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Taking the daughter on a ride in the morning..

I am going to take my daughter on a short road trip in the morning. Enter Canada in Windsor and trek North to Sarnia and back into Michigan. Short day but adventurous for my daughter just the same.
Does anyone have a cafe, point of interest or an event to pass along ? Any route we may want to try?
You would think we were saddling up for a trip across the world but it is our first trip over 50 miles so its all the same to us.
Thanks for any info you can share. Hope to see a fellow rider or two along the way.
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Re: Taking the daughter on a ride in the morning..

Not sure if you are planning an overnighter but you could take #21 along the lake to Goderich then #8 through Clinton to Stratford and do an overnight in Stratford or from Sarnia come south to #3 following lake Erie back to Windsor.

Either way Ridgetown is off the 401 on your way back so let me know if you want to meet for a coffe break and some chit chat.

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I hope you know what you're starting! It is exactly 4 years since I "innocently" took my then 11 year old daughter to a Sunday morning breakfast. Now she rides her own Ninja 250 to breakfast, rallys, etc.

You might find this article on the MOA website interesting. http://www.bmwmoa.org/news/general_i...it_all_started

I wrote it to chronicle her interest and enthusiasm for riding motorcycles.

I hope you enjoy your ride - I know I always did.

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I am going to take my daughter on a short road trip in the morning. Enter Canada in Windsor and trek North to Sarnia and back into Michigan. Short day but adventurous for my daughter just the same.
Does anyone have a cafe, point of interest or an event to pass along ? Any route we may want to try?
You would think we were saddling up for a trip across the world but it is our first trip over 50 miles so its all the same to us.
Thanks for any info you can share. Hope to see a fellow rider or two along the way.
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Re: Taking the daughter on a ride in the morning..

Just check, I think Ontario is/was passing a law that you could not have anyone less than 12 years of age on a motorcycle. How old is your daughter?

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It is always easier to cross the border with passports. Not sure what you yanks need to get into Canada, but we need passports to get into the US.

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Re: Taking the daughter on a ride in the morning..

Thanks gang. Daughter is 18 so in the clear with passports in hand. Just making it a day trip this time. We will see where the road leads us. Find a little hole in Canada and never leave is my favour. Off we go.
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Thanks gang. Daughter is 18 so ......
The LT sure makes her look tiny in your avatar!

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We made the trip today. What a great place to ride. Shocking what kind of change comes moments after leaving the filth of Detroit. 12 hour trip and neither my daughter or I could hardly stand to walk from the LT to the front door. GOOD GOD is that seat uncomfortable. Bead riders helped for a short distance before it felt like I was shot in the but with 50 salk pellets. Was six hours into the trip and ready to stop and buy a couple pillows to put between our rosie A**'s and the bike. I sit here typing while sitting slightly tilted with knees facing south.. ****the pain****And the wife has to laugh......I'll never live this one down.
Once I figure out the discomfort problem I will be back to Canada to enjoy more roads. What a beautiful place....
Dave, enjoyed the article. My daughter and I have been riding for the last few months near our home town and she is hard wired into the bike world now. She seems to have found the passion just as I did. If she survives this bruised butt thing then I know she is hooked for life. It's a nice connection to have with a daughter and seems it is keeping her and I close.
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Dave, enjoyed the article. My daughter and I have been riding for the last few months near our home town and she is hard wired into the bike world now. She seems to have found the passion just as I did. If she survives this bruised butt thing then I know she is hooked for life. It's a nice connection to have with a daughter and seems it is keeping her and I close.
The MOA has a 2-day event called "Camp GEARS" on the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the National rally. My son went to a couple of them and my daughter has been at the last 2 - at Gillette and Johnson City. It is for younger riders aged 16 to 26. They teach them safety, proper riding gear, some maintenance and they meet some of the characters from the BMW world ie Nate Kern, etc, but mostly they have a good time with people their own age. If your daughter is still hooked on riding, this is a good event for the younger crowd to attend. Next years rally is in Redmond, OR - my daughter is already making plans with the other attendees from Johnson City on how they'll get there next July.

I agree the stock seat on the LT is not very comfortable. Currently I have beads on mine to improve the airflow and avoid sticking to the seat - but you're right it is still uncomfortable after a few hours. Once the weather cools down here (probably mid November!), I'll put the AirHawk and sheepskin back on - that works well on my RS.

Other than the seat issue, I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

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Funny thing about daughters... I have a son and two daughters, all in their twenties. Both girls loved the intro and subsequent rides. My son, on the other hand, has yet to grace the LT with his butt. Just "seems way too dangerous, you know". Go figure...

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Funny thing about daughters... I have a son and two daughters, all in their twenties. Both girls loved the intro and subsequent rides. My son, on the other hand, has yet to grace the LT with his butt. Just "seems way too dangerous, you know". Go figure...
Hey, Maybe that's a GOOD thing......

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Even americans need passports to get back in their own country, or some kind of special international drivers license.

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