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    Default Wrong Road!

    Ever find yourself on a wrong road!

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    Wrong roads are not necessarily the worst thing that can happen to a rider.

    I was on the right road leaving Spyderfest for home one year. Making excellent time, beautiful day, no traffic. I was having a great time enjoying the scenery and the ride! Then, after about 60 miles, the information on the overhead interstate sign caught my eye. (Something that I had not been paying any attention to). It was a bit disturbing, to say the least. It indicated that I was going West, not East! I'd gone over 60 miles in the exact wrong direction! With nearly 700 miles to go from my original departure point. Adding an additional 130 just to get back to 'Start' took a bit of the thrill out of my day.

    It's all good though. Just another memorable 'Adventure'.

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    The wrong road just means it's not the one you expected to be on. Often the wrong road becomes the right road because it can lead to fascinating places not visited before. Then again, it could also to an abrupt and unpleasant end. That happened once long ago in Oregon while riding disused logging roads. At the top of the rise there should have been a bridge over a small river, but there wasn't. The bad part was that when I realized there wasn't it was too late and into the river we went. I can attest to the fact that a motorcycle tossed into a river instantly becomes a heavy static display. Still, it was a memorable adventure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaRon View Post
    Wrong roads are not necessarily the worst thing that can happen to a rider.

    I was on the right road leaving Spyderfest for home one year. Making excellent time, beautiful day, no traffic. I was having a great time enjoying the scenery and the ride! Then, after about 60 miles, the information on the overhead interstate sign caught my eye. (Something that I had not been paying any attention to). It was a bit disturbing, to say the least. It indicated that I was going West, not East! I'd gone over 60 miles in the exact wrong direction! With nearly 700 miles to go from my original departure point. Adding an additional 130 just to get back to 'Start' took a bit of the thrill out of my day.

    It's all good though. Just another memorable 'Adventure'.

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    I can’t remember what state I was in but I think it was New Mexico. I had ridden about 75 miles on route 66 and then all the sudden there were barricades in the road saying it was closed. Bummer. I really didn’t want to ride back that many miles on my Harley Heritage Classic, but after looking around I saw a trail going from the roadblock up an embankment to the interstate. Not thinking my Harley was a off-roader, I gave her a chance. So off we went up the hill with very little problem and ended up on the side of the road of the interstate. We use the interstate until route 66 came up again.
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    I don't consider a good ride unless I get lost.

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    The key to avoiding the "wrong road" is to start out thinking you have no place to go and all day to get there.

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    I'll have to remember this...
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    I'll have to remember the 'aspalt'...
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    Yup! Been there and done that. On our trip from Alaska to Arkansas, I got into some construction and took a wrong off ramp. Went 40 miles in the wrong direction before I figured it out.

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    If it wasn't for breakdowns, bad weather and "wrong" roads we wouldn't have all those great stories to tell

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    A number of (many) years ago my wife and I were homeward bound from a two week motorcycle touring vacation. I, obviously, was the driver and my wife was the navigator. This was pre cellphone and GPS days. I was simply watching traffic and doing my thing and the wife was listening to a Dolly Pardon interview on the radio. Well, the navigator missed the turn off we needed to make which put us about 50 miles away from where we needed to be. All in all, after the family disturbance, we enjoyed the places and the little towns we'd never seen before. So, in short, taking the wrong road doesn't always come out being a bad thing. Enjoy what life brings you and you'll rarely be disappointed.

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    Actually not too far & paved better than LoUiSiAna roads
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    If "the ride is the destination" as they say, then any road will take you there.
    "Glide-on>>>>>>>>>
    GLIDE-ON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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    I don’t recall ever being on the wrong road. I’ve never been lost. Im just wandering and exploring. Many of the best roads, sites, sights and adventures have been experienced because I was simply wandering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkrocket View Post
    If "the ride is the destination" as they say, then any road will take you there.
    "Glide-on>>>>>>>>>
    I think the saying maybe Life (the ride) is a journey not a destination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaRon View Post
    Wrong roads are not necessarily the worst thing that can happen to a rider.

    I was on the right road leaving Spyderfest for home one year. Making excellent time, beautiful day, no traffic. I was having a great time enjoying the scenery and the ride! Then, after about 60 miles, the information on the overhead interstate sign caught my eye. (Something that I had not been paying any attention to). It was a bit disturbing, to say the least. It indicated that I was going West, not East! I'd gone over 60 miles in the exact wrong direction! With nearly 700 miles to go from my original departure point. Adding an additional 130 just to get back to 'Start' took a bit of the thrill out of my day.

    It's all good though. Just another memorable 'Adventure'.

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    Baja,

    I thought you were going to mention your trip back home from Spyderfest in Canada all those years ago. I know whatever happened with your Spyder caused you some time. My mind is failing a little, I think. You were Lamont's sidekick. I think it may have been your radiator fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyliec View Post
    I think the saying maybe Life (the ride) is a journey not a destination.
    Nope. What I was saying, is when you ride a motorcycle, you don't really need a destination because for those of us who truly appreciate riding a motorcycle, "the ride is the destination". I can ride for hours with no particular place to go and return with a big ole' grin on my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyliec View Post
    Baja,

    I thought you were going to mention your trip back home from Spyderfest in Canada all those years ago. I know whatever happened with your Spyder caused you some time. My mind is failing a little, I think. You were Lamont's sidekick. I think it may have been your radiator fluid.
    You have a very good memory!

    I had a few issues on that trip. The radiator coolant was the 1st one. I'd topped off my holding tank and didn't get the lid on correctly. It's a bugger to get to. Still, I should have been more careful. It boiled over. But easily fixed.

    The real problem was my DPS. It kept taking control of the steering. And believe me. The Hulk (which admittedly, I am not) could not have steered that machine. It would just send me off in one direction or other with no remedy except to hit the kill switch. This is not good while running at 75-80 mph on the Interstate. To be frank. I am convinced that a few people paid with their lives over this same DPS issue. BRP made 2 or 3 design changes to the DPS over time. And, as far as I know. The DPS is a reliable component now.

    I went all the way from just north of Tennessee to Canada and back on that DPS. The BRP engineers gave me a temporary fix and it, for the most part, worked. My DPS quit trying to kill me.

    And yes, Lamont and I used to ride everywhere together. Time passes and things change. But those were the best of times. And there is always somewhere that you haven't been yet.
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    Default Wrong Road ! ! !

    I remember the first time I tried to use my GPS. I thought the directions were clear. So off I go and the next several turns were good. Then GPS had me turn on a road, to make a long story short, that was not correct. After about 10 miles it just ran into a large lake. No harm I saw the lake in time. Finally, at the house I realized that I need an update to fix the problem. TIP: Update the GPS and then have some FUN. .......
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    It's not that bad on something smaller than a 31 ft RV towing a jeep hitting a dead end. And yes I have twice. Once on my own the second to a GPS taking to the back of a warehouse-again in an RV towing a honda civic. Fun!!!!

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    Ha .. Yup. About 10 years ago, my wife/I were coming back to WI from Niagara Falls. For the return journey, we went thru Canada/MI UP. The GPS guided us to some very gnarly gravel roads, far off the beaten path. This was well after dark. My wife recalls that part of the trip her worst ever. But, we were in a cage


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    2019 headed towards the left coast in Arkansas avoiding slab where possible. Rode ~10 miles on a secondary road when we came to a flooded river. Couldn't see where the road came back out of the water so turned back the 10 miles and had to detour ~60 mi south to get on the slab to cross the Arkansas river.

    2021 Went down a rabbit hole of muddy roads trying to get from PA to Oh555 as part of our Yellowstone loop. 2 hours of being lost in the deep woods with no help from GPS that insisted we go up some seriously sloppy 'paths'. Finally came across a local who gave us directions to the nearest paved road!

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