2020 Florida -> Alaska Again

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  1. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    that is incredible, glad you and Tim both fared well. :{)
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  2. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Thanks. Tim was out of harm's way in Central Florida. :-)
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  3. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    I fiddled with my calendar going up the PCH and back down to the airport PDX in Portland. My calendar is very flexible. I can go 350 mile a day and take every fourth day off or 250 miles every day. I am going to ride the TX Sisters again as well as the scenic roads in and around Big Bend NP and Ft Davis. I am also going up to Alpine and down the Devil's Highway again. I'll leave the highway at Ocotillo, CA and go up the Montezuma Grade to the crest of the Sierras and down the backside into San Diego.

    April
    11) Lafayette, LA

    12) The Woodlands TX

    13) New Braunfels, TX

    14) Del Rio, TX

    15) Big Bend National Park

    16) Fort Davis, TX

    17) Las Cruces, NM

    18) Alpine AZ

    19) Florence, AZ

    20) Yuma, AZ

    21) Alex San Diego, CA

    22) Alex San Diego, CA

    23) Malibu, CA

    24) Malibu, CA

    25) Cambria, CA

    26) Monterey, CA

    27) San Francisco, CA

    28) San Francisco, CA

    29) Fort Bragg, CA

    30) Redwood National Park

    May
    1) Cape Blanco State Park

    2) Cape Lookout State Park

    3) Hammond, OR

    4) Port Angeles, WA

    5) Tenino, WA

    6) Leave PDX Portland on a Tuesday 2:15 PM - 10:45 DL2066 DL1825 (Delta)
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  4. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    This will whet your appetite for the Pacific Coast. This video is the Oregon Coast ... nothing short of stunning ....

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  5. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Flying back to Portland, I will pick up my bike and continue on the second half of my ride.

    May 26, 2019 - July 18, 2019

    MAY
    26 PDX

    27 Port Townsend - Coupeville Ferry, Deception Pass

    28 Douglas Fir CG

    29 Chilliwack BC

    30 Kamloops BC

    31 Prince George BC

    JUN

    1 Prince George BC

    2 Fort St John

    3 Fort Nelson

    4 Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

    5 Watson Lake YT

    6 Skagway, AK

    7 Skagway AK

    8 Haines Junction YT

    10 Beaver Creek YT

    11 Delta Junction, AK

    12 Fairbanks, AK

    13 Coldfoot AK

    14 Coldfoot AK

    15 Fairbanks, AK

    16 Clearwater Mountain Lodge, Denali Hwy

    17 Denali NP

    18 Denali NP

    19 Anchorage, AK

    20 Anchorage, AK

    21 Homer AK

    22 Homer AK

    23 Seward AK

    24 Seward AK

    25 Anchorage, AK

    26 Valdez, AK

    27 Tok, AK

    28 Dawson City YT

    29 Dawson City YT

    30 Whitehorse YT

    JUL

    1 Boya Lake PP Canada Day

    2 Dease Lake

    3 Stewart BC

    4 Hyder AK Independence Day

    5 Smithers BC

    6 Prince George, BC

    7 Prince George, BC

    8 Prince George, BC

    9 Mount Robson Provincial Park

    10 Columbia Icefield CG Jasper NP

    11 Banff NP

    12 Shelby, MT

    13 Fort Peck, MT

    14 Jamestown, ND

    15 Minneapolis, MN

    16 Decatur, IL

    17 Nashville, TN

    18 Home Pensacola
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  6. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Well, Rita is topless. Took off her seat today and boxed it up to be shipped up to Russell Cycle Products for a Day Long seat. Took the seat to the UPS store. They wanted $20 for the box and $59 for shipment. I took the seat home and found an old Amazon box and bubble wrap. I called Office Depot. The girl I use there thinks we can get it to Shasta Lake, CA for about $25 by USPS. Rita will be grounded for a month while her seat is customized.
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  7. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer

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    Sounds like things are progressing along just fine.


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  8. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    :{)
  9. Booghotfoot

    Booghotfoot Been here awhile

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    Id consider avoiding Minneapolis unless you have someone to visit there.
    Instead, take US Hwy 2 across ND and Minnesota into western Wisconsin and then ride US 53 South to I90/94.

    Much more scenic. Duluth outs beautiful that time of year. I have space for you in Grand Rapids, MN (see tent space site), plus homebrew and grilled salmon. Just give me a little notice....

    Have a fun trip. I did it in '17 and wish i had more time to stop along the way. Average 400 mile oer day. Next time I'll do it at your pace.

    I look forward to your RR.

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  10. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    That’s an offer I find hard to refuse! You’re going on the schedule! Thanks.


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  11. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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  12. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer

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    Sounds like a soak to me.
    Good for these old bones

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  13. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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  14. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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  15. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    This should be the halfway point in my Russell DL seat customization. In the meanwhile my SW-Motech skid plate arrived. Sure wish I had a motorcycle table to raise Rita for this install. The good news is my hip has improved so this will be its test.

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  16. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    If I may suggest....

    (8) 2x3's and (1) sheet of plywood will make an excellent build table

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    See HERE
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  17. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    JagLite, that table is awesome. Thanks. You are a fine carpenter.

    This is crazy, but Russell gave me a call ... my seat is finished and was sent to the shipper today! I should get it sooner than expected.


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  18. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Schweeeet! it will be time to order mine soon as well. I too used the Motech on my NC700x and I really like it. I even relocated my highway pegs to the sides of it, made a perfect location for them. :{)

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  19. holckster

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    If weather forces you indoors in Whitehorse I like the Stratford Motel in town.
    Walking distance to major eating spots and rooms have exterior doors with parking in front for easy unloading.

    Yukon Honda in Whitehorse is a great dealership if you need service/advice.
    We bought TKC80's from them ($pricey$) and they mounted them and then stored our Tourance's tires till we returned from the Dempster and Dalton Hwy's and swapped back.

    I'm also turning 70 Sept 2019 and even tho I've made 3 trips to Alaska (2007 Dempster and Dalton, 2010 D2D, 2013 D2D) I'm tempted to make a reservation and join you for one last D2D.

    Safe Travels
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  20. Dan Lorenze

    Dan Lorenze Been here awhile

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    We stayed there a couple of months ago, decent little place and centrally located. We enjoyed Whitehorse more that we thought we would.