(FAKE) Alaskan Adventure Ride

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  1. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    What you describe sound like some common some Boletus-looking mushrooms that go by a bunch of names, and are good to eat. They are are Leccinum species rather than Boletus, but a lot of people call them Aspen Boletes anyway. They are also known as scaber stalks, or red tops. They grow in the same conditions as King Boletes and Amanitas. Did they look like this?

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    You'll see where they get the name "aspen" boletes, because their stalks are black and white like aspen bark. Here's a comparison to show how similar they look to King Boletes (and how their colors are distincively different)

    King Boletes (Boletus Edulis) on the left, aspen boletes (Leccinum Aurantiacum) on the right:

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    I'm fortunate that I can combine two of my favorite activities, dual sporting and mushrooming. I often ride slowly down the forest two-tracks, watching for those tell-tale colors of Boletes, Leccinum, and Amanita.
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  2. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    That is exactly why I took interest in mushrooms, I'm there anyways.

    It was apparently an exceptionaly good year for mushroom hunting in Alaska last year and we deffinately saw more than one variety. I don't remember the black and white stalks, and some even had stalks that were half that wide, but it has been a while ago now.

    I didn't take any pictures of them either, maybe the parents did; this is as close as I can find from mine, but if I remember correctly it had gills:

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    I took the picture for other reasons though.....
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  3. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    You are going to have to bear with me for the next couple posts, they won&#8217;t be very motorcycle related. I apologize but I thought a couple of the pictures came out halfway decent so I&#8217;ve decided not to skip them&#8230;hope nobody minds&#8230;..but the subject matter will change back to where it belongs, I promise.

    So&#8230;.back to the point, well&#8230;.maybe not, but anyways&#8230;..moving on:

    We loaded up and headed out of Glacier, crossing at Roosville. It was a cinch, not quite as easy as Tecate, but that is a different story. With no one in line in front of us, he basically just asked if we had enough money to make it home and that was about it.

    And then hello CAN-EH-DIA!

    We took a family trip up through the Parks when I was a kid, all I remembered was that it rained for an entire month and there were a ton of cool waterfalls, deep canyons, and the like. But after going there again, things felt very familiar. I always compare mountains to Colorado, don&#8217;t get me wrong, the Canadian Rockies are beautiful, amazing, stunning&#8230;.but really only seem to be one spine. They don&#8217;t feel like they go on forever in all directions like here. Not to take anything away from them of course&#8230;.it was awesome driving through the parks.

    It would have been nice to ride through but I don&#8217;t think we ever unloaded the bike. I wasn&#8217;t too upset because there didn&#8217;t seem to be much dirt to be found. Actually we must have, at one point we did load up 3-up on the bike to go hiking. Tina wanted to take the Rat-Dog hiking with us but National Parks are not too keen on letting the dogs on the trails for some reason.

    Either way, our first stop was Radium Hot Springs. When we went last time, it was pretty new, clean, and had minimal sulfur smell. It is definitely a nice one but seems more like a regular swimming pool, although a full sized diving board is hard to beat.

    After a couple hours at the pool, and some fun on the diving board, we headed on north. Just took our time and did the tourist thing (well, at least we weren&#8217;t on a bus):
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  4. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

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    So many cool pictures. Alaska, This is one place I am going to visit this summer.
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  5. MR.HOTROD

    MR.HOTROD Adventurer

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    Great pics ... Thanks for sharing them and the trip with us. Looks like you guys had an amazing time, with fabulous weather to top it all off!! :D
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  6. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    that looks familiar:

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  7. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    Thanks for posting. Don't apologize about getting to Alaska via any means. Just keep putting up the pics.

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  8. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    manshoon &#8211; Thanks a million! Have a blast; it is Amazing. Let me know f you have any questions.



    MR.HOTROD &#8211; Thanks, glad you are enjoying it so far. We had a blast, amazing to say the least.
    We got so lucky it is not every funny, when we got there all the locals were saying that it had rained for the last 40 or 50 days depending on who you asked.



    Seth S &#8211; Nice work, thanks for sharing&#8230;.it&#8217;s an awesome road, no doubt.




    yellowknife - You are very welcome and you got it Sir :nod.





    .......I'll try to put something together for this evening, need to try to sell some insurance now......
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  9. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Your pictures are fantastic, your riding companion is cute, and your RR is a fantastic motivator for going on another trip. I miss the open road more so everyday. :freaky
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  10. TallRob

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    No, I'd say,,,damn your good.
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  11. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Seth S - I'm pretty lucky. So many RRs have done the same for me, glad to give a little in return.



    TallRob - HA, thanks! A few came out OK, but I'm not quite to the good stuff yet.
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  12. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    After leaving the Parks we pounded out the miles. There were a few construction zones to deal with; waiting for pilot cars is lame. We smelt a few forest fires and also picked up a couple hitchhikers. I love picking up hitchhikers, you can learn a lot form them, but the old drunk ones can get annoying too. We drove and drove, it was nice to turn up the music and watch the miles float past. Way better than any TV programming if you ask me. Finally, we made it to the Liard Hot Springs. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, do not skip it. It is amazing:


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    It was beautiful, and to top it off, it was Tina&#8217;s birthday. I acted like I had forgotten it at first but she had an amazing time. After soaking, we headed out and wanted to make it to Whitehorse for dinner. But first, Tina wanted to do the touristy thing and stop for the bison:


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    She was pretty proud of her pictures, I told her she had the perfect angle on the first one. We laughed at her bison butt shot for a few miles.


    You cannot miss this one either; it didn&#8217;t keep our attention for long though, we had miles to lay down, or I suppose KMs rather:


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    Then we pulled into Whitehorse and found a nice little touristy restaurant just before they closed for the night. We had some excellent fish and chips and Tina had an awesome birthday dinner. I don&#8217;t remember what the name of the restaurant was, but it looked like an old shack with lots of antique mining stuff and big indoor patio type dining room. I have to say, I was impressed with Whitehorse, it is a cool little town with a decent urban feel.


    We didn&#8217;t stick around for long though, we drove out of town for a while and found a nice place to pop the top for the night.
    The next day Tina drove for a while and it gave me some time to play around with the camera:


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    The last bit of the Alcan felt like a Mad Max race to the end. There was a bunch of gravel road through the numerous construction sections; it was smoother than the last little paved section before the border though, with all the frost heaves. It would have been fun to wheelie out of the heaves on the bike though, but I&#8217;m glad my ceramic pads were working well on the truck. We were stopped at the last construction section and I had made it to where there were only a couple cars in front of us. We got out a while we waited for the pilot car and chatted with the other drivers, there just happened to be an Army couple moving up to the base who also had Colorado license plates. Three Colorado plates in a row; imagine that so far from home.



    Finally, the pilot car got there and we slowly followed him for a while, then he turned off and it was on. Then, finally, 3,000 miles later, we made it!!!!!!!!!!


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  13. hillaustin

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    Wow, I never knew Alaska was so beautiful.
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  14. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    hillaustin &#8211; Welcome, thanks for the first post!

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    The first thing that we noticed was different after we crossed the boarder and met the coolest boarder guard I have ever met, an ADVrider Inmate who gave me some crap for towing my KLR up, were the rivers. They are large and in charge:

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    We decided to hit up Denali first and go around via Fairbanks. We pulled into the Salmon Bake around dusk, maybe 11:00 if I remember correctly. Sat and checked our email on the free Wi-Fi and ordered up a beer or two.

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  15. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    So, I mentioned last time we pulled into the Salmon Bake in Denali checked our email and hung out for a bit. This is when Tina found out that something happened during her registration process for NP school and it didn’t go through. Consequently, her name wasn’t added to the list on two classes that she had to take the next semester to graduate on time, those two classes also just so happened to be full.

    This was devastating to her. She sent a couple emails to see what could be done, but all we could do was go on for the time being.

    We decided to try and camp in the Park Campground for the night so we left the Salmon Bake and went a few miles in to the second campground and found a spot. After we parked, we walked around an tried to figure out where to pay but we couldn’t find anything, so we just went to bed.

    The next morning we woke up to a knocking on the door…..it was the camp host. Apparently Denali is a little different than what we are used to, in more ways than one (I will expand on that later). But the camp hosts were nice as can be, they politely said that you had to go to one of the buildings at the front of the park and pay for camping there and said as long as we took off as soon as possible it would not be an issue. We were fine with that; I am not a fan of camping in “campgrounds”.

    We decided to go to the Park Office and figure out how this place worked and go for a little hike.

    We walked from the front of the park down to a little pond. We sat there for a minute and noticed we were sitting right on top of a beaver’s house. We watched them swim around for a while but I wasn’t able to get a decent picture of them.
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    We sat there for a while, then decided to venture on. Then we found a strange mushroom, I’m far from knowing even a little about mushrooms but it was a new one for me. (maybe Cowboy can fill us in)
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    Then we found a tree, I think it had cancer….

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    It was obvious that this place was a bit different from what we were used to…

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    After our hike, we needed to find a home for the next couple of days.

    I figured we would be able to find something off the Denali Highway so we decided to check it out. We found a decent pull-off a coupe miles after it turned to dirt and called it good enough.

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  16. Sandino

    Sandino Been here awhile

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    Great report mate!, the most important thing is that you did it, the best way it works out for you!! :freaky
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  17. LostHighway

    LostHighway Been here awhile

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    Glad you made a stop at Liard River Hot Springs. It's heaven on Earth... even better when your butt's sore from a full day on a KLR :evil
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  18. Scoby

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    Enjoying the report a lot. Looking forward to the rest of it
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  19. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Sandino – Thank you kindly, we definitely did it, but the good thing is that it is not quite fully checked off the list either.




    LostHighway -
    HA, good one! Luckily Chena was there for me when I needed it most.

    Heaven on Earth is the perfect way to describe how we felt that day sitting there in Liard.





    Scoby – Than you Sir! I have to get some dirt bike maintenance done now but I’ll try to post another one up tonight or tomorrow.
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  20. AK_Troyer

    AK_Troyer Not AKTroy

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    Could you convince your sister to stay in Alaska? We need more cute girls up here.

    Alaska Girls Kick Ass!
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