Alaska 2014: Hotel Budget Zero

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jfman, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    What a beautiful place to camp!
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  2. White6Romeo

    White6Romeo Sectum Sempre

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    Is this real life?

    Great photos!!!!:clap
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  3. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Bloody hell, that's fantastic! :clap
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  4. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    :freaky:freaky:freaky
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  5. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Nice trip! Great camping spots!
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  6. BruceT

    BruceT Been here awhile

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    that is a sweet spot...good on the locals to check up on you...there are good people still out there....ride on ride safe
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  7. DYNOBOB

    DYNOBOB lucky dog

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    By chance did you waypoint that last campsite?

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  8. jfman

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    You cant miss it; its the end of the trail. Its also in the AK Butlers map.
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  9. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    What a cool trip! ...:clap....That fools gold rock matches your tent nice! :lol3...I want a transformer bike that goes from a goldwing on the slab into a husky 610 when you get there.
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  10. LTRyder

    LTRyder Been here awhile

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    What happened to you jfman, bears get you?
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  11. jfman

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    Worse: work gets in the way of my report redaction time
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  12. scudrunner82

    scudrunner82 combustion addict

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    Seriously AWESOME ride. Looks like you did it right. Great job.
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  13. rcskier

    rcskier Adventurer

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    Do you have any info on the setup of you Versys anywhere? I've got an 08 650 versys that I would like to set up for a bit of off roading etc. and am looking for info . Thanks.
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  14. jfman

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    Thanks

    Well this one is a 1000 versys. Just a tkc80 front and a Mitas 07 on the rear (on a versys 650 wheel adapted to the 1000) SW motech racks, crash bar, gps mount, foglight mounts and rear plate. SWmotech Traxx (OE susuki from vstrom) cases. Givi airflow screen.
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  15. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    Check out some of the ADVersys rider's rides over on kawasakiversys.com There are quite a few of us that have decided to venture off the pavement from time to time with their bikes. As jfman eluded to, tires, protection, and rider skill will get you there (and quite possibly places you shouldn't be too:rofl) But that is all part of the adventure, right?
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  16. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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    if i was camping there i would almost guarantee some cuxt would park a 4x4 next to me
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  17. scudrunner82

    scudrunner82 combustion addict

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    :rofl


    Probably the same guy who parks at the end of parkings lot next to me. WAAYYY away from everyone else.
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  18. jfman

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    You have to keep your options open. If folks wanna camp besides me, even better. Lets swap stories and open up that spare bottle of whiskey. :freaky

    BTW: Aint no lifted 4X4 truck gonna make it all the way up there. The side by sides are pretty much the biggest thing that will make it up there. edit: Do you research I think I may have been proven wrong. :eek1
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  19. jfman

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    DAY 16 (The Pink Cadillac Cafe)

    Travel tips for this part: On July 4th moderation tastes better

    Happy birthday America! That morning, that afternoon rather, I woke up super late. I was actually running late for the run up the mountain in Seward. Packed up and removed the ABS fuse from the Versys because there is no way I am coming down this road with the ABS on.
    On the Crown Point Mine trail the descent is even more enjoyable for your eyes.

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    But not the place to get too distracted.

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    Back on the main road I arrive in Seward as the last race up the mountain is ending. I am not too bummed about it. I decide to go thru the town and check out the dirt roads on the other side.

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    A fall off this same road.

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    I liked the sign of this business; Has character.

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    I rode around the Point for a bit then I spotted what I thought might be a cool place to hang out and drink a few beers.

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    That place turned out to be a lodge only; so I look across the street and I see this... bar? Well a bunch of neon beer signs get my attention so I pull in. As I get off the bike I got a guy yelling at me "wanna beer?" On Independence Day that is clearly a rhetorical question.

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    It takes a minute before I fully comprehend but I realize I am not at a bar; I just crashed someone's 4th of July Party. I start chatting with the people there and everybody is just so nice, welcoming, chatty and down to earth.
    Turns out a lot of the people at this place crashed the party just like I did. I am ashamed to say this but where I come from things like this don't usually happen. People in AK are awesome!

    "The pink Cadillac Café" the best place in Seward!

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    Don't tell me your party pad is cooler than this.

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    Before I have too much to drink I run to Safeway to grab a case of beer, whiskey, wings, chips and ice. Someone made a real nice salad, Niels (our host and probably the most awesome guy to spend your 4th of July drinking with) has got halibut, another person has brought steaks and so many other things I forget. So much good food and beverages.

    The "piece de resistance" was this awesome campfire cooked cheesecake.

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    Life is good in Alaska and the folks up there are the best I have ever met.

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    In case you did not know. I am a sucker for dogs

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    What a great night that was. Apart from a little fender bender action that ended up working out ok everyone had a blast. It sure was odd to hear the fireworks and not see them because of the day being so long. We ended up partying really late, late enough that I saw night for the first time in over a week. What a great group I met there. If any of them get to read this: you are awesome! For my part the only bad thing about this night was the morning after; Had way too much to drink and paid for dearly the morning after.
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  20. RozzerGreg

    RozzerGreg n00b

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    FWIW, I made the decision to ride AK next summer, and have started my "loose plans". I found this RR, and it has struck my soul!!! This is exactly the type of journey I seek. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!! I look forward to the next segment!!!
    BTW, my trip will be from Humboldt CA, north
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