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Old 06-30-2009, 06:55 AM   #16
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Hello,
Great report and I was just up that way and remeber passing both of you near Whitehorse. Me and my friend were on 1200ADV, 1 Silver, 1 Red..
Thanks for sharing your ride with us..
PS: Me and my wife have our 25th this year and she does NOT want to head north.
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Hope you both have another 25 years of happiness and health.
Thanks for the well wishes. I remember seeing you two also. It was a fantastic ride that was over way too soon.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:58 AM   #17
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thanks for the great report... and congratulations on 25 years!
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:36 AM   #18
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So is the Ferry Fee $353 per person + $462 for motorcycle, or just $462 motorcycle, rider included?

Was 11 days enough? It seems like you took your time to see things?

My wife won't even ride around the block, but I have dreams of doing this, including a ride up to Homer and Soldotna to see some frineds and fish a day @ each place. That would add 6 days I suppose.
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:51 PM   #19
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Awesome stuff! I love the Alaska ride reports.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:40 AM   #20
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So is the Ferry Fee $353 per person + $462 for motorcycle, or just $462 motorcycle, rider included?

Was 11 days enough? It seems like you took your time to see things?

My wife won't even ride around the block, but I have dreams of doing this, including a ride up to Homer and Soldotna to see some frineds and fish a day @ each place. That would add 6 days I suppose.
For the correct ferry price it is the vehicle/motorcycle cost + price of each person + price of a cabin if you want one. If we were only on for a night or maybe two we would have gone without the cabin, but for four nights, it was very nice to have. There are several areas you can sleep in chairs or you can pitch a tent, duct tape it down and sleep there.

We were gone for 14 days, would have been a day or two longer if the ferry schedule was different, but it only runs once a week to Bellingham, can't be too choosy. NO it wasn't enough time, but thats why we chose to head up with no plans or goals and just see where it took us. Three weeks would no be enough time. Even at a month you couldn't see it all. However, don't let that stop you, just GO! See what you can in the time you have.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:34 PM   #21
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Wow - fantastic ride report!

28 years ago, my wife Sheila and I got married right after high school graduation and started traveling on a motorcycle for cheap transportation while in college. Many bikes and miles since then we got away from street riding about 6 years ago.

We are planning to get back on the road, and have been considering various bikes - mostly sport tourers like we logged so many miles on the in past. Recently we started thinking of an "adventure" bike as one option. I think I just made up my mind! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Old 07-03-2009, 05:14 AM   #22
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What a great way to celebrate your union Congrats and thank you for the awesome ride, report and pics!
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:17 AM   #23
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XPLORZ,

Great ride report. Looks like you two had a nice relaxing ride. Great narative and cool pics.

Question for ya: How did your ADV boxes work for you? I see so many riders with the Jessies and wonder if I should have gone that route. I see your better half has Jessie. Any thoughts?

Thanks for posting.

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Old 07-03-2009, 12:33 PM   #24
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XPLORZ,

Question for ya: How did your ADV boxes work for you? I see so many riders with the Jessies and wonder if I should have gone that route. I see your better half has Jessie. Any thoughts?
The BMW ADV boxes rock! I got them, with the 'buying a new bike discount" for less than the price of the Jessie's. They stayed completely dry the whole trip, despite some torrential downpours. The Jessie's on my wife's bike did leak some, but not enough to cause a problem. I love the less than 5 seconds to mount/dis-mount the ADV bags from the bike simply using the key without even opening the pannier. The whole system is very well engineered.

However, I do believe the Jessie's are one of THE best choices for the F800GS/F650GS due to the huge capacity while still having the narrowest width.

For OUR needs, I still think I outfitted each bike with best system available for it at the time.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:11 PM   #25
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Thanks for taking us along...

It was a nice trip back up memory lane, having ridden up, and yes been one of those Cruz in Ship types (wondering around Skagway). Had lunch in a locals place on a back street in Skagway, and my wife was asking question about how do the locals deal with the tourist, and then apologizing for asking dumb questions. Our host said no you did ask dumb questions, dumb questions are: What elevation are we at? How come they only cut down the trees off the tops of the mountains? Yep curse ship people: They are the reason that I get to live here (summers) but this will be my first full year this year, was her reply.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #26
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Just stumbled on to this

Great ride report.

Great Pics.

Thanks for all the Totem shots.

So, what do you have planned for your 50th?


RIDE RIDE RIDE

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Old 10-11-2009, 11:25 PM   #27
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Congratulations on the 25th anniversery and for finding an adventurous bride!

It'll be 30 years for us in June and we've been talking about doing the Alaska trip 2 up on my V-Strom. The ferry trip looks great too!
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Too bad the photos all went away in this ride report. Sounds like an awesome ride!
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