Where’s summer?


6 degrees last night and we were prepared!

Small Towns 325 KM (Toad River to Watson Lake)


Last night was let’s see…..FREEZING!  It got down to 4 degrees Celsius over night and the two of us did the best we could to try and stay warm in our 3 season sleeping bags and tent.  But HOLY it was cold.  Neither one of us got that much sleep.  Cheryl said she slept the best from about 0530 – 0730.  I was out wondering about watching the beavers dive for food and some gosling family.  The family camping next to us last night were from Florida and never camped before.  They were using an electric pump to pump up all their sleeping gear and their tent ended up looking and I am sure feeling like a palace.  They were too funny.

This next picture is for our friends Brad & Teri.  If you are reading this…this one is for you.

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Our traveling mascots!

The lodge opened at 0630 so I went in for coffee while Cheryl slept and did some internet stuff.  Had a decent breakfast at the lodge and then put air in our tires

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and once again headed out on the road towards Liard Hot Springs and then Watson Lake.  To be honest today was a bit uneventful in some ways.  the ride to Laird Hot Springs and Muncho Lake was awesome.  lot’s of twisties and the scenery once again did not disappoint. We saw a ton a wildlife today, 9 black bears, another brown or grizzly and bison.

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These guys are HUGE and look even bigger when you are on a bike.

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We try and give the animals their space and just stop for a second.  Most people seem to do the same.  Pretty cool at some points of the ride to see something around each bend.  Doesn’t make for scary riding just makes you more aware.  Having the two of us is better than 2 eyes.  we help point out what the other might not see just to be safe.

Oh, we are able to talk for those who do not know that.  We are using a Cardo G4 intercom set up and this allows for rider to rider chat, Bluetooth music via our iPhones and some other little fun stuff that we are not using on this trip like receiving phone calls.  Cheryl and I feel this is a must have for trips together and is a vital part of our set up.

We rode by Mucho Lake.  This place is surreal and beautiful. The lake is turquoise in colour and there is a ton of wild life around this area.

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I like my cloud pictures!

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The view around this large lake

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She is giving me that look of “Let’s go”.  So we did.  Riding to Laird Hot Springs was again full of views and nice roads.  We did not actually go into the HotSprings even though many said we should.  We did however put our feet in the very hot water.  A woman there told us it pours in at 53 degrees Celsius.  After dipping our feet they felt “fluffy”.  Perhaps we should have dove right in with our gear on.  I bet we would feel a lot cleaner now.

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fish that love the warm water

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some ducks that love the warm water too.  Good food nutrients in there.  Apparently moose like it there to but we did not see any.

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that face….what a cute one! Winking smile

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Walking back to our bikes on the Hot springs board walk!

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Needless to say we looked out of place.

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I bet the Liard Springs are vey tranquil place for many except today there were 2 weed wackers going nuts and were very annoyingly loud.

We finally made it into the Yukon but then briefly were back in BC and then really back into the Yukon the second time around.

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And the ride from Laird to Watson Lake may have been consider a little boring if it were not the animals all along the way.  Some hills but the road pretty straight and turned into a bit a real highway.  Still not many ADV bikers we have run into.  We did see 2 KTM’s from the States at Toad River but other than that, mostly Harley’s, Goldwings and street bikes.

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we are really dirty now, the bikes our gear etc.  No sign of doing laundry anytime soon even though we have the option tonight.  Just do not have enough steam to do laundry.  Alot of your time on these trips is setting up camp, checking over the bikes, planning for the next day, checking out the weather, BLOGGING and then trying to fit meals in as well.  Not complaining but this is what it is all about.  There really isn’t too much free time even though we are getting better at setting and breaking down camp. 

In Watson Lake there is the famous sign forest.  we will go back in the morning before leaving Watson Lake to check them out more thoroughly and got more of the history. here is one picture we got before heading to camp.

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we are Campground Service we think it is called.  Decent, they have WIFI at least. 

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Stays light up here forever so we have to use our buffs and eye shades to block out the light to sleep. It is 9:30 PM right now and we should be sleeping and wearing headlamps but nope, i am up and Cheryl is pre-packing for tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a BIG day for us in the ADV world. We are venturing into an area with little facilities and people.  have to make sure we have a good food supply and plan on camping out no matter rain or shine.  Should be doing some off road as well.  More about that later.

So end to day 6 and again so far so good.  We are feeling pretty fortunate to be able to get away from work for so long to go on a ride that many but few have done, if that makes sense.  Not sure when we will have WIFI next but we have been surprised before.  So we will say later until the next update.