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    friggin awesome...I'll be watching!
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    Have an awesome ride.
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    That is an impressive ride. Hope the weather works in your favor. And you have safe travels.
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    Awesome bro. Have a safe ride. Keep us posted on your progress when you have time.
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    I was starting to get concerned about Glacier NP being open. I had a plan to go around it on the way up and through it on the way back, but it wasn't plan A. Going to the Sun Road just opened yesterday, so we're back to plan A!


    I will finish setting up the bike this weekend, and it should be ready to point North by Monday. Then, it's just waiting for the clock to tick down until Friday. I talked to my friend this week, and it sounds like he's going to Fairbanks. He doesn't want to do the Haul Road, and I won't debate it with him. He can spend some time riding around Middle Alaska, and I'll meet back up with him and head for Florida.


    If anyone wants my SpotWalla link, send me a PM before Thursday. I don't like to put it out in public.
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    A wife, three daughters, and even my GPS tells me what to do!

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    No real ride report yet, but I did want to add a quick note that completed the ride as planned, using one of my ďcushionĒ days in Deadhorse, waiting out a cold front.

    My friend did much of the ride with me, but wisely chose to skip the haul road. He also stayed in Florida as he has a house down there and planned on this.

    I would encourage anyone considering riding the haul road on a HD touring bike to look into more suitable options. Iím not saying it canít be done. It has been done by many over the years. Iím saying that road can be brutal in places. You will be riding near the edge of the bikeís capabilities. For those not accustomed to riding on gravel, you will be riding near the edge of your capabilities, too. Again, it can be done, but please donít think itís ďjust another roadĒ. I donít intend to sound like a martyr, but this is the opinion I formed on the ride and am sharing it as such.

    I did the entire ride in 15 days, and the UCC in 7. I will have better stats in a later post. The Entire trip was 11,513 miles according to my GPS, with 5,552 of them attributed to the UCC.

    Thatís all Iím going to post for now, but I plan to put together a more in depth report over the next month or two.
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    Wow
    Sounds like a hell of a ride .....
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    interesting
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    Ride Report
    2018 Ultimate Coast to Coast
    Bettendorf, Iowa to Prudhoe Bay, AK to Key West Floridaand back to Bettendorf, Iowa
    June 29th to July 15th, 2018

    I have been planning this ride for about 10 years. I started riding IBA rides in ’04 but didn’tstart riding the harder rides until I did a BBG in 2014. During this time, I’ve planned a lot ofrides, both recreational and endurance, for future consideration. The UCC was among those. I would plan, evaluate and decide that Iwasn’t ready for it. But I repeated thatprocess several times over the years (along with the 50CC, 48/+ in 10, andothers). In the autumn of 2016, Idecided to budget and plan a 50CC as a spring ride and executed that in earlyMay 2017. It went well. My ride report has been posted for details,but I had a great ride with few issues. At that point I started looking for what was “next”. It was part of my self-evaluation for applicationfor the 2019 IBR as well. That decided,should I try the UCC or the 48 in 10?

    I decided that I was going to try to do the UCC. After Sturgis ’18, I asked my few ridingpartners if they were interested. Allthree affirmed that they were interested, so I started a real plan. I laid it out for two weeks, as thatconstitutes a long time away from work for any of us. Any longer would have been difficult toaccommodate. Using these guidelines, Ilaid out a plan for about 750 miles a day. I had to find suitable hotels, so it was usually a little more.

    By spring, one of the riders had other commitments, andone opted out of the Northern section. He would join us for the Florida leg on the way through. It was down to me and another rider. The two of us have ridden a lot of milestogether over the years, but rarely at Saddle Sore pace, and never full IronButt days. He had bike issues comingback from Sturgis last year and bought a house in Florida over the winter. He was fighting to get both squared away wellinto the spring. About two weeks beforelaunch, he finally committed to going. In the meantime, I had been Google-scouting two plans; one for two ofus, and one with me using my aux tank.
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    Day 1 6/29/18
    Bettendorf, Iowa toOacoma, SD
    Get Rolling
    Leave after lunch
    Dinner in SouixFalls, SD

    Launch day finally came and we agreed to meet about 100miles into the trip at a known dealership. We would have been doing about 2 hours of backtracking to meet at eitherhouse. We rode on to Oacoma, SD for thefirst night. It was damned hot andhumid, but mostly uneventful.


    Day 2 6/30/18
    Prepare for Glacier
    Oacoma, SD toChoteau, MT

    The next morning, we got up to wet roads. We fueled up near the hotel and headedwest. This would be a full day, ridingto Chotaeu, MT for the night. The raindidn’t last long. It was nice to hitsome two-lane north of Billings. Wewouldn’t be on much more Interstate for about a week.

    We stayed overnight at a hotel called the StagecoachInn. They seemed pretty accommodatingfor motorcyclists, with signs for cleaning rags. There was also some sort of pub on thepremises, but I needed a shower, and had been abstaining from alcohol for thisride, as I have been for most demanding rides over the last several years.
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