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Old 02-07-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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Alaska ride circa 1992

So I finally got around to scanning some old pics. These are all I've done so far.

Pics from my solo ride - Kansas City to Alaska, July 1992. Even back then the Alaska Highway was mostly some form of pavement (a lot of chip and seal) except for the construction zones, of which there were a few.










Teslin, Yukon campsite



Near Haines Junction:



Haines Junction:



Kluane Lake:





Fireweed:



Mile 1422:



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Old 02-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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thanks for posting. Do you still have the bmw?
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:18 PM   #3
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thanks for posting. Do you still have the bmw?
My pleasure and yes I do still have the beemer. Rode it 140 miles today. A couple of days ago it was 6 degrees when I got up. Today its 67. Gotta love Missouri weather.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:36 PM   #4
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great pictures! and what great memories for you. How many miles now on the BMW?
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
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Good for you to scan and post your pics.....
I really need to do the same (someday).....
I went up in 1985 on my R65LS.Rode to the Artic Circle on the Dalton while my dad recovered from a crash in Fairbanks....
Thanks for the memory jog....
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:57 AM   #6
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great pictures! and what great memories for you. How many miles now on the BMW?
Ahh....only 47k which is a little embarrassing considering how long I've owned it
Of course there have been other mistresses during its tenure.

A few more I scanned this morning:

pipeline pig:



Fairbanks Harley dealer:



Between Fairbanks and Denali NP:



I got to Denali NP and discovered that you couldn't drive in the park without a special permit - you had to ride a school bus. I got there Sunday and the first bus I could get on was Tuesday, so I had a day to kill. Went on a couple of hikes, one with a couple of girls from Georgia ( ) and went to a sled dog exhibition. The dogs that weren't pulling, wanted too really bad. No pics of the girls





Mt. McKinley:



In Denali NP:



A couple of marmots fighting/playing/flirting doing marmoty things:







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Old 02-08-2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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Great pictures!

I love the one of the sign post forest. That seems to be featured in pretty much every AK ride report, and it's cool to see that it didn't look all that different back then. I wonder how long it's been around ....

And of course Denali never fails to inspire. What an awesome mountain.


EDIT: of course, wikipedia knows all:

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In 1942, a simple signpost pointing out the distances to various points along the tote road being built was damaged by a bulldozer. Private Carl K. Lindley, serving with the 341st Engineers, was ordered to repair the sign, and decided to personalize the job by adding a sign pointing towards his home town, Danville, Illinois, and giving the distance to it. Several other people added directions to their home towns, and the idea has been snowballing ever since.
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:57 PM   #8
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Thanks for the pics! I rode up there from Wisconsin in '92 on an R100/7 and didn't take many photos so it is nice to see yours.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for taking the time to scan and post the pics! I just did a trip to Alaska last summer. It's neat to see the same spots a couple of decades apart.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:20 PM   #10
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Very cool! Though it was only 23 years ago (really? I am getting old!), we sometimes forget that adventures have been ongoing for a very long time! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:53 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the kind comments.

A few more from Denali NP:

According to the lady ranger the green in front of the mountains is actually a glacier with several feet of dirt and vegetation covering it.



Park road shot out the bus window:





I think this was south of Denali, heading toward Palmer:



A college roommate of mine lived in Palmer with his family. I spent 3 or 4 days with him. We camped one night on the Kenai Peninsula, fished in the Russian River and went to Seward. These are in Seward:











I think Sunny Day has seen better days:



Halibut:



We also went up twice in his plane. The smallest planes I had ever been in prior to this were 20 passenger or so short flight commercial planes.

Craig and his plane:





I took a bunch of pics from the plane. I'll scan some of those next.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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You are doing a fantastic job - keep it up .

Love seeing those shots from "back in the day ".

Thanks for scanning and posting .
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:13 PM   #13
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:46 PM   #14
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These are great
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:07 PM   #15
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Awesome!!!! Brings back memories! Thanks for the post......
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