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Alison’s Wanderland: the journey south : a solo adventure through the America’s

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by alison's wanderland, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the support you guys! It was quite and adventure. Now to figure out the return to "normal" life.
  2. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer Supporter

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    Hey Alison! Was just going to say, " hope to see you around, if you're ever in LA again" :lol3

    or maybe on the road somewhere, you never know
  3. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    I am not rolling credits just yet... :wink:
  4. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Yup.. started working on it. It's going to take longer than I thought to edit through 17,000 images. Sheesh!
  5. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    I can imagine! You're right up there with Dirk, who took about 25,000 on his trip around the Med.

    Judging from your ride report, I'm sure your book will be wonderful.
  6. junkyardroad

    junkyardroad Been here awhile

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    "Now to figure out the return to "normal" life. "

    If you figure it out, please share the secret!
    Thanks for writing this up, I have wondered how it went for you. Great pics!

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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    very proud of you alison.

    certainly you made a huge departure from this one (july 2010).....:clap
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    let me know if you need anything from here.
  8. Dark Helmet

    Dark Helmet Go to ludicrous speed!

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    Great RR Allison! Great adventure, great determination and fortitude. Hope you have many more great journeys.

    DH
  9. craftsmanjoc

    craftsmanjoc In for the long haul

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    Hey Allison!
    Great ride report and trip! Super jealous but hoping to join the ranks soon.
    This is Jason in Colorado. Planning a similar trip, but with a return leg. As life goes I didn't get out of here in early summer as I hoped. Looks like I will be leaving this coming fall, probably november as well. Though I've read otherwise it seems that the timing with weather on the Pacific side didn't seem much of a deterent for your trip.
    Any take on that? Any particular leg that may have been different in another season.
    Thanks for your great story.
    JC
  10. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Hahaha! That is so great to see.... feels like so long ago, but wasn't really. :D
  11. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Wish I would have allotted for time and money for a return leg of the trip. I had terrific weather throughout. Just as we are getting indian summers in N. America, I caught a little bit of that in Patagonia. The most rain I encountered was in Peru and Bolivia in Feb.

    Have a terrific trip and good luck!
  12. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    As Joel so kindly pointed out, there has been a huge learning curve with my KLR. So here is a little tribute to the bike I once had and how many places it has taken me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV2Zt-uhbPU

    I couldn’t let it go without paying honor to a motorcycle I have shared so many years with, even if it is just a KLR. That’s saying something since I have never done this for any ex-boyfriend. I wanted to show and explain a little bit of the process and development over the last 3 years – 8 months and 46,579 miles as both Oscar and I progressed.

    Specs:
    Purchased: in July 2009 for $2,100 in Lancaster, CA, USA with 8,895 miles
    Sold: in March 2013 for $1,800 in Puntas Arenas, Chile with 55,474 miles

    Countries visited:
    US (States: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada), Canada (Providences: British Colombia, Yukon, Alberta), Baja California, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina

    I was going to touch upon the pros and cons of owning a KLR, but a list of modifications over the years and an evaluation of whether they were worth it or not might be of more interest:*<a href="http://alisonswanderland.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/klr-modifications-cost.pdf">KLR-Modifications &amp; COST</a>

    And a BIG THANKs to the many hands who have helped me along the way!!

    &nbsp;

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/130122_klr-adv-south_13074.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-1460" alt="Oscar" src="http://alisonswanderland.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/130122_klr-adv-south_13074.jpg" width="551" height="430" /></a> Oscar
    - - -

    THE END????