Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

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

  1. AFSOC_Commando

    AFSOC_Commando n00b

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    Keep up the great report! Really enjoying it!
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  2. HeadShrinker

    HeadShrinker www.good-adv.com

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    This is definitely a great one already. Thank you for posting!
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  3. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie

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    Enjoying the RR, thanks for sharing! :lurk

    Days 4 and 5 sound like my typical day rides. :lol3 Next time you're in the area, give a holler and we'll put together a scenic tour for you.
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  4. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    More please
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  5. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    Well, I just hope that when you get to be my age in another 90 yrs. or so, you'll be so grateful that you're taking this trip. Your brother just might have a lot to do with that too I suppose. I'm sure he's traveling with you in thought much of the way. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this R/R as you travel along. I'm looking forward to each mile of the way.

    Good luck and stay safe.

    Gary "Oldone" :gerg

    Grampa’s Lake Superior Ride
    Grampa’s National Monument Ride
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  6. dirt between my toes

    dirt between my toes Adventurer

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    :clap Loving it ! keep those two wheels rolling !! Looking forward to more :clap
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  7. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    Loving your ride; your brother would indeed be proud. Your great writing style and adventurous spirit has me on the edge of my seat for more!
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  8. dinocarsfast

    dinocarsfast Adventurer

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    Great ride report so far and I cant wait for the rest:clap
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  9. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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    Epic adventure and a great tribute.

    I'm definitely going to track your progress as inspiration.
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  10. BrewMoto

    BrewMoto Adventurer

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    This makes me laugh every time I cross over (2-3 times per year)--the Canadian officials always seem to be polite and relaxed. They don't seem to mind 20-somethings coming into the country just to vacation and have a good time, etc. The Border Patrol officers on the American side, however, make my life Hell every time. No matter how nice I am, no matter how cooperative, even when I'm freshly shaved with combed hair, wearing a smile, documents in hand, etc... I'm always subject to the most intensive searches and strange questioning. Ha ha. I can't seem to re-enter the country I was born and raised in without extreme suspicion from the powers that be. :rofl
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  11. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    It doesn't get any better.. I'm a 50 something, and last summer they kept me for 90 min at the border coming back down towards Duluth. Waited until it was dark before they had been through everything on the bike.. I think they checked my toothpaste!
    Rant/Highjack over.. Please continue.. Fantastic RR:clap
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  12. alzyck

    alzyck Been here awhile

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    Not about being in your 20's. Late 50's and that's my experience also. Like MizzouRider said, it doesn't get any better with age. What's interesting is the Canadian riders I've talked with have said the opposite. U.S. Customs treated them politely, but Canadian Customs was rude when they returned to Canada.
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  13. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Enjoying your detailed report!! Thanks for taking us along!! :thumb
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  14. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Gee, Maybe I'm "special". I crossed into B.C. last year on my Yamaha that had melted the selinoid earlier that morning.I had to hold the hot cables together to work the starter, so when I got to the Border agent she sked me to shut it off. I explained that I'd rather not.
    She asked a few questions over the sound of the motor the said I'd have to talk to another guy. Why ? , I asked. She said my plans were unusual.The other guy came over and I told him what I'd told her and asked if he knew any motorcycle shops nearby. He lightened up let me in and gave me directions to a shop. I'm in.
    5 days later I rolled up to the border with the U.S. into Idaho. I kept the bike running this time as well , was asked to shut it off, explained I'd rather not and why. I was processed through quickly and warned about the deer in the road. Welcome home .
    The difference was that both the Canadian and the U.S. agents I talked with were riders.
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  15. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Great report. :clap
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  16. MGB

    MGB ex. BmwDuc

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    Excellent adventure! One of the nicest packing jobs on a bike I've seen in a while.
    Safe Travels!
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  17. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon ...riding California

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    Great ride report. I was born and raised in Canada and have been to Cardston many times as my parents are both from there.
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  18. Open road

    Open road n00b

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    Loving it!!! Keep it coming
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  19. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Good stuff so far there ruffnstuff. Curious to see where abouts you end up going to in Alaska. I was up there myself last summer, exploring all parts of the great white north, on another atypical Alaska bike, and I had a blast.
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  20. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    this is an AWESOME ride report. My favorite kind. A true adventure.

    RuffnTuff, you rock!

    :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

    5 stars for this one!
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