Internships may go to Hell and I will go to Alaska

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Katoom119, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. slick_kipper

    slick_kipper i'm supposed 2b this way

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    Ha. Interesting reading experience.

    Almost makes me want to throw together a RR about my 2010 trip to AK, just to
    (in the words of H. Thompson) "FINISH the f***ing story man!"

    Almost
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  2. ManiZ

    ManiZ Been here awhile

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    Good for you. You did what was right for you and the wife. As someone already said, Alaska will be there when you're ready; perhaps even with the mrs. along.
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  3. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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    All this^^^^ +1 !! :clap

    (and thankfully, no more flats!!)
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  4. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Good for you. I think I would have a hard time being away from my wife that long also. I work sometimes 10 days straight and start getting cranky. Been married for 18 years tomorrow and every time I come home it's like we are still on our honeymoon. The only real bad part about it is she doesn't have the passion for motorcycles as I do but on the other hand she doesn't get in my way either about it. She will go on short rides but has no desire to ever go on a long trip. But I don't share her passion for running either. lol.. We are different in many ways but she still the most Amazing woman ever. It's great to have someone you can feel like this with. Looking forward to more of your ride reports..
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  5. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    This RR had me hooked from the start. Right until it hit the skids.
    2 Months before I was married I went to the BMW MOA rally in Dequoin Il . I had reservations about going but in hindsight I don't regret on bit. 20 some years later I wish I could scrape together the time and $$ to pull off any kind of 2 week MC trip.
    You riding with Padre is also great for you enjoy it.
    I had got the chance only 1 summer to get to ride with 2 of my 3 uncles and my cousins.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip and please post us up an update.
    Good Luck
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  6. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    I have always enjoyed walking South. It feels like I am walking downhill. - Treebeard, Lord of the Rings

    In many ways that's what today felt like; everything was just easier. Padre and I finally got off the interstate and onto some highways so it just felt like a calmer pace.

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    Woke up early and had finally gotten a rhythm packing all of our crap. My chain was in serious need of some chain lube so we, again, swung by the 327th Harley shop we'd passed on our trip. Yeah, they're all belt drives, but surely they'l at least have a can of lube in the back. Wrong. We did, however, see a neat little gas can that was designed to fit inside a saddlebag.

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    After procuring the chain lube from the local snowmobile shop (first time I've ever been in one of those) it was time to head towards Aberdeen.

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    I have been to many places all over the world, done many interesting things (like running up the stairs at the Eiffel Tower :twitch), and seen many wondrous sights, but I've never been to a place where you can stand on flat ground and see the curvature of the Earth.

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    And even though I've lived in a farming community for the vast majority of my life I have yet to see a place where the right of ways are large enough to bale hay.

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    As we travelled on a straight road that did not curve or turn for 40 miles my mind started wandering. The roads being so straight got me thinking about the ancient Romans and their road system; every road was dead straight. They accomplished this with a certain tool to help keep everything lined up, essentially an "X" shaped apparatus where they would take the two rearward arms and sight them on the edge of the road that had already been constructed and then the two forward arms (which were closer together, if my memory is correct) would delineate where the road that had yet to be constructed should be placed.

    When my mind wanders it switches on the History Channel. Hi, I'm Adam, and I'm a nerd. :D

    So when that was over I got to thinking about the people that actually crossed this land on the Oregon and Missouri Trails. Obviously I'm a fair distance away from them but seeing as how the landscape didn't change for 500 miles I allowed myself to think it was the same. In a world where people have to use GPS and Siri to find out where the closest Autozone is (BTDT) these settlers followed their belief in Manifest Destiny and started walking towards the setting sun. They would have been ecstatic to see something like this...

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    because it meant that they were either on the correct trail or had just happened to find someone with shelter and very likely water.

    After a brief commercial break, my mind then changed programs to thinking about how the new settlers out West would need to communicate with their friends and families back East. Cue these boys.

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    There have been several people who have followed their trails, CannonShot and Questor come to mind, and they have taken pictures showing...nothing. Absolute middle of nowhere, which at the time was actually middle of Indian Territory.

    I mentioned this to Padre at a gas stop: "Oh yeah, now you can understand why a horse thief was shot on sight. It was a death sentence to not have a horse."

    Miles and miles of nothingness...

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    ...save for corn and hay

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    We finally started to see some form of civilization as we got closer to the interstate.

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    I-29 looked strikingly similar to the highways we'd just come off, even had the same speed limits.

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    Somewhere about 90 miles before Sioux City, IA we stopped to give a good old Tennessee family some money at a Pilot station, and by "good old" I mean the multi-millionaire's the Haslams.

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    Got to the hotel and it turns out it was right on the river with Nebraska being on the other side. I looked at the map and thought, "You know, we could cross over and ride a highway that parallels the interstate and I could knock Nebraska and Kansas off my list as well..."
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  7. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Great pics. I grew up between Idaho and my grandparent's dairy farm in South Dakota. Looking at your map you would have likely passed the farm driving south of Aberdeen near Wolsey SD. The great plains are really amazing and for most folks who grow up on the east coast, they are usually surprised at the vastness of the area and how long it can take to get anywhere. The Canadian plains are even better (or worse) depending on your perspective. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  8. ricohman

    ricohman Marinoni man

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    I can't believe you are actually reporting your ride back home.
    Lots of people wouldn't have the balls...............
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  9. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    I'll happily admit to cutting a trip short because I missed my family. I skipped a couple days in Utah's national parks, blamed the rain (it was the storm that wiped out White Rim a few years back) but the 800 mile shot from SW Utah to NE CO in a day was in large part due to wanting to see my wife. Don't tell her that though...

    I'm bummed I can't live vicariously through your report, my planned itinerary would have had me in Fairbanks today between riding the Dempster and the Dalton. However my second daughter decided to torpedo those plans in the same way she torpedoed my wife's generic birth control in order to join us :). She's lucky she's cute, I've got a feeling she'll be a little hellion.
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  10. JNXPILOT

    JNXPILOT Adventurer

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    we met at Rick's RDV last year. Camped behind you with a KLR. I was bummed, like most here, that you made a 180 and headed downhill. :cry But I totaly understand. I am blessed with a wife who 'allows' me to fly planes for a living, ride bikes, and play in a couple of bands. Never once in 27 years has she bowed up when I've announced I'm leaving in 2 hours and don't know when I'll be back. Coming home is allways sweet! :evil

    Riding the plains of the midwest is definitely different than the southeastern part of the country. I've lived in Kansas and Oklahoma and enjoyed both states, but was glad to get back to NC!

    A couple years ago I had a layover in Beatrice, Nebraska. Beartice is the location of the first Homestead claim. There is a National Park there now and they have tried to make the land look like it did back in 1865. I enjoyed walking the land and tried to imagine what it must have been like to start with nothing and have nowhere to get anything. Talk about survivalist! The museum is small but very interesting. The last homestead was claimed up in Alaska in the '70s by a Vietnam vet, if I remember correctly.

    Safe travels. This is still an ADVenture! :clap I'll have to plan better for the RDV next year.
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  11. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Didn't make it all the way to Wolsey since we turned towards Watertown but if the farm is typical size then I might have been able to see it from several miles away! I was told by a guy in Minnesota that the Canadian plains were the most boring he'd ever ridden but I bet they'd be interesting to see.

    Yep, sure am. I'm writing this for myself, mainly, and anyone who wants to read it. If you don't think I'm worthy and should just delete this whole thing, as you've made clear, then don't click on the link next time.

    I was supposed to be in Fairbanks today too. Padre sent me some pictures and said that they are around Denali today. Apparently they actually got to see the mountain in the distance above the cloud line.

    Ah yes, the gentleman with the future pilot grandson I believe. I'm from the Homestead area in Crossville, TN that was part of FDR's New Deal but I've never heard of it up in Nebraska. I'll have to do some reading on it.
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  12. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    lol

    can't really say that I'd like to be away from my wife for 4 weeks. Maybe you should have planned for her to meet you in AK. At least then you'd have some extra motivation to get there.
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  13. Bullspit

    Bullspit Adventurer

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    So you didn't make it to Alaska. At least you went for a ride. You learned something about yourself and got to see some countryside. Not bad!

    Like they say, life (and a ride report) isn't about the destination, it is about the trip.

    You may regret not making it all the way at sometime in the future; who knows? But I will read until the end so don't stop!
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  14. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    That initially was the plan; she was going to fly up for a week then fly back home. Then she got an invitation to study international wine law in France during the same time so needless to say she is heading there.

    Thanks! In the end I got to see a lot of new things and go on a 3,000 mile ride with my dad. It was a great trip.
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  15. JNXPILOT

    JNXPILOT Adventurer

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  16. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed the report so far . Have cut a trip real short myself before . Partially concerned about my Wife and a bunch of it was hurting to bad to think about finishing the ride . Screw any of the starbucks riders that do not like your decision to turn around . To add to your thoughts about the wagon trains etc. going across the prairie , don't forget the grasses were up to 10' high ! Imagine being on foot and not being able to see anywhere . Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallgrass_prairie Happy trails
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  17. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    Apparently, it's best to progress through life continuing to get better educated and gaining wisdom while not completely 'growing up'. And adventure touring riders have mastered not completely growing up better than most.

    Numa
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  18. stefan tilden

    stefan tilden Been here awhile

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    Enjoy it all my brother and stop in Missoula MT along your way. As for the LSAT and bar they are easy if you take standardized tests well. Just do your Kaplan or whatever and you'll be fine I aced them both no sweat. People freak out over that shit when there's no need.

    The shots from Missoula I can show are here:

    http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2013/07/kingcast-quintessential-road-trip.html

    PS: I suppose you already know that the practice of law does not resemble anything like what you learn in the books. It is crooked and corrupt, especially dealing with Civil Rights, employment or mortgage foreclosure fraud.

    Peace.
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