Cali to Prudhoe Bay

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ParaMud, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    So Saturday is a full day of riding. We wake up and have some bacon and eggs. We go for a small ride, I didnt bring my camera. We invented a new term. It's called doing a Natalie. Basically you accomplish a hard task, such as a hill climb and once you reach the easy part, you fall down. So Natalie did a Natalie a couple times.

    So we ride into town and eat at a Mexican joint. Decent food.
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    Natalie fell over in some mud on the way back to camp. She said something was wrong with the throttle. I test road the bike.
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    Gas was in her vent tube on the carb. I just added the Y mod and pointed them both up in the air. We rerouted it to drain the gas and it worked fine again.

    I test rode the bike again with Klaus.

    So Klaus, he has a DR350. Bike is great, except for his rear tire. It is basically a slick.
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    Me helping him pick up his bike after binning it due to the tire. Trail was to steep, so I leaned Natalies bike against the cliff. He crashed the most and they were all basically because of the tire.

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    Klaus and I go scouting for some good roads for Natalie. I managed to find the biggest mud puddle and smash through it. [​IMG]

    The trails are rated at the park. We run into a trail called gorman. It is the highest difficulty and it is bike only (not atvs).
    It wasnt that hard, just dont fall over.
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    Here is Klaus' rear tire.
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    A video of how he usually crashes.

    We go back and pick up Natalie and David and take them down the nice wide road we found.
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    David splits off to take care of some business (remember the Mexican lunch?)
    We decide to try some intermediate trails with Natalie. They were tough, but Natalie did great.

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    I couldnt get a good picture, with or without flash.

    We head back to camp and cook and sleep annnnnnd drink.
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  2. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    We wake up Sunday, and air out our tents. It rained a bit last night.
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    I install my windscreen ( I shouldn't have)

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    We take a last ride around the park.

    They have a natural motorcross track that we checked out. David, Klaus, and I went on the beginner track.

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    We check out some other tracks and head back to camp to pack up.

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    I get all packed up and decide to test out the packing.
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    I go up the hill, and lose the trunk halfway up. It rolled all the way back down.

    I get everything back on the bike, and my kickstand manages to sink all the way down.

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    We then head home!
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  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Here are some pictures from David.

    This is where natalie pulled a Natalie at the top of a hill.
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    This is before starting a tough hill climb.

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    Camp fire!

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    Heading back into town the first day.

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    Glasses that David broke (RIP)

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    I don't like people.

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    Smile!
    You can see me in the background.
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  4. tobeknown

    tobeknown Adventurer

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    Greetings! I am one of the guys Klaus has mentioned interested in participating on your journey. I have already been a trips with Klaus. I have about 150,00 miles just on the KLR riding mostly Western US. I would love to get together on a ride, possibly camping, sometime soon. Let me know if your interested.
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  5. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Planning on Joshua tree next weekend Friday-Sunday. Easier dirt roads.
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  6. evilman

    evilman Been here awhile

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    Hey guys!

    I'd love to tag along also, Claus thx for the invite.

    Gabe
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  7. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Sure! Klaus will have all the info when we figure it out
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  8. evilman

    evilman Been here awhile

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    Yeah i can't wait. Have you done the doohickey on the KLR's?
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  9. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    yep
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  10. evilman

    evilman Been here awhile

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    Cool! I'd like to suggest to replace that big fender with some slim ones to help with wind drag.
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  11. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    your still coming up right?


    or else !!!!
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  12. Nc987

    Nc987 Adventurer

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    Para I am departing from Bellingham, WA for Prudhoe on or around the 29th. If you pass through this area and need anything, hit me up. I imagine you will be north of me before I depart.

    One recommendation. Make sure to see the Olympic peninsula in WA. Beautiful area that can't be missed.

    I would 2nd the recommendation from the guy about riding the Chief Joseph hwy/beartooth etc but would tell you to ride it on the way back south. I rode that area last summer and it was the highlight of my trip. Yellowstone is right near there so you can stay a night or two there also.

    Oh, and I'm doing it on a Ninja 250 and plan to spend a heck of a lot less than these guys have been recommending. That is minus some major unforeseen events that I am sure will come my way.
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  13. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    thats going to be sweet , a 250 on the Dalty highwy.! :clap
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  14. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    We might be up there around that time, depends on my friend who is coming along and if he is going to fly into Seattle or come with us from Cali. Thanks for the tips, we were looking at the peninsula but ruled it out. Might change that.
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  15. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    So we did Joshua Tree this weekend and had a decent time. To far between dirt roads for my taste.

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    4 KLRs, 1 800xc Tiger.

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  16. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Just need some recomendations for instant coffee, that tastes like real coffee. We used the stater bro's brand instant and I dont like it. Would prefer to get the coffee from a grocery store instead of online.

    We have a way to make real coffee but I dislike cleaning it up in the morning.
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  17. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    I, and many others, really like Starbucks VIA While I usually prefer a darker roast I prefer their medium Columbia over their Italian.

    There's also a thread on coffee while traveling elsewhere here on ADV.

    Mark H.
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  18. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I am going to be doing a trip from Pensacola to Prudhoe Bay this year on a DR650, but I will end up going North on the PCH from San Francisco. My "plans" have me in Alaska towards the end of July staying through part of August. I have read many many weather threads on "best time to come to Alaska" and it seems the consensus is mid June to mid July (peak of tourism up there). Im kind of hoping to avoid the RVs and all that by coming a little later. Im not too worried about cold so much as rain- I guess it would be completely stupid of me to ask about rain in August huh? :lol3

    If need be, I can eliminate some of my time spent in CONUS and avoid the higher passes in Colorado if it gives me a better chance at some good weather up there (by getting there sooner). I dont mind rain at all actually, but of course would like a few nice days to enjoy some photography and take in the sights. Any thoughts? You guys have all the knowledge being up there all the time :bow

    From what ive read, August can be rainy, yet recently it seems July has been that way and August has been relatively clear. I know- this far north there is no pattern and what happens happens. Thought id ask :1drink
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  19. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Yikes, a buck a cup! Its worth it just to stop somewhere and get a cup of coffee for that price.
    We will for sure have 3 people drinking coffee every morning and that is a bit steep for me.

    Anything like that but 1/4 the price? lol
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  20. Ridingfast

    Ridingfast n00b

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    How many miles are you guys planning to ride a day?