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12/27/15 12:34am - Original Message: 'The Trail to AZ'
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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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Retired Thursday, packed that night and left on Christmas day to Wisc for a family visit and then to AZ....dragging a motorcycle.  Left Fond Du Lac, Wi this afternoon for Cedar Rapids.  On Sunday we are hoping to make it to Hays KS...missing the blizzard to the south.  We had planned on going thru Wichita (have fun Larry shoveling snow!), Oklahoma City then Amarillo TX......which of course is gonna get buried in a blizzard! 
Looking to stop in Santa Fe Monday night, Flagstaff Tuesday and arrive in Phoenix at 3:00 to move in for two months.
The cycle was wrapped in stretch film to keep it clean.....not!  75 mph on the highway just peels it off!  I'll have time to clean it later.
 

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12/27/15 8:23am - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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Congrats on your retirement. I hope you enjoy it and get to do all the things you ever wanted to do! Be safe on your journey and look forward to seeing what adventures you find. 
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12/27/15 11:55am - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Congrats on the Retirement, and the GOLDWING! Nice. I have mine scattered doing much needed rehab/leak patrol during the winter time. 
Yup..trying to put a cover, or anything like that on a bike OR car during transport on an open trailer is futile. You'll wind up doing more damage than just leaving it un-covered. Hope it dint get too may scratches. Thumbs Up


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12/27/15 3:36pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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1975 L48 Stingray 1992 LT1

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Thats great, enjoy your retirement. See you in July



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12/27/15 3:45pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Gig Harbor, WA - USA

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1973 L82 4 Speed Coupe - Very original, well documented driver/survivor. 2016 Bend Regional NCRS Top Flight.

Joined: 10/2/2014
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Hey John, congrats on your retirement and welcome to the land of no alarm clocks and no collared shirts !! Or at least that's what I call it. 

Have some fun but be safe on the Goldwing. Great riding in AZ, but way too many people concentrating on everything else but the road while driving. 

See you in July !!


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12/27/15 4:52pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Belvidere, IL - USA

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1977 Black T-Top ZZ4 5Sp 16in Wheels


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Congratulations John, enjoy your retirement!

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12/27/15 6:50pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Wichita, KS - USA

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2005 Daytona Sunset Orange Coupe ----------- Sold 1974 T-top, 4 spd to BillKS

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Congratulations on your retirement, John.  It's @6pm here in Wichita and only had some sleet and freezing rain earlier today.  Roads aren't bad yet and they say only 3-6" of the white stuff by tomorrow night.  It's not supposed to start snowing until midnight.  Wind is really howling, so be careful.  If you need to stop for the night here in Wichita, give me a call... Larry Dukes in the phone book.  Hope you have a safe trip to Az. 


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12/27/15 9:55pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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I'm up in Hays, KS tonight.  Dry roads and no snow seen yet.  I'll turn south just before Denver and hit Santa Fe, NM Monday night.   No paint damage on the bike. The "wrap" peeled off up to the windshield today....almost naked.
 


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12/27/15 11:33pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

Joined: 4/18/2007
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Hey John, I'll be back in Phoenix in...well, not quite sure, probably a couple of weeks.  We'll have to get together for a ride and dinner when I get back.

Congrats on the retirement.


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12/27/15 11:38pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Congrats on joining the folks on permanent vacation...!!!
 
Not sure what route you're planning on taking but going to the 2013 Gathering in Colorado Springs near Limon, CO on I-70 we took US 24 into the Springs and it was a good road.   Looking at the current radar you'll hit some snow but probably miss most of the major stuff.
 
Safe travels...!!!


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12/28/15 12:16pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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  Congratulations!  Keep it shiny side up, the wind in your face and the sun on your back. ENJOY!    I have an old Venture Royale. Great bike, nice ride. I pull a trailer for camping. Maybe this summer I'll get to ride more. Kinda wet last year, and spent sunny days on the lawn mower.  Be Safe!

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12/28/15 1:32pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Woodland Park, CO - USA

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1973 T-Top, Red, 4spd manual, L82

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Congrats John -- enjoy the wild life.  Shoulda had a good day of traveling today -- lots of sun here in the West no snow for a change.  Nice Wing.  See you at the Gathering!!!

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12/28/15 8:49pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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Norsky said: Congrats on joining the folks on permanent vacation...!!!
 
Not sure what route you're planning on taking but going to the 2013 Gathering in Colorado Springs near Limon, CO on I-70 we took US 24 into the Springs and it was a good road.   Looking at the current radar you'll hit some snow but probably miss most of the major stuff.
 
Safe travels...!!!


Hi Jim,
That's the route I took!  Snow is all melted of the roads....what was all the commotion about... a blizzard?  In MN it's just a regular event!


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12/28/15 8:59pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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Congrats on retirement, have a fantastic stay!
Safe travels........
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12/30/15 6:20am - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Congrats on your retirement! I hope you enjoy many years of it. Thumbs Up




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12/30/15 4:08pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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Thanks everyone.  Arrived, unpacked, place is great!  Weather is 65 degrees..... I could come here every winter!  Tomorrow I need to detail the Wing for the New Years Day ride.  Life is good!  Smile

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12/31/15 5:01pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Scotch Plains, NJ - USA

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1981 Corvette Coupe, Stock, Black on Black, 4 Spd

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Hey John,
Congratulations and enjoy your retirement!
A few more years and a few more $$$ before I get there.                


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1/8/16 10:53am - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Peoria, AZ - USA

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1981 standard corvette. Black T Top

Joined: 12/24/2015
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AZ is a good place to retire wife and I have been here 2 years now love it
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1/22/16 11:10am - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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Las Cruces, NM - USA

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1975 Stingray Coupe - Yellow/White

Joined: 3/11/2006
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Congrats on retirement, and welcome to the southwest.



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1/22/16 8:29pm - Reply: 'Re: The Trail to AZ'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Congrats on retirement John. Only two months in AZ. We've got plans I won't mention yet but maybe we will see you round Phoenix 😀

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