Translab to Deadhorse 2012

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Kent Glasscock, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Hey Kent,
    Despite all the difficulties, you made it! Congratulations. It's not what you ride - its that you ride. Your Honda is a real adventure bike, and you are a real adventure rider.:clap:clap:clap

    Nick
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  2. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Well, I went as far as Yukon last night. I didn't leave deadhorse until 1030. Guess I was more tired than I thought. Ride down was better. Made it through the construction (they weren't there at one place) and after Atigan, I was feeling pretty good. This time it took me 7 hours to make it down there. Made it an hour early. From Coldfoot I decided to continue but got as far as the Yukon Crossing and stayed at the Hot Spot Cafe campsite. I got a great burger there but the mentality was a little off. I don't think they liked bikers. In fact, the lady that worked there told me about the stupid shit the bikers do there (passing on double yellows and curves, etc). She also said something about how she didn't hear my bike at all when I pulled up. I couldn't tell if she was sarcastic or serious. It's a Honda Shadow. They aren't very loud. People there laughed at her comment. I still don't get it. Meh, whatever. The couple of truckers there I talked to were real cool and friendly. I ended up camping at the site just above there and they also had free firewood so I stacked that fireplace like there was no tomorrow. I would have slept better but there were two families there with their kids totalling 8 from ages 3 to 10 and they didn't shut up until 11. And there is always the one kid that gets hurt all the time and cries and the one kid that doesn't want to go to bed and cries. It was free so there is no reason to complain like I'm doing right now. You guys can probably tell I have no kids. Anyway. I made it Palmer today in about 9 or so hours. The weather was good until the other side of Denali where I hit a steady rain. And really, the weather is 60 degrees here with rain and wind. It was actually better in Deadhorse. I'll be here for 4 days to change the oil in the bike and some other things. I'm amazed I've made it this far on it. Really. Got a lot of stuff to do tomorrow and I'm getting ready for a big hike. So, you may not hear from me for a couple of days. Thanks for your continued support.

    The last 100 miles before coldfoot
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    Strike the pose
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  3. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Kent,
    Have you got an 'ADV' sticker on your Honda under all that dirt? More deserved than most.
    Nick

    (edit) - just noticed it on your windscreen. Oh well - still applies!
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  4. C-Stain

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    I think Kent needs to hook up with rtwdoug for a trip. Now THAT would be epic! Awesome report! Keep keeping the rubber side down!
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  5. fabriktr

    fabriktr Build it if you can.

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    Hi Kent,
    This is your TLH riding wing-man, AKA KLR John from Ok. {ref post 16 and 20} Great RR. Man, I am enjoying it! Congrates on bagging Pruhdoe Bay a second time on your GS---750 Honda. When you started the TLH potholes on that bike and Brian stated it on the ZX11 Ninja, I thought you guys brought a knife to a gun fight and we would be gathering up bike bits for the next 1200 miles.:eek1 You two guys impressed the crap out of me with your skill and speed on that challenging road. I never put my ride on hold to help you out. That was all part of the adventure. Wouldn't have it any other way. Great riding with you.:rofl
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  6. ClifNotes

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    your photos bring back so many memories. please keep taking A LOT of photos and posting ALL OF THEM!!!

    you're welcome to post on our thread too - also about alaska, yukon...

    you probably know this, but i learned recently that you can't play with bears - so i hope you don't!
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  7. quimexa

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    Very nice RR!!!!!!!

    I hope in a near future I will go to Alaska

    Safe Travels!!
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  8. TrashCan

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    Good read...

    Have fun.:thumb
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  9. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Thanks John. The means alot from a professional rider like yourself. Glad you enjoyed your ride back through the mountains of West Virginia.

    Thank you guys for the compliments and belief. That means alot. Really.

    Okay. Changed the oil on the bike and tightened the chain for the first time. I was actually able to fix something. The horn had stopped working. I discovered one of the hook-ups had come undone. Next move, disassemble the engine and try to put it back together with ho missing parts. The last two days I borrowed my friends truck and went to Healy, Alaska to hike the Stampede Trail and see the actual bus referenced in the boiok and movie "Into the Wild." So I did some non riding for a couple of days. Gonna tell you right now. That hiking 20 miles a day sucks. My legs are killing me. But I made it and for me, it was just an unbelievable site. I know many look at it as an old beat-up bus. I look at it as symbol of exploration and freedom. Just my opinion is all.


    Here comes the bus
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    Pose on the side
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    This is what it looks like on the inside. Slept on the right there. Remind myself to get another sleeping bag. it got down to 38 that night and I froze. Didn't sleep in the back because that's where Chris McCandless died 20 years ago. I'm pretty sure that isn't the same mattress but it would just feel weird to sleep there. It was erie enough just sleeping in there knowing somebody died in the same space.
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    Pose in the front
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    And pose on the roof. Which I will say was hard to do because the metal would warp and could move the camera when your trying to walk in front to get the photo
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    So, I will be departing tomorrow for Burwash landing. I know I'm far away from NC but I feel that I'm so close compared to where I was. I hope and pray the bike will make it. I will continue to keep you guys posted and will continue to take photos when I can. Thanks you!


    The bus from afar
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  10. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Awesome! Cool pic of the bus and yes I seen one in the movie, Into The Wild. I am pretty sure your bike will do just fine but praying for you anyway!
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  11. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    Kent, got a question for you.. did you had to make a track to insert into your gps to do TLH or will it show up in the gps without using the track?

    And what route is it from Labrador City to Baie-Comeau? I am thinking of maybe do TLH next year starting at Baie-Comeau toward end of Newfoundland.

    And what ferry did you took? How much were they in total including the motorcycle?

    Thanks in advance for answering!
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  12. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    I expect Kent will answer, but I'll add my two cent's worth. Don't worry about a GPS track for the TLH. You won't get lost - there really aren't too many alternatives (ie. none!). Turn left at Baie Comeau up Quebec 389 - keep going.............

    Ferry from Blanc Sablon to Newfoundland - a big $11.50 for bike and rider (search Google for 'Blanc Sablon Ferry'.

    Nick
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  13. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    Nick,

    Thanks for chiming in.. it seems that from old RR, people were taking two ferries? no? And now you only need to take one, correct?

    Kent, FYI am planning to ride TLH from west to east so taking ferry on way back to NC and appreciate any info you can share with me(us).
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  14. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Okay, long three days so I'll try and summarize. Left Palmer on Friday for Burwash Landing. Good weather day. The ride between Palmer and Glennallen is very nice and was able to get a few pics. There is also a glacier there worth seeing. Crossed the border no problem and was almost there but with about 20 miles left there was a 10 mile pilot car construction delay. Which is very aggravating when you're that close. 4 years ago, the burwash landing campsite was free and so was the firewood. This year, 10 bucks to camp, 5 bucks for one hour of wifi, 5 bucks for a shower. No firewood. Was able to get a burger at the bar and a couple of beers though. Went to bed under a nice clear sky.

    Saturday. Woke up to 49 degrees and a constant rain. I did not want to leave my tent as a huddled under my sleeping bag more and more. But my tent is cheap and evenually dew was tripping on the inside. Got up at 7. Packed in a steady rain and realized I couldn't find my gloves. Asked the restaurant there if they had seen any and they hadn't. So, i was down to a pair of leather gloves and also a pair of wetsuit gloves I ride with based on an experiment that when the gloves get wet, my hands would be warm. Luckily, one of the construction guys had found them laying at another area (fell off the bike when I was cruising for a tent space). So great, but, they were totally soaked through from the rain. I packed and left in the constant rain with the wetsuit gloves. Those worked for 80 miles before I lost feeling in my hands. So that experiment failed. The only good thing about the first 80 miles of that ride was seeing a huge brown bear at the side of highway. Biggest one I've seen. Just standing there looking around. So, with the other gloves still wet put on the leather gloves to Whitehorse. Of course, I knew those wouldn't last long and they didn't. When I got to Whitehorse I had to ask a guy to close my gas cap to the lock position because i couldn't put any pressure on it with my hands. I think I'm starting to show signs of arthritis and/or carpal tunnel cause when they get cold like that I can hardly use them. So, I warmed up with some coffee for a half hour at the store there. Temp warmed up to the mid 50s and still rained to Teslin but was a little more bearable. From that point, the rain stopped but the damage was done. My already wet winter gloves kept my hands frigid (they aren't a good pair either, waterproof my ass) and the rain had eventually crept into my legs and arms (need to invest in some aerostich gear). Was definatly gonna motel it when I got to Dease Lake if there was a room available. And, there wasn't in the three motels there. It was like that when I went here 4 years ago. I don't get it there. It's a decent place but not someplace grand. There is one campsite for 10 bucks there with no facalities but all I wanted to do was take a warm shower. I went another 50 miles down the road to a new campsite and I watched the guys before me take the last cabin. Man was real nice and said I could check out some other places and come back and tent and pay the next day (they had showers). This is almost 9 now. I went to the one grocery store in Iskut and they were closed but the lady let me come in real quick and I grabbed four cans of chefboyardee pastas and a lemonade drink. That was dinner. She told me there was one motel about 2 miles down the road. Found it, had plenty of room, and around 9 I was eating my cold can of ravioles using a half empty tube of toothpaste to .
    scoop them out (forgot the spoon).

    Today I woke up to a nice beatiful morning and you couldn't ask for a better day to ride down the Cassier. Only one small construction stop at the bridge before Bell 2. They Cassier highway is great for cruising. They've done some outstanding work on it. Only bad thing on the highway was the bitchy countergirl at Bell 2. She was from Estonia and she apparantly didn't like people asking were she was from every day. Hey, if you don't like it move your ass back there. Rest of the ride was good until Gitanyow where I discovered that somehow the dial on my speedometer had dropped below the little tick mark. So when I increase speed, it gets stuck at 0. Don't ask me how I did that. The rest of the day was uneventful until Prince George. Looking for a motel I was in a turning lane and moved the bike behind an SUV. The guy in the SUV decided he was in the wrong lane and proceeded to back up into my front fender. Luckily, it scrapped over the top and didn't damage the wheel. Basically, he put another scrap on the fender next to the scrap where I wrecked. He was very apologetic and was willing to call the police,insurance, etc... I really didn't feel like dealing with it. I could only laugh at it really. I was probably just at fault some to for trying to wedge back into that lane. You learn so I just let it go. Don't know if I should have or not but I hope that's some good karma. i did try to work on the speedometer but I can't figure out how to get into that thing to do it. Hope to be in Seattle tomorrow. The bike is going to the shop Tuesday for a new rear tire. The Metzler has 12,000 miles on it. May ask them to see if they can do a quick fix on it. Will try and keep you guys posted of course.

    Along the Glenallen highway
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    In front of the glacier
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    Get to the choppa!
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    Along the Cassier
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    Don't feed the bears
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  15. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Correct: now that road is open from Happy Valley to the Labrador Coast, you only need to take the one, short, cheap ferry.

    Nick
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  16. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    I won't give the name yet of the shop I went to cause i want to see how it does. Met them at 10. The plan was to replace the rear tire and I sent them a used chain and sprocket I had replaced in NC but still had 6000 miles on it. They were hesitant to do it but it was mostly cause they didn't understand why and I explained it they said it would be okay. So first thing, showed the valve stem on the tube was pretty rusty so had them replace that. Sure enough, there was no master link with the chain I sent so they had to get a tube and a master link from the OEM store and sure enough, know master link. So, had to pay for a new chain $180.00 not including tax and some of the labor. So what I thought would be around 200 bucks was $450.00. Not happy but understood. Turned out, that chain didn't fit the sprocket I sent and they could have charged me for having to get a new sprocket but instead, they used the master link to replace the chain i sent. So, turns out it was around 200 bucks. I'm very thankful. Just hope the chain stays together for the 2800 plus miles I have to return. All there seemed amazed by the 167,000 miles the bike had on it.
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  17. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Montana is becoming one of my favorite states. Maybe it's because I come through here when it's a decent weather day. Since my friend had to work I had to get up at 6 and was able to leave at 7. Which helped and I got here at 5. The weather was nice all day. But I forgot how chilly it gets going through the mountains and national forests there. Temp dropped to 50. The whole way through Idaho into Montana is very scenic. You could spend two weeks through here easily checking out stuff. But I'm on a schedule and I have to be back to work on Wednesday. Bike is running and maintained it's speed despite the noises it's making. Got about 2200 miles left on this epic journey.

    View in Washington
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  18. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Well. This is it. Left yeterday morning went about 100 miles down the road. Bike was running great. Destination Oral, SD. So looking forward to gettting a photo with that town sign. Alas. After refueling and heading down the interstate the bike started making some racket at 70 mph I looked in my rear view mirror and could see smoke. Thought I blew the engine. Turned out my chain guard was completely off and my sprocket was out and totally trashed. Had towing insurance. Towed the bike back to Bozeman. Bike shop looked at it and shook their heads. It was bad. At first they said the bike shop in Seattle didn't install the spacers when they replaced the tire. So I called them up and started blaming them for effing up my bike. Then the bike shop here upon further inspection said tha the inner bearing on the rear wheel busted causing it to come loose and then knock everything off loose. So I had to call the shop back in Seattle and explain that they were okay. I still wonder though but the guy here in Montana showed me the bearing. So. I'll have to take his word for it. So, it appeared they were in the process of ordering the parts to repair it. The gave me what the total cost would be which really wasn't too bad. However, probably not ready till Wednesday. Still had another 2200 miles left to ride so not sure if the bike could make it. Have to be at work on Wednesday after being off for over a month. Finally. One part was back ordered. So, I spent most of the day with my mechanic back home and they were able to find a used part that was back ordered but wouldn't get it until thursday. It came down to time, and money. So. I cut ties. The shop would not buy my bike from me. So. It's being shipped back to NC to my mechanic there and I'm flying home. Still pricey but less then the other option. So with that. My trip will be coming to an end as I fly home tomorrow. I'm using today to mail stuff home and get ready for tomorrow. Also enjoying some college football. As for the bike, that's it. Shop back home said they would buy it from me. So it's being delivered there. I'll have to come up with the final list of all the damage and repair that will be needed but it's a lot and the money to do it isn't worth it. I'm heading to the Kawasaki dealer to get the KLR 650 on Tuesday. And I will joing the KLR thread cause I have a ton of stuff I want to do with it. Thanks guys for following my trip.

    Yeah, we can just hammer that right back into place and you'll be fine. You know, I think if this was in a place like Mexico they could make it work. At a Honda shop. They just couldn't or wouldn't do it.

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  19. Juan Loboe

    Juan Loboe Been here awhile

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    All things considered, you probably got your money's worth.

    Thanks for the great ride report. It's one thing to see people do it with a brand new GSA, and another thing entirely to see someone do it with a bike very much in keeping with the style of 50 or more years ago!

    Congratulations on an accomplishment. Heck, I don't venture much beyond a state or two away...on a GSA or Hog...don't even camp...and there you go getting all transcontinental on a 10 year old 750!!

    Who knows where you'll go on the KLR?
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  20. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Bummer!! At least you got 80% of the trip on your bike! And thank god you are able to sell it off with it being sick which is probably a good thing! Not many would buy a sick bike.. Great riding report!


    If you buy a KLR650, do join klr650.net and introduce yourself.. I ride one too myself.
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