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Hi folks,
 

 Well, my posts are a bit out of sequence, but it has been a busy couple of weeks. Anyway, I hadn't realized I had a Bucket List until I decided to do this trip. Even then, it took the stars all lining up to make me realize how big a deal this really was to me. My wife thought I might need my head read, but once I got home safe and sound she was fine!
 

 We have been contemplating a move East (or even further East!), so this would be my last opportunity for a West coast trip. As a bonus, I would get to finally meet a fellow board member from another forum whom I had "known" for years, but never actually sat and had a drink with. With a bit of route planning his house was about 1625 kms away - just where I needed to be in less than 24 hours for the Saddlesore 1600 certification. He was in California just south of San Jose. The next star to line up was a friend from childhood and his wife were going to be in Las Vegas for 3 days. Great! I would spend a night in Vegas with them. It would be my first time there. Then another star got in line. A friend who I worked with for 25 years and his wife were at their winter home in Phoenix!
 

 The Trophy ran like a champ! Cruising speed was 5000-5500 RPM - right in her sweet spot. The only failures I had were the Chinese made LED bulbs (does anybody else in the world make LED bulbs?) I had just put in my instruments and warning lights. The high beam indicator became intermittent, the clock light failed, and the tachometer light started flickering on the last leg of the trip. I put in 2 litres of oil and probably would need another one now, but will change it. I kept sort of in touch with folks during the trip by posting on Facebook. I will put those posts below here as a trip report. It was AWESOME and everybody I met was very friendly.
 
Well, this is not a trip report, but rather the few updates I posted to my friends on Facebook (all 5 of them!) while on the road. I got home last night. For any metrically challenged folks 140 km/h = 87 mph, 1 metre = 3.3 feet, -40C = -40F, 0C = 32F and 20C = 68F. It will have to do for now.

March 18
Well, the time has come. The bike is back together and leaving today for points SOUTH. Oregon tonight, California tomorrow, then Las Vegas, etc., etc. I will post progress here when I can. Ta ta for now!

March 20
Update - Got to Canyonville, OR at 0200, slept 3 1/2 hours, arrived in Scotts Valley Saturday at 15:58 - 10 minutes before the 24 hour deadline! Off to Barstow today, Las Vegas tomorrow. I hope!

March 21
Arrived in Barstow, CA a few hours ago. Got a huge can of Corona at the gas station next door. They make drinking driving easy here! Off to Las Vegas tomorrow to see Keith & Barbara. Maybe win enough to pay for the trip! I think the speed limit on the Interstate here must be 140 km/h. Even the semis are flying!

March 22
Well, left Barstow, CA yesterday and rode past Death Valley and through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. Had a great time with Keith and Barbara - seriously a whole lot of fun. We went to the Nine Fine Irishmen pub in New York, New York. Great food and equally great live Irish music! I won big on the slots - $20. OK, not so big, but free drinks!

Left Las Vegas today, stopped at the Hoover Dam - unbelievable structure. Then on to Sun City, AZ. Staying with friends here. In a 5 hour or so stretch on the road today I saw some of the most spectacular scenery ever - even cactus forests and giant rocks that only God knows how they got stacked up the way they are! Can't wait to see Utah.

March 23
On the way home in the morning. Hoping to make Ely, Nevada for Thursday night. All out of time so, no Grand Canyon or Four Corners. Maybe another time.

March 25
Made it to Ely, Nevada last night. Passed through Alamo on the way. Today passed through Jackpot, Nevada, Twin Falls & Boise, Idaho enroute to Baker City, Oregon. It was blowing a gale all day (yesterday, too). Besides the wind it got below 0 through the mountain passes. Challenging, enjoyable & extremely satisfying. I met lots of nice people. I rode (and chatted with at red lights) a Harley fellow in Arizona yesterday. He liked to point out the snakes on the road - some big ones, too. Riding a Triumph gets a lot of attention down here. Hope to make it home tomorrow.

March 27
Got home last night. It was -8 when I woke up in Baker City, Oregon yesterday morning, but warmed up to 0 by the time I left at 0900. I forgot to mention getting hit by a tumbleweed Friday in Idaho. That huge thing hit like a balloon! I was braced for impact and - POOF! Didn't feel a thing. Some of the passes were up to 7,000' and a bit cool, but REALLY fun to ride with all the switchbacks. Snoqualmie Pass in Washington was, I think, the longest. It had about a metre of snow still on the ground, but the road was bare except for some snowmelt runoff across the road in places. I detoured down to Tacoma to see some family I hadn't seen for 20 years. Great time! It started raining heavily a few minutes after I got home and in the house last night. No rain at all on the whole trip, though. I only put my raingear on for an extra layer of warmth in the mountains.

Happy Easter everyone!
Glenn

 

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Great trip report Glenn,
It sounds like it was both enjoyable and memorable.
Where are you moving to?
- Dave

 
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    Hi folks,
Well, my posts are a bit out of sequence, but it has been a busy couple of weeks. Anyway, I hadn't realized I had a Bucket List until I decided to do this trip. Even then, it took the stars all lining up to make me realize how big a deal this really was to me. My wife thought I might need my head read, but once I got home safe and sound she was fine!
We have been contemplating a move East (or even further East!), so this would be my last opportunity for a West coast trip. As a bonus, I would get to finally meet a fellow board member from another forum whom I had "known" for years, but never actually sat and had a drink with. With a bit of route planning his house was about 1625 kms away - just where I needed to be in less than 24 hours for the Saddlesore 1600 certification. He was in California just south of San Jose. The next star to line up was a friend from childhood and his wife were going to be in Las Vegas for 3 days. Great! I would spend a night in Vegas with them. It would be my first time there. Then another star got in line. A friend who I worked with for 25 years and his wife were at their winter home in Phoenix!
The Trophy ran like a champ! Cruising speed was 5000-5500 RPM - right in her sweet spot. The only failures I had were the Chinese made LED bulbs (does anybody else in the world make LED bulbs?) I had just put in my instruments and warning lights. The high beam indicator became intermittent, the clock light failed, and the tachometer light started flickering on the last leg of the trip. I put in 2 litres of oil and probably would need another one now, but will change it. I kept sort of in touch with folks during the trip by posting on Facebook. I will put those posts below here as a trip report. It was AWESOME and everybody I met was very friendly.
Well, this is not a trip report, but rather the few updates I posted to my friends on Facebook (all 5 of them!) while on the road. I got home last night. For any metrically challenged folks 140 km/h = 87 mph, 1 metre = 3.3 feet, -40C = -40F, 0C = 32F and 20C = 68F. It will have to do for now.

March 18
Well, the time has come. The bike is back together and leaving today for points SOUTH. Oregon tonight, California tomorrow, then Las Vegas, etc., etc. I will post progress here when I can. Ta ta for now!

March 20
Update - Got to Canyonville, OR at 0200, slept 3 1/2 hours, arrived in Scotts Valley Saturday at 15:58 - 10 minutes before the 24 hour deadline!! Off to Barstow today, Las Vegas tomorrow. I hope!

March 21
Arrived in Barstow, CA a few hours ago. Got a huge can of Corona at the gas station next door. They make drinking driving easy here! Off to Las Vegas tomorrow to see Keith & Barbara. Maybe win enough to pay for the trip! I think the speed limit on the Interstate here must be 140 km/h. Even the semis are flying!

March 22
Well, left Barstow, CA yesterday and rode past Death Valley and through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. Had a great time with Keith and Barbara - seriously a whole lot of fun. We went to the Nine Fine Irishmen pub in New York, New York. Great food and equally great live Irish music! I won big on the slots - $20. OK, not so big, but free drinks!

Left Las Vegas today, stopped at the Hoover Dam - unbelievable structure. Then on to Sun City, AZ. Staying with friends here. In a 5 hour or so stretch on the road today I saw some of the most spectacular scenery ever - even cactus forests and giant rocks that only God knows how they got stacked up the way they are! Can't wait to see Utah.

March 23
On the way home in the morning. Hoping to make Ely, Nevada for Thursday night. All out of time so, no Grand Canyon or Four Corners. Maybe another time.

March 25
Made it to Ely, Nevada last night. Passed through Alamo on the way. Today passed t! hrough Jackpot, Nevada, Twin Falls & Boise, Idaho enroute to Baker City, Oregon. It was blowing a gale all day (yesterday, too). Besides the wind it got below 0 through the mountain passes. Challenging, enjoyable & extremely satisfying. I met lots of nice people. I rode (and chatted with at red lights) a Harley fellow in Arizona yesterday. He liked to point out the snakes on the road - some big ones, too. Riding a Triumph gets a lot of attention down here. Hope to make it home tomorrow.

March 27
Got home last night. It was -8 when I woke up in Baker City, Oregon yesterday morning, but warmed up to 0 by the time I left at 0900. I forgot to mention getting hit by a tumbleweed Friday in Idaho. That huge thing hit like a balloon! I was braced for impact and - POOF! Didn't feel a thing. Some of the passes were up to 7,000' and a bit cool, but REALLY fun to ride with all the switchbacks. Snoqualmie Pass in Washington was, I think, the longest. It had about a metre of snow still on the ground, but the road was bare except for some snowmelt runoff across the road in places. I detoured down to Tacoma to see some family I hadn't seen for 20 years. Great time! It started raining heavily a few minutes after I got home and in the house last night. No rain at all on the whole trip, though. I only put my raingear on for an extra layer of warmth in the mountains.

Happy Easter everyone!
Glenn

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Great Post Glenn!
     You covered most of my old stomping grounds I traveled as an
entertainer and grew up just south of Tacoma WA! I would have loved to
have been with you on my Trophy as back in the day the objectives were
to only get from points A to points B and the only thing I could see was
from the seat of a '56 Corvette with the top off pulling a trailer.
     Now at age 78 with terminal emphysema my trips will be shorter on
the Trophy and the longer ones vicariously from people like you! Thanks
for sharing!
Ed J.

On 4/8/2016 8:04 PM, [hidden email] [TriumphTrophy] wrote:

>
>
> Hi folks,
>
>
> Well, my posts are a bit out of sequence, but it has been a busy
> couple of weeks. Anyway, I hadn't realized I had a Bucket List until I
> decided to do this trip. Even then, it took the stars all lining up to
> make me realize how big a deal this really was to me. My wife thought
> I might need my head read, but once I got home safe and sound she was
> fine!
>
>
> We have been contemplating a move East (or even further East!), so
> this would be my last opportunity for a West coast trip. As a bonus, I
> would get to finally meet a fellow board member from another forum
> whom I had "known" for years, but never actually sat and had a drink
> with. With a bit of route planning his house was about 1625 kms away -
> just where I needed to be in less than 24 hours for the Saddlesore
> 1600 certification. He was in California just south of San Jose. The
> next star to line up was a friend from childhood and his wife were
> going to be in Las Vegas for 3 days. Great! I would spend a night in
> Vegas with them. It would be my first time there. Then another star
> got in line. A friend who I worked with for 25 years and his wife were
> at their winter home in Phoenix!
>
>
> The Trophy ran like a champ! Cruising speed was 5000-5500 RPM - right
> in her sweet spot. The only failures I had were the Chinese made LED
> bulbs (does anybody else in the world make LED bulbs?) I had just put
> in my instruments and warning lights. The high beam indicator became
> intermittent, the clock light failed, and the tachometer light started
> flickering on the last leg of the trip. I put in 2 litres of oil and
> probably would need another one now, but will change it. I kept sort
> of in touch with folks during the trip by posting on Facebook. I will
> put those posts below here as a trip report. It was AWESOME and
> everybody I met was very friendly.
>
>
> Well, this is not a trip report, but rather the few updates I posted
> to my friends on Facebook (all 5 of them!) while on the road. I got
> home last night. For any metrically challenged folks 140 km/h = 87
> mph, 1 metre = 3.3 feet, -40C = -40F, 0C = 32F and 20C = 68F. It will
> have to do for now.
>
> March 18
> Well, the time has come. The bike is back together and leaving today
> for points SOUTH. Oregon tonight, California tomorrow, then Las Vegas,
> etc., etc. I will post progress here when I can. Ta ta for now!
>
> March 20
> Update - Got to Canyonville, OR at 0200, slept 3 1/2 hours, arrived in
> Scotts Valley Saturday at 15:58 - 10 minutes before the 24 hour
> deadline! Off to Barstow today, Las Vegas tomorrow. I hope!
>
> March 21
> Arrived in Barstow, CA a few hours ago. Got a huge can of Corona at
> the gas station next door. They make drinking driving easy here! Off
> to Las Vegas tomorrow to see Keith & Barbara. Maybe win enough to pay
> for the trip! I think the speed limit on the Interstate here must be
> 140 km/h. Even the semis are flying!
>
> March 22
> Well, left Barstow, CA yesterday and rode past Death Valley and
> through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. Had a great time with Keith
> and Barbara - seriously a whole lot of fun. We went to the Nine Fine
> Irishmen pub in New York, New York. Great food and equally great live
> Irish music! I won big on the slots - $20. OK, not so big, but free
> drinks!
>
> Left Las Vegas today, stopped at the Hoover Dam - unbelievable
> structure. Then on to Sun City, AZ. Staying with friends here. In a 5
> hour or so stretch on the road today I saw some of the most
> spectacular scenery ever - even cactus forests and giant rocks that
> only God knows how they got stacked up the way they are! Can't wait to
> see Utah.
>
> March 23
> On the way home in the morning. Hoping to make Ely, Nevada for
> Thursday night. All out of time so, no Grand Canyon or Four Corners.
> Maybe another time.
>
> March 25
> Made it to Ely, Nevada last night. Passed through Alamo on the way.
> Today passed through Jackpot, Nevada, Twin Falls & Boise, Idaho
> enroute to Baker City, Oregon. It was blowing a gale all day
> (yesterday, too). Besides the wind it got below 0 through the mountain
> passes. Challenging, enjoyable & extremely satisfying. I met lots of
> nice people. I rode (and chatted with at red lights) a Harley fellow
> in Arizona yesterday. He liked to point out the snakes on the road -
> some big ones, too. Riding a Triumph gets a lot of attention down
> here. Hope to make it home tomorrow.
>
> March 27
> Got home last night. It was -8 when I woke up in Baker City, Oregon
> yesterday morning, but warmed up to 0 by the time I left at 0900. I
> forgot to mention getting hit by a tumbleweed Friday in Idaho. That
> huge thing hit like a balloon! I was braced for impact and - POOF!
> Didn't feel a thing. Some of the passes were up to 7,000' and a bit
> cool, but REALLY fun to ride with all the switchbacks. Snoqualmie Pass
> in Washington was, I think, the longest. It had about a metre of snow
> still on the ground, but the road was bare except for some snowmelt
> runoff across the road in places. I detoured down to Tacoma to see
> some family I hadn't seen for 20 years. Great time! It started raining
> heavily a few minutes after I got home and in the house last night. No
> rain at all on the whole trip, though. I only put my raingear on for
> an extra layer of warmth in the mountains.
>
> Happy Easter everyone!
> Glenn
>
>
>
>
>

--
Ed J. Indian Harbour Beach, FL 2001 Triumph Trophy 1200 321-795-4387


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Great Post Glenn!
     You covered most of my old stomping grounds I traveled as an
entertainer and! I would have loved to have been with you on my Trophy
as back in the day the objectives were to only get from points A to
points B and the only thing I could see was from the seat of a '56
Corvette with the top off pulling a trailer.

On 4/8/2016 8:04 PM, [hidden email] [TriumphTrophy] wrote:

>
>
> Hi folks,
>
>
> Well, my posts are a bit out of sequence, but it has been a busy
> couple of weeks. Anyway, I hadn't realized I had a Bucket List until I
> decided to do this trip. Even then, it took the stars all lining up to
> make me realize how big a deal this really was to me. My wife thought
> I might need my head read, but once I got home safe and sound she was
> fine!
>
>
> We have been contemplating a move East (or even further East!), so
> this would be my last opportunity for a West coast trip. As a bonus, I
> would get to finally meet a fellow board member from another forum
> whom I had "known" for years, but never actually sat and had a drink
> with. With a bit of route planning his house was about 1625 kms away -
> just where I needed to be in less than 24 hours for the Saddlesore
> 1600 certification. He was in California just south of San Jose. The
> next star to line up was a friend from childhood and his wife were
> going to be in Las Vegas for 3 days. Great! I would spend a night in
> Vegas with them. It would be my first time there. Then another star
> got in line. A friend who I worked with for 25 years and his wife were
> at their winter home in Phoenix!
>
>
> The Trophy ran like a champ! Cruising speed was 5000-5500 RPM - right
> in her sweet spot. The only failures I had were the Chinese made LED
> bulbs (does anybody else in the world make LED bulbs?) I had just put
> in my instruments and warning lights. The high beam indicator became
> intermittent, the clock light failed, and the tachometer light started
> flickering on the last leg of the trip. I put in 2 litres of oil and
> probably would need another one now, but will change it. I kept sort
> of in touch with folks during the trip by posting on Facebook. I will
> put those posts below here as a trip report. It was AWESOME and
> everybody I met was very friendly.
>
>
> Well, this is not a trip report, but rather the few updates I posted
> to my friends on Facebook (all 5 of them!) while on the road. I got
> home last night. For any metrically challenged folks 140 km/h = 87
> mph, 1 metre = 3.3 feet, -40C = -40F, 0C = 32F and 20C = 68F. It will
> have to do for now.
>
> March 18
> Well, the time has come. The bike is back together and leaving today
> for points SOUTH. Oregon tonight, California tomorrow, then Las Vegas,
> etc., etc. I will post progress here when I can. Ta ta for now!
>
> March 20
> Update - Got to Canyonville, OR at 0200, slept 3 1/2 hours, arrived in
> Scotts Valley Saturday at 15:58 - 10 minutes before the 24 hour
> deadline! Off to Barstow today, Las Vegas tomorrow. I hope!
>
> March 21
> Arrived in Barstow, CA a few hours ago. Got a huge can of Corona at
> the gas station next door. They make drinking driving easy here! Off
> to Las Vegas tomorrow to see Keith & Barbara. Maybe win enough to pay
> for the trip! I think the speed limit on the Interstate here must be
> 140 km/h. Even the semis are flying!
>
> March 22
> Well, left Barstow, CA yesterday and rode past Death Valley and
> through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. Had a great time with Keith
> and Barbara - seriously a whole lot of fun. We went to the Nine Fine
> Irishmen pub in New York, New York. Great food and equally great live
> Irish music! I won big on the slots - $20. OK, not so big, but free
> drinks!
>
> Left Las Vegas today, stopped at the Hoover Dam - unbelievable
> structure. Then on to Sun City, AZ. Staying with friends here. In a 5
> hour or so stretch on the road today I saw some of the most
> spectacular scenery ever - even cactus forests and giant rocks that
> only God knows how they got stacked up the way they are! Can't wait to
> see Utah.
>
> March 23
> On the way home in the morning. Hoping to make Ely, Nevada for
> Thursday night. All out of time so, no Grand Canyon or Four Corners.
> Maybe another time.
>
> March 25
> Made it to Ely, Nevada last night. Passed through Alamo on the way.
> Today passed through Jackpot, Nevada, Twin Falls & Boise, Idaho
> enroute to Baker City, Oregon. It was blowing a gale all day
> (yesterday, too). Besides the wind it got below 0 through the mountain
> passes. Challenging, enjoyable & extremely satisfying. I met lots of
> nice people. I rode (and chatted with at red lights) a Harley fellow
> in Arizona yesterday. He liked to point out the snakes on the road -
> some big ones, too. Riding a Triumph gets a lot of attention down
> here. Hope to make it home tomorrow.
>
> March 27
> Got home last night. It was -8 when I woke up in Baker City, Oregon
> yesterday morning, but warmed up to 0 by the time I left at 0900. I
> forgot to mention getting hit by a tumbleweed Friday in Idaho. That
> huge thing hit like a balloon! I was braced for impact and - POOF!
> Didn't feel a thing. Some of the passes were up to 7,000' and a bit
> cool, but REALLY fun to ride with all the switchbacks. Snoqualmie Pass
> in Washington was, I think, the longest. It had about a metre of snow
> still on the ground, but the road was bare except for some snowmelt
> runoff across the road in places. I detoured down to Tacoma to see
> some family I hadn't seen for 20 years. Great time! It started raining
> heavily a few minutes after I got home and in the house last night. No
> rain at all on the whole trip, though. I only put my raingear on for
> an extra layer of warmth in the mountains.
>
> Happy Easter everyone!
> Glenn
>
>
>
>
>

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Hi guys,

 David the move east could be to Nova Scotia or further east to Central Europe (Slovakia). There is a very small chance that we stay in the west. Either location offers great riding possibilities!
 

 Ed, thank you for appreciating my trip. It is becoming apparent to me how important it is to have stories to tell, and to actually tell them as much as possible before I start forgetting them! Having worked and struggled all our lives, this is the time to get as much of this story-making done as possible. ;-)
 

 Cheers,
 Glenn
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Cheers Glenn; The greatest part of sharing for me is that I work at a
golf course as a starter so I get to talk to everyone that plays the
course. This mostly old geezers as the young farts are into other things
besides golf. I wont go there this time but suffice it to say that I can
tell all the old geezers the same stories week after week and they don't
remember that I told the same story last week and neither do I! LOL! ;-)

Ed J.

On 4/9/2016 2:50 PM, [hidden email] [TriumphTrophy] wrote:

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>
> Hi guys,
>
> David the move east could be to Nova Scotia or further east to Central
> Europe (Slovakia). There is a very small chance that we stay in the
> west. Either location offers great riding possibilities!
>
> Ed, thank you for appreciating my trip. It is becoming apparent to me
> how important it is to have stories to tell, and to actually tell them
> as much as possible before I start forgetting them! Having worked and
> struggled all our lives, this is the time to get as much of this
> story-making done as possible. ;-)
>
>
>
>

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Nice report on your ride.  I have to venture off the east coast sometime.
Thanks for the report, KWD

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