Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    My camp had a great view but I wish I could have stayed here (I have a funny story about this place. Ask me privately and I will share with you)

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    I know a lot of people who ride motorcycles; they may enjoy day trips to the local watering hole, weekend getaways or even week long adventure trips but I have never known anyone who has planned a true “life experience” trip like the one you are starting. I realize you’re just getting some miles under your belt and have already seen and experienced some pretty amazing things that you haven’t been able to share here.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I am envious because not only do I want to be with you but I also want to experience what you are experiencing. I am also proud of you too for what you are doing. I know you say anyone could do this and they could but it’s not just anyone who actually WOULD do it! You inspire me Sweetie!<o:p></o:p>
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    My favorite Pinots in BC
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    At Marghill Winery on the Columbia River

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    What a great adventure you are having..I have a trip to BC on my wish list, but in the meantime keep on posting and i'll enjoy the ride with you!

    :1drinktake it easy on all the "Tasting" :D
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    Wheelman, I should be in S Africa about 2 year from now......see you then!
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    It rained all day today. This is tougher than it looks

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    Everything is damp. My ass is sore The mosquitos are worse than anyone had warned me and I am still a couple of days away from Alaska.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Right now I am sitting in my tent in the middle of nowhere. It is raining outside. And I miss my GF. I have been traveling for almost 3 weeks now and I knew this part would be the test. I am about 250 miles north-west of Prince George. The ride was long and kind of boring. But I think from here it will get more interesting. <o:p></o:p>
    Yesterday, I changed the oil in my bike on my own. It was a snap. Today I did my laundry. Things like this really cut in to the fun but nonetheless, it all needs to get done. Sometime soon I need to put on the new front tire that I have been lugging around for the past 3700 miles……God I can’t wait to get rid of that tire!!!!!!<o:p></o:p>
    But the thing that keeps me going is the thought that tomorrow will be a new day to discover whatever is in store for me. I am not sure where I will be tomorrow. I am not sure what I am going to do (besides put on lots of miles). If I see something interesting, I will stop and check it out. But I don’t think there is much until Whitehorse.<o:p></o:p>
    I have seen many other people heading south on motorcycles. I wonder what their experience was like. I wonder where they went. I wonder if they are damp and can’t get dry. But I see a lot of bikes in front of hotels as I cruise by so they probably get to dry out at the end of the day. LUXURY! Are there that many people doing the same thing that I am doing? I am not sure. But where ever I go, whether it be the gas station or rest stop, people come over and ask about my trip and check out the bike. And my bike is the best equipped bike I have seen so far. Of course I have seen Goldwings pulling trailers with more stuff than I but I think I have a good balance…….just the right amount and all the good stuff.<o:p></o:p>
    Ok, it’s past 11 pm now. I need to get up early and put in a lot of miles tomorrow. Hey, it stopped raining. I hope the sun greets me tomorrow morning and shines on me all day…….that way maybe I can dry out all my stuff.<o:p></o:p>
    Good night<o:p></o:p>
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    cooked dinner at the camp site and drank my bottle of 2006 Stangland Pinot.......................MAN THAT WAS GOOD.......................thanks Larry!

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    First time I saw the sun in days

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    Superb trip / pics :wink: :clap
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    Hey Ed it's Dave Q. Love reading the reports and seeing the pictures. Amazing!! Hey is that an Irv Seavers bike? May the road always be interesting and the saddle forgiving.
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    Wow, looks like this is a great trip so far. I've just caught up on the thread and I'll be following all 800 days. This is finally a thread I like about a distance ride. Your doing it right. Safe riding, and I look forward to your updates.
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    Life in an average day on the road on a motorcycle………………………<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    First off, there is no average day. I wake up each morning and every day is different and sometimes not predictable. I do have sort of a macro-plan but everything is flexible. If I find out about something along the way, I stop and take the time to enjoy my new found discovery.<o:p></o:p>
    Yesterday morning for example, I spent the night at a compound which in itself was not typical. At the end of the day around dusk, I am looking for somewhere to pitch my tent and sleep. I try to find somewhere away from the RV’ers and somewhere with a pretty view. Or somewhere interesting like the abandoned house I found in Washington. But I choose the campground because I needed a hot shower. I was feeling pretty ripe and sticky. My hair gets greasy and itches if I go more than 2 or 3 days without washing it.<o:p></o:p>
    So yesterday morning I woke up and go through my morning ritual of packing everything up. Because I am traveling on a motorcycle, everything has to be packed just right otherwise it wouldn’t fit. I have my bike organized like this: <o:p></o:p>
    1) All of my camping gear goes all the way in the back in the yellow dry sack. In there, I have a 0 degree down sleeping bag, a 45 degree down sleeping bag, a silk sheet (for warm weather – which I have not used yet but it takes up very little room), a blow up pillow, my 2 man tent, a gore-tex bivy sack, mosquito net, and a small and large dry sack. It is surprising how much fits in that yellow dry sack, but it has to go it just the right way.<o:p></o:p>
    2) The metal box on the tail section contains my clothes (all wrapped in plastic bags to suck the air out and make things more compact and easier to handle), my computer, my computer related stuff (memory storage, power pack, CD reader, etc) and my bank. In my bank is where I keep the majority of my cash, my spare keys, ATM card, license and passport. I carry the minimum amount of cash on me because I am concerned that if I get robbed or misplace my “daily wallet”, I will still have what I need to keep going.<o:p></o:p>
    3) My waterproof backpack sits on top of my rear box and yellow dry sack. In there, I have my hiking boots, food, water, and things like sunblock, etc. I have this ready to grab and go if I want to do a hike or something.<o:p></o:p>
    4) Right side metal box contains my tools, stove, cooking pot, warm and cold weather riding gloves, water proof jacket and pants (street clothes), sandles, toiletries, and my thermal liner that zips in to my Rev’it jacket and pants riding suit. Oh, and of course my folding wine glass.<o:p></o:p>
    5) Left side metal box has my rain suit, my zip in gore-tex liner for my Rev’it jacket and pants riding suit, an electric vest (so nice when it is really cold out), maps, small thermal cooler (for beer), my ipod player, AA batteries and charger, computer wires and various connectors, more food, first aid kit, water filter, and a long sleeve shirt and mosquito camp that I can quacking put on at the end of the day at my camp.<o:p></o:p>
    6) In my tank bag, I have everything I need to get to quickly such as my phone, camera, knife, some tools, pens, flashlight, wine opener, etc.<o:p></o:p>
    Once I get everything packed up (which usually takes about 45 minutes (30 minutes if the mosquito are really annoying), I set my GPS and hit the road. Yesterday I headed toward Whitehorse in the Yukon. I stopped at a Yamaha Dealer along the way to have that front tire that I was lugging around for the past 3 weeks. I took the wheel off my bike myself and let them mount and balance the tire. It was done in 15 minutes and when they told me that I owe $62, I thought they were kidding. Then I thought, it’s Canadian dollars (which is almost exactly the same as US now. Well, I found out the hard way that everything is expensive in the Yukon. There billing rate is $124 an hour. And since their season is so short, I guess they feel the need to gouge tourist passing through to make up for the 8 months of winter. Then I went to get some fast food in town. What would have cost $5 back at home cost over $10. Everything in Canada is more expensive.<o:p></o:p>
    I stopped and talked to a guy traveling on a KLR650 riding from Australia to Alaska for about half an hour. He told me that he had never ridden a motorbike before he bought that one and he had no real issues traveling the 25,000 miles from the tip of South America to the top of Alaska. He had some great stories and advice to share as I am planning the same trip, just in the opposite direction. From what I hear, the people that are actually traveling have had positive experiences, especially in places that most people fear to go. And the people that don’t travel are spreading the myths and putting fear in to adventure travel.<o:p></o:p>
    My next destination after Whitehorse was Takhini Hot Springs. People that know me know I love hot springs. Even though it was out of my way, I couldn’t resist stopping to take a dip. Like most things in life, I had to dip in to my wallet and pay for the pleasure to soak in the hot water. But I stayed for 2 hours and enjoyed my soak. Plus I think the 3 weeks of road grime finally came off.<o:p></o:p>
    My destination that evening was Skagway Alaska. Looking at the clouds ahead, I chose to put on my rain suit and I am glad I did. That is decision that will make or break the rest of the day. Anyone that has ever put on a one piece rainsuit knows it is not easy to do quickly. But once it is on, I know I am going to stay completely dry no matter how much rain falls. And heading in to Skagway, the rain came down in buckets at times. Plus it got cold…….down to 44 degrees at the top of the pass. Just a few degrees colder and I would be dealing with snow. It was just a reminder that winter is coming and I am racing the changing seasons.<o:p></o:p>
    Since I have never been to Skagway, and since I never know where I am going to be each day, I didn’t have a place to sleep. And since it was raining, I wanted to find somewhere with a roof over my head. As luck would have it, Skagway has one hostel and it is a really nice one. I paid my $27 for a warm bed and went to the market, bought a steak, potatoes, mushrooms, squash to cook up,some beer and a 2005 Kiona Reserve Cabernet. I figured I would go big since I made it to Alaska. It has been a while since I stayed in a hostel and I forget how much fun they can be. Everyone is traveling from somewhere else and everyone has a story to tell. And as an added bonus, no one snored last night.<o:p></o:p>
    That leads me to now……..what to do? I want to catch a ferry to Haines later today. I think I am going to find a hike to go on or do something to kill some time.<o:p></o:p>
    There are times I question myself……..what in the hell am I doing??? It was be easier to just be at home. I wouldn’t have to deal with the mosquitos, all the packing and unpacking, the rain, the cold, etc etc. But I love waking up each day and not knowing what is in store for me. I know I am going to be traveling somewhere I have never been to before and making new discoveries along the way. I love looking at my map and wondering what it is like there and then going there to find out. And it is the adventure in it all that keeps me going. I really miss my GF and I know she really misses me. But this is something that has been calling to me for a long time and all my stars have allined to make this trip possible for me.<o:p></o:p>
    Ok, got to sign off now…………………adventure awaits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<o:p></o:p>
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    I stopped in Whitehorse at the local Yamaha dealer to install the tire I have been lugging around with me. I took the wheel off the bike myself and they charged me $62 for 10 minutes work..................OUCH!

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    I had to stop at Takhini Hot Springs to warm up and clean up

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    Alaska has lived up to its reputation.........spectacular scenary!!

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    It took me 3 weeks but I took my time and enjoyed the ride and made lots of stops along the way

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    Because it was raining and we all know by now that I don't do wet well, I stayed in a hostel and kept the tent packed away for another day. The hostel was really nice so if you need a place to stay in Skagway, this is the place to go!
    I bought a steak, some potatoes, mushroom and squash to cook up and washed it down with a Kiona Reserve Cab

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