(FAKE) Alaskan Adventure Ride

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  1. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    I’ve been debating for a while whether or not I should write up this little story but I have to admit, l love looking at these pictures and writing my first little story, Baja Single-Line Tour, was pretty fun too. I took a ton of pictures up there and so here it goes, my take on probably the most well documented destination around here since I have already done the second (not to say that it is not justified though).

    So FAKE, why?

    Yea, I kind of break the main theme on this one; I didn’t even ride my bike up. Yea, I trailerd my KLR up, can you believe it? I know what you are thinking, but I can handle the ridicule…I have thick skin. I do have my own justification though (well it convinced me at least). But first, a little overview:

    Me (Zach) and my girl (Tina) were lucky enough to get the opportunity to spend some time exploring Alaska.

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    We were accompanied by an ugly dog named Chuwe, aka Chubacca, aka Rat-Dog, aka Rat-Dog-Fish-Face………:

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    We did some riding 2-up:

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    And I did quite a bit of riding alone:

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    Saw some perrrrrrty sunsets:

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    And even did a bit of hiking:

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    We saw a big mountain:

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    And I found a pinch of mud:

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    Saw a few glaciers:

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    And caught a fish or two (or sometimes just tried):

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    Found some cool mushrooms:

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    And rode to some mountaintops (or as close as I could get):

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    I rode a bunch of beach:

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    And saw some old mines:

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    Spent some time with the family:

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    And did the little Haul Road thing-a-ma-bob:

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    Saw some animals:

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    And even some good pavement:

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    Saw a million million-dollar views:

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    And found some cool stuff on the way back too:

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    But before we get going I need to justify myself first……

    So, why would anyone trailer a KLR up to Alaska? Well, the main reason (but definitely not to blame everything on her) is that my baby wanted to come and what could I say about that? I figured taking my truck made more sense especially because she really wanted to take the Rat-Dog too. But first let me back up a bit, some people may be interested in how this came together. I was working for a smaller publically traded software company making cold calls for 2 years (I told you I had thick skin didn’t I), but they off-shored the team to the Philippines.

    While I was working there I bought a 2008 KLR 650 off the showroom floor (the only acceptable color of course), a 4-plex and moved into one of the units, an F-250 after my Ranger died, a pop-top camper, and rebuilt my grandpa’s homemade trailer. Tina had her summer break from Nurse Practitioner School. However, my little sister, who is in Pharmacy School, is the one that planted the seed. She had to do 6 -week rotations at different pharmacies, so being the adventurous type, she chose Anchorage, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, and Denver. In addition, my parents decided to drive their camper van up there to meet her. I just so happened to be lucky enough to get laid off in time to join them, so I thought I would go up and see what the employment opportunities looked like.

    Honestly, I would have loved to ride my bike up there but I’m not set up for that type of an adventure 2-up on my little old KLR at this point. After doing some rough calculations, for an extended trip up there, I figured that restaurants and hotels would outweigh the cost of gas in my truck. Also, my 2 year old bike already had 17,000 miles on it (27,353km) before the trip and I didn’t want to wear it out too fast. But I have to be honest, I am a dirt biker at heart so putting bikes on trailers is not foreign to me and you can go a lot more places without the extra stuff.

    Either way, I wimped out and towed it up there and judge me if you must, hopefully I can make up for it though. But for this little story I think I am going to let may little point-n-shoot and Mother Nature do most of the talking, they are much more eloquent than I.
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  2. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Unreal photos.......touched up in post?
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  3. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Would you think less of me if I said yes?
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  4. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    Ride you're own ride! Trailer or not, looks like you had a fantastic time.

    Mind sharing your camera specs? I have a Canon SLR that's really heavy with the lens so I'm curious what you carried. Beautiful shots!
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  5. AJxr

    AJxr #395

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    FAR FROM FAKE! pictures look amazing.
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  6. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    It is just an old Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07, it has done me well for years but died a the end of the Baja trip this year. I just got a Cannon S95 to replace it.

    I'm really not a photographer, I just like taking pictures.
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  7. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    Im in... and jealous.
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  8. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Doesn't that little Panasonic Lumix rock??? Mine did, and fortunately it did not die in Baja...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=679708

    Cheers,
    Steve
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  9. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    Really great Photo's...:clap
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  10. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    That's the first batch of photos that actually make me want to ride to Alaska for more than just the ride. The place looks amazing. Thankyou.
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  11. greedymonkey

    greedymonkey Been here awhile

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    Sheesh! It's like waving a banana in front of a caged monkey. Thanks for making me salivate. (Now how do I pick this lock?)

    Great pics
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  12. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> TallRob, fudgypup, AJxr, 75bronco, and going south thanks for all the kind words and coming along!

    AdventurePoser &#8211; that camera was awesome and I&#8217;m glad yours didn&#8217;t break either. I love that angle you shot with the bright pink flowers at the mission in San Ignacio, it caught my eye too, but I think the one in Loreto is the oldest. I&#8217;m guessing that that taking photos while riding is what did mine in, or maybe it was the blowing sand on that desolate stretch of the Pacific down there.

    nathanthepostman &#8211; Nate, that means a lot, thanks for the compliment and I&#8217;m glad to return the favor; you helped me escape my cubicle for months. I felt the same way before the trip but I soon realized there are a lot more amazing things up there than just a long boring road up to the top.

    greedymonkey &#8211; I was lucky, they opened up the cage for me and gave me the banana on the way out; good luck and thanks! Cash-flow real estate and compound interest are my back up.
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    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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  14. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Oddometer:
    492
    Location:
    Denver
    We headed out of Denver early in morning in late July, it felt good to get on the road and make some time. We first passed Fort Collins, my old college town, then Cheyenne, then the turn off to good old Glendo Reservoir, and finally it felt like we were out of familiar territory and on our adventure. It was hot and we were pushing hard…and the wind was pushing back (Wyoming, go figure) but the 34-gallon tank is nice on that Ford, too bad we were only getting 9 miles to the gallon. We kept going and pushed hard all the way to the west end of Glacier, cut up 93 and started hunting for some side roads to find a place to camp. I try to not pay for camping unless absolutely necessary. We found a nice spot off some little dirt road by a couple little ponds after wondering for a bit in the dark and decided to make it home for a couple nights.



    Whitefish was a pretty cool little touristy town. They have an awesome ice cream place. I had to try the huckleberry since it is the thing to do and I chose the lemon-dill to compliment it, yea that’s right LEMON DILL, who would have thunk…but it was awesome. Tina actually thought it was some of the best ice cream she has ever had. We spent a couple days there taking care of some odds and ends we had to attend to, stopped by the hardware store, and just enjoyed the feeling of being on the road.


    Now, I’m not quite sure and don’t remember why we headed out so late, I know we took a little time shopping for some hiking pants for me. Before that, I didn’t even know they existed but Tina though I needed a pair for the trip. I really don’t like buying things other than gas and motorcycle parts but she convinced me; I have to admit they are kind of nice to wear all light and moisture resistant. So…back to the point, after finding a pair of hiking pants we headed out 2-up into the park. It was nice to be on the bike and test out the new expensive seat (the other one was on back-order, I called everywhere). But, we soon found a nice place to pull off and walk down to the lake.


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    We walked around a bit, snapped a couple pictures, and then headed up the Going-to-the-Sun road. By the time we made it to the pass and through the construction the sun was down. It was pretty nice going through that late though, there was not much traffic deal with. We got a few pictures but most didn’t turn out due to the lack of light:


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    Then came decision time….


    By the time we were over the top, it was dark. Before we left that day I looked at the map a bit and roughly calculated the distance to see our options. I knew it would have been quite a few miles if we made a loop of it but for some reason we decided to do it. It was pretty fun at first with some good tight corners, but every mile I felt the temperature drop.


    Now I don’t know if it is right or not, maybe I should just do what I think is best and that will be that, but I tend to ask Tina for her opinion when we have these types of decisions to make. I try and just give the facts and then at least if it turns out we bit off more than we wanted to chew it is not totally my fault. She can still blame it on me though, that is OK.


    This happened the summer before when we were riding here in Colorado and decided to pay for a room in Lake City then take Engineer Pass over to Ouray to sit in the hot springs, only to get rained out and closed down by weather. We went to dinner and thought about our options. We had to decide to either take the soaked pass back in the dark, or the 120 miles around, or buy a second hotel room for the night. It’s funny, the gas station attendant that night said we would see 4 deer on our way back and he was dead on. I have to say; sometimes I don’t know how she puts up with me or why she keeps coming back for more.


    Either way, back to the story, we had 80 some miles to pound back after we got to the East Village if I remember correctly. It wouldn’t have been so bad but we didn’t pack correctly and didn’t have enough extra layers, even with the hiking pants. Usually Tina can put her arms around my waste, lay her helmet on my back, in-between my shoulder blades, and fall asleep, but we were cold, and she was pissed. Not so much mad at me, but just cold and miserable, but we had to keep moving. OK, maybe she was mad at me at that moment, but we still had to keep moving. We pulled off a couple times and I tried to get her to do some jumping-jacks to warm up, but after some extremely poor jumping jacks, perhaps the worst I have ever seen, and perhaps a few tears we finally made it back to camp around 1:00….oooops.


    But everything was good after we got back and the next day and we went for a little hike….look, she was even smiling:


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  15. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,359
    Location:
    Elizabeth, Colorado
    I think that's the prettiest girl I've ever seen wearing UW colors! (Which is saying something, given my location.)

    Hope you didn't eat any of those red mushrooms. Those are Fly Agarics, and they're deadly poisonous. Hindu monks used to mount expeditions to Siberia to find those and bring them back to India. They used the poison (in small doses) to induce religious visions. I tried it once, and I don't recommend it! I didn't have a religious experience, but I did pray to the porcelain goddess. :puke2
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  16. njd

    njd Long timer

    Joined:
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    1,121
    Location:
    NJ
    Wow. Great photos! :clap
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  17. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Oddometer:
    7,400
    Location:
    Tejas
    Who gives a shit if you rode all the way up or not? Looks like y'all had a hoot and I do believe from the photos the adventure ride wasnt fake. Theres no disgrace to a KLR riding a trailer. Goldwing is a different story though. :lol3
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  18. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Oddometer:
    492
    Location:
    Denver
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5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> Cowboy – Tina said: “aaaaaaw shucks”

    Thanks! As for the red ones, I know them by the name of Amanita but it looks like they are basically different names for the same thing, but, eating that particular type was not quite the sort of adventure I was looking for. I have heard they are what Santa’s reindeer eat on Christmas Eve though. The cool thing about them is they grow by the boletus.



    My parents have been getting into mushroom hunting and taught me how to identify some of the safe ones. If you are going to be up there anyways, it is pretty cool to find a little addition to dinner. I did eat the puffballs though, threw them in some spaghetti sauce. They are easy to identify, just cut them in half and make sure there are not any patterns in the meat, just consistent white:


    <a href="http://s1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/Z_HARSH/ALASKA/?action=view&amp;current=P1030745.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/Z_HARSH/ALASKA/P1030745.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffball



    njd – Thank you kindly Sir!





    perterra - If the bike comes with a radio it is definitely a different story, agreed.



    I was also wondering if it is OK to wash a KLR?
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  19. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Agreed! Poison or not, I consider Amanitas to be lucky, because they grow in the same conditions as King Boletes.


    Mmmmmmm . . . .

    [​IMG]
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  20. Z_HARSH

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    The other good thing about the Amanitas is you can see them while flying down the road at 80. We found a bunch of Boletus up in Alaska but they all had slim stalks and most turned purple when you would scratch them, but we found some locals who said they were still good though.
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