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Old 07-08-2018, 11:27 PM   #1
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grommet to Alaska, darkside, etc.

Earlier this year I planned to go on Lickety's Epic 2018 ride. Didn't work out because mrs grommet and I decided to go to Alaska to visit my sister in Haines.

We're on the way, currently in Radium Hot Springs, BC.

There are so many things to cover. Where do I start? I'll add more posts with separate topics. It may be a bit chaotic. Stay tuned.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:46 PM   #2
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Day 1:

mrs grommet is going along. The idea was that she'd drive the support vehicle. 3400 miles in 4 days. 1000 miles the first day, in which we'd trailer the bike to somewhere near the mountains in Wyoming. 3 days to follow, each of 800 ish miles. Planned stops were Cody, Lake Louise, somewhere near Hazelton/Meziadin Junction/Hyder, AK, and Haines.

My son (who's 19) was also going along, as it became a bit of a family vacation / visit to relatives. He was gong to help my wife with the driving, so she could work on her freelance editing jobs on the way.

He dropped out at the last minute. Not an adventurous soul, or one who even likes to travel at all. Bummer. It threw a wrench into the entire trip plan. More time in the car for me, more time on the trailer for my bike. I'm not thrilled but I can roll with it. Rigidly flexible.

We leave on time Saturday morning. 1000 miles to Cody. On the way we investigate camping, airbnbs, hotels, etc. Find an inexpensive airbnb in Greybull, about 35 miles east of Cody. It will do.

I didn't realize until we were almost there that we'd end up going through Sheridan. It was too late to get in touch with Tina, so we'll have to try again on the way back.

Approaching our exit off I-90 to US 14 in Ranchester, WY, I took note that 14 would take us over a mountain on a nice twisty road. Pulled the bike off the trailer and had a nice blast up the mountain. At the top it had gotten dark and the deer had come out to play. Dozens of them. After not hitting 4 of them as they wandered around in the road, I stopped and we put the bike back on the trailer.

A comfortable night's rest at the airbnb in Greybull. Worth it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:42 AM   #3
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One thread is good for me...unless of course there is a darkside thread.
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:55 AM   #4
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when i did my alaska moto trip back in 2010, the haines highway north of haines was one of the most beautiful and memorable places from the entire trip. over the years, the memory fades a little each year, so i hope to get up there again soon. hope you get good weather for a nice drive up there.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:33 PM   #5
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Alaska!! Subscribed.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #6
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Chief Joseph Highway out of Cody, then Beartooth up thru Red Lodge. Should be on the route.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:44 PM   #7
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:54 AM   #8
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Chief Joseph Highway out of Cody, then Beartooth up thru Red Lodge. Should be on the route.
Those two roads are on my short list for the August ride. Patrick, how about some photos?
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:20 PM   #9
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In. Safe motoring you two.

Darkside does NOT mean riding at night dodging creatures BTW...
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:20 AM   #10
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Time on the road and lack of good connection has hindered updates. We made it to Haines with no issues and on schedule.

There are no police in Canada. Go as fast as you want.

I have now ridden the CT in all possible conditions from dirt roads to slippery black spots on wet pavement in 40 degree temps. No problems. The worse the road is the better it works.

More to follow tomorrow when I am awake again.
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:22 AM   #11
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One more thing. Almost all the land north and west of Cody Wyoming is spectacularly beautiful.
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I'm subscribed. Have a great trip and post lots of pics
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:51 PM   #13
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Day 2:

Greybull, Wyoming to Radium Hot Springs, BC.

I rode in the morning. Chief Joseph Highway from Cody north to 212, then west on 212 through Yellowstone to Gardiner Montana, then up to Livingston. As I mentioned, this part of Wyoming is very beautiful, and the CJ hwy is very nice to ride.





These pics do not do it justice. I could have stopped for better ones but I was into riding and wanted to put some miles down.

It was my first twisty road on the CT. I had it leaned over as far as I ever do on the street. Not a hint of slip. The handling is a bit different - the bike just wants to stay upright more - but nothing my body could not adjust to in a little while. Really no big deal. I would not hesitate to take a CT to Arkansas or any of the other places I frequently ride, and run at our normal 2X+ pace. On any trip where distance is an issue and tire wear a concern to being able to make the trip without a change (AR, anyone?), I'll be using one. I've spent way too much time being gingerly with the throttle, the cornering, and use on any kind of dirt road due to worry over rear tire life. Those days are over. With a CT you can hammer the throttle, rip corners as hard as you want, drive on any surface, and not ever feel a bit of concern - the tire will cost less than half what you normally pay and last at least 2 times as long.

Now back to the trip - Montana is also very pretty. The big mountains, lakes, rivers, and beautiful views just don't stop.

This is Swan Lake, on Montana 83 southeast of Kalispell:


Right at the north end of Flathead Lake, there are these amazingly yellow fields of flowers:



Going on up into Canada, the mountains don't stop:









We got a hotel in Radium Hot Springs. Nice little place in a town full of people. 784 miles total for the day.
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Looks to me like you already wore a flat spot in that tire...jus sayin.
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Glad you got to ride the beautiful Chief Joseph Highway.
212 is the Beartooth highway. If you had just taken a right on it instead....
But I get it, trying to make time, and you got to go thru that cool western town of Cooke City and see the peaks.
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About time for the pics. Don't let it happen again!
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Nice photos and trip. I'd love to be out in the open riding up there with ya. 784 miles? I see you are keeping your regular pace.
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Looks to me like you already wore a flat spot in that tire...jus sayin.
Nice pics.
I thought you could just park 'em upright anywhere and not use the stand, maybe the old unbalanced tank bag syndrome. No worries, awesome pictures G. Enjoy !
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I bet it does awesome burnouts!!

What do you figure, four fronts to one rear?
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:46 PM   #20
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Glad you got to ride the beautiful Chief Joseph Highway.
212 is the Beartooth highway. If you had just taken a right on it instead....
But I get it, trying to make time, and you got to go thru that cool western town of Cooke City and see the peaks.
In retrospect it may have been better to go right than left. Riding through Yellowstone was the pits. I mean, pretty and all, bison, but the cars in there are a pain. Maxing out at about 30 in the 45 zones, and many of them see a flower or something on the side of the road, maybe one more of the thousands of bison they already saw, and stop without any warning and sit there while someone takes a photo. I'll definitely avoid popular national parks on the return trip and future rides.

Chief Joseph was a solid 11. Will do that again. Maybe a bunch of times.
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