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Grand Adventure Completion!

This is the third and last thread I've created describing my Grand Adventure. In March through May I took my 2015 GW From San Diego to Key West to Fairbanks and back to SD. Then in August through today I completed my plan and drove to Prince Edward Island and back. 27,580 miles. Never dropped the bike and never ran out of gas. Sadly and happily, I don't have any "almost hit a deer" stories.

39(?) states, 7 provinces and 1 territory visited. Five time zones. Five ferries. 80 miles of loose Canadian gravel. Weirdest town name: Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. Weirdest town: Hyder, AK. Biggest double-take: Country's smallest active post office in FL. Best museum no one's seen: Collier Logging Museum in OR. Best place overall: Home.

Describing the impact of touring North America from the seat of the finest lounge chair on two wheels is impossible to encapsulate in only a few sentences. We're fortunate to have wonderful sights that take your breath away and incredible people who warm your heart. The USA and Canada are two great countries.

Blog DLAJourney.com. I'm pretty proud of it. Didn't miss a day. I have to admit I got serious homesickness during the final week, so the blog suffers in the end.

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This is the third and last thread I've created describing my Grand Adventure. In March through May I took my 2015 GW From San Diego to Key West to Fairbanks and back to SD. Then in August through today I completed my plan and drove to Prince Edward Island and back. 27,580 miles. Never dropped the bike and never ran out of gas. Sadly and happily, I don't have any "almost hit a deer" stories.

39(?) states, 7 provinces and 1 territory visited. Five time zones. Five ferries. 80 miles of loose Canadian gravel. Weirdest town name: Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. Weirdest town: Hyder, AK. Biggest double-take: Country's smallest active post office in FL. Best museum no one's seen: Collier Logging Museum in OR. Best place overall: Home.

Describing the impact of touring North America from the seat of the finest lounge chair on two wheels is impossible to encapsulate in only a few sentences. We're fortunate to have wonderful sights that take your breath away and incredible people who warm your heart. The USA and Canada are two great countries.

Blog DLAJourney.com. I'm pretty proud of it. Didn't miss a day. I have to admit I got serious homesickness during the final week, so the blog suffers in the end.

Incredible journey, and great reading, too! Is it going to be hard for you to follow this adventure up, or do you have your sights on another ride? Part of your entry above reminded me of the 1939 version of the Wizard of Oz... With all your travels, and sights you've experienced, it appears that "There's no place like home."

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This is the third and last thread I've created describing my Grand Adventure. In March through May I took my 2015 GW From San Diego to Key West to Fairbanks and back to SD. Then in August through today I completed my plan and drove to Prince Edward Island and back. 27,580 miles. Never dropped the bike and never ran out of gas. Sadly and happily, I don't have any "almost hit a deer" stories.

39(?) states, 7 provinces and 1 territory visited. Five time zones. Five ferries. 80 miles of loose Canadian gravel. Weirdest town name: Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. Weirdest town: Hyder, AK. Biggest double-take: Country's smallest active post office in FL. Best museum no one's seen: Collier Logging Museum in OR. Best place overall: Home.

Describing the impact of touring North America from the seat of the finest lounge chair on two wheels is impossible to encapsulate in only a few sentences. We're fortunate to have wonderful sights that take your breath away and incredible people who warm your heart. The USA and Canada are two great countries.

Blog DLAJourney.com. I'm pretty proud of it. Didn't miss a day. I have to admit I got serious homesickness during the final week, so the blog suffers in the end.
Truly you have set the bar (for me at least) on a great trip and documenting the memory. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do the blog. You've given me several ideas on places to visit and things to see.

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I have enjoyed your journey from the start. Congrats on a job well done.

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Glad to hear your successful completion. That is indeed an adventure of epic proportions.

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Excellent ride and report. I also enjoyed riding along with you. But I hope the adventure never ends, it just changes as we go along.

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As an afterthought, when you summarize your trip could you add any lessons learned or things you would do differently in either the planning or actual trip. For example, did you camp as much as you thought? I was thinking on a long trip like this I might be better planning for hotels most of the time to stay "fresh and rested".

Thanks again.

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Thanks for taking us along.

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Congratulations, That was one awesome ride and well documented. I thought my ride through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was something. It was, but yours is a dream ride.
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I just finished your last couple of entries on your blog. WOW, what an adventure you have had. Thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us.

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