Author Topic: strange things done under the midnite sun!  (Read 457 times)

Offline aklawok

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Location: Nome Alaska USA
strange things done under the midnite sun!
« on: June 19, 2022, 08:52:50 AM »
 In the arctic summers are short...but the days are long! and tuesday is the longest day of the year. every year we have a "minight sun festival" with local events like a parade eskimo dancing a bank robbery(hmmm...) polar bear plunge and river raft race.
thusday and friday are my nights off, so me and my hun. rode out to the safety roadhouse 23mi southeast of nome:



from the sunrise in the north, to the sunset in...the north! about midnite (but not solar midnite, that is a bout 3am.) looking across the safety lagoon.



little ham on the porch, the last checkpoint on the iditarod trail, and good drinks too!


all the native chickees posing with a real cool sunrise in the background.



and about that bank robbery.....somethi ng i do every year: take over front street, rob the bank, have a shootout with wyatt earp, give candy(loot) to kids and then rob the bar on the way back up front street!


with my front street floozies


this was all Saturday but then it gets better:
good friend of mine calls me up just when i get snoozin about 6pm and say he is stuck on the side of a mountain. (newton peak) and to bring the chains. so up the mountain we go:




pesky glaciers and mud holes! always getting in the way!





chevy rescues ford...again!



and then its on to the top...we were most of the way anyway. met with the local wooly boogers( musk ox) who were coaxed into leaving



good view of nome and the bering sea on a day like this.


got back home just in time to go to work (drat!) but tomorrow (today) is the nome river raft race....will get you some pics later! "me and you and a brew or two! flotin down the river in a leaky old canoe!"
its not the end of the world...but you can see it from here!
2007 california vintage

Online Ncdan

  • Global Moderator
  • Gaggle Hero
  • *
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 5589
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2022, 08:58:19 AM »
This is a fantastic thread!!
Thanks so much for giving us a peek of such a wonderful place in our nation as well as the entire planet.
I hope yo get to visit some time in the future.

Dan
« Last Edit: June 19, 2022, 04:50:48 PM by Ncdan »

Offline pebra

  • Gaggle Hero
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 2110
  • Location: near Oslo
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2022, 09:25:40 AM »
Well, they say all those looooong winter nights make people up north a little crazy, that they take out during those looooong summer days.....

Thanks, Aklawok!
Great pics, and story, too!

Guzzi HTMoto Roadster "Verdina"
2009 Griso 8V "Weißgerät"
Norge-man - introduction #ca 198 shown Guzzi #195

Online Matteo

  • Alaska Guzzi's on Facebook
  • Gaggle Hero
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 1902
  • Got the title?
    • https://squareup.com/store/doubleshovelciderco
  • Location: Anchorage Alaska
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2022, 04:19:47 PM »
Great post Ken. Still haven't run across a Musk Ox in the wild yet. Though I did get uncomfortably close to a Polar bear once.
77 Lemans,80 CX100,84 V65,00 Jackal,
16 V7II,21 V85TT Centenario

Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi

Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2022, 04:19:47 PM »

Offline aklawok

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Location: Nome Alaska USA
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2022, 01:42:14 AM »
update todays nome river raft race my hun took over 200 pics with my phone but the phone got "drunk" on her somewhere down the way,. but here are a few:
was 70f. out @dexter about 13 mi. out of town course is about 4mi. to haul out. takes about 2-2 1/2hr. allowing for liberal beer breaks.


water balloons/cannons/buckets are the norm...none are spared the gauntlet!
/



some rafts are small some large all are required homemade.
most of the river is shallow and gravel, sometimes need to walk the boat. saw some huge grayling here, no salmon yet...predicted to be a very low run this year.


this is as far in the water i could lure my hun out to, she chickened out too cold! but she did fall in later!



we went down in a small zodiac not part of the race as many do in kayaks and canoes, but still lots of fun!
most of the pics are not distinct from these, so kept it short.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2022, 01:47:53 AM by aklawok »
its not the end of the world...but you can see it from here!
2007 california vintage

Online JJ

  • Gaggle Hero
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 19095
  • Life is meant to ENJOY...not "endure."
  • Location: Village of Oak Creek, Arizona
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2022, 08:09:33 AM »
Great report and photos!! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing:  Thanks for sharing... :bow:

ALASKA is on my "Bucket List", but I doubt I will arrive by motorcycle...(*SIGH*)...but will definitely visit there someday anyway... :thumb: :cool: :smiley:
Life Member: MGNOC L-772, AMA, HOG
'98 V10 Centauro GT
'14 Victory Vision Tour
Village of Oak Creek, AZ

Offline aklawok

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Location: Nome Alaska USA
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2022, 08:42:42 AM »
Great report and photos!! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing:  Thanks for sharing... :bow:

ALASKA is on my "Bucket List", but I doubt I will arrive by motorcycle...(*SIGH*)...but will definitely visit there someday anyway... :thumb: :cool: :smiley:
as i have lived here more than half my life, i have still only seen a fraction of it. only a small fraction is accessible by road. the rest by air or water/snow only. my one piece of advice for anyone planning to visit is: the REAL alaska doesn't begin until you LEAVE anchorage! so come up and see me some time.
its not the end of the world...but you can see it from here!
2007 california vintage

Online Italianmotofest

  • New Egg
  • *
  • Posts: 46
    • Mid-Atlantic Italian Motorcycle Festival
  • Location: Shepherdstown, WV
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2022, 09:11:04 PM »

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid.

One of my favorite poetry lines.

Bill
Bill

Some might say that you are just too much.
Those are not your people!

Offline glenm64

  • New Egg
  • *
  • Posts: 6
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2022, 01:00:20 AM »
Very nice, thanks for that. Very different to my part of the world.
And here am I in Oz on the day of winter solstice complaining about a "cold" 22 deg Celsius day  :grin:

Offline moto-uno

  • Gaggle Hero
  • *****
  • *
  • Posts: 1200
  • Location: Burnaby , B.C
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2022, 01:08:17 AM »
  Here in "The Great White North" of Vancouver B.C , we're still dreaming of any day in the 20's C . :(  Peter

Online Matteo

  • Alaska Guzzi's on Facebook
  • Gaggle Hero
  • *****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 1902
  • Got the title?
    • https://squareup.com/store/doubleshovelciderco
  • Location: Anchorage Alaska
77 Lemans,80 CX100,84 V65,00 Jackal,
16 V7II,21 V85TT Centenario

Offline aklawok

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Location: Nome Alaska USA
Re: strange things done under the midnite sun!
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2022, 09:41:14 PM »
Haha! Another unsuccessful bank robbery for the "Richard Rowe gang"!
Knew they were filming but was in a rush at the time.
All the kids shouting "lock him up!!!" Was new. The truth is this was almost completely improvised, all were last minute volunteers! The "front street floozies " we're a group of itinerant nurses from hospital that just happened to show up.
its not the end of the world...but you can see it from here!
2007 california vintage


Harper's Moto Guzzi : Go Ride , Break Parts, Call me!
Harper's Moto Guzzi. Where we still answer the phone, use the highest quality parts, and also do Transmission, rear drive, and carb rebuilds fast. Call us at 816.697.3411 and get your problems resolved.
http://www.harpermoto.com
Advertise Here
 


Harper's Moto Guzzi : Go Ride , Break Parts, Call me!
Harper's Moto Guzzi. Where we still answer the phone, use the highest quality parts, and also do Transmission, rear drive, and carb rebuilds fast. Call us at 816.697.3411 and get your problems resolved.
http://www.harpermoto.com
Advertise Here