BigDog/Dingweed: Winging It To Alaska

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by BigDogAdventures, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Wow---7,000 miles on our Yamaha WR250R's from the US/Can border all the way to Deadhorse, Alaska. Last year me and my buddy Scott Stevenson (Arizona) rode the same 2 bikes from the Mexico border all the way to the Canada border
    mostly on dirt up thru Arizona, Utah and Idaho--with a little Washinton, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming thrown in
    for good measure.
    What a ride it was for us-----but what is this "winging it" thing :p3rry ???????

    Winging it----you can look it up but this will save you the time.:D
    1. No daily destination
    2. No real final destination either.
    3. No planes to catch
    4. No return date
    5. No exact route to stick to or follow
    6. No reservations were made for anything
    7. No places to eat planned
    8. No places to get gas planned
    9. No watch----this one caused us problems, because we would wake up in our tents
    and had no idea how long we had slept-----3 hrs.??? 12 hrs. we didn't know. So sometimes
    we did drag it out from the bottom of our saddlebags and looked. And when we got way North it
    never got dark----yeh, that was weird. So none of this start riding when the sun comes up--and quit before it
    goes down stuff.

    We had food to last for a week as long as we had water---so I brought a water purifier to guarantee water.
    Believe me--there is much water in BC, the Yukon and Alaska.
    But------we had to surface for gas---but carried some which let us never take a turn we didn't want to
    because we didn't have enough gas.

    Here's a little intro video ---------- as soon as we crossed the border into Midway BC---there was the
    old Kettle Valley Railroad bed.

    Mark: "Hey Scott--you want to jump on the railroad bed and check it out"
    Scott: "Does it go North" ????
    Mark: "Well-------Not really"
    Scott: "OK"

    And off we went-----dumber than 2 dirt clods.

    Sorry for the bad "Bear Grylls" imitation--I don't know what came over me.



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    For now I'll let you guess how on our first night----me and Scott (and our bikes) ended up on the wooden dance floor of a bar for the night.
    We closed the place down---and to further confuse you --the place was closed and me and Scott neither one drink.


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  2. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Hell yeah! Bring it on!
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  3. tpar1220

    tpar1220 such a pud..

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    was waiting for this one..... SUBSCRIBED! :thumb
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  4. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker KLR > Pee-wee's Bike

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    Ha, reminds me of one spring break in college where a friend who had no money decided to rid his house of clocks and spend the week on "Francis Standard Time". He slept when he was tired, and each time he woke up, he'd set his one watch to 8AM and carry through the day like that.

    A few days in it was pretty funny seeing him all screwed up, taking his "morning" jog at 7PM, partying hard at 3PM one day, 5AM the next, having a "midday" porn movie matinee at 1AM.

    Can't wait to read this!
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  5. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    In!:clap
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Hey Mark! Fixed it for ya! Not a dumbass, badass :thumb

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  7. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Hey Mark, looking forward to the adventure!

    Subscribed & Ready...

    Pat in NH
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  8. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    N :d
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  9. lfs225

    lfs225 Too old less bold

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    I'm in. Hoping to see lots of route maps. And pictures. :ricky
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  10. Ryder Patrol

    Ryder Patrol Adventurer

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    I am in. :clap
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  11. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    Ive been waiting on this, Im in.:clap
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  12. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Hooray! :clap another BigDog adventure. :lurk
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  13. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Another great ride report on my favorite bike.. Congrats Mark & Scott.
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  14. mcwbyu82

    mcwbyu82 WRR'er

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    if that teaser video is any indicator . . .this is gonna be good :clap
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  15. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Count me in on the party!

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  16. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Glad to see this one appearing here, Mark. Will be following it closely. Certainly glad to have had the pleasure of meeting you two in Haines Jct.

    Jack
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  17. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    :ear:ear:ear:ear:ear:ear

    Been waiting on this one.:lurk
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  18. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Great opening as usual Mark. Looking forward to another epic ride report. Yamaha ought to pay you guys for these testimonials on the "the little bike that can", the WR250R.
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  19. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    In on this one!!!:lurk:lurk:lurk


    It's gonna be good!:nod


    Jordan
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  20. mikrow

    mikrow Wanna see my snare?

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