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Old 07-23-2011, 06:29 PM   #46
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Stewart, BC

I was getting quite hungry, so I went for some seafood.

I put my order in at the door of the bus and sat down on the boardwalk, as the tables were full. A nice couple asked if I wanted to sit with them.

The best meal I had had since staying at Pistonpants' place. I got a big seafood cocktail of everything..

After talking to the couple for a while they invited me to stay on the couch in their motorhome. Okay! . It was like a five star hotel on wheels. They were especially nice, and cooked some good meals that they shared with me. They even made me a nice lunch for the road in the morning. It was nice sleeping out of a tent again.

My plans were to get up early and head out for some awesome morning mountain photography of the glacier... I woke up before dawn.. and was a little disappointed.

If you have good weather in Hyder, it won't last. I wasn't worried though, it gives me a reason to go back again :)

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:34 PM   #47
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got a bigger windscreen.. my prototype worked well, but it was time for the real thing.

I missed my horse.. had to stop and feed them some grass :).

Smithers, BC

Shortly after it started raining. And it rained harder and harder. I was planning on camping shortly after Smithers, but I didn't feel like spending another night in the rain. So I rode on. I passed Prince George at around 11:30. I was getting tired.
I ended up at a rest stop some ways south of Prince George. It was still raining, although very lightly. I took the opportunity and pitched my tent. it was pitch black, a definite change since staying in AK. I woke up every now and then to thunderstorms coming through. In the morning I woke up and it was nice again

Next day it was onward to Logan Lake to stay with my Great Aunt.

that back tire is getting a little bald...

The Cassiar sure likes to eat tires... I picked up a pull off in Smithers, and swapped it in my great aunt's back yard.

I tell you what, it is nice having dish soap.

My stay in Logan Lake was nice, had an amazing dinner of homemade mac n cheese.
Time to head for home. Last day. I remember standing next to this rig when I was about 4 years old

The pine beetle has really devastated eastern BC. Sad. This was the last photo of the trip. Shortly after it started raining, and didn't let up until I passed the US border.

I will be uploading some videos this week. stay tuned.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:56 PM   #48
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So glad to see that the rest of your trip went well and you made it home safe. Way to go! As expected, the photography is off the hook. Excellent ride report! All of us in the Jack River Nation who had the pleasure of meeting/riding with you salute you. Wish we could've joined along for the rest of the journey (except maybe the 3AM loose spoke slog through the rain). Thanks for sharing the experience with us. Happy to have been a part of it. Come see us again if you're ever through here again.


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Old 08-03-2011, 09:33 AM   #49
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Have been subscribed for a couple of pages. You're photog work is fantastic.
Kudos to you for making such a trek on such a bike! Very inspiring. I think going up on the ferry was brilliant.

I was born in Vancouver, lived in Snohomish County for 35 years, and then moved to California in '92. So I have some familiarity with the region. My sister has a cabin on Lake Goodwyn, and my wife's folks live in Marysville. I have a daughter in Snohomish and one in Bellevue.

In all those years I never made it to Alaska though. It's on my bucketlist.

I really enjoyed your trip report. Makes me want to ride...
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:36 AM   #50
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Great photography as usual. It makes me want to go up there again. But, then I see your wife all bundled up and remember that an Alaska ride isn't for old sissies. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:17 PM   #51
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Sweet report and pictures!

We need to go riding together sometime. I would like to explore over there around Granite Falls.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #52
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Thanks for the compliments. I don't know when I'll get the time to go again, but I know I will. I have to go again..

Thank you, PistonPants.. it was the highlight of the trip
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:14 AM   #53
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I read the mileage, and the time spent what about the cost? I am planning a similar trip, and the cost is the biggest variable in planning so far. Any Ideas even a rough guess? I have plenty of time just limited money. I am glad for the report.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:11 PM   #54
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Howdy Chris,

WOW, I just now read your ride report fantastic photos, thanks for taking us along on the ride.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:47 PM   #55
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Hey thanks, I didn't really keep track of the cost, but it wasn't a whole lot. The darn ferry tickets were most of the expense..

Ferry ticket (each) - $1200
Gas - ~$450
Food - ~$200 cooked my own meals most of the way, eat out maybe 5 times, Pistonpants family cooked a few days :)
Camping spots - $50 (lots of primitive sites)
One night at lodge with wife - $100
Random stuff - ~$100

If you want to count the bike...
$550 after title transfer/tabs
~$1000 in upgrades and modifications

$300 Coyote saddlebag
$100 Wolfman tank bag
$40 waterproof backpack - Overboard brand
$50 for three drybags for sleeping bags and gear - SeattleSports brand

~$500 in various camping gear that I already had

I am really cheap, so figure you won't be able to beat me on cost unless you skip the ferry and carry food like a packhorse.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #56
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Great writeup and great photos.
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:02 PM   #57
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Thanks for taking us along on your journey. My wife and I are considering a two-up Alaska trip next summer. It will be our way of celebrating her graduating from WWU. The photos are great. I'm looking for more dirt in Snohomish/Skagit/Whatcom counties. Let me know if you ever want a riding partner.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:03 AM   #58
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Great ride report and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It had lots of pictures which is good for me. You also really helped me decide on my route for my Alaska 2012 Adventure.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:42 PM   #59
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Great pic's.
With all due respect, your wife is beautiful.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #60
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Man, absolutely amazing ride report.

Those aren't just point and shoot photos, so it couldn't have been quick or easy to accumulate all those things as you went.

Thanks so much for doing such a great job, that area up there is awe inspiring!
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