Some Emails Received From New and Old Friends

Thursday, May 4, 2006 10:32 AM

Ted, congratulations on your trip so far. I've been following your progress on the website. Keep those updates coming. I've always wanted to do a ride like yours, so thanks for the vicarious thrill. E. -- Emerson Brooks

Friday, May 5, 2006 10:07 PM

I think there are pigletts in Heaven or at least something comparable. We won't loose anything good that we have now and everything that seems bad will be made good and the best is yet to come. I learned that from a guy on the net at

Chris sent me your ride site. It is very interesting .Becky and I are living it through you .  Some of the guys at work are  watching too . They all expressed surprise that you were doing it on a sportster. We think you were smart to lay over. Push it too much and it takes the fun out of it. You are doing a great job even with your time management . Most guys would wait till it was over before working up the site. This is great!! Our sympathy with you on the unwelcomed camping . We did that once in Va. I slept with my pants on but the guy left us alone.

I am Chris' dad. I'll attach the picture of the bike Chris gave me as a retirement gift last May. We have just turned over 10,000 smiles on it and the tires are showing wear. How's yours?

It's a great ride and a great site and a great life. We appreciate you Ted. Chris and Becky

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:22 PM

Hey Ted,

Oh man!  Anyone's worst nightmare HAS to be running out of gas in the middle of the desert!!!  What as bummer.  I hope that was all the crappy luck for your trip.  The rest should be wonderful after having to deal with that.

Won't be long before you're at the California destination.  At that point you'll have a week's (or is it two?) vacation.  Are you still enthusiastic? I hope so, cause you'll still have plenty of adventures on the trip back (and they just HAVE to be GOOD adventures!).

So....take care and the BEST to you for the remainder of your trip.

Ciao, Arni

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 1:28 PM

Hello Ted,
This is Steve. I read the blurb about me on your site, thanks for including me in your big ride. Quick note, I am seasonal Staff at Philmont Scout Ranch, which is why I happened to be in Cimarron. And Bikers are good people, I have met quite a few in my travels. This is my 6th summer working for Philmont. Its really exciting to witness your x-country ride. I am so Jealous. I had originally planned on riding to New Mexico from Michigan, but my '74 Honda CL360 wont really be comfortable making the trip. (although i have hear of alot of people who did similar trips in the late 60s/early 70s on bikes of a similar size, however, the bikes werent 32 yrs old.) I was looking at getting something similar to a Honda CB 650 or 750 and attempting the trip on that, but due to time and financial matters, I didnt have a chance to put that together. Thanks for including me in your site, I look forward to hearing more about your trip as it progresses.
Have a great ride,
I hope you collect some great stories about the people you meet along the way.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 8:46 PM

Your 15 anniversary issue was a touch of real class.
My buddy , Blaz Ramierz, says you are a brave hombre for doin that ride.
Chris (the older)

Thursday, May 25, 2006 9:28 PM's the bike running? And how is the ride so far. Are'nt there some great roads in California.
Ride safe, rest when your dead.
Mike Kieber
McGuire Harley-Davidson/Buell
(925) 945-6500

Tuesday, June 6, 2006 5:20 PM

MR.Baird, As soon as you get home please check yourself in to the nearest Hospital. You are not well, you need a Doctor. "What the Heck were you thinking!" And Thanks for letting us join you on your odyssey across this great land. But i still think you need a Doctor.
                                                      Good Luck
                                                      Ride Safe,
                                                 Blas Ramirez

Tuesday, June 6, 2006 10:41 PM

Glad to see your still having fun.  We also just returned from a fun week in Canada-- on PEI.  For one reason or another thou we were without Internet communication.  So it is good to get back here on the Vineyard and get the laptop going again. 

You appear to be on the last lap of your trip and still going strong.  You hit some of the same places in the mid west we hit last Fall--they are such great stops.  We are going to have to compare notes when you get back.

Hang in there,

Jim Cademartori

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 10:05 PM

Ted, looks like you're on the home stretch. How are you going to be able to go back to R&E and sit in the basement? (But don't start thinking about that yet) Maybe you should turn around and go back the long way - re-trace your entire trip back to MD.
Hope you don't hit too much rain.  It's raining here again tonight.  We've only had 1 nice day since we've been here. But it beats work also.
They let you back in the US.  Did they ask where you were from?  That border crossing must not be too busy.  They showed pictures on tv of one of the Interstate crossings and it was really backed up after they caught those guys in Canada.  We're off to Montreal on Sat.
Looks like the pipes are staying on.

Thursday, June 8, 2006 2:20 PM


I'm still following your adventure. I'm sorry it has to end, but I'll look forward to some stories the next time I see you.

Emerson Brooks
RABA Technologies

Thursday, June 8, 2006 9:02 PM

Hi Ted,

Hope you arrived safe an sound (not to wet I hope) at your Mom's in Dumont. Ed wants to know how the route 7 ride was all the way down. Continue to have a safe ride back home and our best to Claudia. It was such a wonderful treat an surprise to have you stop in for a visit. We certainly enjoyed having you. And listening to your stories about your experiences on the road was just terrific. Please try to keep in touch - drop a line or two when you have a free moment every now an then. I'll try an do the same. Take care and I hope it doesn't take 33 more years for us to see one another again. Remember you (Claudia too) are welcome here anytime. Take Care Bro and Happy Trails!!!



PS: the fudge an brownies are splendidly scrumptious-Thanks Again!

Friday, June 9, 2006 5:09 PM

We’re going to be sad to not have your website to watch each day!  We have really enjoyed your trip ---- better you doing the riding than either one of us, for sure!!!!  You did a FANTASTIC job with your journal, pictures, and maps.  Will you print it all out when you get home and keep a book of your adventure?  Thanks for letting us vicariously take a trip across this big country and back, including a little trip to Canada to boot.

Take care; safe trip home.

Arni & Pete

Friday, June 9, 2006 9:57 AM


Jean Edwards shared your site with me and I have truly enjoyed it. I am a former Honda and Kawasaki owner and often long for another bike. Thanks for helping me “ride” again through your writings and photographs.

Michael Patch

Saturday, June 10, 2006 9:03 AM

Dear Ted, You are an amazing guy who did an amazing feat. Only you know how much inner and outer strength that took. Your wife must be made of pretty tough stuff too. Your site ought to be in the library of Congress or someplace more prominent. Yought to run for president.

You gave us the shudders when you were gone off into the Adirondacks and Vermont. We didn't hear from you. I was a wondering. We have those seasonal roads around here that go over the mountains, I know the feeling. Washouts, loose gravel, downed trees; Ya worry about the bike more than yourself. Congratulations too you both, and nice job little piglet. That was a lot of goin. I bet the HD folks would be interested.

By the way what other feats have you accomplished. You mentioned tracking your Porsche, and what ya got in mind next.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip with you Ted. Love from here, Chris and Becky Williamson

Sunday, June 11, 2006 10:33 PM

Hi, Ted,
I just finished catching up on the last few days of your trip.  Let me just "cut to the chase" and say that the whole adventure was just amazing.  Your photos and description are so outstanding that I felt like I was in the sidecar (without the bugs in my teeth and the rain in my face).   
My favorite photo by far was of your mother on the Harley.  It's easy to see where you get your famous smile. 
Welcome home and thanks for sharing your experiences with those of us who feel the need for four wheels under us.  I don't plan to buy a Harley, but you have definitely inspired me to spend more time OFF the Interstate.
Welcome home - Bob
Bob Dupwe

Sunday, June 18, 2006 8:44 PM

You took us around the country on a piglet. Where to on the Hog,The moon?
Blaz Ramirez