We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Thomas B.

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    Glad you like it. Hang on. There will be more coming.
    (hopefully soon)
    Cheers Thomas
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    Finally caught up on this RR. Good effort. I was recently in Switzerland, very briefly, and enjoyed the adventure rider hospitality there. @DunkingBird offered me a place for man and bike. Great to meet up for the first time and make new friends. The adventure riding community the world over is fantastic.
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  4. chain driven

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    Hi. Just found your great trip , keep it coming
  5. Thomas B.

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    Some more shapes and Colors of Yellowstone.

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    Yellowstone looks like an amazing place to see.

    While you were there, was there any talk of it erupting? It seems to be making news here with "swarms of earthquakes" etc. :permazot
  7. Thomas B.

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    We then moved on to Red Lodge to meet our friends that would join us to Alaska, but not before going over the Beartooth highway. What a nice road.

    Leaving the park.

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    While waiting in Red Lodge I worked a little on the bikes, got some company from a rabbit, a deer and a bear, and after two days heard the familiar sound of some 690s pulling into the campsite. Joanne and Mark were just on time for the meet up. Then we started the part called – Orange to Alaska.

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    Visitors on the campsite


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    the streets of Red Lodge

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    Joanne with her morning hairdo

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    The Team going to Alaska

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  9. Thomas B.

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    Well I´m glad someone in Switzerland stepped up to you. We got so much help in the US and Canada and are glad Europe is helping too.
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    It will, just hang on.
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    No Infos in any eruptions while we were there. Everything was calm.
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    Leaving Red Lodge we headed north to the Glacier National Park that we reached in good weather (one of the last on the trip).

    Getting to Glacier NP

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    Clouds the next morning and then soon rain.

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    Our next goal was Canmore where I had ordered tires to since our knobbies were beginning to run low. We made it there just in time for the sky to open and pour down on us while we looked for a place to stay. I needed a roof to be able to change the tires the next day. We finally found a affordable apartment for the four of us with a heated garage that turned out to be great. I immediately set off to the bike shop I had arranged to accept my new rubber and came back with a load on the back of my bike.

    The next morning Mark and I went to work while the girls enjoyed the apartment. After Mark finished what he had to do he helped me with tires. After a couple of hours all the work was done and we were ready to go on north.

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    getting them on the rims

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    A short sidenote:
    We are back in Santa Fe and are still trying to sell our BMW. There is an add in the Regional Forum: The Rokies, and there in the Rocky Mountain Flea Market. Look there for Details.
    So if anyone is interested or knows someone that might be - send me a PM. Thanks for your help.

    Just to remind you what we are talking about:

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    The Icefield Parkway was nice, but with the overcast sky not so impressive. At least the crowds that go through here in the main season hadn´t arrived yet and riding was not that slow.

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    We had nice and sunny hours with good Camping, here at lake Musreau

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    As always on longer trips you come to a point where bike maintenance is necessary, so Mark and I went searching for some good motorcycle oil once we arrived in Grand Prarie. Canada tires had some and we found a quiet place behind some containers in the parking lot where we could work.

    on our way to Grand Prarie

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    Oil Change in a parking lot - everyone´s favorite

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    And then we were there on the Alaska Highway

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    I loved your story until you got the beemer, than it turned from an adventure into a holiday. But now you have the KTMs again!
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    Hi blackSP,
    glad your back to loving it again. Well we knew we would do alot of miles on paved roads during the winter in the US and wanted to save the KTMs for some more dirt like surfaces. Thats why we bought the beemer for that. I´m glad we didn´t do the 30000 km we did on the KTMs.
    It is good to be on the orange ones again. And with a Little luck the BMW will be sold soon.
    So hang on. the KTM part is going on now.
    Cheers Thomas
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    Over Fort Nelson we aimed for Liard River Hot Springs. The ride there was nice although overcast and we just managed to put up our tents there, after waiting for the buffalo to move out of our spot, when it started to rain, again. At least it stopped for a couple of minutes so we could make some dinner and we had another bear visit at our site that we had to chase away. And then it rained, and rained, and rained. The whole night, the whole next day, the whole next night, and the following morning when we tore down our drenched tents. We had spend a day there in the lobby of the lodge hoping the rain would stop. It didn´t. That was the worst day of the Alaska trip. The rest was just rain on and off, mainly in the morning when we were taking the tents down. But we had some sunny minutes in between which was nice. And it was cold the whole time. We hardly ever took off our warm jackets. Even the locals we walked to said it was an unusual cold and wet summer. Well we had to deal with it.

    Passing through Watson Lake (in the rain) Sandra looked for a roof for the night and found a reasonably priced cabin for us in Tesslin. And believe it or not the sun came out when we arrived, and we could dry out all our wet gear – what a relieve.

    Western style Office and Restaurant at the camp site in Fort Nelson

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    Dall sheep on the road to Liard River hot springs

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    Sandra smileing at the sign forest in Watson lake (although it rained)

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    moving on in amazing scenery

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    The Bridge before Tesslin

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    A shame about the rain. But thats life. I take it the bears you are chasing aren't too big?