All is well, that ends well.
Total mileage 8648 my odometer showed 9200 but is 6% off.
I rode a total of 27 days with two off for a honeymoon break.
Rode 20 days straight without a break. Typically rode 400 miles per day, 10 to 12 hours. Typically rode 100 miles between breaks for water and pee.
My butt got sore the last hour, 9 or 12 hours makes no difference, just that last hour.
4400 miles going and 4250 returning. Took just emergency camping gear and thank you, never had to use it.
My first trip to Alaska that I never once fell, nor even dropped the moto. Of course I did not ride all that much gravel, except the scary construction zones.
Motorcycle performed perfectly. Oiled the chain daily, adjusted just once. Did not wash. It’s still dirty.
Meet some good people along the way. Many Colombians and Brazilian riders.
Most Alaska riders are riding the big BMW’s or KTM ‘s
Many of them riding double.
The Vstrom is about as close as you can get to a balance of ability to highway cruise 70 mph, and rugged off road use. No motorcycle will do it all well.
I had a mirror loosen, tightened it, and I lost a screw from my chain guard, that’s it.
As for me, I never even broke a fingernail.
Did not ride any new roads.
Did not gain or loss weight. Did not eat healthy food.
Had at least one stiff cocktail, immediately after getting to the hotel. Amazing what that will do for you.
Rode only twice in the dark, once for 15 miles and the other for 3 hours to beat the heat coming from California to home.
Will sell the moto now, and perhaps give up riding, just don’t enjoy it as I once did.
Alcira is happy about that decision.
What i have learned
Solo traveling is for solo people.
When u have someone
at home who cares it’s totally different, your always thinking of them
It’s not nice nor right to leave your wife alone, even if she says it ok.
Now When I travel outside of the US, even Canada, I feel less secure, can’t call AAA. Any legal or medical issue would be complicated.
Bears seem to hear better than deer. The deer never seem to hear a moto coming bears always do.
Rain is little impediment to riding, wind is.
Neglecting to take your GPS is stupid, even when you have driven the same roads before.
The old adage of taking 1/2 the cloths and twice the money is very wise.
After a long day in the saddle, a good stiff drink makes all better.
Knowing yourself is the most important tool for a safe ride.
Thanks to all of you for following along.