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Old 07-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #46
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mtncrawler, does this view spark any recent memories?
It does! I'll be there tomorrow to change out the TKC s.

Johann/Grizz - that was me at the bottom of Atigun Pass (south end) that you passed as you started up! Looked like you we're having a blast!

Safe travels....back in FB to tonight for me. What an incredible 2 days up and back!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:56 AM   #47
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It does! I'll be there tomorrow to change out the TKC s.

Johann/Grizz - that was me at the bottom of Atigun Pass (south end) that you passed as you started up! Looked like you we're having a blast!

Safe travels....back in FB to tonight for me. What an incredible 2 days up and back!
We are back in Fairbanks. Had a great time up the haul road and back. It was hot though. 92 degrees in Coldfoot!!!!

Pics coming soon. I think we saw you as we were setting up the camera for some video. Not sure we could ride that in 2 days. It was loooong and hot. You are the man

Bad news, we washed the bikes and now my dads bike won't start. Looking to call BMW or Dan Armstrong in the morning. My dad is very worried now. We are staying in the dorms at the university. Oh, and a I had a animal-bike collision incident. But, that story has to wait until we can show some pics to fully appreciate

Stay tuned...
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:47 AM   #48
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Had a great time the past 4 days up on the Haul Road. Was all excited to post pictures and such when my bike died... And it was HOT!!!! 96 Degrees here at Fairbanks and in the low 90's above the arctic circle. I won't complain, because it made the road conditions favorable. Just confused as I thought I was in the arctic... not Arizona.

Regarding my dead bike....
We washed the bikes off a bit before turning in for the night and Johann's Dakar fired up just fine after the wash down, but my, my precious Gretchen gave me a EWS error. I pushed the bike out of the stall and tried again.. only this time the computer wouldn't even come on. So we are stranded at the University of Alaska. Sent emails off to Adventure Cycle Works and Trail End BMW. Will call both tomorrow ...

I suppose we will be here in Fairbanks another day or so... Darn IT!!! Adventures like these are supposed to happen to the "other guy", not me Oh well. nothing time and a credit card can't fix I suppose. We will miss seeing a couple of other things. But a day off the bikes is probably needed.

BTW: Anyone have advice on a towing service in Fairbanks? (send a PM if you can help out) I am not a AAA member. I suppose my insurance may pick up the tab... after I pay it first and submit paperwork
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:36 AM   #49
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Jeeeez, that suck Grizz.... When you were washing her, were you being mindful of not pressurewashing certain areas of the bike?
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #50
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Jeeeez, that suck Grizz.... When you were washing her, were you being mindful of not pressurewashing certain areas of the bike?
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Not really Never had an issue before... But my bike has never seen so much mud as this. Guess I need a primer on washing the bike. I may have been a bit aggressive on my wash. I didn't wash the dash or anything under the seat. I assume that everything else should be OK, considering these bikes cross lakes and rivers... at least that is what I've seen in the ads .

Got a call into Dan Armstrong and The BMW dealership. We'll see how it goes... Hopefully it is something rather simple and doesn't require ordering parts. Not sure how long that would take (sigh?!?). At least I still have a bit more than a week to get back home to Seattle before the boss at work gets worried.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:12 PM   #51
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Dang. Maybe it just needs a good nights sleep and will fire off in the morning.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:43 PM   #52
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I'm with Able - my money's on Gretchen firing up in the morning once she dries out.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #53
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I'm with Able - my money's on Gretchen firing up in the morning once she dries out.
Gretchen got a ride over to Trails End BMW....

She dried out a bit and fired right up. We did wait 3 hours for them to put her on the diagnostics computer. Everything checked out.

Lesson learned... No power washes from now on... Only a soft loving hand wash for the big girl.

Darn women can be a pain sometimes. Johann's Dakar is still running like a clock. Now I and the boy need to get some sleep. We head out tomorrow. A day lost, but I am happy it all turned out and besides, we needed to get off the saddle anyways for a day.

Hope to post some pics soon. The haul road is fantastically beautiful and a must see for all adventure motorcyclists. It is an unbelievable road and experience to say the least.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #54
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Ok.. back to some more pics...

On the road to Coldfoot... Above the Arctic Circle.


The start of something big..


Oh yeah!! Here we go.


Our first documented bike-critter collision on the Dalton. Little did we know that this was a sign of things to come.


A ways to go...



Ah yes... the Yukon River... A favorite of ours.


The Hotspot Café. We met real "Ice Road Truckers" here. Interesting characters and great food.


Fireweed... It's edible.


The road, the pipeline... the BEAUTY!!


Finger Rock


More Finger Rock


Finger Rock from an odd perspective... It's much taller than it appears here.


Taking a much needed break.


The view from Galbraith Lake.


Pump Station 5


The pipeline, the Dalton Hwy, Fireweed and good lighting.


Approaching Coldfoot above the arctic circle. Gorgeous!!


Our camp at Coldfoot... Actually Marion Creek Campground. Well water was still frozen, but the Bugs and sunshine were included free with the site. Wolves howling late into the midnight sun... Priceless!!!!!

More coming. This was a photo summary of our first day on the Dalton Hwy... We didn't know what to expect. It was better than we imagined.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:06 AM   #55
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Riding above the arctic circle.... Coldfoot to the Arctic Ocean. Brrrrr!!!!


Leaving Coldfoot

The mountains were spectacular thing to see up there.

We were both shocked that there was a paved road above the Arctic Circle.

The road was so much easier than people had made it out to be...although we got lucky, very lucky...

as we went, the views were getting even better

ANWR on our left and the Gates of the Arctic National Park on our right.
The Haul road cuts a path right down the middle.

Cathedrals of stone surrounded us

At the basin of the famous Atigun Pass...while up there we were joking about taking a Bikini shot since it was so HOT!!

It was a blistering 85 degrees... No kidding!!

At the base of the south end of the pass

Looking South as we climb up

Even from our mirrors we had great views! talk about awesome

The valley sneaking just past Gates of the Arctic and ANWR.
That opening leads to the open tundra all the way to the arctic ocean.

Unbelievable rocks

The north slope peters out on the Gates of the Arctic side. Awesome views.

The pipeline snaking past one more rocky outcrop

With the goal in mind, I press on while my dad stops to take a couple pictures of the final rocky slopes just before the flats.

Almost to the open tundra... Still around 85 degrees.

The open tundra and we encounter
THE ABSOLUTE WORST BUGS WE'VE EVER SEEN IN OUR LIVES!!!!

We could only enjoy the beauty momentarily to take pictures as
the bugs would swarm inside our helmets and down our jackets... what a nuisance

The temperature quickly drops to around the mid 40's and we stop to put on warm clothes.
We notice that the headlight guard on the Dakar has been damaged. It did it's job

The road went into the endless horizon. It was a weird feeling
like we were riding off the end of the earth. it almost felt like we didn't belong there.

Just before Prudhoe Bay we encounter this miniature mountain range of frozen tundra.
Ice could be seen for miles and miles on the frozen tundra.
The temperature began to drop below 40 degrees now.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:52 AM   #56
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I can't believe how beautiful those pics are up around and north of the Circle! The sky was like grey soup when I rode up there. My experience, and views, were quite different.

Grizz, so glad to learn Gretchen just needed to dry out after all the drink you fed her! She's a bit similar to most of us after a tough night tipping a few too many back!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #57
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I can't believe how beautiful those pics are up around and north of the Circle! The sky was like grey soup when I rode up there. My experience, and views, were quite different.

Grizz, so glad to learn Gretchen just needed to dry out after all the drink you fed her! She's a bit similar to most of us after a tough night tipping a few too many back!
We had 4 days of absolutely the best weather one could think of. A bit on the warm side, but as you can see. Not many clouds. More pics coming as connection speed and access allow. I was just looking through them and I still can't believe what we saw and experienced. I wish we could have stayed longer and even hiked back into the parks. Words and pictures just can't capture the experience.

Yeah, Gretchen and I are back on speaking terms now.
Johann and I gave the bikes a good cleaning yesterday. They look good. One thing I can say to all... is that if you ride up there, your bike will never be the same afterwards. The calcium chloride is horrible, especially on exposed aluminum parts and mufflers. Add heat and water and it is a caustic cocktail. They were using ALOT of it on the roads as they are in a state of constant repair and up keep. My aluminum panniers will see a lot stickers now to provide validation of our travels and to distract the eye from the aging beauty scars. All good and worth it IMHO. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #58
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It's all worth it in the end

Lee and Johann - (it's me, the mom)

I'm so glad that the mishaps you've had have been small and relatively painless in the big scheme of things. You've had some incredible experiences and I am enjoying the pics and reading Johann's perspective.

I'm still waiting for details on the 'animal' incident???

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #59
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awesome pics! waiting to hear about the "animal incident" as well.....
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