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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2012, 11:13:24 am »
Wow....   looking forward to following this event once again!

+1!
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2012, 12:49:03 pm »
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2012, 11:00:05 am »
OK, I'll ask the question, WHY?  You've already done it once, so why do it again, instead of something similar or different this time?  Or are you trying to prove to yourself you can do it without falling over at the end?  ;)    An even better trial would be to do it in the opposite direction, West to East.

Given how much great stuff there is to see by motorcycle while crossing this country, and especially around the PNW, I would think there is merit in "smelling the flowers" along the way, as the saying goes.  Or at least saving enough of yourself to ride around the NW on the bike when you get here (or is that part of the plan?).  Once you make it to the Rockies, there are some pretty amazing roads that are not Interstate Highways.

Either way, I wish you well, and a safe journey if you do it.  Maybe this time more of us can meet up with you, if you do come out this way.
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2012, 05:35:44 pm »
Well, perhaps I can answer that question: the goal of the trip is to end up in Tacoma, WA, rather than a CC 50 in and of itself. I am simply taking the opportunity (and it truly is an opportunity on several different levels) to squeeze in a bike ride and further, to squeeze in a CC 50. I like long distance riding anyway and this particular ride is nothing short of spectacular IMO.

The US is a fantastic piece of real estate, and I have had, as most of us on this forum have had, the good fortune to live here (born and bred American). It is a large country with several major terrain, climate and area types between the coasts; all of them striking in their own ways. To help this ride along, some really great people have literally paved the way west with a terrific highway system that IMO outdoes the legendary Autobahn (been there, done that). Couple all of that with a great infrastructure that provides ample fuel, food and about anything else one could need all along the way and it adds up to a potentially great trip. Doing it in two days is an experience in itself, and the whole things kind of runs together in my memory (OK, a bit of a blur) and that somehow makes the trip even better. It reminds me of that Russian comic who had the tag- line 'what a country'. Imagine, riding on the back of a great motorcycle, wearing excellent gear (both providing great comfort), on some of the world's finest roadway systems, through four time zones and having two sunrises and two sunsets over your shoulder- what could be better? I guess I could answer your question with another question: who would not take such an opportunity? Like it says in the song.... 'from sea to shining sea'.

The certification is just icing on the cake. It is just a marker for a certain level of performance, nothing spectacular or even great. But it is nice to have the certificate to go along with the vials of water.

I am doing the ride east- to- west because I will be the most rested and in the best shape leaving when leaving home on this trip. I will not be as well rested when leaving the west coast. Also, the ride west starts from a congested, harder riding area thick with 'forest rats' (whitetail deer) and travels into very open country with far less critters to get in the way. And of course should I blow the ride west, trying a CC 50 on the way out gives me one more chance to try the same thing heading east although I do not know if I would even attempt it for the reasons listed above.

Addressing the endurance part: that is a very individual thing and is more or less difficult based on the person. I can stay fairly alert and able for long periods of time although I would certainly not say I was 100% at the end of that last ride. Still, I believe I am able to perform sufficiently to keep a reasonably safe operating level.

Finally, the really hard part of the question: why? Again, it is a marker or a challenge to complete, sort of like running in a marathon or a triathlon. I read one time 'The question is not 'How far will you go' but rather 'Will you go as far as it takes' ' that strikes a chord with me and I find to ring true; you are not finished until you reach the end, whatever the end means in context (mountain climbing, running or bicycling long distances, even the early boxing matches where there were no round limits and you had to 'toe the line'). A CC 50 is also attractive because it is ultra simple; the rules can be written in a sentence or two without a lot of limits as there often are in other forms of competition or endurance tests.

I certainly am not really going to try to avoid the 'fall over' on the Pacific beach either as that was without a doubt the funniest part of the entire trip- even at the moment it happened. So here is hoping that 1) I can drop the bike on the same side again and 2) I can find three or so more of that same caliber of human who lifted the bike back up the first time and 3) that I have the presence of mind to at least get those people's first names.

This is a photo of me taken just outside the convenience store where I bought a bottle of water to mark the end of the timed portion of my trip; the strain is obvious but I am still standing on my hind legs and still able to pretend I can read. :-) 



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OK, I'll ask the question, WHY?  You've already done it once, so why do it again, instead of something similar or different this time?  Or are you trying to prove to yourself you can do it without falling over at the end?  ;)    An even better trial would be to do it in the opposite direction, West to East.

Given how much great stuff there is to see by motorcycle while crossing this country, and especially around the PNW, I would think there is merit in "smelling the flowers" along the way, as the saying goes.  Or at least saving enough of yourself to ride around the NW on the bike when you get here (or is that part of the plan?).  Once you make it to the Rockies, there are some pretty amazing roads that are not Interstate Highways.

Either way, I wish you well, and a safe journey if you do it.  Maybe this time more of us can meet up with you, if you do come out this way.
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2012, 05:55:17 pm »
Update: Still moving along making progress in getting the bike ready. Off tonight to look for an aux. fuel tank (something in the 2 1/2 or 3 gallon range) to strap onto the bike, along with flashlight batteries and fresh SPOT batteries for my wife and any of you who care to look in on the trip.  :D  I have a second GPS ready and tested but not installed on the bike yet, and I have to install a USB female outlet on the USB supply already on the bike so I can charge the cell phone on the way (see- I can learn from previous mistakes). I still plan on foraging for fuel / liquids / food along the way without any plan in place; it is impossible to predict the range of a tank of fuel due to weather and headwinds so planning fuel stops on a trip this long is a waste of time IMO.

The route will be the same as last time- RI (home) to Rye, NY where I will pick up fuel and a time stamped receipt that will start the clock for the trip. Then across the Tappan Zee bridge (across the Hudson), west on I-287 until hitting I-80, then I-80 west until turning north onto I-29 in Iowa, into South Dakota and finally turning west again onto I-90 for the great majority of the trip. After clearing Snoqualmie pass in the last edge of the Rockies, a mix of highway and secondary roads to the coast. I will post a photo of the route along with a link to my SpotWalla page before I go.

This time I will get a message back to everyone about where and what time I actually start the timed run; last time there was a lot of confusion about that. I will try to leave an "I'm fine" message on SPOT, and maybe give Kirby a call and have him post where and when the run actually started although the little guy is cranky he can't go along.... again.

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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2012, 10:07:08 pm »
Are you using one of these?  Might help the dehydration and keep the bike off the sand. ;)
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2012, 03:43:49 pm »
I was afraid this would happen and sure enough, Kirby is quite cranky about not being able to go along and will probably refuse to post on my behalf while I'm gone. I knew this was coming and could not bear to tell the little fella' in person so I called him on his cell phone.



As I think we can all see by his expression, Kirby was not happy about receiving the news. Poor little guy is still wearing his wrist band from the spring fling.



Andrea will probably post a few blurbs about my start time / place, progress (or lack of progress), etc. Not sure if she will get her own login or just use mine. I have USB power on the bike and the proper adapter cable to charge my cell phone on the trip so I <should> be able to make contact with the outside world. I am also going to try to leave a message each time I fuel up and while the message will show up as a differently colored balloon on SpotWalla, I am not certain that the upload of the message is in real time or locked onto the GPS location that occurs when the message button is pressed. Put another way, SPOT works in 10 minute cycles and I am not sure where / when in that cycle a manual message gets uploaded. I believe it is in real- time but am not certain.

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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2012, 03:45:14 pm »
Well, perhaps I can answer that question: ...

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Brian

OK, I understand.  I was thinking of the CC50 strictly in the context of a personal achievement / accomplishment, not as a competition / sporting event.

When I've done something, like climbing one of our local mountains (i.e. Mt Adams - 12,324 ft.), the first time was to say I did it.  The second time was because I was asked to go by people that had never done the climb, and wanted to go with someone that had.  I had no interest in doing the climb again after the first time (been there, done that), but was happy to go the second time when asked.  Now put me on a sled, and I'll climb to the top every weekend.  ;D

I will re-iterate my earlier statement though, that I hope you save enough of yourself to do a little riding while you're here.  There are some fantastic roads to ride around here, like the loop around Mt. Rainer for example, or the ride up to Mt. St. Helens, that I think are just too good to pass up for anyone that's never done them.

Good luck on your ride, be safe, and don't forget to drink lots of water along the way!

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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2012, 06:17:47 pm »
Speaking of hydration.......Kirby.......well, he's looking a little dehydrated himself. Less Jack and more water Kirby! :)
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2012, 06:25:52 pm »
Thanks for the positive sentiment.

By the way, as the destination is such a big part of this ride I may not have been clear or even mentioned that this will be my last CC 50 and the opportunity will not present itself again. The person I am going to visit in Tacoma will be moving away from the area before Sept. of this year so Tacoma will no longer be an end point of any trips in the future. I am grabbing this opportunity in large part simply because it is the last time it will be available.

I liked the Pacific Northwest area- it looks surprisingly like New England in many ways. I do not have any plans at all for the time I will be out there. The real treat for me on the entire trip last time was making a high pass through the Rockies at Beartooth Pass. I was so impressed with that piece of America that I am coming back the exact same way and we worked for quite a while to find a way for Andrea (my wife) to make the partial trip east from Tacoma through Yellowstone and Beartooth pass. In the end we had to abandon that idea due to the logistics of her flying out of a regional airport and home, the uncertainly of the weather (no flexibility in the time through the Rockies with a plane ride prearranged) and she having not done such long distances in such a short time before (650 + mile days). But I am certainly looking forward to making the park and the pass again, and a quick stop by Devil's Tower.

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OK, I understand.  I was thinking of the CC50 strictly in the context of a personal achievement / accomplishment, not as a competition / sporting event.

When I've done something, like climbing one of our local mountains (i.e. Mt Adams - 12,324 ft.), the first time was to say I did it.  The second time was because I was asked to go by people that had never done the climb, and wanted to go with someone that had.  I had no interest in doing the climb again after the first time (been there, done that), but was happy to go the second time when asked.  Now put me on a sled, and I'll climb to the top every weekend.  ;D

I will re-iterate my earlier statement though, that I hope you save enough of yourself to do a little riding while you're here.  There are some fantastic roads to ride around here, like the loop around Mt. Rainer for example, or the ride up to Mt. St. Helens, that I think are just too good to pass up for anyone that's never done them.

Good luck on your ride, be safe, and don't forget to drink lots of water along the way!
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2012, 12:44:13 pm »
Here is the Spot Walla page to follow along on the trip:
http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=4a754fcce5ca35d7f

The current plan is to start Wednesday morning, 6 June, at some reasonable hour (9:00 AM maybe) and arrive at Ocean Shores, WA on Friday morning. I have configured a custom message for SPOT that I will send each time I get fuel, and the ones in Rye, NY and Ocean Shores or Hoquiam, WA should mark the beginning and end of the trip. The marks will be time- stamped so the time from the fuel stop at Rye, NY will be the actual start of the CC 50. I will be riding from RI to NY but that will not count as part of the trip.

I should be back online sometime Friday unless sleep gets in the way.  ;) 

I will post again in this thread to let everyone know when I am leaving- there is some flexibility in the start time so I can work around weather although it is supposed to rain here for the next week. At least I will know here my rain gear is.... I will be wearing it.

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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2012, 01:07:12 pm »
Much respect for sure, no way that I could do that. And I have ADD so I need to really enjoy the scenery and explore. ;)
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2012, 01:32:40 am »
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday, I'll try to join up around the I90/Hiway18 junction.  I'll track ya, once you are getting close to Ellensburg I'll be on the road.

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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2012, 08:33:15 am »
Good Luck!
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Re: Another Coast- To- Coast in 50 hours.... maybe
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2012, 06:32:25 pm »
8:30 PM and I am <more or less> ready to go. Still have to do some last minute packing but otherwise the bike and electronics are ready. I will post a final message before I leave and then SPOT will be active.

I should see you on Friday but if I do drop off, you will be have ample warning as SPOT will show me stopped somewhere. If that happens and the location is anywhere near a hotel odds are that I am in a room having a snooze.

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Looking forward to seeing you on Friday, I'll try to join up around the I90/Hiway18 junction.  I'll track ya, once you are getting close to Ellensburg I'll be on the road.

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