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Old 01-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #271
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Anna...YOU GO GIRL!

You RR is absolutely wonderful. It's so inspiring to see a woman take control and just go on a trip like this. I am about to be 47 and my boys are about to go to college and you have motivated me to start planning our (me and the hubby's) trip to Alaska in a year or two. I have been to Alaska before and it is absolutely breathtaking. I'm trying to convince the hubby that when I retire we should move up there for a year.

I know that this ride is good for your soul and your brother is so proud of you...I'm sure he's enjoying your adventure too!

Ride safe!
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:45 AM   #272
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Don't be like me. I got out of college in 1965 and thought about roaming around the world for a couple of years. I was brought up on the philosophy of getting a job, working hard, save your money and when you retire, then it's time to play. Only one problem with that thought. Now I'm retired. It's time to play. I have the money but my right knee is gone. I just got out of a total knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and the idea of a long ride anywhere is totally out of the question. The rest of my body is in good condition but standing on the pegs floating over the bumps for extended time is only a dream.
Get serious, with your rehab. It'll take some time, but, you'll be surprised how much better your knee can get. Also, highway pegs will be of great benefit.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #273
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get serious, with your rehab. It'll take some time, but, you'll be surprised how much better your knee can get. Also, highway pegs will be of great benefit.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:07 AM   #274
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R&T and RoninMoto, If you are going to do a RTW, DO IT NOW! You want me to repeat that? DO IT NOW! Don't be like me. I got out of college in 1965 and thought about roaming around the world for a couple of years. I was brought up on the philosophy of getting a job, working hard, save your money and when you retire, then it's time to play. Only one problem with that thought. Now I'm retired. It's time to play. I have the money but my right knee is gone. I just got out of a total knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and the idea of a long ride anywhere is totally out of the question. The rest of my body is in good condition but standing on the pegs floating over the bumps for extended time is only a dream. Ruff, all I can say is DO IT NOW. The back roads of the world are a magnet you should follow. If this sounds like the ramblings of a cynical old man, the answer is yes.
Yours truly, old fart Bob
good advice, Bob! I too wish I had pursued some of my dreams a long time ago. Old age and failing health is a greater restriction than a tight budget.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:29 AM   #275
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R&T and RoninMoto, If you are going to do a RTW, DO IT NOW! You want me to repeat that? DO IT NOW! Don't be like me. I got out of college in 1965 and thought about roaming around the world for a couple of years. I was brought up on the philosophy of getting a job, working hard, save your money and when you retire, then it's time to play. Only one problem with that thought. Now I'm retired. It's time to play. I have the money but my right knee is gone. I just got out of a total knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and the idea of a long ride anywhere is totally out of the question.The rest of my body is in good condition but standing on the pegs floating over the bumps for extended time is only a dream. Ruff, all I can say is DO IT NOW. The back roads of the world are a magnet you should follow. If this sounds like the ramblings of a cynical old man, the answer is yes.
Yours truly, old fart Bob
Right now I know you don't think you are going to be standing on the peg's floating over the bumps. I haven't seen Anna floating on the pegs to get her ride done. I had both of my knee's done on 13 Dec, 2011. 5, July, 2012 went on a 7000 mile trip to Inuvik and back. Hang in there and do your therapy. It gets better. Go around the world if you have time and finances. Your new knee shouldn't hold you back.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:38 PM   #276
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This story just keeps getting better and better. I sure hope the sun finally follows you for a few days. Keep it coming.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #277
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R&T and RoninMoto, If you are going to do a RTW, DO IT NOW! You want me to repeat that? DO IT NOW! Don't be like me. I got out of college in 1965 and thought about roaming around the world for a couple of years. I was brought up on the philosophy of getting a job, working hard, save your money and when you retire, then it's time to play. Only one problem with that thought. Now I'm retired. It's time to play. I have the money but my right knee is gone. I just got out of a total knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and the idea of a long ride anywhere is totally out of the question. The rest of my body is in good condition but standing on the pegs floating over the bumps for extended time is only a dream. Ruff, all I can say is DO IT NOW. The back roads of the world are a magnet you should follow. If this sounds like the ramblings of a cynical old man, the answer is yes.
Yours truly, old fart Bob
It is common for people to get a bit depressed after surgery. But, sitting around wishing for lost youth is a big waste of your remaining life. Knee rehab is tough. Get tougher and get your life back.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #278
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It is common for people to get a bit depressed after surgery. But, sitting around wishing for lost youth is a big waste of your remaining life. Knee rehab is tough. Get tougher and get your life back.
Enough of the thread hijack. This is about Anna and her ride.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #279
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Enough of the thread hijack. This is about Anna and her ride.
The RR threads are always about the OP's ride and my post wasn't a 'hijack'.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #280
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Just wondering.....
How was the financial side of this voyage?
If you don't feel like discussing that on the board, maybe PM me.
I am having a hard time figuring out an equation for a trip like this.
Probably a bit different doing the SW and Alaska, even though Alaska will be the 2nd voyage.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:43 AM   #281
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Just wondering.....
How was the financial side of this voyage?
If you don't feel like discussing that on the board, maybe PM me.
I am having a hard time figuring out an equation for a trip like this..
Yes, good question. I second that. Not to be invasive really but just out of genuine interest? I can sit and do a mind model of costs and be fairly accurate though , but reality is always the most acccurate. Of course very understandable if you don't wish to throw this up.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:02 AM   #282
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Just wondering.....
How was the financial side of this voyage?
If you don't feel like discussing that on the board, maybe PM me.
I am having a hard time figuring out an equation for a trip like this.
Probably a bit different doing the SW and Alaska, even though Alaska will be the 2nd voyage.
I think I averaged $1/mile. And that was just to cover food, gas, and staying in cheap places/camping along the way. I think that's about as cheap as you're gonna get. Good luck with your planning.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:12 AM   #283
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Thanks. Did you actually look up your route and figured where you would be staying and then look up hotels, motels, hostels and campgrounds, plus the average gas price in the area?
Seems a little complicated.....Maybe just save $2 a mile for safety and call it a day! LOL
I will be doing a little more sight seen, so I was thinking 250 miles of travel a day.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:33 AM   #284
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Just wondering.....
How was the financial side of this voyage?
If you don't feel like discussing that on the board, maybe PM me.
I am having a hard time figuring out an equation for a trip like this.
Probably a bit different doing the SW and Alaska, even though Alaska will be the 2nd voyage.
If the op doesn't mind, I might be able to help with some figures. My wife and
I rolled up the Alcan to home in Fairbanks within a couple days of ruffntuff
(sorry we didn't cross paths.) Our trip avg gas cost/gal was $4.70 (USD) for 91+
octane, regular would be less of course, with 3600 miles in US and 2000 miles
in Canada. Some stations along the Alcan don't have 91, only 87. Typical gas
prices in Canada ranged from $4.80/gal USD in Calgary to a high of $6.00/gal USD at
Pink Mountain BC and Muncho Lake BC. Gas is less in the towns than at the
highway lodges, no surprise there. Our avg food/day was about $30 for two
of us with grocery store for breakfast and lunch and restaurant for dinner.
That is low but our travels had several days staying with friends and
family. We don't tent and avg motel was $95. Best info source for the Alcan
is the Milepost book. And as ruffntuff found, ADV'ers in Ak will help out, just give
us a shout on ADV Alaska regional or send me a PM.
Most of us have been there...
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:40 PM   #285
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If the op doesn't mind, I might be able to help with some figures. My wife and
I rolled up the Alcan to home in Fairbanks within a couple days of ruffntuff
(sorry we didn't cross paths.) Our trip avg gas cost/gal was $4.70 (USD) for 91+
octane, regular would be less of course, with 3600 miles in US and 2000 miles
in Canada. Some stations along the Alcan don't have 91, only 87. Typical gas
prices in Canada ranged from $4.80/gal USD in Calgary to a high of $6.00/gal USD at
Pink Mountain BC and Muncho Lake BC. Gas is less in the towns than at the
highway lodges, no surprise there. Our avg food/day was about $30 for two
of us with grocery store for breakfast and lunch and restaurant for dinner.
That is low but our travels had several days staying with friends and
family. We don't tent and avg motel was $95. Best info source for the Alcan
is the Milepost book. And as ruffntuff found, ADV'ers in Ak will help out, just give
us a shout on ADV Alaska regional or send me a PM.
Most of us have been there...
Thank you for the info and offer.
I will start my own thread soon to get more info for my trip rather than thread jacking others. LOL........I apologize.....
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