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Yamaha 125 1970

Maya learns the mechanics behind it all I’m independent and don’t like to rely on people too much (others may call me stubborn). Michael has traveled the world (he was in the military); this meant there was a considerable amount of time he was not around. Rather than be helpless or not … [Read more...]

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Honda XR200R 1983

Maya’s first REAL motorcycle I say this was my first real motorcycle because, unlike the Honda Elsinore, I could actually ride this motorcycle It was dependable, consistent, solid, and predictable. Because it was all of these things, I could take it out and actually learn how to ride. This was … [Read more...]

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Honda Elsinore CR125M 1976

Maya’s first motorcycle This was my very first motorcycle. I got it when I was 16 years old. What made this motorcycle special to me was that it represented the start of a life-long passion for motorcycle riding, and doing exactly what I was told I could not do. My mother would never allow me … [Read more...]

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Your zipper is down and I can’t help but smile

(A post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) I love Talkeetna. It is such a quirky Alaskan town. Aside from having a cat for a mayor, good taste in beer, and priorities consistent with mountain climbing, the people just know how to enjoy life. I have always thought if someone wanted to get a … [Read more...]

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I woke up in a trailer…

(A post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) It was cold the night before. The campground was filled with tons of hunters roaming (and shooting) on the landscape, and the overall wet conditions prompted us to look for shelter. The RV shelter in the campground had a little trailer … [Read more...]

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The trail of tipped bikes

(a post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) It rained all night long. In the morning, I put all my heavy motorcycle gear on under the boughs of a tree. This was an attempt to minimize how wet I would actually be when I was finally riding down the road. Even though I had heated gear, it was cold. … [Read more...]

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Blogging by headlamp on the Denali Highway

(a post-trip blog) The Denali Highway was the first road access to Denali National Park and opened in 1957. Less than 15 years later, a major paved highway would eliminate the need for this 135 mile dirt road. Today, it serves as access to valleys and mountains along with three large river … [Read more...]

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Carved by the tires of other travelers

(Belated post - catch-up) We left Eagle Plains not sure if Michael still had a job. We had built in four days extra in case the road was difficult, and we ended up being on the road an extra six days! If you are going to do this road, make sure you have wiggle room in case it goes south. Even so, … [Read more...]

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Mozzies, lorries, backhoes and bulldozers

*Pictures to come later Back in Fort McPherson… We were hopeful. We woke up to the news that the road was finally open. Now the pressure was on the ferry men to get the boat going. We could see the traffic starting to stack up on the other side of the banks. This was wonderful! The banks had … [Read more...]

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FM4

We spent the day watching the ferry men ram the log-jam with the ferry. We think, but are not entirely sure, that the road may be repaired by tomorrow. Dave the trucker called Eagle Plains and learned that the culvert was salvageable. They had the culvert in place and stabilized with wood by … [Read more...]