Cheryl & Leslie's Triumph Tiger 800XC ADV to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by soph9, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Phoenix101

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    i was wondering about concerns of the two legged monsters that are out there.. did either of you pack? or is that a problem going into Alaska and then back into Canada?
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    no packing other than bear spray. My partner does not have a permit to carry in the USA. She could get one but I actually do not like guns...bad enough she has to wear one at work.:wink:

    WE never even got close to needing a gun....although we saw many Alaskans with hand guns in holsters.
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    Years ago I was in law enforcement and saw what can happen when the anti-social or criminal mentally ill can do to honest folks... keep in mind cops don't carry guns looking for trouble rather he or she carry a gun in case trouble comes looking for them. Ex-cops too. You mention women went missing in a part of Canada and their were warning signs.... not a concern?

    My wife and I want to make the trip North but both of us know how dangerous people can be (both of us have worked in forensic hospitals)... being a SW you would understand... we were on a trip to Southern Utah and ran across a guy (50-60 miles from anywhere) on a bicycle that was probably MI and maybe homeless. I engaged him in conversation to see if he had water (we were in the desert) and if he needed anything... he said he was fine... Janet's radar went up and we left.
  4. soph9

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    I hear you but we never met anyone we felt threatened by....maybe weird but not threatened. As for the women who have gone missing or have been killed on that stretch of road between Prince George and I think it is Terrace...the Highway of Tears, that is almost unfortunately part of northern BC history now and although there are No hitch hiking signs now warning folks again never felt like we were going to be targeted.

    I think what we found on this trip is that there are way more good people out there than bad, not to say bad could not have happened. We just kept a positive state of mind rather then thinking someone would be out to get the two of us. Make sense?
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    Unfortunately, I think those that work in medical, security, police, prison, social work, or police careers tend to get a distorted view of society due to the constant imersion in the strange bottom dregs of society. Contrast that with the view of the CEO of an S&P 500 company who only interfaces with people that say 'yes' to whatever they want or, on the home front, take care of all his/her gardens, house, and children; a more rosy experience to say the least.

    Yes, bad things can happen out there but if you are in the wild it is less likely to happen. That does not mean it will not happen, just less likely. If 10% of society on a whole are willing to take advantage of 'opportunities' to take something from you, and the bottom 1% are willing to take your life in the process, what are your chances of running into said social deviants in the middle of a National Park where there are very few targets to take from? I can see the middle of a city where there are 1000's of people that look at you like you are dressed in 100 dollar bills, the chances are real good you will meet them, but on Isle Royale N.P. there is probably all of 10 people in September, and 5 of those are Rangers.

    However, you must be vigialant as you obviously are since you picked up on the tone of the bike rider's response. That didn't stop you from stopping to see if he was okay, and that is the important part; we need to be ever ready to help out in an emergency. But also remember that your definition of crazy is different from other's...I have found that wearing my full Aerostich in hot weather is actually cooler than riding in just a t-shirt and jeans; others thiink I am crazy and I get badgered everywhere I go by people trying to help me by asking if I really want to be wearing that. Gosh, if it is on me don't you think I want it? I respond cordially until about the 10th time, then I start to lose my patience and just want people to mind their own business.

    Maybe the bike rider in the desert was already asked 100 times if he needs water...that is my only point.

    But the idea of being vigiallant is the whole theory of why my son has been in karate since he was 5 years old. He is now a 14 year old black belt! He should be all set for life now, but I hope he continues and becomes an instructor to help others...
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    Wow, Have only skimmed your story and it is great. You are soooo soo so lucky. 2 Tigers ta boot !

    Positive thinking is a force, more people should use it. Use our positive force

    Wish you good luck on the rest of the journey... 99.99...% good people's


    Some pack mounted bells, air horn, or even bang 2 sticks hard, occasional noise is good on hikes, keeps away baby bears n der momma bear and, poppa...

    We will keep reading thanx again for sharing your great post.

    Keep enjoying, the force is with you...
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    All great points...be vigilant but not paranoid and just have fun....
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    ipaqpoweruser Enjoy the Ride

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    The video composite of the Dalton Highway was awesome. Thanks taking the time to share your pictures and videos with the club. Cheers :slurp

    JL
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    thanks
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    Just saw this post from the beginning...glad you read our other RR...I hope with each one we get better because they are a lot of fun to document and look back for us. I have been reading many of the great comments...some of which I missed while on the road. So thank you! Better later then never eh? This thank you is really late though.
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    thank you for answering my questions, enjoyed following your trip. Someday we too will go North on an adventure. Someday maybe we can share a few beers with you.
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    Did you say beer????:freaky
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    What is your first name btw? And when are you going to get yourself an ADV DS bike?:wink:
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    It's Dave, and it was a pleasure to meet you.

    I figure I'm too new to know what I'm really looking for in a bike right now, so I'm just going to keep riding my little CBR 'til it hurts (applies to either of us!), sit on everything at the shows this winter, ride everything I can at demo days in the spring, and then look out for deals as next season progresses.

    Until then I get brownie points for doing crazy stuff like riding the Duffey Lake loop on a glorified 125cc scooter. :clap
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    Hi Cheryl and Leslie! back after a month in Cape Breton and New England. Took step dancing and piano accompaniment at the Gaelic College in St. Anns, Cape Breton. Rode the '09 Bonneville down and back. Couldn't get your blog there as on dial-up but just want to say that I have enjoyed your ride so much that it has been a highlight to my summer!!!
    Love to ride in BC on my new-to-me DR200SE and I know you guys could point me in the right direction for some great dirt roads!
    What more can be said...you have produced the very best RR I have ever had the pleasure to read!! :clapWhat's next?? Labrador and Newfoundland???

    All the best,
    Sue from Georgian Bay, ON.
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    welcome back Sue! Hope you had a great time in New England...you were hanging out in one of my most favorites parts of the country. We really want to ride those areas in the east sometime early fall one year. I lived in NH for a few summers while in University and just loved it.

    Thanks for your thank you. DR200SE? Nice!!!!!!!! Anytime you are out our way you will have a nice comfy home to layover while you explore our Province. In the lower mainland there are tons of interesting and fun roads. Thanks again for you nice compliments on our RR....seems so long ago but I have to admit I find myself reading over the RR and BLOG quite a bit because I never did while on the road. I think I am only up to day 29...:lol3 Leslie
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    Finally I have loaded some of our favorite pictures to our smugmug account and just posting them here as I go through them. While we miss the Tiger street comfort one thing is for sure getting almost 60 MPG commuting to work on our Beemers is not such a bad thing with gas prices the way they are.

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  18. soph9

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    I have tried to add the "Best" of the pictures from our trip twice now and they seem to be getting nuked. Thought it would be a nice idea to add highlighted pictures of the trip all in a few posts instead of having to search the days and look through hundreds of pictures. So, I am working on this and trying see where my posts are going. :huh
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    Why we rode for Autism, our neighbour Nico….such an awesome little man! (ACT)


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    One of the highlights was watching this Grizzly family for almost 2 hours


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    We will post some of our favorite pictures periodically….posting directly to the blog allows us for better quality versus using a blog program like we did on the road.
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    This picture meant a lot to us because in the summer 2010 on our way home from New York we had to pass this only to be able to return this summer 2011 to make that right hand turn up the Alaska Highway….that was an awesome feeling!


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    And this is why we adventure ride…roads to no where and some where…the best of times was when we saw no cars or even other bikers. Just the two of us for mile and miles!


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    More later!