Questor and Motoadventuregal goto Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Questor, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. shortbritches

    shortbritches Been here awhile

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    Great report!I was on the balcony of the Bunkhouse watching y'all change the tire.That's my f800 on the far right next to Motoadventuregal's bike.Although we formally didn't meet I think we exchanged greetings.I was wearing the bib overalls and a John Deere hat. Gucci was an interesting fellow as was his comrades.The same bike that you changed the tire on I later helped him change out his rear wheel bearings!Can't remember the blokes name but he reminded me of Vin Diesel :rofl
    I often thought about doing a ride report on my trip last year but thought it was too late and it would be just another Alaska trip but you and Motogal may have inspired me!Way Cool keep it comin.
  2. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello 5Dinks.:wave

    Gucci's name is Melvin and you're right, he's a piece of work. Great guy.
    His friend on the F800 is Alister. He was having a rough trip. First his fuel pump died, then his wheel bearings disintegrated.
    But I kept telling him, once he got these small problems sorted out, what were the odds of the problems reappearing?

    I should PM Gucci and see how he's doing.

    Q~
  3. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Well today is the day before the "Dust to Dawson" event.
    We had been staying across the river at a small campsite because we are cheap, and because all the campsites in the RV Park had been reserved.
    But we had met a few other riders, and one of them had invited us to share a campsite with them in town. This is cool, because now I would be able to have a few beers and enjoy the "Dust to Dawson" event without having to worry about riding the bike to camp at night.

    So we packed up Camp Snuggly, and moved into the RV park.
    We had a yummy breakfast of eggs Benedict.
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    and then stopped by the hotel to see Gucci and the gang.
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    They had ridden up to Inuvick the day before and were scrubbing the dried calcite and mud off their bikes.
    I snuck Tiger in the wash line, and gave him a bath too.
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    Then we parked the bikes at our new camp at the RV park
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    and walked around town.

    The town is rich in history, and there is lots to look at.
    Here, in no particular order are some of the historic old buildings.
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    The mortuary.
    (I bet this was a thriving business when Dawson was a real mining town.)
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    The tools of the trade.
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    Sled Dog racing is a big activity up here in the winter.
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    Many other bikes had started to show up for tomorrows event.
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    Here's the historic paddle boat the Keno that brought many hopeful prospectors to Dawson.
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    Here are some historic pictures of the harborside of Dawson.

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    and the Keno when it was in operation.
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    One of the cool things I really wanted to see was Dredge #4.
    It was the largest wooden hull dredge in the world.
    To learn more about it, here's a quick link: http://www.nileguide.com/destination/dawson-yukon/things-to-do/bonanza-creek/830503

    We would ride out to see it tomorrow.
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    Some historic pictures of the dredge and the crew that ran it.
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    In the picture below you can see all the tailing piles that the dredge left behind it as it dug up and processed the dirt and extracted the gold.
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    Many prospectors worked their claims by hand.
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    06-24-2011 Part II
    (I just found some more pictures so I'll add them here.)
    We had lunch in town and I saw these magazine covers.

    When I was a kid, my Dad used to tell me about his favorite radio program - Sergeant Preston of the Yukon!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dG2DSFtYbY
    The program was an adventure series about Sergeant Frank Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890's.
    And now I could see the pictures of the characters.
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    The program started in 1938 as a radio program and became a TV show in 1955.
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    After lunch we walked the town a bit more.
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    The town of Dawson is pretty cool.
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    We saw this beautiful Africa Twin.
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    Back at the RV park, this was also the day to get caught up on maintenance.
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    Here's Mag doing an oil change on her DR.
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    Want to see what supplies are needed for an oil change?
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    We had other motorcyclists for neighbors.
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    Here's our camp.
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    Cooking dinner.
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    As we had dinner a few other riders drifted in.
    This guy broke his leg on the ride here, but that wasn't enough to stop him from attending.
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    After dinner, we walked back to town. These pictures were taken around 10:00pm at night.
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    Already the bikes were getting lined up on the main street.
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    Then around midnight we hooked up with Phil and our friends at MotoQuest, as well as Derek from Twisted Throttle.
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    Anyway, we had a casual day of being tourists, and stayed up till 2:00am taking in the town, and meeting new friends.

    Tomorrow we would ride out to see the giant dredge...
    Stick around, it's super cool!

    Q~
  4. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    Loving this mid winter update. Can't wait till I can make the trip as well.
  5. Noone

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    Good to see you take the necessities while you are roughing it (coffee creamer). And is that a camp version of a French Press I see?
  6. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Coffee and beer are two of my "weaknesses".
    The French Press is made from Titanium. :wink:
    Q~
  7. HardWorkingDog

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    (Ahem. Coffee is not a weakness. The lack of coffee is a weakness.)


    Carry on. :thumb
  8. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Usually we travel with a couple of small cans of evaporated milk--enough cream for a couple cups of coffee each and there's hardly any waste. Sometimes we can't find that, though, and that's why I bought the coffee mate stuff (not recommended--it's a bitch to travel with).
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    Neither beer nor coffee is a weakness. Beer is a major food group (whole grains) and coffee is a fruit juice (lots of time on my hand and an Oxford Unabridged Dictionary).
  10. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    :huh If pain is weakness leaving the body, and my coffee Helps the pain go away...It's not possible that coffee is a weakness!:lol3

    Coffee is a necessity! :clap

    Beer is on the other end of the day, after accumulating more pain all day!
  11. rxcoop

    rxcoop persnickety curmedgeon

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    is that a Klim balaklava?? does the "mouthpiece" prevent condensation ??
    just wonderin'....looks like a nice piece.
  12. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    There is one in Sumpter, Oregon...

    http://vimeo.com/15849146

    Is a fun day...On Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends there is also a huge Flea Market... the population of the town goes from 500 to about 8000! :eek1 Crazy! The dredge is always open, but the narrow-guage Sumpter Valley Railroad has more limited schedules. :D
  13. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    +1 on the Sumpter Gold Dredge.

  14. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    yup, that's Klim kit. The vents in the mouthpiece *help* prevent condensation, but usually I yank mine down around my chin and don't use the mouthpiece. Too constricting for my personal taste, and if I am riding with the Balaclava, I'm definitely on the edge of my cold riding comfort zone. What I LOVED about wearing the Balaclava was that it kept the chill off the back of my neck.

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  15. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey all.

    I found some more pictures of Dawson from June 24th, and add them to the original post.
    You may want to go back and check them out.

    Q~
  16. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    +1 on the addtional pics. :thumb

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    Lack of coffee is bad planing. :lol3
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    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey Timmer. :wave

    Good to see you again.
    Q~
  19. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Well, I guess Captain Morgan IS a lubricant! :lol3

    Nice RR! :clap:clap
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    Questor More Undestructable

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    It's a degreaser and mental lubricant. :wink:
    Q~