Alaska: 2 Cylinders to Alaska...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ParaMud, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. biggusbikus

    biggusbikus Adventurer

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    Once again I read about Americans riding a KLR at 70mph. ??? Why? Why would anybody do that?
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  2. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    You can talk about America all you want, what is your response to this catastrophe?

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=910925

    Oh and an honest question. Why is BC so much higher is gas prices? I thought all of Canada what expensive but Alberta had reasonable prices.

    1.47 a liter in BC ~ 5.50 a gallon
    1.15 in Alberta ~ 4.25 a gallon.
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  3. Slatz

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    Great ride report. It was a pleasure spending some time together.

    I'm glad we all survived being Hyderized!

    Fish and Chips at the shack

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  4. Gootch

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    Dang - drew me in with the umbrella girl photo and now I've read the whole report. Well done and keep it coming.
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  5. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    I'm in!
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  6. ShinyRider

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    Im in!:clap
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  7. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 10
    We leave Watson Lake and head to Whitehorse.

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    Went across a scary bridge that makes the bike get all wobbly.

    At whitehorse we wash the bike.

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    Head out of whitehorse into a Yukon government campground. It was 10 miles down a gravel road.

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    For 12 bucks a night, you get free firewood and a nice campsite.

    Miles: 325

    Day 11
    Whitehorse to Tok, AK

    Today is the first day we hit the main part of Alaska.

    It is also the worst roads on the whole trip. From Haines junction to the Canadian border is full of potholes, frost heaves, and anything that makes riding miserable.

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    Not many pictures because it was such a miserable ride.

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    We head into Alaska to stay a motorcycle campground in Tok.

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    Coolest camp ground of the trip. This is also the first time we have phone service in a week. I call dealerships in fairbanks and anchorage for a rear tire. My current one is almost toast. Fairbank's dealers are open on Mondays so we decide to head there the next day.They have one tire in stock in my size.

    Miles: 350
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  8. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Yeah, that stretch from about Burwash Landing up to the border is full of frost heaves, potholes and general roughness. Not to mention the gravel and construction. I had the pleasure of riding it in the rain last month and getting coated with mud behind the pilot car. The Tesoro station in Tok lets you use their carwash for free with a fill up. Needless to say, I filled up.

    Too bad about the Cassiar weather. It's a beautiful ride. There were some long sections that had been freshly chip sealed, but not yet painted. With no visual cues to which way the road was going over some hills, it was necessary to slow down a bit. The bright pink fireweed growing in that burned area was amazing among the black and white tree stalks.

    The Teslin bridge is a thrill. Added to the challenge of the steel grates and bumpiness is the strong crosswind. Steel grate bridges don't normally bother me, but that one is a handful.

    Enjoying the report so far.
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  9. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 12
    Tok to Fairbanks

    We headed to Fairbanks because they had a rear tire in stock. The rear is a 160/60-18. A weird size.

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    No real excitement. On the way there we passed a convoy of about 30 RVs. Got up to 100 when passing, the bike handled fine.

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    Also saw a moose chilling in a pond.

    We got to fairbanks, bought the rear tire, which was $230 (eek) and took it to Adventure cycleworks to get mounted. At the mechanic I noticed that I lost a bolt for the exhaust. I had a spare to use though and got a nut from the mechanic.

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    Stayed at the University of Anchorage Fairbanks dorms, which is a steal for 36 bucks! Free laundry, nice showers!

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    Popular place for the adventure riders to sleep.

    Miles: 200

    Day 13
    We checked the weather for the arctic ocean and decided against trying to go to Deadhorse at that time. We headed south to the Denali National Park.

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    We stopped at a brewery called 49th State Brewery. They had the bus from the movie Into the Wild (the prop bus)

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    We ate lunch there and had a good time.

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    We then headed to the park.

    You can go 11 miles into the park. If you want to go all the way in then you need to buy a tour bus pass ($100+) or a shuttle, which is cheaper. We decided against buying a bus ticket and just going the 11 miles in.

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    It was cloudy and we didnt see anything in the 11 miles. We head back to the visitors center and watch the video they have. It sucks, nothing informational, just video camera stuff and a little bit of words and stuff. We leave the theater and they are announcing a sled dog tour that is free! We hop on the bus and go!

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    They had some that you can pet. They had some in cages. They were in cages because they supposedly like to eat rocks.

    Natalie was drawn to the puppies.

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    I walk around and Natalie is still at the puppies. She even tried to poke them to wake them up.

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    They do a sled dog demonstration and all the dogs in the kennel love it.

    Once the presentation is over, Natalie sees that the puppies are awake and runs over to them.

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    She pushed little kids aside and ruins everyones pictures so she can pet them.

    We head back to the bike and head south towards Anchorage so we can find a campsite. We find a free campsite that has another motorcyclist.

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    He has a goldwing with a popup trailer, and a dog on the passenger seat.

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    The inside of the trailer, super comfy.

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    We go to the nearby river and see a salmon in the river! We get a machete from the goldwing guy and go back, but the fish is gone.

    Miles: 200
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  10. BRUTSQD

    BRUTSQD 2 scoops of stupid

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    Now that's how you ride report! Incredible job and way to hook us in with a story of perseverance! Also love the subtile easter eggs, the great white, the jiffy pop.. Good luck you two, be safe, subscribed.
    -T
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  11. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    I rocked a DR650 100 on the interstate two month ago chasing a buddy on a GTL 6 cylinder! Thats how we roll in the "YOU-ESS-OF-AHHHHH:clap"
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  12. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 14
    We head south to Anchorage.

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    We didnt have a plan on what to do.

    We went to Alaskan Leather

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    I pick up a butt pad from the bargain bin. It helps sooooooooooo much!

    Natalie needs to register for school in 2 days and we need to be in a place that has a computer and internet. We regroup at the harley dealership and decide to go to seward then homer and register for classes at homer.

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    We head out on the Kenai Peninsula. We decide to go down to Whittier.

    We are driving down the road and run into a glacier.

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    Natalie liked the ice cube in the water.

    We keep going down the road and hit toll road. I talk to the toll operator and find out it is a one way road that goes straight through the mountain and is scary as hell for a motorcycle. We are in. Cost 10 bucks or something.

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    Motorcycles go at a certain time.

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    Have to go between the railroad track, there are jet turbines blowing wind at you, and it is wet.

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    We get into town and follow another motorcycle down a dirt road.

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    So we go into town and look for a bar with a view. We go into one bar and they have a 5th floor deck. They wont allow us on the deck, so we go to another bar in town and this one is dark when I walk in. I see another room with a view and they wont allow us to go in there. So we head back to the tunnel a bit pissed off.

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    We head back and go up to seward. We hit some rain and run into a bar the next corner. We head into the bar, gets some drinks and order some appetizers. We get talking to a german guy and talk to him for an hour. He picks up our tab!
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    A couple miles after leaving the bar we turn off down a powerline road and set up camp.

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    Miles: 270
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  13. hwunger

    hwunger Been here awhile

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    well, Alberta produces it .... we consume it ... easy eh ?
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  14. DrydenRider

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    Like California, BC has an additional environmental controls and taxes on fossil fuel consumption and related pollution. It also includes an additional harmonized sales tax. Alberta doesn't give a shit, they are about to burn up their future for the present gold.

    Great report. Get to re-live some of my trip from last year. Looking forward to the rest of it.

    Hint: Your gal is a trooper, do what ever you need to do to hold on to that. They are few and far between and there are few of us lucky enough to have such a partner.
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  15. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    I see all of the misfortune on this adventure, the result of inexperience. I know, because I have 72 years of "experience"! Most of you will learn, eventually. Carry on.:D
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  16. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    She had to adjust something on her right side and tried to switch hands, she put her left hand on the throttle and tried to adjust her gear. She just slowly veered off and went into the dirt. She could have saved it if she accelerated because she went off the the inside of the turn but she was going fast and slowed down the throttle a bit instead of accelerating.

    I pulled that rookie move on a rented moped when I was 16. It immediately causes you to countersteer hard, veering in the opposite direction, ensuing panic takes care of the rest! Your better off riding two up on that Beemer. I love dualsports but a 650 single, loaded like a camel crossing the Sahara, is destined to cause trouble. Great blog!:clap
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  17. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 15

    So we wake up and head to Seward. Into town, I see a sign for Exit glacier, so we ride over there.

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    We get off the bike and visit the visitors center. It ends up being a mile walk to the glacier.

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    It was a nice day out, warm, yet the glacier blows cold air at you.

    We head into Seward and keep going until we decide to turn around. A cool dirt road.

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    Eat lunch at a local brewing company.

    We then head to homer.

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    Start to get tired of riding and run into another brewery. Ordered a taster and there were 10 of them! I drank 1 and Natalie drank the others....... lol

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    Make it to homer.

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    We go to the end of the spit and treat ourselves to drinks and dinner.

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    We split some excellent halibut.

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    We check out the salty dog.

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    We camp on homer spit.

    Miles: 200



    Day 16

    We wake up, eat breakfast out, and head to an internet cafe to register for classes.

    On the way back we stop to take pictures

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    A truck caught fire. We are headed back to anchorage and decide to go to Alyeska resort and take the tram they have.

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    They have a nice bar and restraunt at top.

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    Nice view

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    Split some crab. I didnt like it that much.

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    We head into Anchorage and go to the Harley dealership. They have free camping and showers! They are super nice also!

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    AKDuc comes out and visits us! Cool guy.

    Miles: 200
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  18. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 17

    So we wake up at the Harley dealership and it is raining out. The Harley Dealership is having a ride that day. We hide under an overhang and hang out, hoping the rain stops so we can pack up our tent.

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    These Alaskan harley riders are bad ass. They are going out in the pouring rain without helmets! wow. Pretty hardcore.

    The rain clears up and we go to a BMW dealership in Anchorage. We bought the last 160/60-18 tire in Alaska so we can mount it later.

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    Eat lunch as we are leaving Anchorage and natalie takes a picture of the stormtrooper.

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    We get some rain and run into another glacier. We get someone else to take a picture of us.

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    This glacier was weird because it wasnt in the mountains.

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    We were recomended to eat at this place (I forgot where), but we ate earlier due to leaving late because of the rain. We had a smoked salmon spread snack. They had sled dogs, pigs, and a stuffed moose there also.

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    So we start looking for a camp site and run into the Copper River. That is where the famous salmon come from. All the campsites are full of fisherman so we go towards Valdez to find an open campsite.

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    Miles: 250

    Day 18

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    We wake up early and head into Valdez

    It is pronounced valdEEEEEz

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    It is a great ride in.

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    Well, we got into Valdez at like 7:30. We already ate breakfast, so we rode around a bit and then headed back out. On the way in we saw a bunch of cool stuff and we stopped to take a look at it.

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    On the way back, we were unsure if we wanted to go to the kennecott mine, which is a 150 miles, or so, of dirt road. At the last moment we decided to try it.

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    We get to Chitina and have lunch. We were going to have a Yak burger, but they were out of it. We found out that the Chitina doesnt have gas, and the closest gas station was the one we passed 30 miles back. We didnt have enough gas to make it to the mine and back. So we just rode 5 miles down the gravel road and turned around.

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    No issues in the gravel, even at the deep parts. Our training on the KLR helped a ton because this bike sure moves around a lot.


    So we turn around and head to the Denali highway. 15 miles out of Chitina, we run into a yak farm.

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    How can they be out of Yak meat? They have plenty right here!!!

    We end up camping at Paxson lake campground.

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    We also call and make a reservation to do white water rafting outside of Denali!!

    Miles: 350
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  19. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Great meeting you guys too! Even tho I replied to your Trip Planning thread, I wish I'd known more of your background and previous parts of this adventure. Very impressive.

    Thank you for paying us a visit and for sharing your adventures with us. I've included a pic of the "recommended place to eat," Sheep Mt Lodge located about 120mi north of Anchorage. :wink: Take care and hope to see you again someday, Mark H.

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  20. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Yeah thats it. Thanks Mark! If you come to California, send me a PM.
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