Tiny Bike to Alaska 2016 (Planning and Bike Prep)

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  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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    Yep. Just south of St Louis right now getting a cheap cup of coffee at McDonald's. I'll start posting some photos when the real ride starts in Colorado.
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    Well I thought I had my Spotwalla page set up. My unit is sending out my location when I push the button but nothing is showing up on my "trip" page. I'm probably just stupid but I'm not gonna fool with it anymore.

    I'm just east of Topeka Kansas in a service plaza on I70. Will probably sleep in the truck. 850 miles today.

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    My room for the night because I'm cheap...

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    I think you shut off the Breadcrumbs when you hit a send message.
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    I don't have the auto tracking service, only the basic thing where I can hit the button to send out my location every now and then. I thought it wouldn't make a difference. I'll try to get it going.
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    Day 2 morning update:

    If you want to experience scoliosis and a crick in your neck all you have to do is spent the night in the back seat of a pickup truck parked in a truck stop. If I find the guy who suggested to me that it would be a great way to save a few bucks I'm gonna cut his nuts off. :hair

    I finally dozed off to sleep at 1208 am.... Then at 1209 am, being the elderly gentleman I am, I woke up and had to pee. I sat up, hit my face on the seat, and knocked my glasses, that I had so carefully put on the center console, down between the seat and the console. Took me about 10 hours to dig around to find them. Then when I leaned across seat to unlock the truck it felt like I broke 5 ribs.....:dirtdog

    Anyway, I stumbled back into McDonald's here at the truck stop and drank 8 cups of coffee. I figured if I was going through all the trouble of getting back up to process it again I was gonna make sure it was worth it :lol3....now it's 0630 central time and I'm up and at em.

    Today will be a nice slow drive across Kansas. I don't need to be at my buddy Vic's house until tomorrow so lots of stops and sightseeing, cheers.
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  8. greenmtndave

    greenmtndave Been here awhile

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    I am thinking of trying out the "Ford Hilton" myself this summer as I am cheap also. Just curious how tall you are?

    I enjoy your posts and YouTube videos. Thanks for taking the time. Have a fantastic trip.

    Dave
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    I am 6 foot 185 pounds. When I get back I'm gonna seriously look at getting a nice ford transit van and a small enclosed trailer for the bikes to set up for adventure travel. I love the idea of having my motel/campground with me and being able to stop when ever and where ever I want. The money I saved last night will go to a chiropractor and an acupuncturist :)
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    1st, there is a GREAT (as of a few years ago) affordable hotel just inside the CO border in Burlington, next to the truck stop at the second exit IIRC, The Chaparral Inn. Here's a Google Maps link to it: https://www.google.com/maps/place/C...2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x4317936e04b1f924

    It's not that far from your day's start, but if you are going slow, and hurt from sleeping in your truck, keep it in mind.


    I've slept in my Suburban before, by putting a thermal rest pad down in the back with all the seats folded flat. Another option instead of the transit van.
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    I'm going back to a rig with bike to help preserve my back which gave out last year on a long ride.
    I went big back in '03-'05 and had a blast traveling around that way with a 12GS on a Versahaul.
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    New rig will be a van set up for multi-use with a light weight bike.
    It may be the same for you, but riding is part of exploring and however it happens is all part of the fun.
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    Hey thanks for the tip about the motel. I'll check it out.

    Yep the older I get the more crabby I am if I don't get a good nights sleep. I think a nice adventure van to go along with the little WR is gonna be the way to go.
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    One thing for sure Tim, you'll have plenty of time to think about vehicles while you ride! Plenty of time!

    You've got my info...

    There's a place in Boulder called Fresh Baked.... :bubba

    Oh... Never mind... :thumb
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    Well I can't get the Spotwalla thing to work so I've dumped it...too much trouble for me. Here is a link to my SPOT Adventures page that does work...the password is "RC30".

    I'm camping tonight at the Goodland KOA just east of the Colorado border. The campsite is grassy, level, dry, no ants, and the wifi is great. The KOA is owned by a guy from Poland and he's very accommodating. $25 bucks for a clean shower and everything else is ok with me.

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    It was nice crossing Kansas in the truck this trip. The winds were howling but I was chillin.

    Colorado tomorrow....

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    Which is more boring,for the plains crossing, Kansas or Oklahoma?
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    Kansas is kinda neat because you are in the very center of the US and the vast plains are beautiful in the way they go to the horizon. I-70 across the state is, for the most part smooth, as a babies butt. Oklahoma is steeped in history with the dust bowl. I enjoy spotting old abandoned homesteads and wonder about what hardships the people who once lived there endured. Really the only thing that bothers me is getting caught in the unforgiving winds that make your life miserable crossing both states.
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    The Mods suggested I start the Ride Report now that I'm on the road in the Epic Rides forum. It can be found here. If you have any questions or further comments please use that new thread, thanks.
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    LateToTheGame Been here awhile Supporter

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    That sounds like the way to go. My wife and I are a week into our build-out of a camper based on a high-roof Mercedes Sprinter. Add a small trailer for the bike and you're set. Stop wherever you need to, sleep in a bed, back on the road in the morning. Our theory anyway...
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    Just in case you haven't stumbled across this epic build thread - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/building-an-adventure-van.715683/
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