PRINCESS OF THE PAVEMENT
I have ridden BMW's for years - 42 years. As a reader of this blog you have known this. If new to the blog, you can see a few of the many rides from my first, BMW a 1976 R90s to this current ride. R90S was a sweet and fast ride. Saw many "centuries" on sections of Highway One riding up to Carmel from San Luis Obispo. Then went on to other Bemers. All fun. The best though was my R1200GS. Bought that in 2007. It went everywhere slabs at high speed to crawling in the dirt. Few years later hung the FREEDOM SIDECAR on it. Spent many days out in Silverton, Durango, Ouray. Colorado. In my opinion some of the best riding anywhere! Both slabing the Million Dollar Hwy to the trails of the "outback".
Have sat in the saddle for well over 300,000 miles.
Collected a few "IRON BUTT" certs. Lots of off rode too.
Riding the "new" BMW R1200GS in Death Valley and Alabama Hills, off Hwy 395 - one of my favorite places. Also have done a couple of Jim Hyde's RAWHYDE ADVENTURES. If you get the chance, Jim does a fabulous job; and the food is almost gourmet!
Above: More photos of Jim Hyde ride in Death Valley.
Ride dirt and you will go down; but hey, put a sidecar on and you won't!
Sold the 12 GS due to an unanticpated problem and needed some quick cash. Recovered two years later and bought the Indian and hung the HANNIGAN sidecar on it. No more off road with this "PRINCESS OF THE PAVEMENT" but is a wonderful ride and looks great at fine hotels and dinning!
OVERLAND EXPO is a great event. Been there three times with the 12GS and the 4Runner. It is held twice a year in Flagstaff, AZ and in Ashville, NC. Great to attend and see the rigs and hone your skills in off road driving or riding. The vendors offer up everything you could possibly want for your rig or for camping.
So here it is a week before the judging at OVERLAND EXPO and I have to ride down for the judging. Planning on it; however we are dealing with a family medical issue that may not allow me to attend. Hope to be able to go. Just think it a hoot to take the "Princess" and win an off road event! Hey, adventure comes in many forms. You don't always have to be in the dust or the rain or the snow in the outback. Sleeping on the hard ground and eating beans. An adventure can also be seeking out the fine hotels and resturants and finding out just what is Foie Gras, or Escargot!
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