Trundle to the NWT

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  1. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    I lived in Fort Smith for over 20 years. Great memories, I only left there 2 years ago.

    Looking down the Salt River........ That is a great snowmobile ride to ride from that bridge to the bridge across Hwy 5 west of Fort Smith. The river is the park boundary but riding on the river was fine. Just don't venture into WBNP with a sled.....
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  2. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    Thanks for the pics so far of the trip, so nice to see others impressions of the north. You would have rolled right through town on the way.
    I love the territorial parks, heading off tomorrow for the last weekend that they are open for the season.
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  3. MGV8

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    Yes my mileage was not that great but I can live with it. I might have been fussing too much but when my range calculation on the bike said 15 miles left and I had 30 or more to go I put fuel in. Plus I fought a bad head wind most of one day, dropping down to Fort Nelson. Really sucked the fuel that day.
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  4. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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  5. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    I probably should have poked around the park more, but I get in these travelling modes. Plus limited days. So after a day in Fort Smith off I go back to Enterprise. Not before checking out some more Rapids on the Slave River and an Excellent meal at Anna's Place. Changed the tire back to the Dual Sport at the new Tim Hortons. I was glad I had the knobby on as the road down to the rapids was more of a quad track.
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    My Shot of the Pelicans didn't turn out, oh well. They flew a nice formation right over me, you'll just have to believe me. A nesting sanctuary on the islands of the Slave.
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    I was happy to have to be rid of the noise of the 805 tire, but had an annoying vibration at speed with the 705. Oh life is never perfect, just close. :-)
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  6. MGV8

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    Back out the same way, Had to put fuel in before Hay River so I gave it a pass as I now was good to Enterprise. Gas and Go with a ride around town. I had checked the Elevation several times and leaving Enterprise you start to climb a bit. Good maybe a view, not much sad to say. I think the territories misses a bit here, if they would clear a few trees back there would be some wonderful scenes. Many times I was travelling by a river or on hight of land and couldn't see much other than a wall of trees.
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    One spot I did manage to capture.
    Pushing hard I made Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Camp Ground. Freeze dried Noodles and Beer is an excellent finish to the day.

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  7. MGV8

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    The next morning, another great shower and a hike to check out the falls. The other thing I learned is not every thing is as advertised. :-) The tourist pamphlet talked about a stair case to the base of the falls. Thinking of something like the Spiral Stair case at Louise Falls I went on the search.
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    Found it, Kind of a hard scrabble up and down the cliff and out to the edge of the river

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  8. MGV8

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    A better shot from below the falls

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    The other thing you ride through up here is long stretches of Burnt forest.
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  9. MGV8

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    After a relaxing morning I now had to make time. Off to Fort Simpson. I was going to give Yellowknife a pass. It is probably very nice and beyond on the upper edge of Great Slave lake would also be great to see but I have seen towns and small Cities before. If I wanted to see this I would go to Kelowna or Vancouver. But I did want to see the Bridge. Plus I needed Fuel :-(. Fort Providence here we come. The bugs here, were the worst of the whole trip. The guys working on the bridge were all wearing bug nets. Nasty!!
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    The Mackenzie River. They used to run a ferry here during summer and an Ice road in winter. The Bridge is quite the engineering marvel.
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  10. Cal

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    Loving your report! Lady Evelyn campsite the falls was the second best fishing of my trip, even caught arctic grayling right where you took the photo. The knotted ropes are helpful getting up and down those banks. The locals told me the government wants the ropes removed because they are dangerous.
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  11. Fishenough

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    Cheers for the nice rode report, don't see enough from the NWT.

    Riding around Yellowknife this month, headed south for those greyling in a week [​IMG][​IMG]

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  12. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Off we go, Not sure what to expect as the map shows this as all gravel. I learn that they include Chip Seal as gravel. Soon I am trundling along at a 100k. Cool.

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    Lots more of this-- There are some areas that give you that high North feel but mostly it is this.
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    Sambaa Deh Falls --gorgeous-- I had a good talk with the Operator of this campground. He tells me that the card lock at Fort Liard wasn't open any more. Now I really start to fuss about fuel. I don't carry enough to get from Fort Simpson to Fort Nelson. Hmmm. Of course it turns out he was wrong, kind of like every one was wrong about the roads. I may have hit it just right but every thing was in really good shape, the campgrounds, the roads, every thing.
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  13. MGV8

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    So I have to put fuel in at Checkpoint just to get to Fort Simpson just to get fuel. My next rig is going to have a bigger fuel tank. Ah the dreams you have when on the road.
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    So got to Fort Simpson about supper time, hit the Visitors Centre just before close. The guy was friendly enough but just wanted to head home, Blew out the door as soon as I looked away, none of the others around could have cared less about some random motorcyclist. I took advantage of their free WiFi to catch up. Found out it was 1250.00 bucks to fly over Nahanni. Not Today. Headed to the pub for a good dinner, Caught the gal just as she opened and she was friendly enough but was caught up in some co-worker who was late and could have
    cared less about some dumb motorcyclist who was asking annoying questions. Hmmm. Took a look around town after the stale Chinese food and decided to push on instead of camp. Did get some good news at the fuel stop, Fort Liard is indeed open, and the Beer store guy was at least friendly. I am sure Fort Simpson is a nice town but I didn't feel the love. I should have gone down to the river for a picture but I was now in get the hell out of dodge mode.

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    Riding the ferry across the Liard River is an experience. If any one has risen the ferry across the Yukon river at Dawson City then you have an idea. The Captain would angle the ferry to the shore, touch the corner of the ferry into the shore, then let the current push the ferry around so that the ferry ramp could be placed onto the gravel ramp to hold the boat in place. Of course lots of throttle control going on the whole time. They must have to rebuild the gravel ramp every day. Loader and pile of gravel sitting ready for use on each side. Maybe they will build a fancy bridge here soon.
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  14. MGV8

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    Still had some miles to put down after getting off the ferry but had time for some selfies. Made it to Blackstone just in time to set up camp before dark, another great Campground.
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    The View the Camp Operator has from his office. I was jealous.
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    His office. He told me he had moved to California as a kid with his parents, then later spent some time in Vancouver. He met his Gal there, after a few visits to her home town of Nahanni Butte. He told her there is nothing holding us to the city lets move North. I was jealous
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  16. MGV8

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    After leaving Blackstone Campground, I ran into some more road construction. After stopping and getting the drill from the young fellow running the stop sign, I asked how busy he was. He had had to set down the book he was reading to talk to me. Oh he says, busy I've had 10 cars today. I would later miss this busyness. Of course I had to add can of fuel before I got to the end of the construction. Go figure.
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    The road goes on and on-- But I am starting to get glimpses of MOUNTAINS
    There is fuel in Fort Liard. Nice little town. As I was fueling up a fellow in a truck pulls up " hey I saw you in Hay River, I was just up there getting my class 6" We had a good yak about bikes, sidecars, riding. I got to thinking after. Holy cow all the way over to Hay River to take his motorcycle test, what do Kids do here when they need to get tested. Every day things we take for granted take big effort even this far North.
    You get lots of time to think when riding up here-- I also realized how much I missed seeing the mountains above the trees-- Not that I didn't enjoy what I saw it just seemed like endless miles of never ending trees. :-)
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    I had already made my decision to turn North once I got to Fort Nelson -- I was so happy to be among the mountains again.
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  17. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    The mountains of Stone Mountain and Muncho Lake. I had been fighting a head wind all day. I had to put a can of fuel in shortly after turning North. My GPS was telling me fuel was still 45 k away and I was down to 10 miles on my range meter. I put my second can of reserve fuel in. Of course just down the road there was a little gas station. I filled up. probably should have passed, 1.99 per litre for Regular. Ouch!!
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  18. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Again, great pics.

    I've always wanted to go to the NWT, but your account of the your trip is more inspirational than anything I've seen in the past, and I can see that there are parts of BC I'd really like to visit as well.

    I've got to start planning a rather lengthy trip.
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  19. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    I think the stretch of highway from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake is one of the nicest pieces of road in BC. You need to go but take more time than my blast :-)
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  20. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    After a rather long day I managed to get the last camp site at Liard Hot Springs. I had camped on the Liard River both nights only 800 kilos apart. I had forgotten how significant a river the Liard was and is for the North. All the Rivers played a major part of the transportation through the early years of our exploration and for many centuries before that. Now we have roads this is all becoming a forgotten past.
    After a good soak in the Hot Springs I was Clean, the Bike not so much.
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    As you can see the trees are just starting to turn. I am a week or so early for the real colour.
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