I promised my family and friends that I would find a riding partner as I hit the more remote areas of the trip. (I wasn't sure how this was going to happen but it is all part of the adventure.) In Whitehorse Yukon Territory, I was incredibly fortunate to meet a fellow solo rider at a gas station who was headed up the Dempster and on to Tuktoyaktuk. Jim was riding a big GS, and had some local knowledge and complimentary skills. Jim is a retired Canadian helicopter pilot for the forest service in Northern Ontario, so his mechanical and navigation skills are superb. The Southerner on a KTM 1190R and the Northern Canadian on a BMW GS became good friends in the coming days.