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Old 10-07-2010, 06:07 AM   #3526
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Three-thousand, five-hundred, and thirty-seven posts later, I'm caught up.

Good adventure.

On with the next installment.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:33 AM   #3527
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Pulling up

to the Arctic Circle rest area,



We didn't stay long,



A couple of photos, used the outhouse, (it must get pretty windy here, the thing was tied down with cables nine ways to sunday



and the little patch of blue sky and sun passed over us



that didn't last long, though.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:42 AM   #3528
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Straightaway

we ran into rain,



It didn't last long, but the road surface was definitely slicker. Despite that, with the knobs we were running, we didn't back off the throttle hardly at all.

With the flat tundra below, and the low clouds above, I had this weird sense that the whole world was flattening out as we were approaching the pole. The earth somehow seemed different up here, and even if it was an optical illusion, it was strange.







Smell-O-Vision was flint, like gunpowder.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:05 PM   #3529
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Dempster weather

"We met PoppaWheelie, and chatted a bit."
"We were rolling into Eagle Plains, and it was as if it was a completely different day than the one we woke up to."

Yar, what a difference the weather can make. I noticed in all your pictures and videos from page 233 till half way down page 236, there was blue sky. I had none of that. From mile zero I was in that "really narrow (wet) gap between earth and sky," as you say. Really weird, wasn't it?
Anyway, you had the right bikes, the right gear, and the right attitude to tackle it. I'm enjoying the heck out of your thread. I can go to your videos and it's just like being back there. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thanks for the reference to my thread also. I'm glad I met you. Looking forward to the rest of your posts.
I may go back to the Dempster on a DR and do the north Canol too.
http://www.google.com/images?q=canol...w=1024&bih=602
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:10 PM   #3530
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we were feeling a little cold , neglected ,

you know they make cars for a reason.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:18 PM   #3531
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you know they make cars for a reason.
BLASPHMER!
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:43 PM   #3532
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:03 PM   #3533
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you know they make cars for a reason.
To total out my motorcycles, the bastids!
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:41 PM   #3534
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I used to think of myself as pretty gnarly and then these 2 come along from manhattan of all places and make us all look collectively not worthy and make it look easy to boot. Dr. Rock couldn't you and Francine just take a damn day trip to Bear Mt. or Port Jervis and Hawks Nest like every one else in the city?
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:54 PM   #3535
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I used to think of myself as pretty gnarly and then these 2 come along from manhattan of all places and make us all look collectively not worthy and make it look easy to boot. Dr. Rock couldn't you and Francine just take a damn day trip to Bear Mt. or Port Jervis and Hawks Nest like every one else in the city?
You must be gnarly if you're riding an 11,550 cc GS like your profile says.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:24 PM   #3536
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You must be gnarly if you're riding an 11,550 cc GS like your profile says.
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Dang. I thought I was doing pretty good getting 155cc's out of a 110cc motor.

Great report. I think my favorite parts so far were M3 and M4.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:35 AM   #3537
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No worries Doc!

I often speak the language of the people of the cels, sound effects, duck talk, stoogisims..........anything to enhance the experience and remind folks to not take it all sooooooo serious! CERTAINLY!!!!!
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:41 AM   #3538
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I often speak the language of the people of the cels, sound effects, duck talk, stoogisims..........anything to enhance the experience and remind folks to not take it all sooooooo serious! CERTAINLY!!!!!
Thank god I'm not the only one.

The next obstacle facing us was the Richardson Range. We stopped for a minute to thank our sponsors:



Well, sponsor singular, actually...



"You can taste the adventure!™"

So we'd been climbing up to the pass through the Richardson mountain range. I can't remember the name of the pass, but on the way back I think I took a picture of the sign. The ridge that we're about to go over represents the border between Yukon and Northwest Territories. On the other side of this range, we'd descend into the MacKenzie river delta which we'd follow all the way to Inuvik. We stopped here I think only because we seemed to be about to slam into a wall of dense cloud, rain, fog, and who knows what else.

The following series of photos span all of six minutes... from this:



to this:



where visibility was so low that first gear at idle seemed crazy unsafe.



and then a few feet lower in elevation... this:



Crazy. Life on the Dempster.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:44 AM   #3539
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A look back

over my shoulder,



up ahead,



and to the side...

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Old 10-08-2010, 09:51 AM   #3540
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As we continued on

we'd see the occasional patch of sunlight break through the clouds,



the landscape itself is plenty spectacular, but what was a real treat was the interplay between the land and the clouds and the light... the clouds were so low and moving at a pretty good clip, the experience was a bit surreal.



We started climbing again, and pulled into this gorge where we decided to stop for a snack.

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