The Road to Hyder - 49 States in less than 10 days. Plus Hawaii.
My goal for 2010 was to ride a Victory motorcycle in all 50 states and complete a IBA 48 Plus. All 48 states plus Alaska in less than 10 days.
As far as I know this is the first time a IBA 48 Plus has been completed on a Victory.
I also rode a Victory in Hawaii this year so if I complete the 48 Plus I would also be the first person to ride a Victory in all 50 states.
My wife and I went to Hawaii for our 35th anniversary in May.
Riding in Hawaii - Thanks Dale and Mike!!
Sunrise at the Volcano -
I want to hit my 50th state on the 4th of July in Hyder, Alaska.
I added all kinds of gadgets to my 2006 Victory Kingpin. Spot Tracker, EZPass, GPS.
I added a 2 gallon Tour Tank. I would need this tank 4 times on the trip, including 17 miles from the finish in Hyder, Alaska.
The road to Hyder - Starts in South Dakota. 8818 miles
The full Victory lap - 11,907 miles
On this ride the temps would range between a low of 42 degrees to a high of 102 with hundreds of miles of riding in both the 40's and the 100's.
Rain. My guess is that I rode over 2000 miles in the rain. Out of almost 12,000 miles that's not bad.
On June 23rd I left the Milwaukee area and rode 550 miles to Sisseton, SD.
I started the ride in Sisseton on June 24th at 3:59 pm and headed north to North Dakota and then east. Day one-1136 miles, ended in Ripley, NY.
A good start.
Heading east - Bugs! 717 miles before sunrise. I like riding at night.
Between the start and finish there was rain, rain, rain, wind, cold, hot and those moments when everything is perfect.
Perfect weather, perfect roads and the miles fly by.
There were days that started perfect and changed. Guess which way I need to go. Time for the rain suit. Washington State.
This is one of those "I should have put the rain suit on at the last exit" moments. Mississippi.
I was also able to watch the sun rise and set for 9 days while riding.
On a timed ride a little luck helps.
On this day I was very lucky.
Gas stop in Vermont -
Sticky notes- So I don't miss any states! 49 sticky notes and 49 way-points in the GPS.
Keeping the receipts dry -
Halfway point oil change - Thanks David!
Low fuel light on in Kansas - early morning side of the road fuel stop.
I had only gone 77 miles when I was passing a gas station, very early morning, in Kansas. "I'll get gas at the next gas station".
The next station was 101 miles away. Time to use the spare tank.
Getting ready to leave after the fuel stop. Sunrise in Kansas.
Somewhere in Texas, a rock hit the headlight. I was able to tape it back together.
Heading to Las Vegas -
............on the morning of July 1st I had left Flagstaff and stoped in Needles to get my California gas receipt.
It was very early morning and the town was still asleep. The gas station was closed but they had pay at the pump.
While I was there a 1%er rode in and asked if the pumps where working. I told him they were and asked where he was headed.
He replied that he was riding from Flagstaff to San Diego. He was riding a 70's Harley hardtail with a 4 foot sissy bar with a bag tied on it.
He said the bike had over 130,000 miles on it, and it looked like it. This was no show bike, this was a daily rider.
I was impressed that he was riding a hardtail that far!
He wanted to know where I was going and I said that I have to be in Hyder, Alaska on the 4th of July.
He replies "you are not going to make it!" I just said "I'm going to try".
He replies "no, you are not going to make it" and adds "DON'T YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?"
He shook has head, fueled his bike and left.
I continued on hwy. 95, stopped for a few minutes to watch the sunrise and then headed north to Las Vegas ........
Leaving Las Vegas. Getting a little crazy(er).
I hit my 48th state in Oregon in 7 days, 23 hours and 37 minutes. 7542 miles for the 48 state part of the ride.
It's only 1222 miles to Hyder, Alaska. My 50th state.
Now a ride through BC.
This is the corner of hwy 16 and 37 in B.C. Canada.
At the corner is the last gas station before Steward B.C./ Hyder, Alaska.
It was closed and they didn't have pay at the pump. I would need my auxiliary fuel tank again to make it to Alaska.
An early morning stop at the Bear Glacier -
I arrived in Hyder at 9:15 am central time on the 4th of July.
My "I was there" picture!
I had coffee at the Glacier Inn to stop the clock and then had a big breakfast.
My first witness at the Glacier Inn.
Looking outside -
My second witness - Caroline at the Boundary Gallery.
Lunch at the Glacier Inn - Mmmmmmmm
In Hyder -
Ready for the parade- (Thanks again Caroline!)
The parade -
I was in Hyder, Alaska on the 4th of July.
I had ridden in all 50 states when I rode into Alaska and because of this the mayor asked me if I would like to lead the 4th of July parade.
What a perfect way to end a ride. Lead a parade!
Leading the parade still means following the fire truck. The fire truck always goes first.
At the end of the parade route there wasn't enough room for the fire truck to turn around so we had to cross the border into Canada.
The border guard asked the same questions. Passport? "Yes" Do you have any guns or drugs? "No" How long will you be in Canada? "5 minutes".
We crossed the border, did a U-turn and went back into Alaska.
Leaving Hyder -
Another stop at the Bear Glacier -
The ride home -
I stopped for the night in Alberta, Canada.
I was talking to the owner of the motel and telling her about the trip and that I was riding home to Milwaukee.
She said "you will be crossing Saskatchewan, that's the prairie land".
She added " Saskatchewan is so flat, you can watch your dog run away for three days!"
She was right.
200 miles from home- Bike looks good.
The time is from starting the bike in the morning and ends with finding a motel room.
I wrote the numbers down each day and took a picture of the GPS screen.
The numbers - GPS Miles and time.
Day 1 - 1136 miles - 22 hours 44 minutes - 10 States
Day 2 - 796 miles - 15 hours 32 minutes - 6 States
Day 3 - 896 miles - 16 hours 41 minutes - 8 States
Day 4 - 1044 miles - 17 hours 33 minutes - 6 States
Day 5 - 938 miles - 16 hours 40 minutes - 5 States
Day 6 - 1002 miles - 17 hours 31 minutes - 5 States
Day 7 - 1007 miles - 17 hours 28 minutes - 5 States
Day 8 - 1029 miles - 17 hours 58 minutes - 3 states
Day 9 - 777 miles - 17 hours 15 minutes - 0 States
Day 10 - 165 miles - 3 hours 37 minutes - 1 State
Total time - 9 days, 17 hours and 16 minutes
49 state miles - 8818
Total trip miles - 11,907
I had 5 days during the 48 Plus that were over 1000 miles and I only had 165 miles to go on day 10.
My favorite memories from the trip - the people of Hyder and leading the 4th of July parade.
Also completed during this ride - The SS5000. Over 5000 miles in less than 5 days.
Spot Tracker link -
The Spot Tracker map, shows where I stopped each day. I forgot to hit the OK button at the end of day 5.