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Peter Pan
Posted 7/16/2013 8:49 PM (#72810 - in reply to #72389)
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together with Keith Birkhofer and his 2 grandsons we made a nice trip into the forests
So Austin and Connor, what were the lessons of the day?

in each and every thing you do make it that way that you can be sure that in ten years you will be able to be proud about it still.

We met this Gentleman on his way to the doctor on his 1989 ural. best luck.

Silverdale became our stay for the night, although i would have prefered Allyn.


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Peter Pan
Posted 7/18/2013 11:21 AM (#72837 - in reply to #72389)
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nice ferry beautiful suburb gardens and excellent dinner made the day in the edmonton surrounding.
i would have loved to say the same thing of the Boeing factory visit and the exhibition future of flight.
i guess people were more observing our rig and me pushing the rig during the traffic jam for to cross the I5 then what caught attention at the factory visit. the building dimentions were impressive. i still ask myself where is the crane structure hidden the longitudinal roler beams were way heavier then the support and load capacities. the rest run through a service tunnel. information zero. photos zero. although there was a fuel cell electric plane in exhibition.
by the way very few persons are aware that fuel cells are a german patent from 1927 and hadbeen used in submarines in ww2, but were locked up under us military secret until late 1987.
in 1952 a former submarine officer converted his bmw r25 into an electric model run by a fuel cell pakage.
perhaps oldtimer markt has a search option in its internet page for to find the article about it
another bmw r25 modified by its owner had hydraulic final drive and abs in the 50tees.

Today lets go to the flight restauration museum where we arrved too late yesterday

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Keith Birkhofer
Posted 7/19/2013 8:06 PM (#72871 - in reply to #72810)
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It was a great day riding with Sven and Thomas in the Capital Forest west of Olympia. Beautiful views, nice roads and lessons learned by my grandsons. They loved it!!!
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Peter Pan
Posted 7/21/2013 1:58 PM (#72902 - in reply to #72389)
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things are writen:
in bellingham we asked at the ferry if there would be space on some ferry north. an hour later we were embarking for Haines. in the friday afternoon traffic we wouldn't have made it to the ural distributor.
so next station probably Anchorage??? for oil filters.
best wishes to everybody from Ketchikan Alaska the whimpy way.
question is: may we find a mast and sail for to get south?
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Posted 7/23/2013 3:01 PM (#72949 - in reply to #72389)
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This is Steve and Marcy we met you the 4th of July .
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Reardan Tom
Posted 7/23/2013 3:37 PM (#72950 - in reply to #72389)
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I'm reading an excellent book by a lady from Haines right now. "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Linde. They own the hardware store there and she works for the newspaper. A fine, fine read!!
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Peter Pan
Posted 7/24/2013 1:05 PM (#72968 - in reply to #72389)
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got it. we are having breakfast in Tok, Alaska.
tough jumpy roads in yukon,though. you cannot get lost. main road and thats it.
Thomas and Sven
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Posted 7/24/2013 3:36 PM (#72974 - in reply to #72389)
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The adventure of a lifetime!!
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Peter Pan
Posted 7/25/2013 3:56 AM (#72982 - in reply to #72389)
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today in the morning after filling up gas we left tok like in a mechanical reaction afte 22km straight( absolutly straight) whe we started up hill Thomas shouted stop we are wrong
in deed we headed west in stead of south
all back and again 22km straight before the first bend came.
all day long until Palmer we discovered one landscape more impresive then the other.
to me most admirable was the former river crossing east of gakona. to make that with a waggon pulled by horses through this wild river is hair rising. one thing is to have seen the films and read the books of Jack London. a totaly other story is to travel through these vast landscapes without people. Thomas just jokes. there seem to be more tourists then habitants. roads are "crowded" with campers and motorcyclists.



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Peter Pan
Posted 7/25/2013 12:10 PM (#72988 - in reply to #72389)
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palmer alaska a new day with a bunch of tasks to fullfil, here we go.
i am intereested in the mechanics diagnosis at the ural agency.



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Keith Birkhofer
Posted 7/26/2013 1:53 PM (#73017 - in reply to #72389)
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Hi Sven and Thomas,
Glad you are having such an amazing time. Pictures are great. Take care and be safe.
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Peter Pan
Posted 7/28/2013 4:17 PM (#73045 - in reply to #72389)
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kenai halfisle for today after taking out and back the diferential half a dozend times. Mickey the anchorage distributor is a great person and there should be many more arround like him. i am very greatful for his fast and generous help.
the oportunity to camp at H-D is a very nice sign and permits to meet excellent people.
here we go again
thomas and sven
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Peter Pan
Posted 7/31/2013 5:40 AM (#73093 - in reply to #72389)
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visit fairbanks for a banana split at "hot licks"
great excuse !!!!

in honour of Don Mickey we should baptize to rig "Miss Sophie Travelair"
chears Miss Sophie
sven

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Posted 8/3/2013 3:43 AM (#73171 - in reply to #72389)
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we baptized Sofy Travelair on the actic circle with a bottle of champain.
and have to hurry now down to salem in 11 days.
yesterday night we spent shoveling sand to stop an asphalt spill on the dalton highway caused by a truck that brooke into 2 parts. thanks God the driver survived with only a few bruises. but strange behaviour. his collegues left him allone. as the accident was severe and he still could get a shock we staid with him until another driver change with us hours later. the rescue team never appeared on the whole trip through the night and permafrost areas til fairbanks
what we met was a real oversize transport. some industrial equipment 12m wide and 5m or more tall.


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Posted 8/3/2013 3:55 AM (#73172 - in reply to #72389)
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we baptized Sofy Travelair on the actic circle with a bottle of champain.
and have to hurry now down to salem in 11 days.
yesterday night we spent shoveling sand to stop an asphalt spill on the dalton highay caused by a truck that broke into 2 parts. thanks God the driver survived with only a few bruises. but strange behaviour. his collegues left him allone and the rescue team didn't show up in hours. so we staid until another driver stoped at something like 01;15
night driving in permafrost area is fascinating temperature jumps from 1 to 23 deg celsius and the sun is just below the horizont.
a 12 m wide oversize transport didnt get us to sleep until 4am.

today we pass the night together with the globe busters in the the same motel.
small world. www.globebusters.com
one of their mechanics once insisted on that he became sick because of the water of a green coconut, rubbish to put nonsens like that in discovery channel

ps : accourding to me the rigs name should have been written as Sophie, but on the baptize certificate it tells Sofy

1983 i had been the first time nearly as close to the north pole, if i remember right only 30km less. i will have to confirm with a map


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Posted 8/12/2013 3:07 AM (#73377 - in reply to #72389)
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writing posts on an ipod is just nasty, i mix up everything when there is a interruption or the batery goes flat

many things happened meanwhile:
today our oregon trip permit finishes at midnight, but in hazelton british columbia we got an extention.
our tripwent over chicken to the canadian border where we arrived three minutes before gate closing

a few minutes later we met our lucky angels David and Felixa from vancouver, who became our protectors for the next week and we met minimum a dozen times and each time they gave us great tips or had a cup of tee ready.
they presented us on the camping place to Garry a firefighter from ontario who just had a lot of technical troubles with his ural patrol, he had been stuck in dawson city for nearly a week.
on our way to whitehorse we found a badly hurt black bear cub who should have been sacrified inmediately. but what to do? without weapon, mother bear probably behind the bushes and you youself with you own cub. an indian lady later called the police when she got telephone signal again.
whitehorse: we met again the english globetrotters
made inspection at the motorcycle center and could not leave the town for two days
each time we intented to leave the engine starved.
we got transparent snow mobile gasoline hoses and clamps. still didn't work out / had to drain the tank for to open the gasoline valve. and now i finaly found the reason why the left cylinder always is hotter then the right one.
the gasoline valve's diaphragma is working like a minicarburator and so providing a continuous false air inlet that is not enough compensed by the gasoline jet.
as i pulled out the gasstation to try the repairs result Garry passed by whom we had left behind in dawsoncity two days before.
later our dear angels picked us up at a sole gas station
next day we met garry close to the continental division where he changed tires again. and again we left him allone. at the junction to the cassier highway he passed his bad luck over to us. as we passes us while we headed backward for the restaurant hundred m later the sidecar tire ran flat!!!!!
few minutes later our angels passed by for to say good by the last time
when we headed south on the cassier highway garry overtook us. the next two days we kept together untill vonderhoof and bad luck was gone.
since the our stops were lac le hache and merritt

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ever seen a cat with different eyes? this friend says he is the motels owner and guest only task is to pet him

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Posted 8/17/2013 4:44 PM (#73508 - in reply to #72389)
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Sven
Are you in Salem yet?
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Peter Pan
Posted 8/19/2013 2:59 AM (#73519 - in reply to #72389)
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just arrived sunday 18th 23:00.
thomas comment: oh what boring toget home.
11450km later. i'm interested what Jim will tell us tomorrow.
funny coincidence exactly on the parking lot at craters lake's restaurant the odometer showed 11.111km
have a pint on it
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Posted 8/19/2013 10:14 PM (#73531 - in reply to #72389)
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work day at Racewayservices, Salem Oregon and lot of telling how the trip was.
we made a long list of things to recheck, fix and change.
the new designed swing seat is a simple screw on part, just one more hole.
so far it seems to make quite a difference on rough road.

the rear bumper and first aid box screw on without any tweeking needed.
the new headlight will have to show in the night if if is better in deed.
but after yesterdays long night ride after the ride arround crater lake we went from Roseburg to Salem on the I5 full throttle so i need some sleep


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Posted 8/20/2013 2:44 AM (#73536 - in reply to #72389)
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try and error = one of the best ways to get to decent results.
i just come back from a round arround Salem airport.
the new fancy looking headlight is a bad design ( dark and short low beam only a single spot on the high beam / due to its clear lens and parrabolic mirror it might be appropiate for fog, but to drive with a short dark low beam in rain? - for an aditional light on the sidecar it would be a good option) the original works way better as i prooved these weeks, so the fancy one will go back.
but as it draws more current and was getting darker at idle revs, it showed me that generation needs to be looked at.
todays BIG improovement is the new spring saddle ( i guess its called C7 # 11547/ i'll update later)
on a rough stone patio i could go right over the holes and piles and didn't recieve any hit into the spline. all it did, was shooting me up like on a trampoline and land further back on the saddle.
that will make up even for costarricans rough back roads and the bad regular roads when some goverment will betray its own people again.
this seat is not very big nor thought for a heavy or tall person but should work for me and others with weight from 75 to max 95 kg / 165 to 209 pound, way better then the original tractor seat with its rubber block and the torture frame hidden by thin rubber. pictures will follow. for the back seat we will have to fiddle a bit more though.

the rear bumper will help to have a grip in mud games wher to get a hold to or tie a rope to.
the polished finish of the first aid box should remind car drivers to swith down their surplus lights or high beam. that is the hope, only time will tell.

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Posted 8/21/2013 2:31 AM (#73556 - in reply to #72389)
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wrenching the whole day for get Sophie Travelair ready for export. Tomorrow will be the last road trip for to check out and compare the different carburator types


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Peter Pan
Posted 8/22/2013 12:31 AM (#73562 - in reply to #72389)
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a new loop arround the block for to test the original carburators => mount Hood
very economical fuel consumption and does adapt some to elevation.
But: close to overheat the spark plugs and lack of power in mid and high rev range.

the forest fire close to The Dales is impresive and darkens the sun at noon.
highway 99E from Oregon City to Salem is more interesting then the map lets expect.





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Posted 8/22/2013 8:43 AM (#73565 - in reply to #72389)
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Highway 99 is way above I-5 in regards to scenery and usually has better (smoother) pavement. All the way south.

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Peter Pan
Posted 8/22/2013 10:54 PM (#73574 - in reply to #72389)
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we just escaped via 99E because I5 and 2..? were extremely full of cars and there we went sneeking of and had a calm drive south
today shop work and melancony that tomorrow is the last day with Sophie Travelair
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Posted 8/26/2013 6:39 PM (#73617 - in reply to #72389)
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hopefully al paperwork we did friday and saturday works out right as it should
how strange it feels to drive an automatic car after pushing Sophie Travelair for weeks.
saturday we went down the oregon coast crossed redwood forrest and enjoyed two days of twisties down "highway 1"
seems like "high" was the company that build this beauty of a road.
San Francisco we left as fast as we entered and now search for Sequoilla trees.
in one of the small oyster towns we met a triumpf with a watsoniansidecar and had a nice talk with its owner Terry.
on this windy hwy 1 i definetely would have loved to ride with the rig. it qas great fun until entering SF. where driving fun disappeared instantly until we left Fresno uphill

we got up to the park entrance above squaw valley were an irish fellow arrived on a rental harley
750 miles in one day left marks in his face.

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