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Old 07-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #91
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We continue back to Fairbanks and head to a car wash, $16 later most of the mud is gone. It is early afternoon so south on The Parks Highway towards Denali we go. Got a room in Healey. During supper I see Maxbet stop eating mid-meal. I knew something was wrong by the look on his face. He has had kidney stones in the past and he knew from the location of the pain that's what it was. He had a miserable night, lots of pain and very little sleep.

I just passed that kidney stone the other night. It was not to painful considering the size of things.
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Old 07-12-2014, 03:11 PM   #92
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I just passed that kidney stone the other night. It was not to painful considering the size of things.



All of that moaning and that's all the bigger it was!!!
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #93
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Does he have bad aim or is it crawling back out.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:00 PM   #94
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Does he have bad aim or is it crawling back out.

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Old 07-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #95
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I was going to cross Alaska off my bucket list until I realized there will be pie.

How much non-ethanol gas was available on the trip?
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:54 PM   #96
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Sunday June 22-------Day 16

Short day today. Headed out of Haines Junction and south to Haines AK. Started raining and it rained lightly all day.



Where's the Ferry?



Getting our place in line.





Waiting, I think they were pondering the meaning of life



Met some other riders at the Ferry Terminal, one guy was from New Jersey and had driven to Alaska and rented a motorcycle and dupilcated a ride he had done solo back in the 80's. Three other guys from Canada, I think Alberta or Manitoba were on board, we saw them different times over the next couple of days.

Hey, there it comes



All aboard



Got our spot.

Looks like Maxbet still has his Prudoe Bay Hotel booties on.


I think we could get jobs here.



Arriving in sunny Skagway.



Hope they didn't break the bank paying for this sign



Does anyone know what this does? I'm thinking they use it to kill mosquitoes and black flies



Sampling some local brew.

Hey Linda, Alaskan Amber taste even better when you drink it in Alaska.




Skagway parking and those three Canadians that were following us.

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Old 07-13-2014, 01:03 PM   #97
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I was going to cross Alaska off my bucket list until I realized there will be pie.

How much non-ethanol gas was available on the trip?
Not very much, there were a couple places that had 87 octane E10 and 87 octane no ethanol at the same pump, I wish I could remember the price difference, seems to me non-ethanol was 40 cent a gallon more. I got it when available. I could be wrong about this, but my thinking is that we were going through gas so fast that the ethanol didn't have time to absorb water and cause any problems??? Do you guys think that makes sense????
Some places did not have Premium, I know some bikes require it.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:14 PM   #98
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I hope my comments didn't seem critical. I respect anyone who manages their money and lives within their means. I think Danny was being informative for anyone who is thinking about doing a trip to this area. He is correct about the cost to visit Alaska and Cananda. I had the advantage of advice from my friends who did this trip 2 years ago. I set aside enough money was prepared to spend all of it.
Once I had decided on the trip I was all in and didn't fret about the costs other than to chalk them up. The experience was something you couldn't buy, but that don't mean it was free! It does mean if I continue to make these trips, I'll just need to put an extra line item in my budget. As you can see below, if you're going to do a trip like this, that's about a $500 line every month if you want to save up over a year. Not an insignificant amount of money, but may be more difficult for some depending on their life's priorities.

We had all figured on @ $5,000 for this trip. I thought that was way high, but my riding companions had decided to stay in hotels/motels along the way instead of my normal stealth camping with motels reserved for post-rainy days. Gas costs were roughly $1,500 as was lodging (many nights costs were split with one other). Only able to account for @$1,000 of food, but wouldn't surprise me if that were closer to $1,500 as many times meals were paid by cash. So that's up to $4,500 already.

Costs I didn't count on were all the ancillary costs. After getting the pitch at the BMW RA Rally in Birmingham, I decided the MedJet Assist would be a good deal so I opted for that $250 plan which included the motorcycle option. Another driving factor was the fact that I was found unconscious and unresponsive, face down in a ditch in Montana on an unsuccessful attempt on Alaska. Never did find the cause, bike was totaled and I suffered massive head/brain injuries, being told it would be six months before I learned to walk again. Bottom line, after emergency brain surgery a few months later and 90 days of post-surgical healing, I threw myself into training to find out what I did wrong. Never did, but I'm a MUCH better rider now and the MedJet Assist sounded like a good deal this time.

Other costs included multiple tire replacements, services, park fees, etc, so that my additional costs to fuel, lodging, and food were still @ $2,200 bringing my total to @ $6,000, a 20% overrun on our initial estimates. I'm posting this so anyone else planning will be able to use the figures. I took my F800 GSA which consistently returned 20% better fuel economy than the two GS's I was riding with similarly loaded. I'm sure it would have been @ 25% better than my R1200 GSA. Over $1500 worth of fuel, that would have been an additional $325 of fuel for the big bike. Not a trip stopper, but worth figuring if you're counting.

Remember, the cheapest thing on a BMW is the rider and I think my picture is in the dictionary beside that definition. :)

Litespeed, your pics are GREAT!!! We must have been just minutes or hours apart on the road. The animals were almost in exactly the same places when I came through.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:17 PM   #99
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I was going to cross Alaska off my bucket list until I realized there will be pie.

How much non-ethanol gas was available on the trip?

I bet you would ride to Alaska for one of these stickers


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Old 07-13-2014, 01:31 PM   #100
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He and his Concours have now done the Top of the World Highway three times (gravel), The Denali Highway twice (gravel), Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle (gravel), Dalton Highway to Deadhorse (gravel) and the road to Labrador City (gravel). --

He don't need no stinkin adventure bike!
Nice!!! Doing this ride from L.A. on my C14 in August. Nice to know it CAN be done on a Sport Touring Bike!
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Once I had decided on the trip I was all in and didn't fret about the costs other than to chalk them up. The experience was something you couldn't buy, but that don't mean it was free! It does mean if I continue to make these trips, I'll just need to put an extra line item in my budget. As you can see below, if you're going to do a trip like this, that's about a $500 line every month if you want to save up over a year. Not an insignificant amount of money, but may be more difficult for some depending on their life's priorities.

We had all figured on @ $5,000 for this trip. I thought that was way high, but my riding companions had decided to stay in hotels/motels along the way instead of my normal stealth camping with motels reserved for post-rainy days. Gas costs were roughly $1,500 as was lodging (many nights costs were split with one other). Only able to account for @$1,000 of food, but wouldn't surprise me if that were closer to $1,500 as many times meals were paid by cash. So that's up to $4,500 already.

Costs I didn't count on were all the ancillary costs. After getting the pitch at the BMW RA Rally in Birmingham, I decided the MedJet Assist would be a good deal so I opted for that $250 plan which included the motorcycle option. Another driving factor was the fact that I was found unconscious and unresponsive, face down in a ditch in Montana on an unsuccessful attempt on Alaska. Never did find the cause, bike was totaled and I suffered massive head/brain injuries, being told it would be six months before I learned to walk again. Bottom line, after emergency brain surgery a few months later and 90 days of post-surgical healing, I threw myself into training to find out what I did wrong. Never did, but I'm a MUCH better rider now and the MedJet Assist sounded like a good deal this time.

Other costs included multiple tire replacements, services, park fees, etc, so that my additional costs to fuel, lodging, and food were still @ $2,200 bringing my total to @ $6,000, a 20% overrun on our initial estimates. I'm posting this so anyone else planning will be able to use the figures. I took my F800 GSA which consistently returned 20% better fuel economy than the two GS's I was riding with similarly loaded. I'm sure it would have been @ 25% better than my R1200 GSA. Over $1500 worth of fuel, that would have been an additional $325 of fuel for the big bike. Not a trip stopper, but worth figuring if you're counting.

Remember, the cheapest thing on a BMW is the rider and I think my picture is in the dictionary beside that definition. :)

Litespeed, your pics are GREAT!!! We must have been just minutes or hours apart on the road. The animals were almost in exactly the same places when I came through.
Danny,

That's a lot of good information for anyone considering this trip. And since you brought it up, We used Travel Guard insurance. I think my 30 day policy was $48, and that included 50 thousand for medical expenses, 25 thousand for death/dismenberment, rembursement for a family member to fly to the medical facility we would be in, and rembursement for a medical flight back to our home, and the main reason we bought this was for medivac cost since we were going to Deadhorse and the policy included 100 thousand for medivac expense. I would buy it again and would recomend it to everyone.
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I ask about non-ethanol because I get between 50-60 extra miles per tankful on the Wee with it.
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...We all had extra gas cans with us for the time in Canada and Alaska. None of us had put gas in them yet, waiting until just before crossing the border. I will never make that mistake again!
The only time you can have too much gas is when you're on fire.

That being said... who did the fuel can bracket/holder/thingie on the red 'Strom?
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...bringing my total to @ $6,000, a 20% overrun on our initial estimates...
I don't remember who said it, but the quote is something like "Bring half the stuff and twice the money."

Great RR - very informative.
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The only time you can have too much gas is when you're on fire.



That being said... who did the fuel can bracket/holder/thingie on the red 'Strom?
A local metal worker/blacksmith in Glen Rock, PA. If you are interested I can get his information for you.
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