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Old 07-12-2011, 06:42 PM   #46
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Beautiful Yukon at Whitehorse
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:22 AM   #47
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Great trip

Hi Cody, Sounds like all is going well on your trip. Enjoying the pictures. Keep sending them.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:11 AM   #48
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cool trip Cody!

think about doing the Artic Circle from Dawson City YK to Inuvik, NWT.

you wont regret it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:08 PM   #49
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Great Report

Great idea for a trip. Cool Pics...!
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:40 AM   #50
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Awesome Cody!!!!


Loving the report. Tell us about how you jumped "the Thou" on the Alcan! hahaha.

Looking forward to our Makers and Ginger when we both get back buddy!
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:25 PM   #51
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We made it successfully through all the road work and construction from Whitehorse to Tok. We ran into many patches of gravel where the road had not been sealed yet. They use chipseal, which is basically gravel bonded together with asphault. There were other sections of the road that were paved but were so rough it was almost like a small whoop section on a motocross track. I was actually having fun on this and was following my grandfather going about 65-70 or so through it. There was one area of the road that had a nice smooth mound on the left side of the lane and a bit of a peak at at the right side. Since we were already doing whoops, I figured what the heck, I'll hit it. Well, it was a bit more peaked than I thought because soon enough I was off the ground! Yes, that is how rough this road is, without trying you can jump a motorcycle in the right spot! With my motocross background I felt at home in the air and landed without issue. I looked in my mirrors to make sure the bags were still there, and just kept going. The great thing was the bike performed beautifully in the air, so much so that I wanted to turn around and do it again, maybe make a double out of it or something! I remember reading several articles published by Superbike magazine overseas and they would test how the new sport bikes performed in the air...I guess they knew that you just never know when you need the bike to perform in a way it wasn't originally designed for. It wouldn't be a motorcycle trip without stories like this!
No other mishaps to speak of. Once we made it to Tok, we relaxed a bit and were up early to wash the bikes and finish the ride to Fairbanks. I snapped some nice photos alongside the Alcan. The sky was just gorgeous. It threatened rain at any moment but the clouds and overcast sky made for some surreal views of the mountain peaks. We spent a good day and a half touring all the museums we could in Fairbanks. We went to the museum of the north at the University of Alaska, which was phenomenal. One of the highlights for me was this thing they called "The Place". "The Place" is room with hidden speakers all around along with a massive screen in front of you. A computer collects information about the position of the sun, the lunar phases, subtle quakes, as well as other pieces of data. It translates this into sounds and visuals that you can experience almost instantaneously in "The Place". Many people walked in and walked out immediately, but I was there for a good 20 minutes connected.
We also toured an antique car museum, an airplane museum, and the Large Animal Research Facility at the University. After touring the museums, I went to Adventure Cycle Works where Dan helped me put on a new set of tires. I would highly recommend this place, great guy. We are now in Chatanika, which is about 20 miles from Fairbanks where we will meet up with my relatives and hopefully have the opportunity to see the sled dogs.
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:30 PM   #52
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:32 PM   #53
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:34 PM   #54
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:37 PM   #55
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:20 PM   #56
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Nice pictures

Hi Cody, Awesome pictures. Wished we were there. Have always wanted to go to Alaska but now I really want to go. Not sure I like reading about your "air miles" Please......keep both wheels on the ground....Sounds like you and grandpa are enjoying yourselves. Keep in touch....
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:45 PM   #57
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Great ride! I have GA to northern Montana on the books for 2013, with a lot of the same sights planned on the US side.

Even better, getting to share your ride with family!
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:19 PM   #58
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We went to Denali Wilderness Park today. Not sure I need any more commentary. See photos!
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:22 PM   #59
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Grandfather and I leaving Fairbanks for Denali.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:28 PM   #60
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This wolf was the best part of the trip. We followed him for a good half mile along the road. He was attentive to every slight change and would stop walking, look around, and make a decision about what direction to head next. It was relaxing watching him. I could have watched him all day. Such freedom and inexpicable simplicity, I was envious.
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