Pics from different rides we've been on and Shows we have attended....
On July 23, 2016 Greg, Joshua, and Lukas left Potomac bound for Alaska. We were on the road for 43 days and rode 13,369.7 miles. We headed northwest from Mayland and crossed into Saskatchewan from North Dakota. We then headed West to the Canadian Rockies (Alberta) and turned North to Dawson City. We took the "Top of the World Highway" into Alaska, got new tires installed in Fairbanks, and then rode the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay. South to Anchorage, the Western route through Canada to Seattle, along the U.S./Canada border to Lake Superior, and then home. Below are the links to those pictures:
The Summer of 2014 Greg, Joshua, and Lukas crossed the United States on these 2013 Suzuki VStroms. These bikes are the furthest thing from cool but they were perfect for this trip. 32 Days, roughly 11,000 miles. We ended our trip by meeting up with everyone else at Rockingham Motor Speedway for SmokeOut 2014.
Day two. Elkhart, Indiana to North Sioux Falls, South Dakota
We ran into a crazy rainstorm along the way and had to duck in behind a car and follow his tail lights to stay on the road. Dealt with that for about 50 miles until we found an off ramp and an underpass to hang out under until the storm passed. The riding suits did a pretty good job keeping us dry considering how heavy the downpour was.
Day Nine. Bend Oregon to Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
We stayed in a beautiful campground on a lake. Visits to the Twin Sisters Mountains, Crater Lake, and several other great places.
Joshua perfected his motorcycle kartwheel in Northern California
Day Fifteen. Not wanting to cross Death Valley on questionable rubber we arranged to have new tires installed at a shop in Receda, California.
The guy was waiting for us when we got there and hooked us up while we waited. Great service at a good price! We spent the rest of the day riding around Southern California. In the evening we walked around Hollywood.... it smelled like pee.
Day Twenty. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona to Moab, Utah.
Next to the rains of South Dakota riding through the sandstorms of Arizona/Utah was probably the most dangerous/creepy part of the trip. Once the storms cleared up it was totally worth it though. We camped in this georgous white burch forest at the top of a mountain about 25 miles outside of Moab.
Day Twenty One. Moab, Utah to Monument, Colorado.
We got caught in a blizzard crossing the Rocky Mountains. It was cold and wet with ice building up on the bikes and the road. We cut our speed way down and pushed through until the weather cleared up on the east side of the mountains. Jason, a friend of mine from Baghdad put us up for a couple days. Thanks Jason!
Day Twenty Five. Dallas, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana.
We stayed with Tom and Darlene (who use to put me up in Kabul). They happened to be vacationing on the eastern edge of Lake Ponchartrain and invited us to stay with them. Tom and Darlene are awesome..... they've been taking care of people for as long as I've known them.
Day Twenty Six. New Orleans, Louisiana to Enterprise, Alabama
We traveled along the Gulf Coast and turned north near Panama City Beach. I was station at Ft Rucker, Alabama in the 80s and 90s. We stayed with my friends Richard and Judy who live just outtside of Enterprise. It was great to catch up...
Rolling Thunder 2012
Chandler and I were asked to do an interview for BBC Persia. The interview was about Rolling Thunder and why Veterans are so involved. They contacted us about the interview because 1. We build bikes, and 2. Chandler and I are Veterans (Viet Nam and the Gulf War).