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Hoon on the loose ..... Jacqueline heads to Alaska

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Firefight911

Wonderful stuff!!!

 

Keep up the good . . . work? Nah, it ain't work! Just a labor of love!

 

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tallman

Way to go Jacqueline.

Beth sez wave.gifthumbsup.gif.

We're proud of you. clap.gif

Now...

 

 

 

 

 

 

get a job, willya. grin.gif

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doc47

Good on ya, woman!!

 

Be sure to give us all a holler when you head back to snivelization.

 

doc

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Solarguy01

Enjoying your posts very much. Only 15 days and my wife and I are making a return trip to AK- been nine years. My dad passed away last year and he and my mom rode to AK in 1956 on a 1955 Harley. 9000 miles in 3 weeks. Decided my dad needed on more trip to AK so he will be in the tank bag as we ride up there. Mom, my sister and both my kids will eventually meet up with us in Valdez. There, we will give dad his freedom from his traveling accomodations. A little fishing, some remembering and another great story of life. I am glad you are smoothing out those roads for us as our RT doesn't really like mud and s$#^. Have fun, looking forward to hearing more about your progress. You have made it alot of fun just following your adventures. Mike frown.gifwink.gifthumbsup.gifwave.gifclap.gif

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Jacqueline

I have had some time now to upload a few more pics from the past week:

 

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Members of BMWNEF at Hyder:

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Common sights on the Cassiar Highway:

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Cabin in Tok:

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Husky pups:

 

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motorman587

4 more days and it will be Motorman loose to Alaska. clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif It looks cold up there?????

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Jacqueline

Wednesday Mark and I rode over to Alaska Leather

 

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to meet Barb clap.gif and to sign a book that was talked about on ADVrider for riders coming to Alaska this summer to sign. A fun way of seeing who comes to Alaska, from where, on what, but no Barb and no book eek.gif. Barb is at a Rally in Texas, the book????? I did meet several of Barb’s employees.

 

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Mark checking out some of the goods:

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I was given this neat sticker, which I will put on my Jesse bags once I have touch them up.

 

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I’m after this look:

 

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Bil Reid’s Jesse bags.

 

 

We then rode over to the House of Harley, where I was given the nickel tour…..

 

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Yes I even got to go into the shop!

Met a lot of nice people that work there;

 

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And also some frequent visitors.

 

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Then we were across the street for something to eat at Gwennie's. It’s well known.

 

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The fun continues....... thumbsup.gif

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Jacqueline

I had heard the BMW Shop in Anchorage was hard to deal with….. I heard right. I had called them to ask about having my fork seal repaired. I was given a date three weeks out. When I asked if they might do it sooner as I was from out-of-town I was told they would call me back. They never called. Maybe they heard I was in town for a while grin.gif. So Thursday I found my way over to the Dealership to purchase the seals.

 

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I am now trying to get into a shop in Wasilla for the repair and another set of tires before I head to Dawson City in Yukon. thumbsup.gifthumbsup.gif My tires are showing wear and the road to Dawson will require better tires crazy.gif. I might have to have my pit crew (Bill and Richard) fly up here for that grin.gif.

 

 

Friday evening the House of Harley was having a Sport Bike night. I rode over with Mark and his brother Corbin

 

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both on Ducati’s, and a couple on a Busa thumbsup.gif.

 

I saw some pretty amusing riding done in the back lot that night.

 

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I’m going to see if I can get a couple of lessons….. grin.giflmao.gifthumbsup.gif (what do you think Bill and Richard D.?)

 

The Dyno Tune was a hit with all the guys as they watched a demo.

 

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And the big door prize for the evening was a certificate for a free Dyno-Tune……… you guessed it! grin.gif I won it!!!!!!!

 

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This Dealership is great they even offer free camping in its back lot ( a grassy area)(Kaneman you may want to keep that in mind.). We met these two riders from GA who were busy setting up camp for the night.

 

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They had flown in earlier in the day and picked up their rented bikes. They were excited about their adventure and discovering Alaska for a few weeks.

 

Closing time and time to put the bikes to bed.....

 

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Just another great day thumbsup.gif.

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Jacqueline

Saturday I was up early and rode over to Campbell Creek Science Center for National Trails Day thumbsup.gif.

 

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The Science Center is a wonderful place and there were plenty volunteers out cleaning up trails.

 

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Then it was to West Delaney Park for 5th Annual Alaska Oceans Festival.

 

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This young guy did not last long on this wild fish ride…..

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And wanted so much to try it grin.gif.

 

This sign was in the middle of the Festival

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and I thought it sad that two blocks away is this Reindeer….

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In this cage next to a very nice house in downtown Anchorage…… eek.gif

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REI was set up with a large 25,000 gallon pool where children were being introduced to the sport of kayaking.

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting California artist Peggy Oki.

 

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She is the person behind this amazing 5 foot high, 400 foot-long “Curtain of 30,000 Origami Whales” assembled from origami whales contributed worldwide.

 

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This exhibit had been on display earlier this week in Anchorage during the International Whaling Commission meetings. I believe this was the first time the International Whaling Commission had met on American soil…. When I rode into downtown Anchorage on Tue. I noticed all the law enforcement officers and wondered what was up. Whaling is a very hot topic with a lot of people working hard to stop Commercial Whaling so they (the Whales) will be around for many years to come.

 

This picture does not give the impact of this flag pool.

 

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This flag pool is in the Park in downtown Anchorage and is a HUGE Sitka Spruce with a globe on the top. It is very impressive and fitting for Alaska.

 

While in the park I also observed the largest kite I have ever seen.

 

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The man flying it handled it well and seems to enjoy it…as did I. Make a note if you’re coming to Anchorage bring your kite! thumbsup.gif I left mine back in Florida, so I’ll be purchasing another soon! grin.gif

 

This handsome guy is Benny!

 

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Isn’t all 165 lbs. of him beautiful? smile.gif Again these pictures do not show what a truly beautiful dog he is.

 

More to see and do .... more places to ride thumbsup.gif

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Jacqueline

This picture does not give the impact of this flag pool.

This flag pool

 

Flag Pole ! grin.gif

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Whip

Did ya use the Dyna Tune gift certificate yet????

 

Those Harley guys are not Mountain men...don't let em fool ya.

 

I want to meet Benny.....He reminds me of Jay.

 

I love all the pix.

 

I look forward to the next set.

 

Whip

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RichEdwards

All of your Florida buddies continue to enjoy sharing your adventure. Keep the pictures/tales coming. lurker.gif

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TampaJim

You do meet the nicest people in Harley shops. I've gone into about a dozen since I purchased one and they all treat you great.

 

Ride safe and thanks for sharing your journey.

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Jacqueline

The gift certificate I gave to Mark. You know what I pain I can be grin.gif, so I thought I'd better be nice to him since I'm here for a while cool.gif.

 

Yes, Benny does remind me of Jay also..... two beautiful hunks!!!! thumbsup.gif..... I need to get a dog.......

But I am spending time with his guy.....

Comet

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(he's on the car dash)

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BULLman

Trip seems to get better all the time!

 

 

 

 

...and its only the begining of June lmao.giflmao.giflmao.giflmao.giflmao.giflmao.gif

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Richard_D

Jacqueline, Quite often a very small piece of dirt can be what is making your fork seal leak. Maybe you can find help from a friend up there and use a very thin feeler guage and slip it in between the fork and the seal and go all around the fork to possibly clean the dirt out. This may solve your problem. Also look and see if they have covers to protect that area from dirt. thumbsup.gif

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roadscholar

So true, but then again it may have been those dreaded whoop de doos. grin.gif

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KDeline

If you can get your bike to Fairbanks to the the one man dealor there, he will fix your bike up.

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Jacqueline

Sunday I rode to downtown Anchorage and enjoyed some culture. There was plenty going on downtown and something for everyone. clap.gif

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I stopped by the Market to view some of the wears for sale. Most items are made locally.

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The Alaska Brass was playing in the park entertaining spectators with their Big Band Sound.

 

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They played one of my favorites… Pennsylvania 6-5000 by Glenn Miller…. smile.gif

 

Then I was over to see the Wild Salmon on Parade… I think it is very common now for Cities to have local artist work their magic on sculptures to help raise money for various things. Fitting for Anchorage, they do Salmon. www.wildsalmononparade.com Here are just a few they had on display

 

Beautiful…..

 

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My Favorite thumbsup.gif

 

 

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(yes this fish is about to bit her nose off lmao.gif)

 

After enjoying a nice dinner with the three Haldane brothers (a fiancé and a niece), I rode with Mark and Corbin to Girdwood. The ride to Girdwood is one of my favorite places in Alaska….. the Seward Highway along Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Just BEAUTIFUL!

 

A few pics taken at Beluga Point

 

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If you time it right you can see the pods of Beluga Whales coming down Turnagain Arm…. But not this time…..

 

I did see some Dall Sheep high on the mountain above us. They are the white spots in this pic…..

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We met Alan at Beluga Point….

 

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He was happy to talk motorcycles with Mark and Corbin.

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(Mark)

 

 

Then it was the Ice Cream Shop a favorite place for riders to stop and hang for a while.

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I enjoyed talking with Doug....

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And Jim.... (I understand he has a pretty fast Busa eek.gif I guess in the winter they can't ride them up here so they work on them thumbsup.gif).

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Mark introduced me to Judy….

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What a sweet and interesting person.

 

Wonderful people, beautiful places, clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

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Jacqueline

Monday Mark had the opportunity to show me Hatcher Pass… I was off to see what beauties the area held while Mark was busy with a photo shoot.

 

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One of my favorite pictures.

 

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Jacqueline

More of Hatcher Pass

 

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BFish

you're getting real good at this ride tale/pics thang! thanks again.

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roadscholar

Nice Jacqueline. It's getting better all the time.

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Whip

Good Job!

 

It looks like everyone wears leather in Alaska. I haven't seen a Stich yet. It prolly a little warmer, but when it gets wet it's a mess.

 

 

Did ya see the Hatcher Pass Lodge??? Some where in valley along the way.

 

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What was the road like????

 

We've been lookin at that road on the maps.

 

Whip

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azkaisr

Thanks for checking on everything for Whip! Now I understand what you are doing up there wink.gif\

 

Has Richard come up and fixed your tires yet?

 

I enjoyed the pics

 

Now go out and go fishing!

 

Tom

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Whip
Thanks for checking on everything for Whip! Now I understand what you are doing up there wink.gif\

 

Has Richard come up and fixed your tires yet?

 

I enjoyed the pics

 

Now go out and go fishing!

 

Tom

 

Hey Tom

 

Don't you have some primates to deal with.

 

Whip

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Jacqueline

Monday evening Mark got me out for dirt road riding…. an area that I need a LOT of work crazy.gif. Mark is surprised I made it to Anchorage with so little (no) ability to ride in dirt/gravel eek.gif. He said to let you all know…. Do not send anyone else up to Alaska that can’t ride in the dirt/gravel dopeslap.gifgrin.gif. Mark was great and patient with me…. In a dirt parking he had me doing figure eights and going as slow as possible with my feet up thumbsup.gif. I worked up a sweat.

 

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That is Anchorage off in the distance.

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Jacqueline

A small sky area on top the mountain where we rode.

 

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An interesting cloud....

 

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I am going to try and practice everyday in the dirt, which should be easy seeing that there are so many dirt/gravel roads here. thumbsup.gif

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Jacqueline

To get a feel for the road to Hatcher Pass look here:

 

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these are some of the pics that were shot that morning.

 

It is beautiful up there.... It's area where several gold mines are.

 

Yes, big into leathers with the sport bikes. Now remember I'm still in Anchorage...it doesn't get hot here! It MAY hit 70 in the summer.

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Whip

I meant leather is warmer than the textile stuff....maybe that's why they all wear leather.

 

Love the pix

 

Thanks

 

Whip

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Jacqueline

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Yes, I think you right!

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rogera

Jacqueline,

Great Pictures and ride report. I didn't notice in any of your posts. How long are you staying in Alaska?

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Jacqueline
How long are you staying in Alaska?

Long enough to enjoy it! I'm hoping all summer thumbsup.gif.

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rogera
How long are you staying in Alaska?

Long enough to enjoy it! I'm hoping all summer thumbsup.gif.

 

Thats just to good. Now I'm jealous. Will be looking forward to more pics and reports.

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JonathanE
Yes, big into leathers with the sport bikes. Now remember I'm still in Anchorage...it doesn't get hot here! It MAY hit 70 in the summer.

 

Actually, when I was there it was in the low 90's. I assumed that it's like that every summer!

 

Anchorage was much warmer than Kenai, Seward, Denali, even Talkeetna and Tok. None of this should be too surprising.

 

 

 

I need to go back some day soon. Your pictures are reminding me how much I loved that part of the world. I need a house in Chile and a house in Alaska and a GS to travel between them each year.

 

At least I've got the GS.

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Jacqueline

Enjoyed a ride to Eklutna State Park. Eklutna Lake is very blue and created from the runoff from Knik Glacier.

 

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A beautiful place to hike, bike, four wheel, or just sit and enjoy the sights and listen to the wind rustle the trees.

 

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This guy had a mind of his own…..

 

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The two women just keep yelling at him and he just was not going to listen……

 

I have seen many moose since I have been in Alaska, but I have been unable to photograph them.

More than 1,600 moose live in the city of Anchorage, showing up in neighborhoods and downtown. They share dozens of scenic trails with outdoor enthusiasts. I have been reading and hearing about many sighting of mothers and their calves. Today while riding back from Girdwood (love that ride) I was able to get these pictures:

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The babies are so cute. Look at those sweet faces. The mother was drinking fresh water that was running down the mountain. What magnific animals.

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Huzband

Beautiful, Jacqueline.

 

Keep 'em comin".

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Knifemaker

Please be careful....Those beautiful animals, especially with babies, can have a very nasty temper.

 

Be safe....

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Highway41

I know its different in the winter but dayum its gorgeous this time of year - please keep the posts coming.

Bill

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BFish
Please be careful....Those beautiful animals, especially with babies, can have a very nasty temper.

 

Be safe....

 

J...be real careful with those critters. eek.gif

 

mountain men too! bncry.gif

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Whip

More moose pix please!!!!

 

Love em.

 

Whip

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azkaisr
More moose pix please!!!!

 

Love em.

 

Whip

 

I don't want to hear ANYTHING about her bike getting knocked over by some Peeved Bullwinkle being my fault just to satisfy some sick desire by you people.

 

Tom

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Whip
More moose pix please!!!!

 

Love em.

 

Whip

 

I don't want to hear ANYTHING about her bike getting knocked over by some Peeved Bullwinkle being my fault just to satisfy some sick desire by you people.

 

Tom

 

How many times has she dropped that bike since she got away from you????

 

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Whip

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Jacqueline
Enjoyed a ride to Eklutna State Park. Eklutna Lake is very blue and created from the runoff from Knik Glacier.

 

Correction; runoff from Eklutna Glacier grin.gif

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Eschelon1

Hoon and Moose on the loose?

 

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Huzband
I don't want to hear ANYTHING about her bike getting knocked over by some Peeved Bullwinkle being my fault just to satisfy some sick desire by you people.

 

Tom

 

 

 

Why so defensive, Tom? grin.gif

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Firefight911
I don't want to hear ANYTHING about her bike getting knocked over by some Peeved Bullwinkle being my fault just to satisfy some sick desire by you people.

 

Tom

 

 

 

Why so defensive, Tom? grin.gif

 

Hmmm, I was thinking the same thing!!! lmao.giflmao.gif

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Solarguy01

Jackie, while in Girdwood did you eat at the Double Muskie? One of the greatest steaks I ever had, not to mention the coconut breaded salmon. Leaving in 8 days for Alaska. Mike smile.gifwink.gif

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I don't want to hear ANYTHING about her bike getting knocked over by some Peeved Bullwinkle being my fault just to satisfy some sick desire by you people.

 

Tom

 

 

 

Why so defensive, Tom? grin.gif

 

Hmmm, I was thinking the same thing!!! lmao.giflmao.gif

 

Methinks he doth protest too much thumbsup.gif

 

Maybe he's feeling guilty for something else he did!

Hi Tom wave.gif

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Bob Foley

Does your computer allow P.M's to reach you? Let me know. thumbsup.gif

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