|02-19-2010, 08:23 PM||#76|
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
If you have the time could you comment about logistics of the trip.
Were the knobbie tires needed?
How far between gas stations?
How far between towns?
Lodging in case you are not a camper?
Safety from wild animals or bad dudes.
Do you need a passport?
Anything else you think is "need to know".
Most of these things are simple valuable.
|02-19-2010, 09:37 PM||#77|
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: North Idaho
Enjoying your report...Looks like an epic ride....
"First In, Last Out, Gods Speed, Scouts Out"
"A Smokin Hole is a cheap price to pay for a Bitchin Manuever" .....Martin Pargee
|02-20-2010, 08:07 PM||#78|
Joined: Feb 2009
Day 14 June 19th 2009
We ride from Chicken AK to Fairbanks AK. When we get up this morning and load the bikes there are tourist in Chicken. They arrived via big bus. They were eating breakfast at the Chicken cafe and alot of the people would mosey over to us as we loaded our bikes. They were courious of what we were doing and wished they could be or have done what we are doing.
We wait till they all leave and head over to the Chicken Cafe. There Susan and her helper have prepared one hell of a breakfast.
She gets up at about 3-4am and makes all these awesome baked goods.
We buy some souveniers and head out.
Early morning pic.
A little after breakfast chores.
The nicest pit toilets of the whole trip.
If you get out of line in Chicken.
The second bike parts failure. Dads Dakar rear mud flap, we leave it at camp. First failure was Marks center stand springs.
Chicken to Tok.
Filling up in Tok I took this pic just wondering what kind of mileage that monstrosity in the back round gets. It was only hauling two people.
Tok to Delta Junction.
The end of the Alaska Hwy.
Goofing off with the Alaskan skeeters.
Now we eat some lunch and look at some of the old AK hwy equipment.
Alvins Dad served in the Army in 1960 and was stationed here. We tried to find the bar that was only 100 yards from here but nothing is the same as it was in the 60s.
Look out Chipmunk!
We happen to be going by when they were taking off.
We stop in the visitor center and the lady was super nice. She gave us a map and directions made us coffee and pleasant to talk with. There we bought some letters from Santa for my boy back home and Marks kids.
They got them this last December they all thought it was really cool.
Now we arrive in Fairbanks first thing we do is head for a parts store. We find a Shukks or something. There we all buy some oil and a cheap drain pan and change our oil in the parking lot. We all had brought filters.
Oh yeah it started to rain pretty hard while we were in the middle of our oil change then it let up.
When we were fininshing up the oil changes a guy drove over and was talking to us about the Dalton. He warned us over and over and over and over about the trucks and the rocks. Literally he would get in his truck drive 30 feet then stop come back and tell us about the road. He was really nice though and very helpful.
Mark helping Dad.
Now we head over to Safeway grocery to stock up our food supplies.
On the way out we run into Dr. Greg Frazier. He is an ADV rider and writer.
He told us of a Hostile to camp at and that he was riding up the Dalton tomorrow with the Aerostich crew.
When we get to camp it was pretty neat with a kitchen and clean bathrooms. There we meet up with a guy named Paul from Ontario on a 750 Honda shadow. We stay up a little late worring and deciding what to do with dads bike. He has a badly worn rear sprocket and the chain just keeps stretching. Our plan is in the morning head over to the Harley/Bmw shop to see about a chain and sprocket. We will see about that tomorrow.
|02-20-2010, 08:23 PM||#79|
Joined: Feb 2009
Knobbies not absolutely needed. We rode the Campbell with the Tourances and had no problems. After we put the Knobbies on we did the Dempster. Where it did feel more stable and you could travel a little bit faster with the knobbies. It is kind of like having the right tool for the job. Yeah you can loosen that with pliers but a wrench is better. The other reason we brought the tires is I do not think that one set of tires could have gone 12,400 miles safely. That is the amount we end up riding.
Gas stations on the asphalt are no problem no more than 120 miles or less. The dirt like the Dempster start to Eagle plains is about 230 miles and the Dalton up top Coldfoot to Prudhoe 240 miles if I remember right.
We bought Bear spray in Grand Praire before the AK hwy just for peace of mind. I bet it would nock out some dead beat bad dudes too.
All the places like Coldfoot, Inuvik, Eagle plains, Chicken all have places to motel it.
We all got passports in the States about five months before the trip.
We only had maps that we got for free from the AAA store. Then the visitor centers have free maps in the Canadian Provinces.
Be sure to get your Arctic circle Certificates at Eagle on the Dempster and Coldfoot on the Dalton and in Inuvik at the visitor center. Also in Delta Junction they have an AK hwy completion certificate. I know it is just paper but it is kind of cool to have. Show your wife and kids. Don't bring a camp chair. We hardly used them.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
|02-20-2010, 09:41 PM||#80|
Joined: Nov 2009
Unnecessary gear and extras
Saw that you would not bring a chair as hardly used. Also noticed some of the campsites looked like parking lots. Did you have trouble pitching the tents at times?
I will be making the trip first of June '10 and really liked the way you had your bikes arranged and thought it was great you included your bikes in so many pictures.
Couple quick questions: Would you have left some other items at home? Would you have brought some things you left or did not think of? Would you bring an extra tarp for additional cover when cooking in the rain?
Thanks for sharing your special time with family - its all about family!
|02-20-2010, 10:01 PM||#81|
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Canoodia, eh?
This is an awesome ride report. It is so awesome that I have to read it here well after my wife goes to bed. If she hears one more musing about ME doing an Alaska Trip...I'll be sleeping in the doghouse. She sees excellent ride reports like this as a bad influence.
I have to go delete my browsing history now...my wife considers ADV worse than porn...
|02-20-2010, 10:06 PM||#82|
I,m in if we go fast
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Peoria, AZ
Worse than porn
Sound like your not getting to the right porn sites if she thinks this is worse..lol
But I do tune in here every day looking for the next installment..great stuff
My favorite actor is the chipmonk
|02-21-2010, 09:30 AM||#83|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Cambridge, Ont., Canada
Keep up the good work. I'm enjoying your RR and am looking forward to more!
~Somewhere on two wheels~
"Farewell To Nova Scotia" - 2010 Maritime Tour
"My Slightly Past Mid-Life Crisis Gold Rush Tour 2009"
|02-22-2010, 07:48 PM||#84|
Joined: Feb 2009
Day 15 June 20 2009
The plan today is to get to Coldfoot on the Dalton. We eat some breakfast with Paul the guy we met at camp, he is going to head up the Dalton today for the Arctic Circle.
First we have to see about a sprocket for Dads Dakar. We head over after a good breakfast at the Hostile to the HD/ Trails end BMW shop in Fairbanks. We got there about when they open and the only bikes in the parking lot. Not for long. Dad goes to the parts counter and guess what no sprocket and no BMWs in the showroom to take one. They have a chain though. So the guy behind the counter Scooter Welch was really helpful and calls the Anchorage shop and they have one. This is Saturday and the earliest one could be here is monday if someone in Anchorage takes it to the airport today.
So Scooter calls Anchorage and tells them we will give them some cash to take it to the airport today. After about two hours of phone tag and getting all our ducks in a row a sprocket will be here on Monday. Dad decides to go for it and will pick up the sprocket when we get back.
Meanwhile the shop and parking lot are comepletely full of Harleys and Harley riders. They had a huge ride today with police escort. We got a good free lunch and out of the blue we see John and Betsy from New York. These are the people we met at milepost ZERO and in Dawson city. John is a HD fan and just happen to hear about all the bikes and stopped in. It was really cool to see them again. We all ate lunch together. Scooter inside told us we could leave our street tires and campchairs here at the shop. So we did.
By now it is about noon and we are getting ready to leave with the big crowd. When a guy starts warning us about the Dalton and the trucks and rocks and all. The cool thing was that with the Stroms sitting there amongst all those Harleys there were more people interested in Knobbies and mud than paint and chrome.
Now we head for the Dalton.
Morning at camp
These won best in show.
Finally out of town. Rain but not to cold.
At this overlook we run into Paul. He got a late start up the Dalton too.
Now at the Yukon river there is a gas station. So we stop to fill up and from here we will make it on fuel to Coldfoot. When we stopped to fuel we met this guy on his Triumph sprint. He is on his way back to Fairbanks to run in the midnight 10k. Celebrating summer solstice I think.
He said he had not slept for 2 days and took a nap in Prudhoe on his bike. He crashed about ten miles befor here. He warned us of the mud and slick roads ahead because of all the rain. He said he was going about ten mph for the last ten miles. We had absolutely no problem in the mud. We had knobbies.
Funny he had not slept for two days and he is still got a descent ways to go to Fairbanks and he is going to run a 10K. Pretty tough.
Visitor center at Yukon crossing.
On the Dalton.
Veteran Strom now.
Off in the distance from the last pics I spotted Noahs Arc. Mystery solved.
He was on the Dalton.
We passed the finger and had to U turn it.
We salute you!
We made it!!
Paul made it.
Graffitti on the back of the sign.
The Dalton has alot of asphalt to Coldfoot.
We arrive in Coldfoot fuel up and ask if there is somewhere to set up tents.
The guy told us behind the trees there is a lake and some grass to set up tents. So when we go to head to camp we run into Greg Frazier the guy we talked to in Fairbanks that is riding with the Aerostich crew. He said he was staying in the Coldfoot motel.
Critters at camp Momma and Baby right by the lake we camped at. We also head wolves that night.
Just before 10 P.M. we head over to the Visitor center in Coldfoot. When we pull into the parking lot there is a KLR on its side with stuff everywhere. He had a rear flat and was out of Co2 so dad gave him some. I had made an air compressor for the trip and got to try it out on his bike. After we got the bike upright we inroduced ourselves and invited Pete to camp with us. There we learned that he was 19 years old and doing it solo from California. He had awesome bear protection his mom and dad had him take a 12guage short shotgun. When we went into the visitor center we got our Arctic cirle certificates and learned about some of the wildlife and Tundra animals.
At camp with everyone.
Paul and Pete. We had a good time that night. I remember going to bed and looked at the clock on the Strom and it was 4a.m. in NC. Still light out.
This morning at the Harley shop I called the prudhoe bay info on seeing the Arctic ocean or Buefort sea. You are supose to make reservations 24hrs in advance. So we are supose to be there at 5 pm tomorrow. It is midnight when we went to bed and it rained all night and morning. We all hung out in the tents till the rain stopped then you see everyone pop out and pack up.
To be continued.
Tomorrow up to Prudhoe.
CAGE FREE screwed with this post 02-23-2010 at 08:27 PM
|02-22-2010, 08:03 PM||#85|
Joined: Feb 2009
When it rained I could cook in the Vesbule. Not real roomy but worked. Dad had the idea of hanging a tarp between bikes to cook under.
Would bring the spot not a satelite phone. We all chipped in and rented one. A coffee press would of been nice. I had a slow gravity drip thing took forever to make my coffee in the morning but it sure is good that way.
Should have brought an ax I forgot it. Oh yeah did not need a flashlight. It is always light up here. Down south I used my head lamp when dark.
Some warmer clothes for some of the days. Had cold feet some days.
If I think of something I will let you know.
|02-23-2010, 08:16 PM||#87|
Joined: Feb 2009
[IMG]Day 16 June 21st 2009 Summer Solstice
This morning we rise when the rain stops. So we got up late and rode over to the Coldfoot diner for breakfast. When we were done eating a guy rode in on an old Goldwing and his daughter and son in law were riding in about 20 min behind him. They just came from Prudhoe. He said rain and mud till over the Atigun pass.
Just before Breakfast Alvin decided to head south for Fairbanks. Dad was not to sure about his sprocket making it up there since now it is when the road turns to dirt and mud no more ashpalt to speek of. Dad hesitantly decides to ride to Fairbanks. It was the right choice due to the Condition of the sprocket we probably would have had to tow him from Deadhorse to Fairbanks.
So heading south today were Dad Alvin and Paul on his Honda. Heading North were Mark and I and Pete on his KLR.
It was about 11 am when we left Coldfoot. WE have to be to Dead horse by 5 PM to make the bus to the Ocean.
So I will post us heading north and them heading south.
Here is the guy coming down from Deadhorse.
Petes ride. Notice the rear tube.
Time to head North in the cold rain and mud soaked Dalton.
The road was pretty slick and muddy in the rain.
We stop to take a pic of the last tree north but it is dead. In the distance up the road to the right there is another tree still living so this is where the sign needs moved to. It looks as if some loser chopped up the last tree.
The living tree in the distance
The other side of the road you can see the storm we went through.
There it is
We made it over and through the pass. How beautiful it was. In the backround is the pass see all the snow. Taking these pics in the Tundra lots and lots and lots and lots of Skeeters.
Mark, Pete and I
Right after we took the pic above we see someone running down the road waving there arms. So we ride to the person thinking something is wrong to learn that she is running down the Dalton and just swatting the skeeters.
So riding motorcyles on the Dalton is not crazy but running it?
Now we stop for some lunch in the Tundra I have canned oysters and crackers, yum! A little ways back there was a construction crew oiling down the roads.
When sitting here by the river eating lunch I was thinking how cool and mind boggling it is to see the Tundra in person. I think the Tundra was beautiful and one of the best parts of the ride yet.
Now we have about 2 hrs to get there. There is the bluffs to our right and a herd of Caribou in and around the road. The wind started picking up and the bikes were being blown sideways.
Now the last 60 miles were so windy and cold you start wondering what the
hell am I doing up here. We were all try to stay in the tracks of the trucks, if you got out of them it was all you could do to stay up right. The rocks on the road were so thick out of the tracks. It was cool with the wind you are leaning into the wind and the back tire is actually kicking out like flat track racing. All three of us about ate it.
During this whole wind deal the bikes fuel light had been flashing and we did not have time to stop to add the extra since we were trying to make it by five. So to conserve fuel we slow down and ride a steady sideways pace.
Even our necks were tired from the wind. We finally get to town freezing cold we stop at the T to go left by the lake in Prudhoe. Petes bike just dies. He finally fires it and we arrive at the motel for the bus ride at exactlly 4:55pm We made it! Barely.
On the bus after a video about the oil rig.
Here we are at the waters edge. Ice is 75 feet behind us the guide said.
The temp today was 32 deg. and windy. Mark and I both touch the water and I splash my face with it.
Now when we get back we have to find Pete he said he was at the Prudhoe bay Hotel.
So we fillup the empty tanks and find the motel. We walk in and the first haul to the right some other bikers were talking to Pete. Pete had left a note on his bike saying, NC guys my room # is bbb. So these guys just got here and saw the note and one of the guys was from Raleigh. How weird.
Pete invites us to stay at the hotel with him. Mark and I originally planned to camp outside of town. So we had to decide freezing wind or warm room.
Hum. warm room. Pete on the bed Me on the floor Mark in the recliner.
Pete snuck us some dinner it was great.
Here it is about midnight on summer solstice above the Arctic.
Today was an awesome ride one of the best days yet. Just wish we were all together.
Ok we made it North lets see if they make it south.
They make it to Fairbanks and find a campground. They said it rained most of the Day south on the Dalton. Paul went his own way later and Dad and Alvin made a friend at camp. The guy was riding a new Yellow Strom.
They said all in all they had a good day.
|02-27-2010, 12:45 PM||#88|
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Port Orchard Wa
Great report, I did the run up last summer as well, but couldn't do the Dempster or Dalton because of a bearing failure on my GS tranny. Had to limp down to Skagway and ferry home.
I noticed you have Pelican 1440's mounted and was wondering what you have mounted on the rear of the left pelican, and if its a spare fuel can could you tell me what type and capacity. I also have the 1440 setup and am looking at a do over to finish my trip this coming June.
BTW Cheers on the new addition to your family.
|02-27-2010, 09:31 PM||#89|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Riverside County, California.
I like this RR.
I have come back frequently to read your continuing report. Just enjoy the whole thing.
I like this pic of your Bro at breakfast. Beacon and eggs. Alaska. Motorcycles. Dad and Brothers. Adventure. He looks to be very content. And rightfully so :-)
Brother, it don't get much better.
Cheers to you and your family. And congrats to the newest member
PS, please tell your Dad I garage a Dakar for the very same trip.
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|02-28-2010, 06:19 PM||#90|
Joined: Feb 2009
That is a Cezch wine can. I bought it at Cheaper than dirt.com
It is only 12.00 and did not leak at all on the whole trip. I holds one gallon which is good for 40-55 miles. Only had to really use it on the KLR. Here is a link to where I bought the can.
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