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Old 07-13-2011, 03:31 AM   #31
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The next day we got up, Mrs Pistonpants made an awesome breakfast. We jumped on the bikes and headed to get Shuttermonkey and go riding.

Time to shred some tundra with the Warpig.. Here's the video updated
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX24lZl5kK0


we headed up a local spot, gained about 4000ft in elevation up into the Alaskan tundra into the mountains. Epic ride. pictures don't do it justice. some of the hardest, gnarliest riding I have ever done before. mud, creeks, bogs, roots, rocks, hillclimbs galore.. I didnt get any action pictures, but I got more video that will come

many thanks to you guys for taking me out!


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the two-timers


this one is called "price of admission." it is one crazy climb. and LONG, about 1/4 mile of throttle pinned insanity

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this gives you an idea of steep


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Old 07-13-2011, 03:32 AM   #32
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up on top. no trails up here, just tundra and mountain
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Top. far as you can go with wheels.

we came from the valley floor, off the screen to right



storm rolling in. another that is.

all on Cheng Fling cheapies too :smirk:





there are no trails up here

we got up there
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:33 AM   #33
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:35 AM   #34
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Many thanks to Carl and Jill, Bubba, Terry, Alex, and Ty for hooking me up with an epic weekend.




After the ride, we had a huge dinner with some good brew. Bubba has a pretty sweet fridge




The next day Carl hooked me up with a free whitewater rafting trip through Denali.. sadly this is the only picture I got. It was awesome..


Rode up to Denali park afterward. Too late for the last bus, I'll have to set this aside for next year. Only tour buses past the MP14 gate










Afterwards I stopped by the Pizza Pub and hung out with Alex, a fishing guide who was a friend. Split a pizza and a pitcher.

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:14 AM   #35
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Enjoying your report. Plus great pictures!

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:58 AM   #36
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The next day, Alex took me out fly fishing for grayling










Afterwards, I said goodbye and met up with Ty to go ride the DH.




we traded bikes for a little while.. I had never been on a KLR..














Time for some splorin




going up stuff like this with fully loaded top heavy bikes is.. awkward





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Old 07-13-2011, 10:41 AM   #37
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:04 PM   #38
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thanks
here's some more








little overgrown.. We stopped and had some sandwiches and beer that Ty brought.. he makes a mean sandwich


we emerged... unscathed






About halfway on the Denali Highway, there is a cool old hunter lodge and diner... guy had a cool old tundra truck


The Sluice Box




We had some philly cheesesteak sandwiches in here. Ty got me lunch, I was very glad to have a warm meal!


Guy that owned the place had some really nice planes...


After we left we went down a few sideroads


This mud was a lot deeper than it looked, he got SOAKED.. and it was a long ride back home for him

We said our goodbyes, and off I went solo again. I hope to ride with Ty again next time









the highway got pretty long and it started turning to twighlight


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Old 07-14-2011, 10:33 PM   #39
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I was planning to camp near Paxson along the DH... well Milepost doesn't tell you that it is about 4,000ft up and there is still snow on the ground in July.. It was about 10pm here... I was low on gas when I pulled into the Paxson Inn... I didn't think it was in operation when I got up to the pump... I was tired, hungry, and cold.


uhh..


the sign on the door says "pay in lodge."
Shocked that the door was unlocked, I went in. The place looked like it had been abandoned for 20 years. water stains across the ceiling tiles, paint chipping off. Hardly a light on. I didn't see anything but old newspapers and random junk lying around what used to be the main counter. I heard a noise and went further in, looked around the corner to a bar. Two guys were sitting there smoking and drinking. smoke filled the air and the only lights on in the place were the neon bar lights. The guy behind the counter turned the pump on and told me to tell him how much gas I got... As I was leaving I heard a "Hello" from behind me coming from a window upstairs.. the place looked deserted, I couldn't see anything but closed blinds. I got on my bike and headed down the empty road with an empty cold feeling in my gut.


11PM.
Headphones in, Explosions in the Sky, playing to "The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKyrULAfvq8


Cold. My electric coat quit working after I snagged a wire on something. Not wanting to stop and fiddle with it, I kept on.

Alaskan Pipeline




I didn't take any more pictures that night. About 10 miles from Delta Junction, I felt a strange sensation and wobble from my rear tire. I stopped and noticed that my spokes were loose. It was dark, and raining pretty hard. I did my best to snug them up somewhat evenly. A nice guy on a Harley stopped and offered some assistance. He followed me a few miles to make sure it wasn't too uneven.

I got to Delta Junction, pulled into a gas station and filled up at about 12:30AM.
Inside, I got a few microwave burritos. A guy working there shared some of his chili with me. I knew I had to keep going.

About twenty minutes past Delta Junction, heading for Tok, I was starting to look for a good gravel road to pitch my tent. I didn't have a good feeling, though. It was pouring rain, dark, and wet. I was starting to get foggy, when a huge bear ran right in front of me across the highway, at about 50MPH it looked. Yeah, I am NOT stopping here. Thoroughly awake now, I mashed the gas and kept going.

2:30AM. I see a sign for a state campground. A wave of relief came over me as I pulled into an empty spot. I did my best to quietly set my camp up, and promptly sacked out at 3AM. I had been on the road for a long time.
I don't even remember the name of the campground. I woke up around ten, quickly stashed my stuff onto the bike and left.

Next day, Tok. Thompson's Eagle Claw.


Here I met a number of people, including Ryan. He had a nice F800GS


As well as Bernie and Bernie


And a bunch of other FFs


Bernie and Ryan

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The next morning, we met up with Justin, a friend of Ryan at the cafe. We then departed for Chicken, and the Top of The World Highway. It was raining, and it only came down harder as we continued on...


Justin's F800GS


Inside the Saloon at Chicken.. I can only imagine how bad this place gets the funk on a hot summer night


They had a stove going, we sat around it drying out socks and gloves.




Nearing the Candian customs, an RV had got stuck on the side of the road.


She apparently got out, as we saw her later in Dawson


The ferry to Dawson. The rain had let up here.. we were completely soaked, and glad to be here! My camera had fogged up from the inside


Dawson, Yukon. The clouds parted, the sun came out. It warmed to 70deg. What an amazing sight and feeling, to be warm again. Justin had a MX helmet with no faceshield.. I can only imagine how relieved he was!


My Giant Loop bag leaked, everything except my overboard backpack had been thoroughly drenched.


Not a good day for my camera gear. Every lens I had was soaked. My camera body was soaked. Wolfman tank bags are not waterproof I found out..


I put everything in the sun to dry out. Absolutely relieved, everything cleared of all moisture within a few hours. Our campsite looked like a yard sale with everything out drying.




Ryan, Justin, and I
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We headed into town to the casino. We enjoyed some brew and pizza


Afterward we went to a local hole in the wall for some local music


The next day was the Dust2Dawson Poker Run. The Warpig was stripped of her weight, and ready to fly.

I will have some videos up eventually





The guy on the black GS was FAST. The only guy who could pass us up rallying the dirt roads. He was a local











Dawson Dick's place.
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Probably the nicest bike I saw the whole trip... a custom KTM adventure, the guy had made a custom 15gal aluminum fuel tank and CHRISTINI 2WD... just insanely cool.




I was lucky and got the very LAST ticket to the banquet, which sold out right away. Ryan didn't get a ticket, but they let him eat anyway



Bernie


Getting ready for the bike games




the slow ride, try and ride slower than anyone else..




I made it to the final round, but didn't pace it well enough to win.. guy in the middle won




blindfold.. try to ride blindfolded and stop on a plate about 30 feet away.. pretty much shooting in the dark.. I got 11" away, Bernie's father named Bernie got 5" away, he is GOOD

Justin

Bernie Sr, winner










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Old 07-15-2011, 03:28 AM   #43
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I got all the balls in, and they all bounced back out haha :)


hot dog eating contest




My bike is in between the cones on the right next to Justin's BMW


Midnight. Dawson City, Yukon


Dawson Dick is a pretty cool guy. he let me have an old take-off, as my Ching Chong tire had worn down to about 5%. He even helped me mount it. Thanks man


After leaving Dawson, I rode south toward Whitehorse. The weather started going south along with me, so I took a five minute break at a gas station for a microwave burrito. A bike with a huge mound of stuff on the back pulled in, a girl got off and started gassing up. I chatted with her for a minute, she was from Nova Scotia, was riding solo out here for the summer. Pretty cool. She told me about Summerstroke in Whitehorse, and a good camping spot.




Not too long after, in the middle of nowhere, Yukon. I came across


They were trying to figure out what the heck I was, sniffing around.
Mama bear was NOT happy






Then amnesia hit I guess
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:32 AM   #44
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Whitehorse, Yukon. Summerstroke 2011.


Hung around till midnight, finished off the last of Justin's Crown with a friend I made named Theresa, who was also on an adventure to the north. She told me about a neat lake there, but I was running out of time to get south.


Got back to camp and everyone was sacked out.. not wanting to wake everyone up I just threw my bivy sac on the ground. I could hear all the mosquitoes buzzing around trying to get in. When I woke up it was sunny and 70deg outside.


Cool car show I saw on the way out




Next stop.. ICE CREAM. Man I was jonesin for some ice cream. Finally I found a cheap ice cream cone. $2.50 for a mega tall cone (I eat most of it here..)






see that gunk along the shore? those kids sure didn't mind


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Old 07-23-2011, 06:29 PM   #45
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Next stop.. Dease Lake. Strange little town. Gas station was closed so I had to find a spot to camp out for the night.. I went to the lake, but it was all private. On the way I rode by an abandoned apartment complex. Reminded me of being in Chernobyl or something.. I was thinking of sacking out here, but visions of rats jumping in the bag with me to stay warm didn't really appeal.




So I camped up on the hill behind a baseball field.




















Lone BMW rider on the Cassiar


On a side note... AK has nothing on BC bugs. Once I past Dease Lake it was back to the mosquito/horsefly/yellowjacket cocktail I grew up to love in the Cascades. Only worse.












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