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post #1 of 11 Old 08-15-2016, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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1/2crazed back from Alaska! Closes loop on Key West to Prudhoe Bay and back ride!

Hey guys,

Guess the title says it all. I returned yesterday from my solo Deland, Fl to Key West, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and back to Deland, Fl ride.

I don't know the exact miles yet, but it was over 14,000 miles I'm sure.

It was an awesome ride and an epic adventure. I am still mentally digesting the details.

I was able to check off all the boxes I wanted to check-Dalton Highway, Denali Highway, Top of the World Highway, Salmon Glacier road,,,and a hundred other destinations.

The good, virtually everything! No mechanical issues with the bike, no health issues, didn't drop her anywhere...

The bad, as I sit down to post this, I notice I still have some slight strength and dexterity loss in my right index finger, secondary to overusing the cheap throttle lock cruise control I put on before I left!

Otherwise, there were many challenges met and obstacles overcome, it was not all miles and smiles just like on any other motorcycle road trip! Which is exactly why I and so many of you enjoy them so much. If it was all so easy, little girls could do it.

And thanks to macdoc for suggesting the beadrider seat cover! I was able to complete two back to back unofficial Iron Butt rides the first two days of my northbound journey- Deland to just east of Indianapolis the first day, and then on to Fargo, ND the next day. Over 2,000 miles in two days. Without the beadrider,,,no way!

I never posted from on the road due to not wanting to be married to a ride report as well as scanty and slow wifi. My main priorities were twofold, to return safely and in one piece, and to do my best to communicate with my wife and 87 year old dad at least once per day. And that can be challenging in the far north as you can imagine.

Anyway, I've never posted a ride report on this forum, so any advice will be appreciated, esp as far as the most effective way to post photos. I am currently using photobucket and resizing and posting. If there are better ways, please share.

I hope to start posting a RR in the next few days. In the meantime, if anyone has any specific questions please reply and I will be glad to relay my experience.

And to the forum member from Fairbanks who wanted to chat while I was up there, I apologize, I forgot to give you a call. I was so busy there anyway between getting my new tires mounted and changing my oil and mentally agonizing over everything that could go wrong on the Dalton. Anyway, shoot me a pm if you'd like and I'll try to get back to you in a day or two.

In the meantime,

Ride Safe Y"all!

Oh, here's a pic of me right after getting home yesterday...
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-15-2016, 01:44 PM
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Congrats! That is an awesome accomplishment. Looking forward to the ride report.

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This is definitely a trip not for the faint of heart. I'm dreaming of this trip one day but as someone who currently only gets two weeks vacation from work per year, it's rather hard to be able to find the time. I hope you took pictures because they make the RR all the better. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment that many bikers have attempted and failed at.

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I'm in awe! I have a difficult time doing 1K / day in a car...can't imagine doing this on a bike, much less two in a row. What an adventure...also look forward to hearing more about it.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-15-2016, 02:40 PM
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Good for you ...back to back 1k....you should write that up for the Beadrider crew.
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Congratulations . A noble endeavor!
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Congratulations on an epic ride!!! I can't wait to see a ride report.
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Easy chair, popcorn, and "beverages" await your RR.......

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I met and spoke with the guy that owns beadrider a couple of days before I left, very interesting guy. He operates out of Port Orange, Fl, about 40 miles from my house.

Anyway, he has been a firm believer in the beaded seat cover for decades, and once held the Iron Butt record for Key West to Prudhoe Bay, an astonishing 4 days and 16 hours!

Definitely, he did not get much sight seeing done.

Ride Report and pics will be coming out over the next couple of weeks, have to get the bike back in shape first. Just adjusted the chain-I knew I should have adjusted it in Missoula, Mt, when I changed the oil for the SECOND time on the trip. It was a little loose then, it was almost touching my centerstand when I got back. Oh well, they say looser is better than tighter...
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Sounds like a great trip & thousand mile days on any bike is an accomplishment. When everything lines up, weather, road, mood, time, sometimes I just don't feel like ever stopping. As far as the RR goes, it's yours, put it together the way you want but humor makes them a good read in my book.

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