Arctic Wolf Ride Report

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by gpskevin, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Not a very eventful riding day for us, we said our good byes to Kelly, and headed for the Sasquatch Inn near the border of the USA. We rode about 420 miles and had planned our final celebration dinner at the Inn. We arrived around 6:00pm and found that there had been a biker celebration here and it was just ending.
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    We saw people with clean bikes
    We cleaned up and headed for our celebration dinner and found that the place would not let us in for dinner becauce Jeffrey was 18y old. Even with out drinking the place would not serve us dinner. So it was up to our room and we brought some dinner in. We can&#8217;t really recommend this place as they were not very helpful. But we had a nice evening reflecting on our adventures anyway. Day 19 in the morning we rode to Seattle and the ride was over. Wow just like that we were done.
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    The end of a ride always has mixed feelings, somewhere between happy about the ride and sad it is over.
    But now is the time that we begin dreaming of the next ride.
    What&#8217;s next on this post: I will collect some final thought from all the riders and I will post complete gps files for download in the next several days.
    For the most current info you can always visit my web page for this ride.
    ARCTIC WOLF RIDE summer 2012
    The GPS files and Original ride plan doucment is at the end of the web page
    Signed gpsKevin
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  2. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Gnarly Adventurer, Looks like you have done some great fun adventures, I love the 250 thing too! In 2010 my son and I did the Trans America trail on WR250R and we loved it:

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    Trans America Trail

    gpsKevin
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  3. Rensen

    Rensen Adventurer

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    Really nice report!! :smile6
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  4. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Great report.
    Too bad about the celebration supper. Had you ended up in Alberta it wouldn't have been a problem,
    our drinking age is 18.
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  5. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Great RR + pics.

    Thanks,

    JM.
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  6. little foot

    little foot Scratch and Sniff

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    read every word, great job!!
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  7. rgp332

    rgp332 Been here awhile

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    Great Ride Report !!
    One more question where did you come up with the short legged chairs ? :clap
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  8. Tommys04c

    Tommys04c Adventurer

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    In on the whole ride. Read every word as well. Father, son, daughter, friend adventure, what else is there to say? Ride of a lifetime with family and friends. Doesn't get any better then that! Thank you all!!!
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  9. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Thanks much, enjoyed.

    Heirhead
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  10. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Outstanding report.............I have done the Alaska ride twice and then I watched the TAT video and that looks like a new adventure to check out....................Thanks for taking us all along.............:wink:
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  11. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Great Ride Report! Hopefully this won't be the last we see of gpsKevin and his pack of wolves....
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  12. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    Awesome report, and great pics. Love the group dynamic, you all seemed to have a good time even when things weren't quite going according to plan.
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  13. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Out of curiosity...
    What ever became of the KLR?

    Did you get it fixed, scrap it for parts?

    Nice RR. It was a pleasure to meet you all.
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  14. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    We got of lot of cheering on from everyone, just want to say thanks to everyone. Adventures live on as we replay them in our heads.

    Thanks Everyone
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  15. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    The rest of the story of the Kawasaki: We Trucked the bike back home from Seattle and pulled it apart. The damage to the Head was not repairable, so we shopped, not being in a hurry helps a lot. A few week later we found a used head on Ebay and got it for $450. So we replace the head and it was back to running great. The bike for us was just to run to the Arctic and my son Jeffrey was headed off to start college, so we sold the bike for $4k. Now it is just a story, Now we just smile and laugh about the adventure and the 600 miles of towing.
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  16. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Everyone loved the REI Camp Stowaway Low Chair, I had the Kermet Chair but I would buy the REI nowadays
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  17. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Just a side note, We love the Versys, while it is not marketed as an adventure bike, it does awesome, We have 20k miles on it and it has been through tough stuff. Been to Alaska, Mexico, and a bunch of USA. Missy can put it through mud and rock like no buddies business, and Jeffrey has put it through some really tough Sand Washes.

    Missy can be quite the Fart Clown.

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    Video clip is from our High School Graduation Father Daughter trip to Alaska in 2011
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  18. straightenarrow

    straightenarrow Been here awhile

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    I spent the better part of today watching 12" of snow pile up on the ski hill and enjoying your report! I've been through those areas in a plane, can't wait to see it on my KLR someday (hopefully this summer) !
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  19. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    A few thoughts from Steve-
    WEATHER---We had it all, except for snow fall. Warm & dusty first few days. Hot the last two days. As we worked our way North, temps dropped. Sometimes into the 30's. Rain on & off-never really a hard rain. MUD! we had mud. One of the biggest challenges of the 19 days.
    FOOD---we all eat great. I actually lost 4 lbs! These guys enjoy their camp cooking. We did not do many restaurants. My best food story is about Tracy the Vegan. We stopped in this roadside greasy spoon for breakfast. Tracy orders up a veggie omelette with no eggs or cheese! The little waitress just stood there spinning and said no way! Tracy finally explained to her what he wanted-just the veggies. She still screwed up the order, but I got extra scrambled eggs this morning. CAMPING---we had great camp spots most evenings. Always next to a river or lake. Firewood was usually wet, but gasoline is a huge help as a starter.
    MOSQUITOS!!!!!! I hate Mosquitos-they love me. Most nights I put up my tent in full M/C dress. Even learned to lower my face shield after these buggers attacked my lips & eye lids! Deets is my newest friend! All my camp gear worked perfect. My BIG Agnes zero degree bag & air mattress with pad and my big down pillow made for great sleeping in the wild.
    CLOTHING---we all had heated jacket liners. What a wonderful thing! All my Klim gear worked great. Rain did not get through-never had to use my Frog Togg rain coat. Water proof boots and my Frog Togg pants-I was a happy camper.
    THE MIGHTY KTM 690---What a great machine! This bike is a rocket ship! I geared it up 1 in front & 1 in the rear. I know for a fact it will go 97mph (gps) and it still has more in it. Almost Zero maintenance was required. One chain adjustment. Only problem with this bike is carrying equipment. Fueling in the rear took me more time than the other bikes. And, fuel capacity needs to be addressed. Love my PP mighty 690 (PP, short for pleasantly plump) so named by one of you. To just say I had a great time would not be fair. Camping is easy. It's just carrying all the stuff!
    A life time experience is what it was. Great people to ride with, all great riders. I could go on & on about all these guys. They all were great to be with. Problem solvers and all with great camp fire stories. Missy was a true stud. She is one tuff young lady-she rides circles around most of us. I rode behind her for hundreds of miles. My favorite game was watching Missy and trying to "name that tune". Missy would stand on her pegs, pegtails and shoulders going back & forth to the beat of the music plugged in her ears-disco for sure! Not country! great fun for me.
    GPSKEVIN---Huge thanks to Kevin. The master of GPS, Kevin put a lot of time & effort into making this a great ride-adventure, much appreciated-THANKS
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  20. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Thanks again everyone for your cheering us on during the ride, I have realized that there are a lot of people passionate about riding, and a lot of people that seem to love the Canada part of this adventure. So what is next in Canada for me? Well, I am planning a British Columbia Railways adventure next summer, and now that I am retired, I have decided to invite other riders outside of my riding group. So if any of you readers are interested in joining me this next summer take a look at the ride I am planning:

    I wanted to extend an invitation to riders who are experienced explorers and campers. I am hosting a British Columbia Railways Adventure this September 2013.

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    This will be one of the great rides this year and it you are dying to explore BC Railway trails you might want to join us.
    Below is my Video invitation to you
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    I made a web site to explain details of the ride and to sign up for the ride.

    BC Railways 2013

    I will limit the ride to 10 riders, and there are only 5 open spots left, so if you are interested you should consider deciding soon. If you have questions, you can either post them here and I will check back every couple of days, or you can send me an email directly.