Clear Skies Ahead

Clear Skies Ahead

Hello Everyone. I have begun the process of putting together a complete blog of my trip to Alaska now that I am back home and have proper internet speed. So stay tuned.
My picture here was taken from my GoPro mounted on my helmet as I traveled down the highway on day 1.

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Hi everyone. I have made it back home and will soon be updating this site with pictures and stories of my trip to Alaska.   In the mean time, here is a picture of my wife and her new bike. We picked it up Saturday at Gateway BMW in St. Louis. I got to ride it home. We have lots of plans for upgrading the bike to get it ready for touring. Touratech will be able to stay in business another year.

Hi everyone. I have made it back home and will soon be updating this site with pictures and stories of my trip to Alaska. In the mean time, here is a picture of my wife and her new bike. We picked it up Saturday at Gateway BMW in St. Louis. I got to ride it home. We have lots of plans for upgrading the bike to get it ready for touring. Touratech will be able to stay in business another year.

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California 101

California 101

Riding along the California coast on highway 101. A bit on the cool side, about low- mid- 50’s. Fog kept you from seeing much of the ocean.

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Driving Thru the Redwoods

Driving Thru the Redwoods

We thought this was where we got an In & Out Burger. But no one came to take our order. And we were both hungry. Oh well, at least we got the picture.

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Dogs Ride Motorbikes Too

Dogs Ride Motorbikes Too

Amazed at how many people bring their dogs with them on the motorcycle. The smallest one, on top of the double stroller, rides in the tank bag.

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Good Morning From Salem, Oregon

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Hello everyone from sunny Salem, Oregon. I am at the BMW MOA International Motorcycle Rally.  My friends at Touratech installed new shocks on my bike yesterday. My wife has flown out and joined me.

This trip has been quite a trip so far. I have many pictures and stories to share. But due to the lack of high speed Internet in many places, it has been difficult to share much.

Today my wife and I are touring three different wineries and doing some sampling of wines. Later we will be back at the Rally.

I will continue to document my trip and provide updates. But many pictures and such will come a bit later.

Sunday, with the Rally over, my wife Flys home and I head to the Oregon Coast for a nice ride down it..

 

More later.

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Jim and Helge At Touratech USA

Jim and Helge At Touratech USA

Stopped by the Touratech Shop in Seattle today. Lined up some new shocks for my BMW. Helge Pedersen showed up and we discussed the Alaska portion of my trip. Then we talked about tools to take on the road. I have used Helge as a source of information as he has been traveling around the world on BMW motorbikes since 1981. He gave me a hard time about not following his advise to the “t” regarding marking my tools. Learned about the importance of doing so today. We also discussed getting the proper shocks for the bike. Touratech’s new shocks have been tested extensively off road and have passed every test. They are the only shocks Helge has used and not had one fail yet. Mine have 40,000 miles on them and are showing their age – badly. And they are rebuildable should you need to service them. To seal the deal, Touratech set up my shocks for specifically for me and how I ride. And they are taking them to the BMW MOA Rally with them tomorrow. They will install them on my bike at the Rally. What a great deal!

So the next time I go flying through the air with the GSA loaded down with all the gear, I won’t have to worry about breaking a shock.

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They Let Me Back Into the States

Hello Everyone.  I’m coming to you from Everett,Wa tonight.  They let me back into the states today.  Although the customs agent, a bike rider, really wanted to see my stickers from Deadhorse and the Arctic circle.  But since they are buried in a pannier, and there was a long line behind me, we decided that would probably upset the people in line if we took time out just to look at stickers.  So he said maybe next time. It is on his bucket list to get to Deadhorse.

I’ve got over 512 pictures to go thru, taken in the last two days.  Who knows how many videos.  This will be my home base over the next couple of days.  So  I will try to get some pictures and maybe a video or two uploaded now that I have a reliable 4g internet.

Tomorrow I’m visiting the guys at Touratech.  Hopefully they have not left for the Rally yet.  Wednesday I’m at Ride West BMW in Seattle.  Then it’s off to the Rally in Salem, OR.  Hope to see some of you there.

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Click Here To Track Me

Click Here To Track Me

I’m in Fairbanks, headed to Haines, Junction, BC today.

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Standing in the Arctic Ocean

Standing in the Arctic Ocean

Good morning Everyone. Yesterday i stood in the 33 degree water of the Arctic Ocean and washed off my motorcycle suit. The air temperature was34 with a 30-35 mph wind. Wind chill, i have no idea. But it was cold! Never the less, I made it to the ocean, I stood in it, and now I can say I did it.
I come to you this morning from Fairbanks, AK, after riding the full length of the Dalton and then the 78 miles back to Fairbanks. It took 13 hours of straight riding with only one stop in Coldfoot for gas. That’s a long time to cover only 500 miles. I arrived at my hotel around midnight. I intended to leave around 3 AM for Haines to catch a ferry, but was too tired and decided not to risk riding while so tired. I had just taken one of those little 5 hour energy drinks when I decided to stop loading the bike up and go to bed instead. So at 1:00 am, I hopped into bed and slept until 6:30. Energy drink didn’t keep me awake.
So today I am riding to Haines Junction, BC. No ferry rides for me. That was the only one that fit my time table. And to be frank, I’d really rather ride the bike anyway.
So I will report back in a couple days. I believe I will not have much in the way of internet access again until until maybe Sunday night. So be safe all.

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