Yukon and Beyond: A mostly solo journey

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by selkins, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. beardog

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    Wow, just found this report. As so many have said, great photos. I think you convinced me to put it on my list also. Sounds like I might run into some other ADV members up there, you convinced quite a few to make the ride. Thanks!
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  2. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Thanks for the kind words, beardog, and you're very welcome. If you go solo but are concerned about tackling the Dempster alone, I'd suggest going as far as Dawson and hanging out for a day or two. Chances are you'll meet some other riders heading up the road to tag along with.
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  3. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Glad to hear it, Phil. If you like to take good photos, upgrading to a DSLR makes a substantial difference IMO. I used a point and shoot for many years, and for all the talk about improved technology, they just can't match up.
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  4. straightenarrow

    straightenarrow Been here awhile

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    Your photos are fantastic, but I enjoyed your story even more! I am from a few hours east of you...Go Pack;) Any upcoming travels?
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  5. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Thanks for the resurrect and the kind words.

    No big ride this year. If I can save my pennies I'm hoping to do a hiking/riding trip to the Scottish Highlands in late spring, then maybe another ride up British Columbia way in late summer/early fall.

    I'll put in a quick plug for what I think is the best, most adventurous ride report since StrikingViking "bummed the world" nine years ago. Only 20k hits so far for the ironically named "Tourist," but once folks check it out I expect this one to quickly exceed 1M. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=923656
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  6. SteverinoB

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    I have ventured up and down the Liard Trail (77 north of Fort Nelson) by Moto a couple of times. So close to the Yukon and Alaska yet so far. Just a few more dirt roads? Your words and great pics have got the juices flowing. Thanks for a entertaining and illuminating RR. Thanks too for the Tourist link.


    Cheers...Steve
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  7. Hoot Gibson

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    this RR, gotta say your Mountain Photos are some of the best I have ever viewed.....nice work.:clap
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  8. copter105

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    Amazing! Thank you for sharing!
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  9. Hanzo

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    Haay Selkins. I read your report and am scheming to somehow ride the Dempster Highway.Thanx for the Excellent report.
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  10. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Thanks for the resurrect, Hanzo. :evil

    FWIW, I just saw on Grinnin's Dempster RR that they've started work on the year-round extension up to Tuk on the Arctic coast. Did a little digging and it seems it won't be complete until 2018 though. Still, I'd say the Dempster is well worth a trip before then.
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  11. hwunger

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    nice report ! .... since it's my neck of the woods, some comments -

    Whistler - yes, it is true, a once sleepy village with one chair lift has grown into a monster we longer recognize - or can afford :cry .... but them yoga chicks look good !

    Hells Angels - the BC chapter is not to be messsed with ............ :norton

    Skagway - wow a little bigger than I remember it - spent a night in the Red Onion bar one night - is it still there :1drink.... open till 5am and then they sweep the floor and re-open !

    Vancouver Island - will always be there .... hippies, lefties, not so bad :evil

    Yukon - the Call of the Wild ... Robert Service ... Lake LaBarge .... memories !!!
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  12. hwunger

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    Canada has some majestic scenery ... but it's too cold .... when I'm done here moving to Mexico ! .... warm oceans, palm trees, cold beer and fish tacos are better than snow, ice, wet, and cold !
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  13. stromsavard

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    C'mon, CANADA is the perfect land, 4 seasons, beautiful women, spaces, and lots of room to ride motorcycles!!
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  14. FotoTEX

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    Best Alaska Ride Report I have read on this site. Having ridden from Texas to Alaska and back you brought back great memories. Your images are also great as is your writing style.


    We spend summers in Grand Marais,MN, if you are up there in summer, drop by the Municipal Campground and look for the Airstream proudly waving a TX flag on its front. Beer is on me... Just ask where Donovan is, they will know at the office.
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  15. #1Fan

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    Awesome trip, selkins! Thanks for sharing. And great photos, too!
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  16. hwunger

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    oh yeah ? ... then why do half the Quebeckers live in Cancun all winter long .... HA ... and the other half go to Paris :rofl
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  17. DrydenRider

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    Just found this one. Great report and stunning photos. Rode a lot of that same route in June 2012 and your pics bring back a lot of memories. Nice to see someone who does some research and finds some background to the places they visit and then talks to the locals to get the feel. It really does enhance the trip and the report.

    I am tempted to head back north when they finish the road past Inuvik to Tuktoyuktuk and the Arctic Ocean but there are so many other great places to ride and see.

    Canada offers some of the best mid summer riding weather compared to the rest of NA but the shoulder seasons are definitely iffy enough and left to head south.
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  18. jlambo

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    Outstanding ride report Selkins! Perfect combination of quality writing/photos, really enjoyed it. Regarding potential trips, I've heard folks on RTR talking about the Trans Taiga road, 660k of out and back gravel off the James Bay road. As more remote routes are paved, ADV riders are forced to go deep! Thanks for sharing, John
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  19. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Thanks for the generous comments, folks. FYI, anyone planning a trip up to the Dempster/Dawson, I highly recommend Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams for a bring-along book. Great, great travelogue with a clear-eyed by sympathetic attitude toward the culture, history and ecology of the far North..

    Hwunger: Couldn't tell you about Red Onion in Skagway. Maybe it was just the time of day, but the main drag felt pretty unreal with all of the cruise ship passengers milling about. I counted myself very fortunate that I had caught the daily ferry to Haines with little time to spare. As for the temps, I'm more oriented toward the extreme rather than middle latitudes. My current riding ideas have to do with riding the the end of all the roads that pierce the Arctic Circle :hmmmmm

    FotoTEX: I'll try to drop by the campground next time I'm up that way in summer. You've picked a great place to hang your seasonal hat. I love the Angry Trout and Gun Flint Tavern, and the variety of characters in Grand Marais is tough to beat. Kind of like a northern version of Marfa TX in some ways...

    dryden_rider_54: I figure I'll probably do the Dempster again once the extension is done. It's always a bit of a crap shoot about going back to a great place or trying something new.

    jlambo: The Trans Taiga is in a middling position on my m/c to-do list. The remoteness is appealing, but the lack of vertical relief in north central Quebec is a bit of a turn-off. But, like you say, remote is getting more difficult. I'm crying inside a bit that the entire Trans-Lab will be paved in a few years :cry
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  20. hwunger

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    then Canol Road should be on your list ! .... ok to the NWT border but not much after that .... and of course you should to the road from Ft Nelson to Yellowknife via NWT ... all gravel :D