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#991740 - 07/08/17 03:38 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ken S]  
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Sure am but now I have seen what sort of weather Texas has to offer I may not make it!

Four hours in searing heat (to Lufkin) to get the fuel pump replaced followed by the mother of all thunderstorms, a burnt neck and burnt arms through the mesh jacket. Damn phone kept shutting down because it overheated and I quickly got lost in a thunderstorm in the middle of Houston...all steamed up, soaked to the skin and ended up outside a Harley Davidson dealers.... service manager saw my plight, made me a coffee, sat me down in front of the air conditioner and brought my bike in from the rain. Gave me a towel to dry myself off and insisted that I waited until the storm had passed. Nice folk in Texas!
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#991742 - 07/08/17 03:50 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi, John - sounds like you're off to a great start!


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#991744 - 07/08/17 04:18 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Bellaire Texas
And it doesn't really warm up here until August

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#991751 - 07/08/17 11:27 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Skywagon]  
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Originally Posted By: Skywagon
And it doesn't really warm up here until August


Heading north tomorrow so hopefully it will start to get a little cooler! Trip to walmart today to buy sun screen, long sleeve T shirt and a "cool towel" for my burnt neck!


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#991763 - 07/08/17 12:31 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Add bandanas for your neck.
Can wet them to cool.
Keep sun off neck.
Perhaps a mc dealer has evaporative cooling vests?
They ehlp in many conditions.
Stop more often/hydrate. Need an onboard way to hydrate also, many options.
It doesn't get better/easier riding in heat.
You get less mileage as your body fights the stress.
Don't push it.
Soaked?
Don't you have rain gear?
No offense but a critical component of "kit".
Yes, sometimes in the summer the rain is a relief.
But only when you are riding long enough todry out completely.
We rarely stopped for rain other than to don gear.
Around here summer rain was a welcome relief from the heat.Yesterday went from 96 to 76 in hal an hour becasue of thunder/rain storms.
Phone overheating?
Are you relying on it for GPS?
Well...good luck.
Heat/water not friendly.
Can you get audio?
Perhaps put it in waterproof and listen.
Do you have a tankbag w/map window?
Paper, or better yet plastic, maps still work.
When in doubt use tape and permanent marker to write turns and stick on someplace you can see it,jacket sleeve, whatever.
Start early, stop early, have fun.
Best wishes.


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1972 R 75
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#993001 - 07/24/17 07:16 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Any updates John?

#994767 - 08/16/17 11:48 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: realshelby]  
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Just arrived back today! I could not get reliable web access enroute (phone and computer problems!) so I have made notes and taken loads of pics and I am sat in Houston writing it all up now...

My God this country is awesome - in the real sense of the word! It has blown my mind and I have had the trip of a lifetime and met so many lovely people.

12,000 miles from Houston to Anchorage with a few diversions enroute and the little Versy has not missed a beat! I changed oil once with the help of realshelby and then twice again in various car parks and have had to replace 2 tyres but otherwise it has been flawless. Well done Mr Kawasaki!

I have put the bike up for sale and hope to pass it on to someone who will cherish it! The local dealer (Houston Cycle Exchange) has offered me $4250 cash or will put it on consignment at $6000 if I can wait... apparently it is a bad time of year to sell a bike. If anyone wants it give me a call. It will be cheap!

I am busy trying to get all my notes together and get google maps to show my route but it is a slow process.

Highlights...

1. meeting Realshelby and Skywagon! (seat cover has seen a lot of my backside but has survived!)
2. Crossing the desert to Tonopah and running out of fuel!
3. Rattlesnake grade - somehwere near Oregon I think?
4. Crater Lake near Klamath Falls
5. Glacier national park
6. Jasper national Park
7. Forest Fires in BC
8. Cassiar Highway to the Yukon
9. Road to Telegraph Creek - never again!
10. Tok, Chicken and Anchorage.... crazy towns!
11. Bear tooth pass - it snowed!
12. Dead Indian (Chief Joseph?) pass?
13. Yellowstone
14. Million Dollar Highway
.......and so much more!
I saw more bears than you can shake a stick at and nearly rode into a moose an elk a bobcat and deer! Only fell off once trying some stupid off road stuff and enjoyed roads and scenery and people I had only dreamed of.

I love this country! My only complaint is the furnace they call Houston... riding the final 400 miles from Sweetwater nearly killed me off and the traffic here has not improved!

Still smiling and so glad I did this trip of a lifetime.
Many thanks to those that offered advice and support... it is really appreciated. I am sorry I was unable to make updates enroute but the damn technology beat me!

a few pics as far as Crater lake...
https://goo.gl/photos/k35MXnaSZ7AXEtNG9

and the first bit of the route...
https://goo.gl/maps/2N8dxUW8LER2


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#994772 - 08/17/17 01:02 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Glad you enjoyed it, look forward to your trip report.

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#994777 - 08/17/17 03:15 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Great to hear you had a time!

#3 Rattlesnake Grade - your map location is a bit off I think; the commonly known place of that name is on highway 129 near Asotin, WA - it is just in the south east corner of WA and leads into Oregon; towns named Joseph and Enterprise are in the area and common moto destinations you may have passed through.

#12 Dead Indian/Chief Joseph pass - I'm guessing by where it is in your list that you are talking about the the pass on the Chief Joseph Scenic byway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Indian_Pass

I offer the above not in correction but only with the thought it might help you putting your map and notes together.

Your highlights list is fantastic - some of my favorites of the whole country/continent are on there smile

josh


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#994792 - 08/17/17 01:08 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Been wondering about you! Yes, your trip must have been something. Just coming to the US/Canada area where everything is so far apart was one thing. Seeing some of the sights you saw were some of the best around. Beartooth Pass is another world to itself. I could go on and on. Glad to hear the bike done its job so well. Cannot wait to hear more about the trip.

You know you are welcome anytime!

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