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post #1 of 11 Old 12-17-2006, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Trans American Trip

Hey everyone,

This site has been a huge help in setting up a big trip that my two brother, my father and I are going on this upcoming May. My younger brother and I will have just graduated from University in Engineering and we all wanted to go on a big trip together. We decided that beacuse life will likely get in the way of us all being able to go on a big adventure together again we were going to go big. So we are all going to ride from Ushuaia, Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Because we are limited on time, (I do have to start earning money to pay off student loans) we decided we had to make it a fairly quick trip, though we would all love to spend six months doing this, we just cant afford it. So we figured why not try to do it in a record amount of time, so we are. We are going to try to break Kevin and Julia Sanders World Record. We know Guinness doesnt endorse this anymore, but we figured if we follow the same rules they had to follow and do it in less time at least we will know. Along with this, we are encouraging our friends to come ride with us from The American-Canadian border to Red Deer, where we are from. In Red Deer we are going to take a half break and have a rally where we are going to try to raise money for the Kids Cancer Care Society of Alberta. If any of you guys will be in south america or are from south america, and could come ride with us as we travel through, showing us the way, it would be awsome. We want to show these V-Stroms can take on more than the BMW's this type of thing is normally done with. Check out our website.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-17-2006, 05:24 PM
 
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I'd be pleased to do a Southern Arizona leg with you.

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-17-2006, 06:31 PM
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Wow, that's quite a trip. Let me know what I can do for you guys when you get to So-Cal. I'd love to help.
 
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Great going! Good idea...........Dad must be happier than a "blank" in "blank"!

You might want to check out this web site. I believe he now holds the record.......

http://www.34for40.org/

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Wow. Amazing. Good luck on your trip, I could never imagine something like this.

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Great going! Good idea...........Dad must be happier than a "blank" in "blank"!

You might want to check out this web site. I believe he now holds the record.......

http://www.34for40.org/

Good Luck!
Dad is pretty happy, he is our driving force organizing alot of this trip. He has been looking forward to us graduating since we started, figures we will be making enough money that he wont have to be there finacially for us anymore. Every summer for as long as i can remember we would always go on a big trip together, usually backcountry hiking. And lately I have been on workterms or taking classes, or Justin or Ryan couldnt get it off work, so it has been tough to go on a big trip, so were trying to make the best of this opportunity.

We are very familiar with Dave’s attempt. In fact we followed his ride each day with great interest. Although Dave’s ride was a truly amazing feat, he did not follow the rules as set out by Guinness. The most significant rule Dave failed to abide by was failing to start his South American run at the Northern Coast. The rules require the South American portion of the ride include either Cartegena or Barranquilla (On our webpage we have a list of the requirements as set out by Guinness … www.noblequest.org/guinness.shtml ) Guinness also requires two witnesses to sign a log book each day. We do not wish, in any way, to diminish Dave’s accomplishments. His ride was truly amazing and it supported and brought awareness to a great cause. (I must confess I’m curious about what happened to Ryan and Donny). However Dave’s interpretation of only having to cross every line of latitude was not the official rule.

For your information, Dave was followed, only days after finishing his ride, by another rider. A big name in Iron Butt circles, Dick Fish, who traveled the full distance in 21 days. Again, however, not by the same rules dictated to Kevin and Julia by Guinness. If you refer to the Globebusters site (www.globebusters.com) you’ll see Kevin and Julia went through Caracas, Venezuela and had to backtrack in order to get to Cartagena, Colombia in order to follow the Guinness rule. This set them back a few days, as they had originally planned to ride south through Brazil. It is actually this backtrack that makes this record attainable. We contacted Kevin and Julia, the current and, because of Guinness’ decision to no longer recognize attempts, the eternal Official Holders of this record to verify these rules.

Our goal is to follow the same rules that Guinness set out for Kevin and Julia, and accomplish the ride in fewer days. We figure we have some advantages, remember, Kevin and Julia did the ride with Kevin riding the whole way himself with Julia two up. With four riders on solo bikes we feel we will be safer in remote areas. My brother Justin is a Suzuki mechanic and we believe we can set the route more efficiently, ride as a group more safely, abide by all the rules and still beat the current official record. Again we know we will never actually hold the Guinness record.

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Reno Rally

Im sure lots of you are aware of the V-Strom Gathering planned for the end of may and the start of June next year in Reno. We are planning on meeting up with riders coming from the East as part of the Pre-Gathering. Hopefully some of you will be able to join us. http://www.goraiders.org/renovstromgathering07/

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Smile Reno Pre-meet changeup

As things do, the route has changed,... for the way better. We are going to ride into Las Vegas on Wednesday night the 30th of May rather than meet up in Spanish fork and then backtrack with all the Easter premeeters to Ely. This saves us several hundred miles and gives us more time to hang out with all you other V-Strommers.

Response to our website has been outstanding. We have gotten a few emails from other who have ridded this strech and all offer great tips and advice.

One thing most people say is.... "you wont get to experience the places you visit at all" and you are right, mostly. Personally i think riding through quickly is better than not riding through at all. And im sure this trip will change us and we will likely have a long list of places that we want to come back to someday. I am preparing a huge number of interesting things we will ride by and hopefully if our timing works out we will be able to see some of them.

Have a Great day, thanks for the comments on our guestbook, and to all of you who have pledged for us towards Kids Cancer Care.

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Long Way Up & Down

I just read today that Ewan McGreggor and Charley Boorman are doing two more trips. They are riding down to South Africa from Scotland this year and then North from Argentina to Alaska. I wonder if they will follow a similar route to the one that we are taking, though obviously with more stops and probably on the rougher roads.

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Hey everyone,

Its only a few more days until until my the four of us start our big family adventure. Most everything is set up and ready to go. Im so excited its hard to sit still to study for my final exams. Last friday Justin, (my younger brother) and I were asked to go on CBC radio after they read about the four of us going on the trip from the University website. They gave us a copy and said we couldnt post it to our site but could send it to our friends. You are all my friends, so check it out at: (there are no links to that from our site).
www.noblequest.org/CBC_Radio.mp3
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And get ready to start following along, we fly south May 1st.

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