Yet another great far north gathering near the Summer Solstice! 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. 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. 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. On the road. Daniel and his lovely pillion Tammy on their Tiger. Dicon and his lovely pillion Evelyn. Quite the artwork on the panniers, eh? Neighbor FarNorthBusa Vic and his blinged out brand new WeeStrom. 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! Heading north above Sutton. Farther north twisties nearing Long Lake. And even farther north nearing the construction around Hick's Creek. Notice the fresh snow on the mountain tops! :huh 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! Through the construction we go. Approaching Glenallen about 180mi north of Anchorage. In the distance, the ever impressive Mt Drum looking especially striking with fresh snow. 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 The next day. My little KLR in the big burn area between Tok and Chicken, AK. Last stop before the border, Boundary, AK on Top of the World Highway. First time ever using my brand new passport got me into Yukon Canada. Stopped at the top to take advantage of some sun for more photos. Me-n-my lovely little KLR on Top of the World Highway. Next stop, Dawson City Yukon. Mark H.