Day 33 - 519 Miles - Daniel is home

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Daniel's House

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Daniel is home. We made it.

For his final entry:

10 Things I've learned on this trip and what you should do for yours (in my opinion)
1. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
2. It is never too late to have a happy childhood but the second one is up to you and no one else. Make it a great one.
3. No one is in charge of happiness except you. Smile, laugh and BE happy.
4. All that truly matters in the end is that you were loved.
5. Believe in miracles. They happen every day sometimes in the smallest ways.
6. Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you need.
7. No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed and show up.
8. It's OK to be mad at God He can take it. He doesn't blink. He's always there for you.
9. The best is yet to come. When in doubt; just take the next small step.
10. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. The rest will take care of itself.
Some things that you should keep in mind when on your motorcycle trip.
Those little clips that hold your GPS or cell phone to the windshield or clamp to your handlebars should never be trusted. Use extra heavy duty rubber bands.
Always have water available. Those sport bottles with the quick open tops work especially great when traveling. You can even take a drink while moving but I didn't tell you that. (The screw tops are harder to open with one hand)  

If you stop every couple of days and do a load of laundry you don't have to pack quite as much. Those little packets of laundry detergent are easy to pack.  

Stock up on "little bottles" of everything. Shampoo, toothpaste, meds., whatever. It's easier to pack and takes up less space. Saving space is most important when cycling.  

Always have plenty of bungee cords. They help cure a lot of packing and unpacking evils. You can always use them for the most unbelievable things. You can even temporarily fix things that break on your bike until you get to a repair shop. Have a lot of extra ones (big and small).  

Keep the rain gear and bike cover packed near the top of your bag for quick access. Always have a bike cover that is way too big for your bike. You never know when you are in the middle of nowhere and a storm comes up. You can cover your bike and even crawl in under it for quick shelter.  

Not everyone is a thief; and on the other hand; not everyone can be trusted either.  Be aware of your surroundings and never leave stuff on your bike when you are in a motel or restaurant. It may tend to disappear.  

If you get tired, stop for the night. Don't drink and drive. Why wreck a perfectly good motorcycle?  

If you have to buy gifts, mail them home. Don't try to carry the extra load and weight around. It only gets in the way. Mail it home along with anything you've decided you really didn't need on the trip.  

Have plenty of deep heat rub, thermal care wraps, icy hot cream or gel, pain pills, antacid, anti gas, anti diarrhea and ear plugs available. Those fluffy seat cushions that I said I'd never own are a God send. Your butt needs one. 
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