Today was a relaxing day, with no sightseeing. I was able to take care of a number of things. First, I obtained a new camera. Naturally, the model I have is no longer available in stores. It's available online, as are cheaper refurbished models. Sounds great, right? There's one problem- Nobody will commit to overnight shipping to Alaska. It's just too far away. So I had a choice of getting the newer camera (which in some ways is a step down from what I had, sadly) from Best buy or a local shop, each having the same price. I opted for the small local shop, and they kindly promised to ship my old camera (and stuff for the new one I don't need right now) to my home for no charge. Once home, I'll get it repaired, and sell either it or the new one.
Second, I took the bike to the local Kawasaki shop, so they could look it over and see if they could find any other issues. They did- They felt that the headset bearings needed replacing. Unfortunately, they didn't have the parts in stock, and wouldn't have time to install them even if they had. They recommended I check with the shop in Fairbanks. While they had the time to do the work on Saturday when I arrive, they didn't have the parts either. Again, nobody could get the parts to them in time. Evidently there's no Saturday delivery here. Wonderful.
So back to MotoQuest / Alaska Rider I went. Mark made some time at the end of the day to take the bike apart and see what he could do. Within a short amount of time, he had the bike back together, and adjusted properly to take out the slack in the bearings. It works as well as new, and no parts were needed. Mark, I'll say it again- You're awesome!
I had to rebuild the operating system on my laptop- I managed to break the wireless by applying a lot of other updates to it. The only way to get it working again was to reinstall Ubuntu Linux again, find a hard wired ethernet connection (which this hotel happened to have), and pull down the wireless drivers again. It's back up, and I won't mess with it again until the trip is over. I'm still not getting 3G on my phone, so replying to your emails is still problematic.
The photo at left was taken with the new camera through a dirty window.
Tomorrow I'll do laundry and change the oil in the bike, but I might actually get to ride to Seward anyway. Speaking of sightseeing second chances, since I'll be heading out on the Ferry a day later, I'll have time in Whittier for another glacier cruise. There's one advertised which promises 27 glaciers in 5 hours, and the chances of seeing some calve are quite good. I can knock that out the afternoon before boarding the boat.
It feels as though I have a full-blown headcold now. But I think it's not so much viral as it is exhaustion. My sleeping has been horrible; I'm still waking up at 3:00 am. I also haven't had enough liquids in the days getting to Anchorage. I'm trying to rectify both issues. Hopefully I can knock this headcold out before the weather turns cold and wet.
Total riding distance today: Negligible Running total: Unchanged