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Old 06-09-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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Scenic Alaska on a Harley

We can't wait any longer.

We are packed, but vacation time doesn't start for another week. My wife has been packed for over a month. We try to keep busy, to help time go by faster. We pack and unpack, to make sure we are taking everything we need, but not too much.

Last years ride to the Grand Canyon, we had a pretty good pile attached to the sissy bar. This year a bought a different tent. It's a little bigger, but is a smaller bundle and 4 lb. lighter. I am going to strap the tent over the top of the headlight at the bottom of the windshield.

The Road King is ready. I put new tires and fresh oil in last weekend. Checked this and tweaked that. Adjust this and even put a new belt and battery in her. All the checkups and adjustment have been done. I always try to do all the wrenching on the bike way before it is time to take off. Ride some local rides to continually check for problems that might have occurred during the wrenching. I've got the correct air pressure ( nitrogen ) in the tires.

I have been reading many other ride reports on Pashnit, ADVrider and HD Forum. There are a lot of people headed to Alaska this year. Some are already in route and others are going later.

I will be posting lots pictures when we have WIFI. I am getting good at taking pics with one hand while moving. We will be camping most of the time if weather will permit. Most of the private campgrounds have showers and WIFI. That works for me.

I have found out; it is easier to sleep the night before you start a ride, if you have to go to work first. So; we will work till noon on Friday and then try to get close to the Oregon boarder before dark.

Blast off day is June 17th after work.

That's all for now, KEN
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

Hi Johnny,
I was going to get some, but my little brother (who lives and fishes in AK) said it's not necessary.

You and everyone that goes on the Iderhoe ride; have a fun and safe time. Northern Idaho is beautiful. If we wern't going to Ak I'd do your Iderhoe ride.

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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

Have a wonderful ride Ken and i know what you mean about haveing to wait it out when you are excited about take off! I am counting the days before Notarian and I head to Canada for our three week journey on July 11. Gosh darn it, that's weeks away!!!

Anyway, I do feel your pain, but it sounds like you are ready to blast off. I wish both you and your wife a very safe journey and I look forward to seeing your photos upon your return.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:03 PM   #4
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Have a wonderful ride Ken and i know what you mean about haveing to wait it out when you are excited about take off! I am counting the days before Notarian and I head to Canada for our three week journey on July 11. Gosh darn it, that's weeks away!!!

Anyway, I do feel your pain, but it sounds like you are ready to blast off. I wish both you and your wife a very safe journey and I look forward to seeing your photos upon your return.
Thanks Donna for the safe wishes. I was just reading a RR on ADVrider and a married couple were on their 4 or 5th day of their 45 day ride to all roads of Alaska. A deer jumped out in front of her. Luckily, it was at only 35mph, but she is hurt bad enough to need to go home. That SUCKS. No one needs that kind of luck on their ride.

I will be posting as we go when possible.

I just got a new update today.
All my brothers and sisters (4 boys and 2 girls with me being the oldest) will be in Fairbanks at one time. The last time we were all together was when my dad passed away 21 years ago. That going to be COOL. And I get to pick on my sister some more. Ha Ha
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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

I'm envious, would love to do such a trip. Well, not that soon, maybe after retirement

Wishing you a great time and a fun and safe trip
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I'm envious, would love to do such a trip. Well, not that soon, maybe after retirement

Wishing you a great time and a fun and safe trip
Thanks for the well wishes Pongo.
Don't wait for retirement. You might not be able to afford the trip or healthy enough to do the big trip. Your only young once. LIVE life like there is no tomorrow. I'm 56 and I don't see myself retiring for another 10 years. I'm just going to use my vacation time wisely.
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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

53 hours to go before we leave. Noon on Friday or so.
The weather report is looking great for Oregon (mid 70's and partly sunny). Washington too.
In Canada; there is a little moist weather going through and I think we will be going up behind that, so that's looking good.
BUT: this is Alaska's forecast. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers Highs near 65 (for days and days) We'll see what happens. We are prepared for anything and hoping for the best.
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BUT: this is Alaska's forecast. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers Highs near 65 (for days and days) We'll see what happens. We are prepared for anything and hoping for the best.
You'll be surprised what is considered warm in Alaska. When it's 65, everyone will be in t-shirts and shorts! I swear. I was always cold there, but everyone seemed comfortable. I guess it's all relative.

Have a wonderful trip. I believe it's going to be memorable.
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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

Well; it's finally getting down to just a few hours (18 hours) before we leave. The bike is loaded and even went on a little shake-down spin. Nothing fell off so I guess we're ready. I mowed the lawn. My wife is doing the last bit of laundry. I got all the bills paid. I don't know what I'm forgetting to do, but whatever it is it isn't going to get done.
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Re: Scenic Alaska on a Harley

Well. As was once said in a famous song. "jump up on your pony and ride..ride..ride"

Be safe, have fun...
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