2up to Prudhoe - A father/son adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NorWis, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    Todd and Dylan, I finally got the time to read your RR from start to finish. I couldn't believe you got a flat that close to home and then have it blow the sidewall like that! Glad you made it home safely though. It was a great report and I enjoyed reading and being able to be a small part of your trip. What a crazy way to have to end a trip, but I'm glad you where able to ride the bike home. That makes for an epic trip!

    On a side note about flat tires, I ended up getting a flat front about 3 weeks after getting home from Alaska. It was the same tire and tube that made it all the way there and back. It ended up being one of the patches that I put on the tube from last year failed. Luck was on my side as I was only about 10 miles from home and I was carrying my spare tube and compressor as well. I too am glad that I didn't have the tire go flat on the Dalton.

    Fred.
  2. FLARider1

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    Great job on the adventure and the RR!! I have been hooked also!!!!! The itch for another long ride is even stronger now and I can't wait until 2014 when I get to go back to AK!!!! To bide the time next year holds a 6 day trip to Ecuador for a rental bike trip and ride and then me and the little lady are going 2 up to New Foundland!!!

    Dylan will never ever forget this summer!! Good job Dad............and Mom for having the courage and faith in him to make a journey like this........don't happen much these days!!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  3. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Your trip has got my mind racing about doing a similar trip with my son in the future. He's only 3 now so I have plenty of time to plan. How old was Dylan when he started riding with you? I remember riding with my dad on his old Triumph from a very young age but this was in the early 80s I'm sure the laws have changed. Thank you for sharing this amazing story.
  4. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    My advice/observations... FWIW.

    I took my son up to the Yukon for 4 months when he was 11 years old. We backpacked across the tundra, hiked the Chilkoot trail, paddled 500 miles on the Yukon River (he paddled his own Kayak), we did a multiday kayak trek out in Prince William Sound, packed in Wrangle St Elias park, etc... in addition to many day hikes and camper living above the arctic circle, etc... We had a great time and a memorable expereince that I wouldn't trade for anything.

    Not every child is capable of doing these kinds of trips on either a mental or physical level. You have to prep them while they are young... especially in the area of mental prepardness (many suffer home sickness, seperation anxiety, need mom, miss familiar surroundings, etc.). These are great trips to have with your children, but I warn you that it is not for evey child. You can push them too hard. If you do, you will have a miserable experience which may haunt you as they grow older.

    In my case, I think I was extremely LUCKY. I started taking my son backpacking when he was 18 months old. Small treks at first and they got gradually more agressive. The plan was to ease him into the lifestyle with the plan to back off if he didn't like it. We've attempted to take his friends and sometimes their fathers with mixed results...

    Have patience and don't be upset if it isn't for them. Trips like these are not not for every child and even for every mommy. It also takes alot of negotiating with mom to win her over as well. They can miss their kid as much as the kid misses their mom.

    BTW: We've gone back to the Yukon twice now on bigger and more agressive treks (see our Donjek Hike from last year http://youtu.be/I-MFPvE65m0 on Youtube and/or on our blog). My son is 17 years old now and can't get enough. His friends on the other hand... they can't relate. Mom is alright with our trips and even encourages us to go.. probably becuase she enjoys the quiet time more than we do :rofl

    Get use to hearing "Are we there yet", I'm bored", "I wanna go home". Kids don't understand what they are buying into at this young age. It sounds fun until they get bored are tired of the experience and want to go home. Home sickness is hard to fight. I had to bribe my way out of soem situations.. McDonalds was a godsend in this area :evil Remember, short attention spans. Dylan, appears to be a great kid in this regards and I applaud him and his dad as well. Even adults get homesick.

    Just my 2 cents... your mileage may vary. Start them young. Be patient and don't be dissapointed if they don't get into it. In our trips with other fathers and there kids I've seen a broad range of experiences... sometimes, one kid loves it while the other can't stand it.. same for the many of the dads. When I was little, I rode with my dad and didn't really care for it until, I got my first mini bike.
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  5. Streetslammer

    Streetslammer Littering and.......

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure. You have quite a young man there and an awesome wife also!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap
  6. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report, I just went through the entire thread. How did your Sena's work for you on the trip?
  7. DC950

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    it's taken me a long, long time to read all of this fine report. Thanks for writing it. This summer I hope that at least one of my sons and I will go somewhere together besides baseball practice!
  8. NorWis

    NorWis No longer a "Wanna Be"

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    Thank you! I revisit the ride report periodically to relive the experiences we had. My son will occasionally say something out of the blue like "Dad, remember when..." and it brings it all back into my own thoughts again.

    This year my oldest son graduates from high school so I will be staying a bit closer to home. My wife has already said that next year I can do another trip with Dylan.

    I think Dylan wants to go back and "finish" what we didn't complete, The Dempster up to Inuvik and ride into the Northwest Territories.

    I on the other hand am leaning toward circling all of the Great Lakes with a long side trip to Labrador and New Foundland then coming back along the eastern seaboard.

    I spent a lot of time at all kinds of sporting events and practices. Those are very important as well. I would not change one thing of those events. It's the time spent that is most important. :clap

    Who knows, 2up to Labrador/New Foundland- A father/son adventure?

    Or will it be 2up to Inuvik - A father son adventure?

    Or maybe some other destination? My wife was not very open about going south, as in Mexico or Central America. :eek1

    Thanks again and good luck to you!!

    Todd

  9. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    You sir are an awesome dad! Respect! :ricky
  10. NorWis

    NorWis No longer a "Wanna Be"

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    Thank you! My kids would probably argue that at times! :lol3

    Actually they also provide me with a great deal of memories as well. I'm hoping that I am showing that I did indeed learn something from my dad and passing that down to my children.

    We did decide to do a little shorter trip next summer. We'll be going east through Canada to Labrador/New Foundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and then back through the states via Maine. My wife and older son will fly to meet us about halfway through the trip. :evil

    Thank you!

    Todd

  11. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Glad to see this bump up again.... Very inspiring.


    My 17 year old son and I are leaving for Alaska at the end of June. He will be riding his own bike. We will be covering much of the same ground on 2 bikes. As mentioned before, we've been to the north several times ... But never on bikes.

    He is doing a ride for charity and as a summer project for his school. I am unbelievably excited. Never thought I get to ride up there with him. Turns out we got good deal on F650 Dakar w/all the needed touring accessories. His mom is very supportive.

    We just got the donation site up... As soon as school is out, I suspect he will make an announcement of his plans and start a ride report.

    In any event...
    http://www.crowdrise.com/ridetoalaska/fundraiser/johannkrueger

    "My name is Johann Krueger (aka, Yukon Johann). This summer I will be going on an Adventure Motorcycle Touring Expedition starting at my home in Seattle, up through British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory and Alaska with my father. I will be riding my own motorcycle, a BMW F650 GS Dakar.

    The plan is to ride the remote parts of western British Columbia and then into the Yukon Territory up to the border of the North West Territories and then on into Alaska where we plan to ride above the arctic circle to Prudhoe Bay. Along the way we will visit and observe the effects of global climate changes in the north, interact with indigenous people, witness scenic splendor and observe northern wildlife in its natural habitat.

    I will be providing updates as internet connection allows with a full presentation of my trip upon completion. The tentative Departure date is June 29, 2013. I would like to ask for your support by pledging donations for each 100 miles completed. If all goes well, we will have travel in excess of 4,000 miles or more. 100% of your donations will be given to the American Red Cross in support of the people affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma.
    "
  12. B.E. Coyote

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    Great report! My 11 y.o. son and i are doing the same trip this summer. Packing the fishing rods too.
  13. USMC_Engineer

    USMC_Engineer Been here awhile

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    This is so awesome!!!

    Good on you sir!!
  14. NorWis

    NorWis No longer a "Wanna Be"

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    Very cool! Dylan and I have a pretty strong bond that we share because of that trip. It's great to be able to share that bond and for him to believe that I will always be there for him. :clap

    I am in the process this weekend of getting our route for our trip. We leave for Labrador/Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, etc. on June 7th. Taking at least three weeks with no formal plans other than the route. Camping the entire way again.

    I'm hoping the weather cooperates! :eek1 This has been the winter from hell!

    Let us know how your trip goes! :ear

    Take your time and enjoy the journey rather than any destination.

    Be safe!

    Todd
  15. NorWis

    NorWis No longer a "Wanna Be"

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    Thanks! Stay tuned. Here we go again... :deal

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    :clap

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    jckid Been here awhile

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    I'm really glad this got bumped up, because I missed it before. This is one of the best ride reports I've read on here. Great pictures too. What a great experience. Enjoy your upcoming trip!
  18. NorWis

    NorWis No longer a "Wanna Be"

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    Thanks!!!! :1drink

    We were delayed from leaving today. Woke up to a huge storm system moving through and decided that we did not need to miserable on the first day. :waysad

    Leaving first thing in the morning though! :clap

    Todd
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    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Safe travels!

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  20. Big_John

    Big_John Ridin 4 the King

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    Outstanding ride report, Todd.

    I have been 'Googling' for 2-up AK riding trips and yours was at the top of the heap.

    The wife and I will be doing the trip this year.....11,000 miles and 26 days. Originally I had planned to do the Dempster, but ditching it because of mileage....but we are going all the way to Deadhorse, as you and your son did.

    Your report is excellent, as it provides learning and experience through reading. Thanks!