I woke up refreshed today. I think being exhausted and the great location helped. The log cabin was comfortable and quiet. The conversation with the owner over breakfast was nice too. She explained one of the terms the Alaskans use “outside”
No, it’s not walking out your front door into that big room with the blue ceiling and mostly green carpet (except Alberta lol). Outside for Alaskans means going to the “lower 48”.
It mostly makes sense because you have to go outside the country, through Canada, to get back into the US. I was happy she explained that phrase as later in the day it came up. As in “Every summer I like to take a trip outside for a couple weeks.” It could be confusing if you didn’t know. Now you learned something. lol.
The ride from Tok to Fairbanks was short – 200 miles. The wind was blowing very strongly, but I was fortunate it was behind me the whole way. It raised up some strong dust storms in the middle. You couldn’t see more than a 1/2 mile down the road at times. At one point, the GPS noted a lake to my left, but all I saw was tan sand.
About 100 miles from Tok is Delta Junction. Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway 1422 miles from Dawson Creek. I was happy to see the sign. I’m glad to have made it.
When I got to Fairbanks, I went straight to Thunder Road.
It was one of the shops Richard found that had a tire for me. They have a whole bay dedicated to tires. They also try and squeeze in travellers as often as possible to get them back on the road quickly. I waited for about 15 minutes before they started on my bike, and I just showed up. Good service. I ended up buying a ME880 for more than I wanted to pay, but when you need a tire, you need a tire.
My rear tire was showing the cords, so it was past due in my book.
This was the first chance I had to change it. As I mentioned yesterday, I would use the Q2s again, but have one waiting for me. While at the shop, I noticed my oil wasn’t at the full line anymore, so I added about 400mL. It is an acceptable amount considering I rode 4,000 miles. I would visit Thunder Road again. If you need a tire in Fairbanks, check them out.
Randy removing my tire. I want his machine!
Computer balancing in just a few seconds.
It is nice to have a fresh tire. It has a different tread than the Q2, and I think I can feel the difference.
It feels likely rougher, more bumpy. It may just be the tire I have has tread now. hehe
When I was at Thunder Road, I realized I missed a great opportunity today.
No, not going to North Pole, AK.
But getting a photo for my SV650 crossing over 40,000 miles!
Tomorrow, I get to meet Richard. I’m looking forward to it.
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