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Alaska to South America: Two Moto Kiwis (page 3)

Leslie had a go...
Dicon sorta had a go...
Then the camera had a go
We were also generously donated 4 Goose eggs to have for breaky as a New Zealanders welcoming present by Nancy the camp host...too cool. A great night really, without TV .... just food, wine, fire, photos and sleep.

King Mountain Camp to Valdez

Saturday 26th May

Saturday morning dawned gray, we packed up almost dry and continued on our way toward Valdez .... mum nature decided we all needed a shower .... boy did it rain and it dropped to 32 Fahrenheit or ZERO in the metric world, at that time I thought we had better take off our shorts and carry on in our riding trousers.

On the way Kiwi decided it was too fookin' cold behind the screen and jumped off, a dumb idea at 70 miles an hour, I turned around went back and picked him up, he was breathing but was hyperthermic, things were serious.

So a stop at Glennallen for bike and human fuel, hot coffee and food ... life saver... and time for Kiwi to dry out. See the stain he left on the seat!
We also turned off to Copper Centre to the newly burnt down building. That was not a good thing to see and sad for the owners who ARE rebuilding.

As we headed to Valdez the weather came and went, this time with mum nature offering views of snowy mountains and beautiful glaciers, it was still fookin' cold but looking out the window made it very worthwhile. Thompsons Pass being quite spectacular.

Upon arriving at Valdez we were greeted by heavy rain and just above freezing temperatures. So the weather had improved quite a bit. We faffed around looking at a campsite at which the cost seemed more comparable to purchasing the site rather than just staying there the night so we went outa town to the Airport campground.

Upon arriving at Valdez we were greeted by heavy rain and just above freezing temperatures. So the weather had improved quite a bit. We faffed around looking at a campsite at which the cost seemed more comparable to purchasing the site rather than just staying there the night so we went outa town to the Airport campground.

Valdez to Kennicott

Sunday 27th May

Sunday morning Ellen went for a run and was confronted by a Brown bear, she stood still, the bear eyed her up and down for about 20 seconds and must've decided he didn’t wanna eat Chinese for breakfast and took off into the bushes. I am grateful for that as I don’t know how to change our ride report to “One Moto Kiwi.”

The day started as a gray day (surprise) and was not wet, then turned to shit BIG time as we were packing up so everything got wet (again). We shot back to town to tank up and go to a shop which was closed. So we left Valdez, a little disappointing we couldn't see Valdez in all her glory because of the weather, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

The assault on Thompsons Pass turned out to be an assault on us, as we climbed to the summit the rain turned to snow (again) ... this is now becoming the norm for us so we stopped to take photos, saweeet .. met another BMW rider at the summit with an unhappy wife as she did not see the funny side of the snow or freezing temperatures, just as well we were not wearing our shorts or she might've thought we were weird.

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