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Old 07-13-2008, 02:37 PM   #16
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Ok so I'm up der now...

I stop at the turnoff for the Dempster. I can feel the vibes....I wanna go up it right now, but I need to swap out my tires and meet up with Squonker.



I am psyched! I head into Dawson and take the ferry across the river to the campground.I begin the process of changing both tires.I wash the wheels in the river prior to taking the tires off the rims.I just get the second one done when Squonker shows up.The bead is not properly seated on either wheel but the new tires are installed.I have a luke warm shower with the bag shower I have been carrying along.You can see it laying there on the right.

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Old 07-13-2008, 02:47 PM   #17
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We both decide to walk to the ferry and leave the bikes at the campground.We deliver the used good tires to Downtown Dick.I spot a strange fish trap on the way.


Checking out the sourtoe action.There was a big line-up for it!The toe...

Gotta go see DTG 's place....


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Old 07-13-2008, 03:02 PM   #18
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its still light out!

It was the 3rd show and the ticket booth had closed after the show started so I got in free.

Later I walked around under the midnight sun(partly obscured by cloud).It was about a week prior to soltice and we were well below the Arctic Circle but it was strange being so late.....


We discussed the Dempster and agreed that if the weather looks good we should go for it right away.I thought I would need an extra day in Dawson to do my tires but arriving early, and a smooth installation,they are on so we decide to stop at the Dempster info building, get a forecast and go for it, in the morning.Just need to find a high pressure air supply to seat the beads better.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:03 PM   #19
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:29 PM   #20
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Awesome report! Great pics. I really like seeing the Liard Hot Springs without snow. Neat to see pics of places I've been long ago, and seeing how they've changed or not!

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:34 PM   #21
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I relaxed here at this ritzy area for a while before returning to my more rudimentary accomadations for the night.

The next day I ran up the high road at speed hoping my tires would seat on the rims better.It was a great view from up there.
I had to pull in behind the gas station in town and let the air out and put some soapy water on the rim to get the tire to pop on properly. With that done, a quick stop at the info place and the forecast was good.I think Squonker called up to Eagle Plains and got a road report as well.

And so we are on the road to Inuvik!


First stop, at the trapper cabin about 55 km up....
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:45 PM   #22
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I tried a few casts in the pools below the culvert.I drank a bunch of water from the stream.No fish but the water sure taste good. I looked around the trapper cabin and then fired up and headed towards the Tombstone Mtns.




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Old 07-13-2008, 03:58 PM   #23
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Perfect weather

We road north, sometimes several miles apart.I would stop for a photo, or to fish, and he would zoom by.I would ride up and see him taking a break and blast up the road and stop further up.I felt like I was riding alone but had the knowledge that someone was nearby.It was good.


Stopping to fish



Telescopic rod packs light.Use the smallest panther martin spinner you can get.I did'nt have the smallest one, but it was working.It takes 8 minutes to catch 5 fish, but lotsa small ones.I bagged them for later........
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:38 PM   #25
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Dempster......





The visual experience is surreal riding up this road.Pictures cannot fully convey the surroundings.It is just too large and magnificent, what a vast area! Ogilvie Ridge has a small side road nearby that takes you up to a hgih overlook.


We pull into Eagle Plains.Its cold, we go into the lounge and meet some other riders heading south.They provide us with great info on the road up ahead.thats Squonker there in the yellow,glad to be here!

Dinner for a buck. Or however much Ichi-Ban noodles cost, plus the 5 Arctic Grayling from earlier in the day.Tent camping of course!

Nice oasis in the middle of nowhere.Good hot showers too.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:54 PM   #26
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Next morning was kinda chibble.I slept good as I brought 2 summer bags plus a liner, not knowing what to expect.Its the Arctic after all.I found for the most part it was nice temps up here in June, and plenty of sunlight.We were an hour or so south of the Arctic Circle and my gps displayed the sunrise/sunset times.




The crew of GS riders preparing to head south.It was good to get the scoop from them about the road.5 inches of loose gravel in places, great scenery awaits, when the road changes color, pay attention!Thanks guys

Arctic spruce tree.Can you spot the ptarmigan?
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One of our own heads north!

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EDIT: Surprised that bird didn't become supper....
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:06 PM   #28
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Arctic Circle and the Territories


Leaving Eagle Plains, after hearing about the truck crash that just occurred that morning.Apparently just past the Arctic Circle..






What an incredible ride. I totally get it, why people venture up here!

The last bit of high country before dropping down in to the Beaufort Delta.From up here you can see the curve of the earth and the northern end of the country......pretty spectacular!

Waiting for a ride across the river....

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Old 07-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #29
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Stopping for fuel.The red KLR was able to make the trip without using gas from his gas can( before Eagle Plains section is where the long haul is with no fillups).The black KLR may have, but I poured it in soon as there was room in the tank.


The Gravesite for the "Lost Patrol"

Ice along the River at the Arctic Red River Ferry


and still further......

Until Finally...Inuvik what is it? 770 km of gravel? one helluva ride!
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