The Road to Hyder - 49 states in less than 10 days. Plus Hawaii.
My goal for 2010 was to ride a Victory motorcyle 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.
Riding in Hawaii - Thanks Dale!
I want to hit my 50th state on the 4th of July in Hyder, Alaska.
I added all kinds of gadgets to the bike. 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.
49 States - starts in South Dakota
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.
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.
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 also saw the sun rise and set for 9 days while riding.
Sticky notes - So I don't miss any states.
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.
Somewhere in Texas a rock hit the headlight. I was able to tape it back together.
Leaving Las Vegas. Getting a little crazy(er).
I hit my 48th state in Oregon in 7 days, 23 hours and 30 some minutes. It's 1200 miles to Hyder.
Now a ride through BC.
I arrived in Hyder at 9:15 am CST on the 4th of July.