Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Friends gather at the Harley-Davidson store outside Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, July 15, 2015, to farewell Randy McKinney (second from right) and Lana McKinney (far right) as the couple departs on a multi-year motorcycle trip around the world. The Ninilchik couple plans to ride through 86 countries, treating children with dysentery as they go.

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Friends gather at the Harley-Davidson store outside Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, July 15, 2015, to farewell Randy McKinney (second from right) and Lana McKinney (far right) as the couple departs on a multi-year motorcycle trip around the world. The Ninilchik couple plans to ride through 86 countries, treating children with dysentery as they go.

A fond farewell

Fond farewells

Friends gathered at the Harley-Davidson store in Soldotna on Friday to farewell Ninilchik residents Randy McKinney (second from right) and Lana McKinney (far right) as they pass through Soldotna on their way out of Alaska. The couple plans to ride their motorcycles through 86 countries around the world for the next three or four years, treating children with dysentery as they go. Lana McKinney said the morning had been hectic, but she was excited to get underway; Randy McKinney said there had been “a lot of tears” among friends as they left Homer Friday. However, both said they were ready. On the way out of Alaska, motorcyclists from various Alaska chapters of the Christian Motorcyclists Association will ride with them. Those interested can follow updates on their travels on travessillaexpedition.org.

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