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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    Well look yourself at the Pictures for the size. Not huge I would say, but still a good size.

    A bit blurry, sorry

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    (Pictures from Mark)
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    And then we finally reached Alaska. The afternoon in Skagway started kind of damp with a little rain, but then turned out really nice when the sun came out. We walked around town (touristy, but nice) and enjoyed the place.

    The next morning, we had booked a ferry to Haines, started wet (what a surprise) so we packed up and went for breakfast as we still had some time until the ferry sailed. We got on the ferry wet and it was still drizzling when we left it in Haines. We found a RV park by the water and the lady had a spot for us under one of these tent roof things. Very nice. One for the tent and a big one with a table and benches for the bikes, and she even had an indoor sitting place with a microwave. We went shopping and spend the rest of the day in that indoor place.(as it rained outside)

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    Walking around Skagway

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    Massiv Equipment to clear the pass from snow

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    what´s out there?

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    Waiting for the Ferry to Haines -- in the rain

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    Everything is under a Roof

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    The next morning we met Joanne and Mark again at the gas station (they had treated themselves with a room for some anniversary they had) and headed on north.

    Reaching Fairbanks we filled up on supplies and looked at the weather report. It promised halfway dry weather for the next days and we decided to try to get to Deadhorse and back during that period. Since we had daylight 24 hours, we decided to ride as long as we could and then look for a place to camp.

    Leaving Fairbanks we made the necessary stops at the Dalton Highway sign and at the Arctic Circle sign, stopped for gas and drinks/food in the Yukon River Camp and in Coldfoot and apart from that just enjoyed the ride and the scenery, stopped for pictures and human needs and just went on. Most of the road was good fast riding, except when it started to rain for a short time or where the maintenance trucks had watered the road. There is got slippery in places and covered us in mud.

    Enjoying the landscape

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    Grizzlys beside the road

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    Mark taking care of the evening firewood

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    Be carefull on the road

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    Getting North

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    Still some miles to go

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    This guy wanted to ride with us, but after I told him he would have to find new friends once we stopped he left us.

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    The scereny was always changing and always great. Not boring at all.

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    It was almost 10 in the evening when we decided it was time to stop. We found an even spot near a river that was big enough for us and set up camp. During our trip north we had mainly camped and hadn´t had too many problems with mosquitoes or black flies yet, but here they would eat you alive. As soon as we stopped everyone was digging in their bags and came out with head nets and repellent. With that it was bearable. We made dinner, drank Vodka to forget the mosis, and went to bed.

    The next morning – beautiful sunshine. We got to the flat tundra, opened the throttle, and at 11 we were in Deadhorse just in time for a late breakfast. We did what had to be done: looked around a bit, fueled up, took pictures at the Deadhorse sign. and bought Deadhorse stickers.

    Then we turned around for the long way back and reached Coldfoot in the evening, just in time for burgers and beer.

    Camping spot on the Dalton

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    who cares about mosquitos?

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    Like at home I get to do the dishes

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    view from the tent in the morning (can you see the mosquito allready waiting for us)

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    getting ready to go on

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    in cognito in Dead Horse

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    Sure looks you are enjoying your trip. We met on the Kootenay lake ferry crossing just east of Nelson, BC. Sure is sweet you guys can spend this much time out on two wheels together.
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    Glad to see this segment of your trip coming up on the report! :rayof Looking forward to the rest of the stories!! :thumb
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    Oh yes, we are still enjoying the trip very much. Yes we are lucky to be able to do this together, but we worked for a Long time for this trip and finally are there.
    Are you the guy with the old R80G/S I talked to quit a while on the Ferry? If yes I remember you well.
    Cheers Thomas
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    Hey Curtis, good you are with us. Was good to see you the last Weekend. Maybe meet for a beer soon? Hopefully!
    See you Thomas
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    Yes, maybe one evening in the next week or two! :beer
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    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Wow, I need to get out more. :lol3

    Geez, you guys get around! Thanks for sharing! :clap
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  14. Thomas B.

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    Yea, get out - ist great out there - lots to see and do.

    We do cover alot of miles, I know, but we will slow down in South America (a Little bit - maybe :-))

    You are welcome
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    After reaching Fairbanks and “civilization” again, and after cleaning the bikes and our gear a little, we went we went to do the more touristy stuff in Alaska. Went to Denali park and Denali highway, Talkeetna, Hatchers Pass, Homers Spit, Seward, ….. From Homer to Seward it stared to rain and wouldn´t stop anymore. Sandra found a cabin for us that was pricy for what it was, but it had a roof and was dry. She also found an Airbnb in Wasila for two nights, because (who would guess it after all that riding) Mark and I had to do maintenance again.

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    Denali in the Clouds

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    on the Denali Highway

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    getting something to eat (the worst burger I ever had)

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    Wow. :bow
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    Fantastic RR! Looking forward to more :)
  19. Thomas B.

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    Glad you like it. There is more to come soon!
    Cheers Thomas
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    Short stop in Talkeetna

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    and there was the top of Denali over the Clouds

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    No more Pictures at the Moment. Internet sucs here.