York, PA to Deadhorse, AK 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Litespeed602, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. cleanair

    cleanair Been here awhile

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    Did you make a side trip through the Badlands?
    Well worth seeing.
  2. Wyngs

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    The Beartooth is probably one of the finest motorcycle roads I have ever experienced. A little crowded in places, but well worth the effort and just spectacular. Hopefully the wind was down for you guys. Was blowing so hard for me that I didnt stop until I was on my way back down the west side. But it was that way all the way to Iowa :rofl

    Steve, am glad she made it back. Hope the damage isnt too bad :eek1
  3. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    We did not, Maxbet has been there 3 times, I have been there once, Greg is the only one who has not been there before so we skipped it. On our way West early in our trip we got to see some small bits of scenery very similar to the Badlands, so we told Greg that's what it looks like.:lol3:lol3
  4. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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  5. MaxBet

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    With all the wild life pictures, don't forget the large rat we saw.

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  6. MaxBet

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  7. LibraRider

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    Awesome pics! I would love to do this trip one day.

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  8. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Last year, I was headed north, flopped in Hyder for the night, when I talked to a couple of characters on KLRs headed the other way. They'd had a little weather on the Dalton, I believe it was, and it had taken them 7 hours to go 80 miles. Ya never know.

    Enjoyed the report. Lots of familiar scenes.

    I got back a week ago from a ride around Montana. You must have been coming back while we were heading west. Going to the Sun road opened just about the time we got there.:clap

    Oh, by the way, that big machine is a ... oh, wait.
  9. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Monday June 30th-----------day 24.

    Oh My, where has the time gone.

    We head toward Mt. Rushmore but stop at Crazy Horse first, I am amazed at how much has been done here since I was here in 2008 :wink::wink: Took a quick photo from outside the gate and kept moving.

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    We stopped for gas about 12 miles from Mt. Rushmore, Maxbet and I have been there before so we waited at the gas station while Greg went sightseeing. It wasn't long until he was back and we headed south again. Going through Custer St. Park we saw more of these.

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    It has come to my attention that I have misidentified these animals as cows. I apologize for the misinformation. After exhaustive research I am now sure they are Wildebeest.

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    Just look at the crappy weather we had to deal with.

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    Gas stop, this place even works on cars in the garage!!!

    A rancher driving a well used Dodge dually diesel pulled in and asked where we were from and about our trip. Greg asked him about the size of the ranches, he paused for a few seconds and said that 300 head of cattle would be average and that it takes 6,000 to 7,000 acres to support a herd that size. WOW, that's a little different than southern PA.

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    This is where Maxbet strayed. He has two of his own dogs at home but look how he behaves when he is away from home.

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    Now all you dog lovers don't have to worry, I e-mailed these photos to his dogs.

    And more of this crappy weather.

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    We roll into ONeill, NE and find a Mom & Pop motel and spend the evening.

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  10. MaxBet

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  11. RefJeff

    RefJeff Is it Friday yet?

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    What happened to the driving lights you had on the fork legs?

    That bear looks like he's thinking about having some MaxBet for lunch.

    Nice photos you guys are posting.
  12. MaxBet

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    Hi Jeff. Took the lights off for the trip, figured they would just get broke from all the flying stones. That bear gave me the look, but decided why eat a little old hotdog when you can have prime rib. Greg was behind me. Dave posted a picture of Greg real close to that bear.
  13. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Day 25--------Tuesday July 1

    We had a set destination for this day, took rt. 20 to rt. 71 to rt. 30

    Anytime Maxbet gets close to the State of Iowa he always ends up on rt. 30 outside of Tama. What would be there that would draw him in???? :evil:evil:evil:evil

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    Yes, another casino. We have stopped here before and it's a bargain. Weekday rate if you have AAA or AARP is $59.99, nice room, nice restaurant and a buffet restuarant, pool, hot tub, parking garage, and gambling.

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    Look how happy he is!! :happay:happay:wings:wings

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    I did put $20 in one of these things trying to get a candy bar but it kept my money :wink: Greg sat at a table where he gave them cash and the guy gave him some plastic tokens, then he gave Greg some cards, even offered him more cards but then he took Greg's plastic tokens back, after some time you end up with no cards, no plastic tokens and no cash.

    This was more interesting to me------and another photo for MarkO and CDCSlim

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  14. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    The next day we go separate ways.
  15. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    This has to be one of the best explanations of gambling I have ever heard. WELL DONE :clap

    Oh, and I assume you did not get your candy bar.
  16. Litespeed602

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    Oh, and I assume you did not get your candy bar.[/QUOTE]


    A lot of noise and flashing lights but no candy bar:ddog
  17. MaxBet

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  18. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Greg had been looking at the map to see what he might want to see while he is traveling through this part of the country. He told MaxBet and I that he would like to see the St. Louis Gateway Arch and ask if we were interested. MaxBet had been there before so he declined, I have not been there and would like to visit sometime but I didn't want to fight downtown traffic in St. Louis. After our time in Alaska and Canada with very little traffic the idea of it just turned me off. Also I was getting to the point of the ride where I was ready to get home. We were two days ride from home and my mind was starting to shift to the list of things I need to do there. I was surprised when I just looked for photos from this day and I don't have even one!

    So MaxBet rolled in about 2:30 am from his night of gambling and Greg got up about 4 am so he could head for St. Louis. We had talked this over and decided to talk by phone later in the day and plan to meet again that evening. MaxBet and I left Meskwaki after 9am ( I let him sleep in after his late night) and headed east on rt. 30 and tried to go south but all the roads we tried were closed due to the flooding, so we went to Cedar Rapids then 380 and rt.80 to rt. 74 took some back roads to by- pass Indianapolis, and got on rt. 70 and headed east. We told Greg we were planning to get into Ohio and look for somewhere to spend the night. We left him a message and let him know where we were and he got there about 30 minutes after we did :lol3 He did get to the Gateway Arch and he also went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he did over 700 miles that day. We had Subway at a truck stop where a motorist ask which direction we were going because East bound was at a standstill 10 miles away due to an accident and there were severe thunderstorms, sounds like we stopped at just the right place:clap
  19. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Mixed emotions, sad the trip is almost over, but happy to get home.
  20. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged

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    Fantastic trip and ride report.