Chasing Dreams, vol. 2

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by skierd, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    A year ago I was a very different man. I was physically well but mentally and emotionally I was broken. Has it really only been a year? Almost to the day...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=661723

    I figured out a lot on that ride. First and foremost, stock spark plugs only. :lol: Let go of the planning and just ride. It took me over two weeks of fighting a schedule and itinerary that was completely self imposed before I realized I was being absolutely ridiculous and needed to relax and flow. I refined my pack list and gear wants/need immensely. I have zero doubts about what to bring with me or what to wear and have the necessary tweaks

    Most importantly I think I finally found the courage to live for myself.

    From my last post in the previous Ride's thread
    I got busy living alright. I busted my ass and graduated in December with a degree in Art+Design. Then I started working toward a life that would never have me stuck again, allowing me the freedom to travel and do work that I like for the benefit of that goal. Being realistic in the fact that making a living as an artist is several years and lots of source material, practice, and hustling away, I want to work in the beverage industry or in motorcycles.

    Long story short... I found a job bartending. In Alaska, for a cruise line's hotel. Starting in early April, through the end of September. The goal... well there is no goal. I've got an idea to follow the sun after the season is over and end up with a similar gig someplace warm over the winter... or maybe just hiding out in Baja for a while until the next season gets ready to start. Or not. Or maybe I'll hate it and end up working a 9-5 somewhere.


    My trusty steed, as always, is my 2008 Yamaha WR250R. It has since had an X change so I'm running 17" wheels front and rear instead of the usual 21/18. I've also racked up a total of just under 31,000 miles on the old girl with nary a problem. Coolant and hoses were changed last week, so was the oil. Swapped the worn out stock seat foam for a seat concepts foam and cover. Heated grips are en route as is heated jacket, glove liners, and a dual controller. My trusty Nikon D40 will be doing photo duties along with my not so trust DroidX. No routes, except my old TAT maps, in my GPS just way points. My mountain hardware +35 bag is getting replaced by a Marmot never summer, and I'm shipping most of my clothes up ahead of me. Otherwise this is the same kit I've traveled with since 2010.

    So why jinx myself again by posting so early? Because I'm terrified mainly... Will I even make it up there? What if I hate it once I'm there? What if i don't make enough to come back down? What if I crash and hurt myself or worse? How am I gonna handle mom crying again? And what would I think of myself in 20 years if I don't go...




    But first, I have to get to Alaska. I leave in about a week. (Yes I know its still winter :lol3)
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  2. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    What are we both doin' up this late...

    Good luck, man :evil
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  3. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  4. rydnseek

    rydnseek banished contributor

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    Good luck, Skierd.. ride safe & may your trail & mind be filled with adventure & clarity.. if you can have both of those at the same time!
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  5. Dynamick

    Dynamick Flying Monkey

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  6. firefighter651

    firefighter651 Adventurer

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    Take the time now,it's better to do things to live than say what IF.Your dream to do this and make it happen is the start?
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  7. pbharvey

    pbharvey Tagoholic

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    I thought you were selling the Yammy and getting a Duc.

    Good luck and have fun.
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  8. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Via Arkansas?

    There's no need to go looking for adventure. It will find you.

    Best of luck to you.
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  9. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Good luck. You will suceed & find your way wherever you go. Success is different for each of us. When you find yours you will know it. Should you need any assistance you will have it through this vast network of riders you have become friends with through your help & communication. Be safe & keep us posted when you get time.
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  10. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Good luck and ride safe. Subscribed.

    My 38 years of advice....everything in life is a journey and learning experience. The good, the bad, the ups and the downs. Take it all in, learn what you can, and bury what you don't want....but learn from it all. Took me 38 years to realize it, but anything short of dying is a good thing and can be learned from.
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  11. YRU

    YRU After 6, it's iffy

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    Skierd, there seems to be a lot of wisdom being thrown your way, so here is my 2 bits. Make sure your tire pressure is correct and bring plenty of rubbers. Best of luck man!
    :ricky
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  12. Motoduc1

    Motoduc1 backtrackvideo.com

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    Go, young man. Go!
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  13. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    +1 :d
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  14. Yaozer

    Yaozer Been here awhile

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    Subscribed. Follow your heart.
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  15. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    So Saturday will be my last day at my current job. Next sunday a friend is coming to buy the last few bits of furniture, and I suspect that will be the day when my car's new owner will arrive. Therefore I'm looking to leave in the morning on March 5, giving me a maximum of 24 days to get to Bellingham and board the ferry. So far, I've plotted everything from a direct 2800 mile route to a roundabout 5500 mile meander through the lower 48. The last 2 legs of the trip are easy enough: the ferry trip, and the 650 mile run from Haines to Fairbanks.

    Between Maryland and Bellingham? I'm still trying to pick a general direction. I think I'm going to play in Appalachia for a little while, then start cutting west across the middle of the country. Basically going to let the weather push me in one direction or another. I've gotten a few very very generous offers for room and board along the way so far, and since I have the time I'm happy to oblige.

    Heated grips (Hot Grips) arrived yesterday from Lockitt Products. I purchased a used but well cared for Aerostich Roadcrafter from a local good-guy (wreckchecker here on ADV) earlier today along with some fleece pants and a down jacket for warmth up north. Hoping my heated gear arrives soon...
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  16. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    My vote is for the 5500 mile meander.:y0!

    A few things pop out at me there. Have you posted anything in the Alaska Forum or done any other research on road conditions up that way in late March?:ear

    Some posts by AKDuc have me wondering.

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    If you haven't, he may be a good place to start.

    :lurk
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  17. 250Keith

    250Keith Been here awhile

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    I'm in, Have a safe trip.
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  18. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I hope to see you in this neck of the woods.
    Looking forward to following along...
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  19. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Yup, done research that I hope is enough to adequately prepare. Basically I need to be ready for anything from cold sunshine to blowing whiteout snow and everything in between. Be prepared to sit and wait it out wherever you end up being caught out, particularly if its just the side of the road. I'll have food and shelter for a couple days with me for sure before I leave Haines. And I'll be checking in here and with family before riding up from the boat. There's a cool ride report of a guy leaving Fairbanks in early April (can't remember the exact ride report) that was extremely informative too.

    Anyone local to MD, stop by the Mount Royal Tavern on Thursday night and I should be there with a couple locals if they decide to drag themselves out for one last hurrah. More soon, maybe
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  20. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    There are lots of adv type following your trip so if you get snow/ice bound be smart enough to contact us.

    The rider report you may be referring to is Thomas's ride back from Ak on Cack, I have that link saved since Vermin is super close bud, let me know if you need the link.

    ride warm/dry/ smart,
    adios, gale
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