Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

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

  1. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    Hey Anna, I've been following along for awhile now. Good to see you still updating when possible!

    I also live relatively close by, Front Royal. I don't know if you or mtnlvnelis know this or not but there is a Charlottesville riders thread...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388596

    They all seem to be hibernating at the moment. :D They were getting together once a week at a local bar/restaurant and watching Moto movies but that seems to have temporarily fallen by the wayside. Good group of people.
    I also organize three or four RTE's every year, about this time of year. Keep an eye on the link in my sig line or I can PM you when I get another one going.
  2. Deah

    Deah WonderingButNotLost

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    Wow is this awesome!
  3. oilfield_trash

    oilfield_trash n00b

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    I just spent an afternoon reading this front to back. What an awesome adventure. I've done the drive to AK and back in a cage and even that was a great trip. You're awesome.
  4. frozenpoet

    frozenpoet Valks rule, clowns drool

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    I'm right next door in strasburg.

    I've really enjoyed reading your accounts, it's a trip that I would love to take someday.
  5. Wreckman

    Wreckman Been here awhile

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    Anna,
    I have read your RR twice and thoroughly enjoy it. I made the trip in 2012 from Pa. I did not have as much time as you did so I could not see as much as you did. I must admit you are one tough young lady. There are many isolated stretches of road that make even seasoned veterans nervous. As you go on with life there will be nothing you can't accomplish. Your trip makes me look forward to my next trip to the 49th state when I retire and can go without limits. God Bless you. I hope to cross paths with you some day.
  6. tppilot

    tppilot n00b

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    Well said...........I wish my wife were up for the challenge. We were stuck in traffic on the 405 (Los Angeles) at midnight a few years back, and she refused to split lanes. We ended up duck-walking all the way up the Sepulveda Pass. Ugh...........I am thankful (and lucky) tho, that she rides her own bike.

    I am totally in agreement with your 'rules' for lane splitting. For those reading who may want to give it a try, I would add this - don't focus on the cars at your side; focus instead on the opening between them and keep looking at least 10 cars ahead. When teaching people how to mountain bike, I'd always have to remind them of this concept. 'If you focus on the rock in the trail, you'll hit it - it just happens. Look out ahead of your front wheel and you'll magically go around it.' Same thing applies to Lane Splitting.

    I really enjoyed reading your RR. Thanks for sharing.
  7. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    As I live in Nor Calif. I have the opportunity to lane share. I ride a Victory Vision which is a big bike to share the lane with. As mentioned above very helpful to look ahead for what is coming up. Not only do you want to watch for side mirrors that stick way out, or someone doing a quick lane change, watch out for steps on RVs. A buddy of mine was sharing a lane and passing a RV and did not see the metal step, you would use to enter the RV, had slid out, caught him on the front tire and he went down, $5k in damage.
    Go slow and be ready for anything.
  8. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I fear going back to the states. I have lost all concept of rules on a road. :lol3
  9. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    This is very thoughtful. I think those of us who periodically get involved in halfhearted petitions to introduce lane splitting on the east coast are doomed to failure until we have good answers to these issues. I just can't see a critical mass or people supporting or acquiescing to lane splitting in the DMV, at least, when their vision of what it means is a bunch of reckless squids tearing past them in traffic. The sad thing is that they are probably right a lot of the time. Perhaps something more limited like letting motorcycles use the shoulders on interstates in rush hour? Not ideal, especially with the debris, but we have pretty diabolical traffic here.

    I applaud you for your restraint. :clap
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    try driving in Sao Paolo and come back and tell us about the traffic:lol3
  11. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    I've never been to Sao Paolo, but I have driven quite a bit in Panama City, which is also pretty crazy. The average traffic in DC isn't as bad as Panama City, but yesterday it took me three hours to drive 19 miles to work. :huh

    Back to the topic at hand: still really enjoying this RR. It has been through several phases and all are quite different and interesting!:clap
  12. hondated

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    Anna Like so many others on here it has literally taken me days to read your RR and to finally catch up with you.

    U do have some understanding of how you felt when you lost Dan so tragically as I too lost my sister in a traffic accident when she was aged 16 many years ago now and whilst time dampens the pain it stays with you for the rest of your life.
    As others have said Dan really would be proud of you. If you think that I am aged 63 and as yet have not summoned up the courage to ride off on that big biking adventure and yet you have already done that at such a young age then you should really congratulate yourself on what you have already achieved.
    I suppose like many others on here my wife and I are anxiously waiting for news on how you and Billy are getting on. I am not normally a lover of romantic books but in this case I will make an exception.

    Best wishes for the future and I look forward to reading the updates.

    Ted UK :rofl
  13. tommysmothers

    tommysmothers Flamesuit equipped

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    This is a fantastic RR! :clap
  14. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    And we're awaiting the next installment!!
  15. MizzouRider

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    We are indeed, but we are a patient bunch..
  16. EffinNewGuy

    EffinNewGuy Adventurer

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    I logged in to check for an update and this thread was missing from my subscriptions. I panicked because I thought it had been deleted.

    So I searched for it, found it and went all the way back to the very first page. Seeing Anna's smile with her then new-to-her Radian and the anticipation of this epic trip made me smile, especially since I now know the beginning and middle of this story.

    Anna, this has been an absolutely fantastic story. Even if we never get to the end, I want to thank you for sharing this much.
  17. ruffntuff

    ruffntuff TUFRDR

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    Have no fear, I will get to the end of this story if it's the last thing I do. Thank you for your patience.
  18. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    EEEEEeeeeeeeeeeHHHAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    She breathes!!!


    AND writes.
  19. lm248

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    We'll I hope it's not the last thing you do,,,,,
    Your really pretty good at it,,,
    I'd like to see you take another trip and write about that too,

    Les
  20. just jeff

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