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On the morning of Sept. 19, 2014, with her remaining possessions strapped to a 2006 Triumph Bonneville named “Amelia,” Lynn fiddled with her SPOT tracker, which wouldn’t connect to the satellite. That was more than an inconvenience.

One of the goals of her ride around the United States was to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous motorcycle journey in one country, so the SPOT was an important accessory to document her trip. After a delay of two and a half hours and a call to tech support, she rode 130 miles to Tucson and made her first gas stop. Lynn exited the station and traveled a mile before she realized that she’d left behind her backpack, which contained her wallet, camera, computer and, yes, the SPOT tracker.

If Danell Lynn had viewed the two incidents as ominous signs, then her trip may have ended the day it started. But Lynn sees the opportunities that can arise from mistakes and failures. When people along the way asked her why she was spending one year on the road she replied, “Why not?” The deciding factor on taking the trip was when she knew that “yes” was the answer to the question, “Would I regret not doing this?”

This weekend, Lynn’s ride, titled “Black Tie 2 Black Top — 1 woman, 1 bike, 1 year, which took her through all 50 states and Canada primarily via secondary roads, came to an end. With more than 52,000 miles logged in the 365 days, Lynn will most certainly break the record, which currently stands at 23,760 miles, set by Manigandan Manjunathan of India. Lynn still has a mountain of paperwork and data to submit to Guinness and the entire mileage won’t be counted, since the GWR rules state that the motorcycle can’t be transported via boat, plane, etc. and can’t enter another country, which is why Lynn saved Alaska and Hawaii for the end.

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