wrote:
Whiskeywrist wrote:Not sure what the timing is going to be like, but you guys should certainly try to rendezvous with the PNW cell approach to the Rag if you're in the neighborhood.

Our gmap is pretty well finalized with our daily camp spot destinations, and can be found in the "regional planning" section.



We'll be heading there from San Francisco (if things go according to plan), so Scofield State Park looks like the best possibility for a meetup, but are you stopping there on the way to or the way from?


Scofield is going to be our first stop on the return leg.
(The descriptions on the left side of the map indicate the daily routes and stops)

We'd be happy to catch you guys on the way, but don't sweat it- we'll all be there at the end of the road...
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