Hyder Alaska - July 2011

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by w9fcc, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Gettin' ambitious in my old age. Headed out Sunday (July 10) from Hokah
    Minnesota to Hyder Alaska on my R1150GS. Hope to hit the Yukon too.
    Will take a shot at blogging it here, if I can figure out how to do it right with
    an iPad!
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  2. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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  3. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Starting to put the pile of stuff together that goes on the bike.

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    The naked bike.


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    Pile of stuff....growing every day...


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    It works!!!
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  4. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Hope you have a great trip. I did the Cassiar/Alcan loop last summer and loved it. (RR in sig. if you're looking for more info.)

    Also, with the current route, you'll be driving by my house (between Grande Prairie and Valleyview Alberta.) If the timing works out, there is a free bed/meal/fishing trip here if you want. I also have contacts all along the northern portion of your route if you get in a bind.
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  5. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Tonight I pulled the seats and treated them with some kind of
    leather treatment I had laying around. Found the tank bag and
    rear pack, layed out all the stuff I'll attempt to bring.

    Got a new set of riding pants from FirstGear. That should eliminate
    the need to pack a rain suit. Tomorrow I'll make an attempt at
    stuffing it all in the appropriate bags and see about mounting it
    all on the GS.

    I found a great site that I've used before:

    http://micapeak.com/checklists/mclist.html

    It helps you make a checklist of stuff to bring; very helpful!!:deal
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  6. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Seems like Io have more room than I expected. What did I forget?

    Aha! Forgot the case of Spotted Cow! (beer, for you non-Wisconsinites...)
    Gonna need a bigger boat!
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  7. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Settled in at a KOA campground in Belvidere, SD. Was hoping to do the Iron Butt
    thing and get to Wyoming today....but it's just too hot!!, Or I'm too old....no, must
    be hot.

    Saw a KOA sign along the road and thought maybe I'd get lucky and they'd have
    a Kabin. Yup, I'm sitting in my nice cool air-conditioned Kabin (cabin) with the
    air full-on.:clap


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    Sorry, the Beemer has to say outside...

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  8. Sundog650

    Sundog650 Northern Adventurer

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    I just got back from a trip up to Skagway taking a lot of the same route you are, enjoy the heat while you can it rained on us for 9 days some days all day long. Make sure those new first gear pants are good mine lasted about two or three hours then leaked.

    The big concern will be road closures, rivers were higher than I have ever seen, there were a number of areas where the culverts were full and some were washed out. Check the AMA road reports.

    I am on your route just East of Edmonton, if it works out you're welcome to place to stay, send me a PM for details.
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  9. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Anybody know the situation with the availability of gas on the Cassiar highway and
    from Watson Lake east to Edmonton? I have a range of about 200-250 miles on
    the GS.
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  10. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    I will probably be staying with friends in Edmonton so probably won't need a
    place to sleep near there. But if I'm riding right by you it would just be
    neighborly to stop and say hi!
    :1drink
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  11. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    You'll be more than fine unless you're riding at night. Won't be cheap though.
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  12. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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  13. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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  14. Cap'n Crunch

    Cap'n Crunch Smelly Adventurer

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  15. Truenorth2005

    Truenorth2005 Been here awhile

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    We're along for the ride!
    Unless you have reasons for your route through Regina there are more scenic routes between Saskatoon and Winnipeg that could include a stop by our ranch with steak and beers. We are locted on the NE corner of Riding Mtn National Park neart Makinak, Manitoba. Anybody else riding this way PM if your interested.
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  16. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Spent yesterday and today riding through the Midwest desert (Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming,
    and Montana). Not all that much to see here...

    There is this beautiful scene as you approach Chamberlain, SD. You're riding through
    mile and miles and miles of prairie. You come over a hill and are greeted with this
    scene, a huge valley with river, just takes your breath away.
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    Then back to more miles and miles of Midwest desert...

    Beautiful day though, compared to the he'll-on-earth of yesterday. Nice and cool
    and sunny. I was getting overheated so I pulled into the KOA at Belvidere, SD.
    They had an air-conditioned Kabin!!! I could have kissed them.

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    I outran a couple of storms but the grand daddy of all was waiting in western Montana.
    Cold...wind...rain...didn't take any pictures. I'd rather remember Montana as I saw
    it as I crossed into it from Wyoming:

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    On to mountains and Canada tomorrow!!!
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  17. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Well, my goofy reason for going through Regina is, well, a town near there
    called Rouleau. My wife and I like a comedy called "Corner Gas". It was
    filmed in Rouleau so I was thinking it would be fun to cruise around town.
    The show is over and the props are probably gone, but still.

    I could be talked out of it for steamed and beer!!
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  18. Mike955i

    Mike955i Future Escapee

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    You're off to a great start! The bear encounters at Fish Creek are amazing, just be prepared to wait for them to come around. I was there 3 hours each for 2 days and had a terrific experience (lots of grizz!) but others told stories of long waits with no activity.

    Also, tent camp in Hyder at your own risk.....the grizz have killed people right outside the Sealaska. I recommend a room...... :rofl

    As for gas, your range should be fine but don't push the limit; I'd fill up every 150 miles once you get past Prince George. I got stranded for a few hours late on a Sunday last year between Laird Hot Springs and Ft Nelson at a "posted" gas station that hadn't had gas for years. Luckily, a generous HD "rat" rider shared a gallon and I made it to Ft Nelson around 10pm.
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    It's a great trip, enjoy the journey!
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  19. w9fcc

    w9fcc Life is good!

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    Looking at the weather in B.C. for the upcoming week:
    Basically....CRAP!!

    They say it's a 1 in 40 year precipitation. Heavy rain and
    thunderstorms for the foreseeable future. Crap!!
    Various roads closed and washed out....blah blah blah...

    Think I'll ride to the Icefields Parkway and re-evaluate.
    If it's just going to suck, why go? This is supposed to be
    fun. I could turn east and go to Bamf and forget Hyder and
    the Yukon for this trip.*:huh
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  20. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    Hey w9fcc, this is supposed to be an ADVENTURE not just another ride
    I just got back from Alaska a few weeks ago,

    sure the weather can be a bit of a challange

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    the roads can get a little dicey

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    but the rewards are plenty

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    just do it, enjoy the ride

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