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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 8-6-2019, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Around Lake Michigan.

Just booked hotels for a 4 day jaunt around Lake Michigan. Stops in Green Bay WI, St. Ignace MI. and Whitehall MI. Mileage is in the 1100 - 1200 range. Will be taking old faithful, my 2001 VFR. A good opportunity to add some final miles to the rear tire and chain/sprockets, which are both getting replaced over Winter.

Taking my 16 years old son on the pillion. A time for the 2 of us to get away and just focus on the gentle winding road ahead of us.

I'll be sure to post pics and updates as the trip begins, which is right around the corner at 8/14.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 8-6-2019, 8:33 PM
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Today's the day.

Bags are packed.
Tools are packed.
Oil level good.
Tire pressure good.
Coolant level good.
Suspension (as) good (as possible given the need for a shock rebuild/replacement).

Just need to wake #1 son up and get him ready for the day. Easier said than done. He's sick. Not short term sick like a cold, flu, aches, pains, etc. Long term sick, every day is a unknown. I'm just hoping he's OK today and that we can actually go.

No expectations. Just hope and prayer.

I'll be sure to post pics from the trip (if we go)....

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Wishing you a good trip.

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Please do post pics, sounds like a nice trip. Hoping son is ok, ready and able too.

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The trip started. We are on the road!

Day 1: Chicago IL to Green Bay WI.
Day 2: Green Bay WI to St. Ignace MI.
Day 3: St. Ignace MI to Whitehall MI.
Day 4: Whitehall MI to Chicago IL.

I will definitely do a write-up with pics, most likely when we get back. I haven’t done a multi-day trip in years. The feeling of not coming home at the end of a days riding is awesome. If I didn’t have responsibilities, I could see the attraction in just riding forever, following whatever paths took your fancy....
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Have a great trip and ride safe! Looking forward to your pictures and write-ups.
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This sounds like a great time. I hope your son feels well enough to enjoy it. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.
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