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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MizzouRider, Jul 11, 2013.
That's an incredible day. I think we can all relate to just having to go when you have to go.
Let's see.....8th day on the road, no sleep, ironbutt on the Haul Road - you are an ANIMAL!!
Nice thunder run!!!
Late to the party. Just got caught up. What a ride so far! Jeff I've been where you were myself. Just wanting to be alone and untethered. Don't beat yourself up too bad. Things like this were on my mind before we went out west last year but I couldn't have been happier with how that trip turned out.
Chin up dude and get your ass to Colorado so Gene can abuse us again I've been on the fence but it's looking better.
I'm in, what a trip! I am also a loner keep it coming Jeff this is great!
I'd say Colorado is 60/40 on going.. When I got back from Alaska it was 20/80 not going.. Now I'm thinking I better get the XC ready.
Day 9 Fairbanks, AK to Dawson City, YT (433 miles.. Light day)
You can see a detour on the map. I was tempted to go over to Eagle, I'll discuss that in a minute.) Today's route is in RED once again.
On my own, I headed out.. The second half of the trip was for me, much more scenic, and more of what I hoped the trip would be. The drive over from Fairbanks to Chicken and on into Dawson City was just plain fun.. It was raining most of the way back towards Tetlin Junction and the turnoff towards Chicken. The rain let up, and the moose were out, I must have seen seven or eight. One big cow ran across the road right in front of me. Geeze they are big.. (sorry no pics, I was wishing I had a go-pro about that time..) Then the roads started to get a few more turns. Ha! Before I knew it I was in Chicken..
(Bet you've never seen a picture of this egg before..) I took it anyway!
The roads were more of what I expected Alaska to be..
You can see this one going on over the next hill.
I noticed a turn off towards Eagle.. It looked so good, I had to check it out.. It's roads like these, I could ride forever..
The road I came down on is off to the left.. I came to a wood plank bridge I felt comfortable stopping on. I wasn't holding up traffic, I hadn't seen a soul for a long time. You better be able to tolerate your own company out here..
I had to turn back though.. Eagle isn't exactly on the way to Dawson City.
There's my road, running along the ridge on the left.
Before I knew it, I was heading back into the Yukon.
Traffic was backed up again, I'm used to it though..
The ferry going over to Dawson City was packed.. I did make another mistake. I should have camped on the other side of the river..
The campground in Dawson City was full. I noticed a place called the "Bunk House" with a lot of bikes around it, so I stayed there. No A/C, I'm sure they don't need it most of the time, but it was on the warm side. I had a great meal over at a restaurant by the bunkhouse.. The beer was cold.
They make fish and chips with fresh salmon.. I was living large.
Alas, I was once again deprived of sleep, but this is too good of a story not to tell. I had the window open to cool off, and about 3 in the morning it sounds like a big party right outside my door. So I was awake.. I went out to do what all old guys do at 3 in the morning, lose some of the beer I had put down earlier.. There was a drunk guy with dreadlocks down to his waist and his drunk girlfriend stumbling around outside my door. They were trying to get into the room next to me. They finally got in the room, and that's when the real party started. oh, ohh, Oh, OHHHH!! yes, Yes, YES, YES!!! It was loud enough, we could have been room-mates.. Ha, (sorry, no pics.)
I still slept in. The heat finally did break, including the two in heat next door..
Tomorrow, it's back down the Campbell Highway (4) towards Watson Lake.. Which I decided was not "big bike friendly" but beautiful..
Jeff I've been where you were myself. Just wanting to be alone and untethered.
Yes John, we've seen you just ride off over the hill into the Sunset !
And never look back.
My first big trip was something similar: Colorado Springs to Skagway and back, in 13 days (466mi/day). And I thought I was tired when I got back, you must have been dead on your feet! Keep it coming!
Jeff....you may recognize a few of these roads
Jeff, I sent you a PM
I swear I thought you guys were right behind me. Yeah that's it! Seems Jeff took off in the other direction same time I did and the Texas boys were all alone in the big empty.
Reading about the dreadlocked drunk reminded me of a story. When I did the TAT I stayed in a room above a Mexican restaurant in Freedom OK that had been recommended by BigDon. Maria's Cafe. Restaurant below and two room up. The other room was occupied late by a young couple that were very much like your neighbors. Loud and proud.
My group rented the whole damn motel when we went through there! lol
Haven't seen anything
Nothing wrong with this ride. I'm impressed with the endurance. I am crunched for time too, but this helps understand the reality of heading on a long trip with limited hours. Nice work.
Yep, Taylor/Top of the World highway to Dawson is one of my favorite Alaskan roads.
Rode it in March for the Trek Over the Top ride on the sled and again in June for D2D.
Its fantastic both times of year. Definitely worth adding to a trip north.
My wife and I ride together everywhere and she understands I like to zoom off
by myself now and then. (I suspect she likes the "alone time" too.)
Its become a normal part of the ride.
Thanks, I'm trying to describe it as I experienced it. I'm a early riser, so getting on the road early is easy.. Then I just don't stop much. Ha. I really wished I would have got back into motorcycling a lot earlier in life. I waited til the last one could drive, before I bought a bike. Then the evolution really kicked in when I found this website. I'm blessed with a wife that says, if you really want to do this, (ride to Alaska and back) go for it. It'd be interesting to see how many hours I've spent in "Ride Reports" over the last five or six years.. Ha
I wish I could have gone all the way up to eagle. I also suspect that the Dempster would have been a better choice than the Dalton, for pure enjoyment. Now I have to go back. Another two weeker? Maybe..
I'm getting ready to post the ride from Dawson City down thru Watson Lake, I took the Campbell (4) down.. It's not on my favorite list.. It was just really wash boarded in places. Not bad, but it takes some enjoyment out..
I'd ride the Top of the World twice a year if I had the chance.. . Maybe even 4 or 5 times..
Thanks for following along.
John, Dan, Don, Andy, Stuart, Bill, all comments appreciated. Thanks for taking a look.
I just learned how to do a screen shot (Andy) I haven't figured out yet how to quote more than one post in a post..:huh