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Old 10-05-2005, 01:45 PM   #91
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Wonderful journey. Excellent storytelling. You not only have the balls to do such an adventure but the gift to put it in wonderful words. My only complaint is that you don't post every 5 minutes!

Good luck to you. We are with you all the way.

You may want to post your bike problems in www.f650.com . The folks there are a great bunch and would definitely help you out. You probably know about this forum. Just in case you didn't....

Keep your chin up and ride safe.
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:20 PM   #92
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The Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry - Rest At Last!

The Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry - Rest At Last!

Aboard my ferry ship and sipping a cold Alaskan Amber draft in the lounge about this 400 foot vessel - the Matanuska. My GPS is tracking the journey from the window in my 3 berth cabin on the port side of the ship. My sick bike, Doc, sits on deck #4. After an expensive $400 or more standard 6K service performed by The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage, the bike no longer runs right. It simply stalls and won't idle.





Having a cabin or stateroom on this boat is key. Full bathroom, writing surface and a hot shower. This is living. The auto deck is closed when the ship is under sail, so I took advantage of the secure room and brought much of my gear up from below.

The islands we pass are heavily forested and show no real signs of habitation. Looming above are glacial peaks and icefields. The water is still, silent and deep. Clouds hang low enough that the tops of the spruce trees poke their pointy heads through with grace.






A forest service ranger is aboard the ship and several times during the day he gives wildlife or historical talks. I attend many of these and bask in my newfound knowledge and appreciation of both the inland passage and the amazing Alaska Marine Highway System which will take me through Juneau, Wrangell, Sitka, Kechikan and a few others.

My foot seems to be doing better as I'm relying less and less on the cane that Angie gave to me in Seattle. Not sure if it's really healing or if the 600 mg ibupropen tablets are masking the real pain. I'm running low on these tablets so I hope the former is the case.

In a couple days I'll be in Prince Rupert. But with my ill acting bike, I'm not looking forward to dealing with a bike that stalls every time I pull in the clutch to slow for a left turn or stop light.

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Haines, AK to Sitka, AK 8-18-05

Sitting and chilling on the 400ft. Matsanuka Ferry
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:22 PM   #93
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My I can make a few calls around here for you and see if we can find some "road fix" for you to get you by until your next stop at a dealership.
Tried a fix recommended by guys at f650 resetting the FI. No go. Seems a throttle reset or something. I think we can get but thanks for the help! More later.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:10 PM   #94
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The aircraft mechanic in Anchorage was probably Gusgus from this site. I met him on the Dust to Dawson last June. Its nice following your ride as you are going to a lot of the places I visited . If your got a spare hour look for Kiwi heading to Alaska in Ride Reports. When you get to the bottom of South America which way are you heading. If you get to NZ I will do some riding with you . I like the DR650 for simplicty , Im a mechanic and it is so easy to work on. No fuel injection or radiator like the BMW and lighter. The beemers use less fuel which on a big trip can help. Keep it shiney and upright and keep us entertained .Cheers Toddy
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Old 10-05-2005, 10:19 PM   #95
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WorldRider..
Awesome story!! Your keeping some of us from going crazy behind desks and computer screens..
One question, it seems you are about a month behind real time for posting, I understand it takes a bit to edit and upload your images from the road but do you think you will catch us up?
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Old 10-06-2005, 03:08 AM   #96
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:11 AM   #97
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Worldrider what make/model of camera are you using? Great pic's and great writing. Stay safe and keep us updated.


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Old 10-06-2005, 09:32 AM   #98
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WorldRider..
Awesome story!! Your keeping some of us from going crazy behind desks and computer screens..
One question, it seems you are about a month behind real time for posting, I understand it takes a bit to edit and upload your images from the road but do you think you will catch us up?
Yeah. I'm a bit behind on the posts, but some downtime this week and I should be up to date in a few days. Thanks for tuning in...

Perhaps the biggest tim consumer is getting the photos chosen and set up. But I promise!!! I'm very close and it's fun.

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Old 10-06-2005, 09:33 AM   #99
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Russians & Americans: History in Sitka, AK





With a two-hour layover in Sitka, I decided to venture into the former capital of the Alaskan Territory. The Russians were the first Europeans to invade Alaska sometime during the 18th century. The Russians enslaved the native people of the Northeset, the Aleuts to brave a battle against the Tlingits of Sitka and the surrounding areas south.






Choosing Sitka and the protected waters of the Sitka Sound and adjacent Baronoff Island, as the ideal location for a fort that would allow them to press their sea otter hunting operations and stake claims easterly to the west coast of North America. The Tlingit people considered this an invasion and in 1802 they attacked the Russians killing nearly everyone. One of the sole Survivors, Baranoff attacked the Tlingits for revenge in 1804 with cannons and the enslaved Aleuts and eventually forced the Tligits to withdraw. But unfortunately the Russians never achived their desired plans. And in 1867, Russia's Czar Alexander figured he couldn't hang onto the unprofitable colony of Alaska and saw a political advantage in doing his American allies the favor of selling it to them. Ironically, the Americans thought they were doing Russia a favor by buying it. But after then Secretary of State William Seward negotiated a $7 million deal, amounting to less than 20 cents per acre, Congress balked calling Alaska worthless wasteland. A year later and perhaps concerned of offending the czar, Congress agreed to the price. But the newspapers and most American's never let Seward here the end of it and for years called Alaska "Seward's Folly". When gold was discovered in Alaska years later, only then did Seward's name come clean.

Today, Sitka is perhaps the only city in Alaska that retains more than just a building or outpost reminding us of the Russian influence on Alaska. I found hints of the melding of Tliglit and Russian culture as I briefly hobbled through this small but scenic town.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:35 AM   #100
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Worldrider what make/model of camera are you using? Great pic's and great writing. Stay safe and keep us updated.
A.D. -

I'm using a Canon S70 for most of the quick grab shots, then I've got a DSLR a Canon EOS20D with a couple lenses for when I've got time and feeling a bit artsy or trying to shoot wildlife. Love the Canon gear. The S70 really would do fine, and 80% of my photos are shot with it. Great because it's the only "compact" that has a 28mm wide lens. Makes a huge difference!

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Old 10-06-2005, 09:37 AM   #101
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The aircraft mechanic in Anchorage was probably Gusgus from this site. I met him on the Dust to Dawson last June. Its nice following your ride as you are going to a lot of the places I visited . If your got a spare hour look for Kiwi heading to Alaska in Ride Reports. When you get to the bottom of South America which way are you heading. If you get to NZ I will do some riding with you . I like the DR650 for simplicty , Im a mechanic and it is so easy to work on. No fuel injection or radiator like the BMW and lighter. The beemers use less fuel which on a big trip can help. Keep it shiney and upright and keep us entertained .Cheers Toddy
Right On! Could be the same guy. He was an agressive rider and had dreams of breaking records. I think he had just done an Iron Butt to take a star on his jacket - and chose to do on the Dalton since it was "easy" and right there.

Definately will hook up - but NZ is toward the end of the journey. I'll cruise to Rio and ship the bike to Capetown, SA and do Africa South to North...

I'll look for those reports!

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Old 10-06-2005, 10:09 AM   #102
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I'm very close and it's fun.

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Great Alan, I wish you the best of luck on the road, and you know if you need anything, this site is full of people around the world who would come to your assistance including myself. Maybe on your way through California you would like an escort to upper Baja on your way to South America

I look forward to you catching up, as it really takes us there with you.

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Old 10-06-2005, 05:43 PM   #103
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Prince Rupert to Prince George - Home Again!






The road from Prince Rupert to Prince George is yet another spectacular motorcycle riding experience. At least if the your bike was running smoothly. Mine? Even pulling off to refuel demands more attention to keeping the engine running which leaves equal less attention to keeping your eye on safety. Perhaps I'm exagerating a bit, but the fear of that bike stalling in the middle of a turn with the load I'm carrying consumes me as I roll into a a small town riddled with lower speedlimits, stop signs and red lights. Constantly having to keep the throttle cranked up to 2500 rpms to keep Doc from stalling.

More anger for that damn Anchorage dealer.

But the road winds along this river with 100 foot waterfalls splashing scenicly to the road side. Chilly and battling the on and off of rainfall I cast my eyes up sheer cliffs of rock to spot the source of these waterfalls. Lush green vegetation and tall trees add to the scenic beatuy.

Rounding a corner at a nice steady 50 mph I spot a black blob on the side of the road ahead of me, slowing as I approach I see its a huge grissly bear nearly twice the size of my bike. Our eyes lock as I creep past him and though I don't stop I slow watching his movements in my rear view as he watch mine. Not a car in sight. Just me and this grizzly. I contemplate a quick u-turn to just to gaze at this massive creature once more, then my bike stalled.

More anger for the damn Anchorage motorcycle dealer.

I could see the Grizzly in my rear view. Perhaps the silence the consumed the small area we shared caught his curiosity. But for me it was shear panic. Not that I had food nor was there any reason he'd attack me. But I was simply scared and without the safety net of throttle and drivetrain, I was caught. It took a few moments to start that damn bike. But seconds that seemed like minutes I bid my grizzly good bye and cruised onto Prince George.

Arriving in Prince George this time I felt a sense of familiarity - and old friend. After nearly three weeks and 4,000 miles I was back. I settled into a small motel as the rain pelted by helmet and gear. Wondering if the storm would pass overnight, I unloaded the bike and wandered into town to have dinner at the Waddling Duck. Here I met three local couples. Though not sporting motorcycles they are avid riders and readers of the ADVrider website.

"You know Glenn Heggsted?" he asked me when I walked in. It was a question I hadn't expected. There were no bikes parked in front and everyone at the table were attired in "civillian clothes". We've been following his journey. Now they would be following mine.

A nice meal, live sultry jazz and a cold beer. Prince George, my friend.

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Prince Rupert, BC to Prince George, BC 8-20-05
Moving Average: 59.6 mph
Maximum Speed: 85.1 mph
Moving Time: 7:35:19
Total Miles: 452.4
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:46 PM   #104
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Too bad the bike is still giving you fits. It would have been nice to grab a picture of that big old Griz but I agree with you...motor running is the time to get one of those...not when your bike is in question...Ride Safe Friend...
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:38 PM   #105
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Hey! That was us at the 'duck'

Heh. Now I feel important!

Great read sofar
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