After 3200 miles and 9 straight days of all day riding, we are enjoying a much needed break on day 10 of our Alaska Moto Adventure. It is a rainy day here in Alaska with temperatures in the low 50s. It is a perfect day to get off the motorcycle and soak our weary bodies in hot natural pools found just outside of Fairbanks. After a short 60 mile ride this morning, we checked in to the Chena Hot Springs Resort.
One could stay here a week and be entertained with so much to see and do. Soaking in the hot pools, fine dining, hiking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, and many other things are available.
The weather looks dry enough for the next 4 straight days. So, tomorrow very early we head out for the ride of our lives, the Dalton Highway.
We are on our GS 1200s to Motorcycle the AlCan Highway across British Columbia through the Yukon and into Alaska. After one week of motorcycling across British Columbia we finally emerged from the smoke tunnel to see clear skies. Once we turned north toward the Yukon the smoke clouds finally began to dissipate. . Now we are able to see the gorgeous scenery all around that we have been missing because of the cloud cover. It is a beautiful country and I am excited to see what is ahead.
The roads are fantastic and we have passed through only a couple of construction zones.Yesterday we crossed the AlCan Highway for a 330 mile day that was just gorgeous riding. There were plenty of stops for gas, coffee, soda, and restrooms.
We stopped at Liard Hot Springs for an hour of relaxation and clean up. There we met other motorcyclists also on a similar journey.
One of the nice things about this ride is crossing paths with others who are own their own 2 wheeled adventure. For some we cross paths many times and get the chance to share stories and learn from one another. Motorcyclists make a grand community.
Today we set out for Dawson City where we will rest the night and get ready for the big adventure in Alaska and the Dalton Highway.
We have been motorcycling through British Columbia for the last two days. Today we exit BC hopefully entering the Yukon to find cleaner air and beautiful scenery. Our 2 days in BC were cold as the smoke blanket obscured the sun and limited our visibility at times to only 100 yards. Vicky struggled with breathing when the smoke was at it thickest. She wore the neck gator up over her nose and that seemed to help a bit.
Canada’s news channels are claiming over 600 wildfires are burning now making this one of the worst summers in history for the BC Provence. People are warned to avoid outside activities and to avoid exertion with deep breathing in the smoky air filled with ash particles.
As we entered Chetwynd yesterday afternoon, the smoke thinned out a bit and we were rewarded with views of tall rounded mountains covered with the tallest evergreen trees ever seen. The sky turned blue with wispy white clouds and breathing was much easier. The temperature finally reached the upper 60s and even low 70s.
Our next adventure will be in the Yukon under clear skies with a promising forecast of sunshine and smoke free skies.
My BMW GS 1200 Rallye Seat Debacle is a somewhat embarrassing story but I share it hoping to help other really short BMW GS 1200 riders. Riding this fantastic bike is thrilling, exciting, and easy to do. I ordered the lowered model and was able to touch the ground with the ball of one foot. However, what is not easy is parking and maneuvering a loaded GS 1200 at a slow speed using your legs. On a flat surface with the gas tank near empty and no luggage or gear on the bike, I had no problem. But in real life, rarely do such circumstances exist. So, I began to search for ways to get more of my feet on the ground. Continue reading “My BMW GS 1200 Rallye Seat Debacle”→
We were lucky to enjoy a late spring Moto Adventure to Moab with a small group of friends. It is so much fun to share the ride. For those that couldn’t be there with us, we put together some info with maps, gpx files, photos to share with you. With this information it will be easy for you to make your own Moto Adventure to Moab. No matter what kind of motorcycle you ride, there is something in Moab for you. Check our website for navigation downloads and other hints to plan your own incredible adventure.
Helpful files and info can be found at these links:
Our 2018 Lockhart Basin Ride was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life! This ride was is 75 miles of dirt and rocks, near Moab Utah. There were steep, near impossible climbs and rocky narrow trails along the upper edge of deep canyons. I have done this ride before and it was never easy, but this time the terrain was exceptionally difficult to navigate on my KTM 690. Trails change with weather and wear and this one was near impassable in places for our May 2018 ride. Our buddy broke the frame on his motorcycle in the middle of the ride. We strapped it back together enough to finish the ride, but the bike is history.
Lockhart canyon is a famous trail that every dual sport motorcycle rider should do; but, go with friends. Have 2 or 3 buddies strong enough to lift and push because some places could be just too step to ride without help.
This year was the second time I have done it. Check out the short GoPro clip to see why I say it was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life.
Today was the last ride with my beloved Ruby before I turn her over to her new owner next week. It turned out to be a fabulous celebration as we were surprised in Markleeville with news of the opening of Ebbetts Pass just yesterday. Ruby is an FGS 700 and is really an amazing bike well suited to the challenges of this ride. I thoroughly enjoyed pushing through the turns, curve after curve as we travelled this newly opened mountain pass still lined with deep snow at the highest elevations. The season is here folks, get out there and RIDE.
Photos from our ride, GPX files, Google Map, and GoPro files available with a click to the following links.
Yesterday we rode Mexico Hwy 1 south from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro. This trip took all day and carried us from Baja California Norte into Baja California Sur. Ordinarily a full day of highway riding would put us down the road at least 500 miles. Not so today. Although our only stops were for gasoline, water, or a roadside just gotta have relief!, we only made 214 miles this day.
As highway rides go, this is the toughest I have ever done. The route included ascents and descents, tight curves, and long straight stretches with dips that give poor visibility for passing. The road is shared with many truckers who creep up the hills in front of you. The left blinker signal from a trucker means it’s ok to pass, NOT — I am turning left. The only reason you know this is true, there is no where to turn on the left!
The wind, OMG–the wind! On the straight stretches the wind was unrelenting. Most of the time it was a strong cross wind forcing the motorcycle to lean 30 degrees from the pavement into the wind. It was difficult to travel forward and hold my head up. I soon developed a painful crick in the neck and had to take at least two pee breaks AND rest my neck.
The next challenge (besides not getting wet with flying pee), was dodging the pot holes with a leaning motorcycle. They were numerous and rim breaking DEEP.
Watch out when passing a slow truck too! The truck blocks the wind and WHOA, you are upright again. But the bike perpendicular to the pavement only lasts a second and WHAM–you are blasted back down again by the wind!
Treacherous and tedious it was! But we made it safely to Guerrero Negro by late afternoon. Dog tired, we checked in and went almost directly to dinner at a fine restaurant attached to our very clean and comfortable hotel. Margaritas, beer, and fresh fish ended the day. For a great place to stay complete with Fine Dining, Bar, Hotel, and Whale Watching Tours visit Hotel Malarrimo
Monday plan is rest, whale watching, laundry, dining, and packing for Tuesday’s early ride out.
El Rosario, a very small town about 300 miles south of the border is a pit stop for the Baja 1000. Motorcyclist are welcome here. We are enjoying breakfast at Mama’s before heading out to Guerrero Negro. Jon is fashionable for the morning outing!
Border crossing at Tecate was a breeze thanks to Jon’s prepaid visa application. Worse thing so far on this trip, the TOPAS at the border, tall, slick, close together. I almost lost it.