Just another Alaska ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by snowrider, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    I'm in Anchorage now, where I'll stay for a while and get a new back tire and oil and stuff, then go up to Fairbanks and do the Arctic Circle and Denali Highway.
    I've got a lot of pics to resize and then I'll post more, but first a quick funny story.
    I've met a lot of guys doing this trip on bikes along the way, and they've all met each other. We all see each other in different towns all up the Alaskan Highway and now in Alaska, plus a few going the other way. In Dalton City I met a guy named Mike (another one) from New Jersey on a V-Strom 650. He told me about two guys on BMWs from Texas, one with a zebra striped tank that I'd seen several times in Whitehorse.
    So Mike from NJ went just across the border to Hyder, AK on the way up for a few drinks. The bartender asks if his name is Bob. Apparently the payphone in the bar that hadn't rung in ten years rang and someone asked for Bob on a motorcycle, from Texas. So later, Mike from NJ sees the guys with Texas plates and asks which one is Bob. The guy looks at him wierd and says "I'm Bob". Mike said "You got a phone call in Hyder".
    I saw the zebra striped beemer outside a restaurant in Tok yesterday and walked up and pulled the same gag.
    "Is one of you guys Bob?"
    Really great "you gotta be kidding" look from Bob. "Yeah I'm Bob"
    "I heard there's a phone call for you in Hyder."
    And that's what it's been like.
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  2. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    :rofl Poor, Bob. The wife checkin' up on him, I suppose, and now every rider in the area knows all about it !!!


    Great ride report !!!
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  3. AirForce

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    Outstanding! Three things for you...stop at Gracious House at the Susitna Bridge on the Denali for blackberry pie...Sourdough Sam's in Fairbanks for sourdough pancakes...and the Hot Spot Cafe just north of the Yukon Bridge on the Haul Road for burgers.

    Keep it coming and may you have good riding weather!
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  4. snowrider

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    This was on the edge of a town in Alberta with all dirt roads, even in the residential (with concrete sidewalks) and business sections. That was worth a little tour before getting gas.



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    I was about to pull into a town in Alberta wet and cold and wanting nothing but a motel room, the highway turned into this, with the actual highway continuing via an exit. Instead I went down this road for a mile before turning back for the motel, because I'm an idiot.



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    Other people in this town like to get dirty too.



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    A silly tourist thing, but I sure was glad to finally be on this road and done with the long boring Canadian prairie.



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    Trying to get a shot of the view from this bridge, (I couldn't), I pulled into the wayside just after it and saw this dirt road. I didn't get too far out of sight of everything before seeing a deer carcass fresh enough for something bigger than me to still want, and decided to bail.
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    I met Bill from Arizona at a gas station and we rode to Fort Nelson together.



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    The bikes in Fort Nelson. I just liked the way the light looked here.




    More later, I have to go do some laundry.
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  5. memphisslim

    memphisslim Long timer

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    what seat do you have on the DR650?
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  6. snowrider

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    Corbin seat with IMS tank.
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  7. snowrider

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    [​IMG]The next day on the way to Watson Lake.



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    Look, a mountain!

    Hi, I'm from Wisconsin.
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    Getting gas in the clouds in the Rockies in BC. I think this was just before we got into the best riding ever. I don't have any shots showing anything like what we saw when we were right in the middle of the Rockies. <!--TEMPLATE: skin_topic, Template Part: Show_attachments_img-->




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    Me and Bill met Mike and Silve in Watson Lake and we drank some beers. We ran into them the next day in the signpost forest. <!--TEMPLATE: skin_topic, Template Part: Show_attachments_img-->



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    Me.



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    You can get excited about going just about anywhere.



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    Nothing special about this picture, I just took it as a reference so I could remember the name of it and where it is. Dawson Peaks is a nice place with a good cook, and according to the owner of the place this is where you can start in the lake and float out to the Bering Sea and to Nome, AK a very long ways away. People buy boats to do this and sell the boats when they get there and fly out of Nome. Some people have built rafts and done it. This really got me thinking about rafting.
    At the hostel across the river from Dawson City where I camped, I met a guy named Rob from Vancouver who drove his truck to Whitehorse with a bicycle in back. He stashed the bike in Whitehorse, sold the truck and bought a canoe. He canoed the river from Whitehorse to Dawson City in 12 days, seeing grizzlies and almost everything but people along the river. He was going to hitch back to Whitehorse and get the bike, then ride it back to Vancouver. Look on a map if you want an idea of the distances here.
    I think I need to float to somewhere.



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    <!--TEMPLATE: skin_topic, Template Part: Show_attachments_img-->Lots of nice little dirt roads off the main highway, it could take a million years to explore them all. This is somewhere between Watson Lake and Whitehorse. <!--TEMPLATE: skin_topic, Template Part: Show_attachments_img-->
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  8. snowrider

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    Silve, Mike, Bill and I all ended up at the Whitehorse sign at the same time, which is funny because it was just the first place to turn around after spotting a campground.



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    At dinner, Mike spotted the limp cigarette warning on my Canadian cigarette pack that I hadn't even noticed. Best cigarette pack warning ever.



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    Mike took that picture of me which I now have on my camera due to the following card swapping session...

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    Camping around the fire just like cavemen, if they were unfrozen in the 21st century and taught to use computers. This was taken after midnight. <!--TEMPLATE: skin_topic, Template Part: Show_attachments_img-->

    More when I get around to it.
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  9. emmettken

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    I have to ride Alaska,I have to ride Alaska,I have to ride Alaska.
    I'm enjoying your reports & pics.
    Thankyou
    Peace to all
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  10. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    nice report!! keep it coming :thumb :D
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  11. Snuffy

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    This is getting real good.:lurk BTW snowrider, if your near Whitehorse now, lookout for a fellow advrider on a BMW F650, red. He reported not long ago that he's about 200 miles west of Whitehorse and having bike problems. Thanks.
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  12. snowrider

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    Nope, I'm in Anchorage now. I bet there are still a lot of bikes in that area though, hopefully someone will help him out.
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  13. Snuffy

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  14. greenmtndave

    greenmtndave Been here awhile

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    Snowrider,

    How's the DR650 holding up? What kinda fuel range are you getting out of the IMS tank?
    I'm enjoying your adventure. It gives me something to look forward to in the evenings after work. Thanks.

    Cheers!

    Dave in Vermont
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  15. shepoutside

    shepoutside Canadian - eh!

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    :lurk Great stuff, keep it cum'n !!!
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  16. snowrider

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    The DR is holding up great, seems totally solid, no problems at all. I'll do an oil and filter change while I'm staying in Anchorage for a bit and I need a new back tire, but I'll probably won't do a valve adjustment until I get home. The Maxxis 50/50 tire I got in Edmonton is not for pavement, I wore it out in about 1000 miles and it's only good for burning a bit more pavement now. The tire worked good on the Alaskan and the top of the world highways though, and the bike is perfect for it. I don't think there's a better bike for these roads, except maybe a more performance single like a KTM if you don't mind the price and maintenance. No problem keeping up with the 1200GS on these roads, although if he wanted to run high speed on long straight highways I'm sure it'd leave me behind quick. I haven't done any maintenance except refill the scottoiler and I adjusted the chain once so far, 2500 miles into the trip. I added about an 1/8 of a quart of oil to top it off, if that much. Fuel mileage may be what I should expect for being a 300 lbs guy with a carburated engine, but I'm only getting 44 usually, running 70 mph. In very high winds, or holding 80 mph in moderate wind it drops into 30s and once I only got 33 mpg out of a tank. The best tank was 47 mpg.
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  17. Basinburn

    Basinburn Been here awhile

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    Great reports , keep it coming and thks for sharing!!!!!
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  18. Rene Ybardolaza

    Rene Ybardolaza Adventurer

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    I'm lovin' that dry sense of humor. :lol3 Keep it coming.
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  19. fifthcircle

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    There is nothing wrong with Omaha!!!! I will look for that subaru with Alaska plates for the next few weeks. :lol3

    I like the pic's bro! Stay safe and keep 'em comin!
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  20. snowrider

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    Bill left the next morning for Skagway to try to get the ferry to Haines. Mike, Silve and I went to Myles canyon just a couple miles outside of Whitehorse.


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    Looking into the canyon.


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    View of the walk bridge from along the river. The river is about 20 feet higher than normal because of all the flooding in Canada this season.


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    I left the canyon and when I got back to the highway I saw this motocross track. The big tabletop isn't in this picture, just the small ones. With the go kart track right next to the dirt this place was good for some motard action.


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    It's hard to tell in this picture, but the black branchless tree trunks go on as far as the eye can see, over the hills in the distance. This is from a 1998 forest fire along the Klondike highway, it went on for miles. A little further down the road from this picture the colors changed to more yellow/orange with endless black poles and it looked like another planet.


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    A nice shovelhead owned by the guy who made the biggest burger I've ever had. It was bigger around than a grapefruit, but smaller than a basketball. He told me about a snowmobile/atv trail that went from Whitehorse to his place that I could've ridden instead of the highway. Doh! Anyone who likes dirt and is headed for the top of the world, head up the Klondike (2) and take the left turn to Takhini hot springs. The trail starts somewhere right there and runs up to the Braeburn lodge ( http://www.karo-ent.com/braeburn ) where I got the burger.


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    Somewhere along the Klondike.



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    About 10 miles of gravel, a little break from pavement.


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    Dawson City airport--gravel runways.


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    Lots of Pipers in the Yukon.


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    Dawson City


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    Waiting for the ferry to go camp at the hostel across the river after staying up late with Mike, Silve and Mike from NJ. This was the darkest it got all night, and it only seemed this dark for about an hour.


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    On the ferry.


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    Trying to get a picture of the fox that walked right by me in the tent area of the hostel but by the time I got my camera out he wasn't close and they all came out blurry. The animal count so far is the fox, 4 moose (including a calf and one that was dead on the side of the road), a bunch of bison, a pack of wild horses, a couple eagles in flight (golden, I think), 2 blue herons back in ontario (I think--one looked the color of a sandhill crane but was flying with it's neck in an "S" so maybe it was just the light), a big bird that flew over me for quite aways (I slowed down) outside Dawson City with a very long neck like a sandhill crane, but it was totally white (someone said maybe an egret?), and 2 turtles (one was a big one going straight down the middle of the fast lane on trans canada 1). Also, a grizzly crossed the road in front of me and somehow I missed it. Bill told me about it later and couldn't believe I didn't see it. Too much scenery. Normally Canadian geese wouldn't make the list because I see them at home all the time, but me and Bill were walking around Tok and got 3 huge geese to charge us and that was a lot of fun.

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    View of Dawson City from the hostel. Dawson City was nice, and strangely full of beautiful women.
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