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Old 08-16-2011, 09:53 AM   #826
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Thanks for sharing the journey. It has been a fun read and it brought back memories of my own "growth" as more experience was gained over the years of exploring. Don't let a few with "penis" envy that appear to only have a pathetic agenda of trying to mark others turf with nothing constructive to add even waste your time with replies.

You guys are great, keep enjoying your ride!

Safe Travels and Cheers!

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:09 AM   #827
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You ever see that movie where the guy thought wild bears were his buddies and they ate him?
I don't suggest any ADV riders go swimming in a salmon stream with feeding grizzlies and their cubs... The fact people who stupid things get in trouble with bears doesn't mean bears are extremely dangerous when you use reasonable precautions.

Bears aren't your buddies at the same time grizzlies are not interested in attacking let alone eating people.

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I guess we are wimps plus we hate camping in the rain.
No worries....I didn't enjoy pedalling my bike or camping in the rain either!...

I'm not dissing you guys at all. I just wanted to point out bears are not a serious danger if you take reasonable precautions. Having lived in bear country all my life it's not something that should stop folks from enjoying camping in wild places. Just read up on what to do to be safe and you'll be fine.

Having said that we all have different comfort levels so there is nothing wrong with staying at hotels in bear country if you wouldn't enjoy your time in a tent.

Personally I was way more worried about keeping the rubberside down in that slick as snot Dempster mud!!!
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:14 AM   #828
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We camped in the Kathleen Lake area and that was the only time we had bear spray in the tent with us. We saw black and grizzly's on the way to the campground. We do try and practice bear safe camping but you never know. The chances of being attacked are slim but it was truly the rain that deterred us mainly from setting up camp so many days.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:39 AM   #829
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I guess we are wimps plus we hate camping in the rain.
One thing that this RR has done is to make me want to reevaluate the lodging on my trip planning. Back in the day of the Poverty Rider, it was unthinkable to stay in a motel. Nowadays, at my age, etc, I may be too creaky to rough it nightly for +/- 60 days on the North Slope trip. I may have to luxuriate m'self a bit-- but what the hae, it's just money...
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:42 AM   #830
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I've been subscribed to this thread and following off and on during your epic adventure and I just wanted to say thanks for sharing all your great photos and experiences.

Hope you somehow end up with those bikes
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:12 PM   #831
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Hey,
I read somewhere that these inverters don't have a working USB. Some people have had trouble charging iPhone and blackberry.
Any suggestions/comments?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:18 PM   #832
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Hey,
I read somewhere that these inverters don't have a working USB. Some people have had trouble charging iPhone and blackberry.
Any suggestions/comments?
Thanks.
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Our inverters USB worked great but we kept our iPhones charged in our tank bag all the time with a cable plugged into the powerlet outlet. I used the USB for our helmet cams and mainly head sets. I guess you just need to get the right one??? We used an inexpensive MotoMaster Eliminator Ultra Slim 100W

Input Max 8 A
Output Max 115 V AC, 60Hz

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Old 08-16-2011, 05:22 PM   #833
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"I guess we are wimps plus we hate camping in the rain."
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:39 PM   #834
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Our 1st impressions after we ride our BMW's home from the dealer. They were stored there while we were away.

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Old 08-16-2011, 05:50 PM   #835
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:54 PM   #836
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July 6th 2011


I know we talk about the temperature a lot especially in the morning but here is another comment as to what the temperature was when we got up in Ross River. Brrrrrrrrr!!







Cheryl has 3 pairs of socks on, her Gerbring jacket wrapped around her calves and feet, numerous layers on and of course her dew rag on her head. She said she was warmer. Maybe I need to learn something about using all my socks and clothes in temps like this to sleep more than a few hours.

I got up around 0530 and took a little hike down to the river before any of the campers at the river sites were up. So quiet except the great sound of rushing water.





I’ve got a thing for skies and cloud pictures especially in the morning hours. Something so peaceful about the skies we have been seeing when it is not raining.



My attempt to get artsy with a picture. I would never claim to be a photographer.







We got camp packed up really early today for the long ride to Dawson City. First stop was Faro for a quick bite to eat. More dirt roads and some nice views on the route. The dirt was damp from the rain we got over night so no dust for Cheryl.





More metal bridges which are now just a common crossing for our bikes







We were greeted in Faro by this 65 Tonne truck at the entrance of the town. Wish the WIFI was better to just post short videos of things we are seeing. Maybe when we get to Fairbanks we can upload some videos. Here is the BIG truck and Cheryl just loved playing around in it in all her gear. She is such a kid sometimes but in a good way.







The official welcome sign to Faro






After playing around in the humungous truck, we headed down into the “town” of Faro and found the one and only restaurant so we could have breakfast.


As we were parking our bikes, we noticed this mangy pooch wandering around. It seems to be a common thing up here to let your dogs just roam around. This little guy looked like he could use a bath and a haircut!

Our waitress Morgan was a friendly sort and seemed interested in our adventure and agreed to have her photo taken.


Breakfast was delicious!


We filled up our bellies, but we couldn’t fill up our gas tanks as the town gas station had run out of gas! We still had over half a tank though and we set off for Carmacks.


General Store and gas station in Carmacks








Views and more views from the Klondike Highway






This is at Five Finger Rapids




Seems like a lot of pictures of the two of us….cool we say! We love our Gorilla Tripod!
Met a cool little dog named Jack from Kamloops. A young couple just touring around for a week.


Once again as we ride north to Dawson we begin to see less and less of sun and blue sky. Seems like a daily occurrence, blue sky to this


By now we are not really too upset if it were to rain. The bikes and our gear needs a washing from the Robert Campbell and we did indeed get wet heading all the way up to Dawson City. A shot of some pretty road side flowers.




We both had to stop at the obligatory picture at the welcome sign for Dawson City. All along the road into town there are huge mounds of road mulch. We are certain this is used not only on the Dempster but all roads around here. There are so many of them.






this is one way we take together pics without having to rely on others.


Dinner at Sourdough Joe’s we had great sandwiches and pea soup. That ended our day and tomorrow we will spend some time doing laundry, trying to lube the chains, get the bikes hosed down, and take a steamboat trip down the Yukon.



First, I want to tell you how much I am enjoying your ride report and all the great photos. I have a 955i Triumph Tiger I am hoping to ride up to Alaska next year. Your report is a great source of information.
So, more information is requested.
What kind of cameras are you using on your trip? I am aware of both still and video cameras. No way will I embark upon an adventure trip without both still and video cameras.
I will continue to read and enjoy the ride through your eyes and written words.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:11 PM   #837
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First of all thank you

really nice words....and we thank you. You reposting those early pictures was cool....Cheryl is working on our DVD as I type. I think it is going to be really good at least for us to watch

The cameras we used were 2 Contour HD helmet cams...one GPS version. The 1080p HD camera had issues.

Point & Shoot cameras were a Panasonic Lumix FH25 which is not really working anymore. I am going to see if I can get it fixed. It is relatively new.

Nikon Coolpix S70

Camcorder - Canon Vixia HFR21

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:11 AM   #838
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Followed you girls from start to finish. Great RR and awsume pics. Suggestion for you Cheryl and Leslie if your making a DVD of the pics. Sell them to us wannabes who may be thinking of heading to Alaska someday. Helps pay for the trip and/or donate to your Autistic kids Org. Maybe provide a rough list of expenses, what you did or didn't need, Things you wished you did but didn't get to do and vice versa. Well worth $20-$25US in my book. rj in Walla Walla, WA
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:21 AM   #839
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followed you girls from start to finish. Great rr and awsume pics. Suggestion for you cheryl and leslie if your making a dvd of the pics. Sell them to us wannabes who may be thinking of heading to alaska someday. Helps pay for the trip and/or donate to your autistic kids org. Maybe provide a rough list of expenses, what you did or didn't need, things you wished you did but didn't get to do and vice versa. Well worth $20-$25us in my book. Rj in walla walla, wa
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:25 AM   #840
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Once again ADV will not let me in so I am using Cheryl's username. Not recognizing my password. I ask you guys who do I email again?

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