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Alaska to South America: Two Moto Kiwis (page 2)

A total thrashing with the camera and poses galore we recorded our stop at Anchor Point, from there we went up to Nickolaevsk a Russian settlement with a beautiful church.

We headed back to Homer again to record our “been there done that and got the t-shirt” in front of the Homer sign .... as ya do!!

Back for a quick lunch then off to see Dean at Full Power then out to Voznesenka. However Ellen decided it was time to lay Chiwi down for a rest .. but she did this at a busy intersection much to the interest of other traffic. Kids do not try this at home!

I went back to rescue the stricken maiden and her lovely stead, my “kiwi made” crash boards have paid their way and the Barkbuster storms have probably saved us a hundy on levers already!

Only two minutes later .... take two, we pull up to Dean's shop and bang, down she goes again from car park on an angle and some bad estimating, this time Dean had the honours of righting Chiwi back to rubber side down.

After recomposing our fair maiden again and standing round in the sun having a chat, we set off to Barb and Victor's cabin then headed out to Voznesenka. At the end of the road is a groovy track down to the sea.

With Charlie on his Wing and Ellen learning her skills the hard way, I was the only one to go down. It was worth it and pretty easy but it would've been a little more than Ellen's current skill level.

After looking around we headed back for home where Ellen redeemed herself with a great feed of Tempura Hallibut.

Charles and his Food Pantry

Andi had met Charlie on the ADV forum. When we got to Anchorage, we realized he is a friend of Barb and Amy's - and other ADV riders. What a surprise!

We arrived at Charles' house in Homer in the brilliant sunshine. a moose was grazing in front of the front yard, with the snow mountain and ocean in the full view of the lounge, it felt just like at home in Wanaka - except for the moose.

Charlie took us down to the Homer spit and showed us around. Most importantly, he told us about his passion - the city food pantry.

With Charlie at the food pantry.

The food pantry is similar to the food bank in NZ. They collect donations of food and distribute to the people who have the need. There are a few volunteers working at the food pantry. Charlie picks up food from local grocery shop most days and is also on call 24 -7. They have a system, people who registered in the system pick up their food parsel every Monday afternoon. So on Monday morning, we joined Charlie and his mates sorting out all the food.

There are donuts, muffins, cakes, tin food and also lots of fruit and veges. Although the fruit and veges are not in their best condition - that's why they are donated but they are still very good. In NZ, that would be thrown out but the people in Homer sorted them out, then give to the people in need.

Sorting food.

While we were taking the rotting part of the veges out, a lady told me to put them in a separate box, because "people will pick it up for animals, nothing is going to waste from here." I was wonder how does that work because the US for me is a country people suing for anything and everything. Charlie said they do have permission from govt to do so. What a great thing to do for the community.  I think if our NZ could do the same, firstly it will help lots of people, secondly it will reduce lots of waste.

"Is there any who people abuse this system?" "Of course there is," Charlie said. The food pantry also has limited finance to support people. Charlie went and met a woman while we stayed with him, he came back not very happy. I asked how was the woman, Charlie said: "I told her not to come back to us." The woman who claimed was abused by her partner was driving a brand new rental car, but no money for fuel. Charlie went and paid for the fuel, she also wanted the receipt. Charlie said no and told her to change an affordable car as well.

Most people come to The Food Pantry are genuinely in need of help. Charlie has been working for The Food Pantry for 3 years, and seeing the number of people coming to the pantry is growing - this is his main concern. He believes America is in bad shape.

Charlie also told us his romance with a Chinese lady he met on the Internet. He even sold all his belongings and moved to China to be with her. Unfortunately, the hot weather there and the cultural difference curtailed the romance. Charlie had to return to Alaska after a few months in China. Although he didn't make his life in China, they still remain very good friends. I even talked to the lady on Skype in Chinese - Charlie asked me to tell her in Chinese that riding a motorcycle is not dangerous!

Andi spent a couple of days help Charlie to fix his Honda 1979 Gold Wings so he can go riding with us on Sunday - actually, the ride was on Saturday, Charlie messed up the day which he was most embarrassed.

Our stay in Homer had a shorter ending due to leaving on Saturday rather than the Sunday but we don't mind at all as we met a few more riders and enjoyed the trip to Hope Cafe with them. We were so lucky to be able to stay with Charlie and get to know him and his passion. He made us feel at Home(r) as our own home. We can not thank him enough. All the best for Charlie, we wish you find a good company to share your love and passion.

Trip to Valdez - King Mountain Camp

Greetings, we have been away from wifi, etc for a week and half-ish so have not been able to get back to here prior, hopefully, the following will enlighten you to the hard work and torment we have had to go through JUST so we can come back and tell you

Friday 25th May

We were originally planning to go to Prudhoe Bay with Amy and Jack however with the bike 600-mile service needing to be done, my bike still not running right and no big tank there was too much hanging in the air to confirm. (Anyway, it turned out the weather was too bad and Amy had to turn around - no-go)

So in the events that followed, my Safari tank arrived, and our bikes were serviced. However, my bike was still not running right, after a scrap with Suzuki and some stern words from Barb into appropriate ears they “found” some time to take a serious look at it to sort it out and that was Thursday night. By Friday morning, I am pleased to say, my bike now runs like Ellen's does and finally acts (almost) as it should.

Our weekend route.

The map is a little bit small, Ellen is still working on it. A - Anchorage, B - King Mountain Camping ground, C - Valdez, D - McCarthy. You got the idea.

With not being able to go to Prudhoe we took off to Valdez on Friday avo to camp at King Mountain reserve, great place, and great scenery, Dicon and Leslie left after work and soon caught us up at camp.

Ellen's new PINK Chair arrived so that seemed to be the campfire fun for the evening ... weird people!
Author of this article: Twomotokiwis