a motorcycle journey 2up
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Monday, May 31, 2010
Total Miles Today: 524
Not a very interesting day as far as scenery goes. Left the house late.
Stopped and got some fried pies in Oklahoma.
Dropped the bike in the fried pies parking lot.(pic missing) Good times.
Later we met a trucker from Wisconsin who took our picture at a rest stop.
Made it to camp.
Nice site, lake side with free wi-fi. Hard to beat that. Tomorrow we head to Badlands NP in South Dakota.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
We are also having a b-day/bon-voyage (in case you don't return) Party today at the house. Not too much else to say until we get going. Planning on posting whenever we can get some wifi.
It's the final countdown!
...ahh the 80's. Besides my birth, I am not too sure what other good came out of that decade.
And a picture for you(I know how much it sucks to read a blog with no pics). This is Nikki cleaning her first low-water crossing:
Monday we ride.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Now on to another topic...
The question has been asked a few times since we announced our trip of "Why Alaska?" For that I don't think either one of us truly has a reply. Is it to see if it is truly possible to view Russia from Alaska? Nah. For me Alaska is not the whole point, nor is it even the goal. I think of it as the point in which we sort of turn around and continue traveling in a different direction. It is really just a 30 some odd day sort of transcontinental, overland route to visit and experience many new areas and terrains.
A bit of post script to this post...
I would like to thank everyone for all of the encouraging sentiments we have received, such as:
1. "You guys won't make the panhandle of Oklahoma."
2. "I don't think you realize how far that is."
3. "You think that motorcycle is gonna make it the whole way? You'll be flying back. Or at least Nikki will. There is no way she will make the whole trip."
You are all hilarious!
Anyways, Like 12 days and counting.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
16 days and counting!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The way there:
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The main change: Instead of taking a Ferry out of Whittier, AK (south of Anchorage) we will depart out of Haines, AK. And instead of arriving in Prince Rupert, BC Canada, we will arrive back in the “lower 48’s” in Bellingham, WA.
The way home:
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Overall this adds approx 5 days to our trip and the ability to visit Dawson City, Yukon and take the Top of the World Highway across to Chicken, Ak. Of course, all of this is subject to change.
20 Days til departure.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here is a brief and entertaining break-down of some things/situations we are preparing for.
Things we are potentially prepared for:
1. Bears – Bear mace
2. Weather (cold and rain) – Heated grips, heated liner, many layers, and waterproof gear
3. Camping – Plenty of quality camping gear (tent, sleeping bags, etc.)
4. Mild mechanical Failure – On board tool kit
5. Moderate tire failure – Tire plugs, slime, air compressor
Potential short comings of above mentioned preparations:
1. Never actually used the bear mace. Always stored in an un-easily accessible area.
2. Haven’t really tested the statements made by gear manufactures of “water-proof”.
3. On board tool kit will probably not have what I need to make a repair.
Things we are potentially unprepared for:
3. Weather (heat, rain, really cold)
4. Catastrophic Mechanical Failure
5. Wheels falling off bike
It may not appear so, but I have actually done a lot of prep for this trip. There are just a lot of bases to cover, and how fun would it be for you all (y’all) reading this if all went smoothly?
I have bought a ton of quality aftermarket modification parts for the bike. To offset the cost of those, I have also fabricated some of the ugliest pieces (although extremely functional) to complete the total Frankenstein-ing of our V-strom. I have made a few labeled picture diagrams to help illustrate my achievements!
A. Happy Trails Aluminum Panniers (side cases)
B. PVC Pipe Storage tube w/ eye catching red pressure valve cap for some sort of plumbing application.
C. Fuel storage containers for bike and cooking stove, also serves as possible pyrotechnics in the event we are rear ended.
D. Attention grabbing, yellow mystery box - securely mounted with old clip-on style snow board boot bracket.
E. Super Furry Butt Pads (all about the comfort, not so much the style).
F. Engine and Body protection for when the bike takes a nap.
G. Homemade hand grip warmers.
Exhibit “A” - If you look closely, you will notice that I was neglecting my Manly duties to mow the lawn. That is Nikki on the mower while I am taking pin-ups of the bike.
H. Homemade radiator guard.
I. Bootleg Highway Pegs.
J. New chain and sprockets.
K. Fender extender made out of plastic paint bucket.
L. GPS Holder
M. 12v power outlet to recharges necessary items like ipods and camera batteries.
N. Digital Voltmeter - keeps us from drawing too much power on our accessories. Lets me know if the alternator takes a crap.
This is Bowser trying to pass through his new doggy door with a bone that is slightly larger than the opening.
And of course, DIY tire changing. We are starting the trip with new tires. I figured I should know how to do this myself, given the remoteness of some of the areas we will be traveling through and the potential for the earlier mentioned "catastrophic tire failure". The process was a bit like this:
Break the bead: