Chasing Dreams, vol. 2

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

  1. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    stuck in my head most of the way
  2. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I need to give thanks to the following people without whom this trip would never have been competed. First and foremost, my mom and dad for supporting me in the decision to move as far as possible and still be in the actual country from them. :lol3

    A massive, huge, mega thanks to BigDog, HighFive, ramz, HardWorkingDog, and Cyborg for giving me a place to sleep, feeding me, a place to wrench, a place to decompress, and generally putting up with some smelly stranger from the right coast riding a bike thats too small, with too much luggage, that they've never met before with some crazy idea to ride from Maryland to Alaska too early in the year for a silly summer job. All of you are wonderful people with wonderful families and I hope that one day I can repay your kindness in kind. I said it to HF and I meant it, I don't know how quite to handle people I barely know being this nice to me. Hopefully next time through I can mooch less and we can ride more. :deal And thank you, all of you, for reminding me again that the people you love and care for and care for you are really all that's important in life.

    And thanks to everyone who took the time to read this. I hope you were at least entertained, and that it helps push you to follow whatever dreams keep you awake at night, mind racing, palms sweaty, and heart fluttering. Ride fast, take chances, safety third.
  3. KIK ROX

    KIK ROX Adventurer

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    Awesome trip Dave! Though I'm starting to suspect I won't be buying your Wolfman luggage. :D
  4. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I still have it if you want it. The tank bag lid needs to be resewn along the zipper seam and the right side saddle bag could use a patch or fresh duct tape, but otherwise still works great. PM me if you're being serious. :norton
  5. KIK ROX

    KIK ROX Adventurer

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    No, just joshing around. I got a tank bag and hope to receive the new E-12 saddlebags as a gift soon. It wouldn't be fair to your luggage if I owned them, scooting around the Frederick watershed would be quite the letdown compared to where they've been.
  6. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Great report Skierd! :clap

    That ride from Haines to Fairbanks was properly crazy, you'll fit in just fine up in Alaska where that's more the norm :lol3

    Hope that rainsuit helped you tolerate the rest of the ride from Seattle to up North a little better.

    Clif :beer
  7. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Good stuff right there.:deal

    Great report. Thanks for taking the time.
  8. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I see you made it Skierd-----you endeavored to persevere :D:D:D:D:D:D

    Glad to help you out on your way. Hope the job works out for you.

    In no time at all you'll be here.
    BigDog

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  9. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Hey BigDog, I remember that area, couple years ago...

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    Now we need to see Skierd's Deadhorse/Prudehoe Bay picture. :deal
  10. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    HF :thumb
  11. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    excellent read and thanks for sharing your early spring trek to Alaska. You have the writers gift of gab.

    so what's next, road of bones or tierra del fuego?
  12. ktmissouri

    ktmissouri Racer turned Rider

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    I have read both of your ride reports and I just wanted to chime in to say thanks for taking the time. Enjoy your summer in Alaska!
  13. Mike92

    Mike92 Been here awhile

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    Great job Dave! I enjoyed every minute of it!
  14. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    So I've been in Fairbanks for about a month now, finally got out to do some riding out of town a few days ago.


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    Sometimes you just get lucky when you're grabbing a picture. :lol:
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    I'm going to work on condensing this story into a more manageable form for submissions to a couple MC mags maybe. RoadRUNNER seems to be the most obvious choice at the moment, others? Don't know yet, still thinking about it.

    As for whats next... I don't know. Depends if I decide to replace the WRX at the end of summer with a new motorcycle (which means saving all summer to buy a motorcycle and working all winter to save for another trip) or if I'm just going to keep the old girl going and keep riding. Ideas include riding down to Baja and messing around for a month or three, just hanging out in the PNW for a while as thats where my dad will probably be living by then, staying up here for a winter to get the 'full' experience, or trying to work down on the gulf coast or keys. Or Europe. My dad and I have briefly talked about taking a trip together next year too, which could be anything from a road trip to hiking the AT (his idea, surprisingly!).
  15. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    WOW, way cool, wish I had known you were in the area with HF...... Thanks for sharing......:clap
  16. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    Keep moving brother, you can slow down and settle in 40 years, lots of places to see and trails to ride.
  17. 1Bonehead

    1Bonehead Fearless of Falling

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    This exactly is what I wish some had told me. Go for it Dave and live life to the fullest !
  18. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Small world, I ended up on the same ferry and camped in the same spot as vermin and doll, just about. I had read that report a while back but never finished it, great way to work through some wine and a long monday non-night (it's still somewhat light outside at 3am). :clap
  19. ReardenSteel

    ReardenSteel Adventurer

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    Dave, I can't tell you how much I admired your ride.. and what a DAMN awesome ride report... Enjoy ALASKA.
  20. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    WAY TO GO DAVE,so glad to know you are there and all is going well with healthy , jobs, happiness, etc.

    So many of us have enjoyed your RR, the pics, the way we can see things through your descriptions of conditions/events.

    I look forward to your experiences there , there are some of the most awesome people in the world there in AK. Wife and I had a super time there on our trip.

    Ride warm/dry , we have seen by your pics you know how to ride on those snow roads. Paul will be looking for you on his next TUK trip.:lol3

    Vaya Con Dios, gale