WAY UP NORTH - To The Arctic Ocean & Back to Arizona

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. gbmaz

    gbmaz Power Newb

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    Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to spend a lazy afternoon with your adventures.
  2. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    WHALE-TAIL

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    SHOPPING MALL ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Porpoises escort our boat back to the harbor.

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    The time flew past and we were never bored.

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    I was surprised at how much water we covered.

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    The Google Earth View of Our Meares Glacier Cruise

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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    After looking at fish all day, we wanted to eat some.

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    Mmmmmmmmm....

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    Halibut Fingers

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    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Just returning the favor of so many others here. Thanks!
  6. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    We took another walk around the harbor.​

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    Then returned to our "honeymoon suite" on top of the hill.​

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    End of Day 15​
  7. HighRiver

    HighRiver taking the checkered

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    Stellar pics and writing Dave! A mate of mine sent me the link for your R/R, funnily enough we are both in Phx and are planning to do this ride next summer. Thanks for the guidance in packing, we were just talking about it at Rula Bula over a few pints o Guinness. Guess I'll put the kitchen sink back where it belongs. :D
    Cheers!
    Mark
  8. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    Absolutely awesome report!! Good job!
  9. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    No kitchen sink required.:wink: We probably took more crap than some, but most single riders we saw had 2-3 times more stuff hanging everywhere. I dis-liked having to use the top box and really hated having to strap the tent on top. I have another packing tip coming up. Stay tuned. Thanks, Mark!

    Thanks again, sarelp!
  10. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Our time in Alaska has run out. The day off already put us a full day behind. We must start heading home.
    With the major goals of the trip accomplished, we could just head straight home, but that might get boring.
    Don't worry, I have a scenic route planned for the return leg. There's much more to come.!
    In fact, I took my favorite photograph of the trip on the last day.:wink:

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    So we ride back on the Richardson Highway to the Tok Cut-off.​

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    It's a beautiful day, but we must leave Alaska.:cry

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    We get lunch at Fast Eddy's in Tok. I wanted to stay in Alaska,​

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    but Helen obviously wanted to be in Hawaii.​

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    After Lunch, The Taylor Highway​

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  11. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    We tore up the Taylor Highway and...

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    stopped for ice cream in Chicken, AK. Although it's farther away from civilization, Chicken just seemed like Tortilla Flats, AZ.

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    The Taylor Highway was more fun than hanging around Chicken.

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    We saw lots of other motorcycles.

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    Helen remarked later that she couldn't believe we had to pass so many.

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    She wanted to know why the other riders were going so slow.:rofl

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  12. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    Dave & Helen,

    I've read all of your RR's Dave but these photos are the best of all. Thanks for taking the time to bring adventure to some of us old folks directly from our recliners! I can't do so much anymore but it's nice to be able to read yet! Great going.....(We're in A.J. in the wintertime.)

    Gary "Oldone":gerg
  13. laser3

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    Very nice, and very good information for my future trip. I spend part of my birthday reading your trip.! 49 today.
    :freaky
  14. melsman

    melsman Great White North GS'r

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    When you are in a cage, you are watching a movie,
    when on a bike, you're IN the movie!!

    Great report, just found it tonight, can't stop reading.

    We just missed you in Oregon, were there 2 weeks ago
  15. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon ...riding California

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    Amazing ride report, one of the best on adv. The photography is excellent. I enjoy the HDR stuff but the more realistic photos you took are just as beautiful. Can't wait to read more.
  16. Mike M

    Mike M On the Left Coast...

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    Always dreaming of a trip to Alaska----now dreaming vicariously through the two of you!

    I may move to Arizona soon and your RR is inspiring to turn my dream into reality. :clap
  17. Olorin_the_13th

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    Hmn. I'm not too sure about this.

    Often I cannot stop wondering: "Why do I find it beautiful here, were others don't?"
    Have no definite answer yet, but I guess it has to do a little with having no real expectations and the childishness remaining - the ability to stare in awe and wonder on the small things absolutely normal to the rest of people.

    If one wants to suck every life out of each moment possible and to do so tries to find the inherent beauty in exactly everything, over time one develops an eye for these small diamonds in grey mud.
    So to speak. Yep, I think this could be it.

    Anyways, you had your diamond with you all the time. Would be nice to know, what Helen was thinking of this trip, what her philosophical moments were. Being her first big thing and everything....mind to share?


    And by the way, having seen so much in so little time - as with on your other rides - did you ever get the feeling of exhaustion, of "too much"?
    If so, how do you deal with it?


    And now, keep on telling your story^^
  18. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Great post Olorin...an insightful reply and some very good questions :thumb
  19. x-box

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    I think this is my first official post on this forum, but I could not help commenting....
    This trip report is just awesome - it's got everything I would love to have in a trip, and the photography is sensational!
    I can watch and learn/experience other places through the poster's lens and words, and dream of the day that I gather the time/courage to do something along a similar vein - till then I need to get some more miles on the bike and get my experience up a bit, but the day will come :D
    Bravo - fantastic effort/report - love it!
  20. dave6253

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    We finished up the Taylor Highway

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    Border Crossing

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    The Border Crossing at Poker Creek is the farthest north crossing in the US.

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    Once in Canada we are on the Top of the World Highway

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    We enjoyed the fast ride here and even shot some video.

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