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Three of TBDBITW Ride to Alsaka

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

  1. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Wayne
    I wouldn't call riding Frog Bayou Boring, You just won't show me any pictures of it.
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  2. WolvesLower

    WolvesLower Been here awhile

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    Wow!
    Great ride report.
    I thought I could ride a big motorcycle places, then I see these pics and I am floored.
    I think I will get out the Honda Trail 70 and call it quits.
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  3. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Snake said we don't need No pictures to remember that place!
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  4. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    So we rode out the Groundhog and back to the South Canol road.
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    Rode north up to Ross River.
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    At Ross River we got as much fuel as we could because it's going to be over 300 miles before we can fuel again. It turned out to be 330.
    Then rode the fairy over the river to start the North Canol road.
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    The North Canol would turn out to be our favorite road on the whole trip. Just breath taking beauty ! And one of the Most remote roads in North America.
    So sit back and enjoy the pictures, I hope.
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    So we wanted to camp in the N.W.T. and headed up to that Mactung Mine.
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    So here we are at the Mactung Hilton Inn and the only night we spent under a roof on the trip.
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  5. Karson

    Karson Been here awhile

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    Looks like you packed appropriately (light!) for the type of terrain you were going in. Was that to allow room for the massive balls of steel it took to go on some of those trails into the unknown?

    PS - this RR may be the most epic I've ever seen, all things considered!
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  6. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Thank you Karson.

    Remember I'm only half way through and we still have some crazy good stuff coming up.

    PS
    It's not like Karson couldn't ride this with us, He has done stuff in Colorado 2up that a lot of big adventure bike riders wouldn't do solo.
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  7. haydenslides

    haydenslides K Flotto-Myers

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    Stoked on this thread!
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  8. ts3doug

    ts3doug Long timer

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    Brilliant, loving it.
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  9. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 9. 8-7-15
    Miles today 307
    From the Mactung to the start of the Dempster Highway.

    So my pocket camera decided to rejoin in on the fun and I could use it again.
    We were going to see how far up the North Canol we could get.
    Last night in bed I told them guys a little about the N.C. road.
    That it was built for an oil pipe line from Norman Wells and from here on up gets pretty difficult to impassable.
    I told them that once I read that only one guy on a motorcycle had supposedly ever ridden through, and it took him two summers to complete. On some kind of a small Honda.

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    I have to show all my wild life shot even if they aren't very good because most wild life just ran thinking we were that lady on a Harley.
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    So we came to this river and it really looked doable but on the deep side, with not knowing how much fuel we would have to get back to Ross River we thought best to turn around here.
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    I took this picture because the evening before when we rode by this it was still smoking hot. But no Pocket camera working. Grizzly! Lots of this in the N.W.T. area.
    I noticed that the Griz do it in the center of the road, Blacks have to do it on the sides of the road. Some hierarchy thing.
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    Then I couldn't believe my eyes, Troll standing in the road when I came around a bend.
    He said that the day before when he last looked at my SPOT that we were heading up the South Canol. They camped last night just down the road along a lake and this morning he seen E-07 tracks and just knew we had to be up here. That is Mark his riding buddy with him.
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    Then out to Ross River to fuel up.
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  10. Dewey316

    Dewey316 Been here awhile

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    Keep it up, this story gets better every time I check back!
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  11. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure Supporter

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    Excellent photos.........using a $100 camera???!!!! Great Report.......keep it coming. I applaud your riding skills and tenacity.........:clap
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  12. BSSD

    BSSD Swollen Sack

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    Subscribed... looks like good fun!
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  13. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    So coming out of the North Canol to Ross River we seen one other vehicle besides Troll and Mark, and that was right near Ross River.
    Very remote up in there.
    West on the Campbell highway we stopped at a lake along the road. "Little Salmon Lake"
    Then out of the woods rides this ATV rider and he stops to talk.
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    Meet Kevin Schildknecht.
    He told us that he was from Sweden, but lives in Atlin, BC and has a cabin up here on Little Salmon Lake.
    He asked us where all we had been riding and we told him we had just come off the North Canol.
    He said his neighbor in Atlin, Archie Knill, is the only one to ride a motorcycle from Norman Wells to Ross River and Archie sold Kevin that motorcycle and he still owns it today, a 70cc Honda.
    Matt and Joey couldn't believe what they just heard. It was so fun to talk with Kevin and it just shows you the bazaar people you can meet and things that happen on a trip like this.

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    Time for our second bath of the trip.
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    Then it was on to Carmacks for a hamburger.
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    Then up from the Yukon River walks Dan Gramks a canoe traveler that put in a Whitehorse and was going to get out at Dawson City.
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    He was from Wyoming and every summer he comes up here and does a 2 week canoe trip on the Yukon.
    He had some of the craziest stories. It was just a blast talking to him.
    One time he was trying to maneuver his canoe to dock and was really splashing around when a giant grizzly charged out of the brush at full speed. Dan jumps up waving his paddle and the grizzly stops 15 feet away. He thought the grizzly might have thought he was a hurt animal when he was making all that splashing.
    One time a black bear with 2 cubs jumped into the Yukon and swam right past his canoe to an island.
    One time a mountain lion was walking along the bank right next to him watching the water for fish and Dan didn't make a move. He doesn't think the mountain lion ever seen him.
    It is just a blast meeting people like this.

    That night we camp at the start of the Dempster in an abandon camp ground.
    I have a watch dog out side my tent all night.
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  14. FM Rider

    FM Rider Adventurer

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    I put 11,000 miles on my DR 650 going to Prudhoe Bay and back in July and I think I would have had a better time with you! If I buy a Super Tenere can I go with next time?

    Can't wait for the next installment.
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  15. stou

    stou Been here awhile

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    Great report!
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  16. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 10. 8-8-15
    Miles today 454 All on the Dempster
    From mile 0 to Inuvik

    The Dempster just seems like one of the things you just have to do if you ride to Alaska.
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    Stop at Eagle Plains for lunch, We all had the Hot Roast Beef and like I said earlier "It was great"
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    Free car wash anyone.
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    I found that side road that Eric found in 2011 that goes to the top of the mountain.

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    As we roll into Inuvik I snap one of my dash.
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    The camp is at a Provencial Park that has 24 hour security and real hot showers.
    For $5.25 each we had to.
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    That evening we walk around town and enjoy it.
    OH we washed our bikes at the car wash too.
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  17. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Next Time? I think I will only go back if Eric or Michelle will go again. But if ,,, I'll let you know.
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  18. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Well my opinion of the Dempster has greatly changed in the 4 years since Eric and I rode to Inuvik.
    The highway department up there is really improving the Dempster immensely in anticipation of the Dempster continuing to the Arctic Ocean in 2018 with much increased traffic.
    It is no longer a feeling of "I conquered the Dempster". There is nothing to conquer. It is still a beautiful highway and well worth doing, but it is just a gravel highway. The Dempster had the reputation at one time of being the most dangerous road in North America for most motorcycles. Now we see nothing dangerous about it. It is not secluded, there was lots of traffic. You don't even wave at oncoming cars and most motorcycles won't even wave at you. Back in 2011 when Eric and I rode it, one time he stopped to change his clothes and while standing in the middle of the road he said "you can stand in the middle of this road naked and not even look to see if a car is coming". Now you can't even come to a stop without a car going by.

    Steve
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  19. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    Wow! What an awsome RR!! Thanks for sharing this incredible Trip. I'M IN!!!
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