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30 hours and counting

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:46 pm



I can not believe in 30 hours I will " start that engine".
I still have to roll another carton of cigarettes, pick and pack my clothes, and get some sleep. I bought an extra clutch and brake handles -just in case- in Dec or Jan. Do you think I can find them now? Looking for them and I found some things that might come in handy. Never did find them.

Soon it will be 29 hours



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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:58 am

I'm looking forward to tracking your progress. A good friend of mine rode to Alaska a few years ago, and the only "problem" he ran into was one section of road that was slicker than ice when it was wet. The local folks told him he should stay where he was until the rain stopped, but being a seasoned rider, he told me he wasn't worried about a little rain... apparently there's something about (some of) the road composition that made it like riding on ice when it was wet... so, if any of the local folks tell you to shelter in place until after the rain stops, you may want to take their advice...

Meanwhile, I do hope you enjoy every mile and every minute of the trip.... be safe, stay smart and take lots of pictures...please
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:13 am

'mornin wilcoy:

i too have a "countdown" on my road trip to Florida. i was supposed to be leaving here around 7am tomorrow morning. while keeping an eye on the weather, i tracked it from here all the way down to the Florida keys. every day next week thru the following week is supposed to be thunderstorms. although i don't really mind riding in some rain, i refuse to ride almost 1,000 miles in thunderstorms. i therefore am putting my road trip on hold until august.

you have a safe journey on your trip wilcoy, keep us posted on your locations, and yes, pictures would be nice.

stuart.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:59 am

Looks like he's on his way...




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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:11 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Looks like he's on his way...





hope he don't run into any heavy storms on his ride.

stuart.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:08 am

Looks like he's managed to miss the weather so far. The storm system in the area looks to have passed over him during the night, and it should be clear sailing for quite a while.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:24 am

mean time there's a line of rain and thunderstorms on and off still all week from here all the way down into Miami :(. glad i didn't leave yet. don't feel like wearing my rain suite for 5 or 6 hundred miles like i had to do last year.

stuart.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:48 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:mean time there's a line of rain and thunderstorms on and off still all week from here all the way down into Miami :(. glad i didn't leave yet. don't feel like wearing my rain suite for 5 or 6 hundred miles like i had to do last year.

stuart.


I ended up having to wear my rain gear for over a thousand miles one day when I rode home from Florida a couple of years ago. :) Fun!

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:02 pm

well, at least this year i'll have my electric windshield wiper so i'll be able to see where im going :D.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby steve 302 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:02 pm

I live in North pole Alaska. Not far from haul road. If you are even thinking of going to coldfoot good luck to you. Those trucks are on that road to make money. They will blow by you and not think twice about slowing down. Kicking up gravel at you. Good luck to you. No place to be. Been on that road many of times in a car that even isn't plesen't. I have seen many a motorhome head that way with car in tow. I bet they looked really good when they came back.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:09 am

not the place i would want to be on a motorcycle if its anything like the show "ice road truckers" and other one that does all the big rig rescues.

stuart.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:21 am

He made some good progress yesterday. Out of Minnesota, across the very dull and long North Dakota, and into Montana.




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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:18 pm

cool, so far, so good.

stuart.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:13 am

Left home as planned. Hit a sparrow 9 miles from home.
2 deer in the road in n. Dakota. A bunny rabbit visited camp yesterday. That is all the wildlife I seen.

Bike had a wag so slowed us down.
went to wally world and bought 2 8 in tires thinking the back of the trailer was too high and pushing the bike. Left the 2 12 in wheels with 500 miles in the parking lot
helped but not totally. Went to Menard and got 2. U-bolts to tighten the hitch.
now I have been doing 5500rps. Bike and trailer running like a well oiled sewing machine.
Stopped in minneapolis at friends place spent night.

Left minneapolis abd made it to Wyoming in a day.

2 rains of half hour.cb quit after rain.
met another bike going to alaska . So been 3 of us. At gnp an original person who was going from the beginning will meet us at gnp. So an even numerous of bikes will work well.

Going to get new batteries for tracker, get a haircut,and supplies before gnp.

4 hours to gnp.
need to have breakfast and pack up.

Thanks for all the support.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:19 am

Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear you had to leave your wheels behind. Best wishes to you and your group... safe riding, fair weather and enjoyment along the way...
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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:53 pm

Looks like they are making fairly good time, they spent the night in Glacier National Park in Montana.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:16 pm

If I recall correctly, GNP was where the group intended to meet up for the remainder of the trip.

WingAdmin wrote:Looks like they are making fairly good time, they spent the night in Glacier National Park in Montana.
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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby Iaustin » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:42 pm

Just talked to Wesley (wilco ), they are just outside Calgary Alberta setting up camp,he said alls good .lost top off his trailer but still has pup tent.still a hour and a it from my house so will miss him as they pass thru tommorow

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:29 am

:( made it to Calgary. 10 miles into Canada and very windy-my top compartment blew off. The 25screws in the piano hinge let loose. Did not destroy anything but have to use my pup tent that I brought.used 2 ratchet tie downs togo on our merry way.
Wifi very hard to find.
Bike. Running vvveryy well.


I have only Eatonin a restaurant 2times. CCampaign ng and fixing food and riding.
Pics will have to wait until Iget home.

Time for bed.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby Iaustin » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:10 am

They made it to my place yesterday stayed the night made repairs to trailer top and on their way today looked on spot sat looks like they did good today and are at Grand Prairie Alberta

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby Iaustin » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:14 am

The Alaska crew don,Leroy,Wes

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:12 am

Looks like they might have had a bit of trouble in Grand Prarie last night. The Spotwalla map shows they got into town around 7 pm and headed for the Walmart for an hour. They then went up the wrong way up 43, pulled over at the side of the highway and sat there for almost two hours, until 11:30 pm. They then headed out to Saskatoon Lake Provincial Park, arriving there at around 12:15 am (all times local).

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:29 am

It looks like our guys are having some problems. They're still in Grand Prarie, Alberta, now their third day there...and looking at the trips they are making from the campground, they're going to a specific place in town. I looked that place up on Google Maps, and there are a couple bike shops there:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Grand ... c60c9e6409

The shops are Chaotic Kustoms, and RJ Cycle & ATV. Hope the repairs aren't too involved, and they're back on the road shortly!

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby deepsix777 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:55 pm

Look's like there back on the road. Hope what ever was the problem was a minor one and they have a safe and trouble free trip.

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Re: 30 hours and counting

Postby deepsix777 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:28 pm

deepsix777 wrote:Look's like there back on the road. Hope what ever was the problem was a minor one and they have a safe and trouble free trip.

On second thought there back in Grand Prarie, Alberta hope they can solve what ever's wrong and get back on the road.




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