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End of Year 2023 RR

2022 was an adventurous year… read about it here

Could it get better in 2023? Let’s see.

Start the new year with hope and a plan for new shenanigans.
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And a New Year’s Day ride on the KLR!
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With Mitchell, cousin Nathan, sister Katie, and my dad.
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With the recent gift of a stand mixer, I am getting the hang of making bread!
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Some snow at the end of January.
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So into the shop to pull out the forge and get to forging shoes.
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And in the garage to test out some new dry bags and figure out how I want to load soft dry bags on the KLR.
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Decided on some Green Chile bag snake straps, and diagonal dry bags.
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March takes me to a farrier clinic for furthering education and to rub elbows with others in my field.
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Pancake day and our family all wears their new shirts!
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Saturday, April 8th, and it’s opening weekend for the Wayne National Forest trails!
Loaded up dark and early to head south.
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An hour or 2 later, and we’re pulling over because my truck blew up! Ok ok, it was just the air intercooler tube that blew off…
Limp to the truck stop and get a hose clamp to fix it.
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And a little while later, we are meeting up with friends and riding the trails!
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So happy!
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Big group of a mix of bikes and 4 wheelers.
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So fun to be riding trails with my man.
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The Sunday riding crew of couples…
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Back home and back to the daily grind. The season of shoes is upon us!
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And the end of April, and I’m learning to ride a 4-wheeler with his family at Maumee State Forest.
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I’m having fun on 4 wheels in the sand!
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More work. Love my job.
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Then a short ride with my parents on my KLR and me on mom’s Wing. They needed to test ride a KLR 2-up to make sure they would be okay like that when they rent a KLR in Hawaii.
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Beginning of May, and time to load up and head to the Ramble in Marietta!
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Convinced Corey and his brother Tolly to join me on a dirt/backroads adventure route with a local friend.
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Lunch at Sonic in Nelsonville.
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And saw plenty of covered bridges!
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Back in the hotel parking lot with all the FJRs…
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Another couple covered bridges on Saturday.
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And found a couple muddy sections and lots of water crossings!
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Mitchell surprised us by coming down on Saturday evening and hanging out. He brought the truck, and with the incoming rain, we loaded the KLR in the back so I could ride home dry. (may be getting soft, but I call it resourceful)
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We stopped at the AMA museum on the way home.
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Experience the full report here

The following weekend and we are going to a theatre in Maumee for a showing of a documentary film about one of our motorcycling friends to honor his accomplishments and his footprint he made in the world of motorcycle racing.
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Another couple weekends and we take the KLRs out for an evening sunset ride.
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And then my house gets a new back patio thanks to Mitchell and his family.
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Mid June and I’m surprised by a pre-birthday dinner with my parents and his parents and aunt.
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And then it’s Thursday the 13th, and we are off on a big adventure! Being dropped off at the airport…
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And he’s on his first plane ride!
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And after a whole day of plane flights and layovers, we eventually land in San Franscisco, California.
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The next day take public transportation and go explore into San Fran
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And onto Alcatraz!
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Fascinating cellhouse audio tour
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Boat ride across the bay.
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Public transport trollies
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First time for us at an In-N-Out
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Ghirardelli
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Street cable car ride!
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I got to hang off the side!
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Lombard St
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Close enough to high five!
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The next day and we are crossing the Golden Gate bridge
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And up the coast on Rt 1, what a way to spend my birthday!
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Pulled into Fort Bragg, and found the local E-charge station with a burrito food truck near by. Delicious!
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The next day we went up the coast and inland to the Redwoods. Drive through tree!
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On our way around the tree again, we came across Dean and Jeff!
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And Tyler was at the tree and got a picture of us coming through it again!
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Up through the Avenue of the Giants, and we ran across Sonya, Nikki, and Tyler again
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These trees are gorgeous!
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And the rental Jeep sure made it fun for pictures
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And panoramic views while driving through the tall trees!
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Found a river bottom to take the Jeep down to and explore
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Back to the hotel to hang out with the rest of the gang at the West Coast gathering.
The next day we went down to the local glass beach and walked around.
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Beautiful pebbles and sea glass.
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We touched the Atlantic Ocean together last year, and now we’re in the Pacific Ocean!
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The banquet with the group was fun and yummy food!
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And our Jeep got ducked at the hotel!!
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Sunday, we loaded up and headed back east. Coming across Cali, and found a roadside stand with fresh fruit!
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And these super yummy crisps!
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Donner Pass, and the memorial.
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To Lake Tahoe.
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I know we didn’t have bikes to take pics with… but this Jeep was a great stand-in!
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Overnight in Reno at a casino.
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With a buffet that Mitchell got to eat for free for Father’s day! (our pretend son was back home somewhere…)
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Through Nevada and onto the Salt Flats in Utah!
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And then the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine
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Occasionally known as the World’s Deepest Pit…
Those are 2 story tall dump trucks.
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Into Colorado on a back road because of a closed interstate
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Grabbed food down in the town and up onto the Grand Mesa for dinner. Tried to go out to the Lands End Observatory, but the road was closed. Too much snow?
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Down to Ouray to visit the Box Canon Falls
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Little Switzerland Overlook and we saw some dual sporters down on the road below
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Down the Million Dollar Highway with gorgeous views and waterfalls
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The southern overlook- Molas Pass
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Back up the road north, and stopped in Silverton for lunch and to wander around
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What a road!
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Exploring more of my favorite parts of Colorado, rt 92 on the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
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And up to Monarch Pass and rode the gondolas to the very top
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Overnight in Buena Vista was in a clear domed yurt!
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Big dipper showed up beautifully that night with a perfect view from the bed
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Up and over Independence Pass
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Into Aspen and the John Denver sanctuary
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Took the bus ride to Maroon Bells
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Absolutely gorgeous!
Aspen trees, beautiful mountains, blue lake, this is Colorado.
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And then this happened. I was admiring the mountains and I turned around and he was down on 1 knee with a ring in his hand! I said Yes!
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Glenwood Hot Springs Resort for the evening
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Had celebratory dessert delivered from Dominos!
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The next morning, spent the first half of the day back at the hot springs
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Then to Leadville
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To meet up and hang out with Tim!
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And was greeted with Tim’s dog on the roof
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What an amazing town that has a view from every road!
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Also this town, has THE BEST Cubano sandwiches! It’s reason #2 that I love to visit Leadville
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Onward towards Denver, and up Lookout Mtn, overlooking Coors Brewery
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After 2 weeks of adventuring from California to Colorado and exploring and showing Mitchell what I love about Colorado, we flew home. With something more shiny and blingy on my finger, and sending rainbow refractions all over the plane
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Back to work, and we finally installed my forge in my truck. Let there be fire!
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And the next day, the forge was being used at work.
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Mid July, and we head up to the lake in Michigan to go boating and have fun with friends!
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Day trip to Cleveland area somewhere and we found a pretty waterfall and rocky walkway
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First of August and we’re taking a ride around town, thought that the hot air balloons would be flying, but they didn’t
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Up for a member’s evening at the Toledo Zoo
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Got to see the new polar bear babies
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Scoured multiple Walmarts to find 2 KLR toys… I now have a toy model of each of my bikes. Lol
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End of August and it’s time for tech day at the Geek’s!
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I rode the FJR, Mitchell on his KLR, and my dad on his Gold Wing.
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Labor Day weekend, and it’s fair time! Eating fair food and watching clients show
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Fried cookie dough, absolute yum!
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Cutest award goes to Buttercup and her tiny human!
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Following weekend and my sister invited me to an OSU football game.
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I’m just here for the band!
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It was alumni day and so they did 4 script Ohios! It was incredible!
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The following weekend, and I had 2 of the nephews come down and help process our garden veggies.
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And helped make applesauce!
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Next weekend is EOM!
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An amazing part is when Chuck shows up with the really really good stuff.
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Saturday’s ride is with Tyler on her Spyder and finding covered bridges
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And too bad this museum wasn’t open!
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Following behind me and Tyler on the bikes, there was a truck with Mike, Wanda, Mitchell and Sonya.
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Weird people in West Virginia
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All Y’all make EOM what it is and why I keep coming back
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Of course, had to stop at Iron Pony on the way home…
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And the Jason keychain found a place on the bike.
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Back to work some more
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First weekend of October, and I’m dragging the old guys down to Wayne to go trail riding!
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Gorgeous trails!
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Met up with my cousin and his friend
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Wayne, your bike looks a little different now…
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Saturday’s ride consisted of more friends joining us
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Lunch back at the trailhead
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Fun section of trail through a boulder field and trees
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And did a photo shoot for the group that was behind me
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All of us from Saturday
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I haven't gotten videos edited and posted yet from the weekend, check the youtube channel to see when get them up eventually. (hoping for the next week or so)

Stop by Iron Pony, absolutely!
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And this year seemed to be the year of weddings to attend, but maybe the most important was his brother’s wedding in Indiana.
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Halloween parade with Mitchell’s dad’s company
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Playing around with our new toy trailer, and how to strap the bike down. Decided on MotoCinch and E-track.
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Mitchell and my dad tinkering on my truck…
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So that for thanksgiving, we can load up the camper and toys and head to Wayne National again!
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Set up camp boondocking at a trailhead
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Turkey baking outdoor, campfire going
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Cooking more food in the kitchen
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For a wonderful thanksgiving meal
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Went out for an evening ride after dinner.


Cousin and his friend pulled in later that evening
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The trailhead filled up fast the next morning!
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And more friends to ride with!
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No leaves on the trees, all on the ground
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2 by 2, reindeer and a sleigh?
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I crashed the bike twice this weekend, and both on the left side. Ended up busting the radiator. Luckily we were almost done riding…
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Mira the moto dog got to sit on my bike!
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Beautiful sunset
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Dinner around the campfire
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Colorful flames
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Stop at Iron Pony on the way home!
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Got home and cleaned up the toys, and uncovered the radiator to show just how bad I bashed it…
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Mid December, and up to the Toledo Zoo for the Lights
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Right before Christmas, and I have carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand
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So I get to sit at home and relax for the next couple weeks
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Christmas day ride, and it’s a little different. It’s 60*, I’m riding pillion with my dad, and Mitchell, cousin Nathan, and Katie and 2 boys joined us this year!
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Downtown to the city tree!
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Got to finally take the wrap off the hand, and why does such a tiny incision hurt so much!! I totally underestimated what it would feel like…
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The bike spotwalla map isn’t too impressive this year… I never turned it on while trail riding on the DRZ, or for any of the small rides around the county. And also didn’t turn it on while out west.
2023 Spotwalla
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More videos on my youtube channel


End of the year stats:
FJR odometer- 118,203
FJR miles for 2023- 1,127
FJR states ridden in 2023- 2

DRZ odometer- 9,780
DRZ miles for 2023- 350
DRZ states ridden in 2023- 1

KLR odometer- 831
KLR miles for 2023- 720
KLR states ridden in 2023- 1

States visited in 2023- 7

New states this year- 0
Total states gathered- 47
New stickers- a few
Memories- MANY MANY MANY!!!

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Thanks for following along! See you on the next adventure! Onward to 2024!
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Fabulous as always Julie. My only complaint is that ugly silver Jeep...

Thanks for sharing.
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Awesome post. Cheers to 2024. Right on!
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Fabulous pics….and Congrats on getting engaged!
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Your year end reports just keep getting better more awesome, Julie!! Some of your photos are similar to mine when I was out in CO, CA, etc. 5 years ago, but you got some real gems I didn't get. And, congrats on the sparkly thing, does it have a dimmer button to tone down that sparkly??
Question - why do you need a forge?? I thought all shoes were ready to use....
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Those "trails" look like roads to me!
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raYzerman wrote: Sun Dec 31, 2023 9:28 pm Question - why do you need a forge?? I thought all shoes were ready to use....
To be able to modify the shoe. Whether that be to make it easier to shape - to be easier on the arms, ya know, carpal tunnel relief.
Or to be able to weld traction onto the shoes.
Or to be able to add any special stuff to the shoe - clips, bars, support.
And to be able to hot seat the shoe to the hoof. Doesn't hurt them, but helps to seal in moisture and double-check levelness.
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Great Post Julie!! I really, really appreciate the ride report, especially since my big mouth got me into it in another thread. This is a fantastic reminder of what's important. I sincerely hope to see you in '24! Keep up the awesome!
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Fan-f*cking-tastic, woman! So glad I got to share a few of those memories with you and hope to do so again in 2024!! <3
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My daughter, your EOY reports just keep getting better and better, and we are thrilled about the news of you and Mitchell, congratulations!!

Happy New Year!
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What an awesome year, and you are totally set up for an amazing next year now!
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Fantastic report as usual, thanks for sharing and congrats on your engagement. :)
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You had an awesome year. Thanks for sharing. And congrats!
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I went back and re-viewed this on the larger screen. "Awestruck" is what comes to mind.

It would be more than enough to watch you enjoy your life from the back row. The icing on the cake for me is understanding that you know how good you have it, and the wonder that you know this at such a relative young age. In other words, this is not just some alignment of the stars combined with an exotic watoosi dance. It's deliberate, and it's quite beautiful.

I don't know Mitchell. I sure hope to resolve that soon. I hope he knows that he has won the lottery.
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Awesome as always. Another great year in the books!
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Your year-ender is always a highlight, Julie! Another magnificent year in the rear-view.
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Very nice read!
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Happy New Year Julie! I look forward to your year in review every year. So well done. I feel bad that you aren't able to get out more though.
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I would call that a comprehensive report. Thanks for letting us ride along.

And congratulations to you and your man!
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Excellent report, nice to see you and meet Mitch in Ft Bragg this year.

So about this wedding in your future, will it be the next CFO/wedding?

I can visualize a parking lot at the wedding full of motorcycles :lol:
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