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Old 07-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #46
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Is that the second camera so far? It wouldn't be a ride with you if you didnt leave half your stuff along the way. Glad you're having a good trip!! See you in August!!
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:40 AM   #47
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Returned to Dawson City from Inuvik yesterday. Nice ride. Did the entire 467 miles (4 million kill o meters?) To beat the rain. And we did.

Saw some Stone Sheep and a moose up close.

Update: Dang, just posted a novel and it was lost due to the spotty net service!

The ride up was soupy, the loooooonnnnnng ride back was fine. We ended up riding all the way back, in one day, stopping only briefly for fuel, clam chowder and rest in Eagle Plains.

Common sight:



Had a fine time interacting with locals in Inuvik. It was all mostly alcohol-related. Picture this: Local gal perched atop a tent and sleeping bag, sans helmet (or common sense) yelling, "Wheeeeee! Faster, faster! Oh, crap--the RCMP! Let me off!" And so it went.

I spoke with some VStrom riders this morning who started for Inuvik but only made it to the Arctic Circle before turning back due to road conditions. It happens.

Shooting for Tok and the "Top of the World" highway today, but who knows...

NOTE: The bikes got a little squirrely now and again; mainly from the deep gravel. I've heard, though, that a rider can go really fast on this road. I was told thjat the day before we were hgere, a rider on a Triumph Sprint did 135 MPH.


Don'ty try it unless you are prepared for the consequences.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:44 AM   #48
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Is that the second camera so far? It wouldn't be a ride with you if you didnt leave half your stuff along the way. Glad you're having a good trip!! See you in August!!
Ha! You are right. But you know how I'm prone to leave gear alongside the road. (Center stands, headlight guards, etc.).

I recovered the camera but that Contour helmet camera is long gone.

I have some classic photos--I swear!--but cannot post them quite yet.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #49
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Looks like another "down day" in Dawson City. We can't seem to escape this place, for one reason or another. Worse places to be, I suppose.




I want to add a shout out to Dan. The guy handled the Dempster--and any other route we've taken--with ease. The guy is the very best traveling partner a rider could hope for. Good dude, to be sure. Here we are at one of the Dempster's two ferry crossings.



We washed our bikes, laundry and ourselves. In that order. So we are now grabbing chow, sampling brews and planning on hitting Tok and as much of Alaska as we can take tomorrow.

And BTW, no, I did not try the sourtoe cocktail.

I do not want it, Sam I am, I do not want to fack up man.
I did not take any sips, I did not let it touch my lips.
I swilled lots of liquor, I think, but I do not want green toes in my drink.


That's it for now. Your humble, and somewhat inebriated, sojourners.
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Old 07-12-2014, 03:07 PM   #50
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Wink Canadian flag girls

I rode from Arkansas to AK 2 years ago. When I tell stories about the trip the very pretty Canadian flag girls are often mentioned, it is very common to see them at road construction zones. I was waiting at the front of the line (motorcycles are waved to the front up there) and at this particular construction zone it was a dude. Had plenty of time to take off my helmet and chat with him so I asked "whats up with the beautiful flag girls?". He says that it is a summer only job that pays great and is popular for that reason with the college girls.
That's why you must watch out in construction zones.
Have a safe trip.
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:59 PM   #51
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...the very pretty Canadian flag girls are often mentioned....
That's why you must watch out in construction zones.
I am especially watchful in construction zones now!
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #52
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Heidenau K60 Scout tires

On a side note, we are past the 4,500-mile mark on the Alaska/Canada ride thus far. The Heidenau K60 Scout tires I installed in San Diego now have over 5,000 miles on them and are looking fairly new. They've been through all sort of terrain and performed well.





I am confident that I can get another 5K miles out of them.

My buddy says they're loud and really hum on the road. I see no downside to these tires.

NOTE: I returned with over 10,500 miles on this set and they're still frickin' good. I'm taking them to Baja in a couple weeks.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:17 AM   #53
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #54
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That means either: I never made it across the border and am scribbling down my imaginary adventures OR I ain't smart enough to post the 263 photos I've taken because I didn't set up a file/photosharing account.

All apologies because we are having a grand old time.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #55
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Enjoying the RR. I was on the Campbell around the time you were in Dawson. Only had sprinkles but the first wet morning out of Chicken was interesting. I can see how a lot of rain can turn those roads very bad.
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We are staying in the UA Fairbanks dorms just like millions of ADVers before us.

We left Dawson City yesterday and rode the Top of the World/Taylor Highway over to Tok. It was raining in Dawson and we were warned by locals and every RVer within earshot NOT to be fools and risk the "Highway of Death" in the rain. On further questioning, none of the old fogies had actually driven the TOW, much less in the rain (yet every single one of them shared horror stories of friends and relatives who had crashed and/or died on the TOW). Upon hearing that we were indeed leaving immediately for said Road of Bones, all of them sadly looked away. Some callled us fools...and it sounded great in a french accent.

The road was beautiful; lots of fine scenery and the road conditions were great. The little rain we did get kept the dust down and cleaned my bike.

The border crossing at Poker Creek was uneventful. The CBPO who inspected us knew some of my friends from California. Small world...


We completely bypassed Chicken; just wasn't feeling it.

True story: I pulled up to a local. He said, "Before you even ask, it was named by a bunch of uneducated idiots."

I said, "Uh, I wanted to know if there was a bar nearby..."

He laughed and added, "Sorry, I get tired of telling tourists how the town was named."

Now, about that bar....

Note: Ptarmigan.

We found Thompson's Eagle Claw campground (http://www.thompsonseaglesclaw.com/) and Vanessa came out to greet us with a smile.




We spoke with the fellow riders (4 other groups) then ran into town for chow at Fast Eddy's then some take-home liquor in the form of Basil Hayden bourbon. We were up till past midnight talking bikes and routes and all things Canada/ Alaska.



Dan changed his oil in the campground's well-equipped---and free---garage while I adjusted the chain.




We left Tok in excellent weather and stopped along the Richardson Highway (The Old Rich) to snap some fine photos of Denali. Only the very top was obscured by clouds. We arrived to Fairbanks in low 50's , high winds, road construction and drizzle. If conditioms would've been better, I would've stopped in at North Pole. Looked like a cool little town, 15 miles from Fairbanks.

We found the dorms, flirted with the college gals, grabbed rooms, soaked in the showers, availed ourselves of the free laundry facilities and rode off in the rain to find Thai sans helmets. (Pad Thai, nearby, on College Ave.)

So much more boring stuff to follow. Stay tuned if you can bear it...
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Enjoying the RR. I was on the Campbell around the time you were in Dawson. Only had sprinkles but the first wet morning out of Chicken was interesting. I can see how a lot of rain can turn those roads very bad.
We'll be in Anchorage tomorrow, taking the Parks Highway down, if you want to share a beer.

Between Fairbanks and Anchorage, right outside of Denali, sits a fine little pub, The 49th State Brewing Company.


In addition to enjoying some fine microbrews, we met some characters in there. In the following photos, you will see at least one crazy man, a Beaverine and a crazy man wearing said Beaverine. You choose which is which...


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Old 07-14-2014, 10:25 PM   #58
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There was some construction about 60 miles in and it was some fun stuff. The flagger--a cute native gal--told me that bikes had been dropping in the mud all day and that momentum was my friend. I said, "I thought safety was my friend." She said, "Not today. You leave safety right here. It's mud city from here on out. You'll need momentum and huevos. Can you handle that?"

NOTE: They oughta have "Flag girls of Canadian Highways" calendar. I'd buy one.
We met the same gal mid-June of this year... she was funny as hell! She talked with my wife... wife, "is there sand? I hate SAND!" Cute native flagger chick, "Oh yea, VERY DEEP SAND, stand on the pegs and go really, really FAST, you will do fine...oh and watch out for grader operator, he does not see too well"

I think she flips shit to dumb ass ADV riders and then her and the crew takes bets on who makes it through with no bike naps... for the record, no naps for us.

I too would buy the Canada cute flagger calendar

You guys are hauling ass... the Dempster was a challenge for us due to weather (rain and high wind) and construction... this is a picture of our bikes at the McKenzie River at 1 or 2 AM... we spent the 8 hours there waiting on the ferry to reopen

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I too would buy the Canada cute flagger calendar
+1

Nice photo of your bikes on the McKenzie.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:18 AM   #60
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If not too late stop at Chilkoot Charlie's (bar in Anchorage) - it's a crazy place from what I don't remember

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