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Okay, I know I haven't posted since a couple of days after Left but between not having Wi Fi and riding long days I really haven't had the time to do emails etc.
except to let my wife know where I am.

Well I am in Fairbanks Alaska tonight and with a sick Wing. I drove on the road to hell (White horse to the Alaskan border) and I got to tell ya it is without question the worst road I have ever been on in my entire 40 yrs of motorcycling.
The permafrost has played havock this yr on the road and it was like riding a motor cross event (No I am not kidding) I rode too hard and blew a fork seal and to top it off the old Antidive seizure got me. I made it to Fairbanks in hope of getting the cycle shop here to disable it or fix it. Felt like a ridged except on the front...lol. This would be my only chance if I am to do the Dalton to Deadhorse. I have put on almost 9,000 Klms so far.

Anyway I just wanted to post to let you guys know where I am and that I am indeed still alive and kicking. Again sorry for not posting, I know there are some guys that wanted to see my progress. It's calling for rain for the next 2 days and the Dalton would be no place for a goldwing in those conditions, so we will wait and see if I can hang around long enough to get my
 

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Update on the road from hell. I just talked to a guy who came up the same road
That I did and took out his rear shock on a fairly new BMW adventure bike.
No small feat considering it was made for this kind of stuff. He also told me he had seen a guy on a wing lose his ride and ended up in the boonies. Not hurt but the bike was. I am amazed that all the motor homes I seen on that road that there isn't more serious accidents, I mean how can their suspension take that pounding and what about clearance? The roads get much better after you cross into the USA (Alaska). I hope the scenery down in the Kenai peninsula is worth the effort it takes to get here.

I did make it to Sturgis and Deadwood and had a nice cold beer then rode the black hills and also seen Rushmore. Then I hightailed it to Spokane and on up to Kelowna BC were I stayed for a day and visited with relatives. That area is beautifully and my favourite so far. Now I gotta tell ya that South Dakota and Montana are also very nice and a pleasure to ride in. Most of the bikes on the roads of America that I came across were by far Harley's.
(I call it like I see it) however when you get up here in AK the majority of bikes are adventure bikes

I am going to try and at least make the Arctic circle sign post before I retreat to
Civilization because I am soon approaching the mid point of my trip. If the weather holds out I my see most of what I had intended.
 

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Sounds good, never say Die !!!!
 

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Hope you enjoy the ride as you get back underway. Those roads take a helluva beating and change season to season. Hard to predict what you'll run into, but it might be worth a stop to talk to the Troopers or RCMP in Canada to get a rough idea of current conditions. Definitely not super-slab!!
Hope you get healed up mechanically, and get the weather to enjoy the country. When we were up there last (FAI) I had a bit of trouble finding much of a Honda shop. HD not a problem.

Ride safe. Just read about a mc fatality up there yesterday. Tangle-up between a bike and a motor home. Bike lost. Hit the right front passenger side according to what I read. How do you suppose that happened, I bet the driver 'didn't see him'. Watch out for those boats...folks that drive a prius to work every day go to Alaska and rent a road-schooner to see the state. Got no idea of what it is they are in command of.
 

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Been up there twice: once in 1992, with an '81 Interstate fitted with a Motorvation sidecar, in which was a rollickin' six year old boy.....

And again in 2005..... on a 1996 Aspencade with my lovely wife on pillion only.....

Roads weren't that bad, the motorhomes all missed us, and we loved both trips...proud of both of them.....

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would you happen to have anymore of those vintage pics? very interested, enjoy looking and peoples adventures! thanks
 

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would you happen to have anymore of those vintage pics? very interested, enjoy looking and peoples adventures! thanks
sure, all from '92 (note: we were very nervous on our first trip up, and expected the worst of everything.... I had tucked away in the side car a 12 ga shotgun, a come-along, extra food, etc. As it turned out, all our fears were exaggerated, fed by "hero accounts" of people who had gone before.... The Alaskan Highway is a doable adventure, even for a family, and not to be feared. You ain't goin' to the moon! Load up, grab your copy of the Milepost and head on up...you'll never be sorry.)













 

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awesome pictures looks to have been a wonderful adventure im sure I cant wait to experience it myself!
 

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Hey COUG, I think I was at the Honda shop in Anchorage when you were there. You and I were looking at the new silver goldwing that was on the showroom floor. We were standing outside waiting for the shop to open. I was thinking of asking you if you were a member of this forum. I wish I would have now. I hope you got your wing fixed and all is well. Good luck on your return home.
 

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Beautiful place... Just got back myself, from a cruise thru the insie passage, then rail from Skagway to Whitehorse, then bus on the Al-Can to Beaver Creek, & Fairbanks, ending the trip in Anchorage, where we took a ferry tour of the Glaciers in Prince William Sound. We accompanied my friends 80+ yr-old parents, to assist them with the trip.

While there are a few stretches of the Al-Can one would want to drive at a more moderate pace, IMHO, it is readily doable on a wing, and I am in process of planning my next summers adventure to hopefully be able to return via the Wing, and get in a little fishing while there...;)
 

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hello akwinger, sorry it took so long to reply. Yes I remember you and I did get it fixed
but not without inccident. Someone stole my left side speaker grill while it sat outside waiting to be fixed. I assume someone other than the shop because they said they didn't have it. I also lost my leather jacket when I was in Anchorage. (dropped it at a gas station on the way out of town and forgot about it until it was to late) The rest of the trip went well except for a section in Ontario. Read my latest post on this trip. I wish you had of asked me about being a forum member, oh well next time. I am getting itchy to go back up there....lol
 

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Wingunner, I stayed in Colville on my way up to Alaska. Too bad I didn't know you and hook up at that time. We could of had a few brewsky's ....lol
 
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