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Old 12-05-2012, 05:29 AM   #151
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My girlfriend and I rode from South Texas to Inuvik June 4 - July 12 2012. You write a great report - thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:57 AM   #152
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Fantastic ride report. Had me laughing , smiling and being teary eyed though out reading it. As a long time , and still, solo rider, I feel your passion for the road and your bike in your writings. Thanks for the work and time to share with us these words of yours. I so suck at ride reports of my own.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #153
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Very nice job on the report........thanks for taking us along!

Like you, I have found that as much as I enjoy the scenery, and possibly the destination...what I enjoy most is just being on the bike alone with my thoughts. And the best part is always connecting with new friends I have been lucky enough to receive the "kindness of strangers" more than once...and now try to pay it forward whenever I have the chance.

Ride safe....................Best...................... John
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:22 AM   #154
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Well played!

RNT - I have enjoyed the read and thanks for the distraction from work the last 2 mornings. Ya know personaly I would never take such a big bite but for some reason I just love reading RR like this. Not all of em but yours yea, your overall ADV, bike of choice and writing style has got me hooked. More vid link please if ya got em and keep it comin.

If ya ever make it down for BIke Week the suds are on me .
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #155
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #156
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Day 13: Liard Hot Springs, BC - Teslin Lake, YK

Day 13:
June 2, 2012
Liard Hot Springs, BC – Teslin Lake, YT: 335mi

It rained overnight, just a light rain that made sleeping better than ever. There’s something about hearing the pitter patter on the tent walls while snuggled in a down sleeping bag that makes the coziest environment ever. I did not want to move or get up and was loathing the idea of packing up a wet tent or loading the bike in the rain. I missed my dog back home, wishing she was snuggling with me like she always does when we go backpacking.

I was laying there awake for awhile when I heard a soft voice with a German accent outside my tent. “Guten Morgen Anna.” I was happy to hear my friend’s voice and said good morning to him as I opened the tent. I saw him standing there by my bike attempting to place a note on it, melting in the rain. He turned smiling and said, “Bike fest, you come when you’re ready.” Then he left.

I sat there confused for a moment then went to look at the soggy piece of paper he left on my bike. It said “Breakfast at Café Volker.” Ooooh……he said “breakfast,” not “bike fest.” Sweet! It was all the more reason to not pack up and ride in the rain.

He said it was the first time he invited someone into his truck to eat with him. He seemed a lonely traveler. I could see the excitement in him for having a guest, proud to offer his hospitality. He made coffee, boiled some eggs and showed me how to eat them like a proper European- sitting in a special cup and using a special tiny spoon to scoop it from its shell.

We had toast with jam and fruit while I listened to him tell stories of his travels across the world. It was nice to spend a morning visiting, watching the rain outside the window. My usual rush to pack-up and hit the road left me that day. For the first time I felt comfortable with just hanging out somewhere for a little bit, not feeling the need to go.

When the time came for me to leave he told me I was a good girl and was very impressed with my own adventure. He said if he was only younger I would not be able to resist him and he would not let me leave. I think I know what he meant by that, in an endearing way. He took another photo of me all geared up with the bike and kissed me goodbye, the European way of course- a kiss for each cheek.

I rode in light rain for the first couple hours of the day. Then it dried up. I saw lots of buffalo and black bear, too many to count. I was too nervous to stop and take a picture. I laughed out loud at one point when I passed a bear with a mouthful of grass staring at me go by. It made me think of the look a stoner has when they’re blitzed and shoving cookies in their mouth when they get the munchies.



When I got to Watson Lake I went to the famous Sign Post Forest. I wanted to hang something in memory of Dan and the trip I was doing, but I had no material for it. So I just wandered the forest and admired the assemblage of symbolic marks others had left on their own journey.







I called the boys I had met yesterday and told them I was in town if they still wanted to get lunch. They were excited to escape work and met me at what seemed to be the only restaurant in town. Inspired by the number of buffalo I had seen, I enjoyed an enormous, juicy, local buffalo burger. They kindly insisted on getting the bill and said they wanted to help me out on my journey. Just pay it forward.

I mounted the Alaskan Highway, headed toward Whitehorse. There was a hostel there and I desperately needed a shower. But after stopping in Teslin for fuel, I passed a little campground on the banks of the lake that rented canoes. Intrigued I turned around to check it out.

Not a soul was camping there and it was only $10 to stay. I knocked on the door of the office, which was actually the host’s house. He greeted me seeming surprised someone wanted to camp. I was early he said. He hadn’t had too many campers yet this season. I asked about the canoes and he said I could take one out free of charge. I didn’t hesitate to stay.









It was a beautiful spot. The water was so calm and crystal clear surrounded by white tipped mountains. I felt peaceful here. I was really beginning to enjoy my trip, being alone. I felt confident for once in my life.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:12 PM   #157
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:17 PM   #158
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Anna, It is quite a treat to read about the beginning of your journey! Thanks, Don
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #159
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GREAT work, can't wait for more
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:53 PM   #160
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:20 PM   #161
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Really admire your spirit. Go, girl, go!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:52 PM   #162
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Amazing RR...sucked me in 'til the end. You are one brave woman and you did your brother proud Looking forward to reading more!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:46 AM   #163
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No matter the outcome, you've had the trip of a lifetime.

Well done.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:04 AM   #164
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" I felt confident for once in my life."

I sure hope that confidence has stayed with you. It should have. What a trip, and what a tribute to your brother.

There's nothing like a canoe on a calm lake for peace and quiet.

So glad your taking the time to write this.

One last thing.. I'm a Dad, my daughter is 27.. Be careful out there.. Ok, Dad mode over.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #165
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WOW, that lake is incredible!
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