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My exhile in Maine is coming to an end. The Maine experiment is over. I miss CA too much as it has my son, business and friends (you) there. Not to mention the year round riding.

I'll be giving up this apartment here in a few weeks. I will store my stuff in the basement of the old family farmhouse. Mostly old collections, pictures, some furniture that I don't need out west. I can buy what I need when I get there. I'll be living with my son in his duplex where my bedroom is still set up with my queen bed. Then later look for a bigger house to rent.

I'll be riding my bike back to Sac taking about 5-7 days to get there. Maybe take a different route than boring 80. Then later I'll fly back out here to get my car and drive it to Sac.

I can't quite yet decide on any motorcycle trips for this summer starting in Sac. I know about the Red River Roundup, Doug's Alaska trip, CCR, etc. I really can't commit to anything right now. My office manager in my Carmichael business is pushing me to go to Alaska with Doug. I already feel like I live in a mini Alaska.

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We look forward to seeing you back out West.
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Welcome back Roger! When you arrive you get to pick the HDDC dinner location. After all, you are the keeper of the list!

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You know the days we'll be in Red River.
If those days just happen to be the days you're riding thru,, well then...

Congrats on getting to go "home"...

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Welcome back Roger!!! NorCal hasn't been the same without you

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Thanks for the return welcome guys. Some have asked for a couple pics of recent Maine riding. I have put 2300 miles on my new RT in the last month around here. Trying to figure it out and to learn how to ride long days again. Here are a few:

I saw this creature the other day near Jackman


It turned my way and started coming closer


I was getting a little worried that it was confusing me with a mate so I left quickly with all my parts


An earlier stop along the Kennebec River


A couple more stops. Here's one with all my hard bags.




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The weather around here is hit or miss daily. Today it will rain with thunderstorms. Tomorrow nice. Next day rain. Next day rain. Next day nice. How is a person supposed to ride all the time with all this rain? Last summer here, it rained all June AND July. Wasn't 'till August that it cleared up. I can't wait to live where there is almost no rain.

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Roger, welcome back to civilization (where lane splitting is legal)!!!

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Roger, welcome back to civilization (where lane splitting is legal)!!!
I have missed that a lot. I might even look for traffic when I get back there just so I can do that. I guess I won't have to look too far though huh?

Where I live now, there are only two stoplights in all of Piscataquis county. Both are a 1/4 of a mile away. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to skip to the front of the line. If I did that here, I'd be looked upon as a crazy person and reported to the local authorities probably.

Here's one of the lights:

http://www.centertheatre.org/dovercam/webcam.htm

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You are gonna hate the double cross-country trip. Not the first trip. The second trip is gonna make you forget about the first. Why don’t you just tow your bike back (one trip) and use the time you would have taken for the second trip for a local tour?

That way…when the FD goes out you’ll be much closer to home.

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You are gonna hate the double cross-country trip. Not the first trip. The second trip is gonna make you forget about the first. Why don’t you just tow your bike back (one trip) and use the time you would have taken for the second trip for a local tour?

That way…when the FD goes out you’ll be much closer to home.

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Roger: If you fly me there I'll ride it back for you.

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Roger: If you fly me there I'll ride it back for you.
And I'll fly back and drive the VW with ya

ROAD TRIP!!!

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And I'll fly back and drive the VW with ya

ROAD TRIP!!!
I'm not too sure when I'll come back to get the car to bring back my tv, tools, other can't live without stuff. I am sending back two large boxes with clothes, gear and personal effects. I have a work van I can use if I need a cage. Having someone fly out with me and drive back would be great. Fred and Ted, thanks for the offer.

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Welcome back Roger. Look forward to seeing you again!

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I have missed that a lot. I might even look for traffic when I get back there just so I can do that. I guess I won't have to look too far though huh?

Where I live now, there are only two stoplights in all of Piscataquis county. Both are a 1/4 of a mile away. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to skip to the front of the line. If I did that here, I'd be looked upon as a crazy person and reported to the local authorities probably.

Here's one of the lights:

http://www.centertheatre.org/dovercam/webcam.htm
Looked at the Pic

so my question is:
Skip to the front of WHO! looks like sunday morning in west Texas where they have Blue laws. Nothing!, Nada ,Nobody home - na wait Everybodys Home!

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I have been packing up my apartment for weeks now plus storing and planning my trip back there. I will be leaving on Thursday. Should be back there by the 2nd or 3rd.

I'm not too sure of my route yet. I may go a more northern route than 80. Maybe fill in some of the states up north.* I'm definately going through Vermont. I plan on doing 400-550 mile days. Less if my ass tells me different. I can take my time and go with the flow this time. Last time I left Maine, I made a b-line to a 120 degree Phoenix and then on to Sac.

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I have lots to tell you all about living in Maine. Especially my family. I think living here the last 1+1/2 years has put about 5 years on my life. I'll save for hddc fodder.

I put 3500 miles on the RT since April 1st just to get used to it (last bmw was june '07). I have been riding a couple times with my brother who bought my old vintage '78 goldwing. He loves it. Perfect fit for these parts. I see dozens of bikes a day go by my downtown window. Hundreds on the weekends. It seems everyone my age or older has a bike. I think it's mandatory. Others ride too of course. It's just a little bizaro world here sometimes. Probably 70% cruisers and the rest a mix. There was a hippie festival in Harmony last weekend that drew a few. I stayed home with a yard sale and more packing.

See you all in early June. Then I'll plan my next few months of riding when there. Plus I still have to come back here to get my car. My bro is letting me keep it in his garage. I have been thinking that I could fly back here the end of august to get it and rent a bike for a few days to go to and from Killington and then drive home then. Just a thought. I think I would just rent a cruiser locally. It's only 300 miles and under 6 hours from my house here.

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I have been packing up my apartment for weeks now plus storing and planning my trip back there. I will be leaving on Thursday. Should be back there by the 2nd or 3rd.

I'm not too sure of my route yet. I may go a more northern route than 80. Maybe fill in some of the states up north.* I'm definately going through Vermont. I plan on doing 400-550 mile days. Less if my ass tells me different. I can take my time and go with the flow this time. Last time I left Maine, I made a b-line to a 120 degree Phoenix and then on to Sac.

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I have lots to tell you all about living in Maine. Especially my family. I think living here the last 1+1/2 years has put about 5 years on my life. I'll save for hddc fodder.

I put 3500 miles on the RT since April 1st just to get used to it (last bmw was june '07). I have been riding a couple times with my brother who bought my old vintage '78 goldwing. He loves it. Perfect fit for these parts. I see dozens of bikes a day go by my downtown window. Hundreds on the weekends. It seems everyone my age or older has a bike. I think it's mandatory. Others ride too of course. It's just a little bizaro world here sometimes. Probably 70% cruisers and the rest a mix. There was a hippie festival in Harmony last weekend that drew a few. I stayed home with a yard sale and more packing.

See you all in early June. Then I'll plan my next few months of riding when there. Plus I still have to come back here to get my car. My bro is letting me keep it in his garage. I have been thinking that I could fly back here the end of august to get it and rent a bike for a few days to go to and from Killington and then drive home then. Just a thought. I think I would just rent a cruiser locally. It's only 300 miles and under 6 hours from my house here.
HMM with a little map work you could cover all the N. states you havent been in Got a Passport? Through Ontario to MI to UP to WI up to MN and just a Jog and you have covered the others back into CO and home .

OR save them for a real trip But the UP and MI are not real destinations anyway ( Lived there most of my life.)

Ride safe dont have milage limits just ride till you'r tired Most that would cost is an extra Day or two.
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HMM with a little map work you could cover all the N. states you havent been in Got a Passport? Through Ontario to MI to UP to WI up to MN and just a Jog and you have covered the others back into CO and home .

OR save them for a real trip But the UP and MI are not real destinations anyway ( Lived there most of my life.)

Ride safe dont have milage limits just ride till you'r tired Most that would cost is an extra Day or two.
I do have a passport card. Good for Canada and Mexico. Cheaper than a passport.

I thought about your more northern route but I'm scared of Canadians.

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I do have a passport card. Good for Canada and Mexico. Cheaper than a passport.

I thought about your more northern route but I'm scared of Canadians.
Aw come on Canadians are easy Just remember to end each sentence with EH? OR EH!

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Just a quick trip update...

I left Maine last Thursday. I went to Burlington, VT the first night. Then Erie, PA for Friday night. On Saturday night, I made it to Joliet, IL. The weather front was going to be right on I80 for Sunday so I went up north to La Cross, WI. Tonight I made it to Mitchell, SD.

I'm only 1500 miles from Sac now. Not sure what route I'll take. Depends on the weather a little. I've diverted enough to only hit about 15 minutes of rain total now. So I've been a little lucky there.

I made it to four of the states I hadn't been to yet. See the dots on my map.


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Cool Roger Good to see you are on your way!

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A quick recap....Thursday night Burlington, VT (310mi)...Friday night Erie, PA (536mi)...Saturday night Joliet, IL (475mi)...Sunday night La Crosse, WI (315mi)...Monday night Mitchell, SD (365mi)...Tuesday night Keystone, SD (Mt. Rushmore) (310mi)...Wednesday night Rawlins, WY (380mi)...Thursday night Elko, NV (518mi)...Only 411 miles left...Total=3620 miles.

A direct I80 route would have been 3250 miles. I had to go north to I90 to divert around a couple days of rain. But ended up with super cells, wind and slow going for a few days. The last two days were in high winds. A steady 30-40 mph with gusts.

I'll be back late this afternoon. Tired of motel rooms. Can't wait to sleep in my own bed. The bike ran great. Did quite well on gas with over 45-47 mpg. But it did a few miles per gallon less in the high winds and higher highway speeds.

I saw hundreds if not a thousand elk in WY. Plus a herd of Buffalo. A couple deer ran across the highways during the daylight hours a couple times. There were at least two dozen dead deer on the sides of the road. I saw more motorcycles on Memerial Day Weekend than I've ever seen. My arm is tired of waving across the highways.

I think of all the 3600 miles I've been, there were only about 500 miles of fun roads. I can't wait to live and ride back in the norcal area. We are very lucky to live so close to the ocean and mountains.

See some of you next Wednesday night.

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Have a safe final day riding in Roger, stay south there is rain to the North. Looking forward to having a brew with Ya.
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