AKDuc's Dust 2 Dawson '09

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AKDuc, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Yet another great far north gathering near the Summer Solstice! :choppa

    Weather was the craziest this year coming and going but luckily not too bad in Dawson. Even tho we had a few days of near record heat earlier this summer up here in the Great White North, the days before D2D were pretty darned chilly. How chilly? The night before we hit Tok on our way to Dawson it was 28f/-2c! Thankfully, the sun did show thru some each day and give us some much appreciated warmth. :D

    We almost had a really huge group departing together but many decided to get an earlier start outta Anchorage. FlyRescue (Ben), The Mad Hatter (Daniel), Dicon, and their pillions showed up to ride out with me and my neighbor FarNorthBusa, aka Vic in the orange vest.

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    With FarNorthBusa living on one side of me and adv'er AKTurkey (John) on the other, there are 3 adv'ers in row on our little cul-de-sac. John really wanted to go this year as he had such a great time last year but had just taken a new job and couldn't. It was John's lovely and quite famous daughter Olympic Snowboard medalist Rosie Fletcher who took these photos of us. :wink:

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    On the road. Daniel and his lovely pillion Tammy on their Tiger.
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    Dicon and his lovely pillion Evelyn. Quite the artwork on the panniers, eh?
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    Neighbor FarNorthBusa Vic and his blinged out brand new WeeStrom.
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    FlyRescue Ben's fiance' and Vic work together and Ben decided to join us for this ride. Ben's into sportbikes and dirtbikes but decided to give his (free) 1980 Yamaha a try as a dualsport. He said it did really well but now he's in the market for a real dualsport because of the wonderful time he had on this trip! :ricky

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    Heading north above Sutton.
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    Farther north twisties nearing Long Lake.
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    And even farther north nearing the construction around Hick's Creek. Notice the fresh snow on the mountain tops! :huh
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    And who did we find waiting at the front of the line at the construction? The world famous adv'er "sheepskin buttpad" Barb (orange helmet), her hubby Vic, and Scorpion Helmet rep John from California. John came up and rented a bike just for this trip. Barb said he went home "a changed man" as he's ALL about dualsport adventure riding now! :ricky

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    Through the construction we go.
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    Approaching Glenallen about 180mi north of Anchorage.
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    In the distance, the ever impressive Mt Drum looking especially striking with fresh snow.
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    Getting into the flatlands and straight stretches near Tok were many of us were planning on staying at the Eagle's Claw m/c only campground again this year. Last year we filled the place up completely. Slightly less turn-out this year. Oh and yeah, just a wee bit chillier this year. As I mentioned earlier, 28f/-2c at night. :huh A few miles back we went thru some hail that turned the ground white. Luckily it only lasted about 1/2mi. and didn't turn the road slick. :eek1

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    The next day. My little KLR in the big burn area between Tok and Chicken, AK.
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    Last stop before the border, Boundary, AK on Top of the World Highway.
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    First time ever using my brand new passport got me into Yukon Canada. :D
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    Stopped at the top to take advantage of some sun for more photos. :brow
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    Me-n-my lovely little KLR on Top of the World Highway. :brow Next stop, Dawson City Yukon. Mark H.

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  2. GB

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    Oh ya!! Great group ride!! :thumb

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  3. Buffalo Bill

    Buffalo Bill kickthetire.litethefire

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    Hey Duc,

    Looks like you wintered well...The KLR looks pretty good too....

    Thanks for posting up....


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  4. jimblack

    jimblack Adventurer

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    Mark,
    Thanks for the great report as always. I cant tell you how much I missed this trip this year. I really thought i could make it then the dates of this run changed. I had a commitment that I could not get out of.
    Gonna try to take Mason on a trip to Whitehorse to make up for it.

    Miss seeing ya,
    Jim and Mason
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  5. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Very cool, Mark. Wish I coulda been there.

    I'm assuming you were in one of the groups of riders that I passed as I was heading towards Los Anchorage???

    Spicy
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  6. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Thanks. Yeah, wish you, Jim B, and many other previous attendees had been there laughing it up with us all too! Good times. :D

    Spicy, the group I was with was sitting in the Sheep Mountain Lodge eating when you went by. Since you're new to the area, you probably didn't even notice it as you didn't even glance over. IMO Sheep Mt has the best food on that stretch of road. Yummy!

    Hopefully I make it to the Kodiak gathering this Fall.

    I'll get to more of this report tonight. Mark H.
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  7. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    :wave

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  8. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Hi Rivka! ^ :wave

    And how about you, next year? :brow

    Mark H.
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  9. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    I'd love to.

    we'll see how long I can stay off the bench :lol3
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  10. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    So here we are. Complete with the renowned yellow booted bard of the "Sour Toe" tale crossing main street! :wink:

    And notice too the slightly out of place blue Suby on the left. Young Chad drove it up from Nevada and timed it to be here with his parents, multi D2D attendees MotoMama and HackyMoto. Word has it he did the complete poker run in it albeit to the sacrifice of some body panels.

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    This year I decided to try tenting it in Dawson just to socialize a bit more. This photo is of our site in the Downtown RV Campsite. Not bad but there wasn't any place for a campfire! Oh well, still a lot of fun. Everyone in this photo is from the Anchorage area. Even Beezer on the far right, tho he touts he's originally from Spenard, AK "the center of the universe." :lol3

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    Besides D2D many others were in town this weekend to see the finish of the longest annual canoe and kayak race: http://www.yukonriverquest.com/ at 460mi/740km.
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    I knew a few people from Anchorage who were competing this year. The two girls I knew paddling solo kayaks both had to scratch with shoulder ailments. It was still fun and quite a surprise to them to see me in Dawson! :brow This is the boat my friend Susan paddled, a Current Designs Extreme. Long, narrow, and fast.

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    1st place went to Team Texans in a very custom all carbon fiber extreme tumblehome canoe.
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    2nd place went to a First Nations team from northern Saskatchewan who the day before stopped to lend a helping hand to the Texans after their canoe overturned. The canoes:

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    While the landscape surrounding Dawson is stunning, I especially enjoy visiting with the riders from all around the world at D2D, like this 19yo from Croatia on his way round the world on a highly admired Tenere.

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    And then there's The Games.... Ah yes, the D2D bike games. Four different solo events, the slow bike race, the ball drop, the cone weave, and the blindfold challenge. Fun! :evil

    Here's my neighbor Vic doing the blindfold challenge seeing how close he can stop on a paper plate down the street. When I first heard of this event I thought to myself "I've never ridden a motorcycle with my eyes closed!" :huh :lol2 Very strange. So I went to an empty parking lot and came to a stop with both feet on the ground, closed my eyes, got going again and then stopped a ways away. Bizarre sensation to say the least. :lol3

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    So this was my 3rd year participating in the games. All without ever winning anything. Till this year.... yep, I'm the '09 D2D Ball Drop Champ! :lol3 Too funny. This photo of me is compliments of my good bud and master KLR and A&P mechanic Beezer. :wink:

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    There are also 2 tandem rider events, the water balloon toss and the wiener grab. Crazy fun. Maybe next year I'll ride with my pillion pegs on. :wink:

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    Kersplash! Oops, looks like Brian and his pillion missed one.
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    And the illustrious adv'er Ace and his pillion doin the wiener grab. And it's a miss.
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    Here's a thread with more 2-up game photos for those interested: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=480312

    Next, the trip home. Mark H.
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  11. Ride2ADV

    Ride2ADV World Shrinkers

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    Way to go Mark! Keeping the tradition! Sorry we couldn't be there this year, so thanks for taking the time to do another report for us to be there with you in spirit.

    Maybe we can make it next year.

    Best to you!

    Mike and Kim
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  12. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    NICE!! Can't wait to get back up there and finish off the Dempster Highway!!
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  13. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    Superb effort Mark! You are my favorite trip writer. :0-0 Keep up the good work. :clap
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  14. SCOTTSST

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    good stuff Mark I need to make it up there some time it looks like a real blast ! are you still planing on coming down to the lower 48 soon ?
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  15. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Great report and pix MARK...bravo!
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  16. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Thank you all for the compliments. Glad you're enjoying it and it's a pleasure to share.

    Saturday morning departure. We woke up to a beautiful day. Many of us packed up and caught the ferry across the Yukon River.

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    I had hopes and visions of a nice dry, dusty, and warm ride home to Anchorage. Boy, would I be wrong.

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    It went from mostly cloudy to thick fog as we ascended up to the Border.
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    And then we were riding in the clouds.
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    We descended into even thicker stuff! :eek1 And it was raining. Thus making for some of THE slipperiest mud I've ridden in. Last year I rode on TKC 80's the seemingly tire of choice for dirt roads up here and like em a lot. This year I wanted to try a bit smoother tire combo as about 3/4 of this ride is on pavement. So now there's a Mefos on the front and a Anakee on the rear. I was impressed with how well the combo did in the mud and gravel . Yeah, she got a little loose under me at times but no real close calls or anything too scary. Not sure if it makes much difference in smoothness tho since I am on a big thumper.

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    And it was COLD! Look at all this fresh snow in the trees at an even lower elevation. Brrrr cold!
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    You can barely make out a totally white Gunsight Mountain in the distance.
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    Fresh snow around Sheep Mountain.
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    Chasing Ben towards Lion's Head off in the distance. And yes, it was raining.

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    Rain till we got near Palmer where it turned mostly sunny making for a lovely evening arrival! :D

    Everyone I've talked to about the trip all agree that even with the crazy weather we encountered it was a fun and very exciting ride. Fun because nobody crashed and we all made it thru unscathed. :thumb

    My folks had watched Comet while I was gone. Here's the token shot of him. All Comet really wants to know is if he's gonna get a snack since neighbor Vic kept saying the word "snack" to get him to tilt his head for this shot. :lol2

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    There you have it, another wonderful year. :D Hope to see many more of you up there in 2010. :ricky

    Take care. Have fun, Mark H.
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  17. Dakarider

    Dakarider INBMWR & WSBMWR Member

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    16 years since I've seen you Mark! till looking as fit as ever! I hope all is going well ..Great Post!!!
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  18. fire-on-ice

    fire-on-ice schreck (1st ogre)

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    very nice job, you can cover my trips anytime
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