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Old 02-11-2011, 11:03 AM   #136
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Thanks for the info on the parks...Heading up there in May so dry and warm may be in short supply. Can't wait for the next installment....
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:35 AM   #137
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Day 12: Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

After a good night sleep, everything seemed better.
The weather had improved a bit, we were not as cranky, and we were ready to proceed to Dawson.

But first we had a real breakfast.

Eggs, sausage, and toast. That's better.

The we packed up, and took Rt 2 North.


It's pretty remote up here. Not much other traffic.


That was confirmed by this sign.


With no chance of a quick rescue, you need to be more careful and self reliant.


The bigness is vast.


We stopped here to put more layers on.




Time to add more layers.
Very stylish.


More road...


Not much up here besides trees.


Looks like the weather is getting worse.


Tiger surveys the road ahead.


So does MAG and her Twisted DR.


A section of road construction.


We stopped here to get some gas.


The guy before us had quite the fuel cost.


We stopped to have some lunch, but we were out of bread.


The local dog came to check us out.


Back on the road again after fuel and food.


Tiger's perspective.


A quick stop on the side of the road.


Moving again.




A few miles before Dawson we come to the intersection of the Dempster Highway that takes you across the Arctic Circle an to Inuvick.
At this point we are about 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle.


Here's a picture of Tiger.


By this time my front tire was getting pretty useless. Some of the knobs had worn off completely, and I was riding on the carcass.
I'm still not sure what caused this abnormal tire wear.

I was getting concerned about the front tire. We had tried to find a replacement in Whitehorse but it was Sunday and none of the shops were open.

GPS shows where we are.


A few more miles down the road and we see the sign for Dawson.

It has taken us 11 days to get here, and nearly 3000 miles.

Soon we see the town.


Actually, it's just a facade.
The real town is a few miles away.
Here's a few pictures of the town as we got our bearings and found our campground.


I had MAG stop here so I could get a picture of her in front of her street. Princess.


A few more pictures of this unique town.
Dawson is a classic boom town brought about by the discovery of gold.




Then we took the ferry across the river to set up Camp Snuggly.




After we set up camp, and had a place to sleep all established, we crossed the river again, and went to town to get dinner and see what going on.


It was here we met Gucci and a few more Adventure Riders who were staying at a hotel.


I noticed some people had brought new tires with them... Mmmm.. those tires looked good.

But first we needed to get something to eat.
We went to the Chinese restaurant with Gucci.

To be honest, it was awful.

After our expensive and disappointing dinner it was late in the evening, but up here it's light 24 hours a day.
So we hatched a plan...
Gucci's friend had new tires that he was going to put on.

(Notice the interesting way to carry canned goods?)

We proposed a trade. I offered to change the tires if I could keep the old ones we took off.
They accepted.

So I got to work.


These pictures were taken at about 11:00pm.
The old Trailwing was till in pretty good shape. It would easily get me back to civilization.

Here's the tool kit. Notice anything strange?


Anyway I got to work.


But as is typical, everyone loves to gather around and watch other people work on bikes.


In less than an hour, even with all the helpful comments from the peanut gallery I was done and had scored a replacement tire for Tiger.

Once the task was complete, we took the ferry back across the river and went to sleep.

Stats for the day:
314 miles Moving Average 52.1 Moving Time 6:02 Stopped 3:16 Total 9:19.

Tomorrow we would lounge, I'd put the Battlewing on Tiger, do basic maintenance on the bikes, and we would get caught up on laundry and stuff. But the important thing was we had made it to Dawson in time for the Dust to Dawson gathering.

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Old 02-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #138
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Day 12: Wednesday June 23rd, 2010.

There are actually no pictures from today.
I remember that the night before, a group of riders had talked about attempting the ride up to the Arctic Circle by way of the Dempster Highway.
But over the course of the night we had a lot of rain.
If you know about how they build the roads up here you would know that they treat the dirt roads with liquid Calcite to make them firm and stop the dust. But the side effect of this is that when the roads get wet they become extremely slippery.
My notes say that the group left at 10:00am and returned at 2:00am and that there were several crashes and one guy went off the road.

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Old 02-11-2011, 05:43 PM   #139
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:02 AM   #141
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Great report!I was on the balcony of the Bunkhouse watching y'all change the tire.That's my f800 on the far right next to Motoadventuregal's bike.Although we formally didn't meet I think we exchanged greetings.I was wearing the bib overalls and a John Deere hat. Gucci was an interesting fellow as was his comrades.The same bike that you changed the tire on I later helped him change out his rear wheel bearings!Can't remember the blokes name but he reminded me of Vin Diesel
I often thought about doing a ride report on my trip last year but thought it was too late and it would be just another Alaska trip but you and Motogal may have inspired me!Way Cool keep it comin.
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Great report!I was on the balcony of the Bunkhouse watching y'all change the tire.That's my f800 on the far right next to Motoadventuregal's bike.Although we formally didn't meet I think we exchanged greetings.I was wearing the bib overalls and a John Deere hat. Gucci was an interesting fellow as was his comrades.The same bike that you changed the tire on I later helped him change out his rear wheel bearings!Can't remember the blokes name but he reminded me of Vin Diesel
I often thought about doing a ride report on my trip last year but thought it was too late and it would be just another Alaska trip but you and Motogal may have inspired me!Way Cool keep it comin.
Hello 5Dinks.

Gucci's name is Melvin and you're right, he's a piece of work. Great guy.
His friend on the F800 is Alister. He was having a rough trip. First his fuel pump died, then his wheel bearings disintegrated.
But I kept telling him, once he got these small problems sorted out, what were the odds of the problems reappearing?

I should PM Gucci and see how he's doing.

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Day 13: Thursday June 24th, 2010

Well today is the day before the "Dust to Dawson" event.
We had been staying across the river at a small campsite because we are cheap, and because all the campsites in the RV Park had been reserved.
But we had met a few other riders, and one of them had invited us to share a campsite with them in town. This is cool, because now I would be able to have a few beers and enjoy the "Dust to Dawson" event without having to worry about riding the bike to camp at night.

So we packed up Camp Snuggly, and moved into the RV park.
We had a yummy breakfast of eggs Benedict.


and then stopped by the hotel to see Gucci and the gang.


They had ridden up to Inuvick the day before and were scrubbing the dried calcite and mud off their bikes.
I snuck Tiger in the wash line, and gave him a bath too.


Then we parked the bikes at our new camp at the RV park

and walked around town.

The town is rich in history, and there is lots to look at.
Here, in no particular order are some of the historic old buildings.


The mortuary.
(I bet this was a thriving business when Dawson was a real mining town.)


The tools of the trade.


Sled Dog racing is a big activity up here in the winter.


Many other bikes had started to show up for tomorrows event.






Here's the historic paddle boat the Keno that brought many hopeful prospectors to Dawson.






Here are some historic pictures of the harborside of Dawson.




and the Keno when it was in operation.




One of the cool things I really wanted to see was Dredge #4.
It was the largest wooden hull dredge in the world.
To learn more about it, here's a quick link: http://www.nileguide.com/destination...a-creek/830503

We would ride out to see it tomorrow.




Some historic pictures of the dredge and the crew that ran it.


In the picture below you can see all the tailing piles that the dredge left behind it as it dug up and processed the dirt and extracted the gold.


Many prospectors worked their claims by hand.


06-24-2011 Part II
(I just found some more pictures so I'll add them here.)
We had lunch in town and I saw these magazine covers.

When I was a kid, my Dad used to tell me about his favorite radio program - Sergeant Preston of the Yukon!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dG2DSFtYbY
The program was an adventure series about Sergeant Frank Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890's.
And now I could see the pictures of the characters.




The program started in 1938 as a radio program and became a TV show in 1955.


After lunch we walked the town a bit more.




The town of Dawson is pretty cool.












We saw this beautiful Africa Twin.


Back at the RV park, this was also the day to get caught up on maintenance.

Here's Mag doing an oil change on her DR.


Want to see what supplies are needed for an oil change?


We had other motorcyclists for neighbors.


Here's our camp.


Cooking dinner.


As we had dinner a few other riders drifted in.
This guy broke his leg on the ride here, but that wasn't enough to stop him from attending.


After dinner, we walked back to town. These pictures were taken around 10:00pm at night.






Already the bikes were getting lined up on the main street.






Then around midnight we hooked up with Phil and our friends at MotoQuest, as well as Derek from Twisted Throttle.




Anyway, we had a casual day of being tourists, and stayed up till 2:00am taking in the town, and meeting new friends.

Tomorrow we would ride out to see the giant dredge...
Stick around, it's super cool!

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Loving this mid winter update. Can't wait till I can make the trip as well.
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After a good night sleep, everything seemed better.
The weather had improved a bit, we were not as cranky, and we were ready to proceed to Dawson.

But first we had a real breakfast.


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Good to see you take the necessities while you are roughing it (coffee creamer). And is that a camp version of a French Press I see?
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Good to see you take the necessities while you are roughing it (coffee creamer). And is that a camp version of a French Press I see?
Coffee and beer are two of my "weaknesses".
The French Press is made from Titanium.
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Coffee and beer are two of my "weaknesses".
The French Press is made from Titanium.
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(Ahem. Coffee is not a weakness. The lack of coffee is a weakness.)


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Good to see you take the necessities while you are roughing it (coffee creamer). And is that a camp version of a French Press I see?
Usually we travel with a couple of small cans of evaporated milk--enough cream for a couple cups of coffee each and there's hardly any waste. Sometimes we can't find that, though, and that's why I bought the coffee mate stuff (not recommended--it's a bitch to travel with).
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Neither beer nor coffee is a weakness. Beer is a major food group (whole grains) and coffee is a fruit juice (lots of time on my hand and an Oxford Unabridged Dictionary).
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If pain is weakness leaving the body, and my coffee Helps the pain go away...It's not possible that coffee is a weakness!

Coffee is a necessity!

Beer is on the other end of the day, after accumulating more pain all day!
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