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Old 07-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #1219
Shov3BR
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The Arctic Circle

We made it to the Arctic Circle (and beyond). We have been very fortunate with the weather. We had two days of rain but it has been sunny and dry for the ride up the Dempster. That's significant as the Dempster is treacherous when it's wet.

Here's some tidbits:


Into the Northwest Territories from the Yukon.


The Dempster starts here about 40 Km outside of Dawson City.


Dan motoring along the Dempster. The road surface varied from packed gravel that we could rock along at a comfortable 100 kph (60mph) to loose gravel which was squirrelly as heck to packed mud that was rutted but had good traction.


Eagle Plains, out in the middle of nowhere about half way along the Dempster and the only place with lodging and fuel between Dawson City and Inuvik.


The Arctic Circle! Dan (Tasmania) Geoff (Kiwi) me, Hugh (Aussie)


This gives you an idea of the road surface. Sometimes the loose gravel was all the way across the road. In other places packed as it is on the right side here.


A wee ferry takes us across the Peel River


Fuel stops are too far apart for the bikes range so filling along the way from cans is required. My RotoPax were much more convenient than packing fuel cans like Geoff and Dan had to do. We called Hugh's R1200GSA the Exon Valdez as he could supply our bikes if necessary.


The mighty Mackenzie River calls for a bigger ferry.


Inuvik, the end of the road. You can't go any farther north without getting wet.
Tomorrow we will turn back south and head back to Dawson City.
It's been a great ride so far. The Aussies and Kiwi are a great bunch of guys to ride with.
Cheers,
Shov
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