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Old 02-18-2013, 08:45 PM   #16
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Great report and it looks like you had a blast. Thank you. I never skip a meal at the Drunken Goat Taverna when in Dawson!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #17
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Hey Sunday rider your welcome! its fun to relive the adventure! Doing this ride report brings all the memories back. Even the four legged hoofed creature that attacked me in my tent. I had forgotten that!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #18
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Hey Yukon tracker, Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I checked out your website, and like it on facebook. Looks really good. I will pass on the word about your tour company.
Good to hear there is a place to rent adventure bikes in town!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:38 PM   #19
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Hey Yukon tracker, Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I checked out your website, and like it on facebook. Looks really good. I will pass on the word about your tour company.
Good to hear there is a place to rent adventure bikes in town!
Great report! Pictures are great (very good composition!) and you convey the excitement you felt well. You need to plan another trip so we can read it
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:20 PM   #20
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mega like!! please continue!!!

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:31 PM   #21
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I like your story and the good mix of pictures to help tell it, keep it coming...
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:42 AM   #22
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Day eight starts off with a shower for me and the Wee. I let the dew dry off the tent before packing up. back into Dawson for breakfast, at a bakery cafe. They mass produce breakfast sandwiches, that are very popular. Very busy place. I sit at the little bar, and wolf my food, and drink my coffee. Today I would be riding up into Tombstone National park, up the Dempster Hwy. I would take a side trip up to another massive gold dredger, not far out of town.One last ride around town, down the backstreets a couple of laps, then head out. The road to the Dredger snakes off the hwy, and soon I come to a little place where you can pan for gold etc...


this dredger is massive, i almost took a tour, but it was long and I wanted to get going. pretty interesting story on these gold dredgers. They were all built near where they were used. Looks like this one saw lots of action. The area creeks around Dawson city had all been dredged buy this big guy. All the materials were hauled up by ship train. steamship etc..
I left and made my way back to the main road. A few Kms down the road is the Dempster Hwy junction. There is a lodge there with a gas station, and a cafe. I fueled up here, and took a few pics of the entrance to the Dempser.


I was stoked to head up the Dempster, I had been reading all about it for months before the trip. I had to make my most painful decision of the trip today, Ride to Inuvik, or at least to the Arctic Circle, or ride into Tombstone, and do some hiking/ exploring, and have a short day on the bike. What a tough decision. I was not sure I had enough time to ride the entire way to Inuvik and back. Most people take two days in, and back out. I was really torn, I wished I had someone else here with me to make the decision. In the end I decided to ride to Tombstone Park, and set up camp.
The mountains around here have a red hue to them, and are bare of trees for the most part. The road is in great shape, and I fly to my destination.

The road in;

Tombstone park is large, and there is a lot to see. I arrived at the Park interprative center, and looked around inside for a while. pretty informative place. i left to find a campsite, just down the road.

Found a nice secluded spot, right beside the Klondike river. The view was incredible. I was now happy to be spending some time here. The weather was sunny, and warm, what a great day and place to be alive
I set up camp,


and grab some fire wood, I decide to take a walk down to the river through a little trail off my campsite.

I take a longer walk around the campground, and find a trail worth exploring.

It winds its way along the river, and I continue for a long ways, until I am all alone. Lots of cool vegetation growing here;

My butt is happy to be off the bike now, and i am feeling relaxed! walk along the river and there are places to walk out across it a bit, with stepping stones, and little dividing channels.




I return to my campite, and have some lunch. looking around I am overwhelmed at the scenery. This is one of the highlights of the trip, just being here and chilling out for a few hours. Eventually I succumb to the bike calling me, and its time to do some two wheeled exploring I could see the road climbing up a hill from my walk, so I head up there to check out the view;


The jagged peak in the distance is Tombstone mountain. here it is close up;

and one more time

I seem to have a big smile on my face


I must like it here....Down the road a few more Kms looks like this;

I keep heading north, the scenery is awesome. I am having a blast just exploring, and stopping lots to take pictures. The bike feels agile, without all my gear on it, I can go as fast or slow as I want. I only see a few cars along the way.

Some of the sights along the way;





I have been out riding for several hours now, there is lots of light left, and I am having way to much fun. i wish I had someone to share this experience with But I get over it fast


I am cruising along taking in the scenery, I come to a marsh area, ride by this sight! I kill the bike, so I don't spook them, and coast a bit further down the road, and come to a stop, and back track to where I get these pictures;






I took a bunch more but these are the best ones. finally I see Moose I sat and watched them for a while, mom sent her calf away for a bit, but he came back to be close to mom. What a sight. I decide to leave them alone to dine on marsh grass, and walk back to the bike. A pickup truck pulls up, and I worry they will shoot the moose! Turns out they are a first nations family from Inuvik, heading to Whitehorse for supplies. we talk about the moose for a bit, and they ask me what I doing out here, with no gear on my bike. I tell them I am camping at Tombstone, and they seem relieved, that I am not suicidal
We wish each other a safe trip and they head south, I continue north. Just uo from where I see the moose, I come to a lake; The name seems fitting;


Self portrait timer shot;



Further down the road;





The northern boundary of Tombstone park;



I see a trail leading down to the river the road follows, and ride down it to take some pics;







I get back on the main road and ride a bit further north. Its getting late by now, about 9:00pm, I don't want to turn back just yet. I still have maybe two hours before it gets dark, but I don't want to push my luck out here.








By the time I took this picture I have turned around and started heading back. I see a wolf crossing the road ahead of me, but it hides in the brush when I try to get a picture, and is gone. It was to large to be a coyote, I have seen lots of those before.
I see a trail head sign going up a steep side road, so I decide to check it out;


A great view from here, Goldensides looks like a great trail.




i ride back down to the main road again, and make my way back to the campsite, its about 10:00pm now, still lots of light left
A couple more pics; This one is still my on my computer screen, one of my favorite pics of this trip.



At this view point you can ride down below the sign, and have a bit of fun;



Back at camp, time for a late dinner. I was hungry, so i cooked up some food, and relaxed.

The view from my spot.


Ok maybe i was starting to get a little lonely;


The fire was nice and warm, it was really starting to get cold when the sun goes gone this far north.



This next picture was taken around 11:00pm;


I went to bed around midnight. another great day. Tomorrow I would start making my way south, and homeward. I did think about finding gas from a camper, and heading up the Dempster to Inuvik though
Dawson to Tombstone park and beyond, about 300km.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:53 AM   #23
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This is a great report, you're doing an excellent job!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:26 AM   #24
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Where's the green with envy smiley?

Great RR, outstanding pics. What are you using for a camera?
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #25
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I've ridden from Toronto to the D2D twice and have loved the far north ever since...it truly is a magical place that just gets under your skin and forces you to return! I have been to many of the places in your pics and love to be reminded of the fantastic time I've had riding to them. The top three places you mention are the best I have seen so far in my riding experiences.
Thanks for the ride report and for bringing back these great memories!
Please keep it coming....I hope to get back there in 2014......it is just too spectacular to stay away from.

Thanks again.......
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #26
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Excellant

I am enjoying your excellant ride report, the pictures are great and so is your intresting narration. I must do this trip as well. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:11 PM   #27
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Thanks for the replies, I am looking forward to doing this ride over again, only taking more time.
Camera used is a Panasonic DMC-series with a 20x optical lens.
Plan to make this trip happen, It will be a great experience!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:21 PM   #28
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Great report

Hey looks like you had an amazing time! Nice to see you had much better weather than we did on the Dempster. Really good pictures too.


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Old 02-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #29
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Yes the weather was good up there, the forecast was changing to rain up Inuvik, one of the reasons I didnt want to ride up there on my own.
I know, I talked myself out of it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:48 PM   #30
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Day nine starts off with me shivering inside my warm sleeping bag. It was a cold night, but I pulled my sleeping bag up over my head, and slept with my thermal under layer on.
I pulled my self out of the tent, and made coffee, started a fire, and heated up some instant oatmeal for breakfast. I still wanted to find gas and head up the Dempster. The weather forecast was turning to rain, so that helped me decide to save it for another ride. Plus, there was still places south I wanted to visit. So I decided I would begin heading southward, beginning my trip home.
Time constraints suck, but I knew that going into this trip, and I was happy to have accomplished what I had so far.
There were few campers up this early, It was a surreal morning being this far north. I love this place, I find it spiritual, and I am not a religious man, But being up in the wilderness, or up in the mountains, I feel alive
I am not ready to leave this place yet, but I want to make it to Whitehorse by days end, so I slowly pack up. I take a walk down to the river, and contemplate life for a bit. Okay time to get moving. It has warmed up, the sun is out, though there is more clouds than earlier, time to ride!
I get out to the Dempster, and stop to take a picture;


I fly down the Dempster, a little frustrated for heading south, instead of north.
I get to the junction, and the gas station, and top up my bike. Hmmm, now I have enough gas to get to Eagle plains, which is the halfway point to Inuvik. My mind id already made up though, and I am heading to Whitehorse. While I am filling up the bike , a guy on a KTM Adventure pulls up. He had just come from Inuvik, and had been pushing hard to make it back. We talked for a while, and headed out in the same direction,
After riding up the Dempster, the scenery to Whitehorse is not to exciting, I rode hard all day, stopping for gas and a butt break once every couple of hours. The road was a blur that day, I passed through a few settlements, not much along this route. (The Klondike hwy). I came close to running out of gas, I did the chin on tank bag tuck for many kms,
and I made it to fuel. I had lunch in Carmacks, and kept rolling. The only thing that was interesting was following the Yukon, and I hoped Whitehorse had something to interest me. After a long day of riding hard, I rolled into Whitehorse, Yukon. I cruised through town checking things out. I would look around, for a bit, grab some food, and look for a place to stay. I ended up down by the river at a big park, and found this old paddle wheeler;



They had a tent set up with a cool video of life during the gold rush, some archival footage of trips up the Yukon river, on these paddle wheelers.
They were just closing up boat tours, so I didn't get a chance to get on board. Next time. Whitehorse is a pretty cool little town, I was tired though, and decided to cruise through on the way back to the highway, and look for a campground. Some how I miss the campgrounds in Whitehorse, no problem, I will keep going. I see a sign for the road south to Carcross, where I had passed through on my way to Skagway. The road was good, and away from Whitehorse, was more interesting to ride.


I found this big map at a pullout;


And just down the road aways, I came to The worlds smallest desert Turns out its an old lake bed, but still a pretty cool place;



I decide to take a hike out into the sand. I see some quad tracks through the sand. It would be a blast to rip it up, but that would be wrong There are some species of plant that only grow in a few places in the world here.



If its a desert, why do I still have my gear on? Its gotta be the most northerly desert in the world?
Very cool walking around here. I continue on to Carcross, just down the road.





Carcross is worth a visit if you are passing by. I ride to my favorite bakery, but its closed I missed it by one hour.
By now I need to find food, and a place to eat, preferably in the same place. The former RV park at the junction to Carcross is closed down, but some first nations women come up to me, and tell me to follow the road to Tagish. I had passed through there earlier on the trip, and knew the way. I came to a place with a sign out front, camping and food! Yes
I ride in, and I am greeted by a couple of big guys on Harleys sitting around having dinner. The place is right on the Tagish river, perfect spot. I soon meet the owner, and her daughters in the kitchen. I order a beer, and a big bowl of pasta, perfect. I am welcome to set up my tent, near the lake beside a Teepee.
The bikers, leave, but friends of the owners are visiting, and the ask me to join them. Soon I was one of the gang, turns out I grew up in the same area in Vancouver as one of the friends, so we got along well; One beer turned into several, then the tequila shots came out




These people were way to much fun. Their hospitality was incredible, they made me feel at home. They also run a place in Panama, where they spend the winter months.(smart) The place is called; Six Mile River Resort.Doug and Mitch, are the owners. Stop in and say Hi, I highly recommend them.
When the sun went down, the party ended, decided to explore the area.
I could have stayed in the teepee, but it smelled a little damp;





The sign says it all


Sunset over Tagish;



Turned out to be a pretty good day, and a great place to end up! Mas tequila por favor!



Day nine comes to an end. Tombstone park to Tagish approx 620 kms.

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