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Old 08-05-2013, 06:36 AM   #1261
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Wonderful post sista... aaand I AM sooo proud of ya!

What a differende a year makes in your riding ability!

Yup your there now and sounds like your gonna make the best of it..... funny tooo how you didn't used to like the cold AT ALL... but now your gonna Winter in Fairbanks!!! WOW!

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Old 08-05-2013, 09:09 AM   #1262
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I'm guessing you never got around reading the whole report.
The back lift does absolutely do nothing for me unless I have an empty tank and nothing on the bike.
then, if I can keep my legs from collapsing and my knees from shaking I can bit by bit holding my breath lift the bike straight. In this case I could not reach the lower pelican to take the junk out to lighten the load. So no, my legs are not strong enough to push myself and the bike up.
Even without holding anything, just squatting, it takes almost all of my strength to get up without holding on to anything.
I have been following but must have missed that one. Sorry I could not have been of help.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #1263
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I have been following but must have missed that one. Sorry I could not have been of help.
I love your little saying!

I once was lost but now I'm...no wait, I'm still lost
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #1264
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Wonderful post sista... aaand I AM sooo proud of ya!

What a differende a year makes in your riding ability!

Yup your there now and sounds like your gonna make the best of it..... funny tooo how you didn't used to like the cold AT ALL... but now your gonna Winter in Fairbanks!!! WOW!

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thanks Jim,
I'm not sure how much I will enjoy the cold, but I'm gonna give living in it a try. The more I do the harder it is to come up with new experiences, Well, at least the ones that don't cost a lot of dough
Picking a cold spot will be a new one for me. May e kayaking down the coast in the spring might be another. It won't be like kayaking around Kauai where the water is warm
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #1265
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thanks Jim,
I'm not sure how much I will enjoy the cold, but I'm gonna give living in it a try. The more I do the harder it is to come up with new experiences, Well, at least the ones that don't cost a lot of dough. Picking a cold spot will be a new one for me.
You can dress for cold, that is no big deal, it will be the long dark forever nights and a winter that runs from October to May that may beat you down, be prepared for that. That being said it will be a new experience and sometimes they are the greatest adventure that leads to the best parts of your life. Soak it in but be aware of what you are facing.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:39 PM   #1266
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I thought I'd keep everyone up to date on what's going on now I'm in Fairbanks.

I'm blessed that Solarmoose invited me, because it makes looking around the area so much easier because of it.
If you remember, I saw a Joanns wanted add on the door the second I stopped in Fairbanks. So last night I went online and applied. I didn't have a resume or anything and I just filled out my experience and qualifications.
This morning I got a call for an interview tomorrow. That went quick!!
I also have been browsing around for places to live.
Unfortunately the gal I met in Valdez already rented her place out until October.
So here I am practically broke and looking for a place. What was I thinking?? Hahaha

Here are some choices, they are all dry cabins, but those are the cheapest ones to rent. Got to rough it if I want to safe some money








This is my favorite!

So this morning I set out to visit some of these cabins and to explore Fairbanks.
Well, I didn't get very far!!!!


My front wheel all of a sudden started wobbling!

I called David (Solarmoose) and we decided that I should take the wheel off and he'd ride me back to the house where I could change the tube or fix it.
After taking the tube out I found out why it didn't even want to blow up!! The valve had torn halfway off the tube!! What the?????
Luckily I still had my patched front tube, and I put it in. In a way it is fortunate that it happened today, and not tomorrow on my way to the interview!! I am lucky aren't I??
Afterward, after calling one of the cabin owners that I'd be late, I headed to see this cabin I saw online.



The owner is a dog musher and there are 40 dogs on the property.
The location is amazing but the drawback is that it is half an hour ride from town.
The good thing is that electric is included, and highs-peed internet. He also said he'd lower the rent as I have no dogs or any other pets. The best thing yet is that I can pitch my tent on his other property until the place is empty and fixed up (which maybe I can do)

He'd talk to his wife about it. Meanwhile I am going to take a look at the other closer and cheaper places.

The red little cottage I think comes with a barn, that would be so cool if I could put Spirit in there. I could get an electric heater and have a place to work on.



I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything will work itself out, including a cheap car.
I had forgotten how expensive it is to live somewhere. Not only that, I guess I'm gonna need warm clothes too.
I'm so happy with my boots from Carol, can' t wait for them to get here.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:41 PM   #1267
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You can dress for cold, that is no big deal, it will be the long dark forever nights and a winter that runs from October to May that may beat you down, be prepared for that.
You sound like you have experience a long winter like that!
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #1268
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Got to rough it if I want to safe some money
I went to the University in FBKS for a few years and yes there are quite a few folks who choose to chop wood and haul water to save money. It ain't easy. You ever lived anywhere where it's an honest -50?!? Luckily it's a "dry cold" tho. I've actually felt colder in Florida than I ever have my whole life in Alaska. I really enjoyed my time up there a lot. Great tight knit community many of which where mountaineers I befriended even tho the closest mountains are a long way off. I was also into hockey which is big up there.

Say hello to David and his wife for me. I knew his family when they used to live down here in the big city of "Los Anchorage" years ago.

Oh, and if you make it by the Tanana Valley State Fair going on now thru the weekend, say hello to Daniel the Mad Hatter who's an ADV'er and did Dust2Dawson with us one year.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #1269
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You sound like you have experience a long winter like that!
ha ha yes 58 of them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:35 AM   #1270
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Hi Nomadgal

I have been "trolling" the various motorcycle rider forums now for nearly a year, (Horisons Unlimited, ADVRider, KLR forum etc) and read many ride reports. All have a tremendous amount of good information on doing a long distance trip. But I am blown away by your report, simply because despite being unable to pick up your own bikeat the start, low on cash regularly, needing to pull your engine apart and put it together again, not to mention the "normal" on the road "niggles", you still remain positive and believe that things WILL get better.

I am only on page 49 but felt I wanted to help you keep going so sent you a little cash via paypal.
You go girl
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:02 AM   #1271
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>"The valve had torn halfway off the tube!! What the?????"

Hmmm...

I think you might re-think your tube mounting**... leave the nut on the inside of the valve stem.
With a KLR, you should be running full inflation anyway, tires shouldn't spin on the rim.

Leave the inside nut on, and tighten the nut on the outside against the rim.
You shouldn't pull the valve stem out of the tube then.

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(Note: NG removes all the nuts from the valve stem, seats the tube directly against the rim)
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #1272
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>"The valve had torn halfway off the tube!! What the?????"

Hmmm...

I think you might re-think your tube mounting**... leave the nut on the inside of the valve stem.
With a KLR, you should be running full inflation anyway, tires shouldn't spin on the rim.

Leave the inside nut on, and tighten the nut on the outside against the rim.
You shouldn't pull the valve stem out of the tube then.

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(Note: NG removes all the nuts from the valve stem, seats the tube directly against the rim)
Yeah, I did that this time around. I have never had a problem with it though. I did remember hitting a particular large jutting rock the night before. I think I hit it right on the valve, hence the tear.
But yeah, Even the back tire I kept the nut on, because I knew I'd forget about that little valve shim if I didn't leave the nut on. That little shim poked a hole in my brand new front tube that I had to temporarily put in my rear tire a while back.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #1273
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Hi Nomadgal

I have been "trolling" the various motorcycle rider forums now for nearly a year, (Horisons Unlimited, ADVRider, KLR forum etc) and read many ride reports. All have a tremendous amount of good information on doing a long distance trip. But I am blown away by your report, simply because despite being unable to pick up your own bikeat the start, low on cash regularly, needing to pull your engine apart and put it together again, not to mention the "normal" on the road "niggles", you still remain positive and believe that things WILL get better.

I am only on page 49 but felt I wanted to help you keep going so sent you a little cash via paypal.
You go girl
Wow! Thank you so much Wotnext!
This really helps me out until I get a job and my first paycheck!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:48 PM   #1274
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>"I hit it right on the valve, hence the tear."

NG... what pressure do you run in the tires? (I can't remember).
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #1275
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pulled/torn valve stems

[QUOTE=NomadGal;

So this morning I set out to visit some of these cabins and to explore Fairbanks.
Well, I didn't get very far!!!!

[/QUOTE]

Here's the deal on pulled valve stems. Sometimes tire spin on the rim...that will eventually little by little pull a valve stem. Happens more if you run your tires soft, Whatever.

The trick is to know when, on the rare occasion, that the tires are spinning on the rims. The front spins because of braking, and the rear spins because of acceleration.

In order to tell if the tire is spinning, you just need to leave that outside valve stem nut loose so that you can see if the valve stem is getting crooked. If it is, it will pull/tear unless you straighten it.

That nut's only use is to help you keep from losing the valve stem to the inside of the tire when changing the tire or fixing a flat.

I know if you see a nut you want to tighten it, and that is nearly always true....but not in the case of a motorcycle tube nut. LEAVE THAT NUT LOOSE, and get in the habit of looking at your valve stems when you walk up to your bike. If it's crooked or getting crooked you need to let the air out and straighten the tube.
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The next best thing I can tell you is to go tubeless with your spoke rims...in the long run it will save you many heartaches. I bet it would have saved you 95% of the tire changing that you've done from flats. You still have to carry a tube for extreme flats.

I converted to tubeless on my dualsport last year....with 'Seals All' (Shoe Goo). Less than 10$ a rim.
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