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Old 07-11-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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Can you ride to Deadhorse and back on a two week vacation? (And have fun?)

9,900 miles in basically two weeks.



That's the reaction I had from almost everyone. Why do it?
Well, I looked at it this way.. I can't take more than two weeks off, in fact I haven't taken a two week vacation in over 15 years. I just work. We've raised three kids, put them thru college, married off a couple, and now I'm just trying to get a few "me" things done.
So, I'd decided to go for a two week trip. I've been reading about trips to Alaska, and up the Dalton, for years. It became my goal to try and get it accomplished before I hit 60. I've read about guys riding it so many times, I can't keep all the trips straight.
I decided, if I'm going to go, I needed to do the whole thing. It wouldn't be good enough just to get to Alaska, or even the Arctic Circle. I had to go to Deadhorse. I'm hard headed (a trait that would cause me some problems on this trip) I've always been that way. I'm also not the most patient guy. (Another trait that would end up biting me in the backside.)
The questions are:
Was it fun? Yes, absolutely.
Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely.
Was it grueling? Yep.
Stressful? Yep.
Beautiful? Yep.
Would I have rather taken three or four weeks? Absolutely, but once again, not an option.
Was it satisfying, and what I expected? Yes.. But with some twists..
So why do a RR? Maybe there's a few guys out there trying to decide if they want to do the same thing. Once you are locked into the whole work until you die lifestyle thing, with mortgages, family, and lots of other commitments, options get limited. Very limited. I love reading about trips of months, or years, but I'm damn lucky to get two weeks off..
I'm going to post this a day at a time. Fifteen days on the road.
First a bit of background. I posted a few years ago that I was looking at going to Alaska in 2013, and I was only going to take two weeks. A guy I knew, and has since became a very good friend, posted back he was interested. There wasn't a lot of interest in a two week Alaska trip.. (So maybe there won't be much interest in a two week Alaska RR)
The two of us added a third guy that was crazy enough, and then a fourth. My partners were much more organized than I was. They planned the GPS routes, gas stops, hotels, made lists of gear, and bike prep. In trying a bit to match their efforts, helped me get better prepared. We looked at threads like "The Dalton vs the Dempster" in trying to plan. Plus, a million other Alaska RRs.
I ride a 08 GS Adventure. The other bikes on the trip were a 2012 Tenere, a 2012 KTM 990 Adv, and a 2013 1200 GSAdv.
Our goal was 8,700 miles in 16 days. (540 miles per day) I ended up going 9,902 miles in 15 days. (660 miles per day) it's a long story. It may have cost me a good friend. I'll not air my dirty laundry here, but my lack of patients, and bullheadedness, ended up with me pulling away from the group in Fairbanks.
So, if you are interested in hearing how its done, in a two week opening, read on..

Day one was by far, the easiest day of the trip. I rolled out of St Louis for a short 300 miles to St Joseph Missouri. We met up at the Stoney Creek Inn. The rustic character put us in a Montana state of mind..
The roads across Missouri aren't that exciting. I never got the camera out. I'm sure there were some nice picture opportunities along the way, but I've driven these routes hundreds of times, and all I was thinking about was being the last guy to arrive, and joining the group..



This is the only pic I took on day one. We had a flat tire on the KTM 990 Adv. he had picked up a nail, almost as he pulled into the hotel parking lot. Our group was beyond capable. The tube was replaced almost immediately, and we were ready to roll the next morning.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:33 AM   #2
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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This should be a good RR!

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:06 AM   #4
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In for the ride report.

Congrats on the trip - I need to do the same thing.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:27 AM   #5
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WWJ: Glad you are back safe, and looking forward to the rest of the report.

Some year we really do need to travel the 5 miles and meet. In 10 days I'm heading off on the Great Lakes trip we discussed before.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:57 AM   #6
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That's such a stud trip. Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by MizzouRider View Post
9,900 miles in basically two weeks.

Was it fun? Yes, absolutely.
Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely.
Was it grueling? Yep.
Stressful? Yep.
Beautiful? Yep.
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You, MizzouRider, are a boss


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Old 07-11-2013, 07:21 AM   #8
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Have looked at this before and have come up against the two week wall as well. Could stretch it maybe a couple of days but would it be worth it? Probably. I'll sit back and read this RR for more anecdotal evidence to support a similar trip. Looking forward to the RR!
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #9
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Bring it!!!!! Can't wait to see this one
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:36 AM   #10
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You are in correct in thinking that this is something that many of us are considering--due mainly to our inability to take 4 weeks off from the Salt Mines.

Thanks for posting this.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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Interesting.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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Bring it!

Too many of us working-and-want-to-be-adventurists face this dilema daily. In, and looking forward to the RR.
And let me be the first to say this . . . .YOU ARE DA MAN!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:26 AM   #13
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Awesome. I'm doing this next year so I'm interested to hear the tale!
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:58 PM   #14
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Thanks guys.. I've still got about 50 of the more difficult 120+ emails that backed up at work, to go through. Some are a little pressing. So,,, I'll get on to day two early tomorrow morning.
I'm glad a few of you guys are interested.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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Very interested!

Bring it on mate!

I was wondering if I can get from Santiago to Ushuaia and back in 2 weeks....

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Thanks guys.. I've still got about 50 of the more difficult 120+ emails that backed up at work, to go through. Some are a little pressing. So,,, I'll get on to day two early tomorrow morning.
I'm glad a few of you guys are interested.
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