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Jul 28, 2015 - Ogilvie Peel Lookout plus to Eagle Plains

Day 29 Tuesday, July 28 Distance for the day 83.4 km Distance travelled to date 2864.3 km Distance remaining 435.7 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 5 hr 10 min Total riding time to date 142 hr 35 min Total meters climbed 970 m Total meters climbed to date 23421 m We sat around the evening campfire till 7:30 PM and then we headed off for our tents. I tried to read for a while but my exhaustion was catching up to me. After a few pages I went to sleep. Only to be wakened by the sound of a fly bussing above my tent but below the tent fly. The...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Engineer Creek to Oligvie Peel Lookout plus 27.5km

Day 28 Monday, July 27 Distance for the day 93.3 km Distance travelled to date 2780.9 km Distance remaining 519.1 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 6 hr 52 min Total riding time to date 137 hr 25 min Total meters climbed 793 m Total meters climbed to date 22451 m Big peels of thunder came crashing through the campground at around 9 PM in the evening. It was followed by the light tapping of rain drops on the tent fly. This could be trouble. It was. The pitter patter turned into a rain. It continued well into the night. I don’t know if I...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Tombstone Park to Engineer Creek

Day 27 Sunday, July 26 Distance for the day 123.2 km Distance travelled to date 2687.6 km Distance remaining 612.4 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 6 hr 13 min Total riding time to date 131 hr 33 min Total meters climbed 711 m Total meters climbed to date 21658 m I went to sleep early and then woke up after an hour or two. I had trouble getting back to sleep. Maybe it was a harbinger of things to come. It started raining at 4 AM. It was more than a shower. It tapered off by the time we got up. The tents and dreams had to be rolled up...

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Jul 25, 2015 - Dawson City to Tombstone Park

Day 26 Saturday, July 25 Distance for the day 112.5 km Distance travelled to date 2564.4 Distance remaining 735.6 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 6 hr 20 min Total riding time to date 125.2 hr 00 min Total meters climbed 1034 m Total meters climbed to date 20947 m Today was our first day under the guidance of Cabin Fever. CF is an outfitter based in Whitehorse and is much more able to get us across the northern country to Inuvik. A major difference between Cabin Fever and Cycle Canada is that we have to downsize. Cycle Canada pulled a...

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Jun 2, 2014 - The Northwest Territories

Crossed the Arctic Circle. We got a flat tire on the trailer just as we reached the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The weather turned really bad. The border is high up in the mountains and it was very windy. As I changed the tire, I was worried that the trailer would blow over on its side. It was five degrees but with the wind it felt much colder. I got pelted alternately with rain, snow pellets, and dust. It felt like sandpaper rubbing against my face. By the time I got the tire changed, my hair was filthy from blowing...

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Find Tom 6

Jun 20, 2012 - Leaving The Dempster

6-20 Leaving The Dempster Highway 2 PM 78 Degrees and Sunny 5 PM 60 Degrees and Drizzling 7 PM Sunny and 79 Degrees! Traveled From Engineer Creek Campground Back to Dawson City 143 Miles, 4 ½ Hours Stayed at the Bonanza Gold Campground We came off the Dempster Highway today at 6:30 PM, very tired, VERY dirty, including 4 mud covered vehicles, very shaken, and VERY thankful that we are all four in one piece, safe with no major disasters. We watched an extremely frightening near catastrophic disaster on the Dempster today, just a few miles...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Anniversary At The Arctic Circle

Anniversary At The Arctic Circle 11 AM Sunny and 63 Degrees 7 PM Sunny and 72 Degrees Traveled Up the Dempster Highway From Engineer Campground To The Arctic Circle,and Back, 266 Miles, 13 1/2 Hours Stayed Again at Engineer Creek Campground Last year we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Mexico in May…this year we celebrated on the actual day by going to the Arctic Circle! We may have trouble coming up with something for next year! After evaluating the rough and rugged road yesterday, we made the decision to leave the fifth wheel and motor...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Eagle Plains,YT Day 2

Had a slow morning after yesterday's drive. Loaded up bikes and drove to the Arctic Circle. Got the bikes out and rode a VERY short way! It was cloudy, cold, spitting rain and WINDY. At least I did it!! The view was awesome! Along the way there were meadows of white flowers, which I learned are called cotton grass. It looked like snow covering the meadow. I wish I could capture the vastness and beauty of the area in a picture. I don't have words to describe it. Met a guy in the campground from Colorado Springs. Here's up here by himself on...

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Jun 8, 2012 - Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains Hotel and RV Park. It was a long day (7 1/2hrs) on the Dempster Highway (229 miles of dirt road). It is a loooong road. This was one of the best dirt roads we’ve driven on, though it was pretty rough in spots. Not many orange flags – you just had to anticipate the bumps. The Dempster was built in the 1960’s – mostly during the winter. It was built on top of the permafrost. Only trees were cut down. Gravel was placed on top of the shrubs in a thick layer to insulate the permafrost to keep it from melting. Calcium chloride is...

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Jun 17, 2011 - The Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle

We had wanted an early start for this 280 mile trip to the Arctic Circle since we planned to return in the same day. We were a little late - 8 am. Because we planned to be gone for such a long period, we took Zac, our dog. The Dempster Highway is the only "highway" in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle. It continues north to the Eskimo village of Inuvik on the Mackenzie Bay of the Beaufort Sea. The highway is considered to be a beautiful drive regarding scenery going through the Tombstone Territorial Park and the Ogilvie Mountains. It...

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Alaska Bound

Jun 10, 2011 - There and Back Again on the Dempster Highway

This is the second part of our journey along the Dempster. This will be more about the road, services available, and our experience driving rather than the scenery. On our trip to Alaska in 2004, we had planned to drive the Dempster. When we got to Whitehorse, like this time, ice was still in the rivers and the ferries were not running. Instead of waiting like we did this time, we decided to go on with our trip and do the Dempster on our way out in August. That plan didn’t work out because wildfires on the Top of the World Highway had our...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jul 11, 2009 - Heading to the Arctic

We left the coach in a campground in Dawson City and in the Jeep we headed out to drive to Inuvik, Northwest Territories along the Dempster Highway. The Dempster Highway stretches 460 miles through the northern wilderness of Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The highway is gravel (hence leaving the coach in Dawson) and winds over two mountain ranges, crosses the continental divide three times, passes through three natural regions and traverses the Arctic Circle to the Mackenzie Delta. The highway was completed in 1978. Construction...

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