jdrocks Rides 2013: CO, WY, MT, Canada, and Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jdrocks, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. AspentureRider

    AspentureRider Rube

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    What a guy! Can't wait to see the pics/read the story, and to be re-united with the bike three weeks from tonight! :clap
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  2. dljocky

    dljocky Been here awhile

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    jdrocks, glad you and the bike made it there safe.
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  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    Thanks Mr. Nix, been at airports and on planes since this time yesterday, back in VA 1AM Monday.

    Reporting from Dallas...
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  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    a recap on travel over the last couple days, man, talk about wasted...

    translated to eastern time, i was up at 4AM Saturday (8AM eastern) in Valdez to get organized and catch the early ferry over to Whittier. from there, travel by ferry, moto, cab, foot, plane, and car, arriving at the kids house in northern Virginia at 2:30AM Monday. do the numbers, i was sorta feeling it there towards the end.

    some observations, after the joys of air travel over the last two days.

    when doing a casting call for the extras required in that next zombie movie, no need for auditions, just go to the airports i've used recently, hop on my flights, there's zombies by the thousands. none of that expensive makeup needed, no rehearsals either, they'll just be in character. holler, "Zekes, line up over here", and the line will snake out the door and onto the runways.

    if your dissertation is on psychopathic interaction in contemporary society, i can make it easy for you, and name the airports with a rich research environment.

    demographics, i can help there too. take sociopaths per thousand in the general populace, for instance. heck, i'd name seattle first, no close second, at least judging from what i saw at their airport. some wierd behavior going on, almost bought a headstone for some dude after having to explain that some practical limits were being placed on what he was doing.

    airport personnel are required to learn the word "NO" in at least 30 different languages.

    it's possible to sneak a minimum of two steamer trunks disguised as carry on luggage past the gate attendant if she's busy explaining to another passenger that he doesn't have the right gate, or even the right airline.

    never wear a short sleeve shirt or shorts when traveling by plane. your skin may come into contact with the skin of your fellow passengers, lordy, can't have that, trust me.

    passengers fixated on their electronic devices will run slam into everything, never once noticing, or apologizing either.

    if a passenger smokes dope for about a week in a very small room, then boards a plane wearing the exact same clothes, the passenger in the adjacent seat will press the button for the flight attendant every single time.

    the caboose that some passengers are carrying where their butt used to be will not fit in today's airplane seats, heck, half of that thing won't fit either. you knew that ahead of time, so quit complaining to the attendant. also, planes only carry a limited number of those seat belt extensions for fat people, so it delays the whole flight when the attendants have to radio for more. when you need dozens more, the pilot must start to wonder if the damn plane will get off the ground.

    an author writing a tome on BSC women for some obscure academic journal should fly more.

    pilots get free ice cream at McDs.

    those manning all the establishments along the airport food courts can't smoke, but apparently they are allowed to chew and spit in a cup while taking your order, both men and women.

    judging from the preferred attire of most passengers, they don't own a full length mirror, or if they do, it's been broken for twenty years. on a related note, those transparent LuLu yoga pants were supposed to be returned, not worn.

    there needs to be some national contest exclusive to airline passengers called "the ugliest tat" award. yeah, i know you like it and are ready to jump right out out your clothes to show off the rest of it, but some of the other passengers are getting queasy, and it's not airsickness.



    i could keep going, being a keen observer and all...
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  5. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    I wanna be like JD when I grow up. :freaky What a trip. And did ya get any sleep. Even today. :evil

    Too bad you could not find something to ride back instead of traversing the airline system with the smelly whinny zombies. I can take the regular zombies but the whinny ones just piss off the flight attendants. Even a cageing it back would be better.
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  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    would have to have been on a different kind of bike, more gravel prepped, otherwise i would be on the same roads again.

    regarding roads, things are changing fast above the border. now that i've "proofed" some of the roads again this season, i may revise some of my recommendations.

    took 1300 frames, i was thinking i had more. a little rain most days kept the total down.
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  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    teaser photo...

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  8. H14

    H14 Live, Laugh, Love.

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    Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this time Dave.:clap
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  9. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Helluva ride.

    Appreciate a little intel on the roads, especially the Cassiar, when you get around to writing it up.
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  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    hey kevin, stay tuned. without my journal, i'd be lost, the days running together.
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  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'll talk about all the roads, including the USA route.

    if you're departing on a northern trip real soon, PM me for some info.
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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    AspentureRider didn't say "ride this road, don't ride that one", thanks Mike, and i chose my own...some included wide open spaces where i could see the gentle curvature of the earth.

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    stay tuned.
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  13. b dash rian

    b dash rian Adventurer

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    Hope everything went well at mi casa in Anchorage! I'm headed for the Cassiar now. Sitting in Smithers drying out for a bit. Torrential rain this morning....
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  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    all well at the house, bike and gear on the right. thanks again for the use of the garage.

    point Mike to the pressure washer you'll need on that KTM.

    the Cassier is currently open, but some of the roads i was on south and east might be closed due to washout.
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  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i should mention for the benefit of those riding the BC roads, i got a fraud alert on a Visa card by the time i reached the Yukon border. when i was read the list of charges on the card, fraud occurred from the very first use.

    this is the second time this has happened in BC with a Visa card, the first being on my 2011 trip through there.

    the card was used intermittently, and only for fuel, no other purchases. there are many fuel stops that only take Visa/Mastercard, plan accordingly.
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  16. OHjim

    OHjim Been here awhile

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    Not sure I understand - was there actual fraud or did Visa just think there was fraud because it was used away from your home/normal use?

    If it was actual fraud - any thoughts on prevention?
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  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    actual fraud, about $500 in a matter of hours. very similar to what happened in 2011. i'm not clear on how the card number is stolen and reused, other than knowing the first charge was from the same town where i first used the card.

    could be an added card reader at the pump, the clerk in the quick mart, i have no idea. Visa picked up on it surprisingly fast.
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  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    a photo from Colorado, and the reason behind active fire seasons with some huge fires...

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    the beetle killed trees stretch to the horizon, same in sections of the western Provinces.
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  19. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Leaving Saturday for Colorado, but won't be headed north for about two weeks, so I'll just follow your report. Thanks.

    Do you remember where that first use of the Visa was? And thanks for the heads up.

    The roads are hosed in Alberta, so I'll be going up the west side of the mountains, retracing a 2010 trip.
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  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i might get to the Cassier in 2 weeks, maybe.

    don't abandon your route just yet, the Canucks repair those roads quickly, and also keep their DOT road reports updated almost to the hour.