Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

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

  1. Chimera

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    An annual pilgrimage to the aquarium would be a great experience for those that wish to continue a legacy.

    Upward and onward Anna.
  2. OV10

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    Anna, a very inspiring RR! Anxiously awaiting the final installment.
  3. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Anna , great report ! I have no idea how I missed it for so long . It was worth the wait . You have a writing style that for me is like sipping a fine whiskey . I tend to savor each and every paragraph . Condolences about losing your brother , and I agree he was riding with you the whole trip . It is kind of amazing to younger riders how dependable Japanese bikes from the 80s are . Those of us that have been there know they are great and will run a long time . I adopted you in my mind , both my son and daughter do not ride . I really enjoy your candid thoughts as you lived your adventure , both motorcycling and personal . I will be waiting as time allows you to continue to "pen the tale" . Thanks for a great ride report .:clap:gerg
  4. bluestar

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    Outstanding RR. :clap :clap :clap
    One good thing about getting to read it so late, I didn't have to wait for the updates. :D Unfortunately, you're still not done. :cry That's all right tho, I can wait for the rest of it. :lurk
  5. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    No. It's fortunate that she's not done. Bump. Bump. Hint, hint.
  6. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I can only imagine writing with the emotion and vibrancy as she does, now that this trip is just a memory to her. She has lived a good while and has had many new experiences since even starting this work of written art, much less the actual trip. I understand the time between posts and thank her for the effort she now puts in for our reading enjoyment.

    Still want to know if they remained a couple. It is a story of awakening and love, after all... tp dd50
  7. ShiftHead

    ShiftHead the f is silent.

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    I've read quite a few RRs, and rarely am I entertained. And even more rarely have I *felt* one.

    Some of my favorite passages:
    I don't usually like following a crowd, but sometimes you feel you aren't paying respect if you don't, and that's worse.

    So thanks Anna, it's been a joyful trip for me as well. You're a kindred spirit, and Dan's gotta be beaming with pride.
  8. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Hmm. This could be her longest absence. Not sure, but it seems like it. Anna, you coming back?:ear
  9. BluesCruiser

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    I feel so fortunate to have found this RR. I posted the link on my FB page and already several others are following it. I have been rationing it out, never reading more than a "week" in a day, but now I am on page 52. Can't wait for the next update.

    My own daughter (also named Anna :D) rode for a while then hung it up when she went back to school. I am guessing she will grab it again some day...especially if she starts reading this thread!:wink:
  10. HMMWV

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    This has been, by far, the best "thread" I have ever read (on any forum). I put thread in quotes, because quite honestly, it's more of a book than a thread. You are a great writer, and I would have no issue not seeing the ending of your story here....providing you put it in a book! Seriously. You have a great gift for writing and story telling.

    I stopped to read this because of one word in the title: Radian. Man, "back in the day" that was the bike I really wanted. By the time I had $$$$ for a bike like that, the early CBRs had come out (the mighty Hurricanes) and I was sold...several times. Still think the Radian is one of the best looking, dependable, sporty "standards" ever. The fact you took one to Alaska 26 years after it's birthdate, well that's just cool.

    So the Radian made me stop. Your writing kept me locked in. Hope to read more of your journey.
  11. Wyngs

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    My thoughts are the same as Shiftheads, who said it better than i could. Grats Anna and respects. I have 4 daughters who I raised hopefully to have the spirit of adventure and life that you have displayed here in whatever they choose to do.

    ~Wyngs
  12. ruffntuff

    ruffntuff TUFRDR

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    Thank you all for your patience and support....I am still alive and working on the next installment!

    As I have said this before it gets harder to write but not less enjoyable, and getting all the support from my readers is a wonderful reminder to keep me going.

    More is coming!

    A
  13. bluestar

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    :clap :clap :clap
  14. Stubanger

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    Good stuff! We're all eagerly awaiting the next installment :)



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  15. StickJan

    StickJan Mobilis in mobil

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    Anna has a fan club. :)
  16. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Yep. Waiting..................patiently?

    Good to hear all is well!
  17. just jeff

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  19. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    There are so many superlatives in the comments they get to be normal. Anything but.

    The trip itself, amazing and inspiring.

    Ruff N Tuff. Indeed

    The writing. Inspirational.

    Pictures, beautiful.

    Usually i read 2 or 3 pages and skip to the end. Not this time.

    I salute you, Anna.
  20. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Absolutely.

    "Time seems to slow down when on the water. It forces you to be in that moment, present in the surrounding natural environment with only the sounds of the water, wind, and nature. No distractions contaminate the purity between you and what swims below the water.

    I realized this was exactly the same experience I felt on a motorcycle.

    Maybe that’s why I couldn’t stop. I was addicted to this level of detachment I had put myself in. I had detached myself from the modern world and its dark realities, unable to cope, unable to embrace the ones that loved me.

    I was afraid to allow myself to love, afraid of losing what I loved most. I couldn't allow myself to be loved. I felt I had nothing to give and therefore could not receive. So I ran away from it all, finding peace within the realness of the natural world."


    Girl, im not sure how old you are, but you are wise beyond your years. You have a gift.