Questor and Motoadventuregal goto Alaska

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  1. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    :augie

    That and motorcycle crashes are covered by workman's comp.
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  2. Questor

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    Aaarrgh!

    It's my lunch hour, and I've got 46 photographs for the next two days of Ride Report all edited and reduced, and now Photobucket is down...

    (I know.... I should be using Smugmug.)

    Let me keep working on this.

    Please stand by.
    Q~
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  3. Gale B.T.

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    Happy and fun trails to Mag and you Questor, love that ride for each time we head to Calgary and Prince George to see daughters we travel that route, almost the exact same. The golf course at Kananaskis was one place I had hoped you two would be able to see.

    Love your pics and the descriptions, you have a ton of us hanging on to your RR , so keep us smiling.

    ciao,gale,pagosa
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  4. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    So I woke up with a hangover...
    And slowly we got things back together...
    Things were still a little fuzzy. And I was not sure what I was seeing...
    WTF? :eek1

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    Where am I? What happened?

    Oh... that's right I'm in a campground...
    Must find coffee...

    The memories started to come back...
    We had a raging party late in to the night. Our new friends who we shared the campsite with made their own wine. Today they were headed back into the US, and did not want the hassle of crossing the boarder with alcohol, so we all tried to drink it all last night... :freaky:slurp:photog:kbasa:loco

    We made new friends. One of them was Brandt. He was staying at the campsite next to us, and did not have a stove, so he was eating cold Chef Boy Ardee out of the can. Meanwhile we were cooking gourmet food on a two burner camp stove. So we invited Brandt to hang out with us.

    The next morning he decided to ride with us for a while.
    Brandt has a Kantana and this was one of his first motorcycle camping trips. :thumb
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    Our route took us West from Jasper to Prince George.
    Within an hour we had entered British Columbia. (We're almost to Dawson - right? :evil)
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    Then we got near Mt. Robson.
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    You could see it in the distance from miles away.
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    Very impressive. :wink:
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    For those of you who are readers and like to get smarter about stuff. :deal
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    I went inside the visitor center.
    It turns out I'm as tall as a one year old moose. :thumb
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    It's amazing what you learn on these Rides. :lol3

    Back on the road again.
    As we rode, it started to dawn on me how big this part of Canada is, and how much wilderness there is. I mean, we would ride for hours in straight lines and see nothing but trees and mountains.
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    MAG kept yelling something about seeing Black Bears along the side of the road, but I never saw any. I still think she was making stuff up.
    We would have to stop for gas about every 200 miles.
    This is what we had for lunch.
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    After lunch, more straight roads though huge forests.
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    We stopped at a rest area to uhhh... Rest.
    It was actually a dirt road that took us down to a river.
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    Then after the break, back to the lonely road ahead.
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    But looking back I noticed that Brandt was not with us any more.
    So I circled back and found him.
    Apparently he had run out of gas. I found him on the side of the road filling up from his reserve tank.
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    I took the opportunity to take some creative pictures.
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    When we got to Prince George we stopped to get gas.
    There I saw this gorgeous Husky. He was a happy dog!
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    I asked him if he wanted to go to Alaska with me. He just smiled.

    After filing up with fuel, Brandt took off to stay at a campsite he had pre-arranged. MAG and myself went south a bit to claim our ADV Tent Space with GISdood.

    When we got there we received a warm welcome, and were soon beer was flowing. :freaky
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    Our host - GISdood.
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    And one of his friendly cats in it's Cat House.
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    Meanwhile we were also treated to an amazing feeding session. :eek1
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    and of course, as usually happens to me when I ride motorcycles all day, drink beer, and eat massive quantities of food, the inevitable....
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    The warm cat was a bonus. :D
    Thanks GISdood. :thumb

    We had such a nice visit, we invited ourselves back on the return loop. :evil

    Stats for the Day: 251 Miles Moving Average 53.8 Moving Time 4:39 Stopped 4:03 Total 8:43

    Q~

    P.S. Yeup, the life of a fearless Adventure Rider is hard work. :lol3
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  5. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I remember some killer mojitos as well...

    many, many thanks GISdood and GISdoodette for the good food and good sleep. AND for letting me use your dining room table as an office while I wrote an article that morning!



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  6. BigDogAdventures

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    Hey Ed,

    That tire is that on the back of tiger---MEFO ?????

    And how many miles did it last ???

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Mark
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    long time lurker, first time reply'er. Excellent pictures and writing. I was just thinking the other week that I hadn't seen a great Questor ride report in a few months!
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  8. wachs

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    Nice shots Edward! - Been waiting for this report :clap
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    DITTO for Vinnie, help some mates out!!!!
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  11. MrBrant

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    Gotta love it when those "only gas within 100 miles" stations are closed down....


    Also, for the record, I wasn't eating cold Chef Boyardee - i heated it up over my bandit campfire! :rofl (there was no WAY I was paying another $8 on top of the $34 campsite for the "privilege" to build a fire....)
    Damn tourist traps.
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  12. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey Mark.

    I put the fresh Mefo SE on Tiger for the Alaska Trip. It easily survived the entire 6K trip, and still has about 3K miles to go, and I have not been easy on it.
    Between the late trail braking, and the power roosts coming out of corners and leaving parking lots it's still holding up well.
    Actually MAG told me to stop roosting in the gas station parking lots.
    I accidentally threw a rock and broke her headlight as we left Frog Station in BC.

    For 50 / 50 riding the Mefo SE is my favorite rear tire.
    Q~
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  13. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello Mr.Brandt. :thumb

    Welcome to ADV-land.
    Stay tuned. We have more pictures of you and your "Adventure Kantana." :wink:

    Q~
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  14. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I used Mefo tires riding through Central America and South America (disclaimer: yes, I was sponsored by Twisted Throttle who sells them). But that was a huge part of the deal for me: I only used two sets of tires!!! One from the USA to Panama City, the other from Bogota to Buenos Aires. I got almost 10,000 miles out of the rear in each case, although they were pretty slick at the end. That's a killer deal for me because this girl doesn't like to change tires any more than she has to! (Although I'll change Questors any time... :evil )

    FWIW, I still run MEFOs now even though I have to pay for them.

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  15. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hey MrBrant, welcome to the asylum! Now you are never gonna get any work done at work...:rofl

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    So we had a wonderful evening with GISdood.
    The next morning we took advantage of the free Wi-Fi, and got caught up with E-mails, and Skype phone calls.
    We got a message from Brandt. We would meet up with him again at a Provincial Park and split the camping fees as usual.
    (Yes, MAG and I are frugal. But that's part of how we can afford to take such long trips and ride such great motorcycles. :ricky It's a matter of priorities. Our bikes get the best parts, and the best gas, while we sleep on the ground and eat Glorp and cold sandwiches.)

    We were packed an on the road by noon.
    Our first stop was to stock up on supplies such as food, oil and gas.
    Gotta have Glorp!

    Then we quickly fed at our favorite restaurant, Subway - even though I had promised MAG not to. :wink:
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    Can you see the excitement on MAG's face?

    Then we hit the road again.
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    We primarily shared the road with these big trucks hauling trees.
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    And the road kept heading north. It was today that I started to understand how far we had to travel. For hours we would ride straight roads and never seem to get anywhere. All we saw were trees.
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    So I got bored and started taking "fun" pictures.
    Here's a picture of MAG taking a picture of me as we rode side by side.
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    Along the ride I got hit in the face with a big bug... so I did what I always do, I took a picture!
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    We went past Mackenzie.
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    We stopped at these waterfalls for a break and to stretch our legs.
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    Back on the road, more scenic views...
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    More pretty views. It's starting to look like Alaska now.
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    A section of road construction.
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    More riding.
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    After a few more hours we got to the town of Chetwynd.
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    We stopped to get some gas.
    Look at the cool adventure bikes. :wink:
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    Leaving town, we saw this huge parking lot full of windmill parts.
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    More huge areas of straight-ness.
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    and more....
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    Finally we come to a few nice corners, and I was so delighted to lean the bike into the turns. I had almost forgotten how to lean the bike.
    But the corners got us up on to the vista overlooking Peace Valley.
    Here's the view.
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    Here's the same vista in Panorama mode.
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    It was a beautiful place. Nearly untouched wilderness.

    An hour later we arrived at the campsite.
    Time for a victory beer! :slurp
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    Poor Tiger is all covered with bugs.

    Here's a picture of MAG's victory Pop-Tarts.
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    Brandt was already at the campsite.
    He bought a bottle of wine, but he did not have a corkscrew, so he had to improvise.
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    So after another day of riding, we all relaxed and enjoyed bug free campsite, and cooked dinner.
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    We didn't know how good we had it...
    Stay tuned.

    Stats for the day: 298 miles Moving Average 54.5 Moving Time 5:27 Stopped 2:29 Total 7:57

    Q~
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  17. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    You mean he couldn't find a corkscrew in ALL THAT GEAR!?!?!?

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  18. MrBrant

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    So maybe I didn't really need to bring the full-size camping chair to relax in for the evenings. :1drink
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  19. Deadly99

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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    Thanks Mag-----that's great mileage. Nice to know you won't have to find a new tire on a 7-8,000 mile trip.

    Mark
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