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Old 06-18-2009, 01:42 PM   #1
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Alaska May 27 to June 17 , 2009

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This idea just seemed to slowing build from a fleeting thought to an out and out obsession over a period of about 4 months. I had many opportunities to visit Alaska while I had relatives living there but it just never crossed my mind to go. Well they moved and then this happened...lol. Leaving Lonoke , Ar. 6 am May 27th.



So I started researching on the Internet and found this fantastic wealth of information and folks at Adventure Rider. I would have been in a very bad way had I not gotten the much needed and very valuable input from Alcan Rider and Ideal Man...and many others. Thank you !



I left Lonoke, Arkansas about 6 am May 27... First stop 2 miles from home to fill up with gas and get on the road. Fueled the bike never getting off of it and left feeling on top of the world. (Remeber I never got off the bike)
My first stop was to be Salina , Kansas. I would be camping there for the first night. So I made a stop at the local Wal Mart and was coming out when a guy (Jeff) struck up a conversation about BMW bikes... and he asked me if I would like to stay with him and his son that night. Hmmm...Well I said ok. and it was fantastic . Jeff has a big shop full of vintage motorcycles.



I rode several bikes that I had as a kid plus a BMW R50 (I believe) that Jeff had ridden to Sturgges(spelling is not my thing sorry) in 1968!







David his son came in from turkey hunting and we had a big spaghetti supper.





I decided to call the wife and let her know I was ok. I found out that I had dropped my passport at the service station in Lonoke, Ar. DUH!
The police came knocking at the door and woke her up and of course scared her. But my wife, (did I tell you guys she is very smart?) took the passport to the post office and had it mailed overnight to my sis in Great Falls, MT.
So after all that we said good bye.
Jeff, David and me sat outside and talked about motorcycles with a bond fire in the back yard. I stayed in the basement complete with bathroom and shower. Jeff had set up the coffee pot so I could have coffee when I left in the morning. I woke up about 4:30 am and got dressed made a pot of coffee and loaded the bike.
I left these guys a thank you note and my cell number , and address to return the favor some day.
Next stop was Sheridan, Wy. I was supposed to camp at Fort Collins, CO. that night but a storm was following me and I had lots of daylight left. so I continued on.




Puttering along about 90mph on the freeway I was brought out of a mild euphoria by a teenage girl driving the wrong way in my lane with her emergency flashers going. I stomped on the back brake and the K bike ABS keep me straight while I maneuvered out of this chicks way. She never slowed down nor moved out of my lane. But I did...lol.
Later I slowed down even more as my new bright running lights pictured a mule deer flashing in front of me. My reflexes never let off the gas nor to step on the brakes... So I decided it was time to call it a night. I slept behind a truck stop that night. I had breakfast with a retired couple that morning from Anchorage that was heading home. They told me about themselves and I really enjoyed there company. The night manager of the restaurant and me got to talking and he mentioned they had just opened up ALT 14 Hwy to wards Great Falls, Mt. and suggested I might enjoy the ride.
So I loaded up and headed out on the new route. Man oh man was it nice.

Alt Hwy 14 in Wy. going to Yellowstone....




The views were fantastic. I stopped at Bear Creek Lodge (I think ) and got gas. As I pulled out my handlebars and auxiliary 12vdc plugs had gotten tangled and down I went. Gas was leaking out the overflow...ground was slick with sand and gas and I could not lift the bike alone. But the good folks at the lodge sent out a man that got me back on my wheels and off I went. Much Thanks!
Well I finally pulled into to Great Falls, MT and stayed Friday and Saturday with my sis, nephew, niece and three great nieces. (?) We had a ball visiting together... I had not seen them in several years. Man have those kids grown. I got my passport and some industrial strength velcro and velcroed that sucker into my billfold...lol.
I had decided whatever I had not used in the three days getting to Great Falls was coming off the bike and would stay with my sis. So I unloaded lots of camping gear...lol.
Next stop Canada....The folks at the border got a real kick out my passport being velcroed inside my billfold. They really enjoyed the story of why I had done that. The next few miles were not very eventful until I got lost and ended up in downtown Calgary. I did get to watch a lot of folks doing two different marathons. And I did find a place in downtown to pee behind a van...lol. I thought I was going to pop. Well I had out my maps and I guess was looking pretty lame when a city worker took pity on me and led me out of town back on the road to wards Banff. Thanks !
I got into Banff with no problems, while paying to enter the park the nice lady told me that if I saw a bear on the hwy to remain in my vehicle, as she smiled from ear to ear....lol. Taking that advice I set up camp at Two Jacks Lake and had an excellent evening and ride the next day. It cost 9 dollars to enter the Icefields Parkway for 24 hours, and 36 dollars to have a campsite with a fire. But it was all worth every single penny!






The views can not be captured by me and cheap camera but there are many photos posted of this marvelous site. I met a couple from Haines that were traveling to White Horse to pick up a motorcycle. Nice couple.
Leaving Jasper I took Hwy 40 to Hinton and then to Grande Cache and from there to Grande Prairie. Beautiful drive
Leaving AB and entering BC was easy as snapping your fingers. One thing I did learn, to keep the pucker factor down for me anyway , was to stop every hundred miles and buy gas. I have a little over 200 mile range with the K bike, but so many of the places have closed because of the economy and you just did not know where the next gas really was. Also when you stop at night, fill up FIRST, then take care of everything else. I wake up way before the folks that run the service stations do and that way I can be on the road by 5 or 6 am.
Back on Hwy 97, I entered Dawson Creek. Man is this a huge town! My home town is about 3000 folks counting the dogs and cats. In my head I figured most of Canadian towns would be smaller than my home town...lol. Just like the first time I went to New York I thought the whole state was pavement and buildings...wrong. I seem to be wrong a lot...lol. Oh well back to Canada.
Traveling through Liard about 15 miles past it the hwy was closed because of the Smith River Fire.... The hwy crews turned everyone back and I ended up camping at Liard Hot Springs.(not the official campground but the lodge across the road. ) I got a campsite for 10 bucks and was the only tent there..lol. But it looked like the suburbs for motor homes. My campsite came complete with buffalo companionship. LOL.





That buffalo nibbled all around my tent and motorcycle. I just watched. I did not have a swim suit so I just waded into the river and stripped down to my drawer tail and enjoyed the waterfall.



Later as I was eating I heard a helicopter behind me and got picture of it talking off from the hwy. I guess it had something to do the fire control.
Well the next morning I got escorted out of the valley by the hwy pilot truck and on to wards Haines Junction. Have I mentioned the critters? Bears, buffalo, fox, moose, deer of some sort...lol, I had already seen lots of bears on this trip and had become ... complacent? So I see a bear coming down one of the hillsides next to the road and decided to stop and get his picture. WARNING what you are about to read is stupid in action!


Well I got off the bike, turned off the key, took off my helmet , turned and as I unzipped my jacket looked up to see the bear had raised up to look at me. It was then I notice that I was not 30 yards from this guy and there was not customary bars between me and him like at the zoo...lol. I just stopped everything , including breathing, until he got back down on all fours and walked on down the hill sideways from me. He stopped again, took a dump, turned around looked at it and smelled it, decided it was worthy and moved on down the hillside. I took his picture several times and on one occasion thought maybe I should turn around and look behind me to see if I had taken a dump...lol.



I got into Haines Junction , fueled up, and stayed in a room that night...lol. The mountains are right in your front yard in this town. Just beautiful.


Well the next morning I left out bright and early as usual my next stop was to be Tok. I passed right on by Tok and just keep on riding until I hit Fairbanks.... I was whooping and hollering to beat the band in my helmet...lol. I had made it!
I had a fantastic time on this trip and would love to go next year to Anchorage. Or did I mention I talked with a guy from Peru?

The ride home was just as eventful in different ways and if you guys are interested I will post it.

I did do the haul road but that is another story and not on a motorcycle.


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Old 06-18-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Looks and sounds like a fabulous trip.. you gotta post a few teaser pics here like these:



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Old 06-18-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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I took most of these photos while driving..lol. So some of them are kindof off center.......but I couldn't stop for every photo there is just toooo much to see.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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You've got some great pics in your Smug gallery... and linking it to your report is super easy, there's a tutorial here:

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Old 06-18-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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Two Jacks lake

This was an awesome place to camp. It was calm till right before dark.
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Two Jacks lake

Just before dark the wind kicked up and it started to rain. It was just a sprinkle really.
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Smoke from the fire around Liard Hot Springs

This fire closed the Hwy for a few hours on my way to
Fairbanks and had grown quite a bit when I returned through two weeks later. Hwy 37 I belive was closed at that time. It was called the Smith River Fire.



This helicoper was on the hwy behind my tent



I guess he was part of the fire crew......

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Folded Mountain

This was really neat up close.... my photos just don't show how dramatic it really appears.
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Sign Post Forest

I was told this is the largest collection of stolen government signs on public display in the world... go figure...lol.



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There is even a sign shop in town if you need one...

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Tetsa River Outfitters

I enjoyed a large bowl of chillie mac (soup of the day) and a cheese roll. Good food and friendly folks. They have some really great stuff for sale...
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Buffalo

There were buffalo everywhere....you must be alert ...


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The Moose

Moose were plentiful but very shy. If you were really watching back off the road in swampy areas you would see them. I drove some late at night and they seemed to be out more at that time.
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Sunrise

The sunrise and sunsets were spectacular on this ride.... I think this was in Wy.
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One Flat

I plugged the whole made by something I picked up outside of Destruction Bay. There was a lot of gravel work in that area...about 20 plus miles worth. Driving at 55 mph was not to smart I guess because it got me. The tire held up for about another day then started to leak so I added a 16 oz tube of slime. That held for another day and started to leak so I added another 16 oz tube of slime. Well it don't leak any more...lol. It hasn't lost a pound of pressure in about week...lol. Make sure your pump works good. Mine would only get about 20 psi into the tire. First chance I got I bought a new one and it did the trick. Also it was a great help to have a center stand to find the whole and plug it.
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Gold

I did a little panning for gold at Wiseman. There were three college students staying for the weekend and they invited me to give it a try. One of the young boys that lived there was overseeing the operation...lol.



I didn't get rich...but it was fun.


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