Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Adventure Continues

Yesterday, Dom aka Charlie6 from redlegsrides.blogspot.com, took his Ural down to Jon at Frozen Motorworks for installation or warranty replacement engine parts. This morning, he carefully packed his rig to continue on his Alaskan adventure in really marginal weather. At least he opted to head south to Los Anchorage rather than north to the land with no cell service.

Bridget came out to the garage and asked me how I managed to ride down to California last year without all the carrying capacity of a sidecar rig. There are truly a lot of spares, tools and supplies fitted into the sidecar.

 

Of course everyone had to get a turn trying out the drivers seat as who knows when the opportunity might arrise. It'll be a while before he can reach the pedals or even the handle bars.

 

Even Bridget took a turn trying it out for size. She mentioned that maybe with this she'd be able to pass the motorcycle test since she didn't need to touch the ground nor lean. Dom took a family photo with most of the family around his rig (including the two noisy dogs) and Bridget said that it was kind of sad and felt like a family member was getting ready to leave.

All good things must come to an end. Dom is getting ready to take off after showing off one of the biggest selling features of a Ural, i.e. reverse. The temperature was still feeling very cold and wet. Last time I looked at his Spot tracker, he had made it past Cantwell and was well into Denali State Park. Hopefully, the clouds will clear a bit to get some good photos. He commented that there was nothing really scenic in Fairbanks, or at least no mountains where he could pose Valencia. The pile of ice from the driveway doesn't really qualify and I now have a second opinion when I say that there isn't much to photograph around Fairbanks.

14 comments:

VStar Lady said...

Richard, Dom was so lucky to be stranded with such a gracious host. Glad he has a spot-tracker (thanks for updating us.)
I loved this post ... being able to 'meet' Bridget (Hi Bridget) and the little rider both.

Dar said...

Nice post! Spot trackers are a good thing to my way of thinking. I saw a lovely sidecar rig today, still wanting one. Tell Bridget it's just practice and she will get the hang of stopping & leaning.

RichardM said...

I don't know how lucky he felt with all of the noise and activity that seems to be typical. But it was great to have him around.

RichardM said...

The Spot trackers are a great for others to follow along. I like them though the annual subscription is a bit expensive, especially if you get the tracking option (which is worth it!).

SonjaM said...

It must almost feel like you send a family member on his way, and it sounds like you want to go with...

I am glad for Dom that he found so generous hosts, he probably got stranded in the best part of Alaska, scenic or not ;-)

Trobairitz said...

Your family is such a good host Richard. It sounds as though Dom is now an honorary family member for sure.

Same travels Dom.

BeemerGirl said...

Awww...gonna be missing the morning coffee break with the Airhead guys. Was Bridget's comment a backhanded insult to Dom? Or a compliment to you. ;-) hehe

RichardM said...

I would have loved to have went with him but there's always seem to be this "work" thing...

RichardM said...

I must admit that Dom really felt like family, except for the fact that he voluntarily did chores around the house that he thought needed to be done. None of the kids were ever like that....

RichardM said...

I think it was a kindhearted kidding since Dom mentioned several times that he was accumulating more stuff every day as stuff seems to accumulate to fill available space. This is a generalization of Parkinson's Law - "The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource."

Keith - Circle Blue said...

I agree with the above comment about Dom being very lucky to have been stranded where he was. If you got to be stranded being stranded with friendly natives is a very good thing.

You brought a smile to my face with the comment about him voluntarily doing chores. Almost family anyway.
~k

RichardM said...

Better not to be stranded at all but I hope it wasn't too bad hanging around here while waiting for parts. After he left, I got a few phone calls asking if he had left since he didn't show up for coffee.

Unknown said...

Richard:

It was the best place to be "stranded" with his new adopted family. Can't wait until some of us can also ride up there and be stranded too

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

So when are you coming up? I think that my bike needs to be cleaned...