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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by drrags, Jul 26, 2007.
:ddog I'm waiting
Dude! this is an outstanding thread and I am enjoying it immensely. Wish I had ridden it and even that I had the kind of bike that could ride it. Keep it coming.. I went through the first 10 pages in a non-stop orgy of contentment and am now suffering withdrawls.. hurry hurry before I am gone.
Thanks for the comment's y'all. Knowing that folks are reading and enjoying it motivates me to try to do a quality report.
I'll get some more GPS tracks and pics up tonight. Gotta get back to work now
Hey...........what's with the "y'all" pronoun.........hmmmm?
You think your from the south or sump'n???????
I know for a fact no self respecting rednek from the south would be caught dead in a photo nekkid--and for that matter--would not even hesitate in considering the remote possibility of jumping in cold artic water........nope, nadda, aint gonna happen. Any water below 80 degrees down here is considered frigid and the southern bylaws forbid entry.
I thought it was apparent by now that I'm not at all self-respecting.
I picked up "y'all" when I lived in Auburn, AL, and refined it when I lived in Morehead, KY (I even know the proper usage of "all y'all"!)
Now that I've been to Canada, I'm going to start saying "aboot", as in "what's all this aboot, eh?" I like the way it sounds.
I'm a bit behind in getting some of my stuff up through Dawson City to Chicken Ak.
Check out these panorama shots.....
Yukon River Crossing @ Dawson City
Top to the World Highway
Sunset in Chicken (photoshop'd)
Chicken to Tok
The road becomes paved again leaving Tok, and what a sunny warm morning it was. I rode with Wyatt on his 04 KTM950 at a fast pace through the twisty pavement onward to Tok.
Arriving back at the Alcan just outside of Tok ( I can't remember the name of this Junction)
Keep is comin.... more more more....
Please sir, may I have some more?
I just got some new pics from Wyatt, and I'll be integrating these as the trip progresses. Here is their view of crossing the border and down into Chicken.
Remember when I said they were late for the border crossing? This is what they saw (notice the time-stamps ):
What I want to know is, who are the cones and that gate going to stop if you're determined to get through, and what are they going to do about it if you do?
But they got through!
Now I have 3 sources of photos to coordinate so I think forward progress is going to be even slower!
Ok now, where was I? Oh yeah, I'm hungry; where's the PopTarts (tm)?
"May the sun never blind your eye,
Let me sleep so my teeth don't grind,
Hear the sound of the voice inside...."
-Alice in Chains
Do enough of this:
And you will eventually get this:
But the road construction is most always good; you get to talk to people and hear their stories and take a break. It's all good!
Better get crackin' on finishing this up....only a couple weeks before you head out to BFE on the KTM to avoid visiting w/ me when I hit Oregon
Great job, btw...
Eilison AFB outside of Fairbanks, AK.
Between Fairbanks and Fox, AK. The beginning of the Dalton Highway, aka, the Haul Road! Let me tell you, that while the road is paved, it should be name The Haulass Road! Good, fast pavement that allowed you to test your limits :huh
Brauhausbier sucking down a local brew. Do you thinnk he's happy?
Chowtime in Fox!
We hung out here for quite awhile, waiting for Dennis. I think he got lost or something.
Finally! Dennis shows up!
A lesson here: If you're going on a trip, call your bank/creditcard company or whatever, in advance and let them know what you're up to. This was the first time on the trip that I broke out the cellphone and I had a message from my credit union. The automated message wanted to know if all of the strange charges I'd accrued in the last 6 days or so were authorized. Good, I appreciate that, but I had to suffer through an automated query that inumerated each and every charge before I had an opportunity to press "1" to say they were authorized. This took about 20 minutes!
OK, let me make sure I have this right. This border is secured by the same people that make me come to the airport two hours early, so they can frisk me before I get on a plane?
More good-road goodness.
I like how the roads in Alaska are called "highways". Bring it on!
It was odd how, out of the blue, the dirt road would turn into asphalt, and just as surprising when the asphalt would suddenly end.
Pay attention, we'll meet these guys again at the Arctic Circle.
The bridge over the Yukon River. It was a little disconcerting to cross. Who ever heard of potholes on a wooden bridge!? :eek1
This is the Yukon River and the gas station. It was closed when we got there, but we had enough gas to continue on.
There is a little pile of gas cans by the pump, free for the taking. I guess it's kind of like the airport where there's a big pile of lighters around the ashtray. You leave one behind when you take off, and you pick one up when you arrive. These are left here by people who have come and gone and don't want to pack the can with them.
And off we ride, into the perpetual sunset.
Found some hidden pics, so we're a little out of order.
The pipeline up close!
I love taking these kind of shots...
My camera mount, eh, she assploded.