Thanks Tuk!

Discussion in 'Americas' started by TravellingTartar, Jan 19, 2018.

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In the next three years, are you going to Tuk?

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  1. Absolutely

    58.8%
  2. Want to

    33.8%
  3. Can't

    2.2%
  4. Nope

    5.1%
  1. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    I'm just hoping the first of the new TUK stickers go onto a motorcycle, rather than someone's large RV rig.

    And, is there a limit as to how many of the stickers we are allowed to buy at any one time ?

    Finally, @TravellingTartar , have you been able to find out what WE the riders can bring up to TUK, to leave as a gift to the hamlet, that they may have a need for?
  2. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    I was going to bring a book, The Art of the Deal.
  3. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    Tuk Tatoos?
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  4. Trasch

    Trasch Adventurer

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    I'm also interested in what we could bring to help out (ideally small, school related?) Maybe we fund a large map of the world to be placed in a community building and we place the classic pin where we came from? I was also thinking about bringing a small "gremlin" bell and leaving it up there to possibly start a new sign forest of bells to protect their hamlet? Maybe a funded sauna for after we jump into the ocean? I am planning on spending at least one night in Tuk with as minimal disruption as possible, so sounds like the gravel parking lot with a tent for me.

    Also a big thanks to @TravellingTartar for organizing the decal fund. I made my donation early to this great project. Possibility for a second decal that shows completion of a run to Tuk and to Deadhorse on the same trip, i.e. I completed the Arctic Ocean Double or I completed the Big U (map reference)?? I have zero creativity just a thought for second decal option in the future.
  5. TravellingTartar

    TravellingTartar Been here awhile

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    I just wrote to Annie asking her. Will revert with her answer.
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  6. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    We need a Quadraphenia sticker, Tuk, Deadhorse, Homer, and McCarthy.
  7. Lizzard323

    Lizzard323 Solo rider. Lover of solitude and corn meal.

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    Sounds like a rock band.
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  8. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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  9. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    Too many dead guys, bad juju...maybe we could be the Rollong Stoners, those guys live forever.
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  10. TravellingTartar

    TravellingTartar Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone. This is a post regarding what we can bring to Tuk.

    Annie mentioned food. I know it sounds bizarre and impractical, but they could use some for their food bank. Sadly, because there are no high paying jobs in Tuk, they are concerned with food security until either tourism picks up or they find some other form of sustainable revenue. Does anyone know anyone at a protein bar company? That would be an amazing gesture, to send up a few thousand bars a month. I know that food is impractical on the bike, but...

    Annie said that she would talk to Sister Faye who is with the RC Mission and runs the food bank to find out what they could use. In my case, if I have the accompanying Jeep, I'll definitely load it up. She did not mention it but I know that school supplies are always welcome up north, anything from crayons for the little ones to calculators for the older ones. I had brought a helicopter full for school supplies north one year and they were very grateful.

    I'll keep you all posted but meanwhile, any other ideas are welcome.

    Final note. I said that bringing food up was impractical, but if each of us brings up a box of 12 protein bars and there 500 of us riding up this summer, that makes for lots of calories!! Just a thought.
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  11. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    If you could get a shipping address from Annie, then some of us could have packages shipped directly to TUK, rather than carrying a quantity of items up there on our bikes.

    As for the probability of 500 riders making it up to TUK this Summer, that number is extremely optimistic.

    And if riders plan to bring a quantity of items to TUK, there is a percentage of riders that will not make it, for various reasons, but mainly due to weather.

    All's more the reason for shipping packages up to TUK.

    A person could put together a package of items from an AMAZON order, and have it shipped directly to Annie, the Angel of TUK.
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  12. TravellingTartar

    TravellingTartar Been here awhile

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    Excellent points. I have Annie's address. I'll ask her for the exact address of the Sister that way we can ship to the food bank directly. It's not big deal, Tuk is not that big, but it will avoid Annie getting all the stuff showing up at her door. Will revert shortly.
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  13. TravellingTartar

    TravellingTartar Been here awhile

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    Email sent...
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  14. TravellingTartar

    TravellingTartar Been here awhile

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    Slight update: Annie replied and has suggested that we deal directly with Sister Faye. As soon as Sister Faye reverts I'll post. I'll get her actual address and their priority needs. Thanks again to all who are being so generous towards Tuk.
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  15. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    @TravellingTartar I certainly can bring something on my bike, and since it would be a small amount, it would be a contingency that I could enact en route.

    However, if you are able to bring the Jeep, and if it were practical (space, weight, etc.), the please would you let us know? It may be a "bigger bang for the buck" to do a group buy of XYZ food item (whatever Sister Faye recommends) if it could be transported up there via Jeep. I would be happy to contribute.
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  16. fjmartin

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    I know food is more expensive up north but there is both a Northern Store and Stanton Store in Tuk. There would be multiple benefits to purchasing the food in Tuk (Revenue in the hamlet), donating it to the food bank (Good will in the hamlet) and NOT having to haul it a long way on the bike! So it would be good to know if the address the sister is providing is the same address we can physically drop them off and what their hours are. Also, would she prefer a cash donation so she can but exactly what they need?

    Joe
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  17. Hi-De-Ho

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    Just to share where my head is at in all this, I was thinking of making a donation more in line with what the children in TUK may have needs for, either in the way of school needs, or even possibly clothing needs. School needs would be things like boxes of pencils and pens, reams of paper and notebooks, cases of crayons, metric rulers, small handheld calculators, etc. In a small hamlet like this, clothes are passed down from size to size, even outside the immediate family members, so if a neighbor outgrows a jacket or coat, they are willing to hand it down to another neighbor, as this small community lives by taking care of one another.

    Again, as I stated above, my idea is to ship a large box, or boxes, of things to Sister Faye.

    A thought might be that WE...the ADV Riders....adopt the children of Tuktoyaktuk as our family, and continue this kind of "giving" to them on a perpetual basis.
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  18. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    AWESOME idea! Kids everywhere love motorcycles. We could function similar to the fellas that help that school down in Mexico. But those guys have to ride the cartel gauntlet, we would just have the Dempster and beyond....
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  19. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    Not trying to start anything, but asking an honest question that deserves to be asked. Are we sure they want our help? (Obviously food banks everywhere welcome help, but I'm talking about the community as a whole.) How do we balance our desire to be helpful, and their desire for dignity? Just because we have some things they do not does not mean they want us to give things to them. Maybe better for us to go, spend lots of money there, donate to recognized charities in the area like churches and food banks, and treat them with the respect a hardy people who've survived without out help deserve. Maybe a kick starter micro loan program overseen by the village so they can start businesses selling things to us ADV riders? We need to be careful of thinking they are less than us, simply because we have more stuff.
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  20. Hi-De-Ho

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    @boatpuller, you make an excellent point. I would hope that most of the concerns voiced in your post can be alleviated by our utilizing Sister Faye as the conduit by which we make donations, as the "community" of TUK would not be separated out as individuals needing assistance, but rather would see a sudden fulfillment of their food bank and clothes closet for the community members to be able to draw from.

    I think your post is wise...and we should be aware of the point you are making. Maybe @TravellingTartar can address this matter more fully.