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Yukon right now

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Pictures' started by nick949, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. nick949

    nick949 Well-Known Member

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  2. Mikey

    Mikey Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I spent three weeks canoeing down the River Yukon. One of the best things I've ever done.
     
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    Lowflyer Well-Known Member Forum Supporter

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    Nice one again Nick.
    Like reading stories of a shonky old bike getting well used and getting fixed en route :thumbsup:
     
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    Fantastic Nick. I saw some stuff on FB but was too busy trying to upload the Goodwood pics and videos to reply properly. Home now.

    Are you going up the Dempster? Mind the bears if you do.
     
  5. Dee Dub

    Dee Dub Active Member Forum Supporter

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    Are you sure it was the River Yukon? Not the Cahulawassee River?

    Da da dang, dang, dang...
     
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Don't be so bloody silly, I thought it was the Taff .......
     
  7. Dee Dub

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    Squeal like a pig, boy!
     
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    nick949 Well-Known Member

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    Ooooh, yes you are. :thumbsupanim:

    For those that don't know, the Dempster highway is probably the most remote road in the Americas. It goes from the middle of nowhere on the Klondike Highway in Yukon, to Inuvik virtually on the Arctic coast about 500 miles to the North, and all of it on gravel. Its an epic undertaking with just one place/service station on route. The place is infested with bears (or so I was warned) and a spell of bad weather can see the road impassable to all but the toughest 4x4s and lorries. It makes the Dalton highway in Alaska seem like a motorway. Respect really is due to Nick for doing this.

    When I was there it was pissing down and we sheltered under the garage canopy at the its Junction with the Klondike Highway for a couple of hours. A 4x4 came down the Dempster slipping and sliding on the wet slimy mud with only the wiper cleared windscreen not plastered in mud. The guys in the 4x4 said NOT to go up there as it was impassable 20-30km further up due to the rain. They had turned back and it wouldn't be open for several days after the rain stopped. It continued to rain for about a week so god knows what anyone already up there was doing.

    Good luck Nick.
     
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    I was wondering whether you had headed up there Austin. In fine weather it still would have been an adventure two-up, even though I had dry roads and saw (astonishingly) no bears (although I saw dozens on the Alcan).

    That slop dries to hard ridges which plays havoc with my mix road and knobbly tyres - although, if I'm honest, so does pavement - I guess I'm just used to the fat girl dancing.:happyspin:. It's the freshly laid gravel on top of that ridged hard clay that really throws me around. But then, I'm not travelling at warp speed.

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    Here's a trip video. I hope it provides a little flavour. Book ready soon.
     
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    What a great video and that surely ha to be one of the coolest bikes ever :cool10:
     
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    Lowflyer Well-Known Member Forum Supporter

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    As Bob says, great video, in fact one of the best I've seen of this nature, well done that man, totally envious :)
    Going to order the book later on tonight ( using daughter's kindle account ;) )
     
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  15. Dee Dub

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    Wow!

    If that had been a modern bike, one failure = game over!
     
  16. Philwhiskeydrinker

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    Great vid Nick, that is some trip - 9000 miles in 3 weeks is impressive, well done.

    Sent from my SM-A320FL using Tapatalk
     
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    Here's some SPAM

    Now available in print and digital versions. I haven't seen it myself yet! Until Amazon link the versions, in the UK the paperback is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1088721168 for 10.29 pounds and the digital version here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07W4F7845 for a whopping 2.46 pounds. It's in 3 parts: Eldorado to the Klondike, Across Labrador on a Scooter, and Convert Travels. Happy reading.[​IMG]:)

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  18. austin

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    Nice on Nick. We will be getting copies.

    We are currently testing the new Guzxi in France. It’s going very well so far. Which is more than I can say for Brittany Ferries who have cancelled our sailing due the weather ( it’s a bit windy) and cannot yet say when or which sailing they can reschedule us for. . It’s all an adventure though and means another meal of Moules Marinirre.
     
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    Ignore my recent Messenger message as you've answered it here. Have a great time - and thanks.
     

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