Arctic Musings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by selkins, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. selkins

    selkins Gotta light?

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    I've been around a while and posted a fair number of long-form ride reports in 'old school' style - pics and narrative. I tried something new a few months ago with a pilot effort at a video report, from a short trip I took earlier this summer.

    So, here's a more ambitious effort. The first of what will be a four-part video report from a 2018 ride up north. A bit dated, but with borders closed this will hopefully fill a bit of the vacuum for 2020.

    Part 1: Minnesota to Watson Lake YT

    Best played with sound enabled.

    Here's a time log breakdown:

    0:00 - 2:45 - Title, packing, Great Plains, and starring credits

    2:45 - 5:22 - Icefields Pkwy, Hwy 16 to base of Stewart--Cassiar Hwy

    5:22 - 8:08 - Bear Glacier, Stewart BC, and road to Salmon Glacier

    8:08 - 10:53 - Stewart-Cassiar Hwy to Yukon border

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  2. BCroamer

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    Beautiful adventure and the scenery is the main reason I ride, thank you for posting this.. The borders are closed, but there is plenty to view here in BC, I am looking at doing a summer trip to all the popular ghost towns and abandoned mines across BC and just waiting for warmer weather.. Safe travels..
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    A really excellent video! I look forward to the next installment.

    I lived for a few years on Holmes Ave in Mpls, a couple blocks from the uptown area. I hope things have settled down around there since last summer. I remember my years there with great fondness.
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    Thanks for the kind words @BCroamer and @Tomaso . This had dropped off my radar so grateful for the bump.

    Part 2 - Watson Lake to Eagle Plains.

    If you're here for scenery shots, don't miss the Dempster Hwy / Tombstone section:

    0:00 - 4:10 - Watson Lake and Alaska Highway

    4:10 - 6:04 - Whitehorse

    6:04 - 8:34 - Klondike Highway from Whitehorse to Dawson

    8:34 - 10:13 - Dawson City

    10:13 - 11:37 - Sourtoe Cocktail

    11:37 - 16:01 - Dempster Highway / Tombstone Territorial Park

    16:01 - 18:12 - Eagle Plains

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    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    I am enjoying the videos. Nicely done.

    One of the signs I loved riding north was this one, as you would approach a steel bridge crossing and you captured one in your video:

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    Excellent! Very similar to my Alaska trip in 2016. Hopefully, 2021 is my next trip.
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    Glad you liked it! Same here on planning to head back this year - emphasis on the "hopefully" with borders and such.
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    Nice and you say you are looking at heading back..?? I used to live in Inuvik and have been looking at going all the way to Tuktoyaktuk.. Its the lack of gas from Hwy 5 turn off station to the co-op in Fort Mcpherson and I am just not a big fan of carrying gas, my only option was to purchase a tank in Dawson, fill it up to get me to Mcpherson, then Tuk and return, then give my gas tank to someone.. I do have a small 2.5ltr tank on my Trekker cases, but would not help here, maybe along the trip.. Thank you again for posting this, the drone shots are incredible..
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    Glad you're enjoying it! More nice drone footage coming up soon.

    They sell fuel at Eagle Plains, well before Ft McPherson, so about 245 miles from the Hwy 2 intersection. I made it without auxiliary fuel on a standard '05 1200GS several years ago. For me, riding the Dempster as the fall colors are out is just incomparable.

    I imagine living in Inuvik, particularly if you went through a winter, was quite a trip!
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