Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

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  1. ruffntuff

    ruffntuff TUFRDR

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    I'm thankful you have been so touched with my report! I'm deeply flattered although I'm sure I'm far from a "perfect woman"...:) We all have flaws somewhere. I'm honored for you to share it on your facebook. I'm happy to share it with anyone who wants to read it. I hope to one day get it all in a book, when it's finished. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
  2. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Dear Señorita R...

    I know not your name but I think of your story,
    I have never met you, still I find you so familiar.
    I like your writing and enjoy your tails,
    even do your riding has maybe finish,
    I hope your miles are only beginning !!!

    Never forget your blood, he is always with you!

    If ever you are back to California and want to cross another border,
    please let me know and a meal, beer and shelter will be waiting.

    From Ensenada BAJA, thank you for the need it inspiration!
    Damasovi
  3. RouRou

    RouRou ^@^

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    Anna, your touching RR put tears into eyes several times. I fully understand the feeling that you want someone be proud of you, especially someone you love so much. Believe or not, that's the reason I started ride. And my that special person left me recently, maybe he will come back one day, maybe he will never come back. That the trip you had, the RR you wrote is like a therapy to you, then reading you RR is like a therapy to me. I hope one day I could get as tough as you...

    Looking forward to read more and thank you so much the inspiration you bring to me! :clap
  4. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    SO.......................Did you ever make it up to my neck of the woods? I'm SURE I'm not the only one wondering. :D
  5. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    A book would be awesome. I have read a lot of adventure books and your Ride report is better than most.

    Like the first mile of your ride, you have to write the first line. In your words at the start of this whole experience, it will be hard and you will be flooded with emotion. But you need to start the engine and twist the throttle girl. Looking forward to buying the first volume.
  6. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    Thanks for posting this RR, I'm really enjoying and admire your sense of ADVR!
  7. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos brb

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    great RR, subscribed :D
  8. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken Been here awhile

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    Nice! I've enjoyed reading about your adventures so far. I'm looking forward to the rest of the journey.
  9. AFSOC_Commando

    AFSOC_Commando n00b

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    Very eloquent report....

    Makes me want to quit my job and just ride.... Eagerly await your next segment to be published. Glad to hear your back home safe and sound...

    Your brother I am sure enjoyed that trip with you. Way to keep his spirit alive!
  10. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Awesome ride report! I am sorry for the loss of your brother, but as others have said, he was riding with you. If the book ever becomes a reality, I would certainly buy it! Ride on!
  11. AndrewT

    AndrewT Been here awhile

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    My girlfriend and I rode from South Texas to Inuvik June 4 - July 12 2012. You write a great report - thanks for sharing.
  12. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Fantastic ride report. Had me laughing , smiling and being teary eyed though out reading it. As a long time , and still, solo rider, I feel your passion for the road and your bike in your writings. Thanks for the work and time to share with us these words of yours. I so suck at ride reports of my own. :lol3:lol3:lol3
  13. WaywardSon

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    Very nice job on the report........thanks for taking us along!

    Like you, I have found that as much as I enjoy the scenery, and possibly the destination...what I enjoy most is just being on the bike alone with my thoughts. And the best part is always connecting with new friends:deal I have been lucky enough to receive the "kindness of strangers" more than once...and now try to pay it forward whenever I have the chance.

    Ride safe....................Best......................John
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    RNT - I have enjoyed the read and thanks for the distraction from work the last 2 mornings. Ya know personaly I would never take such a big bite but for some reason I just love reading RR like this. Not all of em but yours yea, your overall ADV, bike of choice and writing style has got me hooked. More vid link please if ya got em and keep it comin.

    If ya ever make it down for BIke Week the suds are on me :thumb.
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  16. ruffntuff

    ruffntuff TUFRDR

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    Day 13:
    June 2, 2012
    Liard Hot Springs, BC – Teslin Lake, YT: 335mi

    It rained overnight, just a light rain that made sleeping better than ever. There’s something about hearing the pitter patter on the tent walls while snuggled in a down sleeping bag that makes the coziest environment ever. I did not want to move or get up and was loathing the idea of packing up a wet tent or loading the bike in the rain. I missed my dog back home, wishing she was snuggling with me like she always does when we go backpacking.

    I was laying there awake for awhile when I heard a soft voice with a German accent outside my tent. “Guten Morgen Anna.” I was happy to hear my friend’s voice and said good morning to him as I opened the tent. I saw him standing there by my bike attempting to place a note on it, melting in the rain. He turned smiling and said, “Bike fest, you come when you’re ready.” Then he left.

    I sat there confused for a moment then went to look at the soggy piece of paper he left on my bike. It said “Breakfast at Café Volker.” Ooooh……he said “breakfast,” not “bike fest.” Sweet! It was all the more reason to not pack up and ride in the rain.

    He said it was the first time he invited someone into his truck to eat with him. He seemed a lonely traveler. I could see the excitement in him for having a guest, proud to offer his hospitality. He made coffee, boiled some eggs and showed me how to eat them like a proper European- sitting in a special cup and using a special tiny spoon to scoop it from its shell.

    We had toast with jam and fruit while I listened to him tell stories of his travels across the world. It was nice to spend a morning visiting, watching the rain outside the window. My usual rush to pack-up and hit the road left me that day. For the first time I felt comfortable with just hanging out somewhere for a little bit, not feeling the need to go.

    When the time came for me to leave he told me I was a good girl and was very impressed with my own adventure. He said if he was only younger I would not be able to resist him and he would not let me leave. I think I know what he meant by that, in an endearing way. He took another photo of me all geared up with the bike and kissed me goodbye, the European way of course- a kiss for each cheek.

    I rode in light rain for the first couple hours of the day. Then it dried up. I saw lots of buffalo and black bear, too many to count. I was too nervous to stop and take a picture. I laughed out loud at one point when I passed a bear with a mouthful of grass staring at me go by. It made me think of the look a stoner has when they’re blitzed and shoving cookies in their mouth when they get the munchies.

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    When I got to Watson Lake I went to the famous Sign Post Forest. I wanted to hang something in memory of Dan and the trip I was doing, but I had no material for it. So I just wandered the forest and admired the assemblage of symbolic marks others had left on their own journey.

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    I called the boys I had met yesterday and told them I was in town if they still wanted to get lunch. They were excited to escape work and met me at what seemed to be the only restaurant in town. Inspired by the number of buffalo I had seen, I enjoyed an enormous, juicy, local buffalo burger. They kindly insisted on getting the bill and said they wanted to help me out on my journey. Just pay it forward.

    I mounted the Alaskan Highway, headed toward Whitehorse. There was a hostel there and I desperately needed a shower. But after stopping in Teslin for fuel, I passed a little campground on the banks of the lake that rented canoes. Intrigued I turned around to check it out.

    Not a soul was camping there and it was only $10 to stay. I knocked on the door of the office, which was actually the host’s house. He greeted me seeming surprised someone wanted to camp. I was early he said. He hadn’t had too many campers yet this season. I asked about the canoes and he said I could take one out free of charge. I didn’t hesitate to stay.

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    It was a beautiful spot. The water was so calm and crystal clear surrounded by white tipped mountains. I felt peaceful here. I was really beginning to enjoy my trip, being alone. I felt confident for once in my life.

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    Sweet. :clap
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    Anna, It is quite a treat to read about the beginning of your journey! Thanks, Don
  19. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    GREAT work, can't wait for more:clap
  20. mdlak

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    Great RR! :thumb