Bug Murderers Assault Alaska! (with some time-lapse)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by drrags, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. jwashburn

    jwashburn Wannabe Adventurer

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    Those pictures are fantastic. They make me hate you just a little more with everyone I see :D. Keep 'em coming. I can't wait to hear the stories first hand.
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  2. Loud Al

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    Cool, keep it up.
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  3. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I'm surprised he hasn't chimed in on that. I don't think he was very amused :D

    Did you get a pic of the ancestor hitching the ride?

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  4. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    drrags: Hey Brauhausbier, how fast does one of them thar glaciers move?

    BHB: About as fast as our ride report is going to when we get back.

    Forrest: huh?

    :lol2

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  5. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    To tell the truth, the road from Watson Lake to Whitehorse just isn't that fantastic. I mean, it's still cool and all, but compared to everything else, it's just not that memorable, unless you see something interesting on the side of the road.

    And that's just what happened. As we're going west, I notice these black shapes on the side of the road for about a mile or so, then I don't see anything anymore. It's kind of like black sheets of newspaper blowing in the wind. Oh well, it was a mystery and I let it escape my mind to make room for new information. That is until:

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    Note what's left of the shotgun. I was surprised to see it, assuming Canadians just couldn't own firearms. I was wrong.

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    I actually remembered their names for a couple of days... Sorry guys, please fill in if you see this. Anyway, they were a father and two sons on a trip from Alberta, heading west. The black stuff I saw a mile earlier was the contents of the poor kid's saddlebags that caught on fire from being too close to the muffler. The dad packed what was left on his Suzuki 400 and they were determined to continue on. There was nothing we could do for them. So we continued on.

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    Until we stopped for chow. And whom do we meet? Our very own local celebrity - Gary Smith. If you don't know, he's the one that took off on his Ural sidecar to Tierra del Fuego on a whim, previously not having ridden more than 150 miles from his house. He has a DVD out called Burro Has Three Wheels. Apparently on this trip he's going all the way north.

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    Hamming it up in front of his *new* Ural.

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  6. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Ok, that was funny :rofl
    I get the message, and it's nice to read that there's someone actually interested in this drivel. :evil


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  7. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Great ride report. Screw speed - if we want that, we'll just watch a few of those time-lapse slide shows! Man, that camera's on speed. :thumb

    Keep it coming!
    :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  8. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Alberta and west on a pair of RFS bikes. Okie-dokey. If they were doing a lot of dirt I could maybe make sense of it but 17" wheels on the one in the foreground so I've got to assume it was nearly all highway for him. It pains my butt just to think of it.
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  9. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Ok, so remember that I have a partial brain only, and that it's full. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory, and something like 90% of the population of this vast land live in Whitehorse. Wow. So anyway, Whitehorse is a cool town and I liked it there, but what I didn't like were the prices. Ces't la vie I suppose.

    When I was in Watson Lake, I called ahead to the KTM/Honda dealer and asked if they had a tire in my size - I didn't care what kind. John(?) told me they had one in stock. "When do you close?" "5 o'clock sharp." Not knowing how long it would take to get there and find the shop, I gave my cc# and asked him if I didn't make it in time, could he please stash it somewhere outside where I could find it. He agreed. Well, I made it in time after all and bought the tire and 2 quarts of oil. Total damage was $260, but I paid it gladly. I had a tire waiting for me in Wasilla, but that sure wasn't doing me any good now!

    And another reason I had nothing to complain about was that when we were eating at Watson Lake, I remember this guy from Newfoundland coming in and said something to us about tires in that sing-song accent. Next thing I knew, he was gone. Well, as it turns out, he and his buddy, both on GS's and smoked their tires also, and not only that, buddy #1 was already riding on the cord and could not make it to Whitehorse. That left buddy #2 to do the 5 hour ride to Whitehorse and back to Watson Lake. Of course they were both heading to Whitehorse anyway, so buddy #2 got to do it again. :deal

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    KTM's and lawnmowers :freaky

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    How I spent my summer vacation. Ok, I have to come clean to Brauhausbier. I had no idea why I lost first gear. It was the weirdest thing and the only thing I could think of was oil. I changed the oil and there were no metal bits anywhere. That's a good sign! But what I found was... that the bolt that holds the shifter on its spline had backed out and so the shift lever was sloppy enough that it hit the frame before it moved the shaft far enough to engage. Well, I was highly embarresed to say the least, so I publicly declared that "yup, changing the oil fixed first gear!" So, here it is, a backed out bolt, and not the oil after all. :shog

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    John (on the right) was super-cool and went out of his way to accomodate us, even though he needed to get to his 20 year high school reunion. Thanks man!

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    Another guys who's name I can't remember, maybe it was Dell? Anyway, this guy could talk a mile a minute about anything! He told us about the guy who got blown over by a wind gust on the haul road and rode into a pole. Apparently busted up bad enough that air-flighted him out of there. He had that Med-Jet insurance. It wasn't life-threatening, but it was bad enough to put an end to his trip.

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    Dell, do you think you have enough shit packed on your bike? :huh :D

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    And so the day ended at Whitehorse with the most expensive campground so far - $16 per tent. Whatever. At least they had showers. Also, there was a Chinese restaurant in town where they said they fired the cook and brought a new one in Directly from China. All I can say is that they need to send him back. Notice that I still have the yellow tent.

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  10. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    You may have noticed that pretty much everything fits in my two Zega's and the tank bag, nothing else. I kinda hate having shit strapped all over the place on the bike, and besides, by trip's end, you'll have shit strapped all over anyway. At the very last minute I packed a lawn chair, and that's what you see strapped to the back.

    My pack list is:

    CLOTHING:
    4 Wicking T Shirts
    2 Pairs Jeans
    1 Pair of hiking pants
    4 pair wicking undershorts
    4 pair wicking socks
    1 wool sweater
    1 long johns
    1 Hat
    1 Bug Net Hat
    Camp Shoes
    Bathing Suit
    Electric Jacket
    Jacket Cord

    CAMPING:
    Tent
    Sleep Pad
    Sleeping Bag
    Towel
    Wash Cloth
    Toilet Bag
    Unscented Soap
    Unscented toothpaste
    Electric razor
    Toothbrush
    Hair brush
    Flashlight
    Headlight
    Ipod (that I seem to have lost)

    MOTORCYCLE SUPPLIES:
    Tire Repair Kit
    Tire Irons
    Compressor
    Tool Kit
    First Aid Kit
    Motorcycle Cover
    Wire
    Various Nuts and Bolts
    Wire Ties
    Duct Tape (for taping the tent to the ships deck)
    Multi Tool
    Face Shield cleaner
    Rags
    Gas Can
    Rope (25’, used for strapping the tent to the ships deck)


    RIDING GEAR:
    One-piece Aerostich
    Riding Boots
    Racing gloves
    Three Season Gloves
    Helmet


    PERSONAL GEAR:
    Extra Eye Glasses
    Ear Plugs
    Canada Insurance Certificate
    Registration
    Drivers License
    Medical Cards
    Debit Card
    2 Point and shoot cameras (one on the belt, one was the time-lapse – Pentax WP and Pentax W30. Both are waterproof and dustproof and smaller than a pack of smokes.)
    Canon S3 (which self-destructed less than halfway through the trip)
    Cell Phone
    Battery charger (AA Rechargeable)
    Maps
    Alaska Books
    Toilet Paper

    Small Sharp Knife (mini Swiss Army knife)
    Leatherman Wave/multitool
    3 or 4+ various sized plastic bags (it rains a lot there)
    Tire Pump-Electric (Slime pump, works great!)
    Spare fuses for bike
    Decent can opener (P38 for you vets)
    Matches/Cig Lighter
    Tire repair kit. (at least half the people in route have a flat)
    At least $300 cash for emergencies/tires/tire changes, repairs.
    A bicycle cable lock for locking the helmet and ‘stich to the bike when eating or something.

    The only thing I'd change when going to a new, cool place is to pack more socks and less t-shirts because you'll be buying plenty. When I bought souveniers for friends back home, I'd usually just send them back to my house instead of packing them along on the trip.

    I used everything I packed, and wanted for nothing except duct-tape and rope for the boat. It was my best packing job yet.
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  11. DualSport650

    DualSport650 Lucky Burglar

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    Holy fu%&in' shit!!!

    Nice ride report! :eek1

    It it comin' :evil:freaky
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  12. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Fearless Leader! Good to hear from you! You would have dug this trip. This is the only trip I've ever been on where I would turn right around and do the whole thing again, same roads and everything.

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  13. DualSport650

    DualSport650 Lucky Burglar

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    Yeah, the report is making me wish I would have GONE! :cry

    Responsibility SUCKS!!! :lol3 :deal :puke1 :evil
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  14. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    But keep it coming...
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  15. rhrose

    rhrose Been here awhile

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    Don't look now, but your Pee pee is turning black.
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  16. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Now we're talking.

    Now bhb just needs to get off his arse and post up! :gerg:ddog

    (you must understand, I've been hearing about this ride since last winter from bhb and now I demand results!) :rofl
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  17. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I'm pretty sure it's gangrene from the resultant frostbite. The expression on my face is the "Geeee" part of "Geeeezus, it's frickin' cold out here!"
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  18. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Great ride report--I'm loving it. My buddy and I head out this Friday on nearly the same exact trip except we plan on going up the east side of WA and then chilliwack to lilloet to avoid the Whistler construction.

    I'll buy you a beer when I get back.
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  19. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    Started talking to my boss - buttering him up for this trip next year..... you *are* going again next year, right? :evil

    Mrs. Wolf will be jealous, but encouraging - as always. I am scraping my virgin trip to Laguna Seca for this next year..... photos are just all the more encouraging. Rain, ravens and all - I'll.

    (You are going again, right?)

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  20. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    And I'll take that beer! Yeah!
    I'm jealous, I want so bad to do it again. Be prepared for sensory overload. No matter what, the Top of the World Highway must be done!
    Good luck and have a good ride!
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