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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Litespeed602, Jul 4, 2014.
Now you need to do the TAT on the KTM.
We continue back to Fairbanks and head to a car wash, $16 later most of the mud is gone. It is early afternoon so south on The Parks Highway towards Denali we go. Got a room in Healey. During supper I see Maxbet stop eating mid-meal. I knew something was wrong by the look on his face. He has had kidney stones in the past and he knew from the location of the pain that's what it was. He had a miserable night, lots of pain and very little sleep.
That sounds like fun!
Maxbet was feeling a little better in the morning. We were going to take the day off for him to recover but the motel was booked for the night so we had to leave. We waited until about noon and headed for the Denali Highway.
We knew that Steve was in the area from his "Spot". As we rode south of Denali we saw his bike at the Hostel. We stopped to check on it and it's a good thing we did. Someone had messed with his bike so we took photos for the police investigation. Steve. I hope they catch them!
After our good deed for the day we moved on toward our next road. I have read and been told how scenic the Denali Highway is and it was all true. We had a great weather day and it really made for a nice ride.
Finally !!! Finally we saw a bear, I was begining to think we would never see one. We were able to sneak up close too.
To keep the day short for Maxbet we stopped in Glennallen, he was doing OK but we knew he was tired.
Day 15?, that means we are at the half way point of our alloted 30 day trip, how did that happen.
It rained hard overnight but was not raining as we loaded up. Well that didn't last long. Light rain turned into steady rain as we got to Tok, rainsuits on. Around noon it cleared up and got nice.
Here was another highlight of the trip. I can say this with much certainty, most people that visit Alaska/Canada don't get to see a Giant Panda, but look at this!!!
A little later we ran into Wyngs again, he and WildMonkey had gone their separate ways. He waved at us to pull over and explained that his bike was not running right, and ask if we would follow him in case it stopped on him. We followed him until we came to a gas station and he was able to put some premium in and just a short distance down the road it started running better, must have been bad gas. I have that sometimes too.
And another Panda !! wow. Hey Greg that's close enough :huh:huh
Great scenery around the Destruction Bay area.
Ended the day in Haines Junction. There were bicycles everywhere and we found out there was a race from Haines Junction to Haines AK, 157 miles. The solo winner did it in 7 1/2 hours. They had the road closed all day so I'm glad we didn't plan to ride to Haines today.
View from our hotel
Maxbet was looking over his bike and saw that his brake pads were really worn. That Dalton mud had taken its toll. All of his pads were worn but one front pad was toast, apparently mud had caused a caliper piston to not release and completely wear out the pad. Now to find replacement pads.
And, we made our Ferry reservations for the next day in Haines.
I really appreciate you all following me through there, was more than a little worried. I wanted to ride the Denali as well but the timing wasnt right and I was just too tired from that 1 day up the Dalton. Rode to Tok and slept in the ambulance instead
Enjoying your report very much. Thank you for taking the time to post it. I do tip my hat to those that can ride street tires in mud and gravel. Also, agree that there is no price tag on fulfilling a dream. Looking forward to the rest of your story.
Ha Ha,,, that's alot better than being in the real thing :eek1
Thank you, I am trying to add some each day.
very entertaing rr,,,good job
I just passed that kidney stone the other night. It was not to painful considering the size of things.
All of that moaning and that's all the bigger it was!!!
Does he have bad aim or is it crawling back out.
I was going to cross Alaska off my bucket list until I realized there will be pie.
How much non-ethanol gas was available on the trip?
Short day today. Headed out of Haines Junction and south to Haines AK. Started raining and it rained lightly all day.
Where's the Ferry?
Getting our place in line.
Waiting, I think they were pondering the meaning of life
Met some other riders at the Ferry Terminal, one guy was from New Jersey and had driven to Alaska and rented a motorcycle and dupilcated a ride he had done solo back in the 80's. Three other guys from Canada, I think Alberta or Manitoba were on board, we saw them different times over the next couple of days.
Hey, there it comes
Got our spot.
Looks like Maxbet still has his Prudoe Bay Hotel booties on.
I think we could get jobs here.
Arriving in sunny Skagway.
Hope they didn't break the bank paying for this sign
Does anyone know what this does? I'm thinking they use it to kill mosquitoes and black flies
Sampling some local brew.
Hey Linda, Alaskan Amber taste even better when you drink it in Alaska.
Skagway parking and those three Canadians that were following us.
Not very much, there were a couple places that had 87 octane E10 and 87 octane no ethanol at the same pump, I wish I could remember the price difference, seems to me non-ethanol was 40 cent a gallon more. I got it when available. I could be wrong about this, but my thinking is that we were going through gas so fast that the ethanol didn't have time to absorb water and cause any problems??? Do you guys think that makes sense????
Some places did not have Premium, I know some bikes require it.
Once I had decided on the trip I was all in and didn't fret about the costs other than to chalk them up. The experience was something you couldn't buy, but that don't mean it was free! It does mean if I continue to make these trips, I'll just need to put an extra line item in my budget. As you can see below, if you're going to do a trip like this, that's about a $500 line every month if you want to save up over a year. Not an insignificant amount of money, but may be more difficult for some depending on their life's priorities.
We had all figured on @ $5,000 for this trip. I thought that was way high, but my riding companions had decided to stay in hotels/motels along the way instead of my normal stealth camping with motels reserved for post-rainy days. Gas costs were roughly $1,500 as was lodging (many nights costs were split with one other). Only able to account for @$1,000 of food, but wouldn't surprise me if that were closer to $1,500 as many times meals were paid by cash. So that's up to $4,500 already.
Costs I didn't count on were all the ancillary costs. After getting the pitch at the BMW RA Rally in Birmingham, I decided the MedJet Assist would be a good deal so I opted for that $250 plan which included the motorcycle option. Another driving factor was the fact that I was found unconscious and unresponsive, face down in a ditch in Montana on an unsuccessful attempt on Alaska. Never did find the cause, bike was totaled and I suffered massive head/brain injuries, being told it would be six months before I learned to walk again. Bottom line, after emergency brain surgery a few months later and 90 days of post-surgical healing, I threw myself into training to find out what I did wrong. Never did, but I'm a MUCH better rider now and the MedJet Assist sounded like a good deal this time.
Other costs included multiple tire replacements, services, park fees, etc, so that my additional costs to fuel, lodging, and food were still @ $2,200 bringing my total to @ $6,000, a 20% overrun on our initial estimates. I'm posting this so anyone else planning will be able to use the figures. I took my F800 GSA which consistently returned 20% better fuel economy than the two GS's I was riding with similarly loaded. I'm sure it would have been @ 25% better than my R1200 GSA. Over $1500 worth of fuel, that would have been an additional $325 of fuel for the big bike. Not a trip stopper, but worth figuring if you're counting.
Remember, the cheapest thing on a BMW is the rider and I think my picture is in the dictionary beside that definition. :)
Litespeed, your pics are GREAT!!! We must have been just minutes or hours apart on the road. The animals were almost in exactly the same places when I came through.
I bet you would ride to Alaska for one of these stickers