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  1. Check out some of the energy vortexes in the area...nice walks to get to them, and you might feel some healing earthly energy...I did. Google them.
  2. We see people taking pix of us all the time....here, heading South on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
  3. Yeah, even though he knocked his goggles up off his face 😀
  4. Looks pretty weak with all those holes in it. I'd replace it with a different one. That one could break again.
  5. But on the wrong coast (east). No twisties, just beach towns snd beaches. After going across Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, we'll head inland to ride twisties and Blue Ridge Parkway, and eventually go do the Tail of the Dragon.
  6. They have good ones made in the USA....not sure what brand.
  7. It works...a little tight, time to lose weight.
  8. I bought an electric vest 11 years ago for Alaska...never used it in all these years. Today, will be the first time using it. It was a brisk 28 degrees this morning, will warm up to about 41...then a little warmer as we head south into Virginia.
  9. I'll be there in spirit.
  10. Nothing like a little roadside repair in a parking lot to start out the day. At Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, heard a grinding noise from sidecar wheel. Pulled it off and found 3 of 5 rotor bolts coming loose, one gouged the brake caliper. Luckily an easy fix. I tell ya, having a dog with you sure helps....had at least 5 people come over and ask if I needed help and if Doc was OK.
  11. February 25 - 26, 2017 Flyer will come out in the January D37 Dualsport Newsletter, and be ready for download at end of November. This is our yearly, AMA Sanctioned, Promoted event that we have been putting on for 14 years now. This dualsport ride for licensed, street legal motorcycles passes through the vast Anza Borrego Desert State Park and other surrounding areas, including many scenic canyons, washes, mud caves and spectacular vistas of the Borrego Badlands, mountains and desert. FLYER LINK HERE on our SDAR Events Page. Ride starts and finishes at Butterfield Ranch RV Park 14925 Hwy S2 (Great South Overland Stage Route) Julian, CA 92036 Phone 760-765-1463 Due to the current unknown status of the possible endangered species listing of the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard in CA, the actual organized, paid ride is on Saturday and passes entirely thru Anza Borrego State Park only, which has no restrictions due to the lizard. Day 1 is approximately 150 miles, including the infamous "Squeeze" and "Heart Attack Hill" (this was always Day 2, but it's on Day 1, like it was in 2016). Day 2 is an optional ride day with 80 to 150 mile GPS only loops for Mud Cave exploring and other riding. This day, riders can go ride whatever they want, including the GPS tracks we give out, but it's not part of the organized event. We will still have the usual excellent Saturday night dinner, with awesome raffle merchandise to give away after dinner. Last 2 years we had a much smaller turnout then usual, hope we get a better turnout this year.; Riders should have desert riding experience, there are soft sand and rocky sections. Many pavement bailout options along the routes. Maximum mileage between gas is 95 miles, with an emergency gas stop on Day 1 at 55 miles. Day 2 optional routes have about 50 to 70 miles between gas stops. Ride includes entry, maps, roll-chart, GPS Tracks, well planned routes, event T-shirt, Saturday night dinner, raffle giveaways at the Clubhouse. Bring gas to fill up your bikes for Sunday Morning. Riders need roll-chart holder. For more info, contact Mike Grudek (ADV Bum) at 760-814-4297, or on this thread. Please share with your friends.
  12. Will do Dan.
  13. But on the wrong coast (east). No twisties, just beach towns and beaches. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for the night. After going across Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel tomorrow , we'll head inland to ride twisties and Blue Ridge Parkway, and eventually go do the Tail of the Dragon. Got old Airhead Beemer friends originally from San Diego to visit in North Carolina, Atlanta, Nashville....then other friends in Florida, college buddies in Houston, then New Mexico and bsck to Tombstone AZ, before heading South to Mexico.
  14. This thread is from last year.
  15. Simi, I would say something like 12" to 18" wide by about 24" high with fold out legs ? PM me or Mike to talk about it if u want.
  16. Bummer, we'll be down that way in FLA before u get there Dan. By January, we should be heading south in Mexico.
  17. Few weeks later, it was time for yearly Tech Day at Stoner's house. A home made BMW Scrambler ! The man of the hour, Larry "Stoner" Stonestreet. Rain didn't deter some riders from showing up, even from a couple hours away....cars ? We don't need no stinkin' cars ! I was staying for a couple months with Stoner at his house, so I offered to help him out with the day and I manned the Brats on the grille. Doc waitin' for some Brats ! If all else fails, read the manual. Fork rebuild...and a SALUTE ! Doc tuckered out after a busy day with the Airheads Beemer Club. A Lone Wolf left after Tech Day....OH NO, it's an Oilhead !!
  18. And so the journey begins..... PLEASE NOTE: For people visiting this page to read our trip report who are not on this forum, WELCOME !! To read and see photos, please page down thru all the posts and photos....when you get to the bottom, you'll have to click on the Button/Icon on lower bottom right that says Next Page, or Page 2....and so on, to continue reading our trip report....thanks for visiting and reading our report ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've always loved long trips on a motorcycle, and after meeting Austin Vince at a Round the World presentation about his home made movie "Mondo Enduro" at BMW Motorcycles of Escondido a few years ago, I got the bug of possibly doing a round the world trip myself. I also hosted about 15 motorcycle travelers at my home over the last 4 years, some of them on their own round the world trips. I was inspired by all the people I hosted, and continued to attend round the world trip presentations at local shops whenever I could. In February of 2015 there were some changes in my life and I realized I should start planning my own journey around the world. I had just adopted a dog (Doc Holliday) 3 months earlier after my last one passed, and I thought "what should I do with my new dog" ? I contemplated getting rid of him, but I just could not do that. So I started researching traveling with a dog and found Kuhjunge's round the world trip report on ADVrider, where he and his girlfriend were traveling with 2 bikes and 3 dogs in a sidecar. Also got referred to Stan McGhee in Germany, who travels with his wife and dog all over in a sidecar. I asked them specific questions, like if the extra time, money and effort involved with taking a dog to other countries was worth it, and if they had to do it again, would they do it with a dog. Both said that it was well worth it, they would do it again with a dog, and a dog will often enhance your trip and even open doors for you in many places. So, I started researching what is needed for entry into other countries with a dog, found a travel site called "PetTravel.com" which is a wealth of information, and decided Doc Holliday was going with me. First thing was to decide what bike to buy for this journey. I wanted shaft drive, parts availability and reliability with good power. There were only a few choices in my mind...BMW 1150 or 1200 GS, Yamaha Super Tenere 1200, an older Airhead BMW GS and maybe a couple of others came to mind. One night, a friend Ed (Shafted) and I were sitting in our favorite fish taco bar in Ocean Beach, discussing my plans and what bike to use. I didn't like the fact that on an older Super Tenere, you cannot turn off the ABS and the newer ones have too much electronics like suspension adjustment, etc. The newer BMW's also have too much electronic suspension, canbus and ABS. An older Airhead to me, doesn't have enough power for a heavy sidecar rig and they also have weak electrical systems and alternator. Ed said, "you know, about a 2003 BMW 1150GS "Sport" Model would be just about ideal"...no canbus, no ABS, slightly lower first gear. He happened to check Craigslist later that night and found one an hour and a half away, with only 9500 miles in showroom condition...I said, "I'm going to buy it this weekend, whether or not I use it for this trip". So that's what I did. Next step was start looking for a sidecar builder. I contacted a few around the country and chose Chris Canterbury of Boxer Metal, in Chico, CA. The design process and commissioning of the sidehack build started in August of 2015. Wheels, subframe and leading link front end were ordered from EZS Sidecar in the Netherlands. The parts arrived in December at LAX in Los Angeles and I happened to be working in LA that day, so I picked up the crate and later that week, drove the parts and the bike up to Chico in the truck with Doc. Commissioning the build on a handshake. Doc Holliday was jumpin' for joy.... Some pix from later on, during the build process.....
  19. BMW Airheads Tech Day in North County, San Diego. Always a fun time with my Airhead friends, many I've known for about 25 years.... My friend John is always helping people work on their bikes... Next day, we got our new Hilleberg Nammatj 3GT tent, so it was time to set it up for the first time in the yard.
  20. Another night down in Ocean Beach, Doc had quite an audience as he was doing his tricks at the pizza joint.... My friend Tianne is the one who got Doc to start taking food from her lips.... Doc is always making people smile wherever we go !
  21. A guy I've been communicating on Facebook with, Brad who rides his ass off all over the country, was rolling into San Diego from Delaware on his Harley, nicknamed the Mile Eater. His wife Lina flew in to meet him. We went out for fish tacos to my favorite place in Ocean Beach. In the last pic, his wife is waving goodbye....that was the first and last time she would wave to me, sadly she recently passed away unexpectedly. I am glad I got to meet her this one time. Goodbye Lina, Godspeed....
  22. Got this from Tree's wife Linda today....they really appreciate what we did and they visit the tree/plaque every year for his birthday....I told her thanks are to the club, not just me. Hi Randy, i just need to thank you again for the olive tree and plaque for Tree. Breasha, my niece Low Low and i enjoyed a great visit there today to honor his 52nd birthday. Douglas (at Butterfield Ranch) is taking such good care of it. It is double in size already. I love reading all your posts of your great adventures with Doc. And her photos....
  23. No cot. I use an REI 3" thick self inflating mattress, best and most comfortable one I've ever used. I've been using down bags for years, 20 degree rating. They are better than the synthetics in the long run.
  24. Oh oh , another tire....I mean Tent Thread. Do your research, check out everyone's suggestions above, make your own decision. I prefer quick setup. I don't like screened top tents, they're only good for warm camping. Vestibule for gear and changing is almost a necessity. Pick a tent that is strong. Really, you get what you pay for. I bought a Walrus Rapeede 20 years ago from REI for $200, small, 2 man tent....quick setup, was ideal, lasted 20 years. Unfortunately, they went out of business....there are similar tents on the market. If you buy a cheap tent, it won't last long and won't be very good if you use it a lot.
  25. Where u gonna be and when ? Perhaps we'll cross paths.