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Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #151
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Thanks for letting me share in your trip I have enjoyed it too much.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:46 PM   #152
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Day 17

Day 17 July 7, 2013
Boya Lake to Hyder Alaska
342 Miles


We spent the day on the Cassiar Highway. The weather was beautiful and the scenery is awesome. Much nicer riding than on the way up.






Nothing much to report, just miles and miles of nice road and scenery. If you get the chance ride the Cassiar


When we got to Meziadin Junction we just decided to head back to Hyder and get a room and some food.

After a halibut dinner I walked down to see the new bridge they were building that accesses the boat launch and docks. Here's the new one next to the old.


I think the old trestle is definitely due for replacement.


Looking out towards the Canal


While I was there in comes a seaplane.


Here's the pilot, Don Mcgee. He's a bush pilot and fly's to all the seaplane bases in Alaska and performs inspections for the state. I inspect bridges for a living so we BS'd about inspecting, hunting, airplanes and motorcycles. He was completely jacked to hear about our trip. Eventually his wife reminded him that they still had 2 more bases to inspect for the evening so I left them to finish up and I went to bed.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:39 PM   #153
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Awesome write up and great pictures, Very inspiring keep it up
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:40 AM   #154
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Day 18

Day 18 July 8, 2013
Hyder AK, to Vanderhoof BC
369 Miles


We left Hyder and fueled up in Stewart. A guy pulled up in this and left her running while he went in to the store. Be nice to live someplace where you can commute to work in a deuce and a half. Probably the local barista.



After 4 straight days of riding pavement I was ready to get back on the dirt for a bit. Dean has had a leaking fork seal since day 7 and wasn't as anxious to leave the pavement as me. Cleaning the seal did not help and we were not able to get a new seal at any of the shops along the way. We carried some fluid with us but never put any in. It was only about 60 miles until we'd be back on the pavement and it was about 40 miles shorter than the paved route so we went for it.(I didn't give Dean a choice)



This is more like it.




The only wildlife picture I took on the whole trip. I just happened to have my camera out as I was riding by.




This is a cool bridge. You don't see many wooden trusses that carry vehicle traffic(there's a reason for that).


We ended up camping again next to the city park in Vanderhoof. Hopfully the authorities weren't still looking for us after our early morning escape the last time we stayed here. We camped right next to a couple on 1200 and 800 GS's. They had seen us camping at Boya Lake and I chatted with them fueling up this morning in Stewart. Funny how 2 groups can travel 3 days straight and end up at the same spot every night.


Hey Dean, I'll trade you a beef stew for a seafood chowder.


How about a beef stew and a chicken with rice for 1 seafood chowder.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #155
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great ride report! I am follwin for sure. I always told people if they ever made a decent 400 or 250 four stroke it would be great to take on a trip like this. I got the 400 (2001 XR400R) a while ago and feel it would be an awesome bike to do a ride like this on. EXCELLENT pics!
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:16 PM   #156
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Day 19

Day 19 July 9, 2013
Vanderhoof, BC to Ashcroft, BC
356 Miles


Short Report for today. Not sure why but I didn't take any pictures on the road. It was a hot day and all pavement.

Just like day 2 we ended the day in the hay shed at my aunt and uncles ranch. This time we were getting out of the sun instead of the rain. Dean and I drank beer while my aunt did chores then my uncle showed up BBQ'd us some nice steaks.



John Deere makes a real nice clothes rack.




That snomobile wont get you home Dean.




The horse might get you home but it will take a while. You're stuck for one more day on the bike.


One more day and this report is history. Stay tuned.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #157
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The end!!!!!
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #158
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Mike has more I'm sure but but my son just brought salmon he just caught of the dock below our place.:)))))))
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:18 PM   #159
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One more day and this report is history. Stay tuned.
Aw, that was too quick. Go out and ride more
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:35 PM   #160
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Day 20 Last Day

Day 20 July 10, 2013
Ashcroft, BC to Orting, WA
324 Miles


Last day of the ride. We're treated to bacon and eggs for breakfast and we say our good byes to my aunt and uncle.



The ride down the Thomson and Fraser rivers is very scenic but we fought a stiff headwind the whole way

Stopped at hells gate for a look see. Didn't ride the tram though.





Fellow rider had this sticker. Nice


After we crossed the border we took Highway 9 until Sedro Wooley then we bit the bullet and hit Interstate 5 for the final push south. Funny how for the whole trip 60-65 seemed about as fast as you wanted to go with theses bike fully loaded. That changed once you're on the interstate and everyone is doing 70-80. 75mph seems fine. Seattle at rush hour sucked. It took almost an hour to go from northgate to downtown.

I followed Dean to his house in Federal Way so we could celebrate with a couple of cold ones.

Come on Dean we made it!


He rallied.


Once back home in Orting its nice to see Mt Rainier. I didn't notice the banner until now. I doubt many of the participants really know what a "BIG O RIDE" is.



My wife is at the ready to take a picture of my triumphant return.


6205 miles and I felt ready for 6000 more. That feeling went away after a couple of days as I adjusted back to home and work.
Note the top speed. I'm not ashamed to admit that was down hill.




That's all folks. Thanks for hanging in there with me. This was my first adventure ride and my first ride report. Cant wait to do it all again. Idaho, Utah,Arizona and Baja, they're all on my to do list.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:05 AM   #161
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Congrats, and thanks for the great read. Well done!
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:22 AM   #162
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Having been to Alaska via B.C, it's always nice to see and read about the trip from someone else's perspective. Thanks for taking us along.

Great Trip!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:14 AM   #163
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Nice!

I read the whole thing. That means it was a great one.

$5.50 a gallon for gas up dere eh?
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #164
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Good job Enjoyed seeing some of the same places we were at. BTW, I'm liking the WR a lot....not missing the KLR at all!

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Old 08-29-2013, 02:03 PM   #165
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Awesome guys,

I would ride with you guys anywhere !!!!

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