Author Topic: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears  (Read 12841 times)

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2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:34:20 pm »
We just got home from a 6,850 mile run up to Hyder , Alaska.
This isn't going to be a day by day ride report but I have lots of pictures to show you.
We stayed off 4 lanes all that we could and even rode some great off pavement roads and trails.
Like out past Hole in the Wall, WY. were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out from the law.
We rode the Lolo pavement and a chunk of the Lolo Trail.
We rode some of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
And Back in to Coolidge MT. ghost town, and  Bannack, MT.

I'll even get Michelle on here to give you her thoughts on living off the bike for 2 weeks  [camping and cooking out]
 As always it will take me a few days to get up all the pictures I would like to show you.

I'll start with one from the middle of the trip just to show you we really made it.
Steve


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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 08:40:47 pm »
Looking forward to the pics.

Offline eemsreno

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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 08:47:14 pm »
You may notice in that picture that I am running Mitas E07 tires.
I have been running K60 tires for the last 3 years.
K60s are good but I always knew there had to be a better all around tire coming out some day.
I think I have found my new tires.
These E07 tires feel like sport tires on twisty pavement and are great off road.
They have a rounded profile not a flat profile like the K60s.
I now have 7,000 miles on them and they still look very good. [ I'll go out and get a picture of the rear and show you]
Did we ride in rain you ask? Has any one ridden to Alaska and not ridden in rain?
Actually we had very little rain until we returned to Iowa today. [I should of asked has anyone ever rode through Iowa with out riding in rain?]
They felt like we were on dry even in a down pour.
Steve
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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 09:01:52 pm »
Steve - nothing really to add of value other than I'm subscribed and that I think it's great what you and the Mrs. do together. 

Proud to have met you in Ouray and briefly in Ames, but hope to get to meet you at the rally in Oct if you haven't worn yourself out from riding yet this year?!  :D
Remember kids: it's better to fart in the toilet than crap your pants.

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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 09:07:10 pm »
On the way out west we rode just south of the Black hills the weekend that Haul you bike to Sturgis rally was starting.
I was always looking for Adventure bikes on this trip and the first 5 GSs we seen were riding with Harleys, No dirt for them.
We ended up seeing 4 1190 KTMs and one of them was traveling with a Trike.
We seen 3 Super Teneres ,, One in Red Lodge, MT. one on the Lolo paved road, and one in Hyder,  All three black 2012s
The only Adventure rider we actually got to meet was a great guy named Gary, he was from Ireland going up to Alaska and then down to the tip of Argentina.  On a 660 Tenere


Highway 2 through Nebraska on the way out.





This is on our way to find Hole-in-the-Wall, WY.
were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid from the law.
We rode over 100 miles off pavement and only seen one person, [a lady on a 4 wheeler going to move some cattle]














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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2014, 09:10:15 pm »
Steve - nothing really to add of value other than I'm subscribed and that I think it's great what you and the Mrs. do together. 

Proud to have met you in Ouray and briefly in Ames, but hope to get to meet you at the rally in Oct if you haven't worn yourself out from riding yet this year?!  :D

Karson and Limey  Thanks.
I sure hope to be at the rally,, I need to get my act together soon  It's coming up fast.
I need a vacation!

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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2014, 09:23:37 pm »
This is some of the pavement pounding we had to do to get to the good stuff.
Bear Tooth Highway.










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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 09:37:21 pm »
We rode through Virginia City, MT and over to Bannack, MT.





Bannack, MT.




This is where she really belongs.








And our camp for the night.


That's all for tonight
Steve
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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2014, 07:59:26 am »
Next up on our list of places to visit was Coolidge, MT.
When we rode back in there to a parking lot we thought that they were going to make us do some hiking.
There was big boulders placed all around to stop vehicles from going on up the trail.
We were just going to leave when I told Michelle that I would just walk up the trail a bit to see if I could see anything.
Well just past the boulders was a sign that said "no 4 wheeled vehicles, Open to motorcycles and snowmobiles "
Great! we rode up the trail about .5 miles and found Coolidge.
There must be cabins in all kinds of decay for a half mile.









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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2014, 08:16:23 am »
This is the Anaconda brick smoke stack.
 The stack rests on a concrete foundation and measures 585 feet 1.5 inches (178.3 m) high. The inside diameter of the stack is 75 ft at the bottom and 60 ft  at the top. The wall thickness ranges from six feet at the bottom to two feet at the top.


We had ridden close by but had never been on Lolo road so we were looking forward to that.
It was the Lolo trail that I was most interested in though.



We hadn't gone very far down the road when a mini van flipped onto it's side.
I looked in the open passenger side window and a girl was in the drivers seat crying.
I opened up the rear hatch and went in and got her out.
Her left arm was chewed up from the side window shattered glass but she will be fine.


Then it was time to find the real trail.
We stopped at the ranger info building to get a map and ask questions.
The ranger told me  "Well that trail is mostly only used by atvs and trail bikes."
I thought it was a blast!
Two and a half hours of riding on it and we only seen one person and he was backpacking.













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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2014, 08:30:34 am »
Awesome Steve! Silly Ranger didn't know who he was talking to.
This ain't no coon hunt

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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2014, 09:00:23 am »
The next day we crossed into Canada and headed for Castlegar to the start of the Kettle Valley rail trail.
This was a fun ride of 47 miles of trail.
We seen 2 ATVs and 5 MT. Bikers out there.



















Lots of Tunnels and Trestles but this is the tunnel I really wanted to see.
The Bulldog Tunnel.  2992 feet long.






This was almost a show stopper but we made it.




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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2014, 10:29:44 am »
Great Pictures! Keep them coming.  ::012::
Yamaha Super Tenere-All you have to do is ride it!

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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2014, 04:18:22 pm »
So these pictures will all be in British Columbia on the way to Hyder.







Some mining area we rode up in.




When we got into Canada I gave Michelle her own camera so she could get pictures of the bears, One evening while in bed I got her camera out to see what all she had taken. { we had seen about 5 bears}
There was nothing on her camera but black fuzzy spots and empty ditches.
She was so excited every time we seen bears that she couldn't get them on film.
I had to start helping her out.





Kitwanga




Kitwancool


And the turn off to Hyder
Meziadin Junction
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Re: 2up to Hyder, Alaska, To see the bears
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2014, 04:49:53 pm »
Extraordinary pictures of an absolute incredible adventure, BEAUTIFULL, thankyou for posting.

 

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