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Old 06-24-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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Internships may go to Hell and I will go to Alaska

...I concluded my speech by telling them I was done with politics at the present, and that they may all go to Hell, and I would go to Texas. - Davy Crockett

According to Gunnery Sergent Bob Lee Swaggart, Tennessee is the Patron State of Shooting Stuff and considering that I'm not 10 miles from where 'Ole Davy was born it seems like an appropriate title for a trip towards Alaska.

More on that later.

I currently do this...


and after talking to KatoomWife we decided that if I was going to go to Alaska I better do it this summer since next summer it'll be moving, then BAR prep, then BAR, then drinking heavily either in celebration or drowning sorrow, followed by work.

Law school: Embrace the suck.

Yes, that's right, it was KatoomWife's idea for me to go to Alaska. She sent me to Moab...

a month after we got married...

(Yeah, that's the cake she surprised me with)

then the next year sent me to the Isle of Man TT races.

Now I'm going to Alaska. And worried about gas stops.

And where I'm going to stay.

And global warming.

And zombie Godzilla. Game over, man.

To help calm my nerves I've started this thread with the intent to keep this as current as possible. Never done a live ride report so it may be a Pulitzer prize worthy narrative or mindless babble. I may get to Alaska and miss KatoomWife so much I ship the bike back and fly home.

So grab a beer and pull up a chair because this...

is going to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

T-minus: 5-6 days to launch
Those who dance are considered crazy by those who do not hear the music.
I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. - Radmacher

5 Cylinders vs. Moab..........My East Tennessee.........Internships may go to Hell and I will go to Alaska

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Looking forward to follow your ride.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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As someone that is currently studying for their LSAT and dreams of riding up to Alaska I am signing on to this one.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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Lookin forward to your ride! I have to wait a while before I can get enough time off for such a great ride, Too much damn work!
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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It was good meeting you at Ricks RDV, looking forward to your trip! Safe travels and good luck.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:19 AM   #7
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Nice, looking forward to the report.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Katoom119 View Post

Now I'm going to Alaska. And worried about gas stops.

And where I'm going to stay.

Hi Adam,
You are worried about the wrong things.
With those fuel tanks, you don't need to worry about fuel stops (except the COST of fuel). The biggest gaps between "gas stations" (and I use the term loosely) will be north of Fairbanks and up the pipeline road (it was called Rte 11 when I did it exactly 20 years ago in 1993. It may still be called that). But unless they now have fewer "gas stations," or unless the stations run out of gas, you are going to be just fine on gas.

It's spare tires you need to worry about. Be prepared for tire problems. Take spare everything.

Where to stay? Stay in your WATERPROOF tent. Make sure you have a WATERPROOF tent, or a tarp to cover it. (Inside the tent, I use construction plastic a foot longer in each direction, curved up on the edges).

Pack your WINTER GEAR for BC and Yukon (I was wearing everything I own in July), and make sure you have really, really good rain gear.

AND Take lots of good mosquito repellent, and keep it handy.

Good luck. PM for any questions.


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Old 06-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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Good luck!

I'll be following along once you get under way. We have two of our kids living there and I suppose you could stop in and say "hi" if you get to Anchorage. Most likely you'll have other things on your mind though at that time. Anyway, have a safe trip. Good luck!

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Old 06-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #10
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:42 PM   #12
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Katoom119 View Post was KatoomWife's idea for me to go to Alaska. She sent me to Moab....a month after we got married...then the next year sent me to the Isle of Man TT races.
KatoomWife sounds like a wonderful woman! Don't tell us that she's also handy with a wrench. That would be too much! Ride safe. Subscribed.

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:58 PM   #14
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Don't wait too long or there won't be any midnight sun since that was last
week dude. get a move-on. No worries 'bout gas. I've done the alcan on a
bike with a hundred-twenty mile range. Its 95 here in Fairbanks today. Don't
be bringing any cold with you. I'm quite comfortable right now. If you need
anything shout out on the Alaska regional. Talk to Adventure Cycleworks
if you need tires. There are others too. Don't carry tires, what a pain.
have a good ride!
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:02 AM   #15
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Oh yeah, I'm with Mike on the bug repellent. Take along plenty or you will never survive your first Yukon piss break.

I have a vivid memory of a cloud emerging from the woods and descending upon us. We ran for the bikes and started rolling before we could get the gear back on. Coop dropped his gloves and we abandoned his ass. It turned out okay, he was only anemic for a few days.

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