Whatever/Whenever. RR Father/Son to AK

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GR8ADV, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    Yes this trip will be much different than the AK trip for a variety of reasons. As I am sure that your trip with Pia was different than your other trips as well.

    There will be 4 of us, traveling to support the charity Water For People. We will not have time on our side and I expect it to have much more 'edge' to it from beginning to end.

    We hope to take lots of video to document the ride for presentation. We will see how that goes.
  2. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Thanks for the advice about the Marine Highway Ferry.

    I can totally relate to the simultaneous feelings of "glad I'm home" and "wish I were still traveling". I have felt that many times at the end of a journey. You and your son shared such a special time together--one that you will no doubt still be talking and laughing about for years to come.

    One of the reasons that we are heading to Alaska for two months next summer is for the quality time that we get to spend with our children when we are on the road. They grow up so fast, and we won't get this time with them back. We traveled around the U.S. with them for 2 months in 2009, and we cherish those memories. So we got out our map and asked, "Where can we go with them next?" Alaska was calling to us. And as their dirt biking improves, I can foresee many 2-wheeled adventures in our future.
  3. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    Lucky family indeed. You are living your children's memories.

    :clap
  4. stfla

    stfla n00b

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    Wow! This might be the best report I've read yet and this site is full of them! As I look across the room at my son, who is only home from college until the next semester, I thoroughly enjoyed the father/son aspect of the ride. As someone who use to make his living with a camera, I thought your photography was excellent. Engaging, descriptive writing. It also looks like you've raised a good young man there too. Very nice work, all around! Thanks
    Steve
  5. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    Kind words Steve. Yes what a trip. I am glad you enjoyed the read, and thanks for your thoughts.

    I have cut my book buying back by 25% as now I can read a new book or two every night by clicking on the RR's.
  6. LumpTheBeezu

    LumpTheBeezu Been here awhile

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    This RR moved me. I found myself caught up in it from start to finish. I didn't want it to end to be honest... I wish I had this opportunity with my dad years ago. I know we would be closer today because of it. Thank you for sharing your trip. I look forward to reading about your trip in January. Take care!
  7. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    Great and inspiring report ! My son and I have already ridden our "long way up" from So Cal to N Wa. He was 19 :thumb And we were planning (ok, I was) a similar trip with a ferry return. Maybe 2011!
    Cheers and Kudos
  8. muskeg

    muskeg Been here awhile

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    Your recount of your trip was a fun read with an element of depth not often found in even the most exotic RR's. Thanks for taking the time to share the details especially the post trip thoughts.

    Looking forward to more in the future!
  9. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    just awesome and so cool you did this with your soon!
  10. Sportakus

    Sportakus Been here awhile

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    You really be a great afortunate for enjoy the two most important things...

    The first your soon... :freaky

    The second your bike... :p3rry

    Thanks for the pics friend...:clap
  11. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Wow!
    So cool to see some of the same places I saw around the same time you guys did.
    What a great father/son adventure!
  12. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    Thank you all for the kind words. Yes it was a truly amazing trip. Chris actually wrote about this trip "an event that shaped my life" for his college entrance essay. It was very interesting to read about the trip from his perspective.

    The Lump speaks for us all; get out there and do it. There are 50 reasons why you can't/shouldn't make this trip. Search for the 1 reason why you should.

    enjoy and ride safe. if you can't be safe, be very very fast.

    ken
  13. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

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    ChromeBandit, What are the rules in Washington? Is 16 to young to motorbike? Guess the kids could ride on the back? Get him riding some dirt bikes for training and be ready for the MSF training course. Schedule it soon.

    In 1966 my brother and I each rode out little Suzuki 150 twin two-smokes from Oregon to Dawson Creek and back to Oregon. He was 16 and I was 17. We didn't seem to be too young. We spent most of the summer doing it and day jobs on ranches to buy the fuel and food. Great memories.

    Dick doesn't ride anymore (medical issues), but I'm riding everywhere man, and will start drawing SSAN this summer. And almost ready for another DR650, as this one's about 1/2 way to 100K miles.

    GR8ADV, that was a NICE ride report. Enjoyed your photos and all the side trips to the out of the way places. That's the way to smell the flowers.

    Dave
  14. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    I totally agree!! Awesoem trip report :clap:freaky

    I've done a very similar trip twice now with my son. Not on a bike, but we did go to the same places... backpacked, kayaked the Yukon river (500 miles.. my son paddled his own kayak at 11 years old!) trekked on the tundra, backapacked the Chilkoot trail..... all when my son was 11 years old.

    You can come with a milliion excuses why you "can't" do this.... All I can say, "can't" is not a word we use in our house. Everyone should do something like this at least once in thier life. To do it with your children is comendable.

    Our 3 month trip up north in 2007:
    http://rubikonthewaynorth.blogspot.com/

    Current blog:
    http://rubikonadventures.blogspot.com/

    BTW: I am going back up there this summer for 6 weeks with my son (now 15 years old) to do some more trekking. When he is of age, you can bet that we will be heading up there on our bikes.

    Once you taste the water up there... you get very thirsty for more.

    -GrizzLee
  15. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    What a lucky boy you have there! I will pm you later this week and we can hook up.

    Stay thirsty my friend...
  16. SkiFlyRide

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    GR8ADV, thank you so much for taking the time to write up this RR. This is the trip that my wife and I want to take with our daughter. She's 7 now (the daughter, not the wife) and loves riding with us. Your story and pictures have stoked the fire to make sure we get this done!
  17. Erik500

    Erik500 Been here awhile

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    I've spend a few hours to read your RR from start to finish, and would like to thank you for sharing your great adventure with all of us here.
    It was a pleasure to read and see all these amazing pictures. What a great way to spend time between a Dad and a Son.
    Thanks !

    Erik.
  18. gutsplitter

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    Great RR - best I've read. Wish I had more pictures & better journal to remember the trip my son & I made circling BC the summer after he graduated!
  19. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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    Yea, for Christmas I gave him a book with the entire RR in it, along with many more photos from the trip, and included some misc things we picked up like the Ferry ticket, a fishing pass and other memorabilia, and wrapped it up in his rear tire from the trip with "Chris and Ken, Alaska 2010" painted on it. It was fun. I know that he will open that up a few times over his lifetime.
  20. letz4wheel

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    Cheap Bastich! :ksteve Yup that was a joke lol. Some of the best gifts I ever got as kid were the ones I understood the least. They are now the ones I treasure. Thanks for the wonderful ride report, wanna adopt me? lol