Two Moto Kiwis Arctic To Antarctic May 2012...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.

  1. Kiwi Dave

    Kiwi Dave Beemer Boy

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    I see you both are carrying a good supply of "hard pills". I don't start a tour now until I have triple checked the pill box for my Acme Hard Pills. Boy oh boy they come in handy at times.

    Have Nick Hay over for evening tea tonight. Off to the airport at a sparrows fart to drop him off. He's off chasing birds in Europe for the the next few months. Good on em'. I didn't know he belonged to the Audubon Society.

    Anyway we both say hello and it's great to see your underway.

    All the bst,
    Dave and Nick:1drink:1drink
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  2. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    Subscibed! As my wife rides too, I always enjoy a great "couples" report. Wishing you two Kiwi's the best!
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  3. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    What a great journey you've started!

    If you make your way to California let me know. I know of many, many beautiful (and free) camping spots throughout mid and Southern California and can suggest many great roads.
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  4. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Subscribed, can't wait for more! I may see you up there as I am leaving the first of June for arrival in Deadhorse by mid June then off to the D2D! Maybe I'll see you guys on the road! :clap

    Now I am wondering about your arrival in Homer. You said that there was a moose and I clearly see it in a photo but what about the first photo where you stopped across the street from the brown house; it looks like a freaking brown bear in the yard by the trees :eek1 or was it just the moose with his head down? :ear
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  5. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Hi!
    I am 40 days into my RTW and i'm currently in Whitehorse Yukon going north. It snowed here today so I am staying put until tomorrow. I plan on getting to Fairbanks by Friday night. It would be great to cross paths and trade info/stories. I am not sure about your route but It looks like you guys are in for a treat! Enjoy the ride!:freaky

    Noah
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  6. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Noah, no worries, be great to cross paths if we can, we are planning on going to Prudhoe Bay on the 24th, see the Alaskan section for details.
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  7. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I better stay tuned to this one, how great to be able to pull off such a trip.
    Jim
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  8. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We survived Homer and the Homer-roids, we joined in a ride from Homer through to Hope, the rest of the team continued back to Seward to stay the night, sink some toxic lemonade and talk shit as you do.

    Ellen and I already topping our milage limit for our first service continued on to Anchorage, we are booked in on Wednesday :clap, on the way in we were able to pick up our bank card and open our Smugmug account for photos and activate our SPOT.

    Good news is my tank should be here on Friday so I can finally ditch the factory DR peanut tank and ride with something less to think about as far as fuel planning goes.

    So these are the last of the Homer Photos, we will be in Anchorage for the week so not too many picture to come this week, this is our service and finish the bike week.

    Charlie Ellen and I

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    Our new car ... plenty of room for playing chasing :evil

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    Mount Augustine

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    Chiwi having a rest

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    ARAI and Mountains

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    Salty Dawg at Homer Spit

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    Young Eagle

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    Can't explain this one

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    Gota roof bro!!!

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  9. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Charles and His Food Pantry

    Andi met Charlie on the ADV forum. When we got to Anchorage, we realize he is a friend of Barb and Amy - and other ADV riders. What a surprise.

    We arrived Charles' house in Homer in the brilliant sunshine, a moose was grazing in front of the front yard, with the snow mountain and ocean in the full view of the lounge, it felt just like at home in Wanaka - except the moose.

    Charlie took us down to the Homer spit and showed us around. Most importantly, he told us about his passion - the city food pantry.

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    The food pantry is similar to the food bank in NZ. They collect donations of food and distribute to the people who have the need. There are a few volunteers working at the food pantry. Charlie picks up food from local grocery shop most days and is also on call 24 -7. They have a system, people who registered in the system pick up their food parsel every Monday afternoon. So on Monday morning, we joined Charlie and his mates sorting out all the food.

    There are donuts, muffins, cakes, tin food and also lots of fruit and veges. Although the fruit and veges are not in their best condition - that's why they are donated but they are still very good. In NZ, that would be thrown out but the people in Homer sorted them out, then give to the people in need.

    While we were taking the rotting part of the veges out, a lady told me to put them in a seperate box, because "people will pick it up for animals, nothing is going to waste from here." I was wonder how does that work because the US for me is a country people suing for anything and everything. Charlie said they do have permission from govt to do so. What a great thing to do for the community. I think if our NZ could do the same, first will help lots of people, second will reduce lots of waste.

    "Is there any who people abuse this system?" "Of course there is." Charlie said. The food pantry also has limited finance to support people. Charlie went and met a woman while we stayed with him, he came back not very happy. I asked how was the woman, Charlie said:"I told her not to come back to us." The woman who claimed was abused by her partner was driving a brand new rental car, but no money for fuel. Charlie went and paid for the fuel, she also wanted the receipt. Charlie said no and told her to change an affordable car as well.

    Most people come to food pantry are genuinly in need of help. Charlie has been working for the food pantry for 3 years, and seeing the number of people coming to the panty is growing - this is his main concern. He believes America is in a bad shape.

    Charlie also told us his romance with a Chinese lady he met on the Internet. He even sold all his belongings and moved to China to be with her. Unfortunately the hot weather there and cultural difference curtailed the romance. Charlie had to return to Alaska after a few months in China. Although he didn't make his life in China, they still remain very good friends. I even talked to the lady on Skype in Chinese - Charlie asked me to tell her in Chinese that riding motorcycle is not dangerous!

    Andi spent couple of days help Charlie to fix his Honda 1979 Gold Wings so he can go riding with us on Sunday - actually the ride was on Saturday, Charlie messed up the day which he was most embarrassed.

    Our stay in Homer had a shorter ending due to leaving on the Saturday rather than the Sunday but we don't mind at all as we met a few more riders and enjoyed the trip to Hope Cafe with them. We were so lucky to be able to stay with Charlie and get to know him and his passion. He made us feel at Home(r) as our own home. We can not thank him enough. All the best for Charlie, we wish you find a good company to share your love and passion.
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  10. findlj

    findlj How much fun is that

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    got me with Arctic to Antarctic! :lurk
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  11. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Subscribed! Great stuff so far... you certainly don't see many folks start at the north end and work south the way you two are doing it - especially so early in the riding season!

    If you plan on staying a night (or more) in Prince George as you head south, drop me a line. We always have lots of tent space in the yard for ADV folk on their way through. If you need a break from the weather, there's a spare bedroom as well (assuming we don't already have company, of course).

    Here's some general location info in my Tent Space posting. PM me if you need specifics or other contact info, and keep up the great work on the ride report! :clap
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  12. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    :lurk Watching with interest. After our Alaska ride in 07 I love EVERYTHING Alaska. Hope to go back one day and spend even longer there. Enjoy :thumb
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  13. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    Sounds like a great adventure so far!

    If you guys make it to Antigua, Guatemala (definitely a popular spot to relax a few days), be sure to come by Moto Cafe and share some stories with fellow motorcyclists, join us for a ride, or just have a beer!

    Always great to meet ADV'rs.

    Moto Cafe
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    Antigua, Guatemala
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    Safe travels!
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  14. kodiakcasssells

    kodiakcasssells n00b

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  15. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Hey guys, I just got back to Fairbanks from the Dalton HWY. It is still very much winter north of the Brooks range. Yesterday morning in Deadhorse there was this Foggy/snow/freezing crap that iced me over pretty good. That lasted for about 35 miles. I hope you pack warm cloths. Watch out for the dust. some of the big rigs kick up way more then you think and the road will disappear if there is no wind. One more thing, HAVE FUN! :D
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  16. HayDuchessLives

    HayDuchessLives Loquita

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    Thanks for the update on the road conditions. I'm heading up there tomorrow (solo) but I don't plan on going much past Atigun Pass. I want to do some hiking and would love to climb up the snow-covered peak at the top of Atigun Pass. I'm bringing warm clothes, crampons and an ice axe in case I get to "play" on steep snowfields. :D When I rode to Deadhorse two years ago we encountered the freezing, horizontal sleet/ice crap that iced us up too. That wasn't fun at all.

    Have a safe journey!
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  17. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I don't mean to Hi-jack this thread.. but be careful for the wet slides! They were cleaning off the road with a front end loader on my way up. Apparently it covered half the road when it slid. :eek1
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  18. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Hay Andi and Ellen , every night I go to the Cou Cou Bar to use free wifi and enjoy your ride and Pics ???? Good to see your not slaves to your laptops . Enjoy having all day to get to nowhere Cob and remember riding the Dalton at night was better than the day time was way more enjoyable for me . Elvie , Angela, Mariel, Jen and Hazel send there regards :1drink
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  19. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    hey you two!!

    thank goodness i discovered this!

    loving the RR n you guys LIVING THE DREAM!

    loving the pics n writing.

    what tyres are you using?

    Looking forward to more more more!

    best wishes and stay safe

    Shane
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  20. kodiakcasssells

    kodiakcasssells n00b

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