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Old 03-14-2011, 05:03 AM   #1
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2 Texans to Alaska (and back)...

June – July last summer, my wife and I rode 2up on our V-strom 650 from Texas to the Arctic Circle and back home via the West Coast of the U.S. The trip lasted ~34 days. We kept a live blog while doing the trip, but I have decided to post it in a Ride Report now to add a bit more reflection. It is also trip planning time for this upcoming season, so this report may prove somewhat useful for those planning their own Alaskan Jaunt.

On with the Ramble...

So why Alaska? No reason really. It wasn’t so much a destination, as it was just a turn-around point on the trip. There were tons of areas of the country that I wanted to see and we were able to fit a lot of that into this trip. I remember reading reports about going to Alaska, and I would think how crazy these people were and how FAR it was. When I look at the map from our spot tracker, I get the same feeling all over again. What were we thinking? That is really far.





Preparation and Day 1 to follow...






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Old 03-14-2011, 05:05 AM   #2
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:05 AM   #3
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This could be a good one

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Old 03-14-2011, 05:29 AM   #4
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That is really far Looking forward to the details and pics
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #5
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Preparation...

As I had mentioned above, the bike we would ride up on was a 2005 V-Strom 650. I had bought a ton of quality aftermarket modification parts for the bike. To offset the cost of those, I have also fabricated some of the ugliest pieces (although extremely functional) to complete the total Frankenstein-ing of our V-strom. I have made a few labeled picture diagrams to help illustrate my achievements!



A. A. Happy Trails Aluminum Panniers (side cases)
B. PVC Pipe Storage tube w/ eye catching red pressure valve cap for some sort of plumbing application.
C. Fuel storage containers for bike and cooking stove, also serves as possible pyrotechnics in the event we are rear ended.
D. Attention grabbing, yellow mystery box - securely mounted with old clip-on style snow board boot bracket.




E. Super Furry Butt Pads (all about the comfort, not so much the style).
F. Engine and Body protection for when the bike takes a nap.
G. Homemade hand grip warmers.
Exhibit “A” - If you look closely, you will notice that I was neglecting my Manly duties to mow the lawn. That is my wife Nikki on the mower while I am taking pin-ups of the bike.




H. Homemade radiator guard.
I. Bootleg Highway Pegs.
J. New chain and sprockets.
K. Fender extender made out of plastic paint bucket.








L. GPS Holder
M. 12v power outlet to recharges necessary items like ipods and camera batteries.
N. Digital Voltmeter - keeps us from drawing too much power on our accessories. Lets me know if the alternator takes a crap.

And a pic of all of our junk we hauled with us.


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Old 03-14-2011, 01:25 PM   #6
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Alaska & Back

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Old 03-14-2011, 01:46 PM   #7
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Subscribed...Alaska trips are always worth it. Have fun and be safe.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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And a pic of all of our junk we hauled with us.

You did quite well. Most trips I'll carry that much junk equipment just for myself.

An excellent rr. Despite having traveled most of those highways several times myself, it is like doing it all for the first time, thanks to your skillful presentation.

Your wife is certainly a trouper, a quality that should never be taken for granted. I'm sure you realize what a fortunate man you are.

Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:56 PM   #9
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You really should type a list of all that junk so we know what you brought. What you found useful and what didnt work.

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:45 PM   #10
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:51 PM   #11
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Day 1

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 1:
Total Miles Today: 524


We got all loaded up and ready to leave.






We were not in a terrible hurry today, as it was going to be a long day on the slab - just trying to cross some state lines and get somewhere.





Stopped at the Fried Pies shop off of I-35 near Davis, Oklahoma and dropped the bike in the parking lot. I forgot to take a pic, but I would get better about that later on
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A few more hours and we are into Kansas.




(we like to take our pictures in front of state signs
)

By early evening we had made it a good ways through Kansas, and set-up camp at Glenn Elder State Park. I remember that the payment system wasn't very clear. Or at least maybe the spots weren't so clearly marked. Either way, we used the provided pricing table and figured we owed them $9 or $12 or something, so we payed up and went and found a secluded section of the park by the water.







End of day 1. Tomorrow we realize that we forgot something very important at home.


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Old 03-14-2011, 03:37 PM   #12
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:51 AM   #13
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End of day 1. Tomorrow we realize that we forgot something very important at home.

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what was it?
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:26 AM   #14
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Fixed - Added to 2nd day post.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:45 PM   #15
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thinking of going to the artic circle in 2013 for my 50th .great report so far
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