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Old 07-12-2013, 09:50 AM   #91
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Jeff,

Some campgrounds on the way to Whitehorse:

Riverside Park Campground, Smithers, $16 to $22, from Jct of Hwy 16 & Main St, N 0.75 mi on Main St

Seeley Lake Park, New Hazelton, $10 to $24, from town, W 4 mi on Hwy 16

Hwy 37 Rest Area 456 Km from Seely Lake Park. Nearest gas station is at Dease Lake Northway Motor Inn.
Thanks Jacques, will see how far I get and make a choice, later.

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I'm in!!! Have a great ride Jeff and keep posting about your experiences. Kudos for making a leap of faith and your dream ride a reality. Most of all, ride safe and take care of yourself.

Keep CourtRand (post #79) in mind if you head to Quito. He and his staff are top notch and run a fantastic motorcycle adventure tour company. The weather in Ecuador is spring like year round and offers some of the most diverse terrain that my eyes have ever seen.

Also, I would be thankful if you would pass along any issues you might have with your Super Tenere. I just purchased a 2012 in June and having a great time riding this beast. Just doing some farkle work now and riding as much as I can before I make my first journey.

Keep on ridin'
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Thanks for coming along George, plan to tell it like it is and for sure look-up Courtrand.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #92
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Day 9+

Had a great stay with GISdood and was invited to a fantastic dinner from another ADVrider Randy that I think is known as Alphajory but not sure about that, anyway great times and some new friends, I can't thank you guys enough.

Randy, Me, Kelly


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Old 07-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #93
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Knobby tires & The Dempster

A group of us did the ride to Inuvik in early June. We had to wait for the Peel River ferry to be launched so we could make the run for Inuvik. The first half of the road Dawson to Eagle Plains has a 30 Kilometer section (around 250-300 K markers) that when wet was really greasy and I mean nasty, black & evil. I was running TKC80s and the others were on Dunlop 606s even with these tires the road had sections that were butt clenching-ly terrifying. We passed 2 fellow adventure riders on the way in, when they made Eagle Plains they'd had enough and next morning they turned around. They were running 50/50 tires and frankly they suck when the Dempster is wet.

If you somehow have good weather the whole way you can do the whole Dempster Highway in 9-10 hours we did on the way out.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:14 PM   #94
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Dempster Road Reports

This link will give you current highway conditions for NWT.
http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages...onditions.aspx

Yukon Dempster Highway Washout area has re-opened to public traffic as of 9:15 pm July 12, 2013. Peel River ferry is still closed due to high water and floating debris.

The NWT Dempster Highway No. 8 is open and in fair driving condition. Loose gravel, pot holes and rough sections will be encountered throughout.

Please watch for highway reconstruction activities between km 37 and km 63 near Midway Lake to Peel River area of the highway.

For an update on Yukon Dempster Highway (No. 5) road conditions, please call toll free at 1-877 456 7623.

Please use caution and watch for equipment working on all roads. Remember to use your headlights and seatbelts at all times. Drive carefully and have a safe trip.
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A group of us did the ride to Inuvik in early June. We had to wait for the Peel River ferry to be launched so we could make the run for Inuvik. The first half of the road Dawson to Eagle Plains has a 30 Kilometer section (around 250-300 K markers) that when wet was really greasy and I mean nasty, black & evil. I was running TKC80s and the others were on Dunlop 606s even with these tires the road had sections that were butt clenching-ly terrifying. We passed 2 fellow adventure riders on the way in, when they made Eagle Plains they'd had enough and next morning they turned around. They were running 50/50 tires and frankly they suck when the Dempster is wet.

If you somehow have good weather the whole way you can do the whole Dempster Highway in 9-10 hours we did on the way out.

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This link will give you current highway conditions for NWT.
http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages...onditions.aspx

Yukon Dempster Highway Washout area has re-opened to public traffic as of 9:15 pm July 12, 2013. Peel River ferry is still closed due to high water and floating debris.

The NWT Dempster Highway No. 8 is open and in fair driving condition. Loose gravel, pot holes and rough sections will be encountered throughout.

Please watch for highway reconstruction activities between km 37 and km 63 near Midway Lake to Peel River area of the highway.

For an update on Yukon Dempster Highway (No. 5) road conditions, please call toll free at 1-877 456 7623.

Please use caution and watch for equipment working on all roads. Remember to use your headlights and seatbelts at all times. Drive carefully and have a safe trip.
Good to know Icy Roads, I hope the road is dry tomorrow.

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:18 PM   #96
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Day 10 11 12

Day 10


The day started with showers on and off again all day, and then finally around 4pm it did stop, with lots of little towns along the way I fond it a bit to early to look for a camping so I decided to continue down the Stewart Cassiar Hwy and man is that a beautiful road to take, long sweeping curves and beautiful scenery. Thinking I could make it to Dease Lake because I was told if you can drive down the Telegraph Creek Road you will not regret it, it's a hard packed gravel road riding through some of natures best, it starts in Deasse Lake so hoping I could be there before night fall proved to be a bit to much, the rain started back and the temps dropped, cold and wet I pulled over at a hunting camp/camping, and asked if they had any place warm that I could use to crash for the night, of course says this lady at the desk , we have a log cabin on the lake, no power, water or anything but it has a wood stove to get you warm, that sounded very good at that point, show me the way, made a fire and pulled out my bed roll, very tired I fell immediately to sleep, only to wake up in the middle of the night sweating and I could hardly breath, of course I overloaded the stove, and wow just poke me I'm well done, the good part is that all my stuff was dry.





Day 11


Raining again and snow on the mountain passes not great for riding and Telegraph Creek Road will have to wait till I come for the return trip. it wasn’t until 2pm on the Alaskan Hwy that things cleared up, during the rain I could not see much of the surroundings but when it did stop I made a video that was suppose to show you the grandeur of this place, but that turned out wrong, the camera was pointing to fare down, better next time.
When I got to Whitehorse I called Yukon Jon because he had offered a place to stay, on the phone he said I hope you don't mind but I have just moved to Carmacks and that's another 180km past Whitehorse, and by the way everything is still in boxes so we will see what we can do. Yukon Jon is with the RCMP and was resigned to a new place and true to form even though he had just moved there he turned out to be a real trouper (no pun intended). Thanks a million Jon, I have no picture because he said he would have to kill me (just kidding).





Day 12


There was a thick blanket of smoke hanging around for the next 200km, and luckily cleared up to make for some perfect riding with temperatures in the mid 20c, made it to Dawson City and will hang around here for the day before I head out to Inuvik.





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Old 07-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #97
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:18 PM   #98
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Day 13/14


Started the Dempster to Inuvik passing the Arctic Circle. This road throws everything at you from hard to soft to lose gravel shale sand you name it it has it, dusty as hell when dry, don't be driving fast when a transport comes by because you won't see anything for 10 seconds or more, and as it gets wetter the dust becomes slip and slide crap and I mean crap, if you can get past all this road can throw at you and start looking at your surroundings its absolute stunning to say the least and worth every moment.









While camping in Dawson another motorcycle rider (John Harris on a V-strom) came in late that night and was looking for a spot to camp, I told him that he could share my spot, and so he did, latter on I fond out he also is going to Inuvik but taking much longer than me so we parted our ways in the morning. I made the trip up to Inuvik in 12 hrs and that includes lunch and scenic stops, so it is doable if you have dry roads. Set-up camp at the Happy Valley in town run camping for only $15 with free showers so not a bad deal, headed to the Arctic information Centre to see if I should stay another day or just take off, this place is great if you want to go hiking into the mosquito invested woods/tundra to scout for wild life, and as much as I like that I didn’t feel much for it, because some other campers had been looking for days with no success so I decide to go back to Dawson, stopping for lunch in Eagle Plains, and just as I'm walking out a man (David Jeffrey on a BMW GS) comes at me and starts talking about my Super Tenere and if I like it (well yes), later on also wondering where I'm heading he offers the use of his satellite phone to confirm the tent space back in Dawson, needless to say no tent space, he hears that and he offers to share his room, isn’t karma great.





Day 15


Currently back at the Camping in Dawson wet muddy and tired drying out because I did ride the last 370km of the Dempster from Eagle plains in the poring rain, or should I say I slid my way back. Fond out from the RCMP that two other riders went down on the Dempster yesterday wrecking there bikes but both riders were luckily not seriously hurt and pulled out in time, he went on to say that the bears hide along the side of the road for cooling and also to wait for a thump that the Caribou make when jumping down from the road so when a biker goes down it makes that same thump and you know what that means yummy meal time, oh oh, also fond out that John did puncture a tire and he decided only to go to the Arctic Circle and back after putting his spare on, maybe will see him again.


Dempster in the rain
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Tomorrow over the Top of the World to Whitehorse.

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Great to see you reach the northern goal, Jeff. Here's hoping for better weather as you head south. For the record, it was 28 in PG today. Much nicer than the cold & rain that followed you through town on the way north.

Drop me a line if you're coming this way again on the way south... ride safe and keep enjoying the journey!
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Awesome just awesome!

I'm so glad you made up and back down the Dempster. That's a big bike with a big load you must have had several OMFG moments if was wet in the poorer sections of the road. Congratulations you've just completed one the world's most beautiful roads.
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Just curious

How bad were the bugs in Dawson and north to Inuvik? We had it pretty good in June the locals were telling us everything was 3 weeks behind schedule. I've heard they can be amazingly bad even by Northern Alberta standards.
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Thumb So this is why you were drooling over my Super Ténéré last year!!!

Congratulations on making this a reality. You chose the right bike (but mine looks better). Great pictures and a great story.

Good luck on your trip.

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Great to see you reach the northern goal, Jeff. Here's hoping for better weather as you head south. For the record, it was 28 in PG today. Much nicer than the cold & rain that followed you through town on the way north.

Drop me a line if you're coming this way again on the way south... ride safe and keep enjoying the journey!
Thanks Kelly will do for sure, heading out to Chicken Alaska and back down to Whitehorse.

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How bad were the bugs in Dawson and north to Inuvik? We had it pretty good in June the locals were telling us everything was 3 weeks behind schedule. I've heard they can be amazingly bad even by Northern Alberta standards.
Thanks Icy Roads, the Dempster can be brutal and the most beautiful place to be for sure. The Mitas E07 worked really well even in the muck.
As for the bugs here in Dawson or in Inuvik no problem but when you get out there hold on to your bug repellant.

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:29 AM   #105
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Atta'go Jeff!!

Congratulations Jeff!

You finally did the Demster and made it to the most northerly city in Canada!!! Well done my friend!

I am so glad to see you have reached the first milestone of your trip safely and I know it came with a lot of white knuckles, cussing and sounds like some truly nasty days along the way. Your pics are frigin' amazing and I look forward to more on the second leg of your ride down to Tierra Del Fuego as well.

Now you get to go south to warmer weather (and hopefully fewer bugs) with more places to stop to recharge! Remember to take time for you along the way, It's all about the journey and not the destination that makes an amazing ride.

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