The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    A longish trip to begin now.

    From Fairbanks to the Outer Banks.

    Alaskans feel the urge to follow the migrating birds south when the leaves suddenly begin to turn,
    the dark nights reappear, the termination dust is evident and overnight temperatures start the perilous drop.

    This trip plan began a while back but took a serious step when my better
    half, Cee, decided a new bike was needed.

    Arrival Day - Getting to know you...
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    And soon the new Moto Guzzi Norge was free of its confines, a happy girl!
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    and like most new bikes, first order of business is to take it apart
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    and add an electronic cruise control from MC Cruise in Australia, a seat
    heater from Sargeant, a better windshield from CalSci, dual permanent-mount
    Gerbing controllers, fuse block from Eastern Beaver and lots of wire.

    So a new bike demands a trip but first I must do some farkling on my
    '07 BMW K1200GT.

    Updated cam chain tensioner
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    Cam chain jump guard; many GT owners wish this had come with the bike...
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    It also gets the Eastern Beaver fuse block. Its an excellent unit.
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    and new front tire
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    Finally both bikes are ready and waiting
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    But first we take a side trip to Anchorage to visit our son, his beautiful wife and their two very active grandsons.

    Next up is a quick trip to my brother and his wife's island lake cabin via a quick boat ride
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    and I do mean quick. I have been in this boat at even higher speeds.
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    the business end
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    the total package for you boat lovers, a restored mid 70's Jolly Roger
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    my brother makes some terrific deep fried halibut
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    and then it was back home to repack for the next journey

    Denali appears
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    On the eve of our departure, the local Airheads chapter have a meeting
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    a great group of people
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    and now its Tuesday morning the 6th of Sep and time to ride away. Of
    course we wake to rain for our ride to Beaver Creek Yukon. Maybe it'll
    get better? we'll post tonight and see how it went.

    TIME TO RIDE!
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    YEAH!
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  2. zadok

    zadok Long timer

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    Looks like a great adventure lies before you. Keep safe and have fun.:lurk:D
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  3. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    Cee and Dave,

    Have a great trip and thanks for starting this thread... we can all vicariously enjoy the trip along with you guys. Be safe and see you in April in MT.
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  4. Solarmoose

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    We rolled out of the shop around 10 or so to this:

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    Fortunately, some parts of the day were better... but net access here
    (here being Beaver Creek) is slow so we'll update tonight in Haines..

    Hey zadok, thanks for the well wishes.

    Kevin, great party Monday night! see you in MT.
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  5. dceggert

    dceggert Been here awhile

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    Very nice! It is unusual to read a RR originating in AK as opposed to trying to get there. Can I ride along with you two? Well, virtually that is....
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  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    but first, another picture of Denali as we were coming back across the lake from Lee's cabin. Mt Denali is about a 100 miles north from here (Big Lake.)
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    and then we're off
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    I usually leave on these trips with a bit of trepidation and a case of nerves
    as I love where we live and enjoy being at home but I like to travel and
    see places; the two sides are in conflict. travel won.

    this is the scene as we leave Fairbanks, cool and wet, about 45F.
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    Our first gas stop is Delta Junction, and its quite windy today
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    The majority of the road from Delta to Tok is mind numbingly straight
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    I like these old bridges and there are only a few left, the others torn down for new.
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    Pretty soon we're at Tok for a gas stop. This is a busy place, a crossroads of two highways, the ALCAN and the Glenn.
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    another old bridge
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    Fall is everywhere here, the smells, the coolness of the air and of course the trees
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    We're in Canada
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    We stop in Beaver Creek, Yukon for the night and stay at Ida's
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    Its a simple place but is the type of motel I prefer. I've stayed here several
    times, the first time in December of 1974 when Ida was still here. I
    had some bad luck with a car and she helped me get a ride into Anchorage.

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    here's the first day's stats
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  7. Solarmoose

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    Welcome Dan, I assume you enjoy the GT now and then?
    if you haven't already, k-bikes.com is full of good info.
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  8. Solarmoose

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    Time to load up and see what the day has in store
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    picture break (actually a pee break for me)
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    Enjoying the early morning sun, its a bit cold, 41F.
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    Next up is Kluane Lake, a beautiful area. Very windy here and cold.
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    We stop in Haines Junction for gas and a snack of Cee's homemade beef jerky.
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    Hmm, we're going up there?
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    the road continues to wind up into the mountains, snow is not far above us and temps are dropping...
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    We both have gerbing setups, jacket liner and gloves. It works.
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    Amazingly, the cold ends suddenly as we descend from 3400' to 500' in
    just a few miles. Its green and warming up to the high 50's.
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    We arrive at Haines to sun and near 60F. Nice end to a rather cold day.
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    tomorrow we board the Alaska Marine Highway system ferry for Prince Rupert.
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  9. Almightybmw

    Almightybmw n00b

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    Old bridges? Are they tearing them down? That'd be sad, I also enjoy them. They're like a wooden bridge made of steel. Can't wait till you drive into Bozeman!
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  10. Solarmoose

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    We stayed at the Thunderbird motel, has a small room but big enough and
    just the type of room I like. Park in front of the door. Haines is a very
    nice town and we like being here.

    Woke to perhaps more normal coastal weather, fog. No rush today as we
    don't need to be at the ferry terminal until 1pm. So a leisurely pack, get a
    cup of good coffee, ride around town and the local roads and then to
    the terminal. The road past the terminal is six miles of winding coastal
    road, a blast on the GT.

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    We are in line at the terminal waiting to get checked in.
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    The Matanuska arrives
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    We ride down into the car deck. They want Cee to park her bike next to
    mine in a space not large enough for two bikes side-by-side. I object, it
    takes several minutes to get the "referee" to work it out, and she parks
    behind me as I requested. It wasn't crowded. We get the bikes tied down
    and head upstairs to get our room for the voyage.

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    Four hours later we dock at Juneau Auke Bay and watch them unload and
    reload. We'll be here until near midnight and then sail for Petersberg.
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    We hope to be on the road for about two months traveling across the
    country to see new places and old, visit family and friends and attend
    the Barber Vintage Festival and CMA Changing of the Colors Rally. The
    stop at the Outer Banks in NC was recommended by a friend (thanks
    Dan) and a good choice since we've never been there. We'll have
    crossed 22 states by the time we get back to Seattle to fly home.

    We packed for cold and warm weather and hope we don't have hot,
    (i.e. over 90.) The Gerbing heated jacket liner and gloves work well
    in the cool temps to keep us toasty. We're not as used to riding in
    temps over 80 and that may make for short riding days until we
    acclimatize.

    Thanks for coming along.
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  11. dfishman

    dfishman Been here awhile

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    We will have Hwy 12 fixed.Irene made a few new inlets & damaged/destroyed a lot of property in Rodanthe & Avon.Have fun.
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  12. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    thanks for TAKING us along
    what a great adventure
    2 wonderful bikes.... and 2 fantastic people
    subscribed !
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  13. Solarmoose

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    dfishman - well get to work on that road man! :lol3 I think we're coming
    across on 264 and staying in Nags Head around mid-Oct. for a couple of
    days with a cousin. I hear our accommodations still exist after Irene but
    I haven't heard much more.

    clearwater - I see you have excellent choice in bikes too.


    On with the report - another day on the ferry. Its a very relaxing way
    to travel and the scenery is fantastic but we will be ready to disembark
    early tomorrow morning, 5AM :eek1

    Today we saw Petersburg AK - its a fishing town.
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    we saw lots of solar PV systems along the coast, its something we are
    interested in and do (see here) and I enjoy seeing other's installs.
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    Then the ferry begins the tight wind through the Wrangell Narrows. Impressive.
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    In many places the nav buoys were very close to the each side of the ship.
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    view from the stern
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    Coming into the town of Wrangell AK
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    here's funny sign we saw on a house in Wrangell
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    The berth accommodations on board the ship are just enough
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    We docked at Ketchikan Ak a few minutes ago and will be here for four
    hours before sailing for Prince Rupert BC.
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    We get up early in the morning to ride the bikes off the ship and onto
    Canada 16 toward Prince George and probably a little beyond south
    on 97.

    Time to get the bags packed up and get some shut-eye. Sleeping on
    the ship with the steady sound of the engines is very easy.

    Looking forward to some miles tomorrow!
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  14. ginslung

    ginslung It'll take.

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    Great photos, looking forward to tagging along on this!
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  15. Solarmoose

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    just checked on bikes downstairs on the car deck and bikes are
    ready and waiting... the Wing belongs to a two-up couple from LA.
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  16. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    Good to see things are going well for you guys. All you are missing in Fairbanks is rain. Enjoy your adventure and keep the posts coming. :clap

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  17. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Glad to see you're keeping those of us who have to remain in the frozen north and try to stay thawed out, entertained, Dave. First you and Cee, next Kevin and Annie. :lol3

    Cee has herself a beautiful bike. Anxious to hear how she likes riding it on this trip.

    Gonna stay tuned to this one. You're doing a great job with the photos - keep up the good work. That Kluane area is always so pretty this time of year - makes me wish I were heading down too, just for the ride through the fall colors.

    Ride safe.

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  18. QCORider

    QCORider Colorado Rider

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    Good to see some familiar places again! I'll be watching this ride all the way through for sure. Also can't wait to see you when traveling through here! Keep safe and have fun on your travels.

    Sent from my Android
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  19. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Those steel trellis bridges are getting old and height limitation causes
    problems when drivers don't remember how high their load is... I seem
    to remember cleaning some antennas off the top of the camper once..

    should be in Bozeman in a week.
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  20. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Someone has to go for a ride and keep you frozen ones amused. It was
    our duty. Thanks for the compliments on the pictures, Kluane is one of
    my favorite places along the AlCan including memories of a rock thru
    the windshield whilest rounding the end of the lake. You know left hand
    bend; and oncoming are throwing rocks into your lane... I don't miss the
    gravel road most of the time.

    Cee is enjoying the Guzzi and is quite smart with it. I think she's ready
    to race it at Tanacross :lol3
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