Time to be overly ambitious- Usergroup Tour 2007.

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Time to be overly ambitious- Usergroup Tour 2007.

#1 Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:07 pm

Hey guys-

There are two things that bring us together here. First our love of riding, and thus the TMW forums. Second, our passion for Honda's, hence our usergroup.

Now, as we all know, the Honda Usergroup is the real usergroup. The others think we just say that but it's true. I want to prove it in a way that blows the other guys, hell the whole forum, right out of the water.

I want to have a ride report of our ride around the country.

"Wait, you want to do what with our what now?"

Yep, a ride report of our trip through the country, in an unconventional sense. The idea would be for us to coordinate meeting and passing on a ride journal from one member to another. It's like passing the Olympic torch but obviously far more important.

The Plan.

The rider with the book will state where they are and how far they are willing to travel. Another forum member will match themselves up with that rider to meet them someplace and move the book further around the country.

Those two will meet at a halfway point, discuss their ride and add it to the ride journal along with a tidbit about each person. Maybe add a postcard, restaurant menu, or something small to the journal and then part ways.

The new book holder will return home to coordinate/plan the next leg of their trip then pass the book on to the next rider.

In the end the book will return to me and I'll post the ride here with any pictures/postcards etc that are included or sent to me via email.

In the end we will have vicariously met each other and ridden the whole USA.

Seeing as it's my idea. I'm near Washington DC and will ride up to 150 miles in any direction.

Also, seeing as we may have many members in one area that want to contribute, this can also be done as a team effort.

P.s.- any forays into Canada or Mexico are considered a plus and highly recommended to meet our fellow members there!

The Map so far
Red- travel line
Blue- each member
Black- a meeting spot

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#2 Unread post by Shorts » Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:35 pm

AWww! That sounds like a really fun deal :) Since my bike doesn't float and I'm not willing to swim 4000 miles, I'm gonna have to pass on this event. But I look forward to reading the adventures.

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#3 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:48 pm

Great idea. I'll be heading to Colorado or possibly Oregon in late June if that helps. I can bring the book around to Canuckistan. We'll just need someone to bring it back...

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#4 Unread post by sharpmagna » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:55 pm

storysunfolding - That's an innovative idea! I'm in the area, so I'll escort the "torch" with you 8)
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#5 Unread post by Skel3tor1 » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:01 pm

Augusta, GA. Up to 150 miles works for me too ;p Scheduling it might be a little tricky with my full time work and school schedule, but I think it can be worked around.
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#6 Unread post by Big B » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:19 pm

i'm doing an iron butt around lake michigan this summer and i'll want a decent tune-up ride before that, i'd be willing to go 3-400 miles one way and make it an overnighter (depending on direction, obviously i'd rather go someplace scenic, a ride to sw iowa wouldn't be the most fun)
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#7 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:44 pm

Since riding conditions are a bit more predictable to the south. I want to see if i can find a NC or SC rider, then pass it to Skel3tor1. I'll see if I can scrounge someone up. Sharpmagna- want to go south with me?
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#8 Unread post by Sev » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:33 pm

I live in Edmonton Alberta, and I'll go up to 1 full day in any direction as a gaurantee... about 500miles I guess.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#9 Unread post by Sev » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:33 pm

I think we need a map...
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#10 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:37 pm

If anyone has a good map to base from I can host it with updates at the top of this post.
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#11 Unread post by sharpmagna » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:58 pm

storysunfolding wrote:Sharpmagna- want to go south with me?
Count me in for that. Just a heads up. I'm not sure what the time frame of this trip would be, but I'm out of the country for pretty much all of April. Anytime after that, I'm good.
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#12 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:12 pm

What about before April?
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#13 Unread post by Sev » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:15 pm

Not riding weather in Canada before April for the most part.
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#14 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:37 pm

Sev wrote:Not riding weather in Canada before April for the most part.
That's why we're going south first. Hopefully we can get some travel moving in the warmer areas before it clears up more in teh north.
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#15 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:22 pm

My southbound Calgary to (not quite sure yet) U.S.A. tour is now booked for the week of June 18....
This is going to be a bugger to get organized :lol:

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#16 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:31 pm

Hmmm. Maybe the priority should be going north first to make sure we take care of these time frames... I can take it as far as new jersey or ohio. Anyone north of Va?
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#17 Unread post by sharpmagna » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:25 am

storysunfolding wrote:What about before April?
Before April doesn't look good either. My Mom is preparing to retire to the old country so I'm helping out. Then in April I'm going with her to the Philippines for vacation. After April is better for me, but don't let me hold you back.
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#18 Unread post by Big B » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:54 pm

storysunfolding wrote:Hmmm. Maybe the priority should be going north first to make sure we take care of these time frames... I can take it as far as new jersey or ohio. Anyone north of Va?
ohio wouldn't be that big of a haul for me (one decently long day in each direction), the question is where from there?
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#19 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:21 pm

Wi is close to Canada. Maybe we can pass it to Sev to Holiday when he does his trip and somehow start making it south again?
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#20 Unread post by Big B » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:06 pm

close is a relative term, there's a big "O Ring" lake in betwixt me and the closest part of canada

the halfway point between sev and i would be winnepeg, about 750 miles one way. it's doable, provided i've got a couple of days to pull it off.
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