First trip: Mechanical Engineer on a mission, Toronto to Alaska and back!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Bambooda, May 9, 2013.

  1. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Thanks for the info! I'll have to try that someday soon!
  2. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Hey Jeff! I'm assuming your finished your trip. Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress!!
  3. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    I can never get enough of good ride reports, especially those in Alaska. Thanks for taking the time to go to all of the work that it takes......
    Stay safe,

    Gary
  4. Cowtowner

    Cowtowner Been here awhile

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    Hey Jeff, glad to hear you made it to Ontario. We weren't so much hammered here with rain like out west in the foothills and mountains but it did start raining pretty good the day you left, and the flooding started shortly after.

    John.
  5. Bambooda

    Bambooda Adventurer

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    Hey everybody!

    Sorry for leaving you hangin' for quite a while and sort of disappearing off the face of the earth, things were quite busy at home when I got back, and I was gone for the long weekend (Dominion Day)... But moving on! Or backwards should I say??

    There's no place like home. It was exciting and comforting knowing I was going to be back home again, I will obviously miss being out on the road, but it was nice to have a bed to sleep in again, and be able to spend time with my Girlfriend, Family, and friends. My lovely girlfriend was even sweet enough to bake some cupcakes for me when I got home!1! (I guess she figured I would have lost too much weight on the trip or something)
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    The day after I got back I was hoping on attending the trail ride in Midhurst. (I know, spend 47 days on a bike only to get home and go ride more bikes, people thought I was crazy) But my KTM exc 200 really crapped the bed and let me down so I couldn't attend. This was one of the reasons I was so busy during the week, trying to get this damn thing going. I also acquired a 1982 GS750E on the trip. Don't ask me how I got it home, but it's a sweet bike and I'm totally stoked to get it going. I now have 3 bikes in the garage...only 1 that works...GOOD OL' KLR!!!!:clap

    My trip was certainly one of a lifetime. I had been able to see and experience things I would not have been able to any other way than on a motorcycle. It was an amazing sense knowing there was a automatic bond between you and a complete stranger simply because both of you express passion, sometimes in completely different ways, towards motorcycling. The scenery was incredible, the wildlife was spectacular, and being exposed to the elements for days on end, whether it being good or bad, lead to an unforgettable journey. But it was the people that turned my simple trip across the country into an unforgettable adventure across a nation. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed with the amount of support and friendliness that welcomed me along the way; I cannot say thank you enough to all of those that lent a helping hand, a comfortable bed, a fresh meal, a cold beer, or simply a warm smile as I was passing through your neighbourhood. It is these experiences I will long to replicate and experience through future endeavors in my life. Although many of you will unlikely have necessity for my help, my doors will always be open to the people that opened theirs, and to any other future traveler in need of a place to sleep, tools to use, or beer to drink.

    I'm really glad those of you who decided to follow along enjoyed the report, and that I was able to revive fond memories for some, give helpful advice to others, and spark a desire for future ADVriders

    This certainly won't be the last one.
  6. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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  7. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Nice homecoming.
  8. Whyswoman

    Whyswoman The Gal's Gotta 'Yak

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    What an elegant wrap up to a superbly written ride report - thank you for taking us all along for the ride...I am glad to read this will not be the last one!

    Cheers - from Whyswoman in Winnipeg...
  9. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    And the Shinko front is only about $35:D



    Bambooda, THANK YOU! for putting in the effort it takes to put up a good ride report (and this was a good one) I'm glad your journey was safe. Perhaps one day my KLR will meet yours on the road.:beer
  10. bcs

    bcs Adventurer

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    Congrats on a successful trip and thanks for the great ride report. Really enjoyed following along. You seriously do have horseshoes--you got the trip of a lifetime and an awesome family and GF to come home to.
  11. Bambooda

    Bambooda Adventurer

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    If anybody has any questions about my gear, the bike, tires, the route I took etc, I'd be more than happy to try and answer them. Seeing as this is a ride report, you can PM me your question, or if you feel as if it's important for others to hear the answer, post a new thread and shoot me the link.

    Also, when I have some time to tinker on the computer ill try and get those videos working, so keep your eyes on the report for just a little while longer!!