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Formerly the public information officer with the North Dakota National Guard, he embedded with combat units on two missions to Iraq after There, he planned for soldiers to write dispatches from the military bases and reporters from major media organizations to embed. It's our nature to do planning and pre-execution checks," he said. So, it should be no surprise that Keller has spent two years gearing up for an epic motorcycle journey down one of America's most dangerous ro. Rusty Romans, on an 8,mile loop from Bismarck to the Arctic Ocean.
There, they will hop on the famous Alaskan Highway, which runs from the Canadian border to Fairbanks and was built in a single year during World War II to carry military supplies to Russia.
That final mile loose gravel road is a "bucket list" ride for many so-called adventure riders. Rob is expecting to see caribou, reindeer and bears. But a simple rain could coat their motorcycles with mud and dirt. And snow, which could happen at any time of year, would shut a mountain pass, forcing them to turn back. The route back to Bismarck will take them past Mt. Denali, to Seward, on a ferry all the way to Bellingham, Wash. Rob is taking a lot of precautions.
And it's "all the gear, all the time," which for motorcyclists means a full-face helmet, padded clothes, an emergency satellite communicator, LED brake lights and heavy gloves. Rob once ran 65 mph into a deer and said he would be dead or alive without a face would he have been unprepared. Most importantly, he's not doing it alone. Several years ago, he took a solo trip to Alaska and some back problems from his 26 years in the military caught up with him. His back gave out while setting up a tent after days of biking.
One of his fellow riders, younger brother Jody, a welder from Denver. As brothers, they're pretty different. Jody considers himself "a spur of the moment kind of guy. Jody said he's mostly excited to see the scenery and history of this last frontier. Plus, he just loves the feeling of being on the bike. And it's also something of a last chance. He has rheumatoid arthritis and doesn't know if he can ride much longer.
I'm just sad I waited until I'm 62 years old," Jody said. Rob is no novice to long-distance motorcycle rides. In fact, he has gone on more than a dozen such adventures, and he's certified by the Iron Butt Association, an exclusive club for people who have ridden at least 1, miles in 24 hours. Riding a motorcycle, that's why you see a lot of military riding motorcycles.
It replicates the adrenaline flow you experience in combat," he said. In a brotherly way, Jody sometimes has to tell Rob to slow it down, he said. Once in South Dakota, Jody told Rob he wanted to pull over. Rob sped ahead and had to turn back to meet them at the gas station, Jody recalled.
Aside from the adventure, Rob is also using this trip to fundraise for CRY India, a nonprofit supporting education, health care, safety and food for kids there. He will carry a stuffed animal named "Buddy Barrel" and, when people ask about it, he'll tell them about the donation campaign. To follow Rob's adventure, subscribe to his travel blog at www. Trending Articles.
Indigenous Impacts. There, he planned for soldiers to write dispatches Rob Keller will embark on July 1st on an mile motorcycle trip from Bismarck to Deadhorse, a town in northern Alaska. Once in Deadhorse, Keller plans to swim in the Arctic Ocean with his friend and brother who are also making the journey.
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