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Old 06-13-2005, 04:46 PM   #1
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Just another Alaska ride

I'm just another guy going to Alaska. It seems like the Alaskan roads must be clogged with motorcycles and bears. I'll have to really watch out for all those BMWs when I'm bear splitting.
It looks like I'm finally leaving for Alaska tomorrow morning on my DR650. This is a week later than I'd planned, so I have to get on the road soon or it's sepukku with a tire iron. I'm posting this now to mark my spot and I'll be back when I can get online and have some pictures to post.
The plan is to ride to the arctic circle, maybe run the haul road if it looks fun and the weather's nice, (I've decided on no bragging rights, just fun for this trip), then down to Anchorage to visit a friend, camp, see glaciers and run Denali Highway. The first day I only plan on riding from Madison, Wisconsin to the border at Fort Frances, Ontario, and if nothing else stops me I should be kicking back in International Falls, Minnesota or Fort Frances tomorrow night watching cable and chain smoking.
I love cheap motels right off the highway and don't have much experience camping, but I'm going to give it a shot on this trip. Previously camping to me meant sleeping on rest stop picnic tables, but I have a tent and all that and hope to camp in the arctic circle somewhere. But the first night on the road--it's got to be a bed, a shower and hopefully the sound of tires on the highway outside my window helping me sleep.
Oh yeah, I don't know any of you guys, but I've been reading the stuff here quite a bit since I started reading Striking Viking's thread. So, hi, I'm Aaron. I know you guys like pictures of stuff with motorcycles in them, and uh... stuff, so I'll try to take some and post them here.

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Old 06-13-2005, 05:48 PM   #2
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Good luck and safe journey. Keep us updated
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Old 06-13-2005, 06:20 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:55 PM   #4
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, Have a great !!! Be safe , we are wait'n for your report
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:20 PM   #5
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Wish I was riding with ya...that is a dream trip for me.
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:03 PM   #6
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I'm in winnipeg at an internet cafe now. Slow progress, and I'm enjoying it. My mpg dropped to 33mpg when I was doing 80 in MN and I ran out of gas. When it ran out, it died like I'd hit the kill switch. Luckily there was a gas station right there. I kept it between 60 and 70 and got 44 mpg again. The bike likes it better, and even though 80 is comfortable on it, somehow it's convinced me that I like going slower too. I don't know how that works, like the bike just comes with a different mindset. That's like, the speed limit. How convenient.
Here's a wayside in minnesota on Tuesday where I tried out my camera's timer. Later, a minister came by and blessed my journey.





Here's a wayside in Superior just outside Duluth where I was putting on the carharts. Didn't bring the rainsuit with me, but my stuff is working ok.






I decided to stop in Eveleth, MN, so Wednesday I had 100 miles to the border. Big change from the 800 miles I've had to do in the past. 800 mile days just aren't as fun. I ate a great walleye breakfast and headed for the border, but got sidetracked on this great logging road. I passed tons of logging road entrances before temptation overcame me and I remembered making time isn't that important.





There was a turtle on the trail that I turned around and tried to photograph, thinking he'd make me feel fast. But he was too fast for me and made it into the weeds before I got the camera out. I'm slow.





Once I cleared customs there wasn't a very good town to stay in that I wanted to go to that night so I got a room in Fort Frances, then went and found this nice farm road outside of town.





Then I got a steak and went back to the room to enjoy my portable music system and my first cuban cigar since my first cigar over a decade ago.




Gas in Ontario today. Better weather and a better packing job.




I didn't stop for breakfast until lunchtime, but the fajita was good on an outdoor deck across from this seaplane charter business. This was my view. I love prop planes, especially seaplanes.






The girl on the left and her mom came up before my food came because the girl wanted to say hi and ask where I was going. They were from Ketchikan, AK, just visiting down south in Ontario. Before I left the girl came up to me to ask if I get lonely.





A wayside shortly before Manitoba. Notice how this statue in Minnesota looks just like me and is almost as big...

Someday I will go there and be their king.



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Old 07-23-2009, 01:20 AM   #7
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:34 AM   #8
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:41 PM   #9
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I just got done scanning this awesome trip you did, and I don't know if I missed it somewhere in there, but about how much $$$ did you go through ? I would love to do a trip like this someday..... Hopefully the photos and chronicles of rides like this will give me the motivation to carve out the time and money to go do one...... Did you sit down and plan every detail of the trip, or did you just do it by the seat of your pants and hit the atm & credit card whenever you needed ? Great pics and narrative..... Way cool.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:52 AM   #10
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About $5,000. I didn't plan anything except getting there and what I'd take. You can do it for a lot less, I wasn't even trying to be frugal. The mexico trip was done for much less, and after losing my atm card I had money wired to me and kept most of it in a zip lock bag in my boot (mx boot). I recommend this method if you don't want to blow through lots of cash.

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I just got done scanning this awesome trip you did, and I don't know if I missed it somewhere in there, but about how much $$$ did you go through ? I would love to do a trip like this someday..... Hopefully the photos and chronicles of rides like this will give me the motivation to carve out the time and money to go do one...... Did you sit down and plan every detail of the trip, or did you just do it by the seat of your pants and hit the atm & credit card whenever you needed ? Great pics and narrative..... Way cool.
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