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 Post subject: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 4:39 am 
LOST WITH MIKE

In May I quit my job as a cartographer in Arlington, VA, stored my BMW 1150GS and few possessions, and set out on my 2012 Honda Ruckus toward Key West. I made many updates and farkled my scooter just like a mini BMW. I was disillusioned by the pace of modern life, the culture of consumerism and the miniscule two weeks of vacation granted by US employment norms. To save money in the DC area, where rent averages $800-1500 for a one bedroom studio, I lived from July > May in an unheated Rubbermaid 8x10 shed in the yard to squirrel away money.

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I've been travelling now for three weeks stopping often and visiting family in the SE. I stealth camp most nights and have years of experience sleeping in graveyards, behind churches and under picnic pavilions from dusk till dawn. The valuable friendships I've created and useful advice gathered from folks standing in their front yard or working on their farm has been remarkable. It truly is a vibrant and unique world out there when divested of the chains of employment. At age 27, this is my "first retirement" and I aim to make the most out of the next year or two on the road.

I have a website/blog which I have been updating photos and stories to from my iPhone. After the trip, I hope to combine my DSLR and point and shoot shots with my diary for either a book or ebook publication of some sort. The community on Total Ruckus and the vicarious living I've done through folks like Wan, Tae, Lukebunny and many others has inspired me greatly. The Ruckus just keeps on truck'n. Stay tuned for more!

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Just a few parts and work I've done. I'm sure there is more missing here:
PARTS: (Already Purchased/Made)
Headlight Toggle Switch
Spitfire Windscreen
Handguards: $20@CycleGear
Saddlebags - Axiom Aero DLX $91
WalMart Ylw Dry Bag
Rear Shock (Longer) Honda CH80 Rear Shock $20 shipped
Polini Variator and belt
Voltmeter $5
Magnetic Oil Drain PLug
Headlight Toggle Switch
Angel Eyes Halo LEDs (can use as DRL to run heated gloves)
10" tube (in case of sidewall puncture or unrepairable flat)
Variator Removal Tool (Or fabricate one)
Build under seat enclosure out of metal
Folding highway pegs mounted in front and riding pegs on frame holes toward engine


Extra Parts:
Air Filter (B&S)
Assorted Fuses
Starter Relay
HT Coil
Gas Syphon/Pump
Spare Fuel Filters
Spare Oil (Main and FD)
4 Spare Fuel Bottles
Fuel Line and Hose Clamps
Carburetor/Jets
72 Jet for High Altitude
Stock Variator and Belt, Spare set of weights.
Stop&Go Patch Kit

Installed the Aero 80 shock and Polini Variator with 6.9g weights last night. Tested it out on the ride to work today and kept 35-38 on flats (10mph headwind from NE) and 45-47 on downhill, had to brake for traffic light.

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 Post subject: Re: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:55 pm 
Awesome man, I'll be following the ride! If you hit Portland, we will set you up and I'll ride with you for a while! Enjoy those small roads and the great people :banger:

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 Post subject: Re: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:14 am 
So are you going to try to do the Key West to Prudhoe Bay bit in under 30 days to qualify for the Iron Butt UCC? By my calculations the fasted you could do it on w Ruckus would be 16 days and thats assuming there are no construction or weather delays and no rest days.

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 Post subject: Re: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:54 am 
Stop by Daytona, I'll GET you whatever you need.

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 Post subject: Re: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:11 am 
You made Jalopnik:

http://lanesplitter.jalopnik.com/while- ... 700782336#

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 Post subject: Re: Lost with Mike: DC>KeyWest,FL>PrudhoeBay, AK
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:50 am 
If passing through Savannah will fill your tank and help with anything scoot needs. And a meal.

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