Tuk 2018 Information

Discussion in 'Americas' started by migilito, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    I was planning to ride to Prudhoe Bay after the D2D, however, after reading the Tuk Hwy post, I'm heading to Tuk instead. I'll be riding a newly farkeled Honda CB500X and leaving from S-Cal. Looking for posts on Gas availability(distance btwn gas), camping, food, mechanics, towing, medical, etc. If you have information, please post up. If your going, please post up. Who's in?
    http://ith.dot.gov.nt.ca/map
    https://www.trulyarctic.ca/get-here
    http://www.yukoninfo.com/yukon-southeast-alaska-northern-british-columbia-maps/dempster-highway-map/
    https://www.dempsterhighway.com/
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  2. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Myself and at least one riding buddy will be heading up to Tuk during our D2D 2018 adventure. I’m not sure if it will be before or after D2D though.


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  3. Newstrom48

    Newstrom48 Adventurer

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    I will be going, but plan on starting the last week of May, early June (weather permitting).
    There are plenty of gas stops along either Alaska Highway or Cassier Highway to Whitehorse. I believe past there, Eagle Plains, Carmacks, Dawson City, Inuvik. With the CB's range you should not have to carry extra fuel. Always fill up when you come to next station once you are past Whitehorse. I don't camp so no info. You have a Honda so don't need a mechanic. There are some good posts detailing all that you want under other peoples preparation for this trip. Maybe do search?
    I have been to Alaska and the Yukon before and my planning is to make sure my credit cards are valid. LOL
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  4. Dracula

    Dracula breathe

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    Credit cards in Tuk. Sounds like a good use for my next summer vacation!
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  5. brennaman

    brennaman Adventurer

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    I am heading up to Tuk this summer. I will be leaving Missouri the 2nd week of June.
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  6. easybiker2u

    easybiker2u Adventurer

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    I will be leaving Ohio the last week of May. Not sure when I will get to Tuk.
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  7. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    I’ll be leaving Ottawa, Ontario on May 25 and heading to the Horizons Ontario 2018 Meet Up at Rice Lake, then continuing on out west on May 27.
    Camping is excellent in western Canada. There are many free, or donation-based camping spots in BC, and the options for stealth camping are almost limitless.
    Do not bring food into camp. Western Canada is bear country. Lots and lots of bears. So don’t give them a reason to be interested in you.
    I wrote a pretty detailed blog/ride report on my website this summer if you are at all interested, though I never did in fact make it to Tuk in 2017

    http://advjoe.ca/ottawa-tuktoyaktuk-2017/



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  8. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Wait.....HU is at rice lake in 2018?
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  9. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    So, here's a question; I usually carry a good Single Mail on my Adventures (peaks climbed, new Rock climbing routes climbed, Never seen this sunset before, swimming in the Arctic Ocean) and I plan of doing the same in Canada. Anyone know the laws as far as transporting an opened bottle of booze on a MC in Canada? I also understand that some villages are dry, and I don't want to be 'that guy'. Can anyone speak to this.
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  10. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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  11. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    It is!!!
    Are you coming?
    Will you present on a topic?
    Join me in Dawson?
    Ride to Tuk?
    Why is the sky blue?
    Are we there yet?



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  12. Acadian Rider

    Acadian Rider Adventurer

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    It would be nice to get a feel as to who is going to TUK immediately before D2D vs those going immediately after. Right now I am leaning towards before to have as few riding days in July as possible but if everybody is going before I might change to after. My friend Paul & I are both retired and therefore flexible.
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  13. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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  14. brennaman

    brennaman Adventurer

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    I think I am going before, but I don't like having to stick to a schedule while on vacation. I just play it by ear and everyday I just go what looks fun at the time.
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  15. Newstrom48

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  16. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    The only reservations I have are for D2D. Before and after are subject to the wind and tide.
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  17. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    I’m going to Tuk.
    That’s about as far as the planning goes.


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  18. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Critique my gear: last time i rode north i wore a Firstgear Kilimanjaro jacket and pants. The did keep me warm, dry and safe. But, Damn are they hot. Temps in Cali and Oregon were triple digits while Alaska was 35 f. So, im looking at my riding gear a little different. Im thinking a lite weight synthetic t shirt, a quarter zip, my heated jacket liner and a Firstgear Adv mesh jacket, klim mojave pants, and then a rainsuit. Comments? Recomendations?
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  19. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Staying physically and physiologically ready is always a challenge for me at my age and the best/fun way to get ready for long rides is to ride longish rides often. My old hyde keeps limber, no saddle sores, etc., and I stay acclimated to being in my gear in the heat and/or cold for long days. Don't hibernate and then head out for a month of extremes.

    I think your current gear is good, but only you can make that call. HYDRATE continually with a camelbak, "cool clothes", take breaks often and open all your vents and HYDRATE and you'll be fine in the heat. Lots of daylight in Summer so get up and get going early and also travel later in the evening when the sun isn't at it's worst. I can deal with the extreme heat being careful even with my heavier gear I'll need for cold temps and days of bad weather easier than I can deal with the latter with Summer gear. Maybe mail gear to a friend or hotel you know you will be staying at and switch out where you feel it'll be appropriate for your comfort. Fewer pieces of good kit is better than many pieces of poorly designed stuff in my experience, but they all require compromises at some point in their range of intended use.

    Good luck and if you find the perfect set up please share as I'm always trying to find "it" after many, many trips.

    Cheers
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  20. jeff96

    jeff96 n00b

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    I'm planning to go there in July from Ontario. I only can get three weeks off work, so it's going to be a tight timeline
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