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Old 10-21-2006, 02:22 AM   #21
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Thanks for the trip on the way-back machine! I love stories like this. Your grandpa sounds like a great man.
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Old 10-21-2006, 03:40 AM   #22
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Without a doubt, one of the BEST articles EVER on MO! Thanks, Fred!!

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Old 10-21-2006, 04:44 AM   #23
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Your grandfather wasn't the only one with tears in his eyes. Thanks, Fred.
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Old 10-21-2006, 05:55 AM   #24
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Make that 3 grande soy lattes you animal exploiter!
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:06 AM   #25
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Cool story. Whenever I read these stories about the early cross-country travelers, I always wonder about the logistical problem of finding gas. I know for the more organized record rides they would make arrangements, but what about guys like Rau's grandpa who just set out without any big plan? Obviously, they would carry some along, but there is a limit to that. How widespread was the distribution of gas in those early days, especially in the west? I suppose following the railroad would simplify things, but not everybody did.
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:19 AM   #26
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Beautiful story, Fred.
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:36 AM   #27
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He'd probably be given a "bumpoff" by some Cop in a Charger at 145mph..........
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:33 AM   #28
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GREAT story, Fred! You are a superb story-teller.



Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-21-2006, 10:30 AM   #29
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A fine story. Thank you very much, Fred. I was not so fortunate as you - not a single, solitary motorcyclist in my family when I was growing up. Not a single one.



In the long run, I suppose that only means my stories will be different than Fred's. I keep telling myself that.



Thanks again.
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Old 10-21-2006, 10:34 AM   #30
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Excellent, Smithers!



On a starry night in far W. Kansas, a couple of pals and I were on our first ride to the West. I'd never been west of Birmingham, AL up until that year - '78.



I - 'er - "forget" what we were up to while we were about 100 yards behind that lonesome gas station. We'd been there for about 10 minutes as things had about run their course. And then it happened: a rather large meteor passed overhead and broke into multiple pieces just when it was passing the zenith. WOW!!
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