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.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Ok, lets try it again.

    Gooing up Hatcher Pass

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    A view back where we came up

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    Camping Food: Spaghetti with fresh salmon
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    Morning Routine: Sandra packing in the tent

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    russian church in Kenai
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    leaning over a bit

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    Homers spit

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    road to Homers Spit

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    Homers Spit down in the bay

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  2. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    Makes me want to head north - right now!
    Thanks for posting.
  3. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    It would be a Little late to go all the way North starting now. It is a beautiful ride up there and if you have never been - make a plan - soon! :-)
    Nice to have you with us.
    Cheers Thomas
  4. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    After a rainy day on the way to Seward Joanne Looks happy to be under a Roof. A Little small, but dry.

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    Bikes outside in the pouring rain.

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    Still wet the next morning, but not raining that hard anymore.

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    Short breakfast in a gas Station

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    In Wasilla it was dry, luckily, and Mark and I spend a day doing maintanace infront of our airbnb.

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  5. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    Rainy and cold here, but i don't get the awesome views. Thanks for posting.
  6. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    nice and sunny and reasonably warm here in Santa Fe, but a lot of work an the bikes to do to get them ready for the further ride.
  7. Thomas B.

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    The Mc Carthy mine was pretty cool with a lot of history and a lot to see and the fact that with a motorcycle you could ride over the pedestrian bridge and ride directly to the sites.

    At Thompson Pass Sandra and I turned around and went to Tok and Joanne and Mark went on to Valdez. In Tok, where the two arrived a day later, we split up, because our itineraries were too different. We had a really good time together and would see each other soon again.

    nice and sunny leaving Wasilla

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    Mining Equipment at Mc Carthy

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    the old mine

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    on a bike you can ride all the way to the old mine - great

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    glacier on the way to Thompson pass

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    dazzadm Been here awhile

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    Awesome. An intersting article on the mine here.
    Looking down the valley, is that piles of mine tailings or glacial moraine going across the valley floor?
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    Thanks for the good photos, I can really get a sense of the scale of the place from those. Cheers from down under...
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  10. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Yes the mine was interesting. It is a glacial moraine. Looked really cool.
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    Thanks for the Kind words. Greetings to the world down there.
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  12. Thomas B.

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    Sandra and my further route took us to Dawson city, where we had a look around for an afternoon, and then on to the Demster highway and Inuvik. Again the weather didnĀ“t look too good, but not really bad, so we would again try to do it In a quick dash. There were some fires along the road, but when we started the road was open. It was grey when we left Dawson City. The morning stayed that way with some drops here and there. Then as we came to the fire zone it rained more and the road got really gooey. Riding was slippery and slow and this went on for many kilometers. We had just stopped and were talking about maybe turning around when a jeep came towards us. We stopped the guys and asked about the road condition ahead and they said the muddy part was soon over and the rest was smooth sailing. And that is how it was. The mud stopped and the road was smooth. In Eagle Plains we filled up, and got a bite to eat and then pushed on. In the afternoon the weather got better and riding was more enjoyable. After the second ferry crossing (there are two on the Demster) we decided to quit for the day, and looked for a camp spot. Just shortly after the ferry a track went uphill to the right so I went to have a look. It lead to a big open space just above the road and was one of the best spots we had that far north. It was so great, because there were no bugs what so ever and because we were on the last ferry ( it was 10 in the evening) there was no traffic anymore.

    Passing through Chicken on our way

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    Top of the world Highway

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  13. Thomas B.

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    In Dawson City

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    Some last Shopping before heading up the Dempster

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    Heading up the Dempster, still dry.

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    getting wet

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    still Smoking from the fires

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    muddy, slippery, not nice

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    dryer and faster again

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    Back of a vehicle after the mud. I looked the same. Wait and see.

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    Setting up the tent in a bugfree spot. Yey!

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    Trying to get my backside a bit clean.

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    Even the back of my jacket looked great.

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    After a good nights sleep we headed to Inuvik the next morning in perfect sunshine and arrived there in good time. We looked around a bit and had a bite to eat. Then headed back south towards Eagle Plains. Of course in the afternoon the clouds became so thick that there were rain showers here and there and we were dodging those showers most of the later afternoon. We waited for a shower to pass us in the toilet of one of the rest areas before Eagle Plains and then crawled on through the slippery mud in front of us.

    In Eagle Plains we met 6 other bike riders (after meeting no others for days), set up the tent, got a six pack, and had a nice evening with the others. It was past 12 pm when we finally hit the sack.

    beautifull weather the next morning

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    Arriving in Inuvik

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    Waiting for a Ferry on the way back

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    Fast gravel

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    Back in Yukon

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    Get that bike washed!

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    Dodging showers the whole afternoon

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    Other bikers in Eagle Plains

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    DunkingBird Been here awhile

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    Someone invented long mudguards but: Beauty knows no pain.

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  17. Thomas B.

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    I know they exist, but they are soooo ugly!
    Looking for other Solutions. :-)
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    I wonder if that rack gets warm at all? Adds a little back pressure too I suppose.
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  19. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Been here awhile

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    Heat isn't a issue and the coulor keeps its blackness :rofl
    The back pressure can't stop an old africa twin (1991).

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  20. MrKiwi

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    it's a case of function over form. I had one for one of my bikes I fitted whenever doing gravel tours and took off for my daily urban commutes.