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Old 09-02-2007, 10:49 PM   #331
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Good job Arno, keep it coming.
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:22 PM   #332
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Arno thanks for the effort you're putting into this report. It's so well written that posers like me can feel like we were there with you and that's good enough for me. Now I won't have to go at all :-)

Seriously though, just when I think that the trip can't get any better it does. I really do appreciate the effort you've put into this. It's amazing.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:13 PM   #333
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Seriously though, just when I think that the trip can't get any better it does. I really do appreciate the effort you've put into this. It's amazing.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:59 PM   #334
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The last of elmontenaro

Kendall's a great guy and it sucked that he wouldn't ride the ferry with us, but the lucky bastage still had at least another month of riding to do. From here he is on his way to Whitehorse, Yukon to meet up with a buddy.

Kendall rode with us to the ferry and here's where we say our tearful goodbyes





Here's our boat!


We had to pay the car rate, but here's where they stuck us, and complained that we weren't packed in tight enough!


And here is home on the deck. Notice my new, KTM-orange tent? It made tufelhunden green with envy


If you're going to pitch a tent on deck, make sure you bring some duct-tape. Not that it will do you a lot of good on a wet deck, but just in case it dries out. Otherwise, try to find something to tie the tent down with.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:40 PM   #335
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You know the drill

Another huge dump of pics. This route is from Haines, AK, to Bellingham, WA. It takes just about 3 full days to complete. You'd think it would be boring, but it was great. I met a whole raft of ADV'ers and other riders and it was like one big party.




With wet decks, string was all of a sudden a valuable commodity in high demand!



This is a view from aft looking forward on the top deck. The space that you see is where you can pitch a tent. The space that is covered is heated with convection lamps that work quite well! If you don't have a tent, you can stake out a chair and just sleep there quite comfortably. Just make sure that if you leave it, something you own is on it or it is fair game. I saw no signs of thievery. I left stuff out plenty of times. YMMV though.



Yeah, I think it's all good, but the wind has not even begun to pick up. We even coined a new term - paratenting.



Leaving the Haines port.





Notice the wind starting to pick up? Notice how I re-oriented my tent?











Good ol' Tom. He couldn't even make it to the lounge or the deck. Little feller was all tuckered out.











The crew would practice drills every once in awhile. It was encouraging.





Ferry food porn. The prices were on par with what we ate on land.





I booked my ferry passage at North Pole on the way up to Deadhorse, mostly because I was annoyed at the price of gas and the exchange rate in Canada. Otherwise I would have rode back, but I gotta tell you, it was serendipity that I took the ferry. It was a great way to wind down the vacation, and yet still be in it. The views were stunning and it was a whole lot less crowded than an Alaskan Cruise! I highly recommend that you take a ferry for one leg of your trip.

























It just doesn't get old.




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Old 09-04-2007, 10:42 PM   #336
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Good work Arno!

That ADVcamp was fantastic in Haines. Sorry I delayed my ferry passage... Prudhoe called and I had to answer. Strange things happen all of a sudden when you have too much time and Alaska is just silly to not play around in!

Glad we met up on your adventure!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:43 PM   #337
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Man...another rider that shoulda stopped off in Juneau and said "Howdy" to me and the family!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #338
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Gobs more photos
















When we stopped off at Ketchican, tufelhunden and I walked downtown to do some shopping. We were in the middle of a block and wanted to cross the street (jaywalking ya know) and a car stopped. Tufelhunden remarked on how nice it was that they stopped to let us cross, but I felt it was my duty to inform him that they didn't stop to let us cross, they stopped to take a picture



I wonder if he ever had to actually read the instructions on the socks
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:50 PM   #339
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You're not supposed to be awake at this hour!

The best I can offer towards your ferry setup:
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:58 PM   #340
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I guess gobs more photos is better than gobbets more photos.

Another ferry like ours.













Besides Anchorage or Fairbanks, Ketchikan had to be the busiest place in Alaska! Float planes were swarming in and out of the harbor like an invasion, boats and ships were everywhere and even the 737's were either taking off or landing every 30 minutes!



See the jet?






Landing.


I was laffing here




Picture 1,000. I can't believe you stuck it out this long!

These things are huge!
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:04 PM   #341
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and still more. The torture never stops...

My tent ready to go paratenting.
The final irony in my tent saga. I thought the wind was going to rip my tent to shreds, so I finally took it down and slept in the lounge.





Always on the ready with the ADV salute.





There were quite a few of these island lighthouses.















Imagine living here!












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Old 09-04-2007, 11:50 PM   #342
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Finally floating into Bellingham. Kinda sad...




Kendall and Conner I got a feeling we'll be crossing paths in Alaska again!



What a great gang of bastages.












At Bellingham, WA, we exited the ferry and went straight to a coffeehouse for coffee and food. From there it was homeward bound slog for everyone.

















This is the last picture (of over 1,000 that I posted) that I took of the trip. After 3 weeks in Alaska and 3 days on a ferry, the smell of the lower 48 was noticable. It was like when I used to live in Los Angeles and I'd be gone for a few days and come back, how you could smell the stink. Like that. And you have to consider that I was still an hour or so north of Seattle. I was not glad to be back.

The little KTM 640 did the whole trip without a hiccup and proved to be more than a capable bike for the trip.

The Renazco seat most certainly contributed to being able to do the 18-hour rides with minimum monkey-butt.

The 1-piece Aerostich was like my little cocoon; it protected me from rain, cold and mosquito's. It is my favorite piece of gear.

There was plenty of storage in the Zega panniers. The only problem was the wear between the panniers and the rack. I suspect the calcium cloride ate away a bit at the panniers. If you go up the Haul Road, wash that crap off of any uncoated aluminum parts that you have, as soon as you can, even if you have to get a cup of water from the restaurant.

Folks, thanks for sticking with me this long. It was a helluva trip and the trip report was a labor of love. I think I went so slow because subconciously I just didn't want it to end. Well, I'll just have to do it again next year.
And even though I wrote this trip report for me and my own memories, I'm glad to have taken you along with me, and I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to all that left positive feedback, as it really helped in times of low motivation.

Thank you all, and to all a good night!

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Old 09-05-2007, 02:55 AM   #343
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Outstanding report, thanks for taking us along.
With all those pics you sure set the bar high...

Outstanding recount and comentary...
Thanks for all your effort in putting this together, it was a fantastic read.
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:04 AM   #344
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Thank you all, and to all a good night!

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Thanks for this report and all the pictures, it was outstanding.

I'll never forget your dip in the bay though - what an image!
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:24 AM   #345
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Great report! Wonderful pictures! (How many cameras did you wear out?)

I am sorry to see this thread end; it was a great ride.
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