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Old 08-09-2010, 10:37 AM   #31
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I love the Dempster. It can have a very different feel at any given moment and direction. Heading south was incredible.











An Arctic Fox sighting:



And back to Eagle Plains where we stayed in the motel and enjoyed some steaks and beers. The views from behind the facility span the horizon and are just serene. And, yes, our bizzaro twins were staying here for the night too.









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Old 08-09-2010, 10:55 AM   #32
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Still enjoying this one...
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:03 AM   #33
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Day 10 - July 9, 2010

What a morning! Blue skies and warm. Days like this were made for riding. After soaking in some heat and enjoying our hearty breakfast, we were off to Dawson City.


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And we meet our bizzaro twins again, Dave (12GS):



And Gus (KLR):















I hope you're enjoying! To be continued... gotta get some work done.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:50 PM   #34
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I'm enjoying your report.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:01 PM   #35
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We eventually made our way to Dawson City, YT. It was an early day which allowed us to enjoy this town. What a throw-back! Certain streets practically look untouched from the Gold Rush. We stayed at the Downtown Hotel:











Our horses tied up outside:



Of course, we had to take in the local flavours; gambling, drinking and a show at Diamond Toothless Gerties.









We staggered back to our room and called it a day.

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Old 08-09-2010, 07:42 PM   #36
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Day 11 - July 10, 2010

After a night of what I imagine the gold rush days were like, we headed to the most logical place for a greasy breakfast, the Midnight Sun Chinese Restaraunt. The breakfast was good and even better, our bizzaro twins were eating there. We were all off to the Top of The World, Chicken and then Beaver Creek.


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After a short ferry across the Yukon River, we headed off to the Top of The World Highway.











Just on the Canada-US border (which is only open 8-8 AST):



Obligatory Alaska welcome sign picture:



On to Chicken, AK. The US side of the highway is a bit looser with a decent but very ridable. Apparently the day after, the road had washed out but we got to this fun town. From the Chicken, Alaska site:

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In the late 1800's, early miners traveled far in search of gold. Food was sometimes scarce, but a particular area near the South Fork of the 40-Mile River was abundant in Ptarmigan, now the state bird which bears a resemblance to a chicken (Ah the foreshadowing is thicker than steel.) The miners kept themselves alive with the help of the Ptarmigan (if you consider being eaten as helping.)

In 1902, Chicken was to become incorporated, the second town in Alaska to do so. The name "Ptarmigan" was suggested. Many people liked the name, but felt the quotation marks were too presumptuous. The name was shortened to Ptarmigan.

The only problem was that nobody could agree on the correct spelling. They didn't want their town name to be the source of ridicule and laughter, so they decided on "Chicken." (The irony is thicker than the foreshadowing.)






When in Rome, eat chicken.



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Old 08-10-2010, 04:18 AM   #37
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Day 12 - July 11, 2010

After crossing the border back into Canada, the darkest clouds rolled in and forced us to hole up in a motel in Beaver Creek. Our bizzaro twins were also staying here and this would be the last night that we would see them.

Chris and I wanted to do the Ross River and Canol Road loop so we spent the majority of this wet day heading to Carmacks. The landscaped changed again; becoming relatively flat. Great vistas of the Rockies and some wildlife. We did see a herd of wild horses which was an interesting splash of very different colours and patterns.


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We only took a few photos today:









We got into Carmacks, wet and late and inspected the hotel's watering hole.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:08 AM   #38
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Very nice. I'm enjoying this ...
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:51 AM   #39
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I was on the same stretch of highway July 11th, probably the wettest day of riding I ever experienced, wished I would have stopped in Beaver Creek. Your timing for riding Top of the World couldn't been any better.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:37 PM   #40
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A few more pictures for the ride report so far...

Can't remember exactly where... somewhere along 99 or 97...


Outlook along hiking trail in Wolf Creek campground just south of Whitehorse...


View at Arctic Circle...


Mountain view in Alaska...
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #41
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Great pics ....Loving them Nice to see Will and Amanda left their mark...They are great and I was lucky enough to meet them.

On you panoramics I believe the first one is on 29 Peace river area. I think I took the same pics. It was a long way across that field to the right and the rest area was on top of the hill afterwards. It was super windy when we crossed that valley. I remember they had a trash bin fenced off there when we went through..not sure why but the ground was gone under it...That sound like the same place? It sure looks like it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #42
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Great ride report. I'm now getting really excited about my trip (which is now delayed until Friday), I just hope the fires don't cause me too much trouble.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:18 PM   #43
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Excellent report and great photography!

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Old 08-11-2010, 03:42 AM   #44
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Confused about Sea to Sky Highway?

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Day 1 (June 30, 2010)

... we started up the Sea to Sky Hwy. This road has changed a lot over the course of the past 3 years. The 2010 Olympics injected many infrastructure dollars into the area and consequently the once winding 2-lane highway has now become a 4-lane highway in areas.

We were soon past Squamish and Whistler heading into Pemberton and Lilloet. The views were spectacular... and this was only the first day!

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I am confused since the Sea to Sky Highway goes around the west side of Ganbaldi Provincial Park; therefore the route between Vancouver to Lilliooet should look something like this:



I'm thinking that your GPS is nuts
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:08 AM   #45
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I am confused since the Sea to Sky Highway goes around the west side of Ganbaldi Provincial Park; therefore the route between Vancouver to Lilliooet should look something like this:

I'm thinking that your GPS is nuts
Nice catch! The GPS is sane... I suppose when I copied and pasted the Google code, Google Maps rerouted the trail dynamically - I'll fix it momentarily.
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