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

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

  1. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Loose Cannon

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    This should be interesting following along. I have a friend Dennis (aka XCRider) about to enter Alaska. He left from Key West Florida on a Kawasaki Versys headed to Deadhorse (RR Key West to Deadhorse on a Versys). As of this morning, we was in Dawson, probably just ahead of you. Ride safe and good luck. :clap
  2. LoriKTM

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    Have a fantastic time on your trip and on the Tigers! :clap
    The bikes just get better as they break in.

    More pics, please! :lurk
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  5. Wildeman78

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    I am jealous, have a great ride!
  6. DualSportGuy

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    Have a great trip and stay safe....:D
  7. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    NOT the best idea! I don't recommend it!!! lolol
  8. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    AHEM! I was up, and had the sleeping bags, thermarests, tent etc ALL packed up by the time Leslie wandered back to our site! sheeesh!
  9. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Before we forget from last night before bedtime, once again Cheryl showing me how to pack things away the right way. In this case our stools.
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    and what better view of our bike then from inside our tent


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    Early start this morning at 0500. Wanted to get the camp broken down before the rain started. During our delicious breakfast of peanut butter and raisin oatmeal in a bag


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    we had a visit from a very cheeky chipmunk.


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    Reorganized our stuff and and packed up by 0700 and off we were towards Hinton, BC not before we had a chance to meet a little family of ducks at the campground.


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    First pit stop was Rogers Pass in very cold (6 degrees Celsius) rainy weather. We managed to stay dry and warm wearing our KLIM gear and Gerbring heated liner and gloves. Heated grips would have been nice, but OH well&#8230;they were not installed.


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    Heading towards Banff National Park there were so man views to die for. We have been through this area many times before but not at this time of year. As a matter of fact we were here last year in August. The snow and cool temperature changes while riding were impressive and so were the mountains. Most of the day there were many low clouds that allowed to get a peak or two at the summits. Just an amazing area for any rider to visit.


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    Banff and Jasper National Parks were full of no surprises. Beautiful views, crazy outrageous weather and really nice roads to ride. One thing too many cars!
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    In Banff National Park this is how cold it was&#8230;

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    Seriously we could have stopped every mile and just took pictures. Breath taking and the smells of the forest were amazing. So much cedar. No real wildlife yet. Just a cute deer but that is not a bad thing, less things to worry about hitting.

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    The Famous Columbia Ice fields &#8211; Glaciers and tacky tourists can even take a bus tour on to the glacier!

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    We cruised through Jasper wanting to get to Hinton. Tomorrow is a BIG day. Last year on the last few days of our cross country trip we came through Hinton on our way to Clearwater, BC. There is the turn off for the scenic Alaska Highway right outside Hinton. Last year in August we were tempted to turn right after 4 weeks on the road and head to Alaska and not go back to work. Well, this year we are back and will be turning and making that right to head NORTH to explore territory that neither one of has ever been. The real ADVENTURE truly begins July 1st, 2011 Canada Day!

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    HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE TOMORROW!
  10. opaque_machete

    opaque_machete girls wanna have fun

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    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I am in awe of the countryside around you. We don't see many snow-tipped mountains around here. Just easy sloping dual sport mountains. :D Ride safe and take lots of pics. Especially the new road you will be taking!

    Happy Canada Day! :clap:freaky
  11. Operator7G

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    I am so jealous of where you live! What breathtaking scenery, and this is just Day 1! I keep your SpotWalla page in the background throughout the day, so I can at least pretend that I'm riding through all that beautiful countryside instead of sitting in my office with no windows. Looking forward to the rest of the trip.
  12. giodog2000

    giodog2000 Been here awhile

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    Go girlzzzzz!!!!
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  13. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    In Grand Prairie!
  14. giodog2000

    giodog2000 Been here awhile

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    Hope you are having a wonderfull trip.
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    Would have loved to catch you girls for lunch on your way through.

    Happy trails... Ride safe.

    OldMedic
  16. Falco

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    Love the pics :clap and your RR. Waiting for more :lurk

    And yes,
    HAPPY CANADA DAY!
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    In. :lurk
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Happy Canada Day ladies, eh !

    I have an XC on order so I am very interested in how the bikes fare on your trip.
  19. marcus-st12

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    well we put on the previous version on the scout...the one just before yours and so far we put almost 8000km on them (Colorado, Utah trip) and they are holding up pretty good.....a little noisy but very nice all around. My buddy did get a defective rear tire wich leaked slowly out the sidewall. It was replaced but we would have liked to catch the problem earlier (found out the day of the trip) have a great trip and ride safe
  20. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    Looks like a great trip and I am also thinking about a 2012 TT XC. I will be following along Have fun be safe! And what are the red things on top of your bags?