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Old 09-02-2010, 12:59 PM   #3376
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We took time to log

our final TKC-90 review:



You're probably wondering how I get LDF to play along with this nonsense.

I sure am.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:29 PM   #3377
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Have you been huffing stuff at work? That would explain a lot of this.

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our final TKC-90 review:

You're probably wondering how I get LDF to play along with this nonsense.

I sure am.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:01 PM   #3378
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We got our gear packed

and said our goodbyes and seeyalaters:



God, those guys crack me up.

So we started our ride out of Anchorage with Gary leading the way:



The morning part of the ride was nicely documented by Gary a few pages back, but here's what it looked like from where I sat:

Leaving Anchorage... nice weather at least,

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Old 09-02-2010, 05:11 PM   #3379
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Our first conquest

would be Hatcher Pass. It took a little pavement to get there,



but nothing too painfull.





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Old 09-02-2010, 05:16 PM   #3380
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Of course,

the weather would start to get ugly as the elevation increased.



and then finally, we were on DIRT!!!



"This is where the fun part starts."
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:45 PM   #3381
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The thing about

Hatcher pass is when you're coming from the Palmer side, you get to the top pretty quickly after the dirt starts --



We stopped and admired the view,



But seeing as how we'd gotten a late start on the day, we kept on rolling.



Despite the clouds and the traffic, it was quite beautiful.



Gary and LDF were really wicking it up, I could barely keep up.



Good times .
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:12 PM   #3382
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who the hell are you people that give the 1 or 2 star rating to bring such a fantastic RR down? Who are you?


The Mobius thread is definitely "Inspiring" (3-Star Rating) IMO!

But to make a "fair" comparison and consider it an "Epic" or "MetalJockey" thread I would have to politely disagree. After reading miles of Ride Reports on ADVRider of trips to Third World countries, with riders who don't speak the local language, who have limited resources and are in the "frontlines" so to speak and by design or not, have put themselves in harms way (meaning rescue is bleak at best, riding with a compound fracture, getting robbed or imprisoned, a possibility of beheading, starvation and/or extreme weather) - then I give it an "Epic" or "MetalJockey" rating. But if the trip involves lots of restaurants (I know it's great looking at food) and hotel stops, takes place above the Mexican border, plus the rider needs to consult a GPS every thirty+ minutes, I can't in all honesty give it an "Epic" rating. That doesn't mean to say the trip has any less value than another - but an epic is an Epic IMO!

Doc you've done a fantastic job in planning, writing and recording this adventure and I have enjoyed it immensely - I consider it one of the best on ADVRider! So I personally apologize for not giving you the "higher" rating Doc but it does get 5-Stars for being a great and fun trip.
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:12 PM   #3383
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:19 AM   #3384
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The Hatcher pass road

is a touch less than 50 miles, (just under 40 miles unpaved,) so we were soon back at lower elevations,



Once we got to the Willow side, we stopped at an espresso shack, (you'll be hearing a lot more about these -- they're everywhere up in the northlands), warmed up with some coffee, adjusted Blueberry's rear axle, and bid farewell to our gracious guide.



We headed north on the Parks highway, and Gary turned south back to Anchorage. Thanks again, for the escort, the fine company, and the excellent real-time write up!
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:04 AM   #3385
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So um, where can I get some of those awesome Continental TKC 90 tires?
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:36 AM   #3386
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Its to bad they don't make a TKC 90 rear sprocket, you'd never have to replace it!
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:50 AM   #3387
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To get a TKC-90

ya gotta get sponsored.

anyway, we crossed the Susitna river around 6:30pm



and continued heading north with the weather building to our right,



and the jagged peaks of Denali state park on our left.

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:10 AM   #3388
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A few more scenes

from the run up to Cantwell:



Even though we couldn't see the major peaks in Denali, the late afternoon light was sneaking below the clouds, and illuminating everything from below to dramatic effect.



We finally rolled into Cantwell, which is at the western end of the Denali highway, and decided scrounge some food before it got too late, and some lodging with a roof, given the threatening skies, and just call it a day.


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Old 09-04-2010, 06:22 AM   #3389
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We secured a room

at some nearly empty backwoods lodge™, and on the advice of the proprietor, hustled over to the saloon to grab a bite before the kitchen closed.

We didn't even unpack before riding over to the former roadhouse,



There were a couple of locals in the bar,



who didn't seem to mind



or even notice,



when I took a few pictures... then our food came

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:30 AM   #3390
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We rolled

back to the motel, before we'd had too much to drink,



and fell fast asleep. We wanted a fresh start for the next day's ride which would start with the Denali Highway heading east -- 135 miles of dirt road.



not bad for a late start.
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