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07-09-2013 03:23 PM
wayne_l I have the return trip coming I just got tired last night ... D2d was awesome event for us ADV guys !
07-09-2013 02:58 PM
Lockjaw Dang, you covered some miles! Cool pics, too.

07-09-2013 12:14 PM
a4twenty great job documenting your trip, some beautiful scenery there
07-09-2013 12:23 AM
wayne_l One of 2 issues I had during this whole trip was my stock oem chain and sprockets flat wore out and the shitty Mefo tires ..

I had my mefo less than a week on this bike and less than 2k milesinto this trip they started cracking and chipping and rode like crap in BC or the Yukon I didn't find a single tire shop ..I was getting worried if it would make it to Alaska .. When I found a signal I started calling ahead looking for a option ..

my front was also cupping really severe so I remounted it backwards in Anchorage and rode it another 1500 miles tilli had enough and just paid crazy Alaska prices for a new set of hideneaus wich I usually run and love ...

But I did make it just not as comfortable as I like ..in fact what became a bigger issue was my stock chain ...wich if you all remember I was asking what a normal life span was ...14k miles was mine lol it gave up at 14k right in TOK Alaska 90 miles over the border but that's ok ..Why you ask ? Cause its the home of the famous Thompsons Eagle Claw biker campground !

I must say its a must stop for any northern bike adventurer !! from steam room to the bike shop right in camp and nothing but fellow bikers surrounding the place sharing stories of their journeys ! ]
every site has its own motife from abulances to teepees !

this is how I roll lol

Nothing like a wood powered steam sauna after a long days ride !
07-09-2013 12:08 AM
wayne_l Our hills always feel so much bigger back home because your at sea level looking up not starting at 9000 feet like Colorado .

07-09-2013 12:05 AM
wayne_l Watson lake Sign post forest I a cool stop at end of town , it has signs and plates of every country you can think of . It started during the Alaska highway build from troops missing home as they built the road for the war effort ..

07-08-2013 11:58 PM
wayne_l You can always tell when your in BC the locals come out to visit .. Don't worry iknew his mom he good people once you get to know him ...

Up ahead you can see a buddy i met at camp on a KLR he flew in from Germany bought a klr stores it at his sisters in Washington and going to D2D as well after seeing Alaska for a bit we meet up again several times during the trip .

i even saw some legal rams this year along the road ... i could taste em as he walked by !

07-08-2013 11:49 PM
wayne_l British Columbia and the Yukon has to be the most senic and remote areas in north America but its where i feel closest to being home back in Alaska ..

Once leaving Dawson Creek BC the scenery gets better and better and from now on don't pass a gas station once you hit 90-100 miles so many this year were either out of fuel or bad fuel or flat boarded up ..

i stopped at another mcd's to see another rider working on his Honda Goldwing and having issues with his phone to find his son who broke down with his Harley day before ..

WEll my phone is almost local being Alaskan i had service and he was able to get a hold of him and meet up and rest of trip north we kept leap frogging each other even stopped at Liard hot springs to soak for next stretch ..its hard work looking this good and ride as well as i do !! lol ..
the higher in elevation less trees to tie off too ..this was summit lake BC and it had some crazy storms i had at one point huge hail and lightning then crazy winds .. I tented it today and stayed under covers bit longer the next morning ...

07-08-2013 11:37 PM
wayne_l next stop is Canada border on 191 in sak..Canada Im riding out on north enterance on Montana border and stop at a mcdonalds for a wi fi hot spot and breakfast so i can check in with the wife and family ..They are worried because i went from hospital to long ride so soon but i was feeling better every day ..

i ran into a a nice guy at mcd's who was going same direction i was into Canada and was from a border town of Cadillac Canada .. it was nice having a local ride along with the knowledge of road conditions and where to get good fuel .. Some of the roads i seen there rivals Destruction bay !!!
I did 850 miles this day and needed some down time so set up my hammock and don't remember closing my eyes ..

With the new oil fields everywhere Alberta has become a very modern state with all the population that follows it .. One good thing while here is no worries about fuel stops or hotels .. after almost 2 days of crazy cold heavy rain it was much needed ...

One thing i love about Canada is i always feel welcome here and people are some of the friendliest ive ever met in the world .. I truly love traveling thru every time ..

In Alberta i had a young man on a brand new Triumph tiger 800 and wanted to chat for a while about my trip and asked if he could ride along till next big town then once there asked if he could go one more lol just to be part of the trip ..This happened to me several times whole trip there and back ,i even jumped in on a group to D2D ...

I thought of the movie forest gump when the joggers would just join in and follow with no real destination ...lol
07-08-2013 11:15 PM
wayne_l this place was incredible highly recommend a longer stay i didn't get to see everything because of my legs but i had a ball !!

this is boiling !!

hot coffee anyone ?
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