BC Railways Adventure Ride and to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gpskevin, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Fishenough

    Fishenough Team Lurker

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    Following along, thank you Kevin and Missy!!

    This is only the second report on ADV that we have read as father and son together. The KVR has popped to the top of our list as a place for father and son to visit. We are currently bike-less, yet bought helmets, a safari tank is expected any day, and he has just taken his motorcycle learners permit. :rofl My son had one full year of ridding licensed in Asia, 15 to 16, and he did so well on the roads there, BC should be fine with careful attention.

    He howled at your last youtube video and you can guess why he is so interested in your ride report!

    Thanks!
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  2. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Fishenough: I love this ride with your kids stuff. Sidebar: I have a story for you. The summer when my son was 14 he says to me, Dad I don't want to get a job the summer when I turn 16, but I would like to ride across america on the Trans America Trail with you. I said right? But for 2 years he kept at me. So we planned, then 2 days before the flight across the nation he took his drivers test and got his motorcycle licence. So we did the ride. Here is the video for you to watch with your son.

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    Hope you can work out some great rides yourself, I am finding they grow up fast. But they don't leave motorcycles.
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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    Kevin--------I'm 61 years old-----you probably guessed that.

    The video above was the vest video I've ever watched-------ever------bar none.

    Brought a tear to my eyes------as my son left motorcycles------never to return it seems.

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  4. Bob

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    Great video, thanks for all the work.
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  5. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Enjoying your ride report. I think its so rad you and your daughter doing thid trip. My kinda girl.

    Thanks
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  6. gpskevin

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    Today was the best and worst day of the trip so far. This morning started out bright and early. It was a longer mileage day and so we had to leave an hour earlier. Our ride started off a little sketchy when we came upon a sign that said road closed due to wash outs.

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    This was an inconvenience considering we were supposed to travel 160 miles on these roads and now our plans had changed. On the sign someone had hand written “We can go anywhere” (Steve this is for you. Under was signed Bigdog and Dingweed. Kevin says you know who they are.) So I proceeded to take charge of the situation and said “Bigdog….If he can do it, we can do it.” So we went for the trail anyways. And as a matter of fact, it was easy for us. We went right through everything. I just can’t understand why Bigdog had a problem with the trail.

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    OK, the story from Kevin: I had known who Big Dog and Dingweed were, I had a conversation with Big Dog back in 2005 discussing the Continental Divide Ride. So I knew that these guys were pretty aggressive explorer riders. I also knew that we had about 160 miles of Dirt in front of us and then maybe 100 more miles of pavement. I was starting to feel a little like a parent here, knowing that I did not want to be stuck somewhere very remote fighting to get our bikes through something. And I could see that the weather was changing. So my vote was to turn back and take the easy path. But the girl was having none of it. She was very insistent that if these two guys could do it then we could do it. I explained that there were on WR250R's and we were on big bikes, you can't do the same rough stuff. Nope, she wanted to go do it. She kept saying if "Big Dog can do it we can do it." As it turned out about 20km up there was a canyon that had been washed out but there had been a crew working on it and so by the time we got there the road was mostly repaired. So no problem. "Thanks to Big Dog" making the note, if he had not done that we would have surely turned back.

    Back to Missy: Well anyways we were on our way and going down our original track when we came upon some cows that were just sitting, lounging around. So I went up to the group and all but one mother walked away as soon as I approached. So I went over to her with some food and pet her

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    She was quite nice until she gave a grunt and then I freaked out and ran off.

    So back on the trail we were driving along and this is the best part of all, a baby bear and mother bear ran across the street right in front of us.

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    The baby climbed a tree and the mother ran off into the forest. This was the opportunity for us to play with the bear. We tried to coax him down out of the tree but he would have nothing to do with us. We tried out favorite cat calls. We tried the name Midnight. We then noticed the mother was sitting near on the other side of the trees and then we decided that it was probably no longer a good idea to play with the baby. So we packed up and left on our way. But the bears were very cute. Check out the pictures!

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    So now you’re probably wondering what the worst part of the day was. Well a little while after the bear the sky started to get dark and the air was frigid. Well it started to pour rain. And just our luck we still had about 200 miles left in the day. So we rode and rode sopping wet and cold and tired all day long. It was absolutely miserable. So that was our day long and miserable yet great. WE had to recall our words of wisdom from Keith Bennett, it wasn’t very fun now, but maybe someday we would think it was lots of fun. (paraphrased)

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    I thought it would be fun to keep an animal count. So this is a list of the animals that each of us has seen.

    Seal: Kevin 2 Missy 2
    Moose: Kevin 2 Missy 2
    Bear: Kevin 4 Missy 2
    Marmet: Kevin 20 Missy 20
    Bald Eagle: Kevin 0 Missy 1
    Antelope: Kevin 8 Missy 8
    Deer: Countless
    Snake: Kevin 2 Missy 0

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  7. gpskevin

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    Mark: Wow thanks, I just wanted to say thanks to you. You are un inspiration to many many riders out here. I have watched your rides for years, I guess about 7 now and find them to be awesome! Keep up your adventures and thanks for all the work you do to share it with us.

    gpsKevin
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  8. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    I'm another one enjoying your report.

    I have one of those funny looking green things and I'm wondering what kind of tires Missy has on it. I've been staring at the pics and can't decide whether the fender is raised a bit or not. Can't believe she's riding on the awful stock seat.

    I'm planning to be out that way this Summer.
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  9. 1marka

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    Great ride report so far and I loved the video of the TAT. I would however give a word of warning. Never get between a mother bear and her cub. Just because she ran out of site in the woods does not mean she could not come back especially if she thought your catcalls to the cub were threatening. A momma bear is nothing to mess with.

    Looking forward to the rest of your trip!
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    What an amazing adventure for you guys!! LOVE the videos. Waiting for more!


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  11. gpskevin

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    Day 7 was quite miserable as we woke up and it was still raining. So we put all our rain clothes on and went for the cold long day that was ahead of us. We encountered yet another moose and stopped to take some pictures.

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    As the day wore on we were not going to make the entire route because it was just way too cold. So my dad told me a special secret about living in cold weather. We took a stop in the next town that we arrived in and found the nearest laundromat.

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    We took our wet selves and bags into the store and sat everything down on the table. We talked to the owner for some time while we put stuff in the washers and took off our wet clothes to be dried. Now, the secret was that we didn&#8217;t really go to do our laundry but as we washed our fake clothes that didn&#8217;t really need washing we were actually getting warm. It gave us a reason to stay inside a warm place and regain body warmth.

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    Our boots were leaking so we did got dry socks and did the grocery bag trick.

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    Once nice and warm again we went on our way.

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    The rain let up and the rest of the day was warmer.

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    and as the afternoon wore on we came to our cabin for the night. The Noralee Resort, somewhere near well nothing.

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    Plastic Bag still on Missy Feet, still going still smiling.

    Day was 250 miles, half of it in the cold rain, BTW the heated jackets and heated grips made a big difference.

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  12. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Front Tire on the Versys is a Bridgestone TW302 Trail Wing Dual Sport Rear Tire. It ran tubeless just fine and the front fender is raised about 1.25 inches.

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    You can see more pics at; Versys Luggage

    But we have decided that we do not like this tire, as it wore it did bad cupping, we have decided that we like the Shinko 705 Series Dual Sport Rear Tire 120/90H-17 TT . It is a little less agressive tred, but it still does great in the dirt.
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  13. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Kevin. Yeah, the 705s seem to be popular. Some 17" front dual sports are starting to be available.
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  14. Fishenough

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    Kevin, my Son and I finally had the time to watch your video together, of your ride across America with Jeffery. That was fun!

    We had to pause many times for comments, memories, and just plain poking fun. Such as the good times of crashes with no injuries, and the chuckles later with a dash of teasing. And my son commenting how I'd be telling everyone to slow down riding past four legged animals; such as cow, water buffalo, deer, and scary when running moose (I was taken out badly in my youth riding on one wheel, on a very noisy 2 stroke, past some road side cows. They can move fast when they want to)

    Though my son's eagerness to follow this RR might be due to more than motorbikes. :nod

    Thank you...... and please don't play with baby black bears (I see from your pics you kept your distance)
    Kevin
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  15. gpskevin

    gpskevin gpsKevin

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    Fishenough:

    It is good news when your son can guess what you are going to say, it means he has listened. Acting on it is a different story. I am always saying that cows have a messed up mind, somehow they run in front of you to avoid you especially the little ones. I get your sons interest in the story, you might tell him to join the BC Railways ride this summer, if Missy does not find a job, she will likely be on the ride. BTW where is north of 56?
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  16. Fishenough

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    We are in Fort St John, BC, now. My son obtained his learner licences at the beginning of the year yet I will not let him ride or drive until all roads here are no longer white. He did though have his Thai motorcycle licence from 15 to 16, and he would be starting his final year of high school at the time of your ride.

    Your route would be a treat on a motorcycle. Before last moving overseas him I spent 3 months traveling around BC, putting in large amounts of miles of backroad exploring each month.

    If I look harder, I'll can find pics of him at the Sloguet hot springs, etc. Ps, that is quite a route for 1 week! (Hmm, easier to get the time off work)

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  17. gpskevin

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    Day 7 started out much better. The rain had stopped but we woke up to a 1.8 degrees C temperature. That’s almost freezing. It was so cold so we got dressed in all our rain attire yet again to ensure warmth and be safe in case any rain came along during the day. We saw another bear and it was walking around eating while we were taking pictures.

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    We made our last gas stop at an indian village called the Gitanyow Indian Reserve. They had a long history of Totem Poles

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    The route into Steward is fantastic:

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    We rode all the way to Stewart BC and tons of people along the way have asked if we were going to get Hyderized. (This as we heard from people, is where you go to a local bar and you get a shot of grain alcohol. If you can keep it down you get a certificate and you have officially been hyderized. If not you must buy an entire round of drinks for the bar. You sign the bill and put it up on the wall of shame.) A fun little tid bit, but no I did not partake in such activities. As we drove the last 30 miles into Stewart the mountains were absolutely gorgeous. The mountain tops are snow covered with waterfalls flowing down the mountain side. Some are even covered in beautiful glaciers.

    Made it to Stewart and had dinner at the Silverado Cafe:

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    Missy had the Pizza:

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    After Dinner we stopped and talked to a group of riders working on a BMW F800GS. It seems they parked the bike and went in for lunch then when they came out the bike would not start. This was a group of 3 couples from New Zealand. They had shipped their bikes to the states and were all doing a vacation to Alaska. They had been working on the bike for several hours and it seemed as if it was getting no fuel. I took a look and agreed that it looked like for some reason the bike had decided not to feed fuel.

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    The only help they could get was to hire a truck to take them and the bike to where? The nearest BMW dealer was 1000 miles away in Vancouver. Wow their dream trip to Alaska had been ruined. Latter I would learn that it was a defective Fuel Pump that BMW had known about. In the USA BMW was forced to do a recall, but in the other countries BMW did not do that. So these people were left on their own. It totally ruined their vacation. It seems like BMW was more interested in themselves then their customers. Wow BMW Bad!

    The day ended at the Ripley Creek Inn

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    Complete with Chicken just running around the place.

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    Went to bed starting to worry about my own BMW. That kind of thing can't happen to a BMW HP2 right?

    Missy could always save me on the Kawasaki!

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  18. Yooper_Bob

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    Great report! :thumb

    I hope that a few years from now, my daughter and I can enjoy a similar type adventure.
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  19. gpskevin

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    Fishenough: Thought you both might enjoy this: This is Missy last year on a trip to the Arctic. This was the first time in her life that she saw Buffalo.

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  20. gpskevin

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    Today was by far the most beautiful day of the entire trip. We went into Alaska and saw some spectacular glaciers. In the morning we woke up and got ready for the day. The days plan was to go into Hyder, Alaska and see grizzly bears at an outlook spot and also view the three huge glaciers that covered the mountainsides. We headed from Steward BC into the small ghost town that was Hyder.

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    We rode to the grizzly outlook but to our disappointment we saw no grizzlies. The Ranger said we were a week too early.

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    We could not see any Salmon in the river.

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    The Visitors center had the only grizzly that we would see.

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    We traveled on up the 30 mile trail to the glaciers. They were absolutely amazing. I can&#8217;t even describe how beautiful they were. If you have never been to see one, I highly recommend it. By far the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life!

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    Missy keeps saying: Dad this is awesome, this is the best thing I have ever seen in my whole life!

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    We came across this sign, and of course Missy said, Dad lets go see. So we continued, right what could go wrong?

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    This does not mean us, we came a long ways to get here, no turning back now.

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    Turned out to not be too much, just more cool stuff

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    On the way back we came across these structures, we were not sure what they were for. We think that this is where you hide from Grizzlies or maybe you pitch your tent on it. But it seemed really hard to get on.

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    That was it for us, time to say good by to Alaska

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    We went back down the trail and crossed the border back into Canada and stopped for lunch at a small restaurant in town. Our day was officially done but we decided to keep riding and take some miles off tomorrows ride.

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    Saw another Black Bear, no big deal to us now.

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    So we rode about another 150 miles and are spending the night at a cute little motel in Terrence.

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    Great Day!

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