We headed out from Maple Ridge to Shelton, Washington on Sunday morning, Nov. 6th with our goal to be at the Gerbing’s Headquarters on Monday, Nov. 7th. The whole purpose of the trip was to get to Gerbing’s, trade in our old liners for their new micro-wire liners and to deal with some warranty items like our Y connectors. So, we decided to make a trip out of this and carry it over 2 nights. We are trying to get away on the bikes every 5 weeks for fun rather than just commuting.
The Utah Backcountry Discovery Route, or UTBDR, is a scenic driving route across the state of Utah, from Arizona to Idaho, for dual-sport adventure motorcycles and 4×4 vehicles. This 1000 mile long south-north route uses mostly un-paved backroads and will pass through a number of iconic locations including Moab, Valley of the Gods, the Abajo and La Sal Mountain Ranges, Nine Mile Canyon, and the northern Wasatch Mountains.
Backcountry Discovery Routes HERE
Some sections they refer to being as technical look ridiculously technical for big bikes but in a fun way.
Just made a short video showing the last few days of our Cross Country trip last year on our Beemers. We were doing our best to avoid heading home. Interesting though we got home August 11th 2010 last year and this year we ended on august 11th, 2011. That was not planned.
Last years trip was 26 days with riding for 23. We saw 17 States, 5 provinces and did about 11870 KM. This year we were away for 44 days, rode for about 37 and did almost 14,000 KM.
Loon Bay right outside 100 Mile House BC, Our pit stop for 3 nights before heading home!
The cutest BUTT there is!
We loved this little cabin!
THAT’S A WRAP FOR OUR SUMMER ADVENTURE 2011
Most likely will be starting a new BLOG just about our motorcycle travels in general and no matter what bikes we own that will be our BLOG from now on. Feel free to leave a comment if anyone thinks this is a good idea.
Really like this picture
Cheryl and her Sour Toe Cocktail certificate from the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City
Look at what Cheryl is looking at……too cute this little squirrel was
The Dempster Storm
The Truck that stopped to tell us a motorcycle dude died the day before
Happy to be back on pavement after the ride out of the Dempster
Scott, Kristine and John, our Dempster Buds!
One of many baths
The toe in the Sour Toe Cocktail! Ewwwwwwwwwwww
To be Continued!
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!
I have been asked where are the older posts?
Depending on your web browser you can search the archives or find the calendar on the Home Page and click on the highlighted dates. I posted almost everyday and the BLOG started in April. So, just FYI for those who have emailed me and asked, I thought I would just put it out there that all previous posts links with all the pictures etc can be found on our Home page by looking at the Archive months or by scrolling down to the end of the page to the calendar and take it from there.
Hopefully this makes sense and helps those out that are having issues with navigating this BLOG. Any questions or comments please feel to post them here to help others out as well. Thanks! Advgrrls
As someone pointed out on the ADV Rider forum
44 Days – we also had free lodging in Anchorage for 4 nights so that brings us down to actually 40 days of riding.
Gas and Lodging
$2447 + $1664 = $4111 / 44 days =$93.43 per day / 2 people = $46.71 a day per person
And to add
Groceries, including food, snacks, beer etc…
Ferries, flight over McKinley and other side track adventures
Total for 2 of us
We thought it was going to be much higher.
Total for 44 days is: $2447
This can be done for way less if we camped more. The weather did not cooperate in the way we like to camp. Rain does not fair well with us sleeping outside. We had to remind ourselves this was our vacation too, an easy way to justify a motel. Anyone doing this trip can probably save about $600 if lodging choices were more frugal. Gas costs coming up.
Here are some stats, over 220,000 Facebook views of our page, over 180,000 hits to our ride report on the ADV forum and almost 37,000 unique hits to our BLOG. We are really short of our goal. $5 for half of these folks would be HUGE. Think about it and learn how to donate right here on our BLOG under the ACT page.
Thanks so much for everyone’s support and great comments!
August 16th 2011
We went to Western Powersports in Langley to pick up our bikes this morning. Funny thing is the manager did not know we were coming. Communication issues we guess. I tried to inform the dealer what we thought needed to be looked at and more about the stalling concerns. So, hopefully while the Tigers are at the dealer Triumph will want them to break down the bikes, see what got worn, fix the stalling, and then service them etc.
I am not too optimistic that the bikes will be returning to our house but I have been surprised in the past. I mean, Triumph did loan them to us in the first place right?
In any case, we are back on our Beemers and in the end we are just happy we have bikes to ride. We would love to continue to ride the Tigers because after we rode our BMW’s home it was clear the road comfort and size of the Tigers appeals to us more now than ever. As Cheryl says in this video you are about to watch, “we have outgrown our 650′s.” Not about brand or who is better, about class of bike, size, power and comfort.
***Maybe I will video and take pictures of our BMW pick up day! After all, this is still part of the post report isn’t it?***
It is unknown if we will become the owners of the Tigers we rode for 44 days. They will be dropped off at Western Powersports in Langley, BC so the bikes can be looked over, hopefully get the stalling issues rectified and maybe Triumph might even learn a thing or two as to how the bikes really held up throughout our adventure.
I hope they can check things like the chains, sprockets, cables, our air filters most likely are quite dirty again, fluids (all seems OK), wear and tear in general.
We hope by the end of the week there will be a better understanding of the cost to us if we were to buy these bikes. The offer has to be a good one because the cost of this trip overall was high but well worth it.
Anyone thinking of traveling to the north need to be prepared for high prices for gas, food and some lodging options where there are no options. For instance if you ride the Dempster or Dalton your choices are slim to none for safe housing and that comes at a cost. We will be posting our expenses soon, but by all means many can do this trip a lot cheaper than we did. Due to the weather being so wet we did not camp as much as we wanted to. Having said that many would have just sucked it up and set up outside anyways.
So, hopefully we will get our BMW bikes back today and only time will tell if Cheryl & Leslie will own the Tigers which we found to be just a great all around bike.
First picture of us after we arrived Deadhorse at the end of the Dalton Highway. Picture was taken by Ray Jardine, our new friend from the road. Ray is a well known inventor of the rock climbing tool called the “Friend”. Google his name, great adventurer and neat guy.