Atlanta, GA to Alaska and back 2018

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by evmurdock, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. evmurdock

    evmurdock Adventurer

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    I am completing my preparations for a ride to Alaska on a 2014 V-Strom. I plan to leave Atlanta around July 15.

    I'll be posting details of my trip here as well as my personal site Biker.murdockmartin.com/alaska

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  2. JeffShanholtz

    JeffShanholtz It’s all good

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    Great looking strom! Can’t wait to see your trip happen.
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  3. fastpast

    fastpast Been here awhile

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    I just returned on my 2011 We. Only suggestion i would make here is get a foot for your side stand and make sure your side stand spring is in good shape. Have a great trip.
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  4. evmurdock

    evmurdock Adventurer

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    I am in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina this week. There is a lot of good riding here. I watch with envy every Adv Bike I see on the road.

    Meanwhile, my bike is packed and ready to go.



    Practicing creating videos on my phone.

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  5. carbonjunky

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    I will be looking forward to your posts and pics , I am also from atlanta and have a 2014 vstrom and want to ride to alaska someday soon . My stepson will be stationed there in the Army come this winter.
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  6. Zencyl

    Zencyl Been here awhile

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  7. fastpast

    fastpast Been here awhile

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    :lurk I'm in.
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  8. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

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    Enjoy the ride up North.

    Rob
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  9. evmurdock

    evmurdock Adventurer

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    I started the ride up North. Not a lot of dilly dalleying around until I make it to Glacier NP. I rode from Atlanta to Cincinnati for day one - mostly highway riding, but I enjoyed the Appalachian mountain views and the Kentucky countryside.
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    My thoughts for this trip:
    - Stay Healthy: eat well and get exercise
    - Enjoy the journey: freedom of the road and all that. Stop and enjoy. Chat up the locals and others who have experience.
    - Learn: Visit museums, take time to read.
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    For those following along, I'll be turning 55 on this trip. I grew up on a dairy farm in a small Utah town. Motorcycles were a lot of fun, but often used as a farm vehicle.
    I recently started riding again and rode from Georgia to California and back last year. I love to camp off the bike especially in dispersed camping areas. I like to get off the beaten track.
    I am fortunate to own an IT consulting practice which allows me to take extended time away from work.

    Biker.murdockmartin.com/alaska
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  10. Passim

    Passim Still here

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    Have a safe journey Evmurdock... :thumb
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  11. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Subscribed! And drop me a PM if you need a place to crash if you're overnighting in Prince George along the way. I've got a couple acres of lawn for tenting, or a spare room if you'd rather not unpack/repack the tent for a night.

    Safe travels!
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  12. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure Supporter

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    Safe travels Evan (??).........we met at the May Vstrom Rally in NC.........mark444 here. I was jealous then when you told us you were headed north soon, even more so now!!
    Keep in touch (here).......
    mark
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  13. Stalky Tracker

    Stalky Tracker Been here awhile

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    I'm in too. Ride safe and let us know how it is going.
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  14. evmurdock

    evmurdock Adventurer

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    Thanks Mark. It was very helpful to meet the group at the Vstrom Rally. Hope to see you next year.
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  15. evmurdock

    evmurdock Adventurer

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    I made it to Wisconsin and camped overnight on the second night. Perfect camping weather, but a lot of mosquitos. Tried out both of the mosquito repellents that I brought along for Alaska. Still, I hate the pests and came close to bring out the mosquito head net. Now that I am this far north, I'm slowing down and starting to ramble a bit.

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  16. evmurdock

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    WI highway 14 provided a more scenic route. It is a relief to not look at the back of semis. I noticed that highway was nicknamed the Frank Llloyd Wright byway. At the sign for the Frank Lloyd Wright visitor center at Taliesan, I spent 4 enjoyable hours on a tour of the estate. At the café, I enjoyed an organic salad (grown on site), a Wisconsin Grilled Cheese sandwich, and a tall glass of lemonade.
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    Taking WI 60 along the Wisconsin Waterway to Prarie du Chien then WI 35, I ended an enjoyable day of riding in La Crosse.
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  17. biker_gunner

    biker_gunner 2wheelsonly

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    I have not been on ADV in a long while...haven't been on a bike either. Time to start thinking about getting back into the nuthouse and a current RR to Alaska sounds like the perfect ticket in! Enjoy the journey and thanks for sharing.
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  18. selkins

    selkins Gotta light?

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    Good choice! I found the tour fascinating and the architecture is iconic. Also, after 25+ years up here, I can say that the setting is about the best scenery the Midwest has to offer... :hide
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  19. phideaux

    phideaux Long timer Super Supporter

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    In. :hide

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  20. IndiBiker

    IndiBiker Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm in. Hoping I will be riding out from the same city to the same destination sometime.
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