Alaska 2014: Hotel Budget Zero

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

  1. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,572
    Location:
    North of T.Ho., Ontario
    Really enjoyed your ride report and pictures. Well done and ridden. Thanks for taking me along. Can't wait for the adventure to continue to points south.
  2. sophijo

    sophijo Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2013
    Oddometer:
    394
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    Thanks for the report! The night-time pics were amazing......full moon rides...along the Lake Superior dunes!! Gonna do it!
  3. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Oddometer:
    16,640
    Location:
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    I too like the night shots. Your continued adventure south should be good. I'm staying subscribed on this one. :lurk
  4. LTRyder

    LTRyder Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    209
    Great report, loved the photos, can't wait till we head south. Be well.
  5. BADDAD

    BADDAD " Bitter Clinger "

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    500
    Location:
    NW Alabama
    Thanks for taking us along on this very cool ADV ride! Your writing style mixed with your photography made this RR very enjoyable. Looking forward to your ADV south of the border. :clap
  6. #1Fan

    #1Fan Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,012
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO , USA
    Bravo! Thanks for sharing your ride report! If you pass through Colorado on your way to Old Mexico, let us know!! :clap:clap:clap
  7. jfman

    jfman Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,118
    Location:
    Montreal (traveling Americas June '17 to May '18)
    Thank you for the offer #1 fan. it will be in december so I will have to avoid this state on the bike this time. I do have a COBDR ride on the smaller bike lined up for July 2015 however so I will let you know. Ill be trailering this time and will abandon the car and trailer somewhere in CO.



    BTW: I am currently uploading some videos related to this AK trip on youtube and once I am done Ill post them on here. They are just raw vids with no editing.
  8. #1Fan

    #1Fan Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,012
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO , USA
    Sounds great. I am planning to the to COBDR next summer as well. What dates in July are you planning?
  9. jfman

    jfman Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,118
    Location:
    Montreal (traveling Americas June '17 to May '18)
    I don't know yet but probably in the later part of the month. Ill be in touch :norton
  10. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,858
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Terrific report, JF!!!! I just found it and have only read up to the end of page one so far, but I'm hooked! I'm not going to get any work done until I read more.

    Your photos are great and so is your writing style!

    Were you writing and posting WHILE on the trip, or just keeping notes and posting once you got back?

    And about your tire changing... You only carried a spare FRONT tire? Isn't that a bit odd? Usually it's the back that wears a lot faster than the front. And once you installed the new tire did you do anything about balancing it or just ride it without balancing? I can't see riding at the speeds you mention with an unbalanced tire, especially the front.

    When ya coming by for a coffee?
  11. jfman

    jfman Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,118
    Location:
    Montreal (traveling Americas June '17 to May '18)
    Hello Eldor!

    Thanks for the comments. We should go for a ride soon before the season is over but I dont have a proper touring bike in Montreal right now, just the little DRZ.

    I did not post up the report while on the trip. I waited untill I got back, and I took my time selecting a few pics from each day of the trip then I wrote up the report.

    I left the house with a new rear and an older front so that is why I carried a front at first. Then I bought a cheap used rear from motoquest in Anchroage just in case. The rears I dont balance them at all and the fronts I check them out on the axle and stick a weight on the opposite end of the heavy side. Seems to work and on a tire like the TKC80 it doesnt make a difference really.
  12. K7TNT

    K7TNT Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    577
    Location:
    N.E. Wyoming
    Wow, outstanding report. Thank you! :clap
  13. #1Fan

    #1Fan Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,012
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO , USA
    :clap
  14. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Long timer

    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,065
    Location:
    sierra foothills, hwy 49
    Read your r/r in one sitting, great pics and to the point text. Have decided to return and explore more. Thanks for the push in the adv direction
  15. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej wanabee overachiever

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,616
    Location:
    San Francisco Peninsula
    Jfman,
    So what were the actual dates of your trip?
    AK was supposed to have been this year, but life happens; still planning it. Instead, I did Beartooth, Chief Joseph, Yellowstone and Glacier around the 2nd week of July. I was fortunate and had great weather.
    The road into Kennicott Mine looked much better than stories about it that I've heard from others. You said they are renovating the mine; are they making the road better too?
    There were a few places where I recognized the spot of your photo. 99 coming into Whistler was one of them; I have the same shot. I liked that road.
    Thanks again for the entertaining ride.
    -ceej
  16. jfman

    jfman Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,118
    Location:
    Montreal (traveling Americas June '17 to May '18)
    Thanks

    I left on the evening of June 19 and flew home on the July 13.

    I tought all the roads I traveled were better than what I was expecting. Rain or lack of rain is a big factor however.
  17. rusty44

    rusty44 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Oddometer:
    495
    Location:
    Texas
    Great report!!!!!


    what tent do you have?

    Would you recommend it for cold weather?

    Thanks....Alan
  18. jfman

    jfman Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,118
    Location:
    Montreal (traveling Americas June '17 to May '18)
    Its a Marmot limelight 3p - great tent. Not a cold weather tent however, it flows too well, too much screening and the breeze flows. I wanted to buy a different tent for this trip but budget was tight.

    Considering all for this trip is it did great however.

    BTW: I started a thread about cold weather camping on motocampers. Here is a response I got with a suggestion for a cold weather tent.

    MEC Wanderer

    http://www.motocampers.com/forums/s...-without-power&p=106276&viewfull=1#post106276



    I am going to pick a used one up on kijiji if a deals sails by.
  19. euromedic

    euromedic Peterman

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Oddometer:
    152
    Location:
    Austin area Texas
    Well done jf. Thank you vewy much.
  20. grampp

    grampp Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2014
    Oddometer:
    10
    Location:
    N.E. Kansas
    I truly enjoyed reading your story and all the comments. It was better than a book or a movie. I too I'm hoping to take a solo ride to Alaska. Thanks