Two more WR250R's Washington to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ManLee, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. ManLee

    ManLee Adventurer

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    Day 15 July 5, 2013
    Tok, AK to Haines Junction, YT
    294 Miles

    Another day on the Alcan. This is where the little bikes start to show their weakness. Be nice to crank it up to 80 and fly.
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    After we cross back into the Yukon we pull into an old gas station in Burwash. I ask the lady who's at the pumps how many kilometers it is until Haines Junction. She says she doesn't know how many kilometers but that its about 70 miles.
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    After I pay I notice this sign out front.
    "Dean, what country are we in?"
    "Canada"
    "Just checking"
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    If you remember Day 2, we stayed with my folks back in Washington and they would be leaving for Alaska the week after us. Well the stars aligned and our paths crossed at Haines Jnct. They had ridden the ferry from Prince Ruepert to Haines. A couple emails and a cell phone call and we ride right to them. Isn't technology great. [​IMG]

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    And they treat us to another steak dinner.
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    I had to do the grilling again because as my Dad puts it,"We don't know how to cook steak."
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  2. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    A little late to the party... but this is a hell of a ride report! Thank you.
  3. ManLee

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    Day 16 July 6,2013
    Haines Junction to Boya Lake
    408 Miles

    We woke to a nice breakfast. Just like staying at the Hampton Inn.
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    Dean bought a replacement Big Agnes matress in Fairbanks and is happy to have it.
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    I put on an Impromptu slide show on my dads lap top. I told them they could just go on home now that they've seen everything there is to see in Alaska.

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    Last day on the Alcan. I wrote in my notes for for today "Alcan is boring, 65MPH all day".
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    Next year we do it again on one of these. Probably not 2 up though.
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    The scenery on the Alcan get nicer as you go east.
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    Back on the Cassier Hyway through a burned up area.
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    We end up camping in Boya Lake again. A guy name Lars strolled into our camp and had some beers with us. He was from Denmark and had bought a used 650GS in Fairbanks and was going to ride it to South America. Realy nice guy who gave me his email and said If I ever wanted to ride in Europe to let him know and he would hook us up with bikes.
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    Dean quote of the day RE: Mountain House Seafood Chowder, "IT'S THE SHIT"
  4. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    keep em coming :clap
  5. Sidehil

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    Chowder was good;but you need a camo tarp my friend! Blue is good until you cover your bike with it:rofl
  6. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Awesome report! What kinda speeds did y'all average with the WRs?
  7. WR250X

    WR250X FoxenTec

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    Great story, I just can't get enough of these ride reports. I ride a WR250X but have the same Wolfman gear and Rotopax setup. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law just made a similar trip. They picked up two Burgman scooters in Fairbanks and took off for Fresno Ca.. The amazing thing is his wife just got her motorcycle license before the trip. She did great and they took their time and didn't push it.

    It would be cool if you outlined all your equipment and bike setup. What you would not bring again and what you wish you had. (Sorry if I missed it)
  8. johnyrrr

    johnyrrr Been here awhile

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    Wonderful report, I felt like I was there.... well almost thanks for taking the time. I just bought a 2006 KLX250, I wonder how it would stack up against the WR on a trip like this. I did an exhaust mod and rejet next is the soft suspension needs adressing and a bigger tank.
  9. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Look what you made me do:

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    Fun bike, looking forward to putting some real miles on it.
  10. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    just stumbled across this one----read all 10 pages----oops late for work again, great report and pics, gets me thinkin more and more bout the mighty yamaha 250----hear nothin but good things bout em......
  11. Kevinj110

    Kevinj110 पवित्र गाय

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    Thanks for letting me share in your trip I have enjoyed it too much.
  12. ManLee

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    Day 17 July 7, 2013
    Boya Lake to Hyder Alaska
    342 Miles


    We spent the day on the Cassiar Highway. The weather was beautiful and the scenery is awesome. Much nicer riding than on the way up.
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    Nothing much to report, just miles and miles of nice road and scenery. If you get the chance ride the Cassiar
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    When we got to Meziadin Junction we just decided to head back to Hyder and get a room and some food.

    After a halibut dinner I walked down to see the new bridge they were building that accesses the boat launch and docks. Here's the new one next to the old.
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    I think the old trestle is definitely due for replacement.
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    Looking out towards the Canal
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    While I was there in comes a seaplane.
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    Here's the pilot, Don Mcgee. He's a bush pilot and fly's to all the seaplane bases in Alaska and performs inspections for the state. I inspect bridges for a living so we BS'd about inspecting, hunting, airplanes and motorcycles. He was completely jacked to hear about our trip. Eventually his wife reminded him that they still had 2 more bases to inspect for the evening so I left them to finish up and I went to bed.
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  13. SocalMotoRider

    SocalMotoRider n00b

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    Awesome write up and great pictures, Very inspiring keep it up :freaky
  14. ManLee

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    Day 18 July 8, 2013
    Hyder AK, to Vanderhoof BC
    369 Miles


    We left Hyder and fueled up in Stewart. A guy pulled up in this and left her running while he went in to the store. Be nice to live someplace where you can commute to work in a deuce and a half. Probably the local barista.
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    After 4 straight days of riding pavement I was ready to get back on the dirt for a bit. Dean has had a leaking fork seal since day 7 and wasn't as anxious to leave the pavement as me. Cleaning the seal did not help and we were not able to get a new seal at any of the shops along the way. We carried some fluid with us but never put any in. It was only about 60 miles until we'd be back on the pavement and it was about 40 miles shorter than the paved route so we went for it.(I didn't give Dean a choice)
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    This is more like it.
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    The only wildlife picture I took on the whole trip. I just happened to have my camera out as I was riding by.
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    This is a cool bridge. You don't see many wooden trusses that carry vehicle traffic(there's a reason for that).
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    We ended up camping again next to the city park in Vanderhoof. Hopfully the authorities weren't still looking for us after our early morning escape the last time we stayed here. We camped right next to a couple on 1200 and 800 GS's. They had seen us camping at Boya Lake and I chatted with them fueling up this morning in Stewart. Funny how 2 groups can travel 3 days straight and end up at the same spot every night.


    Hey Dean, I'll trade you a beef stew for a seafood chowder.
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    How about a beef stew and a chicken with rice for 1 seafood chowder.
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  15. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    great ride report! I am follwin for sure. I always told people if they ever made a decent 400 or 250 four stroke it would be great to take on a trip like this. I got the 400 (2001 XR400R) a while ago and feel it would be an awesome bike to do a ride like this on. EXCELLENT pics!
  16. ManLee

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    Day 19 July 9, 2013
    Vanderhoof, BC to Ashcroft, BC
    356 Miles


    Short Report for today. Not sure why but I didn't take any pictures on the road. It was a hot day and all pavement.

    Just like day 2 we ended the day in the hay shed at my aunt and uncles ranch. This time we were getting out of the sun instead of the rain. Dean and I drank beer while my aunt did chores then my uncle showed up BBQ'd us some nice steaks.
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    John Deere makes a real nice clothes rack.
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    That snomobile wont get you home Dean.
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    The horse might get you home but it will take a while. You're stuck for one more day on the bike.
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    One more day and this report is history. Stay tuned.
  17. Sidehil

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    The end!!!!!:1drink
  18. Sidehil

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    Mike has more I'm sure but but my son just brought salmon he just caught of the dock below our place.:))))))):clap
  19. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Aw, that was too quick. Go out and ride more :D
  20. ManLee

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    Day 20 July 10, 2013
    Ashcroft, BC to Orting, WA
    324 Miles


    Last day of the ride. We're treated to bacon and eggs for breakfast and we say our good byes to my aunt and uncle.
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    The ride down the Thomson and Fraser rivers is very scenic but we fought a stiff headwind the whole way

    Stopped at hells gate for a look see. Didn't ride the tram though.
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    Fellow rider had this sticker. Nice:lol3
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    After we crossed the border we took Highway 9 until Sedro Wooley then we bit the bullet and hit Interstate 5 for the final push south. Funny how for the whole trip 60-65 seemed about as fast as you wanted to go with theses bike fully loaded. That changed once you're on the interstate and everyone is doing 70-80. 75mph seems fine. Seattle at rush hour sucked. It took almost an hour to go from northgate to downtown.

    I followed Dean to his house in Federal Way so we could celebrate with a couple of cold ones.

    Come on Dean we made it!
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    He rallied.
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    Once back home in Orting its nice to see Mt Rainier. I didn't notice the banner until now. I doubt many of the participants really know what a "BIG O RIDE" is.
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    My wife is at the ready to take a picture of my triumphant return.
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    6205 miles and I felt ready for 6000 more. That feeling went away after a couple of days as I adjusted back to home and work.
    Note the top speed. I'm not ashamed to admit that was down hill.

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    That's all folks. Thanks for hanging in there with me. This was my first adventure ride and my first ride report. Cant wait to do it all again. Idaho, Utah,Arizona and Baja, they're all on my to do list.
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