|07-31-2012, 07:12 AM||#16|
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Bend, Oregon
Gotta follow this one!
'04 BMW R1150GS Adventure
used to's: '08 Kawasaki KLR650, '97 Honda ST1100, '03 Honda XR650R, '04 KTM 950 Adventure, '04 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, '03 Kawasaki Meanstreak, 19?? Yamaha XT600, 19?? Kawasaki GPZ550, 19?? Honda Twinstar200
|07-31-2012, 11:54 PM||#17|
Joined: Nov 2011
Made it onto the ferry and got all tied in. The ferry did have some tie downs for my use but I brought my own anyways, I am really glad I grabbed the long ratcheting ones.
After getting the bike tied down I went up to the observation deck and took a short nap. I ate all of my meals on the ferry and found the prices to be fairly close in line with what I was paying for meals in Canada.
In the afternoon I set up my tent to dry out from the sprinkler incident. It took multiple attempts to figure out how to tape down the rain fly just right. I figured out the letter “H” was the answer.
Alaska Marine Highway is really cool, for the first day then the novelty kind of wears off. Its unfortunate that there are only four spots on the mainland where you can get onto the ferry. My itinerary stopped in many of the small towns during the night time when I was asleep. I found it interesting in the stop in Ketchikan how many sea planes there are in SE Alaska.
Duckslayer joined me on the ferry at midnight on Thursday boarding in Petersburg. The ferry arrived in Juneau Friday afternoon. I took a few shots from the ferry of the Mendenhall Glacier.
It started to rain shortly after disembarking from the ferry so we headed to the local department store for some supplies. After hitting the department store we headed up to check out the Mendenhall Glacier a little closer.
Since it was raining and we didn't want to deal with packing up a wet tent early in the morning to make the ferry we decided to get a motel room in Juneau. We got a pizza that night for dinner from a local non chain place and I was not impressed at all with the pizza. Afterwords we took a quick spin through downtown. Downtown Juneau felt like the typical tourist trap type of town.
Boarding the Juneau to Skagway ferry
If I was to pick a section of the ferry route as the most scenic I would say the north end of the route wins for sure.
A shot from the ferry.
Other bikes on the ferry.
Skagway felt similar to Juneau on the Tourist Trap Meter, maybe a little less. I stopped by the National Historic Monument for the Klondike Gold Rush and took a short look around.
A and B house everyone takes a picture of.
The remaining pictures for the day were of the Klondike Highway that leads out of Skagway towards Whitehorse this area has some really scenic parts and some boring parts.
We finished out the evening camping between Carmacks and Pelly Crossing at the Tatchum Lake Campground.
We woke up the next morning and headed into Dawson city to grab a bite to eat and fuel up before we tackled the purpose of the trip, the Dempster. After getting something to eat we walked over to check out the Yukon River, on the way back Duckslayer says “ Dude you've got a broken headlight!”
Well there is a nice $500 to add to the trip costs. Oh well a piece of a ziplock bag and some Duct Tape will have to hold out for the rest of the trip.
Some photos from the Dempster.
We stopped by the interpretive center along the way. We mentioned to the staff that we were heading up north and had a difficult time finding any bear spray in the Whitehorse (Sunday evening). The interpretive center loaned some bear spray to us for a small deposit.
We continued on and made it into Eagle Plains. There was a thunderstorm rolling in so Duckslayer made the executive decision to get a motel room.
After a good breakfast at the Eagle Plains motel we headed off for our goal for the day, the Arctic Circle,and then Inuvik. We made it to the Arctic Circle and took the photo everyone does.
We then continued on to the two ferry crossings at the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers.
Peel River ferry
Mackenzie River ferry.
We continued on heading north towards Inuvik, then about 60 miles outside of Inuvik this happened.
It seems there is always some sort of road work occurring on the Dempster. We were passing a water truck, there was a small berm left by the grader between passes about 6 inches high. I made it pass the water truck and I was watching Duckslayer in my mirror I, saw his bike go sideways and a large cloud of dust.
I turned around and found Duckslayer and his bike yardsaled across the road. He was unconscious for about 30 seconds when I got back to him and then he came too. He kept asking where we were and what we were doing. I knew these were signs of a concussion. After about an hour we were up and rolling again and heading into Inuvik at a much slower pace. Once in Inuvik I recommended Duckslayer get checked out at the hospital but he declined and responded that he was OK.
In Inuvik we talked to a really friendly local individual in a Red GMC Sierra, that showed us where to get gas, eat, and a potential campground. We ate at the Roost restaurant. The food was ok. I grabbed one of the iconic Inuvik photos on our way out.
We continued to head south and ended the day camping at a rock quarry just north of fort McPherson. This photo was taken at 1130 at night its amazing how bright it is in the the evenings this far north.
The day started out with a light sprinkle on the tent in the morning so we packed up before it got worse. Duckslayer and his bike weren't quite ready to start the day yet and needed one more quick nap.
Duckslayer claims the tip over was due to a sore leg from the previous incident.
We hit the road and it started to rain making the road more soupy. This photo was of one of the milder sections.
As we continued on during the day the rain got worse until we decided to call it a day at Eagle Plains.
We shall see what tomorrow brings.
|08-01-2012, 04:19 AM||#18|
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
I was up there a couple of days ago was great weather. Take your time coming down if it's raining. About 30km away from there I recall it being very rutty from the last rainstorm and maybe again due to the rain. Last group to guys I spiel with said they did 15mph the whole way down. Good luck.
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|08-11-2012, 08:04 PM||#19|
Joined: Nov 2011
We ended up waiting out the rain the next day following the suggestions of the staff at Eagle Plains. While at Eagle Plains we talked to some other riders. One of the other riders, David decided to join us on the way back to Dawson City. A few shots of the Dempster heading south this time.
The calcium chloride off the road baking onto my header pipe.
Duckslayer thrilled to be back to the pavement.
The Demptser all the way to Inuvik and back is conquered.
Waiting to wash most of the Dempster off of my bike.
After filling up and washing down we headed into Dawson City to get some dinner. We ended up eating at the Drunken Goat a Greek restaurant/bar. The food was really good. After eating we parted ways with David and headed north of town to camp at the Yukon River Campground.
We headed into Dawson City to be tourists a bit before taking on the top of the world highway. Just outside of Dawson City is the Dome Hill overlook. It provides some great views of Dawson City and the surrounding areas.
A few shots from the Dawson City Museum.
Dawson City Main street.
Waiting to get on the Yukon River Ferry
A few shots of the Canada side of the top of the world highway. The Canada side is a mixture of paved sections and gravel. During one of the sections of the Top of the world on the Canada side I took my GPS out of its cradle a few times to take a few pictures. Well one of the the times I did this I didn't get it back in the cradle securely. I watched it fall out of the cradle at about 50mph hit the pavement bounce about 15ft in the air and hit the pavement again. When I got back to it the edges had some road burn but it turned back on and continues to work great. Note to self make sure GPS is in cradle securely.
Back into the USA for a bit.
I like the USA side of the highway a little better because it is mostly dirt and provides more traction.
Backside of a moose
We stopped in Chicken and got some souvenir t shirts and fuel. After chicken we ended up putting down some miles going all the way down the Taylor highway to Tok Junction, then into Beaver Creek YT, where we camped for the night at Buckshot Betty's.
When packing up in the morning I did a little rethink about my packing situation and shifted decided to run the dry bag horizontal to move the weight forward.
Today we headed down the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction to tie into the Cassiar Hwy. Not many views stood out to me along the route other than the views along Destruction Bay.
We stopped in Whitehorse to look at getting some Bear spray, and a new bulb for my headlight, bear spray was too expensive for my taste so we opted just to be careful. Other than that short stop and a few gas stops it was all about laying down some miles today. When we found a campsite just west of Haines Junctin I opened my right box and found that all of my stuff in it was wet. Turned out the jug I was carrying my water in didn't like the aluminum box which rubbed a whole through the bottle and ended up soaking all of my stuff. Oh well. Live and learn I guess.
Today brought on the Cassiar Hwy and Telegraph Creek. Of the paved roads on the trip this is by far my most favorite and a welcome change from the rather boring Alaska Highway.
We made it into Dease Lake and filled up with gas and headed out towards Telegraph Creek. The first part of the road to Telegraph creek was kind of boring.
Then we passed a warning sing indicating a steep 20% grade was coming. Below are what the signs were referring to.
The 20% grades were a lot more interesting going down due to the steepness, deep gravel, and not being able to keep the front end light. Going up was a lot more fun keeping the back end sliding.
When we arrived at telegraph creek we stopped at where there was supposed to be a store and found it was closed. I really wanted an ice cream bar or soda. Oh well.
We headed back out to Dease Lake filled up and headed down the road towards the Stewart Hyder Junction.
We ended up calling it a day at Bell II a heliskiing resort. They sure had a nice hot tub.
The plan for the day was Stewart Hyder. Duckslayer decided to catch an earlier ferry so he opted to skip Stewart Hyder and head towards Prince Rupert.
A shot of the road heading into Stewart.
This guy was just chilling and eating right next to the road oblivious to the traffic.
I made it into Hyder and stopped at the Fish creek viewing area. This female grizzly was busy stocking up for winter.
After Fish Creek I headed up towards the Salmon Glacier. The road up to the Glacier is one of the most pot hole laden roads I have ever been on. I am surprised there are still funcioning seals in my shock and my wheels are still round after that road.
The Mendenhall Glacier was not as near as spectacular as the Salmon Glacier. My photos do not do it justice.
After Stewart Hyder I headed towards Kitwanga and then onto the 16 towards Prince George. I ended up spending the night in the forest just outside of Houston. One thing that I learned by this point in the trip is that things in my panniers that are assembled like to disassemble in the pannier like my campstove and tripod.
My goal for today was to get into Prince George and find a motorcycle dealer to change my Oil. Two problems with this plan, I had lost track of what day it was, Monday, and motorcycle shops are generally closed on Mondays, and also it was BC day apparently so most places would be closed even if it wasn't a Monday.
I went into town anyhow and found some WiFi at the Boston Pizza and was able to check into ADV and found that GISdood had sent me a PM, about meeting. We got in contact and he helped me out by offering up his place and offering an extra set of hands and tools to change my oil. While there he also fixed my headlight better than my ziplock bag with a piece of film similar to 3M pain protection film.
After getting my bike all buttoned up I wanted to get down the road a ways so I would have a full day for Jasper-Banff national parks. I ended up finding a free campground about an hour west of McBride called LaSalle Lake. It was a nice place with tables, fire rings, and outhouses.
The goal today was to make it through Jasper and Banff National Park via the Icefields Parkway, and exiting in Golden BC. The scenery seemed to get better as I got farther South and East.
One of my favorite parts of the road was just south of the Icefields Visitor Center is a giant Hairpin. No pictures of it though. I made it into Golden ate at a 50's diner and then headed out of town. I found a rock quarry to pitch my tent in for the night.
I woke up in the morning packed up my tent and headed into Revelstoke to deal with the “Performane Award” I earned earlier in the trip to the tune of $171. After taking care of the ticket it was time to put some miles down so I didn't get that many pictures. I ended the ride putting in 870 miles and over 19 hours counting the short gas stops and making it all the way home. The temperature during the day ranged from tripple digits to the high 40's.
A few shots from along the way.
Super boring north central WA.
Cheif Joseph Dam
Dry Falls Herritage Area
I crossed over the Columbia a couple times. I was not prepared for the giant cross wind the first time. The wind shifted me over a full lane. My bike turned 10,000 miles on this trip.
My bike turned 10k miles on the trip.
I ended up getting home at 1AM.
This photo pretty much sums up my trip.
A few things I learned.
I packed way too many clothes.
I should of bought an extra battery for my camera.
The Tour Master Defender rain suit worked really well. I found myself putting it on as a wind block many times.
I should of bought the rain cover for my tank bag.
Don't put a plastic water bottle in an aluminum pannier.
My tool kit is incomplete for changing my oil.
Heidenau K60's wear like iron but are super sketchy for about 500 miles.
Don't speed to fast in BC.
I went to way to much effort to be able to secure stuff (from thievery) to my bike but found I was too lazy to go to the effort to lock stuff to my bike.
I survived the entire trip without ever having to pick up the bike. Before embarking on this trip I was sure I would drop it at least once. I think I will be looking into a standard height shock because I bottomed out the bike quite a few times during the ride.
I am really looking forward to doing more of this type of riding in the future.
Thanks for reading it all.
|08-11-2012, 09:02 PM||#20|
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Idaho home of the fiesta bowl champ BSU bronco's
Great ride report. I wish I would have gone with someone, but going solo had it's own reward. What did you average for gas mileage?
The pics of the rain really brought back a few memories also, but I was to stubborn to stop in Eagle Plains.
Good job and clean that calcium off your ride as soon as possible.
"Do today what other's won't, so you can do tomorrow what other's can't." Jody Sears-West Point
“It is not enough to want to make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals."
Just tell her my wife said it's OK-Handy
|08-11-2012, 09:20 PM||#21|
D Ol Man
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Jakin, Ga
Great report, Really enjoyed reading it.
You said your bike rolled over 10,000 miles at end of trip. How many of those were on this trip?
Good to hear someone getting great mileage from the K60's. I have a set on a KLR650 and the back is worn out completely at 3200 miles, and I normally get 7500 from K270's.
However, My front tire still looks new, which is just my luck, cause I don't like it in soft soil conditions.
|08-11-2012, 09:48 PM||#22|
Joined: Nov 2011
|08-12-2012, 12:42 PM||#23|
D Ol Man
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Jakin, Ga
Thanks for the info
|08-12-2012, 07:57 PM||#24|
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
Thanks for all the effort with the pics and story,looks like a great trip! I once rode to Anchorage from Chico,dry all the way north then rained from Anchorage to Weed CA on the way home,maybe 3000+ miles of good driving rain.
It stopped if I stopped the bike............but would start again if I got back on it. I got used to it and it was kinda fun.
Some bikes around at times
|10-13-2012, 08:48 AM||#29|
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Goshen, NY
Great report and pictures. Thanks
I guess all GS's need a nap now and then. Don't you wish they fell asleep at better times
2007 R1200GS almost farkeled to perfection!
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