Lock up the farm animals Goat is on a trip. Plus commentary

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#16 Post by Six30 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:44 pm

Sounds excellent :thumb: enjoy
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#17 Post by goat » Sun May 27, 2018 2:58 pm

thought I'd update this again, mainly for my own peace of mind organising.
this is where we are at logistically
1). leave approved from work
2). Esta applied for - approved
3). Flights booked
4). International driving licence is needed and now sorted. Didn't realise that not many post offices can issue these so a bit of a pain. Endedup getting it in Norwich whilst visiting family rather than trekking into central London.
5). Kit mainly there with kit, anything else we'll get as we go. Girlfriend seems to have an advantage in being small as all her clothes take up hardly any room so she can take more choice. Just my bloody size 11 trainers take up a load of room. She can take two bike jacket for my one, etc.
6). Bike has been dropped off to be prepped for shipping at motofreight (really lovely people). Return shipping is through a company in anchorage. Everyone has told us you can't ship out of Alaska. We've found a company who say they can and are bike guys, often shipping mates bikes and the like. Will be a container of their own stuff so not consolidated which is good. slight hitch is they can't get it to the UK. Will be coming in by sea freight into Bremerhaven where I will collect and then ride home or sort something else. Not ideal and fraught with issues but part of the adventure (well I bloody hope it is :shock: ).
There is a queue of people ready to say I told you so when this goes wrong, feel free to join them :popcorn:
7). EPA exemption - you need to apply for an non-resident temporary import EPA exemption to import a foreign vehicle. We've sorted this bit took longer than expected because we put the wrong bike age on the original application letter :oops:
8). bike insurance - bike now insured for the trip in USA and Canada through Dairyland insurance. More expensive than I expected but don't want to skimp on insurance.
9). Travel insurance - sorted including insurance to ride in a foreign country 2up on a large bike and off road should we need to

Route mainly sorted up to North of New Mexico, largely staying with tentspacers, a KOA campground and an occasional air bnb type thing. From there we will head to Colorado and Utah where we're hoping to get a bit of wild camping done as we pass through the canyonlands areas. We'll sort the rest on the road somehow so we can keep flexibility in what we want to do.

Two weeks now til we leave. Will feel less apprehensive when I've got the bike and we are moving I think. It might be the distance is all too much or we're having too much fun in the lower 48 and just want to spend more time there, in which case we will look at rearranging our flight home. Apparently return shipping can be arranged without much notice.
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#18 Post by goat » Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:56 am

Well we are here now. Clearing bike through customs was a pain due to Orlando customs making up their own rules. Finally got it picked up wednesday. Orlando to pompano beach then on to key largo today. Key west and back out to homestead near Everglades tomorrow. Only 300 and something miles so far including some serious Florida thunderstorms, very straight roads and riding in 35 degree heat with 95% humidity. Sitting at traffic lights is pretty brutal. Enjoying every minute though
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#19 Post by goat » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:36 am

We'll still here. 4800 miles so far. Currently in California near sequoia. Have passed through Florida, vaguely through Mississippi/ Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado briefly, Utah, Arizona, Nevada. Seen monument valley, valley of the gods, the Everglades, Grand Canyon, Zion, Roswell and loads of other stuff. Endured 50 degree heat, humidity, vicious cross winds, ridden through dust devils, nearly hit by deer, shot guns in the desert, eaten doughnuts with bacon, drunk moonshine, met some amazing people and pretty much hit the wall of wanting to ride. Still going somehow but not sure how. Keep safe out there people.
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#20 Post by goat » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:04 am

Went to sequoia today. Came back went to a bar. Got chatting to the owners son. He disappeared a few drinks later, (personal chap, reminded me of a character from a Kerouac book, jazz pianist working as a labourer). We get our bill, guy comes over and pays for it. Offers us to stay with him tomorrow and maybe go with his family to Disneyland come the weekend, never met him no idea who he is. Do We
a.) go along and find he's ace and have a great time
B.) go along and get murdered and sodomised.
C.) go along and get bored
D.) go and stay in a hotel/ air bnb?
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#21 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:45 am

I’d go with what your instincts are telling you. Then if it turns into option B or C remember you have crappy instincts and don’t trust them again, unless you’re dead of course which would be a shame because I like this thread :D
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#22 Post by goat » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:23 pm

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I’d go with what your instincts are telling you. Then if it turns into option B or C remember you have crappy instincts and don’t trust them again, unless you’re dead of course which would be a shame because I like this thread :D
WE woke up this morning and decided there was something not right. Guy seemed overly keen for us to turn up at his place. Guessing either religious nutcase, swinger or psycho. None of which interests me. Why would you approach two people in a bar and pay their food and drink bill, then invite them round. Plus he had a fascination we were a mixed race couple and a chip on his shoulder about English colonialism of days past.

Strange country this America. Toilets are very low down, urinals often lower than your knees. They make you stop at junctions even when you can see 2 miles down the road that it's clear. They have very few roundabouts and call them traffic circles. The food is by and large tasteless but available in massive portions covered in yellow rubber they call cheese. They whip butter to remove flavour. Salad is expensive but massive bottles of flavoured corn syrup is very cheap.
My fear of heights is starting to hinder me. Had a couple of freak outs, one in Utah up a dirt road of switchbacks with shear drops and one in Colorado. I'm sick of wind particularly crosswinds and glad of days off the bike. Off on the bus to Yosemite tomorrow for a relaxing day as a tourist then hopefully spending a few days in San Francisco to relax a bit before heading towards Oregon and Washington. Think I need a few days away from slogging it in the heat on the bike to regain perspective.
Also need to remember to look around and remember why we are doing the trip. Easy to get into a routine and forget what it's all about.
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#23 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:01 am

Yep when those alarm bells start sounding and that weird feeling creeps over you you are always best listening to them and backing off. I hear there are nice folk about who may pay for your meal or invite you in for the night when you’re on the road but from what you’ve said he does sound a bit dodgy. Food sounds very disappointing but for no apparent reason I’m not surprised, I think that would wear me down more than anything else!
A decent break will refresh the soul and probably sort out some of that vertigo!
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#24 Post by SlowBusa » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:07 am

Was This Him?
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#25 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am

Or this?
@SlowBusa Where are you??!!
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#26 Post by goat » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:11 am

Went to Yosemite today. Saw bears. Ate a donut. Life is good!
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#27 Post by goat » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:14 am

Saw bloody big trees at sequoia the other day
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Wanted to see these trees since I was a wee kid reading books on marvels of the world. If you look closely at the not very good pic you'll see little tiny people. These are not borrowers, they are mainly Germans
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#28 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:22 am

If I saw those trees near Chernobyl I’d be freaked out! What type of tree are they?
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#29 Post by SlowBusa » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:17 am

Slowlycatchymonkey wrote:
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If I saw those trees near Chernobyl I’d be freaked out! What type of tree are they?
giant sequoias


They are on a lot of peoples bucket list

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#30 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:16 pm

SlowBusa wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:17 am
Slowlycatchymonkey wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:22 am
If I saw those trees near Chernobyl I’d be freaked out! What type of tree are they?
giant sequoias


They are on a lot of peoples bucket list
Oh thanks, thought sequoias was a place- doh! Never been a tree person but I can see why they would be on a bucket list.
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