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Old 08-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #226
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Amazing, epic photos. This thread will launch more than a few Alaska trips no doubt.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:27 PM   #227
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Day 17

We left Dawson in the morning and heading down the Klondike Highway.





After a couple hours we stopped along the Stewart River. Helen cooked oatmeal for our breakfast,
while I crawled around in the weeds with the macro lens.










The Stewart River alone has more water than in all of Arizona.





I thought more of this highway would be gravel, but almost all of it was paved.










We crossed a green bridge...





Then a blue one.






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Old 08-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #228
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Apparently this spot on the Stewart used to give the steamboats and others difficulties.




















The Klondike Highway was scenic, but we were into getting miles behind us today.
We need to make-up some for the day off.










This time we can see the scenery as we near Whitehorse.















Klondike Highway




We stopped in Whitehorse for a forgetable meal. We visit Wal-Mart in search of a Y cable so that I can listen to music with Helen.
I've been out of tunes since my iPod quit working days ago. No luck here or back in Fairbanks.

We are looking for a campsite near the highway, so I was really happy to not see bears for the last few hours.
We settled for this free spot right next to the highway. No recent bear sign, so we weren't too scared.



It is really surprising how little traffic is on the Alaska Highway after about 9 PM.
It was a really quiet night here.

Day 17 Complete


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Old 08-20-2012, 10:16 PM   #229
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Goddamn that's a lot of miles you guys are putting on each day. I don't know how you do it but it's impressive.
Also impressive are the photos! Really enjoying the ride.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:19 PM   #230
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Also impressive are the photos!
That's an understatement. Lovin' this RR!
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 AM   #231
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Wow!

Dave,

I am more than merely impressed. Your rr has stunned me. To make this trip in that time frame takes some real effort. To make it and get off the bike to hike around takes extreme effort. To do all that and take the the tons of superb photos that you did is almost unbelievable.

A fantastic job, sir!

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Old 08-21-2012, 06:15 AM   #232
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hi Dave!!!

late to the party but i here now!!

love your work fella!

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:05 AM   #233
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Again, thanks for this RR, these pictures are unbeliveable. Tell us, is photography in your line of work? If you don't mind me asking, what was the average daily cost for this epic adventure?
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:53 PM   #234
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My dad passed away 2 years next month and I still owe him a ride up to Alaska, as it was one of the trips we never got to make together.
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Someday I'll make it to Alaska for my mom who never made it...

Wonderful photos and commentary.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:06 PM   #235
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The Supertanker Spill Incident

We get back on the road nice and early. I had hopes of getting lots of miles behind us today.
We didn't get eaten by bears last night, but it didn't take long this morning before seeing them.




The sky above the Alaska Highway was painted in pastels this morning.





Our cruise of Prince William Sound included lots of information about the infamous Exxon Valdez, which ran aground there in 1989. It sounded so exciting, I wanted to reenact history!




Supertanker - Alaskan Legend























Supertanker - Arizonan Legend




Are you ready for this environmental disaster?

So we rolled into the sprawling metropolis of Watson Lake, Yukon Territories. At least that's kind of what I expected for some reason. It was way smaller than I had been led to believe by the frequency of its mention on the pages of this forum. I didn't really need fuel, I rarely do. For those that don't know, I recently added the Safari Tanks, which increased my fuel capacity from 5 US Gallons to 12-13! That changed my cruising range from a paltry 170ish miles to well north of 400. Not really knowing the distance to the next fuel station, I figured we might as well fill up, because I had plans to send Helen inside for snacks.

We pull up to the pumps here.




Some of you may have noticed I tend to park on the left side of the roadway, such as here;


The reason? The damned sidestand is too long. It's not a problem without luggage, but when this loaded I have to seek out areas sloping down to the left in order to park. This was a major reason I didn't stop as often as I would have liked for photos. Putting the sidestand down on the right shoulder is just not possible in most locations.

After stopping at a pump I realized the surface was not really sloped enough. I even mentioned to Helen that I may need to move. Anyway, I managed to get the sidestand down. The bike is sitting perhaps a little too upright, but after tugging on it a little it seemed solid enough.

I placed my helmet over the GPS above the handlebars and removed both filler caps. I got the pump going and filled the right side tank. BTW I was standing on the left side of the bike. I moved the fuel nozzle over to the left tank and started dumping fuel in.


Well, I'm sure you already guessed what happened next. Suddenly the suspension sinks under the enormous added weight of fuel. Now the sidestand is REALLY TOO LONG! The bike starts falling over. I made a futile attempt to grab it before it slammed onto the right side.


BAM! GUSH! GUSH! Never-ending GUSH! Fuel was gushing out at an alarming and expensive rate from both tanks. My helmet slashed through the torrent of fuel, bounced across the parking lot, and rolled under a minivan getting lodged between the undercarriage and the pavement.

I set the fuel nozzle down on the pavement and ran around to the other side of the bike. Fuel is now splashing all over me as I tried in vain to either lift the bike or break my back trying. Luckily, another motorist came running over to assist, as Helen was aimlessly perusing the selection in the candy aisle. We get the bike upright and my help almost left. I had to explain how the bike wasn't going to remain upright on its own. He agreed to hold it up, while I crawled under the minivan to retrieve my helmet. What a mess I've made!



Freak Out! Oh no! I've scratched the Safari Tanks! Does anyone have the paint code? Just kidding. These things come from the factory looking like shit already. Worry-free. The turn signal needed a little tape.





The worst part: I had to fill up the tanks, again!

Also BAD: The cheek pads inside the helmet were soaked in gasoline. Helen went in to ask the clerk for if we could clean the helmet somewhere and to advise them of the environmental situation. Turns out, the clerk was the owner of the gas station/motel. She was a nice lady from Panama. Her name was Anice. Now you know where A Nice Motel in Watson Lake gets its name.

She had one of her workers escort us inside the laundry room of the hotel. It looked much nicer inside, than it does from the outside. Extremely nice, in fact. I washed the cheek pads and my gloves as best I could in a bucket with laundry detergent.



I now stay on the bike during fill-ups.

EDIT: The Watson Lake fill-up cost us $61.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #236
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Sign Forest

We inquire about eateries since, we've not yet had breakfast. There's exactly one place in town.
We leave the bike and helmet to dry and walk over to the eatery. Cathy's Place or something like that.
The food was okay, but the service was slow. I guess they thought it was a really nice day, because they left the door and windows wide open.
Have they not heard of bug screens? The mosquitos were the only ones enjoying the feast. Everyone in the place was swatting at bloody mosquitoes.

After the meal we walk over to see the big tourist draw here. The Sign Forest.

I guess it's required to post a photo of the sign forest. Everyone posts a photo of this place, so I wanted to shoot it differently.


HDR? Nah, I'm sure it's been done before...





How about a 360 degree HDR panorama comprised of 27 exposures! I'm confident this hasn't been done here before.
BTW, I shot this handheld. It was the first attempt at a full 360 degrees. I'm surprised it worked.

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #237
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Amazing, epic photos. This thread will launch more than a few Alaska trips no doubt.
I hope so. That's how I got lured up there.


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Goddamn that's a lot of miles you guys are putting on each day. I don't know how you do it but it's impressive.
Also impressive are the photos! Really enjoying the ride.
Out of neccessity, yes, but relatively speaking, it's actually a leisurely pace. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/608/37...ng-Record.aspx

Thanks, offthetrail!


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That's an understatement. Lovin' this RR!
I'm happy to hear you're lovin' it! Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:41 PM   #238
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Great RR dave, we were lucky enough to ride almost your same route with Vermin/Cack on our trip to the Haul Road.

With your ability and camera, I for one sure hope Denali is at peace and you arrive to capture that awesome mountain in all its CLEAR splendor. Yep, I realize you may have completed the actual trip, but maybe not.

Best of luck,
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:34 PM   #239
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Dave,

I am more than merely impressed. Your rr has stunned me. To make this trip in that time frame takes some real effort. To make it and get off the bike to hike around takes extreme effort. To do all that and take the the tons of superb photos that you did is almost unbelievable.

A fantastic job, sir!

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Hi Jerk! (Alcan Rider has been traveling roads up north since before I was born. He is also the jerk I referred to in post 2 whose beautiful photos are responsible for luring me up north.) I know I violated all of the sage advice you might give for a trip to Alaska by blowing through so quickly, but I hope I presented your spectacular state well. I will be back! Thanks so much for the kind words.

Here. Maybe it'll work on someone else. The Lure of the Dalton Alaska Primer Motorcycles in HDR



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hi Dave!!!

late to the party but i here now!!

love your work fella!

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Hi Buddy! Glad you finally woke up down there. Maybe I'll come to New Zealand and call my next report "WAY DOWN SOUTH".... Hmmm...


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Again, thanks for this RR, these pictures are unbeliveable. Tell us, is photography in your line of work? If you don't mind me asking, what was the average daily cost for this epic adventure?
Thanks AB! No I'm not a professional. In fact, 3 years ago I knew almost nothing about photography and was sharing mediocre shots from a point-n-shoot set on auto. Don't believe it? Check the link in my signature for older reports. I just decided to improve and worked hard to learn because of the inspiration of some of the great work on display here. The information is freely available to anyone motivated to learn. Photography is just another hobby. I don't ever expect to earn any money from it.

As for the second question, I'll have to get with Helen for an idea of that. I'll let you know.

Thanks!
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My dad passed away 2 years next month and I still owe him a ride up to Alaska, as it was one of the trips we never got to make together.
Sorry you never made the trip together. I hope you make it up there.

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Great RR dave, we were lucky enough to ride almost your same route with Vermin/Cack on our trip to the Haul Road.

With your ability and camera, I for one sure hope Denali is at peace and you arrive to capture that awesome mountain in all its CLEAR splendor. Yep, I realize you may have completed the actual trip, but maybe not.

Best of luck,
gale
The trip is long over and I didn't make it to Denali this time. The weather was not going the be clear anyway. I love Vermin and Cack! Thanks!

My favorite Vermin Tale http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265019
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