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Old 09-29-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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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, 04:44 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, 12:27 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, 09:31 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, 05:56 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
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:39 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, 06:42 PM   #7
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Looking good! keep the pics coming.
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:49 PM   #8
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That pic witht he clouds/mountains/lone rider is front page.

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:48 PM   #9
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aww shucks thanks...

This is my first RR, so I'm still figuring it all out...

and trust me it wasn't just the title that had rum in it!

just to let you all know these pics are a compilation of all of the 'runners photos...but the lone rider is one of mine.
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Old 10-03-2006, 11:29 AM   #10
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Keep the report coming, we haven't got to the Dempster carwash yet (video required).

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The Tombstones are one of the three mountain ranges we will cross on the Dempster. You probably shouldn't go there. It's cold, and remote.









where we had lunch in the Ogilvies



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Old 10-03-2006, 05:21 PM   #12
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Old 10-03-2006, 11:13 PM   #13
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A few more of the Tombstones to the Ogilvies...















Lunch in the Ogilvies



Time to get on the move



Looking back into the Ogilvy Mountians.







I call this photo "When Geeks Ride", but one of their wives prefer "When Lazy Geeks Ride"





Eagle Plains is about halfway from Klondike junction to Inuvik; we fed, fueled and stayed the night at this outpost.



Hmmmm, hope we don't need one of these...



As you climb the foothills of the Richardson Mountains you come to the artic circle.



The Artic circle is defined as the latitude that one day a year the sun never sets and one day a year the sun never rises.





Exactly one year ago I was here, which is where there are 12 hours from sunrise to sunset every day. I wonder what will happen next year, maybe the prime meridian.




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Old 10-04-2006, 05:04 AM   #14
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Lovely pics! Bravo!

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Looking forward to the rest of this one.

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