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Old 09-02-2009, 07:28 PM   #31
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I really like this photo.. Nice Job!
thanks! they just kinda look like kindred spirits...
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:31 PM   #32
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Hey Matt and Kris. Enjoying your trip, website and photos. I see you're heading up through our mountainous backyard. If you have any trouble around the Calgary area send me a note and we'd be glad to help. Lots of resources. I hope you have a trouble-free trip through our parks and country. I dont think you'll encounter too much nasty weather this time of year but definitely prepare for sudden cold snaps.(originally from northwestern Alberta)
Have fun and yes, get a bigger tent!
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thanks so much for the encouragement and offer - hopefully we won't need assistance but i guess you can never plan for the occasional break down. it's good to know that you're there! and we'll be watching the weather very, very closely...
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:33 PM   #33
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love the stars photos Kristen!!
thank you, thank you - *bow*
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:36 PM   #34
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We live in SE BC, and it's the time of year when we have our fire-wood cut, because we know we'll soon be using it. Fall is a very beautiful time to ride, but the days are getting noticably shorter, & the mornings are cooler.

Question asked of previous arctic explorers : Do you plan on wintering over somewhere? Do you plan on riding the ice-road between Inuvic & Tuk? (open January - April)

I have a friend (an Ausie) who rode from Newfoundland to Vancouver in the dead of winter (Saskatoon for christmas). Full studded tires, many layers of clothing, he is also a very very tough cookie. So... it certainly can be done. but way up north... it get's dark up there!

Looking at your SPOT page, it looks like you're aimed to pass through our region (in Canal Flats, on HWY 93/95), and you're welcome to camp/shower.

Good luck & get a move on!
We've definitely heard from many that the weather is iffy at best this time of year. Our original plan was to leave a bit earlier than we did, but due to some unforseen work issues and our breakdown we're a bit late. We're not looking to do any serious dead of winter driving. If we can make the Dempster and fly to Tuk then we'll feel super blessed. If not, well, I guess we'll have to try it another year. Thanks so much for the offer - we may take you up on it!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:37 PM   #35
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Lovely pictures and quite the story so far! Best of luck on the remainder.
Thanks a ton - apparently with the oncoming weather we're going to need the luck!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #36
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Woooo...mightymatt43......I've been following you and wish you both the best of luck.


I strongly urge you to move your story to the "Hack" section of ADVriders as this is the more appropriate side where we all have sidecar adventures accumulated.

The groups there have tons of Urals and other makes to assist and recommend routes for you to take this time of year. You will also get immediate assists from all Uralistas as well as all others that ride sidecars....


Cheers....
Thanks for the good advice - I actually just PMd the mod so hopefully he'll let me move this over to Hacks. I definitely lurk a bit more in that section myself... Good idea!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #37
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Day 12

Much to our own surprise, we left Vernal before 9 am - upon realizing so, we gave ourselves a huge pat on the back because we are usually leaving much closer to 10. The climb into Flaming Gorge is subtle but enough to give the Ural a bit of a challenge.







In fact, it's steep enough that not only were trucks passing us but, embarrasingly, a Smart Car even shot past us at one point.



We kept climbing into the park until it became quite apparent that we needed to either change the spark plugs or at least clean them, so I pulled over and did a little work. As I was doing so, Kristen spotted a red sidecar rig going by and we both hoped we would run into them before leaving the park. Unfortunately, we got held up by a very nice (but super talkative) man who only let us out of his grasp after nearly half an hour. We continued on towards the dam and pulled into a parking lot there to find the red sidecar!

A 1989 Moto Guzzi from Switzerland traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles for their Honeymoon. Some of the nicest people we've come across and I wished we had more time with them.





We eventually left them to check out one of the scenic viewpoints (which I can't remember what it was called, but it was the best part of the park).







Before we left Flaming Gorge, we had some more great scenery and even saw some wildlife - they were really, really close and we felt fortunate to have seen them.





After leaving the park and entering Green River, we decided to try and make a run for Jackson, WY, before dark even though it was early afternoon. It was about 200 miles and so we saddled up and got ready for a sprint. Unfortunately, southwest Wyoming is pretty flat and VERY windy. We had a strong headwind nearly the entire way.





Definitely some pretty spots along the way, though.






Then, after hitting La Barge on 189, I suddenly realized that we were in serious danger of getting caught in the dark - which was something I really wanted to avoid. Especially since a man at the gas station there told us the valley before Jackson was filled with wildlife that constantly crossed the road at night.

We hoped on the bike, feeling a bit anxious, when she provided us with a moment of Zen. For the last 115 kms, our Russian steed did not leave 4th gear. She purred forward at 55 and 60 mph through hills that she was no designed to climb at speed. She darted through corners as nimbly as any bike on the road. Her sweet putter was replaced with a roar that we had not heard before. And before we knew it, we were in Jackson while the sun had yet to set.



We spent the night in this cabin and seeing as everything else in town was super expensive (the front desk guy at the Best Western scoffed at my face when I was shocked at the $270 pricetag for one night), it was quite reasonable for a standalone room.



Kristen liked it and Jackson so much that we decided to stay another night which was good cause I needed to do a few things for the bike.

I cleaned out the air filter, replaced the plugs (again) and decided to put my spare on the pusher and my pusher on the hack because of some unusual wear. I never knew the hack tire would wear like this. Is it because of the weight the sidecar is hauling?



Anyway, today we head off for Grand Tetons and Yellowstone - Kristen is feeling inspired!

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:12 PM   #38
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Day 13 and 14

So several days have passed since our last report, but we were in places where our internet was extremely limited. Time to catch up!

First, it's important that I mention that I had one of the best burgers I've ever eaten in Jackson. I think the place was called Billy's (it's on the square) and basically, it's an open kitchen with a bar around it. A cook makes burgers and dogs on a grill that has probably never been cleaned and it is the greasiest, most unhealthy, beautiful thing I've eaten in a long time.



Anyway, we left Jackson and headed on into the Grand Tetons feeling extremely optimistic. But after about 5 minutes of leaving town, we ran into the mother of all traffic jams because of construction. When considering either Yellowstone or Tetons, know that you will run into other vehicles. Not fun, especially when everyone wants to fly around these mountain roads. Urals are not known for their speed....





Despite the traffic, these parks are gorgeous. Mount Moran and Jenny Lake in the Tetons were spectacular even with the moody weather.







The master at work:


After spending some time there and having a fantastic fish sandwich for a cool $10, we headed into Yellowstone. Immediately upon entering the park, we hit even more traffic. Like the good tourists that we are, we headed directly towards Old Faithful. After making our way through the hordes of cars, we were about to turn left into the main parking lot when a gentlemen in a Suburban swerved in front of us from the right lane and nearly caused an accident. It was the closest we'd had all trip and needless to say, I was a bit annoyed. But even with the frustration, it turns out Old Faithful was worth it. It was an unbelievable display of nature's glory and we felt blessed to have seen such a show.


(I'll throw up some video when I get the chance)

Afterwards, we hopped back on the bike and headed for the nearest campsite.







We slept (or at least I did) like babies but Kristen woke up wondering how I ever talked her into this trip. It turns out it gets cold in the mountains!



Maybe we shouldn't have camped next to the lake...whoops. Anyway, after eating breakfast and packing up, we drove around the park a bit more (Kristen finally tried out her heated gear and is now in love), saw a few elk being eternally pestered by a flock of photographers, then headed out the west exit.



That afternoon was the real treat. Montana is gorgeous. Even Kristen, a beach lover, told me she was ready to move. Hebgen Lake and the surrounding area was beautiful and we had a fantastic day of riding until getting to Butte and highway 90.











We decided to jump on the interstate for a quick jaunt when the skies opened up. We both got drenched as there was no exit in sight and spent decided after another 20 minutes of riding to find a place for the night. We rolled into Deer Lodge and stayed at a motel/casino directly across the street from the local prison. More on that later after Kristen edits the pictures from today. So you know, for now we are resting our heads at my Uncle's place in Bigfork. Until tomorrow...

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:17 PM   #39
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Looks like a great trip ! Enjoy it all and best of luck to you .
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:28 PM   #40
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Awesome ride

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:47 PM   #41
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Stop over in Fort Worth

Matt, if you and the missus need a little siesta on your way back you have got a place to rest in Fort Worth. Would love to host and hear about your adventure. Drop me a PM if interested.

Godspeed to you both!
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #42
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Keep making tracks!

Just caught up with you two. Glad to see you making some great progress

I just couldn't pull the trigger on my short trip with the Ural so I boarded the dog and will hit the road in the morning on the GSA.

Keep it coming and stay safe!

running gear oil in the transmission for xxx miles and developing a new leak didn't have anything to do with my decision no way. Douh!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:13 PM   #43
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Thanks for the good advice - I actually just PMd the mod so hopefully he'll let me move this over to Hacks.
FWIW (not much..) I disagree. I found this ride report and added it to my subscribed threads. Had it been in Hacks, I probably wouldn't have found it. Now that I have, I will probably peek into Hacks more often in search of good ride reports...and it has my gears turning about a sidecar one of these days. I guess it is fine if you wish to preach only to the converted, but keeping it in ride reports might have won some new fans for sidecar rigs.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:50 AM   #44
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Welcome to the Hack area. Eventually you will get noticed and will be adviced......!

You both still have a long way to go before hitting the Dempster. At least I think you still could transit the Dempster and get christened at the Arctic Circle before the weather Gods there shut you down.

If you happen to go through Watson Lake and need lodging sans camping, I'd recommend the former Canadian Air Force Lodge that has turned into a motel/roadhouse and is run by a German that charges only $73 for a room. Do your tire changes there if needed, he has compressors.

Also leave your mark at the Sign Forest!!!

Cheers....

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Old 09-03-2009, 06:30 AM   #45
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Great trip! But I'm curious as to how you plan to reach Tuk? There's gravel to Inuvick but from then on no road unless the river is frozen.

Hubert went to Tuk at the begining of his RTW trip.It ain't easy.

To check out Hubert's report Google "The Timeless Ride "

However your trip turns out it has already been very entertaining.Thanks
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