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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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Mozzies, lorries, backhoes and bulldozers

*Pictures to come later Back in Fort McPherson… We were hopeful. We woke up to the news that the road was finally open. Now the pressure was on the ferry men to get the boat going. We could see the traffic starting to stack up on the other side of the banks. This was wonderful! The banks had … [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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Shopping Inuvik

We spent an extra unplanned day in Inuvik. The closing of the Taylor Highway bumped our reservations at Eagle Plains. They could not accommodate us coming back, unless we stayed an extra day in Inuvik. We opted to stay and see the sites, rather than camp in Eagle … [Read more...]

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Crossing the Arctic Circle by motorbike

The amount of darkness between sunset and sunrise in Eagle Plains was a little more than an hour. We were told by the locals that if we went outside during this time (around 2 a.m.) that we would see the most amazing sky and witness both sunset and sunrise at the same time. This sounded worth … [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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The end of the line…

Jaz called the trip just north of the Arctic Circle. Although I still had ability, and my bike had more to offer (as well as Jaz), her bike had given everything it could give. We had a hug at the Arctic Circle and agreed to turn around 195 mile short of our 1000 mile goal. Being reasonable girls, … [Read more...]

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Still holed up under the dead head drinking Lead Dog Ale

The dead head is of course from a massive moose and is hanging over me in the bar. To make matters worse, I just found out I am drinking the last bottle of dark beer in the place! The restock truck does not arrive until tomorrow. I hope I am long gone before that! I failed to mention a … [Read more...]