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Old 08-08-2006, 06:15 PM   #1
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Laugh I think ALCAN, I think ALCAN - 47 Days & 16,300 Miles

With the stars aligned and the kitchen passes in place, let the adventure begin. Since I have good high speed access at this point, I will jump right into the report. The back story and other information will be added...

First leg is Starkville, MS to San Diego, CA. I have a conference there and it's basically on the way, sort of

Day One rolls around with the bike mostly reassembled and me mostly ready to go Found that I had forgotten to put the tankbag straps back on the bike

Got that fixed...


and here is our intrepid adventurer about to head off into the sunset Mississippi summer at noon...

rolling bags make great wheelie bars

The first day's goal is Dallas, TX and the home of Trip. The start was about 2 hours later than I wanted it to be, but what's a couple hours in the grand scheme of things....

Here is the new cockpit layout...


and here is the starting odometer reading, just for the record.


Let's go find Trip... Dallas HO!


Everyone always finds interesting things to see and beautiful landscapes to capture. This really adds to the ride reports. I found some cool stuff as well...

These are pine trees Saw a lot of them at the start of the ride.


I ran across Mississippi on Hwy 82. There is a pretty cool part of that road when you drop down out of the hills onto the delta. Maybe 100ft change in altitude, no much but pretty dramatic. You go from rolling hills to board flat in about a half mile...


Once on the Delta, you see lots of cotton...


and catfish ponds. Eat Mississippi Catfish


Waited for a train and thought of GasPipe


mobile art, an added feature of today's modern railroads...


The Mississippi Delta is rich with history. Much of the history of the blues has its roots here. There are blues tours, clubs, and museums throughout the Delta. The home of one such legend is Leland, MS. Many of you know him, he was a pretty well known banjo player.


Ol' Kermit hangs in this crib


The museum has a big collection of Muppet collectibles and photographs. Jim Henson was born here...


I tried to talk Kermit into going on the road with me, but he refused to ride the KLR... Later dude...


Next up, the mighty Mississippi... they are getting started on a new bridge.


a tow headed up river...


Welcome to Arkansas


A lot of times on the road, I see military vehicles parked out by a VFW. This VFW had a tank you could actually get close to without driving on their lawn...


They saw everything is bigger in Texas, well these folks were in Texarkana, Arkansas. This was a BIG grill. It was about 25-30ft long and had 10-15 openings on the other side


Welcome to Texas squint, squint


Making my way across Texas.


Texas Sunset...


I forgot my reservation confirmation for HotelTrip, so I got a little bribe for the doorman Perfect mounting spot


So, I arrive at CasaTrip around 11pm.

Day one 558 miles 10hrs 36min...
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Old 08-08-2006, 06:24 PM   #2
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Before my Grandparents died a few years ago, I used to visit them in southern Arkansas three times a year, by way of Hwy 82 as you've just described.

I've seen those sights many a time, but not lately (no reason to go there anymore).

Thanks.
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Old 08-08-2006, 06:32 PM   #3
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Hey DD......Have a safe trip and tell Mostro Snady sez hi when you see him.

You boys have fun!
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Old 08-08-2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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Your KLR....

...will feel right at home up there. GSs and KLRs abound. I guy up in Alaska told me the KLRs are like cockroaches you just can't kill 'em. Have fun!

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Old 08-08-2006, 06:52 PM   #5
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rolling bags make great wheelie bars
"Hey, ya'll, watch 'is!"



This is gonna be good.

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Old 08-08-2006, 07:08 PM   #6
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Alaska is fun...



See ya friday!!

Later,
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:14 PM   #7
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Yo Jay, it was great havin ya drop by. Sorry I wasn't a better host. Work nights suck. Glad you made it to Sandy Eggo. Wave at my daughters in Oceanside when you ride by.


I'm sure there will be a few other KLR's on the Alcan. I doubt many will have been ridden there. I'm SURE none will have been ridden as far as you will travel to get there.

You da man !!!! Crazy, ADV man.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:53 PM   #8
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:24 PM   #9
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Are those 30mm ammo cans?
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:27 PM   #10
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Are those 30mm ammo cans?


bedliner spray can...
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:32 PM   #11
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I heard this thread would pop up....

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:40 PM   #12
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I heard this thread would pop up....

bet you're involved somehow too...
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:59 PM   #13
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Yeup, me too.

Waiting for that popping sound, as this thread exceeds "Toxic Britney"!
Go get 'em DD.

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Old 08-08-2006, 09:02 PM   #14
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looking forward to reading this one!

have a great ride!!
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