Seeking Cooler Temperatures--Going North

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JMead11, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    I just got my motorcycle out of the shop recently, after my first major face plant in all my years of riding.
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    See more here....
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=224739



    Iron Horse Motorcycles here in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> did a great job repairing it, replacing everything that was damaged.
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    So, I took the bike out on a shakedown cruise up <st1:place><st1:placeType>Mount</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>Lemmon</st1:placeName></st1:place> and little bit around town, and she was great. Still, it was a little hot up there too.
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    Now it&#8217;s time for real ride though. Problem is, it&#8217;s 114 degrees out there today. That&#8217;s not fun. I mean, I am acclimated to the temperatures enough that I can ride in it okay, but it&#8217;s just not as fun as riding in cooler temperatures. So, how far North do I have to go to get sufficiently cooled off to where I can really enjoy having my bike back?
    Well, I am packing up and getting ready to head out in the morning and see how far I have to go. I&#8217;m bringing my passport.

    I&#8217;ll keep you filled in as to how far I have to go along the way. I look forward to meeting some of the others heading North this summer also. Wish me luck????? Well, tomorrow is <st1:date Year="2007" Day="7" Month="7">07-07-07</st1:date>. Should be lucky.
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  2. DantesDame

    DantesDame Ridin' Fool Super Moderator

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    Luck!!!
    Tomorrow's high in Seattle is about 76. Perfect, if you ask me! :thumb
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I remember that face plant, glad to see you back on 2 wheels :thumb. How come you replaced your wheels? Where they damaged in the accident?

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  4. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    Yes, they were scratched a bit, front and rear, so they are both new.
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  5. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 7, 2007
    625.8 miles
    Tucson, Arizona to Richfield, Utah
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    I dragged myself out of bed at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:time Hour="16" Minute="0">4:00</st1:time> in the morning hoping that by leaving early I could avoid some of the heat. I rolled the bike out to the sidewalk and packed up my gear onto it. I went back in and woke up up my son for a moment to say good bye . It was about <st1:time Hour="16" Minute="55">4:55</st1:time> when I finally got all my gear on and fired up the GS. My neighbor was out working on his car, so I stopped by to tell him where I was going and he said I was crazy, of course. . First stop was gas, and then out onto I-10 North to head out of town.
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    I stopped momentarily at <st1:place><st1:placeName>Picacho</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Peak</st1:placeType></st1:place> just to take a picture of it as the sun was just coming up.
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    I got through <st1:City><st1:place>Phoenix</st1:place></st1:City> with no problems and was in <st1:City><st1:place>Flagstaff</st1:place></st1:City> by <st1:time Hour="9" Minute="0">9:00</st1:time>. I got some coffee and sat around for about 45 minutes knowing that it was going to be stinking hot once I dropped out of the mountains and headed for Page. Page is the home of the Glen Canyon Dam and <st1:place><st1:placeType>Lake</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>Powell</st1:placeName></st1:place>. There's not much of a dam thing to see in Page, so I'll just show you the dam pictures, and you can see what a dam small town it is.
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    Drove through Kanab and then continued up the 89 expecting to cut over to Interstate 15, but I saw lights up ahead, lots of them, and the sky was getting dark. Turned out the road was closed, both Interstate 15 and 70, because of a forest fire. This was an exact replay of last years trip now. Leaving at <st1:time Hour="17" Minute="0">5:00</st1:time>, <st1:City><st1:place>Phoenix</st1:place></st1:City> by <st1:time Hour="19" Minute="0">7:00</st1:time>, <st1:City><st1:place>Flagstaff</st1:place></st1:City> at <st1:time Hour="9" Minute="0">9:00</st1:time>, Page by <st1:time Hour="12" Minute="0">12:00</st1:time> <st1:time Hour="12" Minute="0">noon</st1:time>, then being diverted by forest fires from my prescribed course. My hopes of making it to <st1:place><st1:City>Provo</st1:City>, <st1:State>Utah</st1:State></st1:place> were now dashed, and I toward <st1:City><st1:place>Richfield</st1:place></st1:City> instead. The fire must be huge, as smoke was just blacking out the sky and reducing visibility. Ash was raining down like snow flakes and covering everything.
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    I probably should have gotten a motel, but people said it cooled off good at night here, so I went to the KOA, and got a cabin for the first time. Never tried one before, so I thought I would just try it out. We&#8217;ll see how it goes. Turns out they closed the pool, which I was sorely disappointed about, but they have good showers. I stayed here before, and could never connect to their wifi, and tonight is no different.
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    Bike is flawless and doing great, but my rear end is out of shape. I find that about 125 miles straight is all I can handle. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
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  6. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 8, 2007
    526.0 miles
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    I headed out to the freeway again and then headed down some side roads back to Interstate 15, where I immediately ended up in a slow construction zone for way too long. It finally cleared up and I stopped for breakfast north of <st1:City><st1:place>Provo</st1:place></st1:City>, got gas, for the bike, not from breakfast, and then continued.
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    Newspapers in the machine out front had headlines about the fires.
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    I didn&#8217;t stop for about 125 miles until I hit a rest stop. I passed a guy on a chopper just as I was ducking in, looked like he was having trouble. A few minutes after parking, he came pushing it in, parked it next to mine and said, &#8220;shoulda bought one of those,&#8221; gesturing towards my GS. He never did get it going. The rest stop attendant gave him a ride back into town so he could get his trailer. Hope it was still there when he got back for it.
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    When I pulled into <st1:City><st1:place>Pocatello</st1:place></st1:City>, the temperatures were actually cooling down a bit. 92 degrees according to the sign.
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    As I got further north, the roads got lonelier. Saw more cows than people. Thank God for satellite radio and the Zumo with MP3&#8217;s. One would go crazy otherwise.
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    One more rest stop in <st1:State><st1:place>Idaho</st1:place></st1:State>.
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    Welcome to <st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State>.
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    Next stop was Dillon for some KFC and to hunt down beverages for the evening. I was tempted by this fine wine at the Town Pump, but decided to pass on it and get something else.
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    Dillon KOA, this time in the tent. As soon as I got there, I was swarmed by mosquitoes. Little soon for that isn&#8217;t it? After one got a good bit on me, I whipped out the deet and set up camp.
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  7. chucktab

    chucktab I did what? When?

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    Great pics and report. If you go back and look at that picture of the SL Tribune, it lists 2 traffic deaths related to the fire. Sadly, it was a couple on a motorcycle who were hit while riding in the thick smoke. The cowardly bastard who hit them took off and they're still looking for the car. Keep it safe out there and hopefully you'll find some cooler weather.
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  8. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 9, 2007
    251.8 miles
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    I woke up this morning and it actually felt cold for me. Probably wasn&#8217;t cold for most people, but for an Arizonan it was cold, in the low 60&#8217;s. I got myself going and packed up at a leisurely pace and then headed into Dillon.
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    After a little exploration I gassed up and headed up the Interstate toward <st1:City><st1:place>Butte</st1:place></st1:City> and then continued on through <st1:City><st1:place>Helena</st1:place></st1:City>. The road was winding and mountainous, making for a very pleasant ride. Temperatures really cooled off as elevation went up over 5000 feet.
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    I got into <st1:City><st1:place>Great Falls</st1:place></st1:City> and stopped for lunch. As I sat in the Arby&#8217;s, I noticed that the sky was getting darker. Ominously darker. As I pulled out, there were strong gusts of wind and branches started falling from the trees. Not a good sign. Things like this can be quickly ridden out of in <st1:State><st1:place>Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, but apparently not in <st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State>. I got about 5 miles out of town, struggling down the freeway with the hazard lights on, and I realized that I was not going to get out of this easily. I finally decided it was too risky to continue. It was too windy and I couldn&#8217;t go fast enough to safely drive on the freeway, so I pulled off to wait for it to blow over. It never did. After about an hour of waiting, I decided to crawl back into <st1:City><st1:place>Great Falls</st1:place></st1:City> on a side road and find a better place to hole up for a while. I ended up at the visitor&#8217;s center, and everybody was telling me that it was not expected to let up until after dark. Crap. Well, this sucks. I thought about going back out there, but I just didn&#8217;t think it was a good idea. So, I crawled through town to the KOA.
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    I am no stranger to this KOA, as I have been here a few times before. It is a really nice one in my opinion as it is crawling with rabbits, and I like rabbits.
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    They also have the finest bathroom and shower facilities of any campground I have ever stayed at. So there was no question for me of where to stay in <st1:City><st1:place>Great Falls</st1:place></st1:City>. I inquired at the office about a cabin instead of a tent site, because I thought my tent might blow away. The manager offered me a deal. If I would read the new travel brochures they are making just for bikers and offer any corrections or additions, they would give me the cabin for the price of the tent site. Done deal. I guess they are trying to appeal to the biker class of people. The lady was a rider herself, and she said she wanted to encourage more riders to stay at the Great Falls KOA. Well, there were plenty of bikers in today. The wind was chasing everyone off the roads today. So, since they were so good to me, I&#8217;ll throw in the shameless plug of a few pictures.
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    Tomorrow comes one of the most exciting part of the trip for me. Trying to cross the border into <st1:country-region><st1:place>Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Last year they did everything but make me bend over and spread my cheeks for them, so I hope this year will be easier. I swore I would never cross the border at this same crossing ever again, but here I go. Wish me luck.
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  9. spacely

    spacely Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report, I love the area that your riding through .Great pictures!
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  10. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    Dam fine report!
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  11. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July, 10, 2007
    513.3 miles
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    I stopped for lunch before <st1:City><st1:place>Calgary</st1:place></st1:City>, and then made a stop at Blackfoot Motorsports to see if they had any decent t-shirts. I ended up with a few stickers, and then went out into rush hour traffic heading for <st1:City><st1:place>Edmonton</st1:place></st1:City>.
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    When I got to Edmonton, the Zumo kept sending me to places that didn&#8217;t exist for camping, so I stopped for gas, and what luck, but a guy pulled into the station on a KTM 950SM. I asked where I could find camping, and he offered to show to a place. Thank you Mr. Brent Montgomery, I would have been lost forever depending on my Zumo.
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    Met some interesting people at the campground too. Another Brent, next door to me, and a guy from <st1:State><st1:place>Quebec</st1:place></st1:State> that was amazed I spoke French. Nice to chat with him for a while. He has an R1100 back home and wished he had it with him on his RV trip.
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  12. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    488.2 miles

    http://connect.garmin.com/zumo/player/3277241 part I

    http://connect.garmin.com/zumo/player/3277239 detour after accident


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    Today started out okay, other than the domestic dispute in the campground. She was calling him things I know he'd probably never done before. He was smart and left, then stupid and came back.
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    I got out on the road and got out of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Edmonton</st1:place></st1:City> with no problems, and headed towards <st1:City><st1:place>Dawson Creek</st1:place></st1:City>. Not a lot of traffic and decent roads.
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    I continued up the road, and as I cam up over a rise, there were brake lights. An accident had just occurred. It was a head on collision between a Ford pick-up pulling a 5<SUP>TH</SUP> wheel and a Dodge Stratus. A woman and her daughter survived the accident and were removed after everyone broke out the windows and pryed open the passenger door. The driver was trapped in there though, and then the truck started burning. The guy in the Stratus, I have no idea, but I don&#8217;t see how he made it. I am sure the drivers of both vehicles were killed on impact. Fortunately there were enough fire extinguishers around to keep the fire at bay until the firemen showed up. It was a huge mess. I don&#8217;t even really think I should post a picture, but maybe we need to be reminded of the dangers out there.
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    I tried to find my way around on some dirt roads since the road was closed and I couldn&#8217;t stand to be there any longer, but it was to no avail. I finally bumped into a biker, and he was a local, so he said the only way around was to go to Rollo, and over the <st1:place>Peace River</st1:place>. He said it would be about 20 miles longer. Turned out to be a 2 hour detour. It was, however, not a loss, because he took me through some really beautiful countryside, was good at spotting the deer, and I got to see things I might not have otherwise seen.
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    I finally got into <st1:place><st1:placeType>Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>St John</st1:placeName></st1:place>, and decided enough was enough. I had intended to go to place further up the road, but stopped for the night. It is not the best place, run down and old, but full of friendly people. Actually, this whole country is full of the most friendly people. Everyone says, &#8220;Welcome to <st1:country-region><st1:place>Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region>&#8221; or something to that effect. It actually very nice. You don&#8217;t see that too often at home.
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  13. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    I managed to get up early, didn't sleep well last night but hope to get further up the road today. Want to do some swimming in the springs if I can make it.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Excellent, thanks for updating us with pics and comments, fantastic journey :thumb

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  15. SkidinNC

    SkidinNC Been here awhile

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    Great report; looking forward to updates.
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  16. SloNEZ

    SloNEZ Guano Loco

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    Keep 'em coming!!!
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  17. Lobster Grrl

    Lobster Grrl Ground feeder

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    Merci!
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  18. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 12, 2007

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    Just a beautiful day going up the road to <st1:place><st1:placeName>Watson</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>. The Alaska Highway is a very creepy road in some ways though. I was probably just still creeped out because of the accident in <st1:City><st1:place>Dawson Creek</st1:place></st1:City>, but you have to consider how remote it is when you&#8217;re driving it. If you screw up on the Alaska Highway, and end up off the road, there are places it would take a long time to find you, if ever. It was very lonely, there was little traffic and too many things to see along the way.
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    I pulled into a campground on the east end of town, and pulled into a spot next to two other riders. There names were Mike and Michelle, on their way to <st1:place><st1:placeName>Prudoe</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Bay</st1:placeType></st1:place> doing the trip coming up from the south of <st1:country-region><st1:place>Argentina</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Mike is from <st1:country-region><st1:place>Scotland</st1:place></st1:country-region> and Michelle was from <st1:country-region><st1:place>Australia</st1:place></st1:country-region>. We chatted for a while and had tea discussed our rides and that is when another guy walked up. ADV rider Driftwood showed up to join us. He invited us to camp on his land outside of <st1:City><st1:place>Fairbanks</st1:place></st1:City>. This was going to be handy and a big help if I decided to take him up on it.
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    I tried to get some internet, but it is obvious the further North you go the less internet there is, and the slower it gets. This will all have to wait till I get home to finish it up. I'll try and get another post in as soon as I can.
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  19. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 13, 2007
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    I got up in the morning and Mike and Michelle were already packing. We shared tea again in the dining room of the campground to escape the mosquitoes. They then went up front to send messages and finish getting ready. I got in after the office had closed, so I went in to pay. I explained that had come in late and needed to pay for my nights camping to the lady, but she just thanked me for my honesty and refused to take my money. So I thanked her and went out front to finish getting ready myself with gas and battening down the hatches a bit.
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    I said my goodbyes and headed out for further north. Not far out of town I passed a cop going a little WFO so I decided to park in the woods for a bit till the heat cooled off.
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    <o:p>I ordered the Buffalo Burger....not like beef very much in my opinion ...but great!</o:p>
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    Drove around <st1:City><st1:place>Whitehorse</st1:place></st1:City> a bit before continuing up the road. Nicer looking town, but very busy for such a small place.
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    Construction&#8230;.the dreaded zones of boredom. At least bikes go to the front, and the lollipop girls are always very nice young college girls wondering where you are going and such.
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    Just a few kilometers down the road, yet another wait. A bit tricky to get through too. This is one messed up road.
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    I was going to stop in <st1:place><st1:placeName>Destruction</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Bay</st1:placeType></st1:place>, but continued on up to White River Crossing. The manager picked out a spot next to another bike for me. It was very late, but every one still seemed to be up. So a quick shower and off to bed.
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  20. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    July 14, 2007
    387 miles
    White River Crossing, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>British Columbia</st1:place></st1:State> to <st1:place><st1:City>Fairbanks</st1:City>, <st1:State>Alaska</st1:State></st1:place>
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    Got up in the morning to meet my neighbor Bob. He and his girlfriend are riding up from <st1:country-region><st1:place>Peru</st1:place></st1:country-region> on a rough f650 heading for the <st1:place>Arctic Ocean</st1:place>. Bike was in need of a lot of work when I met him, no rear brakes, oil leaks, etc. I wish him all the luck.
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    Lots of old equipment from the construction of the highway here. The owner appears to be quite the collector and it made for some interesting exploration for me.
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    Finally crossed into <st1:State><st1:place>Alaska</st1:place></st1:State>.
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    Still pretty warm here, better go further north.
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    In Tok, ran into Bob and his girlfriend Angela again. Also met a guy from <st1:country-region><st1:place>New Zealand</st1:place></st1:country-region> up from <st1:State><st1:place>Texas</st1:place></st1:State> to do the loop.
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    At the North Pole I met Rick Allen, a <st1:State><st1:place>New Jersey</st1:place></st1:State> firefighter just back from Prudhoe. We chatted a while then went in to meet Santa.
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