Three of TBDBITW Ride to Alsaka

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by eemsreno, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    It's been nearly two years and this is still the best RR on the internet. Fun to go through it again. Steve, you make me regret skipping Valdez. You really know how to frame a photo.
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  2. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Thanks guys, and Dirt Dad looks like you had a great trip to Alaska with your wife.
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  3. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    Any idea how far across into the NT you were on the North Canol Road? Google maps shows it dead ends around Dechenla Lodge.

    Also, where did you learn about side trails like you did on the South Canol Road? I don't remember reading about them in The Milepost.

    Great trip. Still not through reading it yet.

    NC


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  4. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    Two more items:

    1) Did you prep your bikes in any way for the Calcium Chloride? Did you ever get your bikes cleaned properly?

    2) How often did you need to use the spare fuel?

    NC
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  5. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    NumberCrunche
    Thanks for reading.
    We did not make it to the Dechenla Lodge.
    We didn't make it near as far as I would have liked to try going.
    I seen Matt a few weeks ago and he said we need to go back up there and see how far we can make it up the North Canol.
    Them side trails on the South Canol you can see on Google Earth. I look at Google Earth close before I head out on trips so I know where to find trails.
    We did spray that protector spray on our bikes before we left home. We power washed them in Inuvik and Fairbanks [twice] on the trip.
    After getting home for a month or so, I had to keep lubing switches and ignition switch [stuff would try to stop working] It's hard on bikes!
    I think I counted three times we used spare fuel. But when careering spare fuel we didn't worry about stopping every time we seen fuel so we ran out more than if you never had spare fuel and made every stop. I would never ride up there without spare fuel, it just gives you a huge piece of mind.
    Don't head up any of them remote side trails without some riding buddies. Lots of things could go wrong and it's not likely anyone would come by to help. But boy are they fun!
    Lots of guys ride to Alaska and never see these side trails, they are the best part of the trip up there.
    I see ride reports of guys on small dual sport bikes riding to Alaska and they don't even ride more good stuff than if they were on a Harley.

    Steve
  6. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer Supporter

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    When dry and graded you are correct. I was on it in August of 2016 and was 100 miles out of Eagle Plaines in an all day rain that turned the top dressing with chloride into this greasy gelatinous goo. The front tire would wash out following the edges of the shale hidden underneath. It is not a road that is any fun in the rain
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  7. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    I can relate to the slipperiness of the calcium chloride. I rode the Dempster in 1993 on a Honda Nighthawk. At one point in the rain my front tire picked up mud, packed my front fender and stopped my front wheel, and down I went.

    http://geocities.ws/feierejm/Dempster.htm
  8. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Just read your Alaska ride report. I like them trip reports from years ago. In 93 I never even knew of the Dempster.
    Have you been back again?
    That was a great trip to do with your brothers.
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  9. John F

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    Nope. Haven't been back since. It's on my list, though. Especially now that you can ride all the way to Tuk. At some point I want to get back up there and do the North Canol Road, the Dempster to Tuk, and the Dalton to Prudhoe Bay. Alas, that will probably have to wait until retirement. Work always seems to get in the way.
  10. NumberCruncher

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    Freakin' awesome you did that trip "before it was cool" so to speak. While I fell like much of the adventure is now gone from most of the world, it will be worse in another 20 years. On the bright side, I'll probably be dead anyway. Then again . . . maybe that isn't so bright . . .

    NC
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  11. Rich Rider

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    Another bump for your EPIC report that I finally stumbled across.
    I've read quite a lot of reports of YT, NWT and Alaska, with many of the same stops along the way. But your report is on another level! The fact that you didn't even get to finish the Dalton seems like not a big deal after seeing everything else you boys wheeled over. Obviously you three have mad off-road skills to take on some of those remote passes (Telkwa....damn!) but doing it on Teneres. Amazing. Yamaha should be reaching out to you guys for promotional material to say "yeah S10s can do THAT too!"

    This is a report I'll be reading and re-reading for tips and routes as I get closer to putting together a trip of my own. Thanks for taking the time 2 years ago to post this up. This report should be a baseline for any Alaska/NWT/YT ADV exploration. Wish I'd see this a couple years sooner to grab one of your "limited edition, collectable" DVDs :-)

    Richard
  12. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Thanks for reading Rich Rider,
    I had made it to the Artic Ocean in 2011 with my boy, Matt did feel a little ripped off not making it to Deadhorse. I hope I can ride back up there with him again some day. And to Tuk.
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  13. Rich Rider

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    My 10 year old son has just expressed a similar interest to go on an "adventure" next summer. I'll be reviewing options with him over the winter to see how "adventurous" he wants to be for the trip. Thanks so much again for showing us all the real potential for exploration in our own northern back yard.
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  14. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    When my wife and I came back through Edmonton, we kind of got lost for a while trying to get back on the highway.
    I would really like to get my wife to ride back up with me, she just doesn't want to leave them Girls for that long. She blames it on her job not wanting her to be gone that long.
    My boy says he wouldn't do it again, just to far away, but riding that 990R was about like riding a motocross bike to Alaska, The Tenere is so comfy it just made the trip an easy ride.
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  15. Trailer Rails's wife

    Trailer Rails's wife Is that what you're wearing? Supporter

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    Spent time this morning reading this from start to finish. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! My husband and I plan to go back and approach the trip the way you did! I'm still completely overwhelmed by what we saw in BC, Yukon and Alaska. And there is still so much to see!

    Here is our RR:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/away-we-moto-pittsburgh-to-prudhoe-bay-2017.1237466/

    I had to chuckle when you mentioned at the start of your RR when you said you'd be sparing us details of food and waitresses because all food is delicious when you're starved and all ladies are quite nice. :-) I appreciate the brevity in the way you write. If you pop into our RR, you'll see I never use just 1 word when I can use 5. Makes me rethink how I'll write our next RR!

    Thanks! :-)
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  16. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Thank you Mrs Trailer Rails for reading.
    I'll check out your trip when I'm not supposed to be working.
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  17. GRMFR

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    Thanks for the write up. Looked like a great trip.
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  18. GSPD750

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    This ride report is an excellent bump. Thankyou. So many Alaska Hwy and Cassiar Hwy ride reports where the riders only stop for gas.
    Your in my "Top 10" of all time in this forum. :D
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  19. StanBo

    StanBo Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thank you so much for posting this fantastic Ride Report!

    My first takeaway is the line "offroad doesn't count if a car can drive it." I am still new to this all and I am slowly converting my friends to DS adventures.

    This report entertained and informed.
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  20. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Thanks for reading GSPD750 and StanBo.
    Are you planning a trip to Alaska StanBo?
    If your new to off pavement riding remember to have good friends with you if you try a ride like this.
    We could not have ridden through some of this stuff if only two of us had gone.