So, here's what has transpired so far. Some things are better and some are worse. But, everything works out in the end, and if it's not working out, it just means it's not the end yet.
I had no real way of getting out of Hyder, AK/Stewart, BC although a guy offered to take me and the bike to Edmonton, 18-20 hours east...but next week. That wouldn't work. I then sold him the bike for $650, and the guy who owned the bar and hotel said he would mail my gear home for me and I could hitch out. A few beers later, I bought the bike back and the next morning, in the dirt in the camp ground, attached a gallon gas jug as a big catch can, bought a gallon of oil, and headed out of the estuary canyon that I was trapped in. Moving at 35-45 mph, I didn't lose a whole lot of oil and made it to Smithers, BC that night. The next day, I made Prince George, BC (45 MPH is a real traffic hazard!) but the bike started to run really hot. The gauge would peg "H" within a few minutes of just toodling around in town looking for a gas pump....and I had the fan switched on. Oil level was right in the middle of the glass (but maybe it was oil and gasoline?) and water level was ok in the tank and in the top of the radiator (what a pain in the ass that is to check!).
There happened to be a Kawasaki, et al. dealer in Prince George, which turned out to be as useful as tits on a man. I called some rental places and no one would rent me a pick-up to go out of the province. Finally, a little U-Haul franchise suggested I call U-Haul's Canadian 800 number, which would list all inventory in the area. I found the ONLY truck in P.G. 15 minutes before the place closed, rented it, put one good and one oily, leaky, unhappy KLR in the back, and headed east toward Jasper. When I got there, I was told I could not take a U-Haul down Highway 93 to Banf because of some sort of thing about trucks without special permits, although the official admitted if it were a motorhome, it would have made no difference. Headed for Edmonton at 9 mpg and then a south-running turn-off to Cochrane, where I have just had a few beers and burger in a house and will soon be taking a shower.
Still don't know what causes the pressure in the crankcase. Oil definitely coming from the breather tube and going up to the air box where it pours out the "tight-lipped" drain hose under the airbox. If it were a bad ring, it would also pull oil into the combustion chamber and produce smoke and loss of compression, I believe.
Could there be something clogging some oil passage? Is the oil pump a two-stage affair (like my old Triumph was) that could pressurize if one side stopped working? Could my eventual overheating be toasted bearings?
Where would you start in trying to figure this out?? Heading for Michigan in a day or so with the bike on a trailer this time.
Thanks in advance,