Jr. Miss Father & Son bike from Iowa to Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004

It's a long way to ride a motorcycle from Iowa's Fields of Dreams to Soldotna's River of Dreams, but that is exactly what Iowa's Jr. Miss's Father and brother did last month following the National Jr. Miss competition in Mobile Alabama. While Alaska's Jr. Miss, Kaitlin Vadla was returning home to Soldotna via jet plane, John Roberts and his son Luke, packed up there Suzuki motorcycles the same day they got home from Mobile and headed north to Alaska.

"It took us about an hour to get things packed up and us on the road. We had been planning the trip for about a year, it was originally going to be a longer trip, but then my daughter won the Iowa Junior Miss competition so we had to go to Mobile and that was where we met Kaitlin and her family, so it took a few days off the trip, but gave us some new friends and a better trip over all," said Roberts. The roads from Des Moines to Kenai were much better than the father and son duo had anticipated, but they did have to ride some 1,500 miles in the rain on their Suzuki touring bikes, "We stayed primarily in our tents, we did stop at hotels a couple of nights, but primarily it was a riding and camping trip,," said Roberts. They spent seven days in covering the some 4,300 miles from Des Moines to Kenai.


Kaitlin Vadla with Iowa Jr. Miss Dad, John & Brother Luke Roberts.

The father of the Iowa Junior Miss described the experience of having his daughter selected to represent Iowa in one word, "Awesome! We are pretty proud of her and it's something we will all remember all of our lives." The riding partners arrived in Alaska on the 4th of July, over-nighted with Alaska's Junior Miss's family and then headed toward Homer on their way back to Iowa. "This is stuff I'll remember the rest of my life, it's been busy and exciting. Meeting people from all over the country has made the trip super worthwhile, both in Alabama and coming to Alaska, this is about as far away from home as we can ride, so it's been great," said Luke.

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