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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    Yea I had to go get some of those Northern Ontario Walleyes today....mmm.

    Gaspipe- hope to see you's down at Chabochis, or Hauchinera in Oct.

    Sqounker- great riding the Arctic with you...

    Dave- great place to meet you....

    and now for some more RR.....
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  2. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Ok so we have made it...its way up here in the top end of Canada, Inuvik.It was pretty incredible riding all the way here from just above the Minnesota border on the KLR.The crossing into Yukon, then NWT and riding down into the Beaufort Delta was something I will never forget.The weather was perfect, allowing us to see for miles from the high sections of the Dempster.The first thing on my mind was an accurate forecast, and the report was that there is no rain in sight for many days.Sounds great! I can handle relaxing uo here for a few days.
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    The campground is walking distance into town and is first rate. Nice clean showerhouse, and wooden tent pads are a nice touch.
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    In the north, all the sewer and water is above ground.
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    I went around the community and was looking for a nice souvineer without dropping too much cash.The touristy stuff like the fleece pullovers with the Northwest Territories logo were fetching upwards of $60. I stumbled upon a yard sale and got an authentic G'witchin Tribal Coucil sweater, a t-shirt with a Dene -Inuvik logo for 1$ each, plus they were giving away potato salad and shrimp salads. Sounds good!
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    I also saw some big tundra equipment that is mostly parked in the summer.
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  3. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I checked the little tourist booklet and saw that the town has a nice family complex.This is like a gym, swimming pool with sauna and steam room.I figured I would go there and get a workout in, and hit the sauna.That really hit the spot, felt great. Also during the four day stop, I did some work on the bike, re-filling the battery with water, and cleaning the air filter.
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    Squonker knew some of the locals, and we had a weiner roast scheduled for the following night at the campground.We invited them, and had a nice fire. Now this midnight sun is cool to experience, it just goes around, and around.After a few days , you say to yourself, ok midnight sun, I kinda am getting out of wack here....what time is it? 3 am? really! And then sleep in heavily the next day.
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    The McKenzie Inn, a BMW guy was staying at one of these places waiting for a part for his bike.I wonder how he made out? He was still waiting when we left for Dawson.
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  4. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Spending 3 nights in Inuvik was a treat, not having to turn around and rush back. On the second or third day we were there, Dave showed up having rode up solo to Inuvik. So when we headed south there was three of us.We met a few groups of bikes on the return journey.Here we are on one of the ferries.
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    Now we get to run this spectacular road in the opposite direction, and the forecast is supposed to be sunny.We did a side trip to this small place.It required an extra boat ride to do it.
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    We stayed long enough to have an ice cream or cola and take in the views of the rivers.Then it was time to roll!
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  5. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Looks like the grocery truck is up outa the ditch...
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    We all made it back to EaglePlains and camped out.Fueled up in the morning and rode onwards...
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    We rode past the Ural, then stopped and turned around and backtracked a few hundred metres to talk.I wanted one of these really bad a few years ago, and somehow did not end up with one.Thats Spicy McHaggis riding it.
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    I would ride like a maniac way ahead, then stop and fish.I would see the bikes zoom by...Then I would bag my fish, ride like a maniac and get way past them.
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    I knew the trapper cabin would be a good place to stop and cook the fish up.The roof offered some protection from the light rain that was threatening.
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    Even had a chair to sit down in...
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    I caught up again at Hwy 2 at the gas station...what a ride! Time to go see whats happening in Dawson. D2D starts in a few days.
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  6. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Lotsa bikes were arriving in town and things were starting to get busy for D2D.The local campground in town was getting kinda jammed up. I figured I could find a good renegade style hide-out campsight, and also wanted to ride up to the big lookout as had been recommended.From the lookout I could see a short ways down to a com tower.Such locations had been good to me in the past and sure enough I found a nice quiet spot.
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    I had a great view from up here. I went back into town to check things out.
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    When we had completed the Dempster the bikes were very dirty.Dick from the hotel where I left my tires, had mentioned that when we get back to Dawson pull around back and wash the bikes.I stop back at the campground where all the bikes are and its getting quite full.
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    The next morning I went to the Dempster Information place and brought the girls there some donuts.They quizzed me about my ride and I told them it was great. I signed the book there, and began chatting it up with the locals as I usually do, this leads to all kinds of usefull info.Such as the grizzly bear thats been sighted up at the lookout. Really? tell me more about this.
    There is a time and place for being cheap and saving money, and this is not it(camping out at the com tower) I figured I would move down from the grizzly country and set-up at the campsite just a mile or two from town.I got a nice spot and the couple next to me were riding around the world for the last year and a half.Good neighbors at the campsite.
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    Ok so its time to do some tourist stuff and go ride around.
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    I met these 2 fellows who were waiting for their ride.They were doing some kind of river expedition or something.I recognized the accent as they were struggling to speak to me.I began talking to them in Finn and they were a bit surprised. I had a good long talk about Finland, and Canada, and travelling.It was a great moment.
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  7. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    OK U got me hooked just like the fish.Planning to that way next year. Why is your MC battery going dry all the time.Is it overcharger? I really enjoy GOOD pictures too. Keep them coming.:lurk
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  8. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I never took a pile of photos.I entered in the slow race with all the luggage on the bike and was doing ok, but dabbed near the finish line. Some of the scenes from Dust to Dawson.
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    This rider was going all the way down to Ushuia.There was another rider on a KTM going also on a similiar trip.I never got a photo of the KTM.
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    It was great to meet all you FF's at D2D !

    Now from here I continue onwards.There is more exploring to do. I think it was 4 nights in Dawson after having done the Arctic segment up north.

    More coming......
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  9. jeckyll

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    Great stuff!

    Liard river brings back memories. I was up there in '92 looks much the same from what I remember.

    Looking forward to the rest of the report!
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  10. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I dunno. It does'nt seem to be overcharging,I never put a meter on it yet.They had some(lots) in stock at Canadian Tire in Whitehorse Ykn,but I cheeped out and never replaced the battery, the last chance to do so before heading up into the boonies.Every 2000km it needs to be refilled.
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  11. TJ Willy

    TJ Willy ADV, this, I crave.

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    Great RR. I'm in!
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  12. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    I checked mine recently as well...it was pretty well bone dry!
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  13. Hektoglider

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    The evening in Dawson...the locals say the get some awesome looking sky quite often up there at night with the midnight sun.
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    I rolled on down the road and took a side trip to here and then further on to Keno City.
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    I took the back way from Mayo to Keno City and found it to be rutted up, and the road was shrouded by vegetation offering no good views.
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    I took a ride up to the signpost lookout before getting my camping spot.
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    I went back down into the campground and set up my tent.
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  14. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I walked up into town to check out the museum and maybe talk to some locals at the snack bar.
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    Rokon Trailbreaker. Sitting in a museum up in Keno...
    Actually walking around the town had a museum feel to it.
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    So i spoke to some French tourist /hiker types and they told me if I take the road up to the signpost hill but veer off of it at one of the lower switchbacks onto an old road, I can go see the abandonded mines.Theres a few washouts and rough spots but you should make it ok.
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  15. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Battery's going dry on KLR's is a common thing.
    Keep it full and should be ok.
    It is also a good idea to check the oil on a KLR everytime you gas up.
    Great bikes . If you keep an eye on them they will not let you down!
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  16. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I found the turnoff, this was the next morning so I had all my gear loaded back on and was climbing up the rough road.It had some deep ruts full of water, and also some rough washout areas with rubble rock here and there.
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    Going to old abandonded places is a part of adventure riding I like.
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    Down below you can see the road that leads up to here.Once I got to the top I could see it connects to the signpost road, and it would have been easier to ride from the top down.(But sometimes going downhill into rough stuff can lead you into a jackpot) I never took photos of the rough spots but the VStrom/GS type bikes would struggle doing it.Beleive me.
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  17. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I left there and rode,rode,down the road.Thoughts swirling in the head the hum of the tires on the chipseal eating them away.What hungry roads up north! The whistle of the wind in the helmet, earplugs keep it from whistling right through.....
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    I see the flashing cop lights.No ambulance yet. Riders laying in the ditch.I stop next to some other Goldwings.They were returning from a rally in Whitehorse going north to Dawson.The bike was heavily loaded,carrying a passenger and pulling a huge trailer.From my assessment: they came over a small crest of a hill, hit a dip and went into a speed wobble crossing the centerline and hitting the ditch on the opposite side of the highway.The people were alive,and once the paramedics stabalized them, I helped load them into the ambulance.
    I attempted the Campbell Hwy again and it was so wet(thus no photos) I actually went up about 30 km and was totally covered in grey greasy mud.I lost control of the motorcycle twice.I was not liking it and turned around and went to Whitehorse.I went for sauna at the Olympic Complex and then the campground had a big party amongst the French people there celebrating St John Baptiste? or something like that.Guitars and Harmonica.
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    Ok so now its time to knock off some more good riding, with a side detour around Carcross ...
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    A scenic lake along the way...
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  18. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I turned south and was into BC hoping to camp at Boya Lake Provincial Park.It was said to be one of the warmest lakes in northern British Columbia, suitable for swimming.It turned wet and cool as soon as I got onto the 37 hwy and would remain that way for 2 days.I got to Boya lake early so I kept going further. I stopped at Jade city for some free coffee that was offered to lure people in to buy the cool Jade stuff that was made from locally mined Jade. I bought a can of soup, and motored on. Earlier I had quizzed on of the flag persons at a construction zone about good campsites and was turned on to this nice spot at Simmons lake.I made a fire and put my can of soup on to heat up.I could see fish jumping but was unable to catch one.This is free camping here.Big piles of bear crap on the highway just where you turn in....be brave and set up......
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    There is a nice stream flowing beside here with good water.
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  19. Klay

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    This is a wonderful story.:thumb
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  20. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Ron, I seem to have trouble attatching Gpx files.Unable to share the data.One of the great things about ADVRider is the knowledge base here and I like to contribute as I receive so much from here. Ron ZZr Maybe you can get the file posted if i email it to you.
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