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

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

  1. ElFuego

    ElFuego hold your horses

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    Holy shizzle, I got to get to this place! The fly-fishing looks spectacular. :norton

    I am diggin' the thread, it's what adventure riding is supposed to be aboot. I need to get to it.

  2. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Yep, this is how I felt about our Mexico trip report. I was being hassled to post pics and two others were already posting. Everyones on a diff schedule, makes for some disjointed reading. Needs a disclaimer to your readers, go drink 5 or 6 beers, then sit down and read, It'll all make more sense then :1drink
  3. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    It definitely feels like some sort of accomplishment to reach the Arctic Circle! Spirits are high with talk of the ride, and the distance we've covered, sprinkled with wide-eyed talk of bears and what we need to do to avoid becoming a bear turd. :huh

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    Sorry Tom, I guess we got here first, I don't see your initials. :cry
    You will meet Tom later.
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    Yup, my pulse is steady, I'm ready to go on stage now and do my impression of the Lord of the Dance! :norton
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    I like this picture so much that I made it my Smugmug bio photo. I think it will attract the chicks :norton

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    Although, this was a close second :huh

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    Check out the mileage at the Arctic Circle, creepy, hmm?

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    Here are two hardcore bikers that left Tierra del Fuego 18 months ago on bicycles! Petra kommt aus Der Schweiz und Dirk kommt aus Deutschland. They are on the tour to raise awareness for Doctors Without Borders. Check out their webpage at http://www.pipdip.de/index.html Two great people and it was a pleasure to meet them.
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    But while we were standing around talking, there was a slight noise to our left that interupted us. WTF could that be: :huh

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    The wind blew one of the KLR's over into its neighbor, knocking it down, too.
    Funny thing was, when the bikes fell over, the owners simply casually strolled over as if this was a daily occurance. We were more excited than they were!
  4. Thisguy

    Thisguy Hold Fast

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  5. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I'm done for the day.
    This weekend sometime I should be able to get to the rest of the ride to Prodhoe Bay. I'll have two videos that I'd like to share, but they're too large for my Smugmug account. Anyone have any ideas?
  6. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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  7. Loud Al

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    Google Video.
  8. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I wish I had a way with words, but they escape me like my hat in the wind. At the moment I'm reading Ghost Rider, by Niel Peart, and on page 65 he describes the Top of the World Highway much better than I ever could.

    "I rode down to the Yukon River and caught the ferry across, then headed up to the "Top of the World Highway." I had been skeptical about that name, thinking maybe it was another northern exaggeration, like "highway" often was, and by "top of the world" they only meant so far north, but the hyperbole was justified.
    The narrow paved road twisted along the top of a high ridge with sweeping views on either side, looking down steep green mountain slopes and far off to distant ranges of purple and gray. It truly felt like the top of the world, and I decided it was one of the most spectacular roads I had ever travelled. Banking smoothly into the corners with the revs up high and the bike down low, looking ahead through the turn for the proper apex (and occasional scattering of gravel), I reflected that this was more like the sport of motorcycling, as opposed to the "survival course" of something like the Dempster. (Though I must confess that having made it all the way to Inuvik and back, I felt a little proud. In a foolish sort of way.)
    The paving gave way to graded gravel near the Alaska border, where I stopped at a temporary-looking, prefab building (a seasonal, summer-only frontier) and switched off the engine to talk to the friendly officer. Riding away with a stamp in my passport reading "Poker Creek, Alaska," I had finally managed to visit all 50 of the United States."
  9. brad21

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

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    Good book, GREAT drummer.

    "You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice."

    "Freewill" -Rush (probably my fave Rush song):drums
  10. jwashburn

    jwashburn Wannabe Adventurer

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    Arno you are doing an incredible job with this report. I really have to find a way to make this trip next year.
  11. todayIride

    todayIride todayIride

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    in 2003 when we rode the Top of the World Highway I had this thought that if it is the top of the world, could we fall off? it sticks with me today for some reason. Great, great road!

    THe photos bring back so many great memories from my trip to AK, good job!
  12. edeslaur

    edeslaur San Diegan

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    You and me both, Jim. Though I have no idea how I'll swing that many days off. I *think* I know how I'll swing the cashola, but I have about $2k to add to my Husky to make it roadworthy for this trip (hard panniers, improve the light, GPS, seat upgrade). I hear you now are Huskied too. :clap

    The Batman bit was awesome. :evil I wish I knew who posted them. I remember the day Arno showed up to work in that getup. Huge points. The one pic is on Grant road, IIRC.

    We've come so far since then, and yet it seems we've barely moved the needle...
  13. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    What- you think you get weekends off? :ddog
  14. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Ha, lol!
    Me, Direwolf, AlinBeaverton, Brian and Michelle took off to do off-road from McMinville to the coast. What a hoot! Gimme a minute to recover and clean up and I'll start on the next installment, you impatient ff's.
  15. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    The place to stay at Prudhoe Bay is the Prudhoe Bay Hotel. Their number is 907 659 2449. Half the price of the Arctic Caribou Inn.

    For the Prudhoe Bay tour (and access to the Arctic Ocean and your own swim) call 907 659-2368. You must call 24 hours in advance. There are no exceptions.
  16. Brauhausbier

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    Some more Pan's

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    Attigan Valley

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    Further into the North Slope

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    Tundra 40 miles from Deadhorse

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    Returning to Fairbanks

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    Yukon River Bridge

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  17. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Nicely done! They're beautiful!
  18. drrags

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    I was pulling less than 40 mpg, so I thought maybe my aircleaner needed replacing. It didn't make a difference.

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    Mmmm, M&M's...
    This is the point where we all put our spare gas in. Not sure exactly where, but it was before Coldfoot.

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    "We all" except for Mr. KLR, that is... :uhhuh

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    Coldfoot's just around the corner somewhere's (It had better be!)

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    Yes, Coldfoot! The Northern Most Truckstop in the USA!

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    Stop looking at me!

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    Another 640 Adventure! You'd have thought the Italian dude would be on a Ducati :evil

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    Gotta go visit the Postoffice thread...

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  19. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Just a raft of pictures this time. :bash

    The road going north from Coldfoot was simply stunning.
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  20. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    The dreaded road grader. You do not want to see one of these.
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    Wet lens. Grrrr
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