The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer

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

  1. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Congratulations. Enjoyed following along on your ride and would have enjoyed meeting you at Barber.

    I got a chuckle out of your description of the gas stop routine. I have my own routine and occasionally have to make the folks who want to talk wait until I'm finished so I don't forget anything. New Jersey is another state that requires full service. Most attendants know that they need to hand the hose to the motorcyclist, however.

    Too bad you missed 197. It's a very nice road; one to keep on your list for next time.

    Thanks for the RR.
  2. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Aidan1150 - You are correct, we did receive welcome in all places w/o
    exception and I would be remiss to give any other impression. Thank
    you for pointing that out. Those times were always appreciated. Many
    times when we would stop for a shade break and water, someone
    would wander over and strike up a conversation. There was always a
    "have a good trip" greeting as we got back on the bikes. Glad you
    enjoyed your ride here.
    David



    Jack,
    I take note of roads we liked and ones we didn't, will add OR31 to the "like."

    We'll be home soon, I left the snow plow on the truck and ready to go to work. I am looking forward to playing in the snow. :lol3
    David
  3. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Glad you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed the telling.

    Second online ride report I've done and first time for "real time" report.
    I try to do a photo album after I get home but many details get lost
    over time. Our longest bike trip prior was 3 weeks 11 years ago, so this
    was a big hike over that. I think doing the report each day is more conducive
    to capturing the details. Hope you get to do one too!


    See you there!


    Richard, glad you enjoyed it. Was fun to tell, and much more fun to write
    than technical papers :lol3:lol3:lol3 There were several times when I thought
    of Lisa S and could have used her prowess as editor.

    Your turn!
    David
  4. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Thank you! We've got all winter to dream up the return leg. For sure its
    going to include more roads than just going north to Fairbanks! It'll start
    next April...



    So are we!!!!


    Thanks for the tip on 197. I wondered what we missed.

    I do regret that we did not get to connect with other ADV'ers on the ride.
    Will make more effort to do that next time. And I am going back to
    Barber again, we're talking about bringing one of the older bikes in the
    garage too.

    Did not know New Jersey did that too. Will note that. I figured most
    riders have a routine. I get a little sloppy about that around home but
    not when I'm "on the road." We should start a "pit stop" thread :lol3:lol3:lol3
    David
  5. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Day Whatever - just another day at home

    But first I'll share a few pics we bought from vendors set up on the
    Dragon's Tail, US129photos and killboy , both are excellent services.

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    This road, US 129, was a lot of fun to ride. About halfway through I pulled over
    to let Cee catch up and then rode behind her to get some vid shots of her.

    While we were in Seattle last week Gloria, who is a grade school teacher,
    asked us to bring our bikes to her 4th grade class and talk about our trip.
    She had been telling them about us and tracking our progress across the
    states. So we did! What a blast that was.
    We talked about all the states we went through using their map, the
    problems we had and how they were handled, I explained the concept of
    ATGATT, how important training was and the need to practice our riding
    skills. Then it was time to answer their questions; and they had lots of
    very well thought out questions for Cee and I. We went overtime with that.
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    Both bikes got a full maintenance service, my bike went to Ride West
    and the Guzzi to Moto I. Both are great shops.
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    It took quite a while to clean all the bugs and grime off and they will get
    a more serious detail cleaning after they are home next summer.
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    Then the really sad time came to put them away in storage. We
    disconnected the batteries, put our ride gear in the saddle bags and
    covered them up.
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    Then closed the door and locked it.
    Good night faithful steeds, See you next April.
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    It was an uneventful plane ride home. It really felt good to breathe the cold
    crisp air of Fairbanks. First order of business was put the snow tires on
    the pickup, attach the snowplow and move some 6" of snow that had
    fallen in the last week. Of course, it then snowed another 4" that evening.
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    It will take a few more days to reenter "normal space" but there were no
    issues to deal with other than a mountain of mail. We asked a college student,
    Robby, to take care of the place while we were away and he did a great job.
    Of course, he and his friends took advantage of my empty shop while
    I was away. :rofl:rofl:rofl But it was good to have activity around
    the place.

    We now have six months to figure out what next spring's ride will be. We
    know we're going to Bozeman to attend our son and wife's university
    graduation, hoping to visit "akbeemer" and "spousal unit" in their new
    Montana home and of course ride north but don't know what else will
    be in the itinerary.

    So till then, may the road be kind to you.
    David and Cee
  6. KHuddy

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    Cee and Dave, Glad you are home safe and sound. Your trip was spectacular and I enjoyed your posts; very entertaining. Hope to see you next summer either at D2D or when we pass thru Squarebanks; or when you head to Bozeman for the graduations.

    Boy, I sure miss plowing snow!!
  7. roadholder

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    Great trip and pics. Thanks for posting.
  8. NCJ

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    Wonderful, excellent ride report!! Thanks so very much. :D
  9. mentalfloss

    mentalfloss Been here awhile

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    Great ride report....I need to take more pictures for my reports.
    I guess I put too many miles a day on my trips. I just want to keep riding!
    You have shown me that I need to use my camera more. Thanks!
  10. legion

    legion Ancient Chinese Stir Fry Tool

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    Holy Moly. "The Banks Tour". I clicked on it thinking this was going to be a rip around the hood and it's to total opposite! Xlnt ride and report. Thanks for dragging us along. :thumb
  11. Solarmoose

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    It is time to hit the resume button on this ride. We're in the final moments of packing up to catch a plane
    Tuesday morning and reunite with the bikes after a six month pause. Its been a great winter in the north
    with several winter camping trips to ride sled (snowmachine) in the mountains.
    Here are some highlights for winter and sled fans:

    Broad Pass, just south of Cantwell AK
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    A view to the south looking at Denali (aka Mt McKinley), we're at 5,000' and Denali is 20,230'
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    My son, Jason, riding near Paxon AK
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    pic courtesy of my buddy Robby, we've had some spectacular aurora this winter
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    "darn, I didn't see that"
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    Robby gets airborne
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    Jason does a perfect "lawndart"
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    A couple caribou check us out, I invited them to dinner. they declined.
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    But now the snow is gone (around town), trees are starting to bud and thoughts of two wheels are dancing in my head!

    I'm going to start a new thread for the Return and it can be found Here.
    David
  12. gremor

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    Enjoyed the ride report, looking forward to the next.

    :clap
  13. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I followed your last trip and was glued to the screen !!
    This year , when you pass through the Piedmont area of NC. be sure and contact me. I'll buy the coffee ( or I might just hunt you down ):D
  14. Solarmoose

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    Glad you enjoyed the report. We're anxious to get underway as soon as
    the bike "chores" are done and we've had time with family in the Seattle area.
    Feels good to have two wheels beneath us again.
    SM


    Good to hear from you! This trip won't take us as far east. Mt Rushmore will be the furthest point that direction, then south to Colorado
    and after that we start the northward portion to be home by the first of June. Not sure exactly what the routes will be, maybe more spur of the
    moment road picking this time.
    SM