|10-09-2006, 06:41 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2006
NY to the Arctic Circle
If any of you read Ducati North America’s story of my trip on their website, you read the short version. The part about my tattoo of Carpe Diem was quite correct and my “seize the day” mentality helped me get my bike in gear and go. At 60 years of age, I felt good but wondered how many years I had left before a trip of this scope would be beyond me physically or mentally. It also helped that my wife practically pushed me out the door; hopefully, she wasn’t having an affair.
Even though this story will be on BCM’s website, I feel compelled to say how fortunate I have been to have them work on my bikes. Like many of you, I travel a long distance to have BCM service my bikes. I am not mechanically inclined and by biggest fear on this trip was having a breakdown (the bike, not me). In many places it would be difficult to find any type of help, let alone a Ducati dealer. I believe that BCM considered my mechanical shortcomings and went above and beyond the call of duty to get my Multistrada in perfect running condition including getting expired warranty work done before departure.
I do my best to avoid interstates and for the most part was very successful ... some Route 90 in Montana and Idaho and the last three days on Route 70 to home in New York.
Briefly my route was from BCM across Vermont into N.Y. where I crossed into Canada at Messina, N.Y.; across the tops of the Great Lakes stopping in Pembroke, Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay, Ontario; back into the lower 48 at International Falls; and across northern Minnesota, North Dakota and into Montana.
After leaving the rally, I rode through
At the border crossing the
After riding this road you come to the proverbial fork in the road, and I opted (with help from the agent) to go to Eagle,
On August 29 I left
Great experience at
I had wanted to go to
I’ve probably bored everyone to sleep by now, but if you are still with me, two quick stories:
I had a flat rear tire in
These two stories helped make this such a wonderful trip and help to renew one’s faith in mankind.
Some miscellaneous (rambling) facts: the 2004 Multistrada is stock except for Termignoni exhaust, heated grips and a Sargent saddle which made the trip much more enjoyable. I also purchased a Gerbing electric under jacket that was worth its weight in gold. I remember one of the heated clothing companies said something like “once you ride with one, you will wonder why you waited so long” … it’s true! I have no GPS, CB radio, all weather computer, XM radio nor MP3 player, just a compass on my watch which doesn’t work well and a cell phone which in much of B.C., the
Would I do a trip like this again? DEFINITELY! Already plans are being made for a trip to
Anyway, it was 6 weeks to the day, I totaled 14,343 trouble-free miles, had very good weather, met lots of nice people and made great memories.
|10-09-2006, 07:18 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto, ON
Welcome aboard! You have accomplished an epic journey and we salute you Thanks for sharing your ride report with us. Please post pics, or links to pics, should you have any.
|10-09-2006, 07:21 PM||#4|
...and proud of it!
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Am I the only one having trouble reading black text on grey background?
... I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic ...
2007 BMW R1200 GS Adventure
2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200
|10-09-2006, 07:34 PM||#5|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: In the Gem of the Sierras, NorCal
|10-09-2006, 09:35 PM||#6|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Los Angeles (ktown)
I've been masturbating way too much to read that.
Alaska 2006 | South America 2007 | USA coast-to-coast 2008 | 2009, what happened?
2011, We lost fellow PNW adventure rider Ken Morton (DreadPirateKermit)
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