2 Texans to Alaska (and back)...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jglow, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. wmfleet2

    wmfleet2 Long timer

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    I am in going to Glacier N P this June,,,,Great RR
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  2. jmolsberg

    jmolsberg Adventurer

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    not too much info and not too little... just right
    and great pics!
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  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    still enjoying every word and image
    thanks for taking us along on your journey
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  4. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Great report so far... love the photos!! :clap

    I have subscribed to this one....

    Pat in NH
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  5. Autocracy

    Autocracy KLR = Trials bike?

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    I have a ride planned around the country this summer that has a stop in Vegas for a conference. I was thinking I'd continue on to Alaska via the coastal route, but you're making me seriously weigh going inland. Now give me more! :D
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  6. THogland

    THogland Back in Alaska!

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    Amazing how many people came up last year and I missed them :eek1

    Great RR - I'm lovin' it!
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  7. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    where are you located in Alaska?
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  8. THogland

    THogland Back in Alaska!

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    Huh - thought that was in my profile before :huh Guess I missed filling in a city-ish location.

    Ah well, all fixed now :D

    I actually grew up in Santa Rosa, CA and that area. Still have family doing grapes in the Alexander Valley. :D
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  9. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    My buddy and I will probably be riding thru there after the Dalton on our way back south in June. I'll pm ya later:freaky
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  10. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Banff NP, Alberta to Dawson Creek, BC

    Day 8 - June 7, 2010
    Mileage Today - 483
    Total Trip Mileage - 3,351

    We awoke to the pitter-patter of rain falling on the tent fly. It's bad enough that every morning you have to stuff all of your living/sleeping quarters into a couple of small stuff sacks, but when it's raining, it makes it that much worse. The motivation is gone at that point, and you try to sleep some more so that maybe when you wake back up, the sun has come out and everything is dry. This hasn't happened for me ever, and today would be no exception. So we pack up everything in the rain, roll the tent up (wet) and hope that wherever we are camping tonight will be sunny and the tent will have time to dry back out before we have to get in.

    Hiding out from the rain, having our Canadian (Columbian) coffee:

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    :raabia


    The stretch of road between Banff and Jasper National Parks is known as "Ice Fields Parkway" or something similar to that. There are several glaciers that are viewable from the roadway during this stretch. Many have melted and retreated tremendously (argue amongst yourselves to determine reasons, i.e. global warming, smiting, friction). It was a truly beautiful ride, but it was also slightly miserable with a hint of numb extremities thrown in for good measure. Something about "Ice Fields Parkway" and 43 degrees does not mix well. At least it was raining and not snowing.

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    We took this crappy picture of our first Bald Eagle sighting:

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    Showing off my fancy rain gear gloves. I think I can also handle a fairly stiff concentration of sulfuric acid with them as well. Thank you Harbor Freight.

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    After about 3 hours we were finally heading East and descending from the Rockies into the foothills where we would again turn North and head for Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

    We headed into the town of Hinton for gas. It was early afternoon, and we talked about potentially camping somewhere around there. It had been a pretty cold ride so far, but the weather seemed to be better in the direction we were headed, so we decided to push on and see if we could make Dawson Creek. A few weeks later, I found out that Hinton had a pretty gnarly hail storm later that day, so it was a good thing that we pushed on.


    Backtracking a couple of miles after filling up. That would be our turn:

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    Almost to Dawson Creek:


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    Something about the BC sign has always bugged me. I have seen it a ton of times in other ride reports, and it just seems out of place. Looks more like a sign for a shopping mall or something :puke1.


    And so it begins...

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    Camping tonight was at a camp park on the edge of town.

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    The time changed again when we entered BC and we had no idea what time it was. Subsequently we missed the "last load" deadline at the camp laundry, so we sauntered into to town to waste away the remainder of our evening doing laundry.

    Tomorrow is our first day on the Alcan - not quite what I was expecting :huh.


    jordan
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  11. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Super RR and pic's!

    Since you are posting last summer's trip, I assume you made it home! :lol3


    Waiting for More.... :super


    Lance
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  12. henpecked

    henpecked I got nothing

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    Great ride report, thanks for sharing your adventure
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  13. tq r11s

    tq r11s Adventurer

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    Enjoying your report. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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  14. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    still enjoying every word and picture
    love the ICE FIELD PARKWAY images.... just gorgeous
    numbing cold? maybe
    once-in-a-lifetime experience... DEFINITELY

    thanks for the ride
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  15. HogFan

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    I'm in!! Great report so far!
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  16. Mastercylinder

    Mastercylinder Been here awhile

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    Keep it coming. Loving it.:clap
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  17. traindriver

    traindriver Adventurer

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    Looks like the camp spot I used this summer at Dawson creek nice report.
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  18. MK160

    MK160 Dust in the Wind

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    Dude, do you realize how lucky you are? Every picture of your wife shows a smiling face and an adventurer's spirit. Great ride report....I'm in. Have I mentioned how lucky you are?

    MK160
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  19. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    Subscribed! Thanks for posting!:*sip*
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  20. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Oh boy, do I ! :raabia
    And to top it all, she rides too.

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    This summer we will be doing a 2texans on the TAT (west) on 250's, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We need to finish this write-up first.:deal


    And by the way...

    Thanks to everyone for the comments, it really helps motivate me to get theses days hammered out and posted up. To all you guys writing Ride Reports: :bow It is amazing the amount of time it takes to do these. Anyhow, back to work...


    jordan
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