Inuvik or Bust!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tropic-Of-Canada, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    Photos coming, I still have about 800 kms till I'm home. Once there and rested, I will start going through them and posting!

    Today was my first chance to look at them on a real computer, they're looking real good!

    Except for that damn spot on the lens.....:bluduh
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  2. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    The night before, I spent 1/2 hr banging out some brackets for my cheezy windshield. I used what I had at hand, and amazingly it lasted the trip!

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    First stop was in Fort Fraser, to try and find my Great Grandfather's grave.

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    Didn't take too long to find him! It's a pretty amazing experience to find a grave of someone in your family that you never met before.

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    It's a beautiful spot too.

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    I don't see many of these where I live!

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    I found a shortcut around Houston, Summit Lake Rd. The lake is more of a swamp, but it takes 20 kms off the trip, and is a good escape from pavement.

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    From the east, stay right at the first fork then left at the first intersection, follow for 15-20 kms, and it spits you out here. Take the right fork.

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    Too bad it was gated across the overpass! Beautiful country.

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    I was real glad for that windshield, there was a lot of this!!

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    To get to cool places like this!!

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    Camp on Surprise Creek, on the way to Stewart. The days are already getting longer as I head north! This is about 11:00.

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    And some very faint northern lights. Oh well, it's a good sign!

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  3. Motojournalism

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    Nice one! :clap

    Congrats on completing your first epic :ricky

    Different kind of riding than a usual weekend out eh?

    Love the pics, looking forward to more stories and photos

    See you in a few weeks
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  4. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    It's amazing how much you start looking forward to seeing power poles on the long straights!!! Absolutely hypnotic roads for an Islander!
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  5. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    I forgot to mention, when I started seeing northern lights, I had the bug net open on my tent. While I was watching the sky, I started falling asleep, and a rat almost made it's way into my tent! Last year sleeping under the stars, it was a fox or something that gave me a nose bump by Harrison Lake! I'm not sure about this sleeping under the stars thing!:lol3
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  6. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Some nice sights to wake up to while I make coffee and porridge. Coffee was an awesome idea to bring along! Makes breaking camp far easier. I'm going to roll down to Stewart, and see if I can get into the states and back.

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    This is the first big load I see. It came from a cargo ship in Hyder, and was on its way to Bob Quinn work camp: a 9 hour trip for them... I wonder what it was? I might as well take my time coming back!!

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    Into the fog belt. It's a nice effect!

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    A nice wagon with a thin coating of dust in Stewart. I stop for a 2nd breakfast before questioning the border guard about re-entry.

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  7. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    I pulled up to the CBSA and asked about re-entry without a Canadian Passport, and he said with photo ID I would be fine, though they might run my name upon re-entry. No record, no problem! Into Hyder I go, and up the Mountain!

    Perfect weather for it! This is my first sighting of the Salmon Glacier!

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    This is just 10X zoom on my G7. I can't guess how deep these crevasses must be!

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    One feels very small up here!

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    Looking straight down!

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    It's an amazing place, I could have spent a lot more time here! It's almost 1:00, time to get rolling!

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  8. beemerphile

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    I have one. Mine is a 1970 Kaiser multi-fuel D Turbo. They are a freaking blast...

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  9. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    :tb What kind of mileage do you get?
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  10. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    On the way back through Hyder, there were construction flaggers at the main intersection. The one was gesturing for me to go left...I signaled that I wanted to go straight. I see a pier in the distance! The flagger asked if I was wanting to go to the Hotel.. No, I was just wanting to see what there was to see. "Oh, do you want to ride to the end of the pier?" "Sure!!" I said. "Ok, I'll radio down and let them know you're coming!"

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    I had a good long chat with the flagger at the end. She has lived in Hyder for 20 some odd years, and told me a few stories of wolves and grizzly bears.

    She told me how windy it can get out here, and how hard it gets hard to hold up the stop sign on a blustery day. One time she says she wasn't braced, and the wind smacked her sign pole into right her forehead! "I decided to use hand signals for the rest of the day!" she said.

    When I came into town, there was a large cargo ship, which had since left, apparently for China. It was full of gold ore. I had been seeing some pretty massive trucks on the way in.

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    She told me how one time there was a rare lightning storm when she was working out here, that sparked a blaze on this slope. She says she saw a ball of flame explode, and then smoke soon after. It burned for 2 weeks.

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    Apparently these piles at the foot of the mountain are where the original town of Hyder sat. There was a massive fire at some point that wiped out the original town. It was real nice chatting with someone who had lived there for so long. You learn a lot!

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  11. Motojournalism

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    Those glaciers are EPIC! :yikes
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    Fantastic pictures and write up. Thanks
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  13. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    So I pull up to the Canadian border guard hut, shut off the engine, and immediately, the same guard storms out the door towards me asking for a passport...I reminded him of our discussion, and he asks for photo ID and Place of birth.

    "Victoria BC......Why do you not have a passport?"
    "Well, I haven't been to the states since I was five!" I said.
    "What? You live on the mainland and you are telling me you never go into the states???"
    "Well, no..."
    "Weird....Are you bringing any firearms into Canada?"
    "No."
    "Do you have any other weapons to declare?"
    "Just bear spr-"
    "Welcome to Canada......":lol3
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    Some interesting buildings back in Stewart.

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    The windshield, so far doing it's job! I can tuck the bottom of my helmet into this spot and be almost free of wind noise!

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    It's a pretty long haul to Dease Lake on Hwy 37, on one section, there are some pretty big high tension electric towers going up. Might make an interesting construction delay for someone...

    The Pavement on 37 north of Meziadin Junction is absolute torture on tires! Glued down jagged gravel! I'm not sure how that was a highway improvement. I would have preferred to ride the dirt that it was before!

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    I love these signs! I regret not taking a picture of one that listed the services..Food, gas, lodging, Helicopter.....

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    You start getting a sense of nothingness when they start naming culverts as geographical features on the road, and helicopters and bush ambulances are parked here and there.

    That, and the odd abandoned vehicle!:deal

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    Managed to ride through and get ahead of this storm!

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    I'm really starting to notice the longer daylight! I didn't get out of Stewart until 2:00, yet still covered about 400kms. I found a good camping spot on Dease Lake, just north of town. There was even a bit of wood left at the fire pit!

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    I wake up about 7:00 with a smashing headache on the beach of Dease Lake.........I've been afraid of this for the entire trip, I get these in bouts that last about 2 months, and I can get them every few days, almost on cue every time... I missed my last day of work before leaving because of these...Aside from the hot poker type pain on one side, the red, tearing up eye, and clogged sinus, I cannot keep my eyes open without pliers...My body just wont let them! Can't ride like that!

    It incapacitates me until about 2:00. It was a struggle making breakfast and pumping fresh water through my filter. At least it is warm enough to just lie on the beach in pain....I gotta get some miles in!

    First stop was Jade City. Not a city at all, but a nice little tourist trap! Nice people who run it, lots of green trinkets to buy, and free coffee! That and a Oh Henry get me through for the next while... I'm looking for some real food soon. I feel starved and dehydrated..

    There are some neat artifacts to see at Jade City. Here is a gas powered reciprocating saw.

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    Good Hope Lake. No gas here, despite what the sign says!!!

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    And Miles and miles of this, up to the Yukon Border. The smell of smoke is getting ever stronger.

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    Well, this is my first time leaving BC north of the border!

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    I made it to the Yukon Territory! Still haven't made it to another province yet!

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    Here's some useful info for Hwy 37. It never hurts to take a pic of these numbers and places.

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    Had a reasonably healthy, yet mediocre meal near the 37/Alaska Junction. It was good to eat anything at all, but there was waay too much butter on my rice, and I paid top dollar for a tiny bottle of water with it...While staff drank from a pitcher....I will leave them nameless!

    Got a good soaking further up the Alaska, Flashes of lightning, thicker smoke.

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    I pushed as far ahead as I could to make up for the late start. Just made it to Teslin in time to get gas before they closed at 11:00. Got another free coffee just before they dumped it!

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    The rain has brought out the bugs! I leave Teslin in the dark. The bugs look like snow in my headlights.

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    By the time I get here, I can barely see through the bugs on my visor! I'm 40 kms north of Teslin, good enough for the night! I'm hoping I can ride the Canol on the way back!!!

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    Ain't that a bitch!!? I still have a set of tire irons somewhere in Canada in a ditch. Lucky for me three Canadians were only a few minutes behind me on the Cassiar and had tools:lol3 I'm much to lazy to walk.
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  17. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Funny, I was worried about my things being strapped down good enough for the Dempster, which as it turns out, is for the most part, devoid of pot holes and washboard!

    Many Vancouver Island backroads are in much worse shape than the Dempster, though I can see how it might get slick in the wet with the sort of clay base it is.
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    Well, got a good early start to the day, It was still damp out, not raining, but looking like it could. Good motivation to get going!! I was on the road by 8:15.

    Some old mining company trucks at the south end of the Canol Road.

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    I ride in to Whitehorse for that now far overdue oil change and breakfast...Oil comes first! I don't want to miss my chance!
    First traffic light since Smithers!!

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    Downtown is actually quite busy, it certainly feels like a city, most traffic I've seen in a long while now! I ride towards an intersection with a 2 way stop, myself having the rightaway...Luckily, I'm always scanning intersections, and I see someone gliding right through the stop sign without even slowing down!! I hit the brakes firmly, and hit my new 135db horn...They didn't even flinch!! I'll be glad to get on the highway again...

    I don't think it's called Yukon Harley anymore, but I went to the non Yamaha/Suzuki dealer, as it was the first I saw. They were real nice by going out of their way to get me an oil pan, and dispose of my used oil for me, despite how busy they were! Props to them for that.
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  19. Boots...No Bike

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    The Dempster sounds like a dream compared to Austin Road! :rofl
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  20. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Yes, Austin road has seen better days!