Alaska May 27 - end of June 09

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  1. dbarnes180

    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    They're all beautiful (except for the grumpy ol' curmudgeon), but #2 is my favorite... so far. Get some rest and get back to work. :whip
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    It is about 10pm here in Dawson Creek. I have truly been blessed to have made this ride. Everything just has fallen right into place from the seed of thinking about it 4 months ago to getting my butt on the bike and going. The most surprising part of this trip has been the enthusiasm and friendlyness of all the people I have met.
    There have been a few close calls....lol. A crazy teenage girl driving down the fast lane of the freeway the WRONG way. Brakes screaming and no one was hurt. I was sure to thank the BMW gods for ABS. At 90 mph and locking up the back brake the bike not only stayed straight but didn't eat out a flat spot on the tires.
    Going to Sheiden, Wy I had drove well into dark because of all those niffty new running lights. I spotted a mule deer off in the distance run across the road and was beaming with confidence. Until one the size of my bike ran across right in front of me...With my staggering slow reflexes I not only did not let off the gas, I didn't even have time to hit the brakes before he was there and gone. Man. I started looking for a place to camp and slowed down to a speed I thought I might survive if I did get to play tag with one.
    If you do go through Wy on the way up I really suggest taking ALT 14 going to Yellowstone. I have many great pictures of the ride and it was simply awesome. Leaving Montana and heading into Calgary was a real trip for me. I got so soo lost and ended up in downtown Calgary in the middle of two marathons...lol. I parked the bike found a place to pee in the middle of town and then got out the maps. A city worker in a ton and half truck took pitty on me and led me out of town to the correct freeway. Thank you SIR.
    Finally getting to the Icefields Parkway was a blast. Thanks to Alcan Rider for suggesting this route. It is a must see among all the rest. I do not believe you could stay up there a year and get bored. I had to put up the camera to keep from stopping every five minutes to take pictures..lol.
    Getting up this morning at Banif was cold 4 C was what I was told. But I had plenty of warm riding gear so all went good.
    Oh and just for some more packing information.... When I got to my sisters place I went through all my gear. The stuff I did not use in the first three days got left at her place...lol. And it was quite a bit!
    Pack light! If you really need it on the trip buy it then.
    Gas mileage at
    90 mph about 35 mpg
    80 mph about 38 mpg
    70 mph about 45 mpg
    60 mph about 48 mpg
    Gas is expensive! YOU DO THE MATH. Faster you drive the more often you have to stop for gas... Smoke break... get a coke... candy bar... smoke another one... go pee again. lol...
    I do better just driving slower and seeing the sights and stopping less for that liquid gold.
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    The wind picked up to over thirty mph and I thought my tent was going to be up in the parking lot...lol.

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  7. idea man

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    11. Pic number 11 is my fave. Number 6 a distant second since it at least has the bike in it.
    Sounds like you've really gulped down the pack light Koolaid. :freaky (Don't just sip it now) :thumb
    As the ride progresses, you'll hav e to fight the urge to dial up the speed. Just remember, speed doesn't kill, running into cariboo at speed kills.:deal Be safe. Take lots of pictures.
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    Your photos are a good dose of reality for me. Here in Virginia it's 92F and I am packing for my trip. Somehow it's hard to think in terms of cold weather gear even though I know that I'll need every bit of it. How's your electric gear working out? I'll be on the road in the AM.

    Peter Y.
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    Peter, I just ended up using the same gear I ride with in the winter here in Arkansas. Used my rain gear as wind break and stayed warm enough the whole way....


    I am in Fairbanks.....:clap :clap :clap
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    Got into Fairbanks 4pm this afternoon.

    HOT bath time....

    My Alltel cell phone worked the whole way except one night in Laird Hot Springs Valley. I wasn't going to stay there but a forest fire had the road closed and they turned me around.

    Got out the next morning

    Did I already tell this?

    Oh well

    HOT bath time...

    Right at 5 thousand miles in 7 riding days. I took one day off and stayed with my sis in Great Falls. Not bad for an old man....if I do say so myself.

    And NO speeding tickets....lol.
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    Don't get too comfy just yet. :nono

    Back in '85 we had a nice, warm, early spring... sorta like this one has been. On June 24th - the 3rd day of summer - I woke up to 5" of snow on the ground, and it was still coming down heavily for a few more hours. That was the beginning of one of the wettest summers I recall in this part of the country.

    This is Alaska... and never forget it. Folks that take any part of it for granted are the ones that make the front page news. We want to read ride reports, not news reports. Take care.
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    I have just moved into my 5th room here at the Fairbanks Super 8.
    The first one kept blowing a breaker after the third time I ask for a new room. The second room was of course on the 2nd floor. The ac didn't work.
    The third room was across the hall and you guessed it the ac froze up.
    The fourth room was on the third floor, the ac was turned all the way up and the heat hit you as soon as you opened the door. Ah but with the help of the lady at the front desk with her master key we found a room that seems to be both cooling and not blowing breakers.....tah dah!

    The adventure continues!

    Pictures later.

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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the insight! I have been told.
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    My wife and I are famous until it rains.....lol.

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    Just inside the border a few miles

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    I'll take my cariboo from the processing plant.....
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    I left Wednesday.....what day is it today.. I thought it was Wednesday ....?
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    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

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    OK I was checked out by several riders who have made the Haul Road. And the issue is my tires on the gravel. I have Mich Road Pilot 2's front and back. They are high way tires. I checked on getting proper tires and the cost compared to driving to Anchorage and renting a bike and driving back up compared to .... renting from a company here in Fairbanks for the Haul Road, driving up in a Ford Tarus.... 159 dollars a day for the car with 1000 miles driving included. So long story short I will go to Prudhoe Bay....lol.

    Leaving in the morning, picking up the car about 630 am
    :eek1
    How I get there to me is not important. I just have to quench this desire to get there.
    :eek1
    The picture is me being escorted out of the valley at Laird 430 am that is smoke from the forest fire.

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    Got in about midnight. My hat is off to you gentlemen and women who have road this infamous road!

    Loved the trip .

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