An Adventurous Spirit, Meet Paul Falcone

Meet Paul Falcone and his BMW GS Adventure 1200. He's about to head off on a 6,000 mile road trip to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Ride easy friend!

Meet Paul Falcone and his BMW GS Adventure 1200. He’s about to head off on a 6,000 mile road trip to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Ride easy friend!

Soon we’ll be sharing more on The Great Race 2014, which is a 2,100 mile adventure in antique cars from Maine to Florida. There are three Spirit of Stahls’ teams participating this year and we’re all very busy preparing for this fun yet exhausting endurance event. However, I recently learned that a long time member of the GroupeSTAHL Board of Directors is about to take off on a long distance journey of quite another caliber.

I’ve known Paul Falcone for a very long time–in addition to being a member of our board for decades, our daughters used to be in Indian Princesses together. A CPA by trade, Paul runs a well-respected accounting firm but has quite an adventurous spirit for an accountant. An experienced sailor, he has participated in the Port Huron to Mackinac Race (AKA the Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race), many times, including one time “double handed,” which means he completed the race on a boat with just one other sailor.

But this week, he plans to take off on a 6,000 mile motorcycle trip from Michigan to Alaska! Paul has been riding motorcycles since 1979, and he and his wife have made many long distance trips, including a 3,500 mile jaunt to Nova Scotia on a Harley, five trips to Sturgis, North Dakota and a few rides to Colorado. 6,000 miles is another animal altogether however, especially when 2,000 of those miles are dirt roads, some made of crushed seashells. Yes, he’s going to be riding through Canada. Paul chose to ride through Canada for several reasons, but mainly because it’s more rural and because he doesn’t like expressways. There are some stretches where there are no gas stations for 240 miles (he can go about 320 miles on a fill-up), so he is taking an extra gallon of gas on the bike, as well as an extra tire. He’s even rented a satellite phone, since there will also be areas with no cell reception. He jokingly told me he wants to be able to call his wife when he’s about to be attacked by a bear. Yes, he will be

Here is Paul's route. It will be an exciting adventure.

Here is Paul’s route. It will be an exciting adventure.

going through bear country.

When I asked Paul what inspired him to do this ride, he just shrugged and said, “I’ve just always wanted to ride a bike to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.” He estimates the trip will take about 17 days. He plans to ship the bike back from Fairbanks and fly home. One thing Paul is really looking forward to about the trip is that it will allow him to experience the Summer Solstice (June 21) when he is up in the Arctic Circle. He won’t quite be to Prudhoe Bay yet, but he will be in a northern area where he will experience the “midnight sun” or basically 24 hours of daylight. I can’t wait to hear all about his adventure when he returns. Stay safe on the road friend. Watch out for bears! But I know you are well prepared. Drop a line from the road if you can.

 

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12 comments

  1. Sister Xavier Ballance, D.C. says:

    Be safe Paul. Our prayers will be riding with you. God bless!
    Sr. Xavier

  2. Joe Tasse says:

    Great adventure, Paul.
    I love bucket list stuff like this.
    You’ll get some nice views of the Aurora Borealis too.
    Watch for moose on those Canadian backroads and if you get into the wobbles, protect your hands.
    Godspeed,
    Joe T.

  3. Krista Feece says:

    Hi, Paul I hope you all are having a great trip it is a pleasure helping you and your wife with you bikes journey home after your great trip. Take care and Welcome to Alaska.

  4. Marvin D. Veach says:

    Safe Travels Paulie
    I will be thinkin of you solid for the next 17 days wish i was with you

  5. Marvin D. Veach says:

    safe travels Paulie you will be on my mind for 17 days every morning my morning prayers will begin with keeep my boy safe
    have fun and this trip is 1 that i wish i was with you on
    adios brother

  6. GO Paulie GO i love the site brother watchin u ev day brother

  7. Ralf Hiebl says:

    Paul, best of luck, stay safe and I can’t wait to hear about it!
    Ralf

  8. Ralf Hiebl says:

    Paul, stay out of the ditch and ride safe! Can’t wait to hear the details on your return.

  9. Chris Economides says:

    kick ass paul! love this site! ride safe brother! makes our trip to tennessee look like we’re a bunch of round the blockers!

  10. Stephen Elliott says:

    Almost there Paul. Have you taken the bike out of the trailer yet?

  11. Steve R says:

    Hi, Came across your site because I have STAHLS’ Heat Press, But I love the way you loaded the BMW, WOW what a great trip. Many years ago I was in sales for a Shutter company here in S.W.Florida, I went to a home in Punta Gorda, Floridaand the very nice lady said her son owned STAHLS’ Company. I let her know that I have several products from the Company. Is that your Mother?
    She was a wonderful person.
    In fact I was let go from the shutter Company because I gave her a BIG Discount & the owner of the Company is a real Jerk along with his wife and kid.
    Well hope the Trip is a very safe & Happy one, wish I could go a long on the ride, ( Bucket list )
    Steve R
    NAPLES, Florida

  12. Ted says:

    Thanks for the comment Steve. So nice that you met our mother and helped her. Thank you for sharing that memory. Hope your heat printing business is doing well.

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