Arctic Circle and D2D on a GearUp.

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Arctic Circle and D2D on a GearUp.

Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:49 pm

Quite a few months ago I decided I was going to make a run to the Arctic Circle on my 2007 Arctic GearUp, in conjunction with the annual D2D dual sport get-together in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

I will let the pictures do most of the talking. And if you have dialup...I feel very sorry for you! :lol:

I'll add my comments about the people and the Ural at the end.

This is my story.
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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:54 pm

Every good trip involves some planning...
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All packed and ready to go.
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One last picture before I hit the road.
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And off I go...
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On the 7 hour ferry ride to Skagway.
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And so ends day #1. A total of 7 miles. 6 from my house in Juneau to the ferry dock, and then 1 mile from the dock in Skagway to the campground.

Up next...day two - or - The Yukon Quest begins.

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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:59 pm

Day two begins with some breakfast and gassing up (both from the breakfast and for the moto).

Heading N on the S. Klondike Highway out of Skagway...my Yukon Quest has begun.
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One of MANY gas stops I would make along the way. This is also where I met Andrea (looking at camera) and Brian (over A's right shoulder). The other group...I never saw them again.
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A Russian Ural, and a Pinzgauer. Not shown - two BMW's. We've got the Eastern Bloc covered.
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Night two - Moose Creek Campground, just West of Stewarts Crossing, Yukon.
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Brian and Andrea at camp.
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Day 2 miles: 353.

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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:12 pm

Day 3.

Up and on the road at about 730am. Destination unknown. Actually, I do know where I am going...NORTH.

Black bear.
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Moose. They were within 1/4 mile of each other.
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At the intersection of the Klondike and Dempster Highways. For those who don't know, the Dempster is the only road in C eh N eh D eh that runs to the Arctic Circle. This one actually goes to Inuvik, but I won't be going that far.
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The first 5 kms of the Dempster are paved...then it goes to anything from nice smooth dirt, to 6" deep pea-sized gravel, to riding on hard rock, and back to smooth dirt.

The front fender on a Ural doesn't do much to protect the headlight...
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Ruh-roh Raggy, looks like rain!
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The Tombstone Mountains. Friggin' AWESOME.
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Looking good...and running GREAT!
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I ran into these guys on the way up...they were heading back from a 2-day run to Inuvik.
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Kary (sorry...don't know how to spell his name!!!)
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Dave (JuneauDave)
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Ben (Squonker)
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Heading North...
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Day 3 ends in Eagle Plains...an oasis almost exactly 1/2 way up the Dempster.

Day 3 miles: 302.

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Post by George Butz » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:33 pm

More, More.... :)
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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:18 pm

Day 4...the Arctic Circle and Dawson City.

Eagle Plains is only a few KM's from the Arctic Circle. I woke up in the morning, and completed the first goal of this Adventure.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you...my 2007 Ural GearUp at the Arctic Circle in the Yukon.
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...and for those who think a Ural can't do a 1600+ mile trip in some of the most remote parts of the Great White North...I present to you...
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After many pictures (as you can tell!!!), it was back to Eagle Plains to gas up, and begin the trip South to Dawson City.

Got gas??? I took along 6 extra gallons of it. And I needed it.
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Arrival in Dawson City. Dick at the Downtown Hotel has a nice area set up in the back for w@$#ing motos. Good thing, cuz the dirt on the Dempster is a nice mix of dirt, mud, and pure calcium chloride, which is used to keep down the dust.
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After getting settled in and unloading the Ural, it was time to meet up with the friends that I had made along the way.
That's me in the blue Ural shirt, with (going clockwise) Klaus, Brian (HomeOnTheRange) and Andrea, Dave (JuneauDave), Sander (from Holland...!!!), Marty (Sgt Marty), Mike, Ben (Squonker), and Kary.
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We had a few beers...and it was time to walk back to the B&B where I spent the first night. Something's not right in this picture...why is it so light at midnight? :lol:
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Day 4 miles: 311.
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Post by RescueSwimmer » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:32 pm

Great Ride Report!! :bow: :lurker:
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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:40 pm

After getting a really good nights rest at the B&B, I moved to the campsite to meet up with the other fellers...mostly KLR riders. There was a BMW in camp (JuneauDave); we all figured he must have gotten lost since he wasn't hob-nobbing with the Beemer riders that were in the hotels downtown.

Chillin' on the deck at the Downtown Hotel.
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The Ural was taking a rest...as was I.
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Dawson City from the Dome.
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Sander testing out the Ural...
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...and posing next to his Yamaha TTR...
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Sander is from Holland, and is working his way from Anchorage to Tierra del Fuego. He's already conquered the Dalton to Prudhoe Bay, and he should be back from Inuvik by now. Ride safe, good friend. Ride safe.
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Tent City at the campground.
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Tools? Someone has tools out? Everyone comes running...to "help"...!
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Ben's (Squonker) KLR650. He's a real Ice Road Trucker, and one helluva guy. He's from Britain, but calls himself a Canadian. Poor guy is confused...!
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Dave (JuneauDave) surfing porn at the campsite. C'mon Dave, can't you just wait till you get home???
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You don't have to have a big moto to do this trip. Here's a TW200 and an XT225 to prove it!
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And now I come to the "adult" part of the trip...also known as the Girls of Dawson.

That evening, Sander and I decided we wanted to go out and have a beer at a local bar "The Pit". Turned out to be one of the best nights of my life.

And now, I present to you, The Girls of Dawson...
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Wait a second...those aren't girls...!!!
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On the way back to the hotel, Sander figured he'd try out the accommodation's on the road...
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One a.m. in the land of the midnight sun. Everyone's already asleep.
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Day 5 miles: Zero.

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Post by Ragman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:54 pm

That will do, nicely... Thank you.

Great pictures, need more input, please...
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Post by JohnBG » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:10 pm

How frickin cool is that! 8) 8) 8)

Keep 'em coming! :clap: :bow: :thumbsup:

Since you are in the neighborhood, what do you know about trips like this: http://www.akrider.com/08net.html? I would love to do a trip like this, even on a rented KLR!

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Post by chicagorandy » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:26 pm

Great pics - shows you how dumb I am, when I first heard Arctic, I was thinkin' 'cold' weather, as in snow & ice?

Quite the adventure .
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Post by Tin Man » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:49 pm

Noooowww I remember why I love Alaska so much.....It's real purty 8)
That sir, is an excellent adventure. Hope you find time to do a complete photo spread from the trip. :thumbsup:
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Post by Spicy McHaggis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:50 pm

Day 6 - another non-riding day for me, but one of the best days and nights of my life.

Friday is the official D2D (Dust 2 Dawson) day. Things start around noon with a poker run, then a steak dinner/banquet at 630pm, followed by the Motorcycle Games in front of the Downtown Hotel at 9pm.

I took today as a recovery day, after the previous nights...fun. No poker run for me, although it sounds like it was quite a beautiful trip of about 100 miles.

This nice lady rode past in the morning, picking up empty beer cans and bottles. We had quite a few to donate!
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Back downtown, just hanging out and talking. Soon enough it would be time for the motos to start lining up.
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But first - ICE CREAM!!!
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And hey wait - a few beauties I had missed the night before. I guess most jewelry shops aren't open at midnight...
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At the banquet, Dave (JuneauDave) brought his local paper that showed a picture that looked EXACTLY like Andrea. Apparently she graduated just the other day, AND was the valedictorian! Congratulations, Andrea!!!
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Here's the gang at the banquet.
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They close off the road for the games, and motos start lining up around noonish. I don't know the exact count this year...but there were a LOT of motos!!!
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Andrea and Brian.
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Ummmm....
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Downtown Hotel.
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Friar Mike...!
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Sgt. Marty...!
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Legion, probably tellling some lie...
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Got a few pictures of the games. They included the slow ride, cone weave, blindfold ride/stop, and the bucket drop. Favorites included the balloon toss, and of course the weenie-bite.

Here's the winner of the weenie-bite, Alida, doing what she does best...
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And a few other nice attempts. Gotta love their style!
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If not for the alcoholic beverages I had partaken of, I would have entered the Ural into the competitions...but I don't think anyone wanted to have me plow into their parked moto!!

Back into the Downtown Hotel...hanging out with old friends...relaxing...
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And then back outside for some photo-ops with some admirers...
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As the night wore on...we closed down the Downtown Hotel...
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And with nobody else on the streets (it was 3am, afterall) we decided - hey, what better to do than overload a ladder!!!
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Andrea..."I've got a tripod!"
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Ben (Squonker)...
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Sander...
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Brian (HomeOnTheRange)...
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Marty (Sgt Marty)...
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That's it from this night. None of us wanted it to be over, and we knew that we were all heading our separate ways in the morning.

Day 6 miles: Nada.

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Post by DaveO » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:03 pm

Outstanding Job Spicy! Glad everything went well and Thanks for the RR!
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Post by catfish » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:13 pm

Terrific pictures and captions it looks like it was a ride to remember.Walking or crawling out of a bar at 3 am and finding it not dark would totally fry what brain cells I have left.


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