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Old 05-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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macadamia's Awesome North American Adventure

In the course of human events, there comes a time in every human's life when the sense of adventure overtakes the safety and security of everyday life...

These are the best of times, these are the worst of times, these are the times that try my soul...

Ok, enough mis-quoting (purposefully, btw...), on with the report!

I am getting ready to embark on the most adventurous journey of my life... This, if the plan holds, is a 44 day, 3 country, 8 state, 5 province, 2 ferry crossing, 8 border crossing, almost 12,000 mile odyssey.

I will be riding this mostly solo, but will be joining up with SpecialAgentNancy for part of the trip, on the leg from Anacortes, WA to Anchorage AK, including the Kenai Peninsula. After riding back to Anchorage, AK, we will say our good byes and I'll continue solo for the rest of the ride.

In the posts to follow, I'll be posting the route, photos of my motorcycle, photos of my kit.

Upon departure, I'll be posting a ride report regularly, as the wi-fi availability goes. I have my spot messenger and will be using it in the track mode. Feel free to follow my whereabouts...

Finally got the DMV crap sorted and got my plate changed to this bike... If you see me on the road, say hi...

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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These screen shots show the route I'm taking... I had to break it into 4 maps because maps.google.com only allow 25 destinations when mapping a route...

From San Clemente, CA to Anacortes, WA... From Point Y (Anacortes, WA) on this map to Point A (Sidney, BC, Canada) on the next map is by ferry...


From Sidney, BC, Canada to Seward, AK... Point C (Port Hardy, BC, Canada) to Point D (Prince Rupert, BC, Canada) is by ferry...


From Seward, AK to Dawson Creek, BC, Canada...


From Dawson Creek, BC, Canada to San Clemente, CA...


Entire route as mapped by my gps software...
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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Have fun Andy! Hopefully we will see you up there. Not leaving until June 23rd. We are basically doing the same trip but backwards. We are going up the coast and back home inland.


What is the 3rd country you are going to? lol

Just found the dates. May 26th-2nd week of june. Should see you on the way back!
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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Have fun Andy! Hopefully we will see you up there. Not leaving until June 23rd. We are basically doing the same trip but backwards. We are going up the coast and back home inland.


What is the 3rd country you are going to? lol

Just found the dates. May 26th-2nd week of june. Should see you on the way back!
I'm riding back around the second week of July...

I'm riding from San Clemente, CA to the Mexican border, crossing it, then riding north... I'm basically doing this to get my passport stamped (I know they probably will not stamp it...), to say I've been there on the bike, and for the sticker on my pannier...
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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In. Just so I can see your avatar on a regular basis.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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In. Just so I can see your avatar on a regular basis.
I'll second that!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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Great trip! Sounds so thrilling!! Ride Safe, Ride Hard !!

Nice photos, do upload more and more!! he he...lol..
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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Unfortunately, I'm having a flare up of my Crohn's Disease, so a slight postponement is required... I was going to leave a week from today, on May 27th so I could meet up with SpecialAgentNancy for part of the trip. But now, I'm probably going to ride the whole ride solo, just to ensure I do not frack up anyone else's ride.

I'm still going to do this, still prep'n the bike, still getting ready as best I can... I'm not going to let Crohn's Disease run my whole life - it already runs part of it...
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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I received the parts today to repair my windscreen - I broke one of the mounts while riding at the Jimmy Lewis class.

I also received a couple of other items that I need to mount on the bike... I'll be doing the installations this week... I also have to go to the DMV (ugg!) to take care of the registrations on my bikes and car before I go...

I hate pressure... I'm feeling lots of pressure with this plan... I hate pressure...
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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I'm feeling better and am back on track with my plan... I'm probably going to delay a day or two, or maybe even change the beginning of the trip altogether...

I can say, I am still going...
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:42 AM   #11
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So, does it make the music?
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #12
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Hey!

When you pass through Idaho Falls, come say "Hello".
I've got tent space and a garage if you need to get any work done.
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13633189

And bring your avatar.

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:20 PM   #13
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Hey!

When you pass through Idaho Falls, come say "Hello".
I've got tent space and a garage if you need to get any work done.
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13633189

And bring your avatar.

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thanks for the offer... I'll say hello when I'm in the area...

as for the avatar, it's staying home to watch the dogs...
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #14
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So, does it make the music?
yes sir!!!

I'll post a video clip of the sound...
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So, does it make the music?
Sound clip of my Leo Vince Complete Exhaust System... Please ignore the shaking of the license plate bracket - I removed the luggage grid and rear support to install the LED light bar... Near the end of the sound clip, I demo the LED light bar...

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