Cheryl & I want to thank all the supporters of this BLOG! We hit 50,000 views last night! Since we have been back from our summer trip on August 11th we have more hits to the BLOG then when we were on our trip. Thanks for getting word out, I am seeing more and more referral sites than ever, more forums getting wind of the BLOG and even other ADV riders and web sites.
We have many folks from all ages both men and women alike coming along as we develop the BLOG. As always we are open to suggestions, comments as to how we can make this a better site. So, feel free to share what you want to see and share your thoughts.
Once again we both want to send out a HUGE thanks to everyone and sure hope this continues. :-)
We have added some easy ways to navigate through all the months of posts. There is a pull down menu to the right or on the bottom of the page, depends on your browser, that shows Pictures, Videos & More. There is also a category search, pulled down menus in the header, and a general search. If you are looking for something and can’t find it just post a comment. I will try to help.
Click on the menu you will see past months. Click on the month you want to view and you will see the posts made in that month. Our summer Triumph Tiger 800XC trip went from June 29th – August 11th 2011. Prep began in April. There is also a calendar at the bottom of the Blog that shows all dates and months with posts as well. The day is highlighted when a post was made. I try to post everyday if I can.
To be honest we have neglected some maintenance on our bikes because we really thought we would be the owners of the Triumph Tigers at the end of the trip.
Since that did not happen on with the up keep of our bikes. Recently I got new steering head bearings installed by the dealer but Cheryl will do her own. Before our trip at about 38,000 KM my chain had it and a new DID and sprockets were installed. I have gone through one throttle cable and my bike now has over 43,000 KM since I bought it March 2010. Cheryl’s bike now has 32,000 KM since December 2009.
We do our own oil & filter changes as well as brake pads. Today I needed new front pads and Cheryl also installed them. Galfer pads are our choice these days as well as Lucas oil and K&N filters. We want to just have BMW do the major things like the dreaded valve inspection. Mine is due but will wait a bit longer.
With a little help from a manual, Cheryl has completed her first chain and sprocket installation. I think Cheryl is pretty amazing, she tries anything and always figures it out!
Of course a little DIY video to come later. Cheryl got 32,000 KM out of her OEM chain and sprockets. I got 38,000 KM but that was really pushing it. It was very apparent after this weekends ride it was time for Cheryl to get new one’s for herself.
The Park is bounded on the west by the Copper River, on the north by the Mentasta Range and to the south by the Chugach Range. The most impressive mountains by far are those contained in the Park, including Mounts Drum, Sanford, Wrangell and Blackburn, which can be seen from various points along the Richardson Highway.
The new Park headquarters is located at approximately mile 107.5 on the main Richardson Highway. Heading south from Copper Center, take the Edgerton Highway to Chitina, then continue on to McCarthy.
From Copper Center it takes about 50 minutes to drive to Chitina, and then about 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or more) to drive the next 58 miles over the old railroad grade to McCarthy, where the road terminates at the Kennicott River.
This picture meant a lot to us because in the summer 2010 on our way home from New York we had to pass this only to be able to return this summer 2011 to make that right hand turn up the Alaska Highway….that was an awesome feeling!
While we miss the street comfort of the Tigers, I welcome back the great gas mileage we are getting out of our Beemers especially for commuting to work. High 30 to low 40 MPG for the Tigers our entire trip compared to high 50 – low 60 MPG on our Beemers. Big difference when it comes to fuel consumption. Just FYI. :-)
And this is why we adventure ride…roads to no where and some where…the best of times was when we saw no cars or even other bikers. Just the two of us for mile and miles!
Well, seeing other bikers every so often not so bad!