Now my thoughts were turning to the bike.
I've never abused a vehicle quite like what I've done to this bike for the past 3 days, and it was showing.
Remember - this is a sport-touring bike, not an adventure bike, and I had been pounding it through cobblestone/gravel/dirt/mud like it was a dirt bike.
Now it was time for an oil change and some TLC. And I found the perfect place for all that.
On internet forums and emails, I had learned about about fellow rider Dan Armstrong, his son Shawn, and his business Adventure Cycleworks in Fairbanks.
I called him when I enterd Fairbanks, and got directions to his place. But I knew I couldn't take this bike to a mechanic with the amount of mud that was covering it.
The front of the fairing had accumulated dried mud until it almost touched the front fender.
I knew the oil drain plug wouldn't even show up as a little bump in the mud.
So I asked Dan where I could take the bike to run it through a pressure wash before coming in for an oil change.
He said "I have a pressure washer", and that took care of that!
When I showed up, he had it ready and went to work.
This was no ordinary bike shop.
Dan practically adopted the bike the moment he saw it, and treated it like his own.
After several minutes he stopped and said, "OK - the right side of the front wheel is clean!"
He must have washed the bike for 30 minutes while I watched.
Top, bottom, luggage, under the fenders, windshield, etc. etc.
Half of the Dalton highway was now draining across his driveway. :-)
362 Snowy Owl Lane
Fairbanks, AK 99712
Now that the bike was restored to working order, It was my turn.
I needed some "shower time" and "laundry time".
Dan recommended that I try the University of Alaska, and I had read of others staying there.
When school is out for the summer break, they rent the dorm rooms to travelers.
And look at the nice welcome - covered parking!