3 Northwetters ride North

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by IpponDuro, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    Myself (Ipponduro) riding the 950 adventure


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    Jeff (Iskitoo) riding the 07 R1200GS

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    and Fred (almostfred) pushing the 07 DL1000

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    Day 1 started out with much anticipation. I don't think any of us got much sleep the night before. After months of waiting I made Fred and Jeff wait until noon on Friday when I got off work before we could leave.

    I show up at Jeff's house to find the other 2 geared up and ready to go.

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    The 3 of us with our clean shiney bikes right before we threw the helmets on and we were off

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    I didn't taken any picture until we were in Canada and were forced to stop


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    right next to Elvis Rocks

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    After our first (of many) construction delay we we back on the road

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    with beautifull weather to boot

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    we stopped in Cache Creek at Hungry Herbie's Drive In for an early dinner

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    Herbie Burger

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    From Herbie's we hit the road, hwy 97 north to Lac La Hache Provencial park.


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    I think it was 16 bucks for the campsite.


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    Day 2 started out well, a little chilly, but clear and dry


    I took a picture just as we were coming into Williams Lake.

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    Hwy 97 makes a right turn in Williams Lake Just a mile or so after I took that picture. Jeff Made the turn, I looked at fred in my mirror and made the turn, then about a half mile up the road I looked in my mirror again and no Fred WTF? so we turned around and found Fred parked just after the corner.

    Flat Tire!
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    So Fred Limped the bike down to the Chevron


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    Where I found out why they brought me along. :lol3

    The Tire was junk due to the size of the hole and wear on the inner liner from going flat at 60 miles an hour there was no way it was going to make it the next 5500 miles.

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    This happened at about 7:00 A.M. and none of the local bike shops opened till 9:00 Fred took off on foot and showed up at about 9:15 in the passenger seat of a pickup with a new tire.


    we found some Chervron bead lubricant and mounted it up.


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    Being a professional tire monkey has it's advantages......... or disadvantages. :dunno


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    Fred Reinstalls and were ready to roll

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    A little way down the road we saw where someone in a cage had had a much worse morning.


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    and we had great weather again.


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    We stop for gas and the Girls flock to check out the big KTM.

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    Later on we ride our first gravel of the trip

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    My bridge picture

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    Jeff's bridge picture

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    We roll into Dawson Creek early enough to make about a 15 mile side trip for a poster shot.


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    or 2

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    Night 2 we find ourselves at the Beginning of the Alaskan Highway, Mile 0


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    The Harley is owned by a guy named Chuck, a farm boy from the Mid-West (Iowa or Ohio can't remember) riding solo to Fairbanks. We played leap frog with him on the Alcan for the next few, days pretty cool dude

    I slept pretty good that night, I had no idea that the next day was going to be packed with surprises.
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  2. BusyWeb

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  3. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    We started the morning of day three with a few more poster shots before we hit the road.

    Before 6 A.M. is too early for the Salute :deal
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    Guess not

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    We got some R.V.ers doing the same thing to take our picture.

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    We got on the highway headed north and right away I was suprised to see our first moose. She was on the run so it was a pretty crappy picture but I had proof I saw a moose.


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    we stopped for fuel and met a guy on a Burgman riding from Georgia to Homer Alaska. And people tell me I'm crazy?


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    And once again the weather does'nt suck..


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    sometimes there was traffic


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    But what can you do about traffic?


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    stop and wait out the rush hour


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    Glad that's over


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    It started to look like the good weather was over to. We stopped in the sunshine to put our raingear on before we got under the dark clouds.

    I'm really glad I bought a new rainsuit for this trip, my textile suit is waterproof but only for so long. I also used that rainsuit over my textiles when the temperatures got down in the 30's and 40's the suit does a great job in blocking the wind from pulling heat away from your body I don't think I'll do another long trip with out it. and like Jeff said. "This isn't a Fashion Show."


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    good thing we suited up.

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    But after only 20 or 30 minutes it cleared back up.


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    a quick stop for fuel at the Toad River Lodge

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    Just a side note, when you come over a hill to see this sign from the back side where it's painted black it may cause members of your group to apply their brakes suddenly. :eek1

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    this sign might cause sudden braking as well.

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    or this one

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    some really neat landscape here


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    and more Moose

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    Chuck passed us while we were taking pictures of the Moose


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    Chicks dig the sheep picture. :D


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    The first Bear, He just would'nt cooperate with the camera.

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    watch for what?

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    A few miles after the Grazing Roadblock we were at our campsite. Liard Hot Springs.


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    our neighbor on the GSA was from New Mexico and just out on a cruise.

    our other noisy neighbor a white owl

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    of course we had to check out the hot springs, Once we got by this vicious beast

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    The Big Deep moderate temperature pool. 9 feet deep and I'd guess 90 degrees.


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    The Way Way too Damn Hot! pool


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    If you can make it to this end of the pool your supposed to stack a rock on the pile. (there isn't very many rocks over there) I could'nt make it within 50 feet.


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    Hot Spring sure feel Great after a long day in the saddle you come out refreshed and ready to do it again the next day. :freaky
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  4. GB

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    Awesome ride!! Awesome pics!! Wow! Love those big sky shots.. and nothing beats relaxing in hot springs after a long day's ride.. Keep it coming please :thumb

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  5. Ladybug0048

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    Been waiting for this and looking forward to more. :lurk
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    More pics of those hottie sheeps, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaase? :D

    Nice pics and report. :lurk
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  7. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    Great start for an Alaskan adventure. :lurk :lurk :thumbup
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  8. oldx

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    Great report and pictures.:clap:clap:clap
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  10. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    Day 4
    Monday June 28th

    with an early start we were headed to the Yukon Territory.

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    The First time the Alcan Crosses into the Yukon there is a little somewhat run-down sign. This was the first time any of us had been there so we stopped to record our acheivment.


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    There is a little hill about 100 yards behind us in these pictures. it's hard to see. but its there


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    I don't think we would have spent so much time taking pictures and :topes ing... if we had known what was just on the other side of that little hill....



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    A few miles up the road we came across this Monster


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    this guy was huge, he had to be a 500 pounder.

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    A few more miles we ran into a smaller but still pretty big bear


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    and these are only the ones that stuck around long enough for us to take pictures. :D




    Yukon sign # 2


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    That last sign was in Watson Lake, Home of the sign forest.


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    pretty cool idea.


    Marblemount :huh

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    I found a Burlington (New Jersey I believe) sign that someone had modified with a Sharpie to represent my home town.

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    so I left my mark.

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    I'm sure there is a story behind this Mark.



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    Outside Watson Lake it was open highway and clear skies.


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    We stopped for fuel in Teslin and Chuck caught up to us again.

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    Here he is towering over Fred. :lol3


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    We rolled right through Whitehorse without stopping and on towards Haines Junction.

    The only picture I took in Whitehorse

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    North of Whitehorse the terrain changed considerably, The trees got smaller and the land opened up more. It's pretty awesome country like nothing I had seen before.


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    In Haines Junction the fist stop was for fuel and I was already starting to like this place.

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    The Kluane RV Kampground was just down the road from the gas station we picked out a site and paid

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    We started unpacking the bikes and I threw some change and my cell phone on the table.......... Big Mistake. :amazon



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    Campsite # 2


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    After we set up camp we rode back into town for a burger and a view.

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    Great Milkshakes by the way. :thumb


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    I got caught breaking the law of ATGATT. :deal

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    It was about 75 out and riding in a t-shirt felt really good for that 1/2 mile ride.


    Guess I don't get to ride the.

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    We bought some beer carry out from the bar and headed for camp

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    Yukon Brewing Company...... Beer worth freezing for. :1drink

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    It wasn't half bad beer. That won't be the last time we drink it on this trip.
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  11. Iskitoo

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    Thanks for getting this started Travis.
    I will add my .02 along the way. First I would like to thank Ipponduro and Almostfred for a great ride, I'm still sore from laughing. I thought this was an interesting feature on the Pine River bridge

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    The steel plate cast into the concrete, must be a lot of debris in that river at times.[​IMG]0Photos/DSCF0073.jpg[/IMG] Ippon at mile 0. While we were visiting with the rver's that took our picture they asked where we were going. "Prudhoe Bay" we said! One of the gents said he had made the trip a few years back. He said "there are two kinds of people that drive the Dalton, truck drivers and damn fools. And I didn't have a CDL." We knew what category we fit in.:1drink
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  12. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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  13. Iskitoo

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    Sorry folks, I'm still trying to figure out this photo posting thing.
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  14. akula802

    akula802 Been here awhile

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    Thoroughly enjoying the trip report. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you found the Yukon brews... I had many a good night with Yukon Red last summer. Damn fine beer.
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  17. Iskitoo

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    Day 5
    This was a cold morning with heavy frost.
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    Kluane Lake, a big lake!
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    And when we finally reach Alaska.......
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  18. akadvntr

    akadvntr Frozen

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    :thumb Looks like the weather cooperated with you so far! When did you start your trip? Just wondering because of the morning frost in Canada.
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  19. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    :D Day 5

    The morning started early and was probably the coldest morning of the trip.

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    When I took my rainfly off my tent and laid it on the ground the moisture on the inside of it froze. :vardy


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    shortly out of Haines junction we got our first lesson on Frost Heaves.


    Frost Heave noun
    A section of ruptured pavement caused by the expansion of freezing water immediately under the road. Also called frost boil.


    Frost Heaving (′fröst ′hēv·iŋ)
    (geology) The lifting and distortion of a surface due to internal action of frost resulting from subsurface ice formation; affects soil, rock, pavement, and other structures.



    what the definition doesn't tell you is that Frost Heaves come in all shapes and sizes. From 2 inch potholes to massive swallow your car Craters. :evil

    Sorry none of us got a decent picture of a Frost Heave :cry


    We were having way too much fun dodging the small ones and nearly getting air off the big ones at 60 mph +, I think my tires left the pavement on more than one occasion.

    The Pavement was just Wonderfully Terrible. :D


    We stopped for fuel in Beaver Creek where Fred got a cup of coffee


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    3 times the fun.

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    30 miles and hundreds of frost heaves down the road we stopped at a rest area and I heard Fred saying his coffee was too hot back there and he had to take it with him.

    I said "so let me get this straight we were jumping and dodging frost heaves while you were back there helmet flipped up, drinking coffee that was too hot and riding through that shit?"

    Fred answers "Yeah?" :bow :bow :bow




    Alaska


    The border crossing was great, not even a "take your helmet off please" I hate crossing borders.


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    a great representation


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    as soon as we got back on the pavement we saw some guy driving his plane down the road


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    The Tananna river (I believe)


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    We stopped in Tok for fuel, I'm sure there is a story behind this.

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    Then to Fast Eddies for lunch. notice the bikes have some mud on them now from the construction around the border.

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    The car in this picture is an Aston Martin (Db9?) The guy was Headed to Calgary Alberta on the same road we just came through. :eek1


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    We stopped at a gift shop in Tok for some new stickers.

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    and Fred got a big one.

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    Outside of Tok we passed where they had a Forest fire about 2 weeks before, I guess it closed the road for 2 days


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    it started raining around Delta Junction.

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    and rained on us all the way to Fairbanks.

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    We got in fairly late, tired, and hungry so we got the first motel we saw. The College would have been cheaper but we had food and beer within walking distance and real beds for the first time in a few days it was quite nice.
    besides tommorow was a big day. :D
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  20. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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