Day 87 – August 23rd – Thursday: Postscript

By: johnkugler

Aug 23 2012

Category: Uncategorized


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This was our final trip followup picture taken out at Norm’s shop….his office. We’ll let you all be the judge whether you think that we, or our bikes, look any different.

This was our original sendoff picture taken out at Norm’s shop…his office.

Well, we completed this odyssey as we had planned. It was sure great to sleep in my own bed again last night. I will admit that I was glad to wake up and not have to get back on the bike. We typically biked anywhere from 6 to 11 hours when we were on the road. We changed oil 3 times and completed the entire trip without any mechanical problems with the bikes…a pretty good testimony to the quality of Harleys these days. The best news of this trip is that we completed it with a 100% safety record as far as any serious problems.

This is the little bikers’ bell that keeps us safe on the road. It gets rid of all the Evil Road Spirits and Gremlins. They get swept up in the hollow of the bell. Their hearing is extremely sensitive and the constant ringing of the bell as you roll down the highway drives them crazy to a point that they finally just fall off the bike. There is a theory that that is where potholes come from.

We had no accidents; no animal collisions; no tickets; no major close calls; no injuries, no illnesses and we’re home safe and sound. We biked through 1 Canadian Territory, 2 Canadian Provinces and 12 states. Our final bike trip mileage was 12,610 miles. Our miles with the Alaskan Ferry system was 4,567 and our final total trip mileage was 17,177 miles. It really was a trip of a lifetime and it certainly was an odyssey. Norm was asked what he thought was the best part of the trip was. He thought that not throwing up on our round trip out to Dutch Harbor was the greatest part of the trip. He had been a little concerned about that part of the trip because of is history of ‘sea worthiness’. We just had one night of 15-17 foot seas and the rest of that 7 day trip out to Dutch Harbor was smoothe sailing. There were really so many great things that we saw and did over these last 3 months, that I really think it is going to take some time to let it all sink in to really comprehend all that we have seen and done. What a wonderful experience and how wonderful to be back with our families. I’ll work on the video things this fall out in Steamboat and sometime later this fall will figure out how to attach the video features to this blog….so, don’t give up on us and think that this is the final post. Thank you all for joining us. I hope you’ve all had as much fun as we have had.