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Old 10-12-2006, 06:12 PM   #31
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We take to boarder guard’s advice and head south at Delta Junction, We see really big mountains,



‘freak got his kicks at the Denali fault. And it really is pretty cool.





Some nice curves with fabulous views





And glaciers. Ok another thing about Alaska is you can’t turn around without hitting your rear on a glacier.



We met this fellow from Fairbanks. He has a pretty cool scoot, a Moto Guzzi Quota.



After lunch we headed down the last stretch to Valdez. The Worthington Glacier.



In Valdez we found the ferry terminal closed, so we came back in the morning bought some slightly pricy tickets and took some pictures



It was pretty easy to take a nice photo in Valdeze







The ferry ride was worth the effort and price, and besides us landlubbers like to go for a boat ride. The scenery was amazing.







They even have advancing glaciers.





We saw whales, seals, porpoise, took naps and generally enjoyed traveling without the wind noise.

In Whittier we disembarked from the ferry and rode through a very long tunnel. I would have snapped a picture, but I was too busy keeping my bike between the railway tracks. The tunnel is one lane, they switch directions and when a train comes they close the tunnel to automobile traffic.

The ride into Anchorage was one of the hardest parts of the trip. I was experiencing a mild case of culture shock. In five minutes we saw more cars than in the previous week and a half. As we plodded along the four lane divided highway, we were already looking forward to the solitude of nowhere. We went to REI to pickup some gear, and this dude comes up, says hi and strikes up a conversation. Turns out to be AKDuc. Mark (AKDuc) made the brief stay in Anchorage very enjoyable. Barb at Alaska Leather got Bejubus a tire while he replaced his brake pads at the dealer. Barb is a class act, and should you give her shop a visit. Mark and Barb transformed our opinion of Anchorage, thanks guys!

Me giving the Dakar a continental kit


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Old 10-13-2006, 12:46 AM   #32
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Awesome! A big THANK YOU, guys! Mark H.
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:46 AM   #33
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Stunning photos, I can't get over the colours. Are these autumn shots?
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:30 AM   #34
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Stunning photos, I can't get over the colours. Are these autumn shots?
Yeah, we timed the ride to catch the middle of autumn in the Yukon and Alaska. On the Dempster, the peak autumn colours seem to be around September 1, plus or minus a few days. Alaska probably lags behind the north Yukon by a week or so as it is warmer.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:32 AM   #35
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Thanks for putting this report together Dwayne. What a great ride with great friends. I get giddy with excitement just looking at the photos. Must ..... go ..... back .......
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:43 AM   #36
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Once again great photography. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:30 AM   #37
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The ride back to Tok via the Alaska Hwy is spectacular in its own right.











The next day was a slog. High winds tossed us about the road, and cold temps kept me from digging into the tank bag for the camera. But here’s one near Kluane NP, YK



After Haines Junction the wind calmed off and the colours were brilliant.







We stayed in Heidi’s cabins that night, would you trust those smiles?







Stay tuned for the home strech.
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Old 10-24-2006, 02:50 PM   #38
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In Whitehorse we visited the SS Klondike. We took the tour and learned about the incredible logistical string that it took to “tame” the far north. Woodpiles to stoke the wood fired boilers, the deck hands hand trucking a chord of wood at a time from steep and often muddy riverbanks. Winching the boat through rapids and walking them off the sandbars with spar poles. Until the ‘50’s. When the Elvis and Johnny Cash were taking the radio waves by storm, the same boats that supplied the gold rush in late 1890’s were still moving ore and supplies up and down the Yukon. They didn’t convert the boilers to coal or diesel, they didn’t install HF or short band radios. They continued on, hand feeding 4’ logs all day and most of the sunny night every short summer for almost 60 years. Even now 100 years later there is a sense that the past isn't too past.





From here on in we were riding roads that we had ridden on the way up, so in some respects the exploration stopped in Whithorse. I did poke down the Cassiar Hwy a few kilometers.

The colours had changed in the two weeks we had been travelling, following us south and east.



I have been postponing finishing this ride report. While this trip is certainly not the grandest, or the hardest that has been accomplished on a motorcycle, it has been a pinnacle for me. I have not felt so comfortable away from home, maybe more comfortable than at home. So finishing this story is feels like I am finishing the trip for good, and it’s a little sad for me.

So thanks to the people we met, who made our trip enjoyable and to the people who let us travel. My thanks especially to my traveling partners, what an amazing journey!

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:39 PM   #39
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Question Map Overview or GPS Track

Did any of you have a gps on this ride? Can you post the map of where you went somewhere in the thread, please?
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:32 PM   #40
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Well we didn't bother to download tracks, even though we all had GPS's . There's alot of data points, to prove that we rode on the roads.

But your right, a map would be useful.



the black arrows are where we stopped for nights,
the green arrows are the first half of our trip (to Anchorage)
the orange or red arrows are on the way back from Achorage.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:18 AM   #41
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Awesome Photos

Like everybody's already said, "Awesome photos!!" I know a good picture is mostly the right subject in the right light, but what camera did you use? I know my S1 wouldn't have taken pictures as good as the ones you got. (I hope the question hasn't already been asked.)
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:35 AM   #42
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First thanks for the compliments.

To be completely honest the photos are cropped, and colour corrected to how I remember them looking. The conditions were largely overcast, which gives a blue hue because the clouds filter out the shorter red and orange wavelengths. There were also alot of shots into the sun. If you want to learn a bit more about making a good photo, try Freeman Patterson's "Photography for the Joy of It", "Photography of Natural Things", and "Photography and the Art of Seeing". What little I know about composition I learned from Freeman Patterson.

This collection is a compilation of all of our photos, so there were 4 cameras used.

Most of the cropped photos of sceanery were taken with a Nikon CoolPix 8800. I used a Pentax optio 30 for "on the fly" shooting. 'freak used a Cannon Sd 200 that crapped out on the first half of the Dempster, and Bejebus used a Sony Dsc-w1.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:52 PM   #43
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Yeah, I was afraid it wasn't going to be as easy as using the right camera!! Thanks for the reply.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:42 PM   #44
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Brilliant pics!
Great report, thanks!
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:03 PM   #45
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Incredible photos guys, thanks for the report.
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