Road to Tuk.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by MGV8, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. willys

    willys Long timer

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    From my experience with trucks, is that they slow daown for us IF you do the same......and wave....sounds too good to be true but they have our best interests at heart as well as their schedules. The worst people I found were idiots in pick up trucks towing trailers.....but they are few and far between.
    Personally that wouldn't be my reason for thinking it'll be a bad option to do it this year over others.
    You can always start out, then personally decide if it's too bad for you and then turn around.....but, from what I have heard from the two posts I have seen it that the surface is done on the road over all, it's just 2 bridge placements and barracades and signs to be installed.....Also they must be using it now as they say they have installed ice crossings for people to use this winter where the two bridges are mean to be spanned. Also the bridges are simply the installation of the decking across the spans...so I would expect them done by the time we get there for sure.....again if they have allowed locals to use it during the winter months I expect they will have those two spans done asap. to keep the flow of goods goinginstead of flying them in at a massive cost difference.
    But that is just my personal opinion.....
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  2. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    Hey I'm 100% in. I'd do the trip every year if I could. This will be my forth time. I'm located in Burlington ride a 2011 GSA with a 21/18 wheel set up with full knobies, new TNF VE25 tent so I'm all set to go. June is the best month no bugs, minimal rain and you can throug in D2D.

    Will be very interested in following this thread to see who's up for it this year.
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  3. PEIslander

    PEIslander OK then

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    I'm seriously planning on mid August this year from Vancouver.

    Anyone with good/bad experiences with weather around that time of year.

    June is suggested for less rain...how true is that?
    I see there was bad rain in August last year...can that happen anytime? Just wondering
    If I make it to Inuvik I'll be sure to try to reach TOK as well
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  4. dilrod

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    Mid-August is too late (winter is beginning). I've done it twice (first two weeks July). Decent weather (bugs are about finished, still plenty of rain but some dry days), but just before the Caribou migration (which brings all predatory wildlife with them). Therefore, in my experience, the best timing for motorcyclists, is during the last two weeks in July. I must note that Arctic weather is very unpredictable especially in this Global Warming or Climate Change era, which is especially pronounced in the Arctic.
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  5. PEIslander

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    Thank you, I really appreciate your advice... I'm still considering and researching/planning on mid August departure from Vancouver.
    I'll be bringing along my electric vest, bear spray/bangers and hopefully some "common sense" LOL

    I was by my dealership yesterday and mentioned my intentions to the service rep and he told me a guy who works there was up to Inuvik late last year...he got back in October (I need to speak to him) !

    Starting to think fuck it, I'm not getting any younger and with arthritis setting in my hands it'll only get harder to do long days in the saddle.

    Now I should order a new set of Mitas/Dakars so I have them for the trip...they've been sold out in the past from our local distributer.
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  6. Cal

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    Ive been twice both times for 3 weeks from Calgary on the first of June Less than 3 days rain in 21 days both times. I hear you about arthritis I have it in my knees and shoulder and I just keep moving so I do not seize up. Go while you can:nod
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  7. BordenBmw

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    Inuvik to Tuk. Those are from 2 years ago.



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  8. PEIslander

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    So true...yup I should start doing some exercises...and soon to make the trip a bit easier :lol3
    21days must have left you with time to explore along the way?
    I'll try to get three weeks off so I don't feel rushed and hope to explore a bit along the way. Will try the Robert Campbell Hwy, Keno, Canol Road...lets see.
    Right now I think I should head straight for the Dempster and see how that goes, hopefully clear sailing to have time on the return to explore.
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  9. Cal

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    Yup 21 days allowed me to fish almost every day. The NWT fishing licence for a non resident is very reasonable! My trip up to Yellowknife and Fort Simpson was fantastic, I stopped at alot of road side creeks and rivers and was never skunked. I used catch and release because I was camping and did not need the smell hanging around my campsite.
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  10. PEIslander

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    Sounds great, fishing sure is fun and would add to the adventure but I'd want to eat some so not while traveling solo up there unless I need to don't want to attract bears to my tent. Perhaps another time with others...but I'd really like to land an Arctic Grayling... one day :-)
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  11. Cal

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    I only caught 1 Arctic Grayling and it was beautiful! June is to late for the grayling run. Some rainbows but mostly Pike. At the 1 campground on the Liard the Hutterites were fishing from boats and they brought in a couple 30lb pike!! My best was about 10lbs.
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  12. MGV8

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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/inuvik-tuk-highway-on-track-1.3792512

    Doesn't say much more than we know

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/n-w-t-premier-pitched-new-highways-1.3866554

    This might be fun, not sure I want to pay for it.

    Well I looked at dates to go, fussed over plans but for me August is my best opportunity due to work. Weather well, it is what it is. I've heard August can be great but expect frost over night. I plan on being flexible. If it looks iffy I might reverse directions, go to Inuvik first then over to Yellowknife/Wood Buffalo . If the road is not done then I guess I will have to plan another trip.
    Looks like we might have another route, a road following the Mckenzie valley. That would be fun too.
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  13. spuh

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    Somebody really ought to organize a rolling rally to celebrate this road's opening.
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  14. oldgrizz

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    If you go up the Alaska Highway I have caught grayling at the Laird River Bridge.
    Caught several there on a dark red mini leach with a 6 wt fly rod. Also caught a 8 lb Dolly Vanden there as well.
    Stayed at the hot springs.

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  15. svahadean

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    Last July, I was having an early dinner at the little restaurant in Watson Lake and struck up a conversation with a man and his family. He was just returned from working on The Road and he told me, "you could go up there right now if you wanted. There's still work going on, but it's finished". Something like that.
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  16. PEIslander

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    thanks, I hope to find out first hand in August but need to make it to Inuvik first :lol3 I better get my vacation request in soon...seems to be on my mind every day lately
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  17. devildogg

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    I think that would kind of ruin it for me,sometimes these things are better experienced on your own or with close friends but thats just my opinion.
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  18. dilrod

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    TOTALLY agree.
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  19. willys

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    I also think this would stop it from happening if they see how many bikes could hit this road after the D2D....a few bikes slipping by is a far better plan IF it's not fully open and we sort of have to filter past machinery or work crews.....200plus bikes heading up would easily overpower them I bet not to mention anything at the to or in the middle....Eagle Plains isn't that well equiped i bet! Not to mention they have what 4 or 5 tent sites officilly....just my worried opinion...lol
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  20. willys

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    But after saying this, it could be incorportated into an added feature of the D2D event after the main event is over....in future years....This would draw even more riders if it was semi organized for those worried about the ride up that far...?
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