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31
Jul

100 Days of Bikes, Boots, and Blogs

I’m at the halfway point of Phase 1 of Brian’s World Destination Travel Plan.  I just made that title up, needs some work.  Still 100 days and a little under 12,000 miles have turned under my tires since leaving Texas in April.  Speaking of which I have much needed NEW TIRES on my V-Strom!!!  Woohoo for that.

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7
Jul

Ride Report #4 – Upcoming Maintenance

I’ve traveled 8,000 miles on my V-Strom so far passing through 7 states and two providences.  Or is it 7,500 miles and 800 kilometers now?  I could have made it to this year’s destination of San Diego departing from the same point and going via Miami, Portland Maine, and Seattle with 500 miles left over to put that in perspective.  Here’s the map of where I have gone instead and I’m not even halfway yet.

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1
Jul

What My Trip Costs

I’ve talked a little bit about costs in two previous posts; Budget Lodging Options and Fuel Costs.  My other primary cost is food.  I’ve kept even worse track of this expense than the other two.  Originally I estimated $10/day, but feel comfortable saying I’m at $8/day, possibly less for it.

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29
Jun

Where to Go and What to Do?

Open a map and put one finger in Texas and another in Alaska.  Oh wait, maybe you need a different map.  There’s a good chance that Alaska has its own little insert and not even where it belongs.  In my atlas, Alaska and its 570,000 square miles loses 1/3 of its lone page to Arizona cities.  While the only state before it, Alabama at 1/10 the size of Alaska gets two pages. Read moreRead more

21
Jun

Ride Report #3 – Fuel Costs

The V-Strom and I continue to travel well.  I exited Yellowstone over Bear’s Tooth Pass at 10,940.  Yes it snowed there while I was riding.  The third different state I’ve hit snow in.  I’ve put 6,500 miles on the motorcycle during my nearly two months of my journey reaching Missoula Montana.   Read moreRead more

9
Jun

Back To My New Reality

Leaving Moab I jumped on the motorcycle and traveled along 128 which parallels the Colorado River.  With little traffic my speed flowed like the river’s.  Accelerating through turns and slowing on the straightaways allowing me to enjoy the scenery and reflect.  It was time to get back to reality.  No more nights in a bed and homecooked meals.  No more travel companion to bs and see the sites with.  Or so I thought….

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5
Jun

Ride Report #2

Another 2,500 miles of travels have come and gone on the motorcycle bringing me just shy of 5,000 on the trip.  These miles were smoother than the first round literally and figuratively.  I still took my fair share of dirt roads, but none nearly so rocky as Big Bend was. Read moreRead more