North to Tuktoyatuk via D2D

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BeachBusker, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    A little shade over Ridgecrest:

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    Owens Valley:

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    Daggett Pass:

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    First bear sighting:

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    Sunset at the Edgewood, Lake Tahoe:

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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    You're going to Tuk on that bike? :eek1

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  3. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    Interesting choice of bike for the Dempster. I did a little search and found another fellow who did the Dempster on a Harley. Not a bad read.
    http://www.niia.net/~leduc_mike/myarc006.html

    You may have to strap on a jerrycan depending on the range of your HD.
    You do know that to reach Tuk from Inuvik you will either have to charter a plane or boat this time of year.:D I know it's been done on a m'cycle on more than one occasion in the middle of winter via the ice road up the Mackenzie River. :vardy
    Have a great trip and keep us posted.
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  4. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    Saying a prayer for those who travelled before and didn't complete the journey:

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    Snow level to the base of the figures,
    And Donner Mountain Pass in Front:

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    Lunch in:

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    Where they were having a little excitement:

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    From the Western Tow Convention:

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  5. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    Thanks for the link. I do have a plan and I hope it wil be of enough interest to see how it unfolds or unravels. :D

    Since I didn't include GPS as required equipment for the journey, I had a chance to get lost in this place:

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    Gotta go, looking for Oregon today.
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  6. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    yes,its to be called the really long long long way around.
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  7. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    How convienient to have a tow convention in town...

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    (Was it a staged drill, or real incident? I don't think they'd let people so close to an actual rolled LP tanker...) :huh
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  8. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    Water crossing at Goose Lake:

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    No problemo???

    Devil's Tower's got nothin' on FORT ROCK:

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    Great Dual Sport Area for next time.

    Great Place to Jump on the Columbia River:

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    These guys were stuck in the mud:

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    Well preserved land markers:

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    The non-existant visitors center at Hanford:

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    Train engineers in Valemount:

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    Who told me about:

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    VOTE McBride for Hockeyville!! 1-888-459-2006!!

    They painted their town blue for the chance to have an NHL game in their town?

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  9. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    An honest to gosh fur trapper & bullshitter:

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    I'm in Prince George at the Sunset Drycleaners and Laundramat heading for the Cassier. Highway 5 was great: 100 km/hr with rivers, mountains, snow covered peaks, and no place for the KLR & KTM 640 maxed out at 65mph I passed. Also heard a rumor from an Adventure Rider from Illinois who hit a bear in Alberta. Hope you're OK.
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  10. ve8nc

    ve8nc Adventurer

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    Nice to see you on your way up to Inuvik/Tuk. Lots of Harleys up here so you such be in good company. Call 777-7178 Mike to get connected with the guys. Myself its a BMW.
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  11. rotorboy

    rotorboy Been here awhile

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    Wish I was riding north. You have no problems on that bike. Saw a guy ride a harley all the way up the Haul Road one summer.

    If you are going up the Cassier (SP), take the detour to Stewart BC/Hyder AK. Its a stunning little side trip with hanging galciers to the road. Also make sure to stop a place on the Cassier called the Bell 2 lodge, its a heliki lodge in the winter, they have fuel and a great burger.

    Take some pictures from Dawson.... lots of eye candy around that town.

    Have a safe journey, and fun in Tuk!
    RB
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  12. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Lookin' good so far BeachBusker! :clap

    See you in Dawson! :thumb
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  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    :lurk Good!
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  14. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Nice - Careful if you stop in at Whitehorse. I was there last year and had a ton of gear stolen from my truck - SOB's also smashed the window to get in and take my GPS :cry - to top it all off this was in the dead of winter. The local mounties were about as useful as a chocolate coffee pot.

    Dempster is a great drive BTW - went up to Tuk on the Ice Road in Feb of last year ..... Gotta do that again some day

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  15. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    I'm in Whitehorse now at Doc's. The Bike is out back & I will check frequently, thanks.

    STOP THE VOTING FOR MCBRIDE

    Our new candidate is Smithers. They had the worlds highest women's hockey match played on the ski mountain behind the town. And every business has something supporting HockeyVille including the Harley shop where I got a quick service performed, Great Guys.

    Sorry, no pictures today, as this terminal is all locked up. Very inconsiderate.

    But, I got Hyderized after going to the top of Salmon Glacier wher I spent an hour completely alone. Then I ate at the bus. Fresh Garlic Halibut, http://www.hyderalaska.com/thebus.html. The city is too poor to buy the web name.

    Hope to catch up with the D2D guys on Monday in Fairbanks and upload pictures.
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  16. Sun Tzu

    Sun Tzu Adventure Commuter

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    I am so subscribing to this thread!

    Having spent some time north of 59 (never north of 60....yet)

    Looking forward to the report!

    -st
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  17. rotorboy

    rotorboy Been here awhile

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    Hyderized, happens to the best.

    I dont knwo where your crossing the border but if it is up by Dawson, its worth and extra day when you get to into the states, to go up and over the pass to Eagle AK. Lots of neat history, you cross the 40 miles river, and over a neat pass. Not a whole lot in Eagle but a beautiful ride. Make sure you buy your beer at the liqur store on the pass, as Eagle is dry.

    Stop at the Bar in Chicken. used to have good food. A " I got laid in Chicken AK" t- shirt is a must , has a chick hatching out of an egg .


    TOK, fast eddies..

    hope your having fun

    RB
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  18. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    This is the mountain where the ladies play hockey in Smithers:


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    Downtown Smithers:

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    Ladies on the Hockey Team?

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    Hockeyville Harley:

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    Side trip to Stewart & Hyder:

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    Bear Glacier:

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    Entering Tsunami Hazzard area in Stewart?????

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    Salmon Glacier:

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    Time to get Hyderized:

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    Better eat at The Bus before I travel:

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    Mile Zero???

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    Another night in the wilderness, Bell II:

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    Some new acquantainces along the way:

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    Two hours late for Fairbanks, more later.........
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  19. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    Looks like your really roughing it up there in the wilds of Canada. :D
    Wildlife too. Did'nt know you could get that close to a couger. :evil

    Great pics. Keep 'em coming. Good on ya for taking that HD up to the Salmon Glacier. :ricky



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  20. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    Breakfast in Whitehorse:

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    A little side trip in Haines Junction:

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    Time to jam a little:

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    Rondevous in Beaver Creek:

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    Alaskan Cruise Ship distraction:

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    And a couple more friendly faces coming to Alaska:

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    Now to find the D2D group?
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