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Old 02-03-2011, 02:30 PM   #76
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Day 7: Friday June 18th, 2010

My notes read, "Woke up at 7:00am. Had to flee bug-land."
With the swarms of mosquitoes still around, there was no way I was going to attempt to cook breakfast.
Brandt was still asleep in his tent and we wanted to get going. So to wake him up, we set the alarms off on our bikes! He came crawling out a minute later.
We quickly tore our camps down and started to pack, but the bugs were horrible, so we put on all our motorcycle gear, including our helmets and proceeded to pack the bikes in full ATGATT.

Here's Brandt with his helmet on, packing his bike.


And here's MAG starting her bike. She would later slowly do laps around the campground to keep ahead of the clouds of bugs, while we finished packing the bikes.


My notes read, "Fastest ever camp tear down."

Then we got the heck out of there.


We headed to Fort Nelson for Gas, and breakfast.


We stopped at "The Legendary Fort Nelson Hotel" for breakfast.


I had the Eggs Benedict.


Then we spent some time catching up with the free Wi-Fi.

It was after breakfast that Brandt started looking at the map, and realized how far from home he was. He had to turn around and head home. We tried to lure him into following us with promises of the Hot Springs at Laird, but he was resolute, and we were forced to part ways.
We said our goodbyes. He went South, while we went North.


The road became more interesting with curves and mountains.


At Summit Lake Pass we stopped to admire the view.
This is the highest point on the Alaska Highway at 1295 meters.




Moving on, we passed this gentleman on a Piagio MP3 "Adventure Scooter".

We found out later on that he had a very close encounter with a Grizzly Bear.

After his trip he decided to sell his scooter...
Check out his link.
http://piaggiomp3500.tumblr.com/

I guess the joke was, a Grizzly Bear can run 35 mph, but the scooter can do 36 mph.

We saw the same bear a few days earlier at a roadside pull off.

A few miles down the road, the pavement turned to dirt... or more appropriately, dust.


There were a lot of gas stations that were closed long this section of the Alaska Highway.


The section around Stone Mountain was very scenic.




This was the Alaska that I was expecting.




We had to stop so I could get a picture of this Alaska Highway sign.


and of course we had to keep an eye out for these strange looking barrel shaped four legged animals with bent tails.


We stopped here in Toad River for gas.




Remember how I told you the gas stations kept getting more and more rustic?

We went inside to pay for our gas.

That there is some darned interesting interior decorating.

And check out this snazzy hat!


After filling up on gas, we hit the road again.
Up here there was very little traffic.




But we had to keep an eye out for... Reindeer? Caribou?


Later we passed Muncho Lake.


We stopped and took a few pictures and had a snack.


Apparently you need to keep an eye out for Bison in your rear view mirror.


But the road ahead looked clear.


More "fun" pictures as we got bored... The road was practically deserted. Me might see 30 other vehicles in a whole day.


From a distance it looks like a sign warning you to look for Bison being beamed aboard UFO's.


The road went on...


But later, we did see a Buffalo.


And then a whole herd of them.




After 170+ miles we got to our destination.


I guess there are Bear problems here as well.


We had gotten to the campground early in the day so we could enjoy a special treat.

We set up camp.


Got our towels and swimsuit and took a walk.


and here's our treat.



It's beautiful!!!
And here's what's up.


Swim and enjoy.


After several hours of soaking and washing several days of grime off of us we headed across the street for dinner.

But first we had to get past this vicious Polar Bear.


We ordered dinner.


And FED!

After our feeding session, we went back to camp, and hid in our tent from the bugs. I had a couple of beers... and slept really really well.
A perfect day.

Stats for the day:
215 Miles Moving Average 49.7 Moving time 4:19 Stopped 3:05 Total 7:25

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Tomorrow the bugs get even worse...

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:50 PM   #77
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Hippie Camp

I remember at Liard it was a good thing we got there early. After 6 pm they had too many campers, so they let folks set up their campsites in the overflow parking lot after the Hot Springs closed to the day-folk.

I also remember that we set up camp next to Hippie-ville...there were about 8 people at the site next to us that had a perma-camp set up...evidently they were Morel mushroom pickers, which we saw in great numbers along our journey. (More info on morels here.) I guess morel picking can be quite lucrative as they seem to retail for about $160/POUND!

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:59 PM   #78
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Morels

Here's a couple of pictures of all the morel mushrooms our neighbors had picked.




As $160 a pound, that's about $2000 worth.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #79
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Bear Protection...

On the topic of bear protection...I have heard that you can take Pepper Spray rated for bears, but not that rated for human protection.(across the border).. must be a volume thing.... as if bear spray wouldn't deter a Human attacker! You talked about bangers...?... is that pyrotechnic, or a big spoon and a garbage can lid?
I like the option of being armed that we have in the U.S. ... but Canadian Bears are more civilized than American bears evidently...gotta go toe to toe with steak knives and your teeth. (is a FAIR fight that way.) For the bears maybe.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:21 AM   #80
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BEar scat

You sure that wasn't bear scat ????



Ah--hell--you just kick those bears in the nose and they run away..........
or so I heard
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:41 AM   #81
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Ah--hell--you just kick those bears in the nose and they run away..........
or so I heard
I'm not one to resort to violence.
I've tried to leave that part of me behind in my past.

These days I would be compassionate to their plight, offer them civilized discourse, and perhaps a ride on my KTM.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #82
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Tiger to Protect you!

I forgot about your big orange friend! I think bears allergic to Orange! (KTM Orange that is!!)
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #83
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I forgot about your big orange friend! I think bears allergic to Orange! (KTM Orange that is!!)
Too bad the mosquitoes aren't!
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #84
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Fortunately I'm an ATGATT kinda guy, and walked away unscathed.
Without throwing out any spoilers of things to come... I beg to differ!



I'm sure you'll enlighten everyone as to how you tore the seat of your pants at some point in this RR.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:04 PM   #85
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Day 8: Saturday June 19th, 2010

The next morning we still had bugs at the campsite.
We broke down camp, and slowly made our way to Watson Lake.


We stopped here to get gas.


We hit the road again.


Abandoned gas stations along the way.


Buffalo grazing in the front yard...


The road to Alaska continues...


It's crazy. We have been riding for over a week and we are barely half way to Alaska.


As we were riding along I saw an animal. We stopped.
Oh my! It's a Grizzly Bear!


We took a few pictures, and as we were doing so, an other motorcyclist came from the other direction. We flagged him down so he could see the bear too, and take some pictures.

But then the grizzly started to walk towards us!
We quickly got back on our bikes and rode a half mile down the road.
I remember getting back on Tiger, and really hoping the bike would start.

He was riding a nicely set up, Africa Twin, one on my favorite motorcycles.


I forgot exactly where he had traveled from, but It had been a several month trip. If I remember correctly, he had been in South America for several months.

After chatting for a while and exchanging information, we parted ways, and we kept riding north.


Finally we crossed into the Yukon.


Then out of the Yukon as the road twisted along the border.


Then back in to the Yukon.


After a while we made it to Watson Lake.


Watson Lake is known for its "Sign forest".




There were indeed thousands of signs.




After checking out the Sign Forest, we stopped to get supplies.


As well as fill up our fuel tanks.

We also met some other riders on big Gold wings.


The original plan was to take the "Robert Campbell Highway" of Rt 4 north out of Watson lake up past Tuchitua, and Ross River. It looked great on the map. All dirt road, lots of lakes and river valleys. But when I calculated the distance to the next "possible" fuel at Ross River it was 364 miles! That's way beyond the range of Tiger, even with nearly 7 gallons of fuel it can carry .Then there was still 230 miles to the next "possible" fuel at Carmacks. There could have been gas along the way, but nobody could confirm this. So we re-routed along Rt1, the Alaska highway. I was a bit disappointed. (It was then that I decided I needed to be able to carry more fuel.)

So back on the Alaskan Highway.


We did see this VERY cool motor home.


We rode for about another 30 minutes. One of the waypoints in my GPS indicated that there was another camping spot a few miles up the road. We decided to head there.


Soon we found the campground and decided to call it a day.
We found a nice campsite and started to set up camp.
But then the bugs found us.
WOW. These were the worst ever!!!
No Problem. Activate Bug Con Level 5!


Alisa retreated to the safety of Camp Snuggly.


Can you see all the mosquitoes on the side of the tent?


I decided it was time for a Victory Beer.


Poor Tiger was pretty much completely covered with bug after all these days.


I busied myself with making dinner...
Gourmet Glorp for two.


For those of you who are new to my Ride Reports, Glorp is any meal consisting of canned meat, some kind of soup base, and some kind of starch such as potato flakes, pasta, ramen or rice, flavored with something such as curry powder or garlic salt all miked together in a 2qt pan and cooked. It gets it's name from the sound it makes when it hits your plate. As distasteful as this may sound, at the end of a long day, this basic, and constantly changing one pan meal is nutritious and looked forward to at the end of a long day. Plus it's easy to cook and clean up. I'm called the one pan gourmet.

Once dinner was ready, I lured Alisa out of the tent, and we ate on the run - literally. We had to keep walking quickly around the campground while eating to keep the cloud of mosquitoes behind us. Some nice people with a large trailer saw our antics and took pity on us, and invited us into their trailer to eat our food. They even plied us with some red wine to wash the glorp down.

Later that evening we met a few other motorcyclists.


As we were still in bear country


I did an extra careful job of cleaning up camp, and locked all our food in the provided bear proof lockers.

It was June 19th, very close to the Summer Solstice, so it stayed light almost all night long. We stayed awake for several hours in our tent watching the layers of mosquitoes on the mesh of the tent.

I hoped I would not have to get up in the middle of the night to pee.

Stats for the day: 175 Miles Moving Average 56.1 Moving Time 4:32 stopped 4:52 Total 9:25.

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #86
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Mosquitoes,
A Tiger,
And bears - OH MY!
(I really wanted a video clip for that link, but the only one I could find is blocked in mexico )

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Woo hoo! I'm just glad I found a decent internet connection in time for the GLORP!

Looking good, you two...
We'll be checking in whenever we can.


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Old 02-04-2011, 02:44 PM   #87
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Later that evening we met a few other motorcyclists.

I'm highly social, and I really wanted to chat with the other motorcyclists that had camped there as well, but the bugs drove me away.

I got caught by the dog-walking RVer on the way back to the tent, and he was yakking on and on about living in the Yukon and how eventually you get used to the bugs. All the while a mosquito had landed on the edge of his eye, and I watched, in excrutiating detail, how the mosquito got its free meal. He was right--he never even noticed! (meanwhile I was flipping, fanning, stomping and flapping my arms to keep them off me!!!)

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Looking good, you two...
We'll be checking in whenever we can.


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Thanks for checking in.

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Old 02-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #89
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Q, how are you guys liking the Klim gear. It looks cool.

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Old 02-04-2011, 07:08 PM   #90
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I really dig your RR's, Q and MAG! I send positive waves your way so you can keep up the fine work...

Q - Did you get different pegs for Tiger? I've been running the Zipty Racing, grill-sized ones on both my 990 and 525 and love them. I also love the comments...

Just a note for those plagued by the Canadian Royal Airforce, these Thermacell things really work:

http://www.mosquitorepellent.com/pr_...y_redesign.asp



They don't work in when the wind is stronger than a gentle breeze, but if you notice, mosquito's are generally less of a problem when it's windy. Turns out they're terrible flyers...
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