When cops get tired of Protecting and serving

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Viejo, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Viejo

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    I have already posted this ride on Two Wheeled Texans, and got a great response. It was suggested to me that I should also post it here on Advrider. This is a great sight and I should have posted the ride here a while back. I am sure there have been many other trips to Alaska written about on Advrider but I think you will enjoy reading about our trip as well.

    When 4 Austin Police Officers got tired of protecting and serving we loaded up and headed off to Alaska. For David, who is currently a Motor Supervisor, this was his 3rd trip to Alaska by Motorcycle. He has 3 sons and now all 3 have made the trip with him. Just think about that for a moment. To me its amazing and a great accomplishment. Aaron was with him this trip. David rode a 2003 Goldwing.
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    Its the 2nd trip for Tony who is a supervisor on the Mounted Patrol unit. Tony rides a 07 Adventure.
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    This is my 2nd trip to Alaska. I took my daughter Amy up when she was 17 back in 1998 with David and his oldest son. I have a 02 GS.

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    The rookie on this trip was Raul. He is a Lt. in the Recruiting Division and rides a 1500 Goldwing.

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    Starting milage on Tony's Adventure 7139.
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    This is the route up to the Arctic Ocean.
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    Kinda puts things in perspective huh.

    We left early in the morning on June 2nd, 2007 and rode a 4 day 2800 mile Bonzai run up to the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek. Along the way we traveled through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia. All of this was beautiful country but we didn't take the time to smell the roses. Banff National Park and the surrounding area is a must do trip in and of itself. This photo of the gang was at Lake Luis in Banff.

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    Thats all there is time for tonight. there is lots more to tell. Here is a little teaser photo. There is obvously a good story behind this.


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    Don't tease, dammit.

    I am iced in and can't leave the house, much less ride a bike. So I need this thread.
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    I am hoping this part of the story goes something like this. "So we all grabbed the side of the GW and lifted it back up, and surprisingly, there was only a broken mirror!"
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    But I doubt it.
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    I rode to work today and almost had to put on a jacket. Brrr.:wink:

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    Nice start!!! :thumb What a cliff hanger... let's have it!! At least it looks like no one was seriously hurt... well, except for the goldwing.. :(:

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  13. Viejo

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    Time to contnue the story. We camped on night 4 at the Lake Louise camp ground in Banff National Park. This is not your typical camp ground. If you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a monkey in cage then stay here. The camp ground is surrounded by a Jurrasic Park style electric fence. Not to keep the campers in but to keep the BEARS out.
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    Lake Louise has the most unusual color of any Lake I have seen. It is fed by a glacier and it is a beautiful truquiose color.
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    Next day it was up the Jasper Highway also known as the Glacier Highway. Certainly one of the best motorcycle roads for scenery I have ever seen.
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    Did I mention we may have left a little early in the season. It may be summer time in Texas in June, but not up here.
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    One of the many furry friends we saw during the trip. This one is a black bear. Most of the bears we saw by the roadway were Black Bears.

    This is the Columbia Glacier.
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    This is the same photo of Columbia Glacier taken back in 1998.

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    I can't tell if it has receded or advanced. They say it is receding.

    As you can see in the photos the sun was not with us on this day. The temp was in the mid to low 40's and raining most of the day. For those thinking about making a trip up to Canada or Alaska spare no expense for water proof riding suit or rain clothes. YOU WILL NEED IT. Now that I brought it up I ended up spending alot of money getting ready for this trip. I purchased the Olympia AST riding jacket and Olympia Ranger Pants. They are waterproof and I can't say enough good things about it. Gotta be the best out there for the money. considerably cheaper than Aerostich and in my opinion just about as good. After buying that, a Zumo 550, AirHawk seat cushion, BMW crash bars, and tank bag, I was out couple thousand dollars. That AirHawk is a must have item. I also have a BMW K1200LT that I could have taken on this trip and saved having to buy some of this stuff, but Tony and I have made Prudhoe Bay our goal. Need the GS for that.

    Next stop is Athabasca Falls. Most of the rivers were in flood stage which made this pretty dramatic.

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    Thats it for now. I will try to post some more later tonight
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  14. Viejo

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    Spent the next night in a camp ground near Prince George BC.

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    This may look silly but ya better have one of these. You can't begin to imagine how mean these little buggers can be.

    Next morning we had planned to not take the Alaska Highway but to go up the Cassiar Highway. Then we noticed someone trying to rip the local donut shop. We were not having any of this! So we administered some Texas justice. Shortly there after we were on our way again with a dozen, and hot coffee. ( Just getting a head start on the donut jokes that I know will be coming.)

    Turned out part of the Cassiar was closed due to flooding. We turned around and headed back toward the Alaska Highway. Mile 0 is in Dawson Creek BC. North we went.

    We are now North on the Alaska Highway. The scenery is wonderful and the air is clear and crisp. No pollution or haze. Its a very long way through British Columbia. You feel like your never going to make it to the Yukon. Its about as far across BC as it is from Texarkana to El Paso.
    Towns are few and far between but gas stops are always withing range.
    This is Muncho Lake. Picture says it all.
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    We also came across some Buffalo grazing along the side of the road. I would hate to hit one of those.

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    We finally made it to the Yukon Border.
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    Watson Lake is next and is where the famous sign forest is located.
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    Travelers up the Alaska Highway have been stealing signs from their home town city limits for decades and posting them in the sign forest. San Marcos, Texas is right up front. I bet there is a million dollars worth of stolen government property paid for with your tax dollars in that forest.

    David had a special plaque made commemorating the 2 previous trips he had made.
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    The first trip was with Dave's son Chris, Mike and Cindy Hugman, my daughter Amy and I.

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    This years trip had special meaning for us and was dedicated to and made in the memory of Cindy Hugman. Cindy lost her battle with Breast Cancer and we dearly miss having her with us on these trips. Cindy and Mike made many trips with our group of friends.

    The second Trip Dave made was in 2005 with his son Kyle, Gary Z, another APD Motor Sgt. and this was Tony's first trip. They all made it to the Arctic Circle on that trip riding a Goldwing, Concours, and a BMW K1200GT

    After Watson Lake was the Teslin River area.

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    This bridge is a metal grate bridge. Its no fun when wet, but on this day the sun was out.

    Next stop is Whitehorse Yukon Territory. Whitehorse is great place for a fairly large city. I believe there are 25,000 residents. I loved the windvane at the Whitehorse Airport.

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    After leaving Whitehorse we are headed North up the Dempster Highway to Dawson. We rode through several very large previoius forest fires. Mile after Mile of scorched earth. Some of the fires were from back in the 60's. It just takes more time to grow back this far north. We found these Trumpeter Swans along this road.
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    Next stop is Dawson YT. Now this is a really cool town. Absolute must see if you get up this way.
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    thats the Hotel.

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    Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino. This place was hoppin at night.
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    This building was erectred on perma frost and the footings are slowly
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    On the way out of town we had to get across the Yukon river which is the 2nd largest river in North America. No bridge. So Canada provides a free ferry.

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    OH he looks so calm and relaxed now. He knows not what awaits him after getting across this river. That 1800 Goldwing is sure looking good. For now. Its doom is as certain as the day is long and will not make it through this day.


    The river pilot was real good. That water was moving very fast, in fact it looked like it was boiling. I still can't believe he put that thing right in the dock without slipping past it.

    After getting across the river we were no traveling west on the Top of the World Highway heading for Alaska. Unfotunatly for the Goldwings most of this road was not paved.

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    We entered Alaska at the Poker Creek Border Crossing. This is the farthest north US Border Crossing.

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    Some guy on a Harley had gone through this border crossing about an hour earlier than us. He made it about a mile down the dirt road and down he went. They were loading his bike on a trailer when we went by. He was lucky and had a trail vehicle in the group. He wasn't so lucky. They had an ambulance on the way up from Delta Junction. About 150 miles away. Our future fate awaits with that Ambulance.

    Until next time.

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