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Old 03-04-2011, 07:20 AM   #301
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I'll have to check that out and sign up - where is that Q?

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The Tent Space thread can be found in "Trip Planning".
MAG and I use it a lot and have met some amazing people in the process.

My angle is that I'm a really good cook, and I would make a yummy dinner for my hosts. Either that or do some yard work or fix motorcycles as a return of the favor.

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Old 03-04-2011, 07:26 AM   #302
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Was your rescuer (Rainbow Electric) on his way to Vancouver anyway? I suppose that regardless, that is a kind soul to drive you all that way (especially with Canadian gas prices)... He has a great story to tell at the pearly gates that has to help his cause... BC has some good folks...

Questor and MAG, I am always in awe of you guys' ability to take the long ADV rides, overcome obstacles and write the best RRs. Your TAT RR is why I bought my DRZ... I'm looking forward to reading the rest!
Actually our rescuer was only going to Whistler back to the office...
He drove another 200 miles just to help us out. Amazingly kind.
We gave him gas money, but still he went WAY out of his way, on a work day to help us out.

Thanks for enjoying these Ride Reports.
Even though they are a large amount of work, I feel it's important to share ones experiences so that other may benefit.
Many years ago, I remember reading other peoples Ride Reports and saying to myself, "Wow, that's cool. I want to do that, or goto Alaska one day." And then, years later I did.

This whole "On-line" community is so great. From Ride Reports, to Equipment, to Flea Market....

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:08 AM   #303
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Questor and MAG, I am always in awe of you guys' ability to take the long ADV rides, overcome obstacles and write the best RRs. Your TAT RR is why I bought my DRZ... I'm looking forward to reading the rest!
Very cool! I hope you really enjoy the DRZ. I LOVED my little DR350. So far, it's the only bike I really miss after selling it.

Regarding long rides, for me, it's a way of life now. Quester clocked back into the 9-5 grind last year, but still managed to negotiate these 4 weeks we had off to do the "Alaska" trip (unpaid but happy to do so). It's a matter of priorities, what's important and where you are at in life. We have no kids, and so we are able to make choices many people cannot make.

If you want a real inspiration, look to Dr. Rock and LDF...here are two people who have REALLY high pressure jobs, live in the most expensive city in the world, and yet manage to have fabulous adventures on two wheels. They've been amazing mentors and inspiration and friends to us both.

I took the easy route and just quit everything. They manage to find a balance and "have it all".
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:56 AM   #304
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Questor and MAG....sounds like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.

I've been a looong time lurker on ADV and thought this would be a good spot for my first post.

I'm planning a trip from Seattle to Anchorage in a couple months and stumbled into Ride Reports looking for info...now I'm hooked on this one. Keep it up.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:22 AM   #305
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Questor and MAG....sounds like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.

I've been a looong time lurker on ADV and thought this would be a good spot for my first post.

I'm planning a trip from Seattle to Anchorage in a couple months and stumbled into Ride Reports looking for info...now I'm hooked on this one. Keep it up.
Great! I am sure you wlil have a good trip. I'm headed back this summer with the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation. We'll be doing a two-week dual-sport fundraiser for breast cancer cures, starting in Anchorage. I'm excited to really see Alaska more than the small corner we got to explore on this trip.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:28 AM   #306
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Actually our rescuer was only going to Whistler back to the office...
He drove another 200 miles just to help us out. Amazingly kind.
We gave him gas money, but still he went WAY out of his way, on a work day to help us out.

He was probably happy to have an excuse not to go back to the office on a beautiful day. I know I would be...

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Old 03-04-2011, 12:29 PM   #307
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Later that afternoon, we arrive at our friends location.


Here's the view from their balcony.

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I've been thoroughly enjoying your RR, what a great trip. I had to look at this picture a couple of times as I haven't see Chesterfield Ave from this perspective, but I used to live about 3 blocks down the hill from your friends' place. In fact one of my employees lives in that little 5 or 6 story building on the left side of this shot! Having lived in this neighbourhood through much of the 1990s, it was a surprise for me to find it here on ADV; I still live within 10 minutes, but the views from this neighbourhood area amazing - mountains to the north, cityscape + water to the south.
Now MAG will have to come back and ride Hwy 99 on 2 wheels, it's much more fun than on 4!
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:23 PM   #308
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Awww...look at that sick little DR! She looks forlorn all wonky in the back of the truck.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:26 PM   #309
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Awww...look at that sick little DR! She looks forlorn all wonky in the back of the truck.
Awww. Your bike has car sickness!
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Day 26: Thursday July 8th, 2010

Well MAG spend most of the previous evening on-line and making phone calls to those who offered to help her.

Mag will have to chine in here, but I never got the name of the kind gentleman who came to her rescue...

But the short version is, somebody on ADV said they would be willing to drive from Seattle to pick up her and her bike and drive her down to Seattle.

Around 3:00pm they showed up and we loaded her bike into the back of his pickup.


On the way out of Vancouver I was following them, but we got caught in the evening rush hour. My KTM started to overheat.
So there I am in full ATGATT, in traffic, in high temperatures on an overheating bike.
What could get worse?
Well, about 3 minutes later, my bike stalled and wouldn't run. I coasted into the center divider of the traffic jammed highway and began to freak.
So I waited, and a few minutes later the bike started... WTF?
Nervously I kept going, and eventually caught up with MAG and her bike on the way south.
Eventually we made it to the US Boarder Crossing.




And they let us through.
We continued south to Seattle.




Some 155 miles later we arrived at our ADVrider friend "Timmer"'s house.


Here's our savior.


This is where MAG would work on her bike... back in the USA, where our cell phones worked and we had a garage and tools to use.

Stats for the day:
155 miles Moving Average 49 Moving Time 3:15 Stopped 0:38 Total 3:54.

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:08 AM   #311
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Thanks for enjoying these Ride Reports.
Even though they are a large amount of work, I feel it's important to share ones experiences so that other may benefit.
Many years ago, I remember reading other peoples Ride Reports and saying to myself, "Wow, that's cool. I want to do that, or goto Alaska one day." And then, years later I did.

This whole "On-line" community is so great. From Ride Reports, to Equipment, to Flea Market....
Ditto.
A little over a year and a half ago a relative turned me on to this site. Didn't own a bike, didn't really have interest in them. Now I have a KLR, a GPS and an eternal struggle to find vacation time. Ride Reports did that, but also the great sense of community that is this board. The adventures are inspiring, but the people who make them are a breed I find approachable and engaging. It's a unique little world.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:17 AM   #312
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Here's our savior.

This is HighwayChile...my savior.

THANKS HIGHWAY CHILE!
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Day 27: Friday July 9th, 2010

We spent the morning washing all the oil off the bike so we could find out where the leak was. There was a lot of oil, and it took quite a while. We also washed MAG's gear to get the oil off of that as well.
By around 11:00am it was time for me to head out and try and get a new front tire for Tiger, as well as some oil and stuff for MAG.

I had been to Seattle before, but only to the airport. This was a chance for me to explore and see some of the places I wanted to see.
First stop was Touratech-USA.
Over the years I have owned five Dual Sport bikes, and each one had thousands of dollars of Touratech parts on it by the time I was done with it.
It was time to find out where all that stuff came from and check out the cool bikes I had only seen pictures of.


Of course I parked on the sidewalk right in front of the building.
Inside was a great collection of all the big Adventure Bikes I had seen.
Some of my favorites were:
This sweet BMW F650 GS TT39.

My first bike was an F650...

Then there is this nice HP2.

I had almost bought one of these too at one time.

After ogling all the pretty bikes, I had to get out of there before I spent any money.



I stopped at a Suzuki dealership to get MAG's parts.
Then I went to I-90 powersports to get Tiger a new front tire.
(We had a dirt Dual Sport ride coming up in a few days and I needed a new tire for it.)
At I-90 I got a nice MT-21. They even mounted it for me.


I was in such a good mood, I also splurged on a set of Zip-Ty footpeg extensions.

These have turned out to be one of my favorite additions to the bike.

Then Tiger and I headed home to MAG and Timmer.

When we got there I was informed that MAG's Twisted DR was not really that sick. Apparently one of the valve adjustment ports had loosened up, allowing oil to get sprayed out of the top of the motor, making a big mess.
So it only required tightening the pannel and adding more oil.
In hindsight, I should have thought of this obvious possibility.
But I guess we were both tired and not thinking right.

That evening Timmer took us out to dinner.


We went to a local BB-Q place.






I was so hungry, and happy to have both bikes all fixed up.
I ordered a hug plate of Ribs.


Then I ate everybody elses leftovers as well.


Timmer drove us back home and I passed out in a stuffed stupor.
Perfect.

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none.

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Day 28: Saturday July 10th, 2010

Today was a casual day.
We went north a bit to stay with another of MAG's friends...

But while we were there I met a new friend of my own.
Meet Max!


He's not as mean as he looks.
It's just a bad picture.
Max is a 1 year old Blue Healer who LOVES to play "Bite the steam of water".


We spent the whole day playing fetch together and working on my bike.


One of these days, if I ever settle down, I want to have a dog like Max.
We had such a good time together. He even learned to like beer.

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Day 29: Sunday July 11th, 2010

MAG was going to be busy today planning a trip with her friend, so I made plans to go see a friend of my own.
The infamous Mr. Cob.
He only lives about an hour away, and the last time I saw him was when he was on the East coast on his Cross Country Ural trip.

Here's Mr. Cob in one of his many garages full of motorcycles...
Honestly I could not tell how many bikes he has. Many of them are in partial dis-assembly.


Some of his "Older" Patrols.


and of course, a picture of "Spot the wonder dog".


And even though I promised Mr. Cob I wouldn't post this picture...

It actually looks like Mr. Cob is smiling.
But I assure you its a problem with my camera lens.

After shooting the shit for a few hours I rode back to Mag's friends house, and Max.

It was nice to see you again Mr. Cob.

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