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Old 01-30-2011, 03:14 PM   #31
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Hi Q

Great report and photos. You got out of New England just in time to miss all the epic snow. Last year I was riding the bike around now. So all I can do is read reports and whine.



Thanks for posting the report.

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:03 PM   #32
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Finally you had time to post a year old ride report. Been waiting for it soooo long. Cheers Amigos. Great pictures and narrative. Remnds me of places I've been. Thanks for the memories...

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:07 PM   #33
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Must go to Alaska................. and after reading that book, Into the wild, I really really must go there.

I am amazed at the landscapes
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:11 PM   #34
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Must go to Alaska................. and after reading that book, Into the wild, I really really must go there.

I am amazed at the landscapes
Chanderjeet, I'm sure if you came over here you could find places to stay for your entire visit. I know my home is open to you if you pass through my part of the world.

Q & MAG, great trip so far. I'm ready to saddle up and head out tonight.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:16 PM   #35
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Now this has to be the bomb. IM IN FO SURE.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:00 PM   #36
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You guys have all the fun ...
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:03 PM   #37
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Been waiting all fall for this one

Hi Q, I met you at the BMW rally in Redmond this summer while you were working the Klim booth. When you told me you had been to Alaska I knew the RR would be worth waiting for.
Again, welcome to Idaho and hope to see you out in the mountains this summer.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:22 AM   #38
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I was wondering if you were ever going to get around to posting an Alaska RR, Q. Glad to finally be reading it!

As I sit here in wintry Vermont with a foot or more of snow bearing down on us in the next few days, looking at your pics I can practically smell the fresh air and feel the wind. Good GOD, I can't wait for winter to be over and to get on the road again. And I definitely need to make my Alaska trip happen for 2012.

In the meantime, at least I can enjoy your trip vicariously.

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:01 AM   #39
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Chanderjeet, I'm sure if you came over here you could find places to stay for your entire visit. I know my home is open to you if you pass through my part of the world.
This is what makes this place to beautiful. Appreciate the offer and I extend the same to you.

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Old 01-31-2011, 11:19 AM   #40
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With your job, I hope you can write this trip off as gear testing.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:48 AM   #41
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With your job, I hope you can write this trip off as gear testing.


That and motorcycle crashes are covered by workman's comp.

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Old 01-31-2011, 11:50 AM   #42
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Aaarrgh!

It's my lunch hour, and I've got 46 photographs for the next two days of Ride Report all edited and reduced, and now Photobucket is down...

(I know.... I should be using Smugmug.)

Let me keep working on this.

Please stand by.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:31 PM   #43
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Happy and fun trails to Mag and you Questor, love that ride for each time we head to Calgary and Prince George to see daughters we travel that route, almost the exact same. The golf course at Kananaskis was one place I had hoped you two would be able to see.

Love your pics and the descriptions, you have a ton of us hanging on to your RR , so keep us smiling.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:40 PM   #44
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Day 4: Tuesday June 15th, 2010.

So I woke up with a hangover...
And slowly we got things back together...
Things were still a little fuzzy. And I was not sure what I was seeing...
WTF?


Where am I? What happened?

Oh... that's right I'm in a campground...
Must find coffee...

The memories started to come back...
We had a raging party late in to the night. Our new friends who we shared the campsite with made their own wine. Today they were headed back into the US, and did not want the hassle of crossing the boarder with alcohol, so we all tried to drink it all last night...

We made new friends. One of them was Brandt. He was staying at the campsite next to us, and did not have a stove, so he was eating cold Chef Boy Ardee out of the can. Meanwhile we were cooking gourmet food on a two burner camp stove. So we invited Brandt to hang out with us.

The next morning he decided to ride with us for a while.
Brandt has a Kantana and this was one of his first motorcycle camping trips.


Our route took us West from Jasper to Prince George.
Within an hour we had entered British Columbia. (We're almost to Dawson - right? )


Then we got near Mt. Robson.


You could see it in the distance from miles away.


Very impressive.


For those of you who are readers and like to get smarter about stuff.


I went inside the visitor center.
It turns out I'm as tall as a one year old moose.

It's amazing what you learn on these Rides.

Back on the road again.
As we rode, it started to dawn on me how big this part of Canada is, and how much wilderness there is. I mean, we would ride for hours in straight lines and see nothing but trees and mountains.


MAG kept yelling something about seeing Black Bears along the side of the road, but I never saw any. I still think she was making stuff up.
We would have to stop for gas about every 200 miles.
This is what we had for lunch.


After lunch, more straight roads though huge forests.


We stopped at a rest area to uhhh... Rest.
It was actually a dirt road that took us down to a river.


Then after the break, back to the lonely road ahead.




But looking back I noticed that Brandt was not with us any more.
So I circled back and found him.
Apparently he had run out of gas. I found him on the side of the road filling up from his reserve tank.


I took the opportunity to take some creative pictures.


When we got to Prince George we stopped to get gas.
There I saw this gorgeous Husky. He was a happy dog!


I asked him if he wanted to go to Alaska with me. He just smiled.

After filing up with fuel, Brandt took off to stay at a campsite he had pre-arranged. MAG and myself went south a bit to claim our ADV Tent Space with GISdood.

When we got there we received a warm welcome, and were soon beer was flowing.


Our host - GISdood.


And one of his friendly cats in it's Cat House.


Meanwhile we were also treated to an amazing feeding session.




and of course, as usually happens to me when I ride motorcycles all day, drink beer, and eat massive quantities of food, the inevitable....


The warm cat was a bonus.
Thanks GISdood.

We had such a nice visit, we invited ourselves back on the return loop.

Stats for the Day: 251 Miles Moving Average 53.8 Moving Time 4:39 Stopped 4:03 Total 8:43

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:07 PM   #45
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Thanks GISdood.
I remember some killer mojitos as well...

many, many thanks GISdood and GISdoodette for the good food and good sleep. AND for letting me use your dining room table as an office while I wrote an article that morning!



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