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Abercrombie

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Re: Grand Canyon Wild Hair Run .........
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2019, 08:42:50 AM »

Thinking out loud with some of the factors …..

There's 3.5 people are interested in this run.  2.5 of you have big bikes.  My wife is somewhat interested in coming down with the van maybe doing a chase vehicle thing or maybe just planting herself somewhere (St. George-ish area).

Unless you think highly of your Iron Butt abilities, it will take 2 days to get down to the start of this loop and 2 days to get back home.  I'd be planning on 5 days for the actual loop - I'd like to stop and check things out from time-to-time.  You'll likely be gone for 9 days.

My preference for days would be the first full week of October in hope that we could catch some of the Fall colors - plan on driving down the weekend before and back the weekend after 10/5-10/13 This is also 2 weeks after the local Fall Rally.

I don't have a big bike option.  A trailer or trailer hitch is how the 640 will be getting down there.  If I trailer, I may also throw in the DRZ for a spare - just 'cause.....

If you are leaning towards the Big Bike idea, it is possible to meet somewhere Southern WY or Denver-ish and ride as a pack while the trailered bikes are making way to the starting point as well.

What are your thoughts as we whip a plan into shape????

Wacked

Well, I'm super flexible.  I can ride or haul the Tenere down and back if anyone else is riding big bikes or I can throw the Beta 500 in the back of the pickup or trailer and haul bikes.  The Beta is set up for light adventure with 4 gallon tank + 1 Gallon Rotopax and luggage rack.  I've thrown my Giant Loop Great Basin over the back of the 500 and ridden a modified 900 mile DakAL in 4 days with camping gear in Western South Dakota.  It's just a matter of which bike is the best for the job, matches the riding type we will be doing, or if I ride down or haul down. 


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Kevin

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Re: Grand Canyon Wild Hair Run .........
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2019, 02:41:21 PM »
10/5 - 10-13 is not an option for me, I will bow out on this one.  Enjoy and share lots of photos.   8)
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Abercrombie

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Re: Grand Canyon Wild Hair Run .........
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2019, 09:52:01 AM »
Well this Grand Canyon trip has consumed my thoughts the last couple weeks.  This trip and the Fall rally in Custer has been the only thing I've had to look forward to in this motorcycle riding train wreck of a summer.  Shit is hitting the fan here making a commitment to this ride  and the fall rally uncertain.  My mother is alone in Texas and has been learning about some inoperable lung cancer, lymph node cancer medical issues and in the last couple days and things are starting to look gravely uncertain.

With up coming medical care treatment and possible end of life planning, the best I can offer right now is a play it by ear commitment.  I'll have the Tenere or the Beta 500 ready to go if things work out for the better or there is a break in the cancer treatment program but any commitment will have to be on the back burner till we learn more.

I just got off the phone with my mother and it sounds like we won't learn much more or formulate any type of medical treatment plan until September 10th.

I'm sorry to Brad and others I've led on not knowing this information.   After a life commitment shit show this summer, I was really looking forward to some catch up riding this fall.   >:(

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Re: Grand Canyon Wild Hair Run .........
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2019, 11:53:46 AM »

Cancer is Shit.

If you can roll - great......  If you can't - understand. 

Dad will be living in Rochester/Mayo 5-6 weeks in Sept for big "C" BS.

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Re: Grand Canyon Wild Hair Run .........
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2019, 11:16:36 AM »
Yes...Cancer is shit.

Aber/Kevin- sorry to hear about your Mom.

Wacked- my Dad did a 9 week stay in Mayo.  Will be there early Sept for the big 5 year check up..
Hope for a grand 'bell' ringing for your dad at the end.
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