The Adventures of BeaterGT-Weekend Share (Lots of photos)

Hey Oppo! This post is a bit overdue but it is fair to say there have been some speed bumps along the way. Some of you may know that I took some time off last year to travel (link here) Little did I know how much I would end up treasuring this experience.

Obviously, this is partly due to travel plans being curtailed by the pandemic but I was also recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The good news is it was caught early enough, it’s highly curable, and surgery went well. But it was still weird hearing, “If you’re going to get cancer, this is the one to get” ... thanks Doc? At least I get a gnarly-looking scar out of it.

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Anywho since I can’t do much of anything while I recover, I figure this is a good time to share some pieces of the journey. As fate would have it, the trip starts and ends in NJ. The first leg was up through the northeast before it got too cold/snowy and I could still pick up a new bike before shops switched up their inventory. Then it was the yearly Grand Prix trip with my best friend, this time to Circuit of the Americas in Austin. After flying back to NJ from Texas, I headed south til I hit Key West and then west to California. The original “plan” was to continue up through the PNW, stay with some friends, and then into Canada but decided the best course of action would be to return to NJ as the states were beginning to react to Covid.

The vehicles...

2005 Subaru Legacy GT

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2015 Ghost Kato 5 Hardtail

2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp - Got lucky finding this demo bike in Waterbury, VT. Half off MSRP and a full service before being subject to further abuse.

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Some numbers...

~20,000 miles by car, ~800 miles by bike

71 fuel ups with a best of 27.7 MPG and worst of 19.6 MPG

28 states with 7 National Parks, 15 State Parks

Highlights...

Meeting some Oppofolk and seeing friends from high school, college, and previous trips.

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All the different type of driving from mountain, canyon and coastal drives to off roading through mud, sand, and forest trails.

Camping on/near Air Force Ranges and waking up to sonic booms.

All the different reactions from people! Some thought the trip was an awesome idea while others (former coworkers especially) thought I was crazy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Was called everything from a bum/vagabond to an heir/millionaire. I like to think I fall somewhere in the middle.

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And some lowlights...

Seized brake caliper (link)

Broken starter in the middle of nowhere, turns out tapping the starter with a ratchet actually works!

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Accidentally punching a cholla cactus while biking in Tucson. Left hand was shedding barbs for a few months.

Crashing my mountain bike and having to take two weeks off of riding while my knee healed up.

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I took hundreds of photos, but here are some of my favorites. All shot with a Pixel 3.

Kancamagus Highway
Kancamagus Highway
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Trails by the quarry
Trails by the quarry
Photo: Me
Sunset at CoTA
Sunset at CoTA
Photo: Me
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Roanoke, VA
Roanoke, VA
Photo: Me
Sunset, SC
Sunset, SC
Photo: Me
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One stop shop
One stop shop
Photo: Me
Sleeping in the sun
Sleeping in the sun
Photo: Me
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Charleston, SC Sunset
Charleston, SC Sunset
Photo: Me
Nightfall from campsite in GA
Nightfall from campsite in GA
Photo: Me
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Warrior rat raiding and pillaging my campsite in FL
Warrior rat raiding and pillaging my campsite in FL
Photo: Me
Impromptu trip to Hogwarts. Hmm butterbeer.
Impromptu trip to Hogwarts. Hmm butterbeer.
Photo: Me
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Everglades NP
Everglades NP
Photo: Me
Mantis shrimp
Mantis shrimp
Photo: Me
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Hell yea, Brother
Hell yea, Brother
Photo: Me
Amazing FL MTB trails
Amazing FL MTB trails
Photo: Me
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Talladega National Forest
Talladega National Forest
Photo: Me
Big Bend NP
Big Bend NP
Photo: Me
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Night Sight working wonders in Carlsbad Caverns NP
Night Sight working wonders in Carlsbad Caverns NP
Photo: Me
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South Mountain Park - Phoenix, AZ
South Mountain Park - Phoenix, AZ
Photo: Me
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Superstition Mountains, AZ
Superstition Mountains, AZ
Photo: Me
Senna mural in downtown Phoenix, AZ
Senna mural in downtown Phoenix, AZ
Photo: Me
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Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Photo: Me
Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Photo: Me
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Jalpa! Barrett Jackson with Vajazzle McDildertits
Jalpa! Barrett Jackson with Vajazzle McDildertits
Photo: Me
Seen at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Seen at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Photo: Me
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Lakeside Camping in AZ
Lakeside Camping in AZ
Photo: Me
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Made it to the west coast
Made it to the west coast
Photo: Me
Ridge riding
Ridge riding
Photo: Me
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Watching rock climbers at Joshua Tree NP
Watching rock climbers at Joshua Tree NP
Photo: Me
Tiny horned lizard
Tiny horned lizard
Photo: Me
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Mountain biking near Lake Elsinore, CA
Mountain biking near Lake Elsinore, CA
Photo: Me
Marconi Museum, such a treat.
Marconi Museum, such a treat.
Photo: Me
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THICC
THICC
Photo: Me
Sleeping otters in Morro Bay, CA
Sleeping otters in Morro Bay, CA
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Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park
Photo: Me
Glamour shots
Glamour shots
Photo: Deb
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Desert Oasis in CA
Desert Oasis in CA
Photo: Me
Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
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Oppo Drive - Malibu, CA
Oppo Drive - Malibu, CA
Photo: Me
Back near Morro Bay - Cerro Alto, CA
Back near Morro Bay - Cerro Alto, CA
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Worst photo of Bixby Creek Bridge
Worst photo of Bixby Creek Bridge
Photo: Me
CA Coastline (edited)
CA Coastline (edited)
Photo: Me
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Camping among giants
Camping among giants
Photo: Me
Still can’t believe I hiked to the top of that waterfall - Yosemite NP
Still can’t believe I hiked to the top of that waterfall - Yosemite NP
Photo: Me
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Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Photo: Me
Fog rolling into Sequoia NP
Fog rolling into Sequoia NP
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Sequoia NP
Sequoia NP
Photo: Me
Exchequer Mountain Bike Park - La Grange, CA
Exchequer Mountain Bike Park - La Grange, CA
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Got sent through some mud. Hurricane, UT
Got sent through some mud. Hurricane, UT
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Hurricane, UT
Hurricane, UT
Photo: Me
Had some visitors
Had some visitors
Photo: Me
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Moon rising over Zion NP
Moon rising over Zion NP
Photo: Me
Gooseberry Mesa, UT
Gooseberry Mesa, UT
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Somewhere in TX
Somewhere in TX
Photo: Me
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If you made it this far, thank you! Hope you enjoyed. It’s been a hell of a ride.

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