6 weeks on the KLR

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Hektoglider, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I relaxed here at this ritzy area for a while before returning to my more rudimentary accomadations for the night.
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    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.
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    And so we are on the road to Inuvik!
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    First stop, at the trapper cabin about 55 km up....
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  2. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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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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  3. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    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.
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    Stopping to fish
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    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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  4. PrairieRider

    PrairieRider Gearing down for Hell

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    My kinda trip...someday I hope...

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  5. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    Nice oasis in the middle of nowhere.Good hot showers too.
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  6. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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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.
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    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
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    Arctic spruce tree.Can you spot the ptarmigan?
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  7. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    One of our own heads north!:lurk

    :clapKari!!!

    EDIT: Surprised that bird didn't become supper....
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  8. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Leaving Eagle Plains, after hearing about the truck crash that just occurred that morning.Apparently just past the Arctic Circle..
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    What an incredible ride. I totally get it, why people venture up here!
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    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!
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    Waiting for a ride across the river....
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  9. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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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.
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    The Gravesite for the "Lost Patrol"
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    Ice along the River at the Arctic Red River Ferry
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    and still further......
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    Until Finally...Inuvik what is it? 770 km of gravel? one helluva ride!
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  10. ZZR_Ron

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  11. Advdave

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    Kari,

    Thanks for the report, great to see the progress and pics. Sander is here in Juneau now. Great riding with you coming back on the Dempster....still cracks me up how I'm hanging on for dear life in the gravel and you frickin pass me.... one handed taking my picture....

    Ride on, dude!

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  12. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Hey bud, good to see your report. It was good riding with you, the way we rode alone but still had eachother as backup on the Dempster was great.

    And I have to say...we pulled into Eagle Plains at about 11pm, tired and both emotionally and physically beat from our ride that day. The wind was howling and it was cold - we'd gone inside and had a beer (the chap with his feet up on the table was good enough to foot the bill) and all I wanted to do was go to bed. Hektoglider wanted to eat his darned fish and I could see he'd be hurt if I said no, so I put on a brave face and cooked some noodles up. But that meal was one of the best I had throughout my whole trip. In fact it may have been the best because it's still the one that stands out. Nice work with that fishing rod, dude!

    Keep this coming - it's good (especially photos of me!) :lol3
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  13. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    Great story, Kari! Keep it coming, please.

    Hope to catch up with you again one of these days.


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  14. FINNDIAN

    FINNDIAN Mine goes to 11

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  17. ZZR_Ron

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    Sure, he hooks us all in, and then takes off fishing or something....:huh
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  18. Ensey

    Ensey KLR Combat Touring

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  19. Old Fart At Play

    Old Fart At Play Mad about thumpers

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    Not only is he probably fishing...if he sticks to the usual pattern, he'll be fishing for the next six weeks!:rofl
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  20. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    Facinating ride report and great pics. Its good to know that an old KLR is able to complete such a journey. I'm tempted. The living off the land with a fishing rod was a nice touch. I can relate. :thumb
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