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Old 09-29-2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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Rum Runners Run North

So last year about this time my buddy 650freak goes to the high artic for work. He’s a dam engineer, don’t confuse that for a damn engineer, although I’m sure there are times when he gets called that. Anyway when ‘freak gets back he shows me some pictures of what the incredible reds the tundra flora turn in the fall, and being a colour junkie I ask “when are we going?”


Well that leads to this and before you know it dwayne (me), 650freak, and Bejebus have booked two weeks off starting at the end August. Very roughly the itinerary is; trailer to Fort Nelson, ride to Dawson City YK via the Dempster Highway, Top of the World to Tok, to Fairbanks, by Denali through Anchorage, Whitehorse and back home.


Even with almost a year of planning and dreaming there are still last moment details to take care of,



We elected to trailer from Calgary to Fort Nelson BC because it would hopefully save us a tire change and give us two or three more days riding in the north rather than “commuting” through less interesting scenery so we load the bikes,




650freak says goodbye to ‘freak family and Bejubus says goodbye to MicBane and were off!


The guys watch some West Wing while I drive




Say a quick hello to the Peace River



and soon we know we are on our way to exploring new territory...

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Old 09-29-2006, 05:44 AM   #2
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Look like a great trip is planned.. we'll wait to hear from you with your trip report and pics

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:27 AM   #3
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Once in Ft Nelson we need to find food, and brush up on how to ride.



Sleep, pack the bikes, and after more food we ride.












And an hour later stop to dress the way we really should have before we left.




First fuel stop at Tetsa River (edited for 'freak)




Stone Mountain in Mucho Lk Park BC





Our lunch stop at Strawberry Flats



Where ‘freak indroduced me to landjager sausage




Ahh the Yukon at last…then BC again, then YK, then BC, etc until you get to Watson Lake



Everyone has a picture of the sign post forest, and now I do to



I can’t belive they built the Alaska highway with these tonka toys!



Ok there was this really tempting quad track beside the highway, and I was eager to get off the pavment. Carnage report: One mirror. And some pride.



We stayed at the Robert Service campground in Whitehorse. Neat place. Ok now we’re going to start a game. How many different things does dwayne wear on his head during the trip…have you been counting? (that's me in the pic btw)



Well we had some rum, and some cream, and some sugar and presto! A new drink called the White’arse.



Stay tuned...next the trip up the Klondike Vally to start the Dempster!
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:31 PM   #4
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That’s a glimpse of Lake LaBarge..but no Sam Mcgee. Today we turned off the Alaska Highway and turned on to the Kondike Hwy.



The river boats used to have to negotiate these rapids to get from Whitehorse to Dawson City. At times they used to winch themselves through. The rapids are called Middlefinger rapi…no wait…Five Finger rapids.



Mmmmm Cupiccino



Heading: True North!





At the intersection of the Dempster Hwy and the Kondike Hwy, we found the Kondike River Lodge, which had a bunk house, with outside access to the laundry, and shower. Plus it had a carwash, this will become important.




The bunkhouse







In the morning we need to get underway, because I can only see when we are moving... note the stunning blue eyes



Here we are!



Gut check



About 70 km up the road you will find Tombstone Territorial Park, where they will give you a booklet with some information about what you can expect to see on the road.



The rest of the day hit me like a hammer. I had enjoyed the ride from Ft Nelson enough to make the trip worth while, but the Dempster exceeded my high expectations. It occurred to me that remotness seems to increase the beauty of a location, and that seeing some of the most amazing places in the world require coping with a runny nose. Yukon is not really a warm place at the end of August. I feel ambiguios about showing picturs of what I saw. There is no way my talent or equipment is capable of capturing but a tiny bit of how spectacular this place really is but if you take a look over ‘freaks shoulder, you can see why he’s smiling!



Here’s a bit of a teaser


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Old 10-02-2006, 06:56 PM   #5
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Between the quality of places you rode through and the fact that you've got "rum" in your title, you really can't hold out on us
Keap going!
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:39 PM   #6
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Wow!! Great pics! If you can post pics bigger 640 x 480 would even better!! Great ride and report and pics

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Old 10-02-2006, 07:42 PM   #7
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Looking good! keep the pics coming.
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:07 PM   #8
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Looking forward to the rest of this one.

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Old 10-07-2006, 05:29 PM   #9
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North of the Artic Circle we saw this, check out how many bands there are on this rain bow



Some of the views from the foothills of the Richardson Mountians





The pass is also the border between here...



and here




It started to get a little wet here, but hey this is an adventure right?



The colours and road here kept us captivated...



But eventually the weather came down enough that the adventure became keeping our bikes rolling on their wheels, by the time the day was over we rode in this clag for about 4 hours.

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Old 10-08-2006, 09:05 PM   #10
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Great job on the ride report. I'm enjoying it so far. So do I get to bust you for copyright infringements on the photos I took??
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:50 AM   #11
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Great pics....truly

Ok your pics are better than mine when I was up there in the fall one year.

And I didn't miss my Dakar until I see it used for it's intended purpose.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:30 PM   #12
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Man, what a great ride report! Thank you for doing such a good job sharing with us. Spectacular photos!

I am very glad to have made your acquaintance when you passed thru the "big" city of "Los Anchorage." Sorry the weather wasn't better in these parts but that's pretty much the way the summer was. Been a wet fall too.

Thanks again. Take care. Mark H.
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:52 PM   #13
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You've done a nice job with your photos and story Dwaye. The Dempster, affectionately nicknamed "The Dumpster", was hard to say goodbye to . Here is looking forward to more .

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:51 PM   #14
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Hey Bejebus, thanks for joining in! If you or 'freak feel you need to "correct" and
"errors" or "add" anything, we wouldn't want any "editorial bias" would "we". I must be in the "mood" to use "quotes" tonight.

Aaaaannny whhhoooo....

The next day was an easy 350km to Tok Alaska…good thing too; Bejebus was metal on metal on his rear brakes. In Dawson YK, one of the local hotel proprietors helped to get info on the nearest dealships, and even offer the pads off his 1150, but all in vain. We unbolted the rotor, jammed a wrench in between what was left of the pads to keep the pistons from popping out of the caliper and set off…minus rear brakes. I’m positive it was a factory approved repair because we used a BMW wrench!



We would have loved to spend time in Dawson, it looks like the town has some pretty neat things to see, but brakes are important too.



Top of the World Highway is another marvel. The road on the Canadian side is mostly paved (chip sealed) and runs along the ridges, allowing mountain strewn panoramas, framed in red and green.








Eventually you get to the boarder



The officer suggested some alterations to the route that we take and we wound up having a friendly conversation while we held up no one behind us.

After our experience with the officer I began to suspect that Alaska might be different than the lower 48. We realize that everything is bigger in Alaska…except Boundary. Really a gas station and coffee shop in the middle of a big empty space. Quaint and quirky. Well, quirky.



The Wade dredge was used to extract gold from creeks and rivers.





We stayed the night in Tok at Thompson’s Eagle Claw motorcycle camp ground. Neat, convenient, and empty in September. It could be because it was cold.



What dwayne has no corkscrew?...we'll just push that cork through, nice and clean...after I wiped the hootch off my face and anything in range, we enjoyed the wine.



At Fast Eddies Bejubus had an omelet the size of his head. Luckily his eyes are smaller than his head and he refrained from finishing the whole thing off.




And we faced the proverbial fork in the road. Into Fairbanks and hopefully get a peek of Denali, or south to Valdez?


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