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Old 07-14-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Myself (Ipponduro) riding the 950 adventure





Jeff (Iskitoo) riding the 07 R1200GS




and Fred (almostfred) pushing the 07 DL1000








Day 1 started out with much anticipation. I don't think any of us got much sleep the night before. After months of waiting I made Fred and Jeff wait until noon on Friday when I got off work before we could leave.

I show up at Jeff's house to find the other 2 geared up and ready to go.




The 3 of us with our clean shiney bikes right before we threw the helmets on and we were off



I didn't taken any picture until we were in Canada and were forced to stop





right next to Elvis Rocks





After our first (of many) construction delay we we back on the road





with beautifull weather to boot










we stopped in Cache Creek at Hungry Herbie's Drive In for an early dinner







Herbie Burger




From Herbie's we hit the road, hwy 97 north to Lac La Hache Provencial park.





I think it was 16 bucks for the campsite.









Day 2 started out well, a little chilly, but clear and dry


I took a picture just as we were coming into Williams Lake.



Hwy 97 makes a right turn in Williams Lake Just a mile or so after I took that picture. Jeff Made the turn, I looked at fred in my mirror and made the turn, then about a half mile up the road I looked in my mirror again and no Fred WTF? so we turned around and found Fred parked just after the corner.

Flat Tire!



So Fred Limped the bike down to the Chevron





Where I found out why they brought me along.

The Tire was junk due to the size of the hole and wear on the inner liner from going flat at 60 miles an hour there was no way it was going to make it the next 5500 miles.



This happened at about 7:00 A.M. and none of the local bike shops opened till 9:00 Fred took off on foot and showed up at about 9:15 in the passenger seat of a pickup with a new tire.


we found some Chervron bead lubricant and mounted it up.




Being a professional tire monkey has it's advantages......... or disadvantages.





Fred Reinstalls and were ready to roll




A little way down the road we saw where someone in a cage had had a much worse morning.






and we had great weather again.











We stop for gas and the Girls flock to check out the big KTM.



Later on we ride our first gravel of the trip







My bridge picture




Jeff's bridge picture




We roll into Dawson Creek early enough to make about a 15 mile side trip for a poster shot.




or 2





Night 2 we find ourselves at the Beginning of the Alaskan Highway, Mile 0






The Harley is owned by a guy named Chuck, a farm boy from the Mid-West (Iowa or Ohio can't remember) riding solo to Fairbanks. We played leap frog with him on the Alcan for the next few, days pretty cool dude

I slept pretty good that night, I had no idea that the next day was going to be packed with surprises.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:33 AM   #3
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We started the morning of day three with a few more poster shots before we hit the road.

Before 6 A.M. is too early for the Salute



Guess not




We got some R.V.ers doing the same thing to take our picture.




We got on the highway headed north and right away I was suprised to see our first moose. She was on the run so it was a pretty crappy picture but I had proof I saw a moose.




we stopped for fuel and met a guy on a Burgman riding from Georgia to Homer Alaska. And people tell me I'm crazy?







And once again the weather does'nt suck..











sometimes there was traffic





But what can you do about traffic?





stop and wait out the rush hour





Glad that's over








It started to look like the good weather was over to. We stopped in the sunshine to put our raingear on before we got under the dark clouds.

I'm really glad I bought a new rainsuit for this trip, my textile suit is waterproof but only for so long. I also used that rainsuit over my textiles when the temperatures got down in the 30's and 40's the suit does a great job in blocking the wind from pulling heat away from your body I don't think I'll do another long trip with out it. and like Jeff said. "This isn't a Fashion Show."





good thing we suited up.





But after only 20 or 30 minutes it cleared back up.








a quick stop for fuel at the Toad River Lodge







Just a side note, when you come over a hill to see this sign from the back side where it's painted black it may cause members of your group to apply their brakes suddenly.







this sign might cause sudden braking as well.



or this one





some really neat landscape here





and more Moose







Chuck passed us while we were taking pictures of the Moose
















Chicks dig the sheep picture.






The first Bear, He just would'nt cooperate with the camera.






watch for what?















A few miles after the Grazing Roadblock we were at our campsite. Liard Hot Springs.





our neighbor on the GSA was from New Mexico and just out on a cruise.

our other noisy neighbor a white owl




of course we had to check out the hot springs, Once we got by this vicious beast




The Big Deep moderate temperature pool. 9 feet deep and I'd guess 90 degrees.





The Way Way too Damn Hot! pool





If you can make it to this end of the pool your supposed to stack a rock on the pile. (there isn't very many rocks over there) I could'nt make it within 50 feet.





Hot Spring sure feel Great after a long day in the saddle you come out refreshed and ready to do it again the next day.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:05 AM   #4
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Awesome ride!! Awesome pics!! Wow! Love those big sky shots.. and nothing beats relaxing in hot springs after a long day's ride.. Keep it coming please

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #5
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Been waiting for this and looking forward to more.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:46 PM   #6
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More pics of those hottie sheeps, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaase?

Nice pics and report.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:39 AM   #7
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Well I was so excited to see the Yukon I stopped to get a pic and the next thing I heard was the sound of an horn in deep panic, guess I was out in the road a little farther than I thought, the good thing was I am here to tell about it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:39 PM   #8
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cut out of a chunk of the pipe used on the pipeline
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:28 PM   #9
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:10 AM   #10
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Nice avatar Fred. To bad you don't have seven fingers eh!
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:08 AM   #11
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:51 PM   #12
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #13
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what did you say?!!!! perfect riding conditions!!!! yea I said
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:04 PM   #14
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Was that the BURGMAN--
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:07 PM   #15
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80 MPH on the DALTON?
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