Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ruffntuff, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    This is an outstanding story! Anna, I admire your boldness and courage to take on such a challenge. :clap:clap:clap
  2. old fart bob

    old fart bob Armchair adventurer

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    R&T and RoninMoto, If you are going to do a RTW, DO IT NOW! You want me to repeat that? DO IT NOW! Don't be like me. I got out of college in 1965 and thought about roaming around the world for a couple of years. I was brought up on the philosophy of getting a job, working hard, save your money and when you retire, then it's time to play. Only one problem with that thought. Now I'm retired. It's time to play. I have the money but my right knee is gone. I just got out of a total knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and the idea of a long ride anywhere is totally out of the question. The rest of my body is in good condition but standing on the pegs floating over the bumps for extended time is only a dream. Ruff, all I can say is DO IT NOW. The back roads of the world are a magnet you should follow. If this sounds like the ramblings of a cynical old man, the answer is yes.
    Yours truly, old fart Bob
  3. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    A few years younger, but I went the same direction. Make a career, make a family. Today, I can't even get my head around making such a trip as you, R&T. I am loving your write ups and can even feel your thoughts and emotions.

    Enjoy while you can, and let us hear about it in your special literary way. tomp dd50
  4. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Old Fart Bob,

    You are so wrong! WRONG!!

    Where there is a will, there is a way!! I had a friend who have back issue and was not able to ride 2 wheels bike but he was able to ride a sidecar bike so he purchased the BMW and added sidecar with it.. then his wife ride with him up to Alaska, Newfondland, and etc. They had good memories.. I don't see why not you do the same?? At least I am trying to encourage you!! :D

    Why not consider this URAL Bike
  5. Rambler550

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    Anna, fantastic! Your RR is cool in so many ways. First, the inspirational story about your Brother. Second, the fact your riding an old Japanese bike. I'm currently riding an 82 Honda Silverwing and an old 75 XL250. Your writing and pictures have been very entertaining. Your comments on Alaska remind me of my own impressions when I first moved there. Nice work and hats off to you for taking this adventure.:clap
  6. interloper

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    Thanks for the tip, drdubb...I will definitely do that

    Wow, another installment of the journey...Woo Hoo!

  7. hardwaregrrl

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    Uhmmmm......Look here. Noah is the one that convinced Anna to write her RR up and post it here.
  8. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    She was always going too.. I just gave some encouragement.
  9. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Ahh, potholes and trophy fenders!:clap
  10. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Found your RR about 3 days ago, still reading it when I have time, but so far.....LUBBING IT! LOL
    Good writing, but I which you would have taken a camera, there are some pictures I would have loved to see in bigger better detail. I'm planning a trip to the SouthWest in my R1 this year and in a couple years one to Alaska on my KLR. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
  11. Queenie

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    Anna...YOU GO GIRL!

    You RR is absolutely wonderful. It's so inspiring to see a woman take control and just go on a trip like this. I am about to be 47 and my boys are about to go to college and you have motivated me to start planning our (me and the hubby's) trip to Alaska in a year or two. I have been to Alaska before and it is absolutely breathtaking. I'm trying to convince the hubby that when I retire we should move up there for a year. :D

    I know that this ride is good for your soul and your brother is so proud of you...I'm sure he's enjoying your adventure too!

    Ride safe!
  12. ducnut

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    Get serious, with your rehab. It'll take some time, but, you'll be surprised how much better your knee can get. Also, highway pegs will be of great benefit.
  13. mildhog

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    +1
  14. mrbreeze

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    good advice, Bob! I too wish I had pursued some of my dreams a long time ago. Old age and failing health is a greater restriction than a tight budget.
  15. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Right now I know you don't think you are going to be standing on the peg's floating over the bumps. I haven't seen Anna floating on the pegs to get her ride done. I had both of my knee's done on 13 Dec, 2011. 5, July, 2012 went on a 7000 mile trip to Inuvik and back. Hang in there and do your therapy. It gets better. Go around the world if you have time and finances. Your new knee shouldn't hold you back.:lol3
  16. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    This story just keeps getting better and better. I sure hope the sun finally follows you for a few days. Keep it coming.:clap
  17. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    It is common for people to get a bit depressed after surgery. But, sitting around wishing for lost youth is a big waste of your remaining life. Knee rehab is tough. Get tougher and get your life back.
  18. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Enough of the thread hijack. This is about Anna and her ride. :huh
  19. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    The RR threads are always about the OP's ride and my post wasn't a 'hijack'.
  20. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Just wondering.....
    How was the financial side of this voyage?
    If you don't feel like discussing that on the board, maybe PM me.
    I am having a hard time figuring out an equation for a trip like this.
    Probably a bit different doing the SW and Alaska, even though Alaska will be the 2nd voyage.