Riders On The Storm – How I Trashed My GS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by TonisToo, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. keith

    keith Active Member

    I'm of the opposite opinion.

    #madeinchina
     
  2. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    ???
     
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Yeah, sometimes the “patriotism” is really annoying. Sometimes it’s downright offensive.
     
  4. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Do you meant where the flags are made? I checked my Canadian flag and my Newfoundland flag... both are made in China. Still doesn't stop me from flying them or buying them.
     
  5. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Day 13 – Wisconsin

    The morning consisted of coffee by the river and extensive cleaning of the motorcycles and in my case, preparation for winter storage with cooler temps and rain in the forecast. I hope the view from my front window looks out over the ocean or a river when I retire one day too. Wisconsin was just starting to see colour in the leaves and most of the sumac was a lovely shade ruby red.

    As a fly fisher, I was surprised to discover that my preferred brand of fly rod is manufactured very close by so a visit to the factory was in order. Anyone familiar with St. Croix Rods?
     

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  6. keith

    keith Active Member

    Totally agree.
     
  7. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Either you guys are being real vague, or I am a little dense.
     
  8. keith

    keith Active Member

    The flag seems to be everywhere in any American show. Just one example. With that orange buffoon in power it makes it feel worse than usual. Just my opinion though.
     
  9. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Day 14 – Duluth Minnesota

    Day started with a trip to the famed Delta Diner. What a meal, holy cow!

    Duluth is a strategic port on the far western end of Lake Superior. Ginormous, specially designed lake boats load and unload notable goods here like grain, iron ore, and limestone. I guess no motorcyclist’s visit to Duluth would be complete without going to a non-descript brick building in a seedy neighborhood that houses a well-regarded business known as Aerostitch. The ride home was timed to coincide with the ordering and pick up an authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza that was as good as any pizza I have ever tasted, Italy included.
     

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  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Thoroughly enjoyed the RR.
     
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  11. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Thank you Murph
     
  12. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Me Too!
    It was so well presented, I actually felt like I was riding right there with you!
    Seriously, I enjoyed the trip immensely, and it’s fun reliving itthrough someone else’s eyes.
    Clearly, TonisToo is a better story teller than I, and much more diligent with the photos as well.
     
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  13. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Wait till you hear my idea for next year...
     
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  14. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Day 15 – Wisconsin to Home via Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota and Toronto, Ontario

    Not much to report here. A nice drive across Wisconsin into Minnesota as the trip drew to a close. Sad to see it end but looking at it now it’s more of a pause than an end. The Air Canada flight was a pleasant one… 2 hours to Toronto, a brief stop and 3 hours to home. I arrived at 2:00am local time but since I was 2.5 hours back in time zones it felt like only 11:30pm. Perfect, and quite a bit cheaper than the ferry + cabin. A full day to relax until back to work on Monday. I’ve been home for 20 days now and I have been dreaming I am on the road travelling on a motorcycle every night since.

    Ultimately, I am hoping to ride my GS to Alaska and the Arctic Circle. I’d like to get it done before I’m 50. Being able to store the bike at a more western longitude helps me venture further west on the limited amounts of time I can currently take off from work. There are many other destinations in range now as well including South Dakota and Montana, Utah, etc. It will be fun to plan the next trip(s) over the winter. Thanks again to Trash for suggesting and working out the details of bike storage… hence the “Trashed GS” comment.

    Thanks for following along. I look forward to hearing about other rider’s travels and plans for 2019. Anyone got a winter project going?
     
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  15. Stevenl

    Stevenl Member

    I thoroughly enjoyed your ride report. In my opinion, the best travel report since Scooters Italian journey on the pre-crash RTR site.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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  16. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Thank you Stevenl, high praise indeed.
     
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    That was awhile ago
     
  18. Bob

    Bob Member

    Thanks for stopping to smell the roses and share your detailed photos and historical narrative with us TonisToo. That's pretty generous of you considering that when most of us get into a good ride we just wanna 'hammer down', 'git 'er dun' etc. then eat and drink.
     
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  19. Bob

    Bob Member

    Hmm... First of all put a Canadian flag patch on your riding jacket shoulder so there's no doubt where you're from. Americans respect honesty, even if it's not their narrative. I've got the Newfie flag on my windscreen as well as a lot of them remember Nine Eleven and the Come From Away stuff.
    I've attended American Fourth Of July celebrations in Florida, Vermont, California, Wyoming, and Alaska just because I happened to be riding there at the time. The nice vibe made me a little homesick to be honest, but I appreciated the American's celebrations as being truly heartfelt and sincere. I've always found Americans to be hospitable, informative and friendly. Pretty much the same as Newfies. Brothers from another mother?
    Anyway, I think our flag is fine, I mean if required the Maple Leaf can occasionally morph easily into a Marijuana plant, but that's a good thing, right?
    However, given our history I think we deserve a more upbeat national anthem. We kicked ass in some of the WW1 and WW2 theatres plus some others as well... not to mention the War of 1812 LOL So reference to our Martial history should definitely be tweaked.
    I mean even "The Ode To Newfoundland", sung back when we were a Colony, was more uplifting and resonates better in sports bars and such than "Oh Canada" eh?
    Always room for improvement... just saying.
     
  20. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Loved reading all the reports and seeing the pics.
     
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