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Old 02-22-2011, 06:01 PM   #196
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #197
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You guys rock!
Mr. SnowStrom.

You have got to get 'south' down here to Idaho...
I've got some amazing places that you NEED to visit.
Beartooth Pass. Lolo Pass. Yellowstone. Grand Tetons.
Even ridden across the craters of the Moon?
How about soaking in a natural 106 degree Hot Spring as it sprays out of the side of a cliff?
Life is short... Live life... right now.

We will keep the beer cold, the US Prime steaks ready, as well as the Idaho Potatoes.

(Singing) "Steak, potatoes, and beer, Oh My!!!"

Dude! Get down here!

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P.S. This is an open invite to all YFF...

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Old 02-22-2011, 07:24 PM   #198
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Im planning a trip u to alaska from Chicagoland area in June/July of 2012. Ill be camping as much as possible just as you 2 are doing. What have you guys been paying for camp fees? Im on a limited budget and am tring to figure out how much it will cost daily. Im so jealous reading this RR and cant wait to get moving.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:32 PM   #199
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Too good to miss!

Q - sounds fantastic! I have been planning a trip from Calgary into the states this summer (hence spending LOTS of time reading RRs). I have 2 kids, a wife and travel a ton for work so getting away for more than 7-10 days is tough, which limits my range. That being said Idaho is very reachable so I will definitely swing by... riding sounds amazing, hot springs sound fantastic and beer and steak - too good!! I'll shoot you a PM when plans start to firm up. Right now I am thinking June-July-ish.

mnesci (and any inmates/FFs) let me know if you are coming up this way (Calgary) and feel free to stay with us. Calgary is 1 hour east of Banff so on the Alaska route, and there's Beer and steak here too!

Cheers! David aka SnowStrom
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:43 PM   #200
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:44 PM   #201
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THANK YOU FOR THE FOUR HOUR RR, RELIVED MY 2009 TRIP TO ALASKA. THANKS AGAIN TO MAG FOR STARTING ME ON THE ADV DUAL PURPOSE ADVENTURE LIFE WHEN WE CROSSED PATHS AT THE LOCHSA HISTORICAL RANGER STATION IN MONTANA 2007. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE ROAD....
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:25 AM   #202
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THANK YOU FOR THE FOUR HOUR RR, RELIVED MY 2009 TRIP TO ALASKA. THANKS AGAIN TO MAG FOR STARTING ME ON THE ADV DUAL PURPOSE ADVENTURE LIFE WHEN WE CROSSED PATHS AT THE LOCHSA HISTORICAL RANGER STATION IN MONTANA 2007. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE ROAD....
Ha! Still got that Harley? I am so glad we keep bumping into each other. We have to do so in person again because you know that 1150 GSA I talked you into? I just bought a KTM 950 ADV...
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:27 AM   #203
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Day 17: Tuesday June 29th, 2010

We had a great nights sleep.
Over the course of the night most of our gear dried out.
So in the morning we packed up our camp, and headed into Haines Crossing for breakfast.




We found a neat little coffee shop and had breakfast.


After breakfast we headed south to Hanies and the Haines Highway.




As we headed out of town, I saw a big Grizzly run across the road in front of me.

We stopped at a scenic overlook at the Kluane World Heritage Site.


The view was impressive.


Here it is in panorama.


The scenery just kept getting better.


We had to stop several times to take it all in.



Back on the road again.


Stopped again to enjoy the view.


But the road lured us on.






Then we stopped at the summit of the Haines Highway.


KTM PrOn.


While we were there enjoying the view our friends at MotoQuest caught up with us. We last saw them in Dawson a week before.


After socializing, we continued on to Haines.


The scenery was breath taking in every direction.




Then we crossed back into the USA.


The road followed the Chilkat river for miles.




and we saw our first Bald Eagle!


We followed the road into Haines.




When we got into town, it was time to wash the dried calcite mud off the bikes. The cooling fins on the radiators were clogged.


We rode down to the remote fishing village of Mud Bay.


The views were awesome!



We took a self portrait.

We were both pretty happy.

Our ferry did not leave till around 9:00pm, so we went back to Haines and got some lunch.


Then we went to the Library and used the Internet for a few hours.
It was here that I realized that some of the keys on my netbook PC had stopped working.
Apparently with all the rain and moisture the laptop keyboard had gotten wet, and some of the keys no longer worked. Fortunately I was able to order a replacement keyboard and have it shipped to the US to some friends. I'd pick it up along the way.

Later, it was time to head to the ferry terminal. We were going to take the ferry from Haines to Skagway.
Leaving Haines.


Up the sound to the ferry.


We got to the ferry and registered, but we still had an hour or so before the ship docked, so we rode up to a lake where Bald Eagles were known to hang out.

If you look closely, you can see several Bald Eagles sitting in the trees.


Here's a picture of one flying closer.
They are really big birds, and they seemed healthy and happy.


Here's a really close up shot.

(Actually, this bird was stuffed and on display at the ferry terminal. )

Then we rode back to the ferry.


Our timing was good. We could see the ferry coming to the terminal as we rode.


Once the ferry docked...


We were told to ride aboard.


We secured the bikes.




and went upstairs to enjoy the short ferry ride.


The boat was almost empty and most passengers were inside staying warm, but with our riding gear on, it was enjoyable to stay on deck.


Ah this is the life.


Since we would be getting into Skagway late, we decided to get dinner on board. The chef was in a good mood, and hooked us poor, hungry, starving bikers up with extra large servings.

We were happy.


Beef brisket.


After stuffing ourselves, we went back on deck and enjoyed the scenery as it slowly went past.




Waterfalls cascaded down the hillsides as we slowly floated past.


We passed other cruise ships on our way.


Towards 11pm we docked, and rode off the ferry into the town of Skagway. It was cold and raining.


We had been told of a primitive camping spot about 10 miles out of town, on the banks of a river, so we headed there.


Around midnight we found an out of the way spot and set up the tent for the night.


This was definitely bear country, so we took extra care in packing the food far away from the tent.

From when we woke up, to when we went to sleep, it had been an 18 hour day. We were well fed and exhausted. We slept well listening to the rain and the river.

Stats for the day:
227 miles Moving average 32.5 Moving time 6:51 Stopped 9:14 Total 16:05.

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Old 02-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #204
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Again thanks for the wonderful Ride report. Your TAT and CDT report have inspired me to make another attempt at it after last years eventful short trip on the TAT.


Regarding Alaska!





Thanks for the memories...along the same stretch in the Yukon on the way to Haines, AK...this happened:





Was rescued, hauled to Haines, Ak where we lodged for one week in wait of a Ferry to Bellingham, WA.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:35 AM   #205
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Thanks for the memories...along the same stretch in the Yukon on the way to Haines, AK...this happened:




Ooops.

Why didn't you just "fly the chair" all the way home?

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #206
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Just caught up. Great to see the two of you on the road together.

I Can't wait to get back out there at the end of May. We will be dropping on your doorstep in mid September when we come back to the lower 48. . I hope you guys will be around then. Looking forward to the visit.

As always, safe riding

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Old 02-23-2011, 05:32 PM   #207
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Hey Edward, I'm thoroughly enjoying the RR. I'm always enspired by Western Canada and Alaska. Thanks for the report!

I must have been zoning when I met you last September (at Dave's house in Pocatello, along with Vance and Joe). I didn't realize you had just gotten back from this trip.

Take care!
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:58 PM   #208
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Hey everyone.
I just added the second half to Day 17.
Go check it out if you missed it.

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Hey Edward, I'm thoroughly enjoying the RR. I'm always enspired by Western Canada and Alaska. Thanks for the report!

I must have been zoning when I met you last September (at Dave's house in Pocatello, along with Vance and Joe). I didn't realize you had just gotten back from this trip.

Take care!
Hey.

Meeting up with you, Vance, and Joe at Dave's house was a good time.
Big Dave is a great guy.
Vance did a heck of a job on his Ride Report.

Going to meet you all in Pocatello, I had a good ride that day as well.
I did a little "Day Trippin" Ride Report of that.
You can check it out here.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ht=dances+cows

The desert of Idaho is much different than Alaska.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:14 PM   #210
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What the!... The burrito mad man not eating burrito's I didn't copy and past the pics cuz I hate that. but damn! NO BURRITO? The colors of the new leaf? a changed man? I stand galvanized, yes one in disbelief-turgid and in disrepair. Fuc me.... well shitouski!!!!I'm still catching my breath in bewilderment-... focus, focus,...... crap I still don't believe it! Food.... without a shell????? NOOOOOO!How can a man with such substantiate- go with out a flour shell???
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