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Old 08-07-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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Nebraska to Alaska - Top of the World Moto Odyssey - Summer 2008

Thanks again to everyone who helped me out during this adventure and thank YOU for taking the time to check out my pictures. I hope you all enjoy the story. Let's do this...





After months spent debating potential destinations, only one out of a dozen rated high enough for complexity, uncertainty and adventure. Five weeks out it was time to make the call.


The plan: Head north. Keep heading north. Don't get eaten by a bear.


Ok, maybe not quite that simple. Some planning required.


Make that a lot of planning.


Enormous credit and thanks to everyone at ADVRider.com for providing me with the knowledge, inspiration and contacts to make this happen.


This year's weapon of choice: Beemer boxer equipped with PIAAs, ABS, heated grips, windshield, nearly 7 gallon tank and what's this? Storage! That should come in handy.


A minor departure from last summer's spartan steed.


As a fun twist, this time around I've decided to provide nearly-live satellite-enabled web-based tracking of my journey to friends and family. Morbid slogan if you ask me, though...


Here's a demo run I did with the device up through the Loess Hills.


Starting to stage clothes, tools, documents, etc. T minus two days.


Organized, bagged and ready to load.


My extra fuel bottles arrived at the last minute. I really oughta be sleeping. Six hours to launch.


Turned out alright!

The next morning....

Where ya going?


First a little paperwork. I-90 seemed like a good opportunity for an Iron Butt qualification by riding 1000 miles in 24 hours or less. Start the documentation and we'll see how it goes.


Day 1 - Omaha, NE to Harlowton, MT - 1018 miles


Beautiful morning to make a run up I-29. Crosswinds were gusting up to 50 mph and would continue to do so until I made it across South Dakota later in the afternoon.


I met Frank at the gas station. He's from Sioux City and was also just departing on a journey - for Alaska. Alright!


I didn't take many pictures on that first day because I never really stopped for more than ten minutes. Not a whole lot to see along I-90 anyway. This is Wyoming or Montana.


Made it into Harlowton, MT a little after 10:00 local time. 1000+ miles - check.


Got a couple witnesses and completed my log.


Quick breakfast before hitting the road. Next stop: Canada


Day 2 - Harlowton, MT to Radium Hot Springs, BC - 581 miles

To be continued...

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Old 08-07-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:13 PM   #5
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:20 PM   #6
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I love Montana.




How many millions of bugs did I kill on this trip


Close call! Didn't even know the bugger had crash landed until I pulled my helmet off.


One stop shop for coffee and firearms. Where's the drive-thru?


Shortly after crossing into Canada. I hadn't really figured out the venting system in my suit at that point. Overheating pretty good.


The Sun Road was closed but I caught a spectacular alternative that I can't even find on the map.


Riding up toward Radium Hot Springs, BC.


Time to call it a day and find some grub.


Obligatory food shot.


Found a secluded camping location next to a stream down in a canyon. Ideal.




Alternative uses for my drinking reservoir.


Day 3 - Radium Hot Springs, BC to Jasper, AB with an awesome wrong turn down to Golden - 323 miles

It starts to pick up soon. Hang in there...
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:26 PM   #8
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Riding up through Banff to Lake Moraine.


Just like the pictures eh?


Shortly after I took this picture a rude man pushed a young girl out of the way as he was trying to cross these floating logs. Halfway along he slipped and found himself soaked and pretty banged up. Karma's a bitch.


There were cars backed up down the road from Moraine for a good four blocks because the parking lot was full. Note my bike in the front of the lot. Motorcycling has its privileges.


It was a morning of lakes. This one is Louise.


Quick stop to toss on some rain gear.


Riding up along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper.






Met Dan and Sandy from Louisiana in Jasper. They were headed up to Alaska as well (of course).


The three guys on the ST, HD and RT were coming down from AK. Obviously they'd washed their bikes.


Explored Jasper on foot for awhile and found myself a decent meal.


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Old 08-07-2008, 01:38 PM   #9
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Day 4 - Jasper, AB to Stewart, BC - 667 miles






Fortunately, my only contact with law enforcement on this trip.


Blasting toward Stewart, BC / Hyder, AK around sunset.


Upon pulling into Stewart some local guys bought me a beer and a corn dog and welcomed me as a spectator to a friendly fight outside the bar. "Don't worry, you can leave your stuff on the bike - no one's going to mess with it here."








Day 5 - Hanging out around Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK


Camping in Stewart.


View from my camp.


Takes me awhile to wake up...


The docks in Stewart.




Lunch at "The Bus" in Hyder, AK. Stewart and Hyder are about a mile apart with a small customs station in between. The halibut were still flopping in the bus when I arrived. The cook was eaten by a griz last year so the owner was on chef detail.


As I was standing by the store, the owner's dogs came tearing out the front door to chase a bear in the woods about 100 yards away.


Took a little gravel road about 20 miles or so up out of Hyder to check on the glacier.




It was still there.








Finally, got some dirt.


Back over to Stewart. This is the main street.


And back to Hyder to visit the (in)famous Glacier Inn. I declined their suggestion to get "Hyderized."




Adrian and JJ, my buds from the night before, saw my bike out front and stopped in to say hi.


One of the main streets in Hyder.


We decided to head over to the Sealaska Inn for some dinner.


Some other riders showed up.


This is right by the Sealaska Inn. Just a horse wandering around town...


Hawaiian pizza in AK. Why not?


On the way out the next day I saw a familiar bike.


Dan and Sandy again.

NEXT: The Cassiar

Stay tuned...
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:41 PM   #12
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Which tires?

Great ride report.

Which tires are you using on the RT? How has the handling been on the gravel?
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Great ride report.

Which tires are you using on the RT? How has the handling been on the gravel?
I run (and ran) Metzeler Z6s. Handling is about what you'd expect on gravel from a street tire.

I have some pretty major tire trauma and drama later in the report. "Epic" dare I say?
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:13 PM   #14
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Day 6 - Stewart, BC to Teslin, YT + Watson Lake, YT - 564 miles


Riding up the Cassiar I stopped at a gas station and watched a guy top off his chopper. Going...


Going...


Gone.


The Cassiar was less impressive than I had hoped. So sue me.


Late afternoon and just finishing up the Cassiar. Dirty, tired and glad to be out of there.


Quick detour down to Watson Lake to check out the Signpost Village.








First casualty of the trip. Looks like the Cassiar was too much for one of my aux lights.


And the other isn't looking much better.


Stopped in Teslin, Yukon for the night and saw the first of many Ural hacks on this trip.





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Old 08-07-2008, 05:29 PM   #15
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Day 7 - Teslin, YT to Skagway, AK - 158 miles


On the way out of Teslin the next morning I stopped to top off on petrol and caffeine. Taiwan - interesting.


So I had coffee with the owner and chatted for a bit. He was finishing up riding the four corners of North America. Just coming down from Prudhoe.


Soon we were joined by many others...


Aerostich was well represented up north.






Freezing along the way to Johnson's Crossing.


It was time to add a layer and break out the balaclava.




I started talking to my bike a couple days back so this really isn't that weird in the scope of things...


Back to the US for the 4th. Skagway, AK!






The fog got A LOT thicker later on. I had about 20 feet of visibility and was almost certain that I'd somehow blown through customs - I sure wasn't going to stop to find out and get run over from behind in the process. Turned out I hadn't and all was well.




Skagway was just finishing up its Fourth of July parade.


First thing's first.


Canadian BLT, sweet potato fries and hot coffee.


Exploring and walking my lunch off a little...


Fourth of July railroad tie pounding contest. This little guy kept going until he couldn't lift the hammer anymore. The whole crowd was cheering him on.


Down to the ferry terminal to get tickets to Haines for the next morning.




Normal = Significant Risk of Attack?


When I came out of the terminal I noticed a Dakar in the lot that I'd seen buzzing around town earlier in the day.


I observed that his camping gear was off the bike so I "stalked" him back to camp. All of the regular campsites in town were already full.


There I met (left to right) Tommy, Allie and Pete from Washington. They asked me to join their illegally established campground in the public park. How could I say no?


Another creek-front campsite.


Allie's Transalp (hard to miss!), Tommy's HP2 (yikes!) and Pete's Dakar. They definitely brought the right bikes for this trip.


Allie's Transalp had some windshield flair and a nice air horn. Tommy's HP2 had a bicycle ringer mounted on the handlebars - ingenious.


Aluminum panniers are multi-purpose.


Later in the evening I headed down to a former gold boom brothel for a cold one.


Spotted another Ural as I wandered around the streets...


And another - outfitted for combat.


Strolled down by the docks and freight yard...


...and took a little rest. It's probably midnight or so in this picture.
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