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Old 08-15-2012, 05:13 PM   #91
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....sonofabitch!!!!!





As a rider, and as an ex-photojournalist, and as a married guy with a job, I salute you.....BRAVO!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #92
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To ALASKA!

The scenery continued to be awesome.







One bridge was being replaced...







Wonder what took it out?



We roll into Stewart and up to the only gas pumps in town (I think). Oh no! The station closes at 7pm. It was 7:20!
No pay-at-the-pump! This might be a problem. What to do? Stay here or Hyder overnight?
If we leave tonight, will there be gas back at the Cassiar before to much further.



We crossed into Hyder, Alaska uncermoniously. It was raining pretty steady. We are cold and wet.
Wanting to put a few more miles behind us tonight, we really only wanted to stop for a break and
snacks, but the General Store was also closed. We weren't hungry enough to sit outside to eat fish.
We roll through "town" and 5 minutes later are...



...begging to be let back into Canada. Were we "Hyderized"? I still don't know what that means.

I do know this guy takes his job very seriously. I mean we had only been out of Canada for 5 minutes and
hadn't even gotten off the bike. He asked lots more questions than at our first border crossing and
even wanted to see the bear spray. Helen said later, she thought he was going to do a full search.
I'm not complaining, as we got right back in with no extended delay. At least we were stopped under the roof out of the rain.



We race all the way back down the Glacier Highway. This time with more rain and less light. (But, just as many bears).

Back at Meziadin Junction on the Cassiar Highway I looked for and found the gas station. Most highway junctions are opportune
spots for fuel station, right? Problem is, this one doesn't appear to be in use. The weeds are taking over around the rusty pumps.

Oh no. Should I risk turning north? I really have no idea where gas will next be available. If there is a gas station before
I run out, will they be open late at night? I might be the first fool with Safari Tanks to run them dry in the middle of nowhere.
I remember Helen asking me after we left the Yellowhead Highway, "Shouldn't we have stopped for gas"?
My reply, "Nah, we've got enough to make it to Stewart"...

(Sorry for the lack of pics here. I guess I don't take any when I'm scared.)

After a little while we reach the location of Bell 1. There appears to be nothing to Bell 1 but a parking lot/rest area and
a large billboard. The billboard had a sign on top identifying the location as Bell 1. The rest of the billboard had a
large map listing all of the fuel stops along the Cassiar. Just what I needed! Hopeful news of gas!
The next fuel stop north is listed as Bell 2. I think it said the distance was 35 km or so. Okay. I think we can make it that far.
Problem is. The same sign also says there is gas at Maziadin Junction. This info is out of date!
Also, If Bell 1 is so small, how big can Bell 2 be?

So off we go, knowing if we run out of gas we'll be sleeping along the highway with the bears.
If we make it to a gas station we'll likely be camping in the parking lot until they open in the morning...


Whatever happens, we can now say we rode all the way to Alaska!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:51 PM   #93
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Awesome report, I wish you guys all the best and I'm very jealous!
Subscribed for damn sure !
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:00 PM   #94
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....sonofabitch!!!!!





As a rider, and as an ex-photojournalist, and as a married guy with a job, I salute you.....BRAVO!
Hey! I resemble that remark! Well, all except the photojournalist part, unless you consider 23 Ride Reports to be photojournalism. I even grew up in the Bayou. Thanks for following along!
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #95
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Bell 2

We reach Bell 2, which was a really nice heli-skiing lodge. We were soo lucky! They do have gas and we got there 10 minutes before the clerk closed up for the night. We filled up the Safari Tanks with an impressive amount of fuel. At least, the clerk and a Honda Shadow rider were impressed. It had been 380 miles since we last got gas. The low-fuel light wasn't even on.



This Honda was piloted by a young man trying to move from Alaska to Florida on a shoe-string budget.
He was like so many Alaskan riders we met, woefully unprepared for cold, wet weather.
He said he would camp, but didn't have a decent sleeping bag. He said he was near hypothermia already,
but had a warm bed waiting for him in Hyder. It was 11PM when we heard him head south. I hope he made it.



The lodge had one tentsite left, so we took it and set up camp in the rain and mosquitos.


This was a pretty long day considering it was raining and cold all day.
Helen doesn't do cold, even though she grew up in the Netherlands.
However; she really impressed me by hanging tough all day without complaint.
In hindsight, this day is remembered as fun. Funny how the brain works.

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Bell 2 Breakfast


We didn't really know this place was a heli-skiing lodge until the helicopters landed in the morning.






This is a nice place in the middle of nowhere.




We are invited into the dining area to get breakfast. It was set up buffet style.




The food was excellent! So that is real Canadian Bacon?





Silly me. I thought the meal was included with the lodging, until Helen got up to go pay.
38 dollars for breakfast! If I had known I wouldn't have felt so guilty about taking seconds.




Back onto the wet Cassiar! I loved the metal grate bridges. Just hang loose and let the bike wiggle all over the place.





The previous night I asked Helen if she had ever looked straight down. She hadn't.

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #98
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Cassiar Continued

For much of the Cassiar we missed the scenery due to the clouds and rain, but eventually the weather
began to improve. The bears were still out in full force. I would slow down to allow Helen to get a
good picture, but didn't realize until later she couldn't operate the zoom with her gloves on.



I don't know why they bother placing warning signs for the bumps. They don't have enough signs and the bumps without
signs are usually much worse anyway. Of course, we are on a KTM so slowing down was never even considered.



Some of the rain refuses to go away.




Just when you think you are doing something adventurous, the non-motorized 2 wheelers remind you otherwise.














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We are not done with the rain yet.



We managed to squeeze past this shower without getting wet.



They use the term "highway" loosely up here.






We stop for a look...




...at a pretty lake...




and a couple moose on the other side.



Notice the camera hanging recklessly from the lanyard?

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #101
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Cassiar Still








This is such a nice ride!




















Helen waits for me at yet another photo stop.





The bears ignore us. Nom, Nom, Nom.... Clovers!





Larger Than Life!




Cassiar Done! We finally reach the Alaska Highway.

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:21 PM   #103
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Good News - Bad News

The Alaska Highway




At the next stop Helen tells me she has good news and bad news.







The Bad!





The good, she says, is it still works. No honey, the good is that I hated this camera anyway. Now I get to buy a new one! That's Good!
My response surprised her. She thought I would get mad, but I love buying cameras.


So how does one destroy an indestructible camera?

Waterproof!

Dustproof!

Drop Proof!

Crush Proof!


NOT Helenproof! NOT Meltproof!

She dropped the camera while we were riding and it landed on the exhaust. Before she could reel it back in with the lanyard, it was toast! (literally)

She tried to blame me for riding too fast. Something about needing both hands to hang on.


The really bad news: Where do you buy a camera up here?



The really, really bad news: That's all folks! No more pictures.

















Just Kidding.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #104
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Dave, I say good riddance to that camera. I took the same one on a vacation trusting that it was fully waterproof for under water photography. Turns out mine was defective and took on water. Unfortunately for me it was the end of the pictures on the trip :(

Anyway excellent RR! Loving the HDR pictures.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:39 AM   #105
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Wow!!

Amazing photos. I love that postproduction work and all of the effects. Great RR. Subsctibed.

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