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garryk6

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Well, as I mentioned to the folks over on the Avion thread, my son has been bugging me all week that he wanted to go camping and take the ATV's out to our favorite little beach here on Kodiak Island Alaska. Problem has been weather has been 20-30F with winds 25 to 55 mph for quite some time. Well, Thursday afternoon the wind settled to a mere 15 to 25 mph with occasional gusts to 30, so it was time to attempt to load the camper on to the truck.

SO said son assisted me crank up the 1966 Avion, got it loaded without incident, and then began loading the other goodies in. Then Friday afternoon I got off work a little early, fueled up, went home hooked on to the ATV trailer pulled up in front of the house and began loading ATV's, food and sundries for our overnight-er. He called his friend who came over as we were wrapping up the load-out. Got all the bikes gassed up, cinched up the torsion bars as I had been warned of lots of ice on the roads and lots of big frost heaves. Also strapped to the trailer our latest camping acquisition, a Honda EU2000i. Since I have added a forced air 12,000btu furnace, and with the weather as cold as it has been, i knew that my single group 27 180AH wet cell would be sorely tasked.

Once loaded up, we began the normal one hour drive From Kodiak "city" to Roslyn Creek. This is about a 55 to 60 mile drive. I had queried a coworker that lives less than a mile from the beach how the roads were, and he said that the ice was bad and the frost heaves were worse. He was right!

About half way out we stopped to let traffic by and gave me chance to snap off a few pics.

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As you can see, there is ice around and some snow. I am running 19.5 studded snow tires, trailer has brakes on both axles, but just load range E trailer tires, non-studded.

All the way out we were seeing deer on the road, off the road, on the beach etc.

Here is one out on the beach,

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As we got closer to our camping area the frost heaves that were so bad that we were in second gear on the ZF-6 and doing 15-25mph gave way to solid sheets of ice...

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Two hours later we arrived at the beach and it was absolutely beautiful!!

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Thats all the pics for Friday Night! Next Post will have the next days!!

Garry


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Gorgeous!!!


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Very Nice!

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Wow! Thank you for sharing.


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LADIES and GENTLEMEN! Start your engines! Spring is here!

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Thanks for whetting my appetite. We are headed your way in May this year.


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Thank you for the trip report. Alaska is on my bucket list.


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Thank you for posting


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Posted: 03/21/17 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting your adventure and pics !

I do not think I've ever saw a deer on a beach......ever !


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I have a reservation for the first week in June for Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge. Dreaming of big fish and beautiful scenery.


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