Of Moose & Men....an epic journey to Alaska and the Top of the World

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by SpecialAgentNancy, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. cobrat

    cobrat Been here awhile

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    I'm always sorry to have your stories end. Thanks or sharing your travels.
  2. Animal Instinct

    Animal Instinct Been here awhile

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  3. 2legs2wheels

    2legs2wheels Adventurer

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    Nice ride report, thank you.
  4. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Boo for hating on miracle whip, that put me through college (literally, my great grandfather wrote the recipe). Other than that, great report :D.
  5. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    That broasted chicken was amazing....and the coleslaw was one of the best I've had.

    Nice road to!
  6. rms56

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    gotta luv culinary adventures lol
  7. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Hello SAN, I enjoyed your report and seeing Alaska from your perspective. I especially like that you take the time to enjoy culinary delights along the way. Keep on ridin' :clap
  8. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Sasho!

    Nice to hear from you....are we gonna to the arctic circle in Europe next summer?
  9. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    I got a bike there now, so anything is possible!! I will definitely make it back there to ride next year.

    Are you planning on coming to Montana? Or have you already been?
  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Lower center of gravity than the F 800 GS to me at least.

    32 inseam. Flat footed in lower seat position.

    Crappy street bike side stand though and the aftermarket centerstand has a weak spring (already replaced 2) so that it clangs and bangs when you hit any rough terrain.

    Good deflection of wind with the stock windscreen and the laminar lip works perfectly. Get extra velcros to attach it and this way you can move it down when you do dirt.

    And the sound....I won't ever put another can on it, I just love the whistle/turbo/jet engine sound. vrrroooommmm

    I love my boy!
  11. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap Great read and pictures. Love reading stories of women out on their own on their own bikes. Always wanted to make Alaska but never got it done. And at this age and body condition, probably won't. But, it's gonna remain a dream. Thanks for the time and work of sharing. :clap:clap:clap
  12. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Awesome read, thank you.:D
  13. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Just did Alaska this season on my DR, and its amazing some of the things I missed! You really cant see it all in one trip..

    Its interesting- you seem to be a planner, while I am totally impulsive and have no plans- the contrast of what is experienced I guess is really just a reflection of differing minds.

    Yet another epic Alaska report. Thanks for the read :1drink
  14. TarmacSurfer

    TarmacSurfer Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing the adventure via photos and written words. I enjoyed reading it and admiring the scenery. Ride on.
  15. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I was mostly a planner so that I had exit strategy figured out since I had no one to help me if anything went wrong. I don't mean that I doubted that people would help me if I got a flat, more like if I was sick of riding in the rain that I could just park it and come home etc.
    It's also a long way to go and miss something like the sluice box pie at mile 50 on the Denali highway.

    I have learned the hard way in terms of distances that it's important to space out mileage so that you don't create exhaustion. A good pace is the trick.

    Since I had camping gear, I was less worried about accommodations.

    Gas was the big one. I had extra gas cans but also made policy of fueling whenever I saw it and never passing up food.
  16. xcountry41

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    I had a blast on that section! I rode a hooligan pace over the top of the world from Dawson,( dodged a cow moose and her calf), to the junction just East of Tok. The construction (no one there on a sunday evening), and the frost heaves from Beaver creek to Destruction bay made for some fun riding on my "Frisky Canadian" orange Tiger XC. Maybe we should start some sort of Gumball rally free for all to Chicken with war stories at Susan's on the head home day from D2D. :evil Glad to see all y'all:roflmade it home safe. Hows my Texan, Russ ? and in all seriousness it was really nice to meet you folks. Thanks Nancy for stirrin up the memories, very cool to see others perspective on the same roads and similar adventures.
    Regards,
    Gary
  17. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I rode some of those frost heaves with you at breakneck speeds.

    Remember that couple on the side of the road, enthusiastically waiving? I'd met them on the ferry to Skagway!
  18. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Not quite sure how to do this but here are the links of the built map on google maps.

    SF to Wrangell AK
    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200283103119020972771.0004e78f3a6591d74f232&msa=0

    Skagway to Kenai
    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=200283103119020972771.0004e78f61cdf1395e6e9

    Anchorage to Dawson City to Denali

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=200283103119020972771.0004e78fcc4ee6c184d2f

    The journey home....Sumas to Issaquah was amazing....

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=200283103119020972771.0004e7900aa3ecda90a01
  19. xcountry41

    xcountry41 Adventurer

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    Different orange tiger guy I think ,Nancy. I went back to Whitehorse and met my wife who flew in to there. took her two up through Skagway over to Haines and back to Whitehorse in a loop. Stopped and chatted with you and Russ who I had hung with a bit at D2D, as we got off the ferry in Haines. I think I counted approx. 5 or so tigers at D2D 3 orange including yours, mine, and Dave's, a fellow from Victoria that Russ and I met in Whitehorse and ended up sharing my campsite with in Dawson. On the way out at Chicken 3 of those tigers were at Susan's at same time.The 2013 Kahki green one, a black one and my 2012 Orange one. you guys were all a little ahead of me getting to Tok and Thomsons was full so I pushed on and stayed at Beaver creek. Seems to me that was probably your Teepee night at Thomsons and about 4 days before we met you and Russ in Haines. Thanks for the ride report, really enjoying re-living my June adventure. I really should post some of my pics including the mother Grizzly and 3 cubs I saw between Muncho Lake and Fort Nelson BC on the way home. Actually scared them enough for her to send them all the way up a tree but she just gave me a good stern look and let me live:eek1
  20. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    Hi Gary,

    Yeah, different Tiger I think. Glad to hear you made it back in one piece, enjoyed meeting and hanging with you a bit in Dawson. Hope your wife had fun, even with the rain in Haines. Nice that you saw a brown momma and her babies, have yet to see a griz in the wild (but neat experience with one at Krochels (spelling?) outside Haines.)

    I'd love to get back to Chicken again, or Dawson, Tok, etc. but doubt if it will happen. I tried to sell my WeeStrom when I got home but ended up keeping it and selling my deer killin' KLR. (It didn't actually kill the Axis doe but I think she had a big 'tire shaped' bruise!)

    Ride well,

    Russ