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Arctic Adventure Days #16 & 17

We are on our way home now. We’ve had our first of dirt roads and bears, so we won’t be stopping by the Stewart/Hyder area.

On these two days, we are backtracking on roads that we’ve already been on, and the weather is kind of crappy. That means not a lot of stops with new and exciting pictures.

We did stop for fuel at the intersection with the Dempster Highway and it seems we made it back just in time.

We didn’t see any big wildlife between Dawson City and Whitehorse. We did have some awesome ribs, salmon, and sticky balls for dinner.

When we were getting ready for bed, Kim found this in the bottom of her bag.

The missing key! Well it turns out after Whitehorse, we went back to Watson Lake and stayed at the same hotel. So, we gave them their key back.

The weather forecast looks like rain almost all of the way home, so we booked a room at the Bell lodge on the Cassier Highway for tomorrow. The next night should be in Prince George, and then on to home on Saturday.

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Arctic Adventure Day #10

We spent the first part of the morning searching for the room key. Clearly we had it some point because we were in our room, but we couldn’t find it anywhere. After tearing apart or bags twice and digging through the garbage, we gave up. Fortunately there was no list key charge. If we find it along the way, we’ll drop it in a mailbox.

We altered our route today and went to Whitehorse. This gave us a shorter day and allowed us to take our time and visit things like the signpost forest.

We didn’t see too many critters today. A black bear ran across the road right outside Watson Lake and a fox did the same thing later on in the day.

We did cross the Continental Divide again.

Stopped in Teslin for fuel and lunch.

Also checked out the wildlife gallery in Teslin.

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A friend for Tundra.

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There is a giant mountie at our hotel

And a big room

And a big bathroom.

Not very much night left!

Alaska Ride – June 11th – Day #17

Total zipper failure! The slider on my sleeping bag zipper exploded last night, so now I have no zipper on my sleeping bag. Not to worry! I pulled out the gorilla tape and taped it closed in the middle of the night.

It rained a bit last night, and there was still a light sprinkle as we woke up this morning. We could see the sun breaking through the clouds in the distance. We stalled for a bit waiting for the rain to stop, which didn’t take very long. We also skipped breakfast because today we were scheduled to have giant cinnamon rolls for breakfast! (of which I did not take a picture, but if you go back a few days, you can see one that we bought on the way north).

Then it was on to Whitehorse. We made a provisioning stop at Walmart, where I also grabbed some items to help fix my sleeping bag. I’ll stick with my tape fix tonight and spend some time tomorrow doing a better fix with needle and thread and duct tape! What a combination.

Now it was time to move on to new territory, heading west on the Alaska Highway. The last couple of days on the Klondike Highway has been so-so for views. This section of the Alaska Highway is way better, with big mountain views. I like the mountain views.

We stopped at a rest area that had a cool little wooden bridge that predates the Alaska Highway, although it has apparently been refurbished since.

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We pulled over at the next rest area to get a picture of the mountains.

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We stopped at a burger joint in Haines Junction to grab some lunch. I ended up having a spicy Caribou sausage (at least that’s what they claimed).

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Haines Junction has spectacular views of the mountains…here are the bikes in the parking lot of the lunch joint.

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We rode another 45 minutes down the road to Cottonwood RV Park. We picked this out of The Milepost because it looked pretty nice, and it is, except for two things. No laundry and super slow internet. Our plan is to take a rest day here tomorrow, so it kinda sucks about the laundry. It will just have to wait till Fairbanks.DSC03306

Lack of internet has caused me to fall behind on posting blog updates (I’ve been writing them though!). Hopefully the super slow internet here will help me catch back up again.

Alaska Ride – June 2nd – Day #8

Even though the ground was a bit lumpy, I slept very well last night. We rolled out of bed around 7a and started to break camp. There was no rain in the forecast, so we didn’t set up the tarps, which made putting things away go a bit faster. We walked to a little bakery right at the campground for some breakfast.

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After breakfast, we started our ride. As usual, something wasn’t right and we pulled over after about five minutes. Apparently when my dad dropped his bike last night, he bent a tab that turns his brake light off (his brake light was stuck on). He knew the exact problem and how to fix it. My tire pressures were a little on the low side, so I pulled out my pump and topped them off while I waited.

A couple of guys on vstroms stopped by to make sure we were ok. We chatted with them for a bit – they were on their way home to North Dakota. We also got an update on the road conditions that we’re going to encounter along the ride. They mentioned a nasty grate bridge by Teslin (how bad could it be, we’ve already gone across a bunch of them), and the Top of The World Highway having a section of large chipped rock that slowed them down to 5 mph.

After our quick bike maintenance, we were off for the day again, and it started to rain. It did not look like the rain would let up anytime soon, so we pulled over at a recreation area to make sure everything was zipped up ok and to put covers on our tank bags.

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Well, good thing we did because it rained and rained and rained. Then it got cold – the freeze warning went off on my bike and the lowest I saw the temperature on the computer was 36.8F. We both have heated jackets and heated gloves, so we stayed warm…for a bit. Our legs were a little on the cool side, but our feet got really cold.

At least our lunch break and fuel stop were in nearby Teslin! Only the grated bridge mentioned above stood between us and warm feet. Well that bridge was one minute of pure terror…ok, that may be a slight exaggeration. But it was the nastiest grated bridge I’ve been across. The spacing in the grate was larger than normal – we talked to a local later on and he said the grating actually moves around a bit based on the traffic (particularly trucks) moving over it. All I can say is the little wobble you feel going across this bridge was greatly amplified compared to other grated bridges. My dad got a good video, but we likely won’t post it till we get home.

Once across the bridge, we pulled into the Yukon Motel for gas and lunch. The gas line was huge, so went for lunch first, and it was almost standing room only. While hanging out, we spoke with several other riders, and everyone talked about the crazy bridge. The rain did not let up at lunch, so we put our gear back on and hit the road again.

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Motorcycles at the Yukon Motel…lots of BMWs and there is a Ducati hiding in the back.

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The rain stopped just about the time we pulled into Whitehorse, YT, our ultimate destination for the day. We decided along the way that this would be a good night for our first hotel room, so after doing a couple of laps around town we settled on the Westmark. The rooms are decent and they have a good internet connection. The shower wouldn’t drain in our first room, so the moved us a couple of doors down and bought us a round of drinks for the inconvenience…my first beer on the trip! Check out time isn’t till noon tomorrow and we are going to use all of it :). So, a really short day of riding tomorrow.