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Old 06-13-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Texas to Alaska (on the wrong machine)

Last Saturday, I started my trip to Alaska. After many years of wanting to do this trip, I had the opportunity. My boss let me have 4 weeks off. After many years of reading other's stories, I will have my own.

I have a history of bad luck on my trips. The first ended prematurely because of unseasonably cold weather. Me and my riding partner were not prepared. The second ended because of a bad tire. This one could have ended badly too. But I move forward.

you can follow me using my spot. If people are interested, I will post more.


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Old 06-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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Awesome!

Looks like a perfectly fine machine to me.



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Old 06-13-2013, 11:20 PM   #4
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You're definitely taking the most direct route to Alaska. we need to fix this on your way home.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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This is interesting , Good luck !
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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I see you changed your route and are heading through the mountains to # 97. Good choice! Turn north off # 97 at Chetwynd on # 29 heading to Hudson's Hope and back on to # 97 at Charlie Lake. More scenic route and bypasses Fort St. John.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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It may be the wrong bike but it sure is pretty !!.
We are leaving Seattle next Thursday ( 6-20 ) and heading to DeadHorse.

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Old 06-14-2013, 07:13 PM   #8
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if you can....

Drop down Canada 37, the cassiar highway and then the icefields parkway to Banff on your way back then down into montana. You'll pass right by 37 on the alcan and wonder....hmmm where does that road go. Follow it!!!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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I actually came up through the Icefields Parkway on my way up. I'm sitting in Dawson Creek (always reminds me of the TV show with Katie Holmes). I realize its difficult to keep up with everything, especially after a long day of riding.

The map above was not really my route, just a quick Google A to B destination to illustrate a start and turnaround point. For those going to D2D, you should see me there. I have reservations at the Downtown Hotel.

The first two days was nothing but trying to get some miles down. I had some packing issues, so I left about two hours later than I planned. The starting mileage on the bike. I bought it new 2 years ago, and have put just under 2k miles, to change drastically soon.



One of the only pictures I took on day 1. Jut a windmill in West Texas. You can see the fully loaded RSV



The first night was spent in Lubbock. I just wanted to rest. My ride deserved similar accommodations.



Statue in Lubbock. Name that singer.





When I got into NM, I saw my first group of bears.





My traveling companion, got a little too close.





Don't know why the horse was all dressed up



The next night was spent at a KOA in Pueblo, CO





More to come later.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:21 PM   #10
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Wow! You're definitely loaded! As Claimsman said, make sure on your way south you go down hwy # 37, the Dease Lake-Stewart-Cassiar highway, 12 miles west of Watson Lake, Yukon on the Alaska Hwy. One of the best runs in Canada.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:02 AM   #11
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Great country....

Good luck on your ride to the Last Frontier. Two of our kids have lived in Anchorage for 20 years or so and love it there. I've made the trip on my bike lots of times (in my head) with no problems. It's a big country, that's for sure and I hope it's all good for you.

Stay safe,

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