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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NomadGal, Jun 15, 2014.
Here is their report... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=983889
You had me with those tee shirts....I love hippie chicks. 😘
I think the Starbucks in White Horse has by far the slowest internet I've ever seen at a Starbucks!!
Spend all morning cozying in my tent as the rain was pouring down. Finally around 3 I just put on my rain gear and ran into town (pitched my tent about 25 miles north of White horse) to get fuel for the stove, and some more food for on the road, as well as fuel for Spirit. Tomorrow I'm heading North again to Carmacks to ride the road two Ross and then on to Watson Lake.
I will answer comments once I have better internet!!
Great riding from Ross River to Watson lake~ soo funny that in 2012 you wouldn't have dreamed of wanting to do that!
You can also head Northeast out of Ross on the old Canol road and do some super exploring... after some camping and realignment with the universe, return to the RC hwy and onto Watson Lake.
Awesome ride report! You are a inspiration!
How do you use your solar panel?
Good Lord I am an idiot!! There I was waiting for updates on the old ride report, wondering what was going on!:huh Tonight when I got home it fell into place.....I needed to go to the new ride report and subscribe!!
Always an adventure Esther! Great to see you travelling again. Mud can be VERY challenging especially with less aggressive tires on. Add some ruts or rocks into the mix and things get REAL interesting!! Try dropping your tire pressure to about 15psi. It will make a big difference.
Will be checking the post office closely for parcels. It has been raining here nearly every day as well. At least the forest fire hazard is low!!
Thanks for making the connection, ADK and Schussboelie!
Glad we made you feel better about your load, NomadGal Would have been great to meet you at the McD's in North Pole (not bad coffee or wifi for Ride Report posting, for future reference ), but hopefully our paths will cross on the road sometime soon! Ride safe and enjoy!
That was a grey head band!! but yes, I am letting my grey grow out, tired of dyeing it!
Saw your message too late. Could not have done it anyways as I was running out of water. The ponds here looked way to murky and yuck to drink. And somehow I managed to loose half of my water filter. The important half!! Bummer
But yeah, that was one awesome road!
I used to live in Port Townsend and loved it there, if it hadn't been for the paper mill, I might have stayed.
I might have to look for another place for internet. these guys at the rec are gonna start charging!
After my last post at Starbucks I headed back to my tent (hoping it was still there).
I had marked how many miles exactly it was from the intersection so I would find it again. Glad I did cause I would have rode right past it
Yep having a green tent comes in handy
I cooked dinner while enjoying the fact that I actually had a houseplant for a while
I packed as much as I could (which really wasnt much as I was tired) and went to bed hoping it would not rain during the night.
I slept like a rock and in the morning was woken by a shining sun.
It looked like it was going to be a very nice day.
I took my sweet time cooking breakfast and breaking camp, but was sure Id be out of there by 10.
Why is it every time I am sure of something, something else happens?
Anyway, it was nothing major, or at least I hope it wont be, but upon checking my tire pressure I noticed that the front was just a tad low, but the back didnt show any pressure at all! I looked at the tire, but it looked fine, not flat or anything. I decided to get my green slime air compressor and look at the pressure that way as I figured my tire gauge bit the dust. Same thing, 5psi. I had a flat and didnt even know about it. I had felt that Spirit seemed to pull a tad more, but I thought it was because of all the weight. I plugged the green slime in my 12 volt and blew up my tire.
I thought Id better keep an eye on it and keep checking the pressure every so often.
This is the first time I had a 130/80/17, as I had mentioned before, and I guess pne of the pros on this tire is that you can ride it without any air in it!!
I also notice that the passenger footrest mount was missing a bolt. Must have rattled loose at some point. Luckily I had a whole bin of odds and ends, including a bolt that fit.
I finally took off at 10:30 and headed to Carmacks. Boy did Spirit ever ride a lot better!!! What a difference a full tire makes LOL!
I got to Carmacks at around 12:30 and was able to finally talk to my Dad.
It made all the hassle of going out of my way to go to White Horse worth it.
The fact that I now had 2 full cans of gas for my stove helped too, even though I didnt find much of any kind of food for the road, as the only health food store was now gone.
A big part of me was nervous about setting out to do a 425 Km dirt road, but I had heard it was a gorgeous road, so I felt I just had to ride it, nerves or not. My only hope was that the nice weather would dry out any mud there might have been.
The road started out very promising and I enjoyed having the next miles paved
Everywhere along the route were burnt areas, and if I had not worked for a long time, I would have stopped and made camp among all the other Morell pickers, and made some money. As it was I just couldnt do it, I had just finished with work and the thought of doing it again just didnt sit well with me, I wanted to be free for a while, money or not.
I pulled over for a little rest and a quick snack, and couldnt help but take a pic ot the mountain in between the shrubs
I also found some insulated winter gloves at the side of the road. It looked like they had been there a while, but the inside looked immaculate, never worn, as if they fell off someones snow mobile in the winter.
They fit me, so I decided to keep them and see how warm they were after they dried.
Seeing as the day was sunny, charging my GoalZero Sherpa 50 battery seemed like a good idea
This road just seemed like heaven to me, it was gorgeous beyond words, pictured dont do it justice!
Before I knew it I had arrived at the town of Faro, the end of the paved road!
So far the road was just slightly damp, but very well packed with an occasional wet area.
It was a gorgeous road though!
Crossed over a bridge with a spectacular view, so I made a U-ey and parked the bike.
It was a pretty deep gorge!!
The one thing that was both annoying and a blessing were the heavy trucks barreling a tremendous speed down the road. Im sure they helped to pack the mud down nice and tight, but the drivers could care less about other traffic I think
I got to the turn off for Ross River, the last place to get gas.
I kept riding and ended up at the river where a ferry was waiting. Wait a second??? Did I miss the gas station? I knew that the ferry took you to the road heading into the North West Territories.
I turned around and asked a lady pushing a stroller down the road whre the gas station was. I had gone right past it! In my defense it wasnt an ordinary gas station though. There was a fence with two huge metal tanks like on the back of a truck but stationary, with a wall that had the pumps mounted on them.
There was a note saying please fill up first and then go into the grocery store to pay for your gas. How nice!!!
I have to admit that I find the gas prices here in Canada staggering!! $1.50 or more per liter, which is about $6 a gallon.
I did notice though that ever since I filled up Spirits tire I had way better mileage, about 50 to 53 Mpg, not bad for a 685 cc
After enjoying Ross River, a cute little town with very nice people who kept asking me questions,
Once back on the road, I had a choice, back track 10 miles and hit Hwy 4 then make a left, another 10 to 15 miles, or go down the short cut, only about 7 miles. Hmmm, the entrance of the short cut was scary!! Deep ruts with mud, but it had some dry groves too, so I thought Id chance it. Im glad I did, as that was the worst part of the whole road!
The short cut was beautiful!!
After no time at all I hit the main dirt road (untreated secondary Hwy)
I rode for a while enjoying the really well packed gravel road, looking for a place to make camp.
Occasionally I saw a spot that could have worked, but I held out for something better, a place with a view!
After abut half an hour I barreled past a pullout.
Screechhhhhhhhh, well, as much as I dare to brake on gravel.
I came to a full stop and turned around, that spot would be awesome if there was room for a tent!
I rode Spirit up the little hill to the lookout, and saw that it was just the most prefect place!! In one word, Awesome!!
I parked Spirit and pitched my tent, the only con about the place was the amount of bugs, gnats really, no mosquitos thankfully!
I was in heaven, a perfect place, nice and quiet, and maybe one car every few hours.
I ate and went to bed, blissfully at peace.
The night had been cold and windy but other than waking up a 4 having to use the bathroom, I slept like a baby.
The next day turned out to be hot and sunny. Did I mention hot???
I cant remember the last time I was this warm. Sitting in the tent in my bikini enjoying each little breeze that blows through. There is no shade in this spot, but I didnt care. I finally had a chance to take a baby-wipe bath without freezing my butt off!
I hung my shirts out in the wind to freshen up a little, and worked on Spirit. Looks like I need to re-bleed the brakes, they still feel sluggish like they have an airpocket in them.
I did change the Moose handguards, I had them on wrong so they didnt break the wind at all. Hopefully they will now.
The rest of the day I filled with reading, taking pictures of flowers, typing my RR, and knitting.
Wow! Look! Its as if the flower has a rib cage
I love my little roomy vestibule!
Freshening up my shirts
There are blue ones
and pink ones
some gorgeous wild roses
even very orange trippy moss on rocks
I cant get enough of my view!!
After a good meal I decided to crash early
I woke up around 7, made a cup of instant coffee, and oatmeal, and packed up.
I was out of there by 9:30
As I was packing up my tent though, I noticed a few of these right under my tent wall. What the heck is this? I saw lots of these spit looking things on Vancouver island as well.
I am starting to really like my tent. I can pack everything while the outer shell is still up, which will keep me dry in the rain, and bug free.
Then I quickly break down the rest and leave.
One last look
I rode for a few hours and mostly the road looked like this:
Once in a while a break would come with a bit better view, but all in all it was very smooth and relaxing
I stopped at an outlook, and saw a bird in the tree, as I was taking a picture it flew straight toward me!!
The he landed on the trash can observing me
I gave him a few sesame seeds, and hopped back on Spirit.
What a cool little log cabin this had been!
sometimes the road took my breath away
For those of you who are X-men fans!!
Unfortunately after this sign the road went down hill!!
I have discovered that you can actually shimmy your bikes butt when going over wash board to fast!!
I did not like this part, it felt as if my teeth were gonna fall out, but around 70 km it wasnt too bad.
At one point a sign came up that said road construction. I ended up following this truck, glad he didnt dump any more water than he did.
After I passed him I wondered if that was all as far as the construction went, boy, did I ever wish that had been the case
Have you ever found yourself crying without knowing it????
I had to stop at the stop sign that a young girl was holding. She asked me just you?? I answered Yep! The I asked her how the road ahead was, she said its nice and soft, ??????? I figured Id misheard her.
She let me go after radioing that a woman on a motorcycle by herself was coming.
The second I hit the dirt I about shit my pants, it was soft!!!! And how!
I hit the throttle telling myself you can do this!! One of those heavy rollers past me and I swerved to the left figuring that the road must be a tad more solid after that thing rolled over the dirt. Yeah, not really, but I was doing fine, until
The dirt turned into upturned mud, with tire-tracks going left and right and up and down, with piles of mud here and there. Before I knew it I was about 6 inches deep in mud. Spirits rear end was sliding left and right and left and right for what seemed like forever. I was terrified and in my mind already saw myself flying over the handlebars while Spirit slid sideways. A construction worker heading toward me in a truck saw what was going on, and he pulled way over to the side to give me room to get out of the mud. I kept hitting the throttle tears streaming down my face, but unwilling to give in to my fear or ease off on the throttle, that would have ended disastrously! After a while the road got better and I hit some regular soft dirt before hitting gravel again. I dont know if I breathed that whole time, I was so shaken up but kept on going. After a while it looked like the construction area was over and done with, and I was on a regular gravel road again.
I couldnt believe it, I didnt wipe, I made it!!!
You know, things do happen for a reason. I had been bummed that my ride over the top of the world had been one through mud and rain, but thinking backwards, if I hadnt gone through that, there was no way in hell I would have made it through this! I am sending lots of thank yous to the guys that invited me to ride with them on that muddy road to Dawson City. I owe you more than you know!!
Before long the views turned nice again, and I took some more pictures (I had stopped shaking by then)
I made it to Watson Lake, and of course the first thing I saw where the famous signs
I stopped at the visitor center and asked for directions to primitive campsites. Well, the most primitive one was at Watson Lake, so I headed that way.
I also found out where I could take a shower
Flowers outside the visitor center
I found the camp site and pitched my tent between the mosquitos, and then grabbed some clean clothes and went back to town.
After a wonderful shower at the recreation center, I sat down to use their free internet. Yeah, it was free for half an hour!
So I decided to find another place with wifi, and ended up at Andreas restaurant.
I decided to splurge for once, and ordered a Greek salad and potato skins.
It was wonderful!
I figured once in a while I shouldnt worry about money and spending it, and that turned out to be rather serendipitous! While eating I checked my Paypal Acount and saw that I had received a wonderful donation from katoom916!
Thank you soo much!!! This salad was on you!!
Im about to head back to the campsite, number 39 is my spot, and hopefully will sleep soundly.
Tomorrow Ill be heading to Fort Nelson and then North into the North West Territories for just a little while. There is a road (number 7 that turns in to 1 and then 35) that loops around and I end up in Alberta.
From then it shouldnt take me too long to get to JustJeff in LacLaBiche.
the bird is a Whiskey Jack (gray jay) or Wisakedjak the trickster in native legend. They tame easily to eat from your hand
But will take shiny things
I put it out in the sun, hook it up to my Sherpa 50 (which is a small 50 watts battery) and let it charge full.
After it's full I can charge my laptop, cellphone, Nook, from the battery.
I love it, it's relatively small and I can keep on watching movies in my tent in the middle of nowhere
The products are made by GoalZero, you can find them online.
The only thing I can't charge are my camera batteries, but I have a small 110 converter that I plug in while riding and charge my camera batteries that way.
Now I wished I had stopped by to say hi!!
I was just so eager to hit the road again, that's why I didn't.
I hope we will meet somewhere as well
One quick question:What kind of bugs here bite, and make your bite swell up enormously??
I have a really big arm now, and my neck and leg (which have also been bitten), are swelling as well.
The area is totally hot and inflamed.
Could it be a horsefly?? I does hurt quite a bit, but I'm not sure what to do about it.
I did my first solo motorcycle camp trip to Big Bear lake last weekend. Your ride reports have inspired me. When your last road trip ended, I was like the groupies when Forest Gump stopped running...WTF do I do now?
Glad we are back on the road.
They all bite. Typically there are deer flies, look like a size of a house fly that attack and bite in numbers, horse flies larger than a house fly, that have a fierce bite but normally individuals. There are black flies that will get under your hair, back of the ears. There are no see-ums which are very small and don't hurt bad but itch like hell. Then there are the plain old mosquitoes.
All can cause swelling if you have not been exposed to them. Antihistimanes will reduce swelling and a wash with soap (I find ivory works as it has little scent) will relieve itch
You are most likely dealing with Black flies..
They are slightly larger than gnats..
When they bite you they just chew until you bleed..
They have a anti-coagulant in their saliva which keeps the blood flowing..
Your body is having a reaction to the saliva which causes itching and swelling..
Not much you can do after they bite..
Use skeeter repellent to keep them at bay around your ears, neck and any clothing openings as they will crawl up your sleeves and pant legs..
I use to work in the Fort Nelson area up off of road 77 and they were bad this time of the year..
Really enjoying your ride commentary and photo's..
Some sort of insect nymph, hiding out, I think.
See => http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2010/05/12/arizona-spittlebug/
It's nice to see you back on the road!