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I’ll be here in Wilmington Ohio on the 20th to connect once again with my friend Sam Manicom as he gives an enchanting presentation about his motorcycle travels in Africa. Hope to see some of you there!

After that we’ll be attending VMD at Mid Ohio!



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Back in Ohio, just beating the record floods in Vermont. After weeks of rambling around the states in the NE, I grew tired of riding and camping in the rain. In my travels I’ve camped just about everywhere but packing up wet shit day after day gets old. 
So back to Ohio is was, where I’m staying at my friend Donnie’s place in Amish country just south of Wooster. Here I’ve been resting and ordering needed parts for maintenance on the bike. New air filter. New plugs after a valve inspection (all in spec after 74,000 miles!), fresh brakes out back, fresh fork oil and seals, new chain and sprockets and she’s ready for more. 
But with most of the country west of the Mississippi experiencing record heat I’m reluctant to head West to the states there. Besides it wasn’t long ago I was living in Denver in a wheelchair, waiting for the endless series of surgeries on my crushed leg, and smoking a lot of quality weed.

So the next leg will be into Canada, leaving in a week or so. I’ll be camping and fishing all along the way. I just replaced my Kelty tent that I camped with through 22 countries with a larger, lighter single-wall, single-pole teepee design. I’ve also upgraded a few other pieces of my well-worn camping gear with nice new shiny stuff.


So let’s see how good Canada’s weed is!






























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22 minutes ago, marlboro man said:

Looks like a blast ! I’d be scared to take it in the ass from Sasquatch in them sticks

You would be fine, Sasquatch have tiny dicks.

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The Canada travels have ended. As far north as you’re allowed to go in Quebec before being turned back because of large fires (just south of Raddison and Hudson Bay) while riding long days on rough dirt and gravel roads, my bike had a major motor malfunction. I knew something bad was wrong and even suspected the actual cause (gear holding primary drive gear into shaft came loose, spun out to grind against the inside of the clutch cover and the destroyed the key and key way on the main shaft) but she still was running strong and I was over 150km from any cell phone signal, motel or help (aside from the occasional logging truck) so I decided to go for broke and rode Sunny till she died at a motel in southern Quebec. From there obtained a rental truck and drove her back to Ohio. 
Over 80,000 extraordinary miles. Many many borders crossed. Fantastical places visited and countless wonderful people met and friends made in many countries. Hard to be mad even though the experience sucked and was stressful. 
I’m back at my buddies place in Wooster. Will tear into the bike to see the whole carnage soon. 
In the meantime, I located yet another 2011 DR650 at a dealership with only 582 miles on it. Sunny is also a 2011 and had 62 miles when purchased in 2018. I’ll be picking up the new bike Saturday in PA and then spend the Fall and Winter prepping and combining the two bikes to get ready for riding to BC the Yukon and Alaska next spring. 







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Glad you made it to the hotel and back home safe. Update with some photos of the carnage please. 

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I brought a broken bike back from Canada in a U-Haul once. It is not fun, you feel alone...lost...hopeless. It really sucks until you get across the river.

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5 minutes ago, Gpaw said:


Yeah. Over 80,000 miles carrying a load all

the fuck over. Not terrible for an air-cooled

single IMO. 

Sunny 2.0 will be built slowly and with care and knowledge of what worked and what needs tweaked. Her first test will be Spring 2024 with a full-bore trip to the NW Territories, the Yukon and all of Alaska. Any of you dreaming of riding Alaska, It’s a place where support can be vital so let me know if anyone’s interested. 

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