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Old 08-10-2006, 12:32 PM   #46
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I love the long distance thumper trips!!
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:19 PM   #47
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I just can't imagine riding for 11 hours and 600+ miles in one day on my DS...

But then Jay I probably could have hung with ya ten years ago

I wish I'd have rode more during my 30s
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:23 PM   #48
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This is taking on the epic time frame of a 'Flug ride report.
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Old 08-10-2006, 06:39 PM   #49
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:02 PM   #50
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Damnit Jay, yer crackin me up with the onboard facial shots.

Keep it coming, great report so far and you ain't even got to the good parts. Epic stuff in the makin's.

And good to see ya again as well. Anytime my man, anytime at all.
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:43 PM   #51
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I just finished portions of the ALCAN route and can recommend the following accomodations / services should you opt to wonder after the event.
Good luck guys!

Whitehorse:
Beez Kneez
408 Hoge Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
867-456-2333
http://www.bzkneez.com/
Hostel with laundry facilities, short walking distance to downtown, wireless link
Make an advance reservation to secure a common ADV Rider room.

Klondike Rib & Salmon Barbecue
2116 2nd Ave, Whitehorse, Yukon
(867) 667-7554
THE place to eat in Whitehorse.
Always a line, parties of five or more can call to make reservations.
10% off coupon available at hostel. (Dona and Trevor also own the restaurant)

Dawson City:
Though a significant town (and my favorite) Dawson City has limited mechanical services. If you have mechanical needs go to the Dawson City R.V. Park & Campground, located 3 kms out of town just over the steel bridge and find the Indian maintenance man named Wakia-toh or commonly called, "Blue". Tell him Lou referred you and you'll have a vast array of tools and tire machine at your disposal.

The coffee shop in the middle of 1st Ave. (Main street) opens early and offers a great breakfast. The fish-n-chips place at the end of 1st. Ave is great for dinner.

Diamond Tooth Gerties is an authentic 1890s saloon offering gambling and 8 - 10:30 - midnight Can-Can shows.

Fairbanks:
Billie's Backpackers Hostel
2895 Mack Blvd.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-4006
907-479-2034

Tell Billie that Lou sends a big HUG. (Ask her if the plumb bob on her porch is helping ... she'll understand.) She allowed me to store my bike in the garage and change oil / perform maintenance.

She lost her son in Iraq days before he was scheduled to come home.
Don't mention her son, just open your arms and give her HUGE hugs.

Trails End BMW is located at the end of Billie's street.
George Rahn offers high end motorcycle services.
907-479-2367

The Turtle Club
10 Mile Old Steese Hwy
Fox, AK 99707
907-457-3883
http://www.alaskanturtle.com/

A quick 10 minute roll north of Fairbanks.
Best. Prime. Rib. to be found on the planet!
Call to make a reservation.

Hot Licks Ice Cream
3453 College Ave.
A few blocks from the hostel
Premium small batch ice cream for those needing a fix.

Anchorage:
Anchorage Guest House
2001 Hillcrest Drive
Anchorage, AK 99517
907-274-0408
Owner Andy Baker plays alot of music gigs locally. I went to sleep listening to him and a friend practice. The kitchen is well stocked with health foods, you're welcome to everything. Laundry available. Very clean.

I'd recommend the following shopping: (Don't forget the support team members guys!!!)

Alaska Raw Fur Co. (Biggest selection of tanned fur products in AK)
4106 Boat St.
Fairbanks, AK
907-479-2462
I quite literally froze in my tracks on the way in the door. Ace will be able to live out his benign Daniel Boone fantasies here. I scored a pair of crystal fox booties for the missus.

Qiviut (Musk ox producers co-operative)
604 H Street
Anchorage, AK
907-272-9225
www.qiviut.com
High end musk ox headbands, scarves, etc.
The signed picture by the creater insures authenticity.

You will encounter significant road construction throughout the Yukon and Alaska. Bikes go to the front of the line.

Buy a $5. phone card as soon as you get north as cell phone coverage is virtually non-existent.

Although the rules state a 140 mile distance between gas stops it 370 kms from the bottom of the Dempster to Eagle Plains.

hth
lou

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Old 08-11-2006, 01:40 PM   #52
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:46 AM   #53
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This is taking on the epic time frame of a 'Flug ride report.
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:46 AM   #54
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Thanks again to John and Becky for hosting me in Albequerque. it was great spending the evening and morning chatting with you. Thanks for the cool ride recommends. They turned out GREAT!!! If your are ever in my neck of the woods

As I mentioned in the last post, I tensioned my chain when I left Trip's house. At my last gas stop, I checked things out and the chain was really, really loose, as the adjusters took 10 full revolutions to bring it back into adjustmemt. It was in its final miles... with 130 miles to make it to hoogavin's

Anyway, woke up with the mission of getting a new chain installed. There is a new chain and sprockets waiting for me in Seattle, but there still just a little ways to go before that

Since I was gonna be around for a bit, I called Jurgen to see if we could meet up... We decided to meet at the motorcycle shop... make that the first shop They (name forgotten) couldn't fit me in at all, nor seemed interested... Jurgen called another shop and asked for "Gordy's daughter" Thanks Kelly

The shop manager mentioned that the cogs were pretty well worn on the bike and they did not stock them. I figured as much and seeing that I had cogs and chain waiting in Seattle, I asked for a 2000 mile chain. Ilmostro would be so proud The bike was slipped into the schedule and Jurgen and I were off on the town...

First piece of business...Breakfast


Jurgen at breakfast...


and Me at the Ranch Cafe


and the both of us


Jurgen was off of work and so he suggested that we go ADV crazy... All the great opportunities around ABQ Since my bike was in the shop, I rode bitch at Target Sorry the picture is blurry, we were moving...


After about an hour, we stopped at a scenic rest area and lounged around a bit, talking about life...


After any great adventure, there is always clean up




The shop called and my bike was ready. We were pretty spent from our day, so we headed down to pick it up... Bye Jurgen. Thanks for a great afternoon. It was a blast hangin' with ya. See ya down the road. If you ever make it to my neck of the woods

So, back at hoogavin's and loaded up... Departure from ABQ 3:30pm Not gonna make Vegas tonight... Where could I go

Go North young man, Go North... Durango, HO!!! in search of FatChance

Headed North the view from AQB


Wide open vistas.... great views


Ran 550 up to Durango






Pretty low Continental Divide


Storms in the distance




looked down and noticed I was gettin' close...


it happen here...


me and the desert






Colorado


Barn, 'cause there's rules


Almost to Durango...


So, I arrive in Durango No Cell coverage

So I find a pay phone and call FatChance... no answer, I leave a message... I try to check my messages, but apparently don't know my voicemail password My phone knows it

I know exactly what has happen. FatChance and crew got to drinking earlier than planned and left me a voicemail telling me where to meet them... only I can't get the voice mail.

ADV to the Rescue!!!

The booth, a key player in the evening...


So, I call DataWife on the payphone and have her log onto ADV. WE post in Jo Momma a "Help in Durango" thread looking for FatChance/FIST/Wayne Weber cell numbers...

After a little sorting through the additional information that you get in any Jo Momma thread The Fist PM's some numbers. He plays operator land line on one ear and cell phone on the other, he calls FatChance who has gone home. Gets Wayne Weber's numbers from FatChance and calls Wayne. Finds out what bar Wayne and Kelly are in and gives me directions. Quite the event Thanks Will.

Look who I found on vacation


I get into more Durango appropriate clothing and we head out to find me some dinner... Had a great eveing hanging with the Webers. Thanks for everything guys. Great seeing Ya

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Old 08-12-2006, 11:00 AM   #55
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As always, great thread, Datta. Good luck, have fun and as others have already mentioned, be careful.



Does your bike normally run this temperature?
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:08 PM   #56
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Here's DataDaddy getting ready to leave Durango Colorado, heading into Utah.



Good to see ya! It was cool that all the phone tag stuff worked out, thanks Fist!

Here's our ride,



Good to see FatChance in Durango as well
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:56 PM   #57
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As always, great thread, Datta. Good luck, have fun and as others have already mentioned, be careful.



Does your bike normally run this temperature?
yeah, when it's 105 out and I am pushing 80
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Old 08-13-2006, 08:52 AM   #58
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