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post #1 of 12 Old 05-26-2019, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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I don't always ride "point to point". And for a purpose. I like getting lost on my Wee. The phrase "4 wheels move your body but 2 wheels moves your soul" is never more real to me than when I am lost.

I often plan on getting lost. I take any road that looks interesting and follow it. When I get lost I just bring up Google Maps (downloaded ahead of time) to make my escape. Yes, that is cheating. I am not really lost. But I have seen some wonderful things this way.
I bet many of you have lost tales.
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On my MC trips, I typically use the Scenic app for my routes. Scenic has an option that allows you to choose 'curvy' roads. So if I'm ready to start making my way home and I have some extra time, I'll have Scenic choose the twisty way back. This has directed me to some pretty crazy roads, many of which are within an hour from my home, that I never knew existed.

On one of those rides, I came around a curve in a very rural area and found a house that had a full-sized concrete rhinoceros in the front yard. Otherwise, it was a completely typical farm house. I'll forever wonder what the story behind that was.
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A friend said when we were aimlessly wandering around the desert in So Cal, " If it doesn't matter where you are you can't be lost."
As far as the Rinoserrous is concerned, I amazed at how many derelict jets and helicopters I've see in folks yards....far from any airport.
Wish I had camera skills.
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Yeah I use TomTom Winding Roads on my iPhone and really enjoy the unexpected results.
I just have to remember to turn it off in towns - some very odd back alleys.


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No maps, no gps, no cell phone, my favorite ride. Get off a highway at an exit you haven't used before. Turn one way or the other, travel for a few minutes and then turn left. Travel for a few minutes and then turn right. Left then right then left... I did this just today, riding a region which I was familiar with but roads which I'd never touched. The weather was perfect, those untraveled roads were quiet, and I saw about 80-some odd miles of landscape I'd never viewed before.

Perfect.

In our modern country, unless you are in the mountain west, you can't be lost for long. Eventually you'll cross a highway or freeway, or you come into a small town.

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When I have time I will wander but if needed I will use the GPS to get home.
On long trips I always have a destination and will add it as a way point, I let the GPS pick the route and it has picked some interesting roads.
On one long trip I stopped for gas after following GPS direction for hours.
I walked inside and asked "can you tell me where I am?"
She says "are you lost?"
Me "no, I'm not lost. I just don't know where I am".
With a GPS that is possible.
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I let the GPS pick the route and it has picked some interesting roads.
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I often go places not on my original plan, and many times don't know exactly where I am, but I am never "lost".

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Found the first hydroelectric power plant near Granite Oregon that way. Very cool museum now. Butler maps help me find a target rich area, then I wander all over the place with no timetable.

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I also use scenic... curvy option is fun, except in town

I need to spend more time getting lost. It's a great way to get to know new roads and towns.
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