Riding to Alaska for brunch on a dirt bike

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by daBum, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    I'm in Nordegg, AB. Population 25.
    Two gas stations. A motel. A bar with food.

    I'm in the bar.

    I can't feel my nose.

    Feels like 10°C factoring the dog chill factor.
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    Locals checking me out here in the bar. Wondering how something so scruffy can be off the leash. Looking around for my owner.

    They figured out I'm a stray.

    Imma have something deep fried, for safety.
    I'll spare you the pictures.

    This time.
    :-)
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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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  3. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Scored a spot with no generators.
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  4. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Abraham Lake

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    That's another reason I travel with a 690.
    GS would still be out there. In deep.
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  6. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Got more dirt/wet dirt roads today.
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    Kate got a little dirty.
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    Looks like a recent oopsie:
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  7. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Kate had a big smile.
    Gave her some amost pure bike bacon:
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    Had a head wind to Grande Cache. No problem for Kate. I can do 2 chin ups, now.

    Sitting in a local eatery. I like the soft chairs.
  8. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    I've been thankful for the good weather. Tomorrow looks soupy. I'll get a clean riding suit and Kate will get a bath.

    Grande Cache, AB tonight.

    Fort St John tomorrow night....
    The Best bacon on my ride will be Tuesday morning. I may stay an extra day.
    Bacon's That good. It borders on spectacular. It's real, too. Very real.

    Then Fort Nelson, then Liard Hot Springs.
    Oh yeah.

    I need to slow down a bit and proverbially soak in some mellow moments.
  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Found a local campsite.
    Has a catch though.

    This is what I went through just now.

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    It's gonna rain tonight and tomorrow morning.

    How deep will it be tomorrow? Hmmmmm.
  10. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Still in bed.
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    Kate looks like she wants a bath and some real bacon. Me too.

    Soooo nice just being with nature's normal sounds. Water flowing by, light rain, cool breeze.

    Chickadees have a nice song.
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  11. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Went for a dip first thing.
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    Water was cold. Deep, too.

    Cold soupy ride for a 100km. Can't feel my soul.

    Stopped at a roadside coffee thing.
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    Yucky day.

    70km south of Grand Prairie.
    Maybe the sun will peek thru later. That'd be handy.
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  12. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Was not too lazy to ride across the street, but I'm tied up at the moment and have a coffee in my hand.
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    Good to feel the sun.
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Fort St John.

    Kate's beaming.
    She got to swim some this morning.
    Took a howa long showa.
    Got some nice petrol today. Cool temps.
    Soon, summa that 94 no eth.
    She was blasting up the roads to get here.

    I was just hanging on.
    Bofus had big smiles, when the sun came out.
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    That's one happy girl.
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  14. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Took a few hours of sun to dry everything.

    Packing up in the rain is an art.
    Not an artist.
    I'll get plenty of chances to learn the art this trip.


    Tuesday morning. 8am. Laying in bed listening to local rock station music. Gonna get and pack dry. Yay.

    Getting out of bed before 9 will be weird.

    Howevva, I have a good reason today.


    Bacon.
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    He's up and outta bed!

    Walked around. Sniffed a few things. Barked at a raven. Watered a tree.
    Interesting sign.
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    2nd one down looks....awkward.

    Beeeeauty day.
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    Rear tire might just make it to Whitehorse.
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    Time to pack.
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  16. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Reporting live. Local. Late breaking.
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    Arrived 1015 sharp-ish.
    Coffee the size of an omelette.
    Ordered my usual. I think.

    Wilhelm!

    Some one calling my name?

    It's the cook. Recognized me from last year's ride report.

    Hey! Dude! How have you been?

    Good, steadily busy here, ya know, what with the best bacon in BC.

    I know! I rode far to get here.

    Almost didn't recognize you, with that Texas accent.

    Crazy, huh? Well I better get drinking this fishbowl of coffee.

    Right, I'll cook it perfectly, as usual.
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Caution, food pic.
    (Not responsible for subsequent Pavlovian actions)
    (Moms, cover your children's eyes)
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Guy next to me sez, my name's Joe, as I look up from my bowl. Had one paw in it to keep it steady.

    I go, and?

    He goes, Wilhelm, right?

    Name's Merge. From Texas.

    I thought the cook called you Wilhelm.

    That was last year's RR. Keep up with the times.

    Sorry, you look like Bob, with a Texas accent.

    That was the previous, previous ride report. For breakfast.

    How'd that turn out?

    Delish. House needed improvements. Got stuck in mud. Husky's break-in ride. Kept him 2 years. He's a legend up north. Dances on Rocks is his honorary title. Twice decorated.

    Wow. (in Owen Wilson's voice)

    Nice chatting. Gotta groom the paws.

    Right. Nice chat Merge. (mumbling 'sounds made up')

    OK.
    Fishbowl number 1 done. I'll trundle over to the counter for a refill.

    Fort Nelson today. Boring ride. All pavement. Just need to get there. Kate will get a bath and the chain some love.
    Temps in the low 20s today. Sunny. Headwind all day.

    Maybe I can get some refined remains of the first-worlders with no ethanol. In the 94th flavor. Yum
  19. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Gassing up half way to Fort Nelson.

    Had the cruise on earlier and dozed off. Went chasing lizards in my dream. Woke up and realized I dozed off. Could have been the delish bacon.

    No more cruise control today.


    3 VStroms headed to Deadhorse. Their first trip. Rode all the way from Tennessee. They're stopping at the Liard Hot Springs tonight. I'm soooo stoked for them. Three friends taking this epic journey.

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    They're gonna love Liard! They've arranged quarters for the overnight there.

    I'll be there tomorrow night. Hopefully a sleep spot will be available.
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Met the three riders at the next fuel stop.
    They are doing 500 miles today. Ouch.
    Their seats looked comfy.

    Light rain drops falling and I just got here in time for the buffet. Might skip the buffet and start refreshing.

    FYI.
    Kate went 145 miles on 10 liters of gas.
    Moderate throttle 65mph. Relatively flat terrain. No headwind. I'll need that info later.
    Gas tank holds a skosh more than 13.5 liters.

    380km today. Boring road.

    Fort Nelson. Mandatory stop for me.
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    GGG hideaway. RVers. Everywhere.

    Camping is just OK. Tall naked tree.
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    Has a pressure washer near the grassy area. Kate needs a shower.
    Dining not recommended at this RV park.
    Bottled beer, is available, tho. Pay by the individual beer. No tab.
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