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Carved by the tires of other travelers

(Belated post - catch-up) We left Eagle Plains not sure if Michael still had a job. We had built in four days extra in case the road was difficult, and we ended up being on the road an extra six days! If you are going to do this road, make sure you have wiggle room in case it goes south. Even so, … [Read more...]

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FM4

We spent the day watching the ferry men ram the log-jam with the ferry. We think, but are not entirely sure, that the road may be repaired by tomorrow. Dave the trucker called Eagle Plains and learned that the culvert was salvageable. They had the culvert in place and stabilized with wood by … [Read more...]

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FM3

(Fort McPherson (FM): Day 3) We got up and evaluated. We had a very nice and comfortable night, we actually slept in. We need to make the most of our sleep time, as we can only stay here one more night. Room cost is a premium; I have paid less for a room at the Marriott in the heart of … [Read more...]

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The pucker factor

We woke up fairly early and got the bikes ready to roll. The plan was to make it 230 miles to Eagle Plains early so we could get rest for the 260 mile ride back to Dawson the next day. We had heard the ferry across the McKenzie River had closed down the night before for high winds, so the first … [Read more...]

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The road less traveled

We arose from my favorite B&B in Dawson (5th Avenue B&B), ate breakfast, and hit the road. We had a long day in front of us – 257 miles. Now that doesn’t seem very long, but depending on road conditions, it can be very long. On a side note: We decided to top off our gas in Dawson, … [Read more...]

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Barbie does Chicken

We pulled out of Tok without breakfast. We figured a couple of protein shakes and an apple was good enough to get us to Chicken, Alaska. It was a lot smokier this morning than yesterday, enough to sting your eyes and make you cough. I tied a bandanna, damp with water, over my nose. It helped to … [Read more...]

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Trapped in Tok

We awoke to a lot more smoke in the air than the evening before. It was thick enough for us to dig out bandannas in case it got bad. We figured we could dampen them up and breathe through them while getting through the area, if it was really bothersome. We ate breakfast at Fast Eddies, and … [Read more...]

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North to Inuvik – Again

Unfinished business. You recall a couple of years ago Jaz and I made a run for Inuvik, Northwestern Territories, Canada. The rain and the dangerous conditions caused two fairly (I said fairly) reasonable women to call it at the Arctic Circle. The ride (2000 miles round-trip from Anchorage, AK, … [Read more...]

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Souvenirs from Tok

So, I rolled into the driveway (1784 miles later) from my Klondike Loop motorcycle ride. Exhausted enough that I almost couldn't climb off the bike, let alone unpack it, wash it, and do the maintenance needed for the next trip. *Sigh.* It looked like rain. When Jaz and I rolled out of Tok last … [Read more...]

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Emerald waters, prostitution and pizza, and Jazisms

Today was one of the most beautiful drives! I give the Klondike Highway a five star rating in roads I have driven. The road had spectacular scenery that was constantly changing. It had windy turns and curve after curve with lots of pull outs to take pictures.  There were beautiful lakes that were … [Read more...]