Posted by dkopach | Posted in Fun Stuff | Posted on 07-06-2013
One of my jobs here at K and G Cycles is to find interesting content to share with all of our motorcycle enthusiast friends. I recently asked our Facebook friends if there was anybody planning an extended, interesting trip this riding season who would like to have it shared via K and G Cycles Facebook Page , our Metric Blog, our V-Twin Blog, Google+, and Twitter. I sought individuals from the Metric World as well as The V-Twin World and received a few handfuls of submissions. I sifted through those and chose what I felt was the most interesting of them. After contacting these individuals, I learned more about their pending trips and collectively we decided how to pass the the experience onto you, our friends. As often as possible, both adventurers will report to me with a briefing of the days travels, any pictures taken that day, and give road reviews of campgrounds, motels, hotels, and any eating establishments patronized along the way.
The Metric Team consists of Greg Turp, his wife Melanie, and their Mobile Security Detail: Gypsy the Puggle. Heading out from Yuma, AZ this team’s ultimate goal is The Arctic Circle. The Ride is in fact a Fund Raiser for The Eldridge Childrens Home in Eldridge, AL. Expecting to take approximately 6 weeks and cover almost 13,000 miles, this should prove to be an interesting read.
First Check -in Thursday 6/6/13 9;20 P.M.
Wednesday 6/5/13 – In April my wife Melanie, our Puggle Gypsy, and I began the first leg of Fund Raising Tour for Eldridge Children’s Home in Eldridge, AL. After returning to Yuma, AZ we prepped for our June 4th departure date. During that time, we were contacted by Don at K and G Cycles about chronicling our ride, an exciting prospect that we agreed to. As we embarked on our trip to the Arctic Circle we were already experiencing the large range of temps we were due to encounter. Our hope was to head out of Arizona and into cooler weather, however by the time we had traveled north of Las Vegas the mercury had risen to 104° and it was only 11 A.M. The bright side is the day was clear and as we reached higher elevations the temperature had dropped to a comfortable 82°. We decided to make camp for the night at The KOA in Beaver, UT making our first day 540mi long. We love to camp, especially while traveling on the motorcycle because it allows us to meet many different people and here tales of the road. Point in case, about an hour after we set camp, an old H-D Panhead Chopper pulls into camp and we strike up a conversation exchanging stories from the road. It turns out in his many years of riding, he has had many great journey’s into Alaska via The Alaska Marine Highway and offered some great tips on camping in The Last Great Frontier – Alaska.
Thursday 6/6/13 – Rise and Shine! Another beautiful morning, 46° here. We decided stay in the area and take in some of the local sites. Heading out UT 12 to Bryce Canyon National Park, one of my all time favorite parks, we prepared to have our senses overloaded from the amazing display of colors that seem to blend together to create a huge work of art. Catching up to UT 148/143 we then traveled through Cedar Breaks National Monument and found ourselves sitting at 10,500 ft with some snow still in the shadows. This beautiful detour had us clocking another 242 miles.
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Well I am happy to report we have another report from the road. It looks like Team Turp is really putting the miles behind them.
Friday 6/7/13 – What a great way to start the day, beautiful clear blue skies and 59°. We are heading to Pocatello, ID today to meet up with a friend and discuss plans on working in town in July. Ugh! What a crazy ride thru the Salt Lake City interstate corridor for about 50 miles. Not exactly my favorite part of the ride, but then again I don’t do cities too well. Pulling into Pocatello I noticed that the trailer lights are out. Not a tough fix, it ends up being a short on the frame of the bike. After it is fixed its time for something to eat at Texas Road House for salmon for me and ribs for Melanie, and a couple if bones for Gypsy. All in all it was a very good 360 miles.
Sat 6/8/13 – We head out for Helen, MT for a couple days with Melanie’s sister. The day is a ditto day and we take I-15 north which is a great ride as far as interstates go, great scenery, elevation changes, sweeping curves, and very little traffic. If you are going to travel by Interstate, this is the one to hit. 320 miles for the day and relaxation tomorrow. It will be a good weekend.
Also, for those interested, you can follow my trip is being tracked using SPOT. Real time, 10 minute interval updates can be seen by clicking this link http://www.wandrrmotorcycletours.com/Eldridge-Ride.html and then selecting the current segment of the trip. You will look for the 6/1/13 – 9/12/13 leg of the trip.
Stay tuned for more reports from the road and more pictures of our travels. See ya soon………
Mon 6/10/13 – The visit with family is done. We get started fairly early to a beautiful sky and temps in the upper 40′s, hop on I-90 west, and another great interstate ride headed to Coeur d’Alene. We follow the Coeur d’Alene river as it crosses our path several times on our route. A quick stop at the famous 50000 Silver Dollar Bar to check it out. Really just allowing a good stretch and not much more. After arriving in Coeur d’Alene we head for the beach and park area downtown, the city’s public area, and much to our dismay Gypsy is not welcome, “No Pets Allowed” signs all over the place. Time to go and see our friends. Miles today, 300.
Tuesday 6/11/13 – The bike is loaded with the promise of another fantastic day of riding ahead. Getting out of town is easy and we make our way north toward Canada on ID 95, which is a good road that is becoming better with less traffic as he head north. The scenery is great and we are on high alert looking for large animals,(large meaning Moose, Elk, and Bear) but not a one. We stop just south of the border at a little general store / restaurant about 5 miles from the border. The female proprietor of the store tells a story of how the government border enforcement agency is harassing the American citizens in the area by coming onto their property and telling them to spend LESS time outdoors. On THEIR own property. UNBELIEVABLE. We head out for one of the easiest border crossing we have ever encountered. We declare everything, including the shotgun we brought for personal protection, and within 10 mins, after filing our paperwork and paying the $25 fee, we are on our way. The ride continues on 95 and the Canadian Rockies are absolutely majestic. Within 10 minutes we have spotted an elk and a mountain goat, at least we know where the animals are. As we head toward Fort MacLeod over Crowsnest Pass the weather starts to change, cold and cloudy, the start of what’s ahead for the next several days. We spend the night at the Red Coat Inn with weak WiFi, but good rates. A couple of motorcycle club guys pull in on their H-D’s and don’t seem to notice I said Hi when they parked next to me. What can I say.
Wed 6/12/13 – Our luck with the good weather has ended, at least for now. Woke to cold and rainy conditions this morning. We are on the road to Calgary to Blackfoot Motorsports for a new front tire installation. I have the tires with me and, if I take off the front tire, it can be done immediately. If not we wait as all the lifts have bikes on them. The front tire gets changed quickly and we are back on the road! The weather is turning bad with swirling winds and threatening rains – yikes. We are heading north as one of our favorite roads, the Icelands Parkway thru Banff is predicting snow. By the time we arrive in Red Deer the skies are ugly with gusting winds, and a Motel 6 (no charge for Gypsy) looks good right about now. On the news that night it shows snow in the mountains, temps in the 20′s, and tornados touching down to the north. Some great pizza for supper and a rainy night. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
Stay Tuned and play the daily pool to see how often Gypsy will be denied Lodging. Also find out exactly what Melanie has going through her mind…..
Friday 6/14/13 – Well, another day of bad weather on the Iceland Parkway from Banff to Jasper kept us grounded again. Friday morning rolled around and we decided to ditch the parkway ride this time. We rode it about 3 years ago, and if you ever get the chance to ride it, I highly recommend you do.The scenery is great, the riding is easy, and hot springs, glaciers, beautiful lakes, are all there. We headed to Rocky Mountain Home in the rain and then turned north toward the east aide of Edmonton, Alberta Beach, to visit with some friends. Good conversation, wonderful food, music, and a GOOD scotch are on the agenda tonight.
Saturday 6/15/13 – Today was more of the same with wind, rain, and cold. Could somebody please let Canada know it is nearly summer? We toured the lake and stopped to see a guy who has made saddles for Professional Rodeos for over 50 years. His son has the business now. His name was Less Ertman of Less Ertman’s Saddle Shop in Onoway, Alberta. This was some of the finest hand worked leather tooling I have ever seen. His saddles can sell for as much as $5500, and are worth every penny. Tomorrow we will leave to head north towards Dawson Creek, come hell or high water, and by the way it’s raining…
Stay tuned to see if Team Turp will endure any High Water crossings or if the sun will shine anytime soon.
Sunday 6/16/13 – We decided to brave the rain early Sunday morning and leave Alberta Beach. We put Gypsy’s new rain cover on and hit the road. We are always looking for unique places and usually find them. Today we stumbled onto a giant beaver – Another great Photo op! Of course this one was in front of Beaver Lodge. The weather is clearing by the time we reach Dawson City – YEAH! One of our Must Stops is Mile Marker “0″ on the AlCan Highway. We stop at the visitor center and as usual, we seem to have several curious passersby asking about our bike and Gypsy. She gets her picture taken A LOT. Fort St. John is the goal for today. Still keeping a vigilant eye for wildlife, riding on the back gives me lots of opportunity for enjoying the scenery. I get to point out things Greg would miss having to keep his focus on riding the bike. We have decided to set up camp at Charles Lake and find a Rotary Campground next to the lake. Luckily, we have a Pub within walking distance so after setting up, we head over for a burger and beer, Ahhh!. Fathers Day started a little chilly but ended with a glorious sunset albeit at 10:15 pm.
Monday 6/17/13 – Sunrise came quickly at 4:15 A.M. but we were ready for another great day of riding. While breaking camp, a woman from Alaska walked by and couldn’t help but stop to ask where we are headed, we oblidged and informed her. Pulling out early, we stop for breakfast at Shepards Inn. Great home cooking and friendly people. As we travel onward, We pass LOTS of RV’s and see several motorcycles. We seem to play hopscotch most of the day. We are starting to climb and the scenery is improving with each and every mile. We catch sight of a Grizzly off the road, thankfully a long way off. Next we see a Momma Black Bear and 2 Cubs right in the road ditch. Seems our drought in wildlife has ended. Later in the afternoon we hit Summit Lake and see Big Horn Sheep sitting high on the rocky cliffs. We are exposed to some absolutely breathtaking country. Some of the prettiest so far. I love being free from the worries of driving and really get to enjoy the entire experience. The sights and smells on a motorcycle with a 360 degree view is unbeatable by car. Tonight we have a cabin on the Toad River that has agreed to let Gypsy stay. Unfortunately, it’s raining again. Sunshine would be much appreciated.
Well it looks as if people are becoming more accepting of Gypsy, she hasn’t been denied access for a few days now. Greg and Melanie seem to be racking up the miles, and getting closer to their goal everyday. Stay tuned as K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) continues to bring you reports from “Team Turp” as they pour in.