Avid motorcyclist prepares for long journey


NEXT TO HIS BIKE, Rick Soderstrom takes a break from packing and preparing for his trip to the Arctic Circle. Soderstrom will be leaving Sunday, May 26, on a journey that will take about a month. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck —

 

A red Harley Davidson motorcycle sits in a garage, the windshield spattered with the remains of bugs, and Rick Soderstrom, owner of the bike, carefully tucks away equipment into compartments that line the side of the motorcycle. However, the motorcycle will not sit still for much longer. 

Soderstrom is not a weekend-warrior motorcyclist who cruises the back roads of the Texas Hill Country. The 71-year-old has ridden on two wheels through every state in the country, parts of Canada, Europe, Australia and Tasmania. He has explored Texas — not only the state — but the Australian town.

Soon he will begin a journey on his motorcycle to the Arctic Circle — for the second time. 

The first time, he traveled from Mason, Texas to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and when he had started home, he was pushed off the road by a truck. 

“I spent a couple weeks at the University of Alaska Hospital recovering from broken ribs, concussions, lacerations, bangs, bruises and stuff like that,” Soderstrom said.

Sunday he will attempt to complete something that he left unfinished: a round trip to the Arctic Circle.

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