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    Having just read your excellent RR , I had to chuckle at the fact that Ross River was out of fuel. It's a running gag I think, as back in 2007 when I did my Prudhoe trip, the same thing happened to me...
    I also read how bad the Haul road got over the years and not just from you. I was lucky I guess not having to deal with slick river rock! That misfortune happened to me on the TAT the following year..

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    Ross River

    Yeah, touch and go on the fuel front. Literally an end of the road settlement, with few options for the First Nations people who live there. I guess this carries through to when they get their gas shipments. The Campbell is a great and memorable road though, highly recommended passage!

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    Very interesting and well done account of your ride. My brother and I are planning a trip to Alaska incl the Dempster to Tuktoyaktuk in June. I am in the process of replacing my '08 Kawasaki Concours with a 2014 GS1200 and my brother rides a V-strom. Curious about bike prep that you would recommend - like tires for one. You got good mileage out of the Heidenau's but presumably TKC 80's would get better traction in the mud. I live near Edmonton Alberta so the trip would be much shorter than yours.

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    Tires and prep

    [QUOTE=wheeler;1149930]Very interesting and well done account of your ride. My brother and I are planning a trip to Alaska incl the Dempster to Tuktoyaktuk in June. I am in the process of replacing my '08 Kawasaki Concours with a 2014 GS1200 and my brother rides a V-strom. Curious about bike prep that you would recommend - like tires for one. You got good mileage out of the Heidenau's but presumably TKC 80's would get better traction in the mud. I live near Edmonton Alberta so the trip would be much shorter than yours.[/QUOTE

    So this is a moving topic since tire tech is evolving quickly. I like the TKC 80 front, good traction in the calcium Chloride slime, but their rear tire really wears fast up there. A popular solution is using the TKC front and the Heidi rear. And I understand they have a new version of the Scout coming out. From Edmundton your trip is a lot shorter, so this combo will go the distance easily. Beyond the tire discussion, carry extra fuel, and fresh tire patching kits, the gravel up there can be brutal. And whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Carry extra tools and bring clothing for a wide range of temps and conditions.

    And recognize that these roads change dramatically in a matter of hours.
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    Thank you!

    Great stuff. Canada and Alaska are definitely on the bucket list. Your ride report, full of great info and beautiful pictures, makes me want to go now. A huge "THANK YOU!" for putting this together. Perhaps we'll meet on the open road someday? Cheers, Travis
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    Thanks Travis -

    So one common theme up there are is that we meet people from all over the globe.

    I remember the Couple from South Africa in Eagle Plains, the Aussie lad and his girl in Deadhorse, the guy from Chile who had ridden up to Prudhoe Bay and was turning around to ride back....the Brit I met in 2009 riding his bicycle from Deadhorse South...eventually making it as far as Central Mexico six months later. The American girl and her Dutch boyfriend riding around the globe encountered near the Glacier in Hyder ....Adventurers all.

    I hope to see you on the road as well! Good luck in your travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer01 View Post
    So one common theme up there are is that we meet people from all over the globe.

    I remember the Couple from South Africa in Eagle Plains, the Aussie lad and his girl in Deadhorse, the guy from Chile who had ridden up to Prudhoe Bay and was turning around to ride back....the Brit I met in 2009 riding his bicycle from Deadhorse South...eventually making it as far as Central Mexico six months later. The American girl and her Dutch boyfriend riding around the globe encountered near the Glacier in Hyder ....Adventurers all.

    I hope to see you on the road as well! Good luck in your travels.
    Yes you do up there, I met a German couple on bicycles.., a guy from Finland on a KLR, whom I rode with for a few hundred miles, and peeps from all over the US incl Florida.
    Best question ever was; 'did you ride all the way up from Florida?'....
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