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Old 07-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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The Road to Hyder - 49 States in less than 10 days.

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 - Big Island, Kawaihae - Thanks Dale and Mike!!

5/8/2010 -







Sunrise at the Volcano -



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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.



Very fitting!!!



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.

Perfect moments-





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.


Getting close.



An early morning stop at the Bear Glacier -



I arrived in Hyder at 9:15 am central time on the 4th of July, 2010.



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.



Thanks Caroline!!!!!



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.



IBA Towels?



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 -
http://www.spotadventures.com/trip/view?trip_id=212144

The Spot Tracker map, shows where I stopped each day. I forgot to hit the OK button at the end of day 5.






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Old 07-11-2010, 01:34 AM   #2
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What an amazing feat. Well done.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:08 AM   #3
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What an amazing feat. Well done.
Thanks Marty!!
There was a lot of planning and it was a great feeling when the plan worked.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:15 AM   #4
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:35 AM   #5
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
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Wow!! Great job. I'm saving your map, being I live in Mn. it looks like a great route. Does the 48+ need to be done in less than 10 days?

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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Wow!! Great job. I'm saving your map, being I live in Mn. it looks like a great route. Does the 48+ need to be done in less than 10 days?

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Thanks Steve

Yes the 48+ does need to be completed in less than 10 days.
This route covered 8818 miles. Not bad for 49 states. Ending in Hyder was fun.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:07 AM   #8
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The numbers -
Starting to do the paperwork for the IBA. Could take awhile. I have a lot of receipts.

Day 1 - 1136 miles
Day 2 - 796 miles
Day 3 - 896 miles
Day 4 - 1044 miles
Day 5 - 938 miles
Day 6 - 1002 miles
Day 7 - 1007 miles
Day 8 - 1029 miles
Day 9 - 777 miles
Day 10 - 165 miles

5 - 1000 + mile days!!!!

49 state miles - 8818 miles
Total trip miles - 11,907 miles
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:27 AM   #9
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Thanks for sharing. I always like to see different 48+ Routes.

Would you mind e-mailing me the .est (preferred) or .gpx file?


So, what's the next ride going to be?
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing. I always like to see different 48+ Routes.

Would you mind e-mailing me the .est (preferred) or .gpx file?


So, what's the next ride going to be?
Will do.

I didn't use the route on the trip. I had 49 way-points, one for each state, loaded in the GPS.
I had them numbered in order. Each way-point was a gas station.
I had a sticky note for each state and pulled each one off as I got a receipt for that state.

I can send you the list.

Next ride? Hmmmmm There is one that I have been thinking about.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:55 PM   #11
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:16 PM   #12
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Awesome report! There was a guy not to long ago that did the lower 48 on a victory too. I forget his name. He did a different route too. Those bikes must be awesome!


Edit: Nevermind.....the other guy was you. You are my hero!
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #13
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Awesome report! There was a guy not to long ago that did the lower 48 on a victory too. I forget his name. He did a different route too. Those bikes must be awesome!


Edit: Nevermind.....the other guy was you. You are my hero!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...tory+iron+butt
Thank you!!

I think the bike is awesome.
When I got home all I had to do was wash it .........and order a new headlight.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:23 PM   #14
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You earned that iron butt alright! Congrats.. that's quite the victory on your Victory.. thanks for the pics and the details
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:25 PM   #15
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Great job, thanks for sharing. Puts a whole new meaning to "Iron Butt".
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