Great Ride North - Alaska/Yukon 2009

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by idea man, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. idea man

    idea man Plate Spinner

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    Set to begin Aug 15, 2009 (holy crap that's this Saturday!:huh )
    We're going to Alaska. It's the usual Alaska pilgrimage, but for us it's The Great Ride North.
    Dyvking just retired and needed something to do.
    I just have this obsession about Alaska, the Alcan, and the Yukon.
    Alaska has held me in its grips for the last 15 years or so starting with an ill-timed drive up there one March/April with a co-worker (who knew there would be this much snow in April?) up to and including the Great Ride North. Dyvking has never been to Canada. This will be my sixth trip up there one way or another, but my first on a motorcycle.
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    Now <st1:personName>tw</st1:personName>o years later, having mortgaged all my personal favors to Idea Wife
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    and having horded sufficient vacation time (and personal favor) at work, the Great Ride North is set for take off August 15 (2009).
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    The riders:
    Riding a 2005 R1200GS, a retired School Teacher, originally from <st1:place><st1:City>Gilroy,</st1:City> <st1:State>California</st1:State></st1:place>, now living on the <st1:place><st1:placeName>Central</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Coast:</st1:placeType></st1:place>
    Dyvking.
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    On a 2006 R1150GS Adv SE, a <st1:place><st1:placeType>County</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>Employee</st1:placeName></st1:place>, father of 4, raised in <st1:City><st1:place>Eureka</st1:place></st1:City>, CA, and currently living also on the Central Coast of California,
    idea man.
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    The Bikes:<o:p></o:p>
    1200 GS sporting stock side cases, a Rev Pack excursion pack, Mtn. Sun Tank Panniers, and wearing a set of new Tourances,
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    1150 GS Adv, wearing S<st1:personName>ys</st1:personName>tem Cases HB Crash Bars and Tank Bars, Corbin Seat, a Rev Pack excursion pack, and sporting Anakee II tires, and a satellite dish.
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    Both bikes have approximately 24,000 miles and had their appropriate check-ups (PSA&#8217;s were both clean) at Bits and Pieces in <st1:City><st1:place>San Luis Obispo</st1:place></st1:City> (Thanks Dan!), just in time for the GRN.
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    Gadgets:<o:p></o:p>
    Spotty: Dyvking has a spot goin&#8217; on and if you&#8217;d like to see &#8220;Where Are They Now&#8221; this is the link:
    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0DEyuImz4sT3eqzAU5V0x6hkAOgIKioxM

    Personal Locator Beacon: idea man through the largesse of ericb67 (Thanks E!) will be toting a PLB for when the really bad stuff happens. Hopefully it will go unused throughout.
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    GPS: Dyvking
    Analog Directional Indicators (Maps): idea man

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    HP Mini: idea man
    iPhone: Dyvking
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    Blog: Dyvking
    RR: idea man

    More to come. Feet up Saturday. First light.
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  2. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    I'm not at all sure we're takin' enough crap with us.

    I've done lots of long-distance m/c touring, but never been to Alaska. IdeaMan has been to Alaska.. but not done it on a bike. It is either a perfect match, or a disaster waiting to happen. I'm betting the farm on the former :-)

    The really tough part is going involve dealing with the pain this RR is likely to engender from the Asylum :bash

    hmmm.. it is getting kinda close to Saturday. Guess I'd better start getting my act together. I wonder if I can actually afford this ride?
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  3. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I love these Alaska trips. I will get there someday. (after I retire..)

    :lurk
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  4. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    You guys ride safe and don't forget to have fun. i'll be following the ride.
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    :thumb
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  6. spirre

    spirre Freedom!

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    Will be watching, love the alaska rr's :)
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  7. Shanorama

    Shanorama Goddess

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    Walt & Dana
    I am so excited for you two and a tad jealous :) I'll be following along and rootin' for a safe adventure!

    Dana- you have a smart woman... calling in those personal favors... there should be a clause that makes them renewable... :deal

    Walt- be good to Red Sonja- I would like to think she'll be good for a go in Death Valley when you get back.:wink:

    Hugs to you both.
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  8. idea man

    idea man Plate Spinner

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    I really enjoyed your trip as well. Well done. If we can get something like that here, we'll have done something.:thumb

    Routes and plans and stuff later today.
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  9. ricohman

    ricohman Marinoni man

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    Are you going all the way to Prudhoe Bay?:D
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  10. ericb67

    ericb67 Been here awhile

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    HELL YEAH! Have a great time, make it home in one piece!
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  11. mnowlen

    mnowlen Got Bacon?

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    Dana & Walt -

    You will have a blast. Stay flexible, go with the flow. Wish like hell I could do it again this year! :cry

    We will be watching for picture filled, comprehensive, witty ride reports (no pressure).:deal
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  12. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    tick...tick...tick...tick...

    ahhhhh. the countdown is on. Alaska. The last frontier. There are a LOT of miles in between. And that's the best part. Don't forget that...

    and damn... can't find that photo we shot in your driveway... i think the shutter never released...

    so I'll be lookin' forward to some great photos from this trip--now that you got your monopod system locked and loaded....


    tick tick tick...
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  13. sector

    sector Long timer

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    idea man,
    I am really looking forward to following your travels through this ride report!! Have fun, and ride safe!!

    :lurk
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  14. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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  15. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    4 days to go! I'll be watching...I'll be there next year, if everything goes as planned.

    Ride safe!:jose :lurk
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  16. superdutyGS

    superdutyGS lone rider

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    my FAVORITE subject. And starting in 4 days.
    Popcorn......beer.......check.
    Let the adventure begin. I am firmly on board. You all ride safe.......
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  17. HackyMoto

    HackyMoto TEAM USA GS TROPHY 2012

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    I'll run sweep and fix what you guys f-up:1drink


    :lurk
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  18. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    maybe. Depends what "Mother" Nature and "Father" Time have to say about it.:lol3
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  19. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    We know where your bike is.:deal
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  20. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    Yeah, I always KNEW you only liked me for the motorcycle. :ddog

    --but thanks anyway :wink:
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