Riding to Alaska for brunch on a dirt bike

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by daBum, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    I am getting updated on your travels, after a 4 day trip/visit to the Lake Forest part of Chicago. My plan was to meet my brother in laws friend Fred; but it did not happen. My son needed to get back for a couple student's flying lessons.

    Fred also rides:


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  2. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Lazy morning. Not riding today. Beauty day.

    Sitting in a Whitehorse, YT coffee cabin.
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    Sipping coffee.

    Cinnamon bun with peach-flavored tide pods.
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    Delish.


    Yesterday I saw a rider I met on last year's trip. We had a nice long chat and caught up on our travels. Small world, eh?

    There's a cutie near my sleeping spot that caught my eye. She's really young. Playful. Visits me from time to time. I'll see if she's camera-able.

    Kate's gonna get her new shoe.

    Calculated the gas needed for that long dry sector on the Dempster. Gonna go get a gas container to complement my two existing 1.5L Primus bottles.
    Really liking the fuel range with this 2019 model.
  3. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Happy Girl.

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    Shoes!

    Dempster ready.
  4. Kiwi Canuck

    Kiwi Canuck Been here awhile

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    You must have got in before 4PM, we arrived at 6:15PM and it was full, ended up 2KM’s north at Mould Campsite which was also full but the host, the beautiful Leah suggested I ask one of the Motocycle campers to share their spot which I did.
    Got to hang out with a fine German guy on a Yamaha 660 Tenere.
    Went in the AM to the hot springs and when we went in to pay the lady at the gate said someone else just paid for you, go ahead, the kindness of strangers amazes me.
    BTW the salmon at Klondike and Rib in Whitehorse was awesomely, not so much the ribs though, well rated restaurant but get there early, big line up when we left.
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  5. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Got at Liard Hot Springs 4 pm ish. It was full. Stayed across the street in the horrible parking lot. Walking distance to the lodge and hot tub.

    The Klondike and Rib has never been available when I go by it. Always packed. Too combative for me. I know it is delish. Just need more armour and ear plugs dining there.

    I also enjoy the hospitality up here. I've experienced that kindness a time or two. I return it when I can.

    Smiley face icon.
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  6. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Original back tire made it 5,000 miles.
    Nice. Chain is happy.

    Feeling easy like a Sunday morning. Rolling north to Dawson City.

    Wearing my birth control, as usual.
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    Just in case I camp near the girl's volleyball team's moms.



    Looks like a nice day to ride.
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  7. PR61

    PR61 old noob

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    5000 miles on the rear is impressive! What tires are you using? TKC80's
    Thanks !!
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  8. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    If these 2019 690's were out when I was shopping, I'd have gotten one. My 1090 is fully set up for my AK trip (t minus 1 month), but a 690 may replace it when I get back.
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  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Yep, TKC 80's
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  10. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Ride to Dawson City was long, but I have a new fluffy seat cushion. Had good music selection that made the trip day dreamy. I did not take any naps that I can remember.

    Got Kate's new shoe heat-cycled for the Dempster.

    For most of the 330 miles, I had the road to myself. Groovy.
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    2nd gas stop.
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    I always stop here and drink a Dew and Bounty candy bar.
    No dog doody signs are new.

    Scored a sleep spot away from the cigarette smoke. Sweet.

    Cruised up to Eldo Bar for a wine (or more) and salmon.
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    This is a very cool place to see.
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  11. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Hey Merge,

    Quick dumb question from a long-distance noob here:

    Noticed that you bought your tire part way thru the trip in Montana and then carried it for quite some time before putting it on. Wouldn't it be easier to arrange for a tire at a decided store in Canada instead of carrying it? Interested in your experience and rationale.
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  12. NoelJ

    NoelJ Been here awhile

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    Holy Mackerel! My new 701E has just under 1k and the rear is about done for!
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  13. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Jedi2Rider,

    Good question.

    Could have been easier to plan, but my timing and random schedule dictates flexibility. Also, I have no time constraints.

    This year, my house (tent thing) prototype and its machined parts got me behind schedule and I just jumped on the bike and motored north without a tire plan.

    I knew I would need a new rear tire before my Dempster run, but was unsure about its weather.

    Emailed dealers en route up here and weighed options.

    Kalispell had one in stock and I opted to grab one simply out of convenience.

    Since I know these roads like the back of my paw, it was a somewhat calculated decision.

    Hope that helps.
  14. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    We are riding braaap-happy bikes!
    :-)
  15. Kiwi Canuck

    Kiwi Canuck Been here awhile

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    Wow looks like you are getting great weather.
    I just got my first rain on this trip today heading South, big black clouds and 2 hrs of rain from a ways before Grand Cache all the way to Hinton Alberta.
    BTW did you give a review on your travel cot/tent?
    Looks cool.
    David.
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  16. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Very cool.

    3rd fish bowl of chardonnay. Somewhat toasted.
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    It Always rains going to/coming from Grande Cache, AB.
    I froze my decision-makers off a few days ago on that run.

    Thanks for the compliment on my house.
    My cot/tent still prototype mode. Not available to consumers, yet. It's beyond comfy. No leaks this year. Extra level bug protection. Chicks dig it. Their moms dig it, too.
  17. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Gotcha...thanks for the insight.

    Now back to regular programming...
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  18. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Chatting with my moto-camping neighbors and my friend I met a week ago rolls up. It was 1030pm.

    Couldn't find an available sleep area in town
    Mine's got room. Very cool.

    We catch up on our recent travels while his sons build their tent. It's almost midnight and still daylight. Groovy.

    One of my fellow moto-campers took Kate for a quick spin. I try to tell people about the awesomeness of this machine. They just can't grasp how something so light has that much powa.

    Came back with that marriage-ending smile.

    Hopefully my morning omelette won't be microwaved like my dinner entree was.
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    NoelJ Been here awhile

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    "marriage-ending smile" :imaposer
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  20. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    It was nice chatting with you at the campground.
    I braved the smoke heading south. It was super thick most of the way to Watson Lake then it cleared and the mountains came back into view. Icalled it a day in Toad River, Laird was full.....
    Guys his cot/tent is the real thing. It was impressive. It's DaBomb :D

    Till next time our paths cross ride safe