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Old 10-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #1441
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Happy birthday nomadgal!

Hi Esther,
I wish you a happy birthday and a good place to stay this winter! Did you manage to find a good car yet? I hope you will have lots of fun today.
Love you, Nomadmom.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #1442
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Yikes, sounds like a crappy situation! Hopefully it's for the best...

Thinking of you, and happy (belated?) birthday!!
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #1443
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Hi Esther,
I wish you a happy birthday and a good place to stay this winter! Did you manage to find a good car yet? I hope you will have lots of fun today.
Love you, Nomadmom.
SERIOUSLY?! I finally got caught up on the entire ride report JUST IN TIME to wish you a Happy Birthday? What luck!

Needless to say, I've been reading along since sometime this summer and am very excited about hearing about your winter in Alaska experience-- although I'm a little worried to learn that you're currently homeless just in time for winter!

I have to tell you... every time I see dark chocolate covered raisins, I think of you now.

Hope to hear that you have a car and a home soon! Happy Birthday!
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:33 AM   #1444
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Happy Birthday!
Thanks for taking us along on your adventures.
I'll be hoping for you to find a good place to be for the winter and a car that will treat you well.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:45 PM   #1445
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Happy belated birthday!

I hope you find a cabin and a car soon!
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #1446
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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!
I had a long day at work, someone called in sick, but it was good.
Baked myself a little cake once I got home and ate it. Yum!
Still looking for a place, got some leads, so I'm excited.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #1447
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Hope you find a place for the winter soon. How about getting the old camera out and show us what the "winter" landscape looks like now. I love seeing the changes taking place.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #1448
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winter in Alaska

Can't help it, but it crossed my mind that maybe your winds are turning, maybe pushing you southward again. There is no failure in letting go of what may have been a bad idea. Polar temperatures, limited funds and the danger of bad stoves in small rooms. Wouldn't you not be so much more comfortable, some 700-800 miles southwards, allowing you to do without a crappy car, and ride Spirit instead? I remember that some 15 years ago I was building a lightweight caravan to hang behind a 15 year old Fiat Panda 800cc, planning to cross Siberia, making my way to Alaska pass the Beringtz Sea. It ended up never happening, and boy was that a good turn of events! It was an insane idea. You need a Paris-Dakar prepped Land Rover for such a journey.
Anyways, Scotts is pressing me for an address to send your damper. If you have it, please let me know, ok?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #1449
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Anyways, Scotts is pressing me for an address to send your damper. If you have it, please let me know, ok?
Nah, I really enjoy teaching classes, so I don't want to leave.
I don't have an address yet but as soon as I find a house I will have one.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #1450
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Sometimes things just fall into place, and sometimes things happen to force you into action!
I think both happened to me yesterday.
On my way to work I saw a old subaru on the side of the road for sale. It was $500. I looked at it and it seemed okay.
Then after a long day at work I headed home in the dark on Spirit. It was raining but warmer.
Then to my surprise upon taking a turn near my cabin, I wiped out! Yikes, as I fell and hit the ground (thankfully wearing a helmet) I felt myself sliding. ICE!!!! Holy cow, even though it was warm, the ground was cold so the rain turned into ice, and I had no idea!
Luckily two guys in the car behind me and two in the car heading toward me, got out and helped me put Spirit back unto her wheels. You should have seen us! It was like ice ballet
We pushed her into the dirt on the side of the road, and I rode her back unto the highway in the dirt. Once on the highway the road was good again. The guys behind me followed me to Henderson Road, where once I hit it, I wiped out again, this time slowly and softly. There was no way I was gonna be able to get Spirit back home.
I ended up parking her at a couple's house and my landlord came and picked me up.
I'm fine other than a bruised hip and a sore thumb.
This morning I bought the Subaru! So I now have the luxury of 4 wheels.
More later, I have to get to work
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:51 PM   #1451
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That's good news. It sounds like your landlady/friend is still letting you stay in her cabin while you house hunt. Hope you find the place you want soon. Glad you made it ok with your two falls.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #1452
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anchored down in anchorage was just playing on my playlist and i wondered how the great white north has been for you.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:44 PM   #1453
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Hi NomadGal!

Glad you're Ok! In the North it isn't the snow or cold that prevents winter biking, it's the ice as you have found out! There are races held on the lakes near me on motorcycles and cars. It is amazing how fast they can go with 2 inch spikes installed in the tires. The course is like a road race track with both right and left turns. The bikes lean farther in the corners than road race bikes on pavement. Speeds approach 100mph at the end of the straight!!
Be very careful in the Suberau on those roads. Leave lots of room to the vehicle in front of you and be careful on the corners. Ice is similar to wet hard clay for being slippery! Oh yeah, you know that now!
Regards....just jeff
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:46 PM   #1454
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>"even though it was warm, the ground was cold so the rain turned into ice, and I had no idea! "

Black Ice ! Yowser. Gotta really pay attention to the weather... !
Subaru on black ice - you will slide too. Only thing that really works are studs in the tire.

(There is a long story about my experience with black ice).
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:26 PM   #1455
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Motorcycles on ice are like wearing flat leather soled boots on ice,it becomes a cartoon episode,I have done the "whoops down we go" on the bike in ice it's so quick your on the ground before you know it.Oh and yes the Subaru will do better,be careful up there we all need to hear your cool stories.
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