Leaving 7 June from Arkansas and Heading to Alaska, EDIT, I Actually went to Tuktoyaktuk First

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    I met my new friend Bernard who was broken down alongside the road. He had no tools, but oddly he had a replacement fan belt. I had the tools and the know how. I think we were meant to meet. After repairing his truck Bernard and I would meet several more times over a couple thousand miles.
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    Spent the night in a campground near Carmacks on the Klondike Highway. Enjoyed a beer that evening creekside and awoke to dehydrated Huevos rancheros. A father and son from Idaho camped near me that evening. They were on a father son trip to Tuk! Great people, the son just graduated high school. 3B64E9D7-7A29-4080-8C9F-D38EB8E63A4E.jpeg DA35C2B0-7793-4FCB-9B9A-28DF2AF103C3.jpeg 46916B1A-2D17-4E15-890F-7ADF150E740B.jpeg
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    On the Dempster headed to Eagle Plaines! 55EC5299-30C4-47CE-A819-8C0D54B09D81.jpeg 3B7057B2-8491-4A54-9A93-7B784ACE7FD0.jpeg
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    I made it to Eagle Plaines. The next morning everyone was saying the road was to muddy to traverse. The word that morning from the road crew was that a couple of bikes had gone down. I decided to chance it. Yes it was muddy yes bikes were down but one of them had the wrong tires the other lacked experience for the environment that morning, and both were going too slow. I rode standing up on the pegs, eyes to the horizon, and allowed the bike to move under me and had no problems.

    Before I departed Eagle Plains I chatted With the chopper pilot.The helicopter was fogged in as he was flying VFR, but later in the morning I saw him fly by overhead.
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    I made it to the Arctic Circle! What an emotional moment. I was on my knees giving thanks above and I had so many emotions come out of me that I didn’t even know I had in me. For those that aren’t aware I had set my goal to go to the Arctic and TuK during my cancer treatments last year. Arriving here was my second ArKtic Adventure goal. The first was making it over thousand miles to achieve the iron ass award. I thought that would be fitting after beating colon cancer...

    I met a new friend Robert from Germany in his Land Rover who was on his way to Argentina, then the southern tip of Africa, and back home to Germany. He will be on the toad for awhile... After meeting Robert we would meet again several thousand miles later in Talkeetna, Alaska. 41773722-BDCC-4017-82AE-2C3E76095532.jpeg 23A6CBDE-6B1B-460D-AE71-1D165A86BEBE.jpeg BFAB210F-8454-450A-B356-258864065979.jpeg 91DD697E-14E0-4389-ACBB-619AC4BCA7A0.jpeg A845B084-9F15-4157-A871-ED6607D73E05.jpeg
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    The Dempster can be hard on the tires, but it makes great memories... FYI BMW 90 degree valve stems don’t accept all c02 cartridge adapters. LUckily I also had a 12volt air pump. A5A73DF5-2672-42CF-A5AD-6A934C413B54.jpeg 44D10A81-6C68-4768-B828-E736C7FA15AB.jpeg 0F9E85FA-AEB5-45B5-8CE9-E06F9DBD89BD.jpeg 460BC25A-BE80-474A-A703-2C7C81746BBA.jpeg
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    Ferry crossings were fun and I was amazed at the first crossing to find that I had cell service. All of the little villages that I passed had cell service, I was amazed. I was able to FaceTime my wife and daughter as I crossed the ferry. We really enjoyed sharing the moment together... 392968FF-4F03-494B-92CA-6CC33A12B79C.jpeg 1729C8DB-2E3A-47D7-8902-4B4A02A59CBF.jpeg 6C747686-D7F4-46EF-BCB5-4E319738D4F0.jpeg
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    Spent the night in a cabin outside Inuvik at this lake where I had a truly spiritual moment kneeling at this lake that will be part of my life going forward...

    Stop at Arctic Motorcycles in Inuvik he is a great guy! Sells shirts and stickers. 7D0FA5F9-71C5-4AA5-B2C0-66C4C21B5046.jpeg 896A64C5-8A20-4213-9CF0-571D5C8C55ED.jpeg
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    Between Inuvik and Tuk. It’s odd seeing all of the snow machines parked here and there with the wooden sleds. I assume there are hunting cabins in this area and when the snow melts the sleds sit until the snow returns. 15CADD9B-E57C-4506-80B9-D1EDE7AA5AA3.jpeg 22073A45-F17C-4B98-8852-D56DD90AA722.jpeg 3A2BD4E0-8C87-4234-B6E6-24A0DA487F4C.jpeg D4D59F0A-45D9-47A9-A4FB-7FCD25452A58.jpeg A2EF1A28-9D0A-4305-832D-0D96B9DEC8E2.jpeg 1C9ECEFA-C0BB-492A-A866-256F4840FEC8.jpeg
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    Wow!!! I made it Tuk!!! What an amazing feeling of accomplishment to arrive at the shore of the Arctic Ocean!!! I was so emotional when I arrived... I had set out to beat cancer and I did so. I set out to stand on a mountain and give thanks to God and I did so in December. I set out to get the iron ass award and I did that when I arrived to Fargo... I set out to make it to the Arctic Circle and I arrived there... I set out to ride to waters edge of the Arctic Ocean and I was standing in it... and I did a happy dance... Save My Ass in 2018 complete!!! ArKtic Adventure major goals accomplished. What an amazing journey and I’m only a third of the way through...

    I rode from Arkansas to the Arctic Ocean in eight days...

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    Wonderful experience at Grandmas where they shared a small taste of Muktuk with me and a Muskox burger. I really enjoyed the interaction with the locals, they were very kind to me.

    Tried on the parka made of down and Wolverine fur. A51408A5-E07F-4D16-98AD-4BB4356B3C0C.jpeg 046F61EC-7C43-46E4-988B-CA036A850ECF.jpeg CE82202F-C7F2-45CA-98AB-07933BA65313.jpeg
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    On my way back south on the Dempster. Passed though Inuvik and ate at Alestines bus. I highly recommend eating the fish tacos here, I don’t even like fish tacos and they were amazing... 53559894-F2CF-46DD-A307-487E9BC0D238.jpeg CD37143B-F17C-48DD-A04C-B10C0576BF7B.jpeg B784D572-9572-4DD6-88D2-DF57361FE91D.jpeg 98E644F5-A3F8-47DF-AF1F-BB432EE75FB1.jpeg 570BBBEE-82D5-4CAA-9814-C7EFC38A451E.jpeg
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    On my way back south to Eagle Plaines. Snowed on me at the border of NWT and Yukon. Road became very muddy as the snow melted, it hailed a bit and it was so much fun!!!

    Warning!! This mud is slick mud that coats absolutely everything like no other mud you may have experienced. But did I mention how much fun it is!!!

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    Made it back to Eagle Plaines and then on to Tombstone campground where I ran back into Bernard and where I spent the night. I highly recommend staying here. Great camp sites, bear storage, creek, firewood, no mosquitos. And by the way yes mosquitos were bad in certain places but I was only bit by mosquitos three times in my entire 30 day trip...

    Picture of creek was taken at midnight...
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    Breakfast by the creek and back on the road to meet my buddies who are flying into Fairbanks. 202567CA-ACA5-455B-B6A4-874DC2D10B56.jpeg 8ABE813A-F4C2-4C0D-950F-8E275F124630.jpeg
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    Into Dawson City where I had maybe the best fish and chips of my life, as good as what I used to eat in England when I worked there. Then across the ferry, through Chicken, across the border into Alaska and into Tok! A1028B85-02C9-4C88-924A-9CD84981C04F.jpeg E65C1714-02E1-4037-8D3B-E3319BE07015.jpeg 3A6A9EC2-5F1B-41B4-BADA-F205D25187E7.jpeg 37B01EB6-586C-404E-A311-21FA2B509CBB.jpeg 6D1F5701-6391-4281-A6E3-E1DDC1C9EF14.jpeg 27B98C6A-6B84-449E-B84E-A9D09E773E69.jpeg ABA862E1-22D9-47D5-BA58-ADCAD4F9B4AD.jpeg 0F9C4836-BF88-4F02-8045-4215183BB7E3.jpeg

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    My buddies arrive in Fairbanks! We rode really big salmon, played with the pipeline, ate salmon at the salmon bake, panned for gold, and did some things that resemble the urinary olympics... E01F8532-AB00-46FC-A71F-6E23F1EDC763.jpeg 12075CB3-35D9-413A-9AAA-852533E5C2CB.jpeg 87F8D5A4-E59E-4E2A-87D3-2506596F7EBD.jpeg 05D59D95-F3BA-46C8-AFF9-B83D7CA2CEAD.jpeg AFA8C2D7-2930-4684-915E-ADF1B0FE35DC.jpeg 47C12199-4349-4495-9944-5C3EC8FB454D.jpeg C737C0C0-9AE8-49DC-BE37-E107F5A1B771.jpeg 4A740A39-C6FC-47CA-A265-2BDFF5505AA9.jpeg 99A51DA1-EA77-4498-8CE7-BA91CCD850DE.jpeg
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    Anyone know what an Oosik is??? My buddy Dan now knows after we let him play with it... 5A30440E-0312-49F8-B266-E78C99E43D88.jpeg
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    At Denali we ran into Alex (black and yellow jacket) who rode from Mexico and was on his way back via New Orleans. Great guy! 65699139-F64B-49FC-AEC0-324818BC9A87.jpeg
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