Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

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Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby ClarkA » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:43 pm

I turned sixty this past June, to celebrate this event I took my 2012 Gear-Up for a ride...Sadly I cannot figure out how to post my pictures and write my tale on this site....Should there be someone out there smart enough to guide me, I'll gladly share my tale of rain, cold, heat , flats and bad gas! :o
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby reduc » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:37 am

Here's a link explaining how to post pictures. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=30666

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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby Thermos » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:08 am

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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby Ironhorse Sa » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:13 am

Please post pics!
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby rivers » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:11 pm

CT-FL-AK-CT, heck of a run. Even if you can't post pics, type out some trip experiences.
Again heck of a trip, don't tease...share.
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby ClarkA » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:42 pm

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Well now that my fellow armchair travelers have guided me to the promised land of posting........I'll prattle through my journey. My 2012 Gear Up with a Garmin Zumo 550 GPS combination XM Radio, SPOT Tracker, InReach transmitter, Casio C711 Smartphone, spare fuel cans= 17 gallons capacity, two spare K-37 tires mounted on a modified rack and 3 extra inner tubes, spare brake shoes, disc, relays, fuses, headlight bulb. clutch & brake cables, plug wires, air compressor. Decked out in my new Aerostitch on piece and Combat Touring boots topped off by my screaming yellow Schuberuth helmet, I set forth to meet my son and brother in law in suburban Washington DC. :)
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby ClarkA » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:44 pm

So my trusty steed with 5 weeks work of parts, camping gear, clothing and farkles awaiting the dawns early light!
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby ClarkA » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:15 am

I am a Physician Assistant who tired of the daily grind of Academic Medicine and struck out for the wilds of Alaska's Aleutians where I work as a Itinerant Health Care Provider, in remote villages along the Alaskan Peninsula , the Aleutian Islands and out in the Bearing Sea. Yes, I have met the guys from "The Deadliest Catch" TV show on more than one occasion. My job not only gives me the financial freedom to travel most importantly it gives me the time to travel. As I approached my 60th birthday I began to consider how to mark this moment in my life journey. As I've read so many Ride Reports I realized that the obvious choice was to take a ride to Alaska on my Gear Up! During the planning of this trip my loving bride of 38 years supported my decision to embark on this journey. :boogie:
My 2007 Gear Up was my steed of choice until a thrown rod and seized engine in the months preceding my trip. No problem my trusty Ural dealership Ural of New England :idea: was more than willing to sell me a new 2012 model to make the trip! I spent the next year getting a torn rotator cuff repaired and rehabilitated, money saved & bills paid along with tweaking my new ride. I had heated hand grips added, high intensity lights, extra fuel can mounts for the boat, electrical accessory plugs,modified the luggage rack to accommodate the two spare tire mount, frame mounted towing points, oil cooler added to the ride. Besides being a great dealership , Dmitri of Ural of New England was supportive of my often short notice request for parts or service to include getting my bike ready to go upon my return from Alaska 1 week before my departure.
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby stagewex » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:58 am

Nice. This sounds good.
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby ClarkA » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:19 am

Well as the planning continued , it was "suggested" by my bride that my son Clark II( BMW R100GSPD) join me for the ride, since she was sure that I would need adult supervision out on the road and my son is a good wrench to boot. I proposed to do her one better, and ask my second son Christopher (Kawasaki KLR 650) to join the ride since he has more good sense than both his father and older brother. The planning continued.........the discussion of where , when, how we would get to the goal of being on the Arctic Circle for my 60th birthday was bantered about to include the way home......... :x .

It was decided that the true ride would kick off from, "The Southern Most Point in the United States" monument in Key West, Florida followed by a generally northwestern route toward Alaska. I put out some feelers to my "rider" friends and acquaintances to join the ride with the standard job, family, bike, distance ,boogie man excuses as to why they couldn't make the ride! Luckily my brother in law who is a Professor of Avian Science of the University of Maryland decided to join us for the ride to Florida on a CanAM Spyder. My son Clark announced that a Army friend of his from Michigan would be joining us for the trip on a BMW GS.
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby 4Paws » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:45 am

Wow.
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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby rougaroo » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:19 am

This is gonna be good! :bow:

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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

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Re: Connecticut to Alaska via Key West Ride Report Blues

Postby swoody126 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:41 am

just finishing up my CDR trip, from the ole LAZY-BOY, along w/ a coupla dogs(one in a hack & one in a back pack)

you are just in time for my next ADVENTURE

sure appreciate your allowing us to tag along

looking fwd to the trip

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