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Old 08-08-2005, 08:22 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Just got in last night from the Grand Tour. Tiring but absolutely fabulous! Thanks to everyone for the comments I received. I tried to document the trip as we went on the following web site....

http://www.herewego2005.blogspot.com

I think I would have no problem full timing. We loved the traveling. The only thing that could have made it better was more time. It was very intense because of the distances we wanted to go and places we had to see. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The Sunnybrook shows some wear and there are things I have to fix but, after the bearings/tires issues early in the trip, no other showstoppers occurred.
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:22 AM   #2
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Hello everyone,
Just got in last night from the Grand Tour. Tiring but absolutely fabulous! Thanks to everyone for the comments I received. I tried to document the trip as we went on the following web site....

http://www.herewego2005.blogspot.com

I think I would have no problem full timing. We loved the traveling. The only thing that could have made it better was more time. It was very intense because of the distances we wanted to go and places we had to see. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The Sunnybrook shows some wear and there are things I have to fix but, after the bearings/tires issues early in the trip, no other showstoppers occurred.
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:29 AM   #3
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Sounds like an awesome trip! Any idea what caused the bearing to go? That's the one thing I am concerned about when we travel and the reason that I always clean, inspect and repack the bearings every spring.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:14 AM   #4
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Actually, I have no idea. There had been grease on the rim for a couple weeks before and I even jacked it up, took off the rim and spun the wheel. It seemed free and not too tight. (There seemed to be too much grease after I took off the dust cap so I assumed that was it, they just used too much grease). Not!

From now on, I'm going to do my own bearings. I prefered the shop to do it so I knew it was done right. Yeah, right!

The good news is that yesterday I took the old bearings, hub, etc to my mechanic and he reimbursed me the full price with many apologies. (I'm still going to do it myself from now on!)
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:49 AM   #5
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Wow you sure had a nice trip. I realy enjoyed reading your record of what you did and the place you went to. It makes me want to get on the road and go to some of the same places. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Hi,
I wanted to let eveyone know that I have added some final thoughts and comments to the web page on our big trip including mileage, costs, etc. Thanks to everyone for your comments and support both online and offline. BTW, the final cost ended up at $10702.94.
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well thought out report
it was fun reading it
I like some of those small out of the way restaurants in SanFran's ChinaTown myself.
Good vacation !
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