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post #1 of 32 Old 07-28-2014, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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We never know where life takes us

At the end if June I finished a 3 week road trip from Mn to AK and back, solo (08 dl650A). It was everything I had hoped and more. It rained 14 out if 16 days, cold. The bike was great . The country is awesome! 8500 miles. When I got back I was planning the next trip in the back of my head. I should add before I get to far, I bought this 08 last fall and barely got to ride it and with our lousy spring it wasn't ridden much before either. I spent the winter going over it and farkling It. I also just got off blood thinners the week I left from massive PE's ( blood clots in the lung) that happened on Christmas Day . Well, to speed up the discussion, last week , about 1 month after the trip I got blood clots again. I now bought into the club of being on life long blood thinners . I do work in health care, I give anesthesia. I understand all of this to well. What does thus mean to me or others like me. It means that a therapeutic level of blood thinners will increase your clotting time by x2.5. People do ride with this , but the risks are greatly increased of bleeding following a head injury , internal bleeding etc. Logically, I don't think it's worth the risk or the damage it can do to our loved ones. My kids are grown and out if the home. Even if I survive a mishap, I still have an increased risk of being in the living dead category.
I have had a plethora of bikes over the years, done lots of trips ( prefer solo out in the sticks kind of riding) and currently also own a gl1500 and Burgman 400.
I don't mean to live in a bubble and won't, but I got to look at the risk/ benefit relationship . I am thinking......leaning toward........selling my bikes and buying a jeep and bring my dog with me on my outings. Still able it go down those remote roads, explore , and try to be a "little" safer.
What does the collective think?
The only thing that gets me is I only got as far as Wiesman......rain , freezing rain and snow stopped me from Deadhorse .....damn!

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post #2 of 32 Old 07-28-2014, 11:58 PM
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That carrot will always dangle out there. I have been up North twice now and planning my third for next year. I prefer the cooler weather. The rain and snow part i do not like so much, and waking up to a frozen bike is not fun either when tenting, but then the riding is fantastic when its barren and cool. Heated gear takes care of the temperatures, and good rain gear keeps you dry.

June seems to be the best time of year to go North. More sunshine, although along the coast it is likely to rain any day of the year.

As for your medical condition. It sounds like a good idea to switch to a Jeep to me. Bringing your dog would be priceless.

Best wishes to you in your decision.
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post #3 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 12:02 AM
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We only get to play the cards we're dealt. Sounds like you've played your hand well. Maybe it's time to switch the game. Shoot, I'm talking like a CW song.

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post #5 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 12:14 AM
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In order to continue riding I have spent almost $9K so far this year on carpal tunnel & arthroscopic surgery on my left elbow & wrist. The surgery helped so much I am getting my right wrist done in Nov since I am $1K away from my $10K deductible for this year. It is well worth it for me.

Not many of us get to ride until we go tit's up. Most will have to bow out at some age & ailment. I'm only 56, so I figure I have a few more years left in me As for the Jeep...sure why not? I think a nice Rubicon would be a second to a bike any day.

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post #6 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 12:55 AM
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It really doesn't make any difference what the collective thinks. Its your life, your risk and you have to decide whether the benefit of riding is worth the chances you take.
I'll tell you this though, there is always a sword hanging over our heads, every one of us. You usually have no idea what it is or when it will drop. You have to do the things that make you happy and feel like a reasonable risk.
Rather than us I would suggest you have a heart to heart with your family since they are your main concern and get their input, their opinions are the ones that really matter.

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post #7 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 09:33 AM
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a couple of years ago my bike was packed up for my last trip of the year, 6 days camping/riding the Blue ridge parkway. 2 days before my departure, I was hospitalized with a thrombosed clot in my rt leg. The short hospital stay was followed with no more motorcycles until off the blood thinners (4 months)...also not walking, runing, surfing, kite surfing...all the things that i do/did. The following week from the hospital, I bought a miata. best move I ever made!!! I still keep the bike for a mountain trip when the mood hits, but ATGATT is not required and my wife and i love it. We've taken two week long camping trips out of it so far and another planned for the fall. a little rack on the trunk makes camping possible but i plan to buy a Tailwind trailer to pull for my cross country trips. I had a jeep wrangler back in the 90's and i loved it, but the miata is much better in every way.

edit: the same weekend that my ride was cancelled, a fellow rider from up north (NY) was riding the parkway. He had a leg clot problem...highway patrol saved his life...a week later, a couple hospitals later, and several thousand dollars later, he was back home with a leg amputation and two bike to sell.

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post #8 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 09:47 AM
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Taking a Jeep (and your dog along) to Deadhorse would be a Hoot...........!!! Go for it, bud!!

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post #9 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 10:15 AM
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Sounds like you've got a sound plan. Before I even read the part about Jeep in your post, I was thinking, "get a convertible". I would hate to give up riding, but you have to know when to fold em. I think a person could have a hell of a lot of fun touring the country in a soft top jeep, or a classic convertible (mustang or Camaro).

This could be the closing of one chapter, and the opening of another. Jeeping is an incredible hobby/sport, with a following and love pretty much like motorcyclists.
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post #10 of 32 Old 07-29-2014, 10:20 AM
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I miss my Jeeps. In the 80's I used to take my CJ7 to Durango from east of Dallas with no top on and go backpacking for weeks at a time. Loud, cramped, bumpy ride...and I loved it. The only drawback I see to a Jeep now it the jiggling of the moobs....Breau? Manzier?

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