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Day 14 – July 7 – Dawson City to Whitehorse. Leaving Dawson for parts south after having a good breakfast, and bike fill up. Very nice day to start a ride south, and on the cooler side. Fires are still burning in the Dawson area, but we didn't encounter smoke until some 60 Kms outside the city. The smoke persisted until Stewart Crossing where we stopped for the amenities and to stretch the legs.

Stopped at an old overland station, at Montague on the Overland Route, attachment Montague-Overland Trail. There are some of the old buildings left, not much but the history is a good read. Here is the main building and the meat locker, attachments Montague-Overland Trail 2 and Montague-Overland Trail Meat Locker.

The rest of the ride into Whitehorse was uneventful, not much to report as we are just retracing our steps. The wildlife signs we have seen are not representative of what you can expect. WE have seen very little wild life during the trip, but have seen enough to make the claim that we did see some.

Had dinner at Tim's in Whitehorse, fueled up and went to the Pioneer RV Campsite about 15 Kms outside Whitehorse. First night of camping on the trip, wasn't too bad, attachment Camping Whitehorse 3.

No cell reception, have to pay for WIFI, and no restaurant even though the web site mentions it. There are laundry facilities, pet showers, people showers – need tokens from the office at $2.50 for 8 minutes, RV wash area as well. The RV site is on the flight path into the airport and planes didn't stop landing until somewhere near midnight – still daylight at that time. Planes come in quite low I think I could read the tire manufacturer. Would not recommend this RV site for a stopover – too noisy, and the camper sites are closest to the road.

Have to thank Sonya for her sacrifice to the mosquito and black fly gods, attachment Camping Whitehorse 1. First time I've not been the sacrificial lamb.

Played a few games of cribbage – you know that old person's game. Not a lot else to do so we got an early night to bed.

Tomorrow is supposed to be another good day so more to follow. Cheers
 

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Day 15 – July 8 – Whitehorse to Baby Nugget City just outside Watson Lake. Another nice day of travelling. Retracing our route as I mentioned in my previous post, but there is more to this day than yesterday.

We packed up after having a breakfast of quick Quaker oats and coffee with a blueberry muffin. Have a small water boiler, a Jetboil. Very nice unit, boils 2 cups of water in just under 2 minutes. The hydrated food packs we have require just this amount, one criteria when shopping.

There was the requisite road construction and gravel sections to transit. We did see some wildlife, but not too much. The road construction was transited by following a pilot truck, only had a 10 minute wait to go through.

Dropped down into Carcross (short for Caribou Crossing) to see the Carcross Desert, attachment Carcross Desert 3, a dune desert left over from the last ice age. There are several in northern Canada in different provinces. There is also the Emerald Lake noted for the brilliant green colour that is a result of limestone in the water, attachments Emerald Lake and Emerald Lake 2. Road was surprisingly good.

Stopped at Johnson's Crossing for brunch. We went with the standard breakfast, but before we left picked up a cinnamon roll and 2 cranberry scones. This place is apparently renowned for the cinnamon rolls.

While there a young woman came in and talked about her camping experience from the night before. She paid $97.00 USD for a camp site and only had a Johnny on the spot for toilet facilities, no shower or other amenities. The ladies at Johnson's were very sympathetic and explained the cabin facilities in that the cost is $99.00 CDN taxes in with hotel amenities. Another local lady came by and offered this young woman a shower and place to stay for the night free gratis at her house, only 10 minutes from Johnson's. The young woman did not apprise herself of the offer for whatever reason, but the fact that it was offered gives one hope that not all is lost with the human race. Would recommend stopping/staying at Johnson Crossing.

Carried on to Tetlin for gas and a leg stretch. Lots of RVs on the road and using the same gas stops. Have to wait in line sometimes.

Left Tetlin and endured the longest grated bridge going. Understand why these are there, but still don't like them.

Stopped at the Continental Divide restaurant/gas bar. Only needed a leg stretch and coffee/tea with the requisite muffin of course. Very friendly place and lots of chatting going on. Before stopping we saw a dead moose on the roadside, and pondered what the vehicle looked like. The vehicle was an F-250 type truck, could be one of the competitors as well, but the right front was rather demolished. The couple with the truck were there for a bit.

I mentioned in a previous post on the way to Whitehorse that a couple with an RV had a rad leak and was limping into this stop. They were still there but hubby had managed to get the rad out and the stop owner loaned him a truck and he was off to Whitehorse to get it repaired, left at 0400 hours this morning.

Another couple with an RV had fuel problems so he went to Whitehorse as well to get parts to fix his rig.

While the gents were travelling the women chipped in and were helping at the cash register, doing cleaning and dishes. Thought this was very friendly of them, and mighty neighbourly.

Continued on to the Baby Nugget RV park for the night, attachment Baby Nugget Camping.

Again no cell phone coverage, no WIFI, but we were camping for the night. There are showers, laundromat, restaurant and gas. Prices aren't bad.

I have mentioned that I have the Delorme inReach Explorer. Have been sending out preset messages to family and friends letting them know where we have stopped. Had to use it tonight to send an email to Sonya's family as she does one every night. Moral here is that when there is no cell service, you can use the inReach as your email provider. Check the different plans and see what is available, don't leave home without it.

Met a fellow from Chicago and he was doing a trip up into the north, camping and seeing the sites. Wife was meeting him in Fairbanks, wasn't into the camping thing, but she did do research into the trip for him. He also had the new Garmin inReach Explorer, but said he couldn't get it to work. Had a look at it and pointed out some things to do and how to get it started. He should read the book and look at some of the tutorials on line. He had an ARB cooler in the back of his jeep, used it as a fridge/freezer. Comes out of Australia, and apparently works as advertised. Going to research this company and what is available.

Another early night and off down towards Hyder, Alaska tomorrow. Cheers
 

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Day 16 – July 9 – Baby Nugget City just outside Watson Lake to Bell II, BC just before the turn to Hyder, Alaska. Another nice day of travelling.

Up early, packed up, gas in the bike, and a nice breakfast. Hit the road about 0800.

Took the highway 37 junction towards Dease Lake, about 240 Kms. Saw black bear, red fox, and deer on the road. Sonya glimpsed a moose disappearing into the bush.

Road south is good, and as can be expected, rest stops are frequent and well advertised, but not much else going on.

Stumbled onto Jade City that is not on the maps, attachment Jade City 1. Nice stopping spot to look at what is happening in the BC jade market, attachment Road to Burn's Lake at jade City.

On with my rant, there are several grated bridges, but tried something different. Kept the speed up around 40 Kms/hr and the ride over these bridges is much better at speed. Will test again tomorrow.

Gassed up in Dease Lake at the local and I think only convenience store. Had a bite to eat at the deli that is shared with the hunting gear.

Almost the most expensive gas, but not quite. Have paid $1.89/litre, today paid $1.58/litre. Only saving grace is the bike is performing quite well with fuel economy of 18/19 Kms per litre. Doing very good through the mountains.

The road is quite good, scenery is spectacular, but blurs after a while, can only look at so many mountains, rivers, lakes and such.

Stopped at Bell II for the night just north some 155 Kms from Hyder. Nice place, not inexpensive. One hour free WIFI only with room. The room we have has no TV, microwave, fridge, and only cost $230.00 CDN for the night. The restaurant prices match as well. No cell coverage. There is gas at $1.51/litre.

We're cooking up some of the supplies we brought with us. Have to use them sometime. Boiled the water in the Jetboil, attachments Jetboil 1 and Jetboil 2. Re hydrated the stroganoff sauce, egg noodles, beef & mushrooms from Backpacker's Pantry, very tasty. Started with some teriyaki beef jerky, and finished dinner off with 1/2 of a cinnamon bun. The first night of camping we had the creamy beef and noodles with mushrooms by Alpineaire, also quite good. A fellow I met at the RV site at Baby Nugget mentioned that the breakfast ones aren't bad either – will be trying these at home.

Now for a daily rant. We are so attached to our electronics, some more than others. It may not be all the time, but when we stop, we like to check emails, and at the end of the day update our blog and such. Also need power to charge cell phones, and helmet communicators. This is a challenge when camping so it is recommended to have USB ports installed on your bike to do charging during the riding part of the day. Sonya did a great job researching all the places where we have stayed and WIFI was a requisite. What was not mentioned on some sites is that you have to pay for WIFI, and this can be expensive. It is further compounded when there is no cell phone coverage. Would recommend that before starting out, contact the places you are considering as nightly stops and get the info on what is available as the web sites do not always mention the little details such as no cell coverage, and having to pay for WIFI.

For those of you who have SHOEI Neotec II helmets and the integrated Sena communicators just a heads up. Charging the communicator takes the communicator offline. Don't know why, but ours do. Something else for your list.

Enough for tonight. Thanks for reading. Cheers
 

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Day 17 – July 10 – Bell II to Burn's Lake. Day started off very nice. Got up shortly after 0600, SSS, packed then had coffee and 1/2 a cranberry scone. We loaded the bike and set off around 0730. Road was good, as was the weather. Decided before we left to have breakfast in Stewart or Hyder. Road in, took some pictures, didn't see any advertised wild life.

Attachment Stewart - Hyder junction 2. Sonya has coined a phrase for this part of the trip. It's the end of the 2 province, 2 territory, 2 country portion of the trip. BC/Alberta, Yukon/North West territories, Canada/Alaska. Great trip title Sonya has coined.

The glaciers have a blue hue, attachment Blue Hue Glacier 1. Don't know what it is from. The snow pack was also down to the road level, attachment Snow at Road.


Attachment Welcome to Hyder 2. Decided to try Hyder first for breakfast, attachment Hyder Looking into Canada 2, but since we arrived around 0930, the only restaurant was not open. Did get a pic of the inn and the need to be Hyderized, attachments Glacier Inn 2 and Hyderized 1. Now on to Stewart for Breakfast, so back across the border, thru customs.

Found a nice, small breakfast joint - Temptations, attachment Temptations 1. Quite nice, good sweets as well. Wrote our names on a ceiling cross piece, attachment Temptations 2.

Left Stewart and headed for parts south. Turned onto 37 south and headed for Prince George. About 30 Kms down the road ran into bridge construction. The wait and ride thru was about 25 minutes, pretty good considering.

We gassed up in Stewart, and next when we hit highway 16 to go to Prince George. Stopped and had coffee/tea with a slice of back forest cake. Nice, nourishing lunch.

Left for Prince George area, and because we had nothing planned for this area, we decided to ride thru to almost Prince George; however, the weather gods were not on our side, rain started outside Burn's Lake so we decided to hole up in Burn's Lake for the night.

Tomorrow heading to Quesnel with a side trip to Barkerville, a gold rush period town. Depending on weather and such, may be able to do the ride and see Barkerville same day, then head off for home. I expect Barkerville to be similar to Dawson City, Dawson Creek in that having never been there, the romance associated with the name may not be as extensive as one might think – we'll find out.

Thanks for reading, more tomorrow. Cheers
 

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Now for a daily rant. We are so attached to our electronics, some more than others. It may not be all the time, but when we stop, we like to check emails, and at the end of the day update our blog and such. Also need power to charge cell phones, and helmet communicators. This is a challenge when camping so it is recommended to have USB ports installed on your bike to do charging during the riding part of the day. Sonya did a great job researching all the places where we have stayed and WIFI was a requisite. What was not mentioned on some sites is that you have to pay for WIFI, and this can be expensive. It is further compounded when there is no cell phone coverage. Would recommend that before starting out, contact the places you are considering as nightly stops and get the info on what is available as the web sites do not always mention the little details such as no cell coverage, and having to pay for WIFI.

For those of you who have SHOEI Neotec II helmets and the integrated Sena communicators just a heads up. Charging the communicator takes the communicator offline. Don't know why, but ours do. Something else for your list.

Enough for tonight. Thanks for reading. Cheers
I have two USB Charging ports on my bike, one in the left rear pocket which is a great help for recharging phone while riding. When I am stopped w/o power available, I use an Anker 26,500 mAH rechargable battery pack. It will charge my phone 5 or 6 times before it has to be recharged.... which is a 24 hour cycle :(

Wish I had an InReach Delorme tracker.... am considering that, but if I don't make long rides anymore, not really needed. My SPOT has 2 pre-canned messages which is marginal, but works for me.

My Shoei helmet has the Wired plugin headset, not batteries to charge up. I prefer it myself.

You are doing a terrific job on your "Offline Posting", we need to talk about that on the phone when you get home.... remind me if I forget, but that is something that I want to learn how to do.
 

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Wow!
that top of the line, ARB freezer/fridge is expensive!
ARB Elements Fridge 63 Quart $1444.00

which one do you have, suspect is the smallest one?
I do not have the ARB product (yet). The fellow I talked to was from Chicago, and he was on a drive-about and decided he wanted one, and yes he mentioned it was the cost f a good regular fridge/freezer. It is also the size of a small bar fridge.

I'm thinking of researching it because Sonya needs to take Humira weekly and when we are on the road, Humira must be refrigerated or it's only good for two weeks.

Something more to consider. Cheers
 

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I have two USB Charging ports on my bike, one in the left rear pocket which is a great help for recharging phone while riding. When I am stopped w/o power available, I use an Anker 26,500 mAH rechargable battery pack. It will charge my phone 5 or 6 times before it has to be recharged.... which is a 24 hour cycle :(

Wish I had an InReach Delorme tracker.... am considering that, but if I don't make long rides anymore, not really needed. My SPOT has 2 pre-canned messages which is marginal, but works for me.

My Shoei helmet has the Wired plugin headset, not batteries to charge up. I prefer it myself.

You are doing a terrific job on your "Offline Posting", we need to talk about that on the phone when you get home.... remind me if I forget, but that is something that I want to learn how to do.
I have two 10,000 mAH battery packs and one smaller 5,000 mAH pack. Didn't need to use this trip, but handy to have.

I only did the daily thoughts as a word document, and when I had cell/WIFI I posted and added pics (used cell as a hotspot if required).

Just home this afternoon, will be doing the last two days tomorrow, and then a closing epilogue.

Cheers
 

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Day 18 – July 11 – Burn's Lake to William's Lake. Day started off very nice, attachment Road into Vanderhoof. Got up shortly after 0600, SSS – forgot to shave, packed then had coffee and a blueberry muffin. We loaded the bike and set off around 0730. Road was good, as was the weather, bit overcast but not wet. Decided before we left to have breakfast in Vanderhoof.

Day was overcast, but not wet. Good ride into Vanderhoof, only one construction zone with a pilot truck. Got through in 25 minutes – wait included. Roads were good so we made good progress. Gassed up in Prince George and took the 97 down to William's Lake.

As we got closer to civilization, the traffic started to increase. Not used to so many vehicles being on the road.

We Had planned on a stop in Barkerville so took the #26. It was a nice ride, saw bear, deer and moose, until about halfway and we ran into some mist/rain. Rode out of it as we got closer to Barkerville, attachment Welcome to Barkerville.

I was expecting a town similar to Dawson City, but Barkerville is a period theme town that you pay to visit. Has some restaurants, and you can even B&B it if so inclined. Daily stagecoach rides, and lots of historic information about that period, attachments Barkerville History 2 and Barkerville History. The town was named after Billy Barker.

Barkerville is like this because it is a tribute to the impact of Billy Barker and Barkerville on the gold rush in BC and how it changed the economy/dynamics of the province, attachments barkervill Sculptures 2 and Barkerville 2. There are tours and people giving historic accounts of what went on. One fellow we were listening to recounted how people arrived there, the overlanders, and where they had to travel from and to such as Fort Kamloops and such: A rendition of a local Stagecoach with yours truly, attachment Stage Coach.

It is a good stop for a few hours, and recommended on your travels.

Quesnel has a neat road side welcome site, attachment Quesnel Welcome 3. Sonya likes to have a picture at the welcome signs and she picks up a small rock and puts the towns name on it. She only does this when we travel together, she likes doing it so we stop.

Went into Quesnel for a quick bite and decided not to stay in Quesnel, but to push on to William's Lake, attachment Williams Lake 1.

A post would not be complete without a wonderful selfie, attachment Another Selfie.

Road was good and no rain. We spent the night in the Ramada, nice and clean with good internet, amazing how you miss the things you take for granted when home. Only issue with this hotel is a rather steep driveway. Makes negotiating the terrain with a trailer quite fun.

Hotel cost was $125.00 CDN, but included a full breakfast in the morning, good deal.

Got a few posts done and was off to bed early. Going to run the roads and head for home tomorrow. Hope the pics turn out better, I used a different size.

Cheers
 

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Day 19 – July 12 – William's Lake to Home. It's always nice to get home, cleaned up, stuff put away and back into your normal routine. We had a good ride for the last day, started off a bit overcast and cool, but turned into a lovely day and warm, attachment Nice Riding Day.

We got up, had a nice breakfast that was part of the room cost, packed the bike and on the road by 0730. The road south to Cache Creek and on to Hope was very good and we made good time. Not a lot of traffic considering we were heading for Vancouver, but traffic out of the city was a lot.

I also notice that when returning home I have a tendency to want to put on some “homeward bounders”, a little colloquialism from my Navy days when we had steam turbines and could adjust the shaft RPMs a bit to give us the sense of moving a bit quicker to get home sooner. Resisted the urge to do so for a couple of reasons, but we had already discussed which ferry we might get and we rode to that expectation.

We stopped in Hope for gas and a small bite to eat, and found the small town of Hope to be overflowing with tour groups and people heading out of the city, it was a zoo. Managed to get in at a good time, lull in the people thing. Got in and out and back on the road in short order.

Ride in on the number 1 was good as usual, got past some of the choke points early and through construction in good order.

We had discussed making the 1600 ferry sailing, but were fortunate that BC ferries were sailing late as usual on weekends and made the 1500 ferry. Motorcycles get to the front of the line and on first even with sailing waits.

Ride across to the island was very pleasant, water was very calm, and with a clear sunny day is quite spectacular.

Got to the house about 1715 and started the get everything inside. Got the trailer unhitched, and everything put to bed for the night.

As I mentioned, it feels good to be home, now to think of the next big adventure for next year. Have a couple of small ones left for this year.

Going to do an Epilogue to close out my posts. Hope you've enjoyed reading, I've enjoyed your comments and posts.

Thanks to everyone. Ride safe. Cheers
 

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A good trip with no real problems.

You know what would be cool with the epilogue is a map with the route drawn on it. You know, Day 1, Day 2, etc.
Dennis - here is a map showing the complete route. Did some 7342 Kms in 19 days. The attachment is the first overall of the trip. I will annotate a bit and post with the different days. To follow it We left the island and from Tsawwassen we headed up towards Hinton, Alberta. Stopped about half way in Clearwater. Then up to Dawson Creek for three nights. A short jaunt up the highway and the little offshoot was a trip to the WAC Bennett Dam. Continuing on up the highway to Fort Nelson for two nights. Went up the Liard Highway to the Northwest territories, stuck our feet over the border now we can say BTDT. From there to Watson Lake, where the mileage marker is and up to Dawson City.

Back down through Watson Lake to Hyder, then on to Barkerville, Cache Creek and home.

Will ask Sonya, my map expert if she can annotate one with the days on it and a few more places.

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That was an awesome trip, you will have many great memories of this trip, Thank you for taking us along for the ride with fantastic pictures and notes. Looking forward for the epilogue.
 

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"Had to use it tonight to send an email to Sonya's family as she does one every night. Moral here is that when there is no cell service, you can use the inReach as your email provider. Check the different plans and see what is available, don't leave home without it."
i have the se+ you can use the inreach with your phone and it makes it lots easier to send txt and emails i use the freedom plan with unlimited messaging works great.
 

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"Had to use it tonight to send an email to Sonya's family as she does one every night. Moral here is that when there is no cell service, you can use the inReach as your email provider. Check the different plans and see what is available, don't leave home without it."
i have the se+ you can use the inreach with your phone and it makes it lots easier to send txt and emails i use the freedom plan with unlimited messaging works great.
The App is nice, uses your contact list and the phone is definitely easier to use. Always nice to have options.
 

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Epilogue – Yukon-Alaska 2019 “Two Country, Two Province, Two Territory and Two Iron Butt Tour”

Have been thinking on how to finish up this wonderful ride. It was an eye opener, as well as a good lesson in our history and what was accomplished with very little. The land was and still is quite harsh, with lots of distance between stops and towns. There were a lot of road signs about wild life, but we found this to be hit and miss, with more misses than hits.

The roads were quite good and road construction was not as extensive as we had thought. The road surface is a clear seal that I would categorize as one grade rougher than a tar and gravel surface, and because of this, tires take a beating.

Weather is a constant challenge to predict. Having a variety of clothes and riding gear to suit is a must. The good part of this is the newer textiles for travel/hiking and such are well suited to taking on a motorcycle trip such as this. Packing and amount of clothing that can be taken can be increased using the same space as that for clothing that was more bulky in the past. The issue here is that this can allow you to take more than required. The newer “quick dry” clothing can be washed in the evening and be dry by morning, very convenient.

Maintenance and trip preparation does not take as long as one would expect. We started thinking and planning this trip with 4 months to go. Sonya took on the planning, research into what was possibly available to see/visit, and I took on the “get the bike ready” requirements.

I have mentioned that there is a lot to be seen and to visit, but having been there would recommend what I have posted for timeline guidance. One evening and part of the next morning for Watson Lake. An hour or so to visit signpost forest and 1 1/2 hours for a visit to the Northern Lights Centre is a must. Dawson Creek needs two nights and one day for the town.

Dawson City two nights and one day for sight seeing. Famous Canadians from this town are Pierre Burton, Jack London, and Robert Service. It was also interesting to have complete daylight at midnight, something you can only read about in the more southern areas.

Whitehorse needs two nights and one day to see the town. Lots of places to visit but only need one day to do so. The Macbride Museum has Sam McGee's original cabin and the history of the famous poem is well presented.

Fort Nelson can be done with one night, has a nice town museum. If you are going to drop up into the Northwest Territories from Fort Nelson, spend an extra night.

Lots of open roads with nothing in between gas stops. If your motorcycle can do 250 Kms, no worries on the gas stops; however, if you need to stretch your legs and there is fuel, top up, can't hurt.

We had a leisurely trip in a sense. Most Kms in a day was around 520, think we hit 600ish one day. Still an easy ride considering there was no real historic type stops en route. First day took us from Victoria to Clearwater, BC. Second day to Hinton, Alberta. Third day up to Dawson Creek, start of the Alaska Highway. Next jaunt was to Watson Lake, BC, and then up to Whitehorse. From Whitehorse up to Dawson City in the Yukon.

We then had to retrace our steps, going from Dawson City, Yukon, to Whitehorse. From Whitehorse to Baby Nuggett City just outside Watson Lake. We then took the 37 down to Stewart, BC and Hyder, Alaska. Continued on down through Prince George, taking the 97 down to cache Creek and then the number 1 into Hope and to Tsawwassen for the ferry over to the island.

It was a long, but good trip. Some 7342 Kms and 19 days, almost a years Kms for some. Spent $662.00 on fuel, meals were $1185.00, accommodations $2178.00, and snacks/coffee of $200.00. Had some misc expenses such as museum costs, exhibit entries of $424.00.

Had to do a fix of the trailer hitch in Fort Nelson. My initial install didn't work out quite as I planned so had to replace the securing brackets with u-bolts, wanted to do this before we left, but couldn't find the u-bolts, and time was of the essence. I found that the tool kit of the 1500 was not as good as I expected and had to buy some inexpensive tools to do the job. I have started to put together a better tool kit and have learned from this experience to start any mods to the motorcycle a bit earlier.

Met quite a few motorcyclists on the trip. Discussed the different bikes being used and issues encountered.

I would propose that the highest priority item for a trip such as this is tires. I mention this because motorcycle tire shops are far and few between. On the way north, Hinton Alberta, Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Whitehorse on the way up are your supply towns. On the way south depending on your direction, Prince George, Prince Rupert, and once past these, should be okay. Venturing into Alaska, you have Fairbanks and Skagway, maybe a couple more. If you are concerned with tires, phone ahead and make arrangements to have tires available.

Other than this, do all the maintenance you possibly can before you go. Any item that you think you can put off until you return should be done before you go, you don't want any surprises. No matter how much you do, there will always be something to catch your attention.

Met some riders on adventure bikes in Dawson City heading for Whitehorse to do bike maintenance such as oil change, chain and sprocket replacement. If you have the space, a spare chain is good, as are new sprockets for your bike. Shaft drive motorcycles are much better, but I'm certain that these have issues.

I have mentioned that we had a Delorme inReach Explorer sat tracker. Highly recommended to have such an item, especially one that can be used to send and receive text and emails. You will find a lot of areas where there is no cell phone coverage, and if things go awry, you can be waiting for quite a while. We had to use the email function a couple of times when there was no cell phone coverage, or internet availability. I cannot compare the unit I have with the SPOT variant, but can say that email and text functions of the Explorer is very calming on a trip such as this, especially if you are travelling solo, and there are a lot of solo riders on the road.

Talked to a rider in Dawson City who was riding a Vstrom 650. He had upgraded the suspension to meet his weight requirements and riding style. Had a good selection of additional items such as the Garmin Exporer, USB attachments and such. He mentioned that he got good fuel economy as well with the bike fully loaded.

There were a considerable number of adventure style motorcycles. A lot of BMW GSA types, triumph Tiger 800s, Vstroms, and such. HDs and Goldwings were also prevalent. I'm certain that I have missed some, but suffice it to say that almost any motorcycle capable of going 250 Kms between gas stops can make the pilgrimage north.

Would I recommend this trip, definitely. It is a must to learn about our north, and the US north. There is a romance attached to the north and with it from the gold rush. There is also a reality about the north of today that is quite different from our romantic notions. Expect long stretches with the same scenery, and no wildlife, and no traffic either way. It's a bucket list trip, with many doing this trek more than once. To do and see everything the north has to offer does take more than one trip, but expect to see the same sites each time.

Thanks to all who have been following our trip, and have read and commented on my posts. Cheers
 
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