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North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax February 28th 2014

The longest day yet both in hours and miles and consistently the coldest with the temperature not going over 35 degrees the whole day. Definitely an endurance ride today mostly on Interstate 81 up the Appalachian Great Valley a route travelled since pioneer times and before. The BMW performed flawlessly as I thought about those covered wagons bouncing over the terrain. I guess that is progress. I was surprised how quickly I entered VA and yet how far I had to go. VA is a bigger state that I thought and I always wondered why it was considered southern. Another geography lesson. When I hit I66 there were place names I recognized and I knew I was only about 60 miles away, but there was more snow lying around here and I started to have a ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax August 2nd 2011

This will probably be the last entry I make before we leave. We leave tomorrow at noon, with the first stop being my sister's house on our way to Cumberland, MD, where there is a motorcycle salvage. We are going to check if they might have any used equipment we might want. From there we head up to Ohiopyle, PA to raft the river the next morning. I got my bike completely packed! We got camping chairs that I laid flat on the bench-seat, then crossed it with an old Mexican blanket. I put the ruck sack over the Mexican blanket and strapped it down with a rope. Then I put Leche's carrier and the bike cover at the rear, topped it with the full-faced helmet and anchored that down with a bungee net. Dan is ... read more
Bryon's bike
Almost ready!
Cheers!

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax July 31st 2011

It's imminent! We have been doing our final pack all day. Getting everything in order and sorting out what we are taking with us. I am realizing just how small my saddle bags are and how big Dan's panniers are. I could only fit my warm clothing in one bag and the other has one pair of shoes, one pair of sandals, a roll of duct tape, a bag of zip-ties and Leche's food. I packed my ruck sack with all of the camping equipment and my clothes, I'm going to lay it across the seat. I will put the computer, cameras and food in a day pack that I will either wear or strap to the ruck sack. It is Sunday evening now, and we leave Wednesday morning at about 10:00 AM. That gives us ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax July 25th 2011

I am entering my last week at work at Brabo. Friday will be my last day/ night. I am taking the weekend off so I can have time to catch up with friends and sort out any final loose ends. I heard from my friend Saf-T in Detroit, and we have a place to stay there (if anyone can put us up along the way it is well appreciated). We only have two concrete dates as of yet: August 10th in Chicago for the Nationals Vs Cubs game, and August 21st in Banff to meet up with my parents and Grandma to give them Leche (my dog). Everything else is tentative, and only the seasons will be our motivation to keep moving. I replaced my chain and sprockets today, and put the larger sprocket on the ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax July 19th 2011

The final countdown has begun! I no longer work at Capitol City Brewing Company, it closed it's Postal Square location for good. I still work at the Brabo Tasting Room in Old Town Alexandria for the next week and a half to make the last of the money that I will take with me. I have sold my Ducati Monster and have registered and insured my KLR. Currently I am making final arrangements for storing my belongings that I will have sent down to South America after getting settled in. My parents have made arrangements to meet up with in Banff to take Leche (my dog that will accompany us) back to Boise to avoid the risk of having her in the heart of grizzly country. We now have a solid date to be in Banff ... read more

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North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax July 11th 2011

The months have turned into weeks, and soon to be days. We are keeping firm on the date of August 3rd for departure, and are beginning to focus on tying down all loose ends and organizing possessions that we want to keep and eventually have shipped down to Ecuador (Or wherever we end up!). I (Bryon, it will probably be me that writes all of the entries) just got back from buying my KLR. Its a 2005, with 13K miles on it. I am going to change out the front sprocket for one with an extra tooth to help with gas mileage. I may change the rear with one with a tooth or two less later, depending on how it affects the low-end power needed for trail riding (There will be plenty of this once we ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax June 29th 2009

Finishing up Skyline Drive, we passed a large group of young people on bicycles heading south and spread out over several miles. They were all wearing the same bicycle shirts so we guessed they were all together. We met a bicyclist heading north who flagged us down. He had 2 flat tires and wanted a lift to the final Visitor Center to pick up his car. We managed to make room for his bike and himself and enjoyed his company for the 30 miles or so he rode with us. After leaving Shenandoah National Park we headed east on I-66, stopping at Manassas National Battlefield, site of both Battles of Bull Run during the Civil War. From there on to Fairfax, where we are staying with Kerry's niece, Deanna. A great afternoon of visiting and a ... read more
Shenandoah Valley
Stonewall Jackson statue
Ethan and cannon

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax June 12th 2009

The first touristy thing I really done was go to Washington DC with Sam. We saw the George Washington monument, which is the really tall building I'm in front of, which Sam still couldnt fit the top into. Im not sure whether you can see from the photo, but about 3/4 of the way up the building there is a colour change in the materials. Local and my personal tour guide Sam was saying that they began to build, but part way through the project the Great Depression hit and they couldn't afford to continue it until after this passed. We walked over to President Obama's White House, took some pictures and got told we had to leave. We thought something exciting was going to happen because they blocked off the whole road. So we waited ... read more
George Washington monumental building
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White House

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax May 22nd 2009

Made it to Fairfax after a smooth 10.5 hour drive. Little traffic in the beginning w/ some rain. Pulled off the road to take a nap at the fireworks vendor and let it all pass. First picture of me sleeping. Courtesy of Wilson ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax » Chantilly May 8th 2009

Karen and I drove down from Beverly to Washington DC for ALS Advocacy days, May 10-12. We went down on Thursday the 8th and stayed with our old friends Andrea and Jim in Chantilly VA. On Friday while they were at work we visited the new Smithsonian Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly at Dulles Airport. What a remarkable display of aviation history. The building opened in 2003, and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The building is an impressive size in the shape of a T and was named in honor of its major donor, and features the large Boeing Aviation Hangar in which aircraft are displayed on three levels. Visitors can walk among aircraft and small ... read more
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center




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