Campsite Fire


Dease River to Stewart/Hyder (465 KM)


August 2nd 2011

The night was really cold for some reason.  The battery went dead in my temperature device so we don’t know for sure what it was.  Felt like around 2 or 3.  A wet chill was in the air and that didn’t  make for too comfortable sleeping.  Cheryl especially was cold because she really needs a new sleeping bag that is more of a real 3 season. 

Woke up to partly cloudy skies and no rain over night. Our tent was dry.  We headed out around 8 for Stewart/Hyder and we knew it was going to take awhile being about 465 KM away.  Stopped in Dease Lake for breakfast and off we went again into the SUN.  We actually had to wear our sunglasses all day!

The Stewart-Cassiar Highway is a really nice road that we have never been on while living in BC.  We now have a place to come back to that is not really that far from home.  Other than some construction areas it is pretty amazing how well they keep this road for so many to drive or ride. 

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Our Dease Lake breakfast joint with really really slow internet.  Apparently this is the only food joint in town.Aug 2 11 Cheryl (1)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (2)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (3)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (4)

My camera was having issues this morning.  Just think a lot of dust got into it yesterday and the lens did not like that.  Cheryl took a turn at the one handed on the fly shots.  Not bad but I happen to be in most of her pictures.Aug 2 11 Cheryl (5)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (6)

The clouds and sky were amazing today.  We LOVE seeing white clouds instead of those dark, dreary and rainy ones.Aug 2 11 Cheryl (7)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (8)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (9)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (10)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (11)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (12)

Saw quite a few ADV riders heading north and a few South.  I bet these guys have no idea that we were going to use their pictures on our update!Aug 2 11 Cheryl (13)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (14)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (15)Aug 2 11 Cheryl (16)

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Love the metal decks on some of these Northern bridges.  No longer to we even fret crossing them.Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (7)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (8)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (9)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (10)

Cheryl is wearing the ACT shirt ACT gave us!  Yeah Cheryl!Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (11)

Not too sure what to make of this picture.  I am always getting caught pulling my pants up!Winking smile

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More views of the Stewart/Cassiar Highway

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A bunch of guys we met, Jim, Ryan, Chuck and Dave.Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (18)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (19)

Chuck being a nice guy and cleaning our shields.  Guess he felt badly for me because when I pulled up after getting gas to park, I did not look where I was and placed my right foot into a pot hole.  Yep, my bike fell asleep right on the gravel for the very first time.  More humiliated than anything everyone came to my aid and helped me pick my bike up before anyone could get a picture of my mistake.  No damage, just a scratch or 2 on the right Jesse bag.  Hope these guys have a safe and enjoyable trip!Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (20)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (21)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (22)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (23)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (24)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (25)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (26)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (27)

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We saw so many black bears today all foraging on the side of the road.  I think we counted 11.Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (28)

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We made it.  Almost to mile 0!Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (44)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (45)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (46)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (47)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (48)

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Only fish and some birds, no bears for us today but many were waiting hours to catch a glimpse.  Glad we got to see the grizzly show in Haines.  We left here after about 30 mins.Aug 2 11 Cheryl (28)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (51)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (52)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (53)

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The loneliest Canadian Border guard ever! Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (54)

Maybe an incognito sniffer dog?  Nope, just a random Hyder dog wondering around checking things out.Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (55)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (56)

Our cute server at the Silverado Pizza Parlour.Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (57)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (58)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (59)Alaska Aug 2 11 Dease River to Stewart (60)

Camping out again and it will be a cool night after a pretty warm good day.  We cleaned and lube our dried out chains from the construction zone on the highway, disconnected our batteries for about 5 mins, and then ran our bikes for 15 as one forum member on the ADV site suggested to see if this would help our bikes with the stalling and starting issues.  Oh yeah forgot, Cheryl joined me for the second round of stalling.  We seem to be able to work around this problem because we can stall and then tighten the throttle cable and they start. 

Triumph is aware we are having issues and offered to get us home if we felt unsafe.  We feel fine as we have been dealing with this for almost the entire trip with at least one bike. 

Funny thing at campgrounds I tell you.  There are many open spaces for people to set up but noooooooooooooo, they have to park right near our tent.  Sort of like when you go to the movies and the theatre is empty and someone sits right next to you.  Really makes Cheryl a bit angry.  The old man who has camped close to us has squeaky shoes and just bent over to plug something in and well, farted.  Sorry had to include this charming ambiance.  On that note, we are going to bed.

Whitehorse to Dease River, BC (585 KM)


August 1st 2011

Cheryl’s favourite thing about finding lodging that has WiFi is that Leslie occupies herself with the computer stuff in the morning and lets Cheryl SLEEP! It’s a win/win for both of us!

Of course, the great thing about Leslie being an early riser is that she is able to capture photos of the brilliant morning sunrise.

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There was something different about this Inn other than we were one of few Caucasians.  That is not a big deal.  They had cameras all over the joint and when I asked why I was told bad things happen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  No more was said.  I think this may serve as social housing as well.  Again not a bad thing just makes for an interesting crowd.  The guy above us was a very bad behaved upstairs neighbour.  Need I say more.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (87)

We grabbed a quick breakfast at McDonalds across the street from our hotel and then we hit the road once again. We were uncertain of our destination as we started our day, but knew we were heading in the general direction of route 37.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (88)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (89)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (1)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (2)

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The ride from Whitehorse to Junction 37 (the Cassiar highway) was rather unexciting and as such, we did not snap too many photos.

We did happen across this interesting place when we stopped to fill up our bikes.

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The wildlife gallery was stunning! Neither of us are big fans of stuffed animals, but this was some extremely well done taxidermy.

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Okay, these cute lil guys with Cheryl weren’t the real thing but they sure were adorable!Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (7)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (8)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (9)

Golden Eagle

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Dall Sheep

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Peregrine Falcon

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Polar Bear

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Arctic Fox

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Moose and Wolves

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Beavers & a Deer

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Lynx

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Black Bears

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Snowy Owl

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Caribou

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Grizzly bear

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Cheryl desperately needed a cat nap.  After all the places we have been tis ride from Whitehorse put her to sleep.  Nothing that a 5 hour energy drink can’t handle.  Not that we rely on this stuff but it comes in handy when we really need a boost.  Works fast too.

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I think this sign has been in almost every ride report I have ever read.  Next to the Arctic Circle signs I vote this #2.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (33)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (34)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (35)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (36)

We really had no idea what to expect from this road but as soon as we got on it I knew the camera would be out a lot.

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The road is in great shape, even the “loose gravel” part.  Nothing like in the Yukon or Alaska.  Piece of cake other than the dust.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (40)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (41)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (42)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (43)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (44)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (45)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (46)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (47)

You can see the the damage from a recent forest fire.  I will have to look up exactly when it was but I think it was last summer.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (48)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (49)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (50)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (51)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (52)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (53)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (54)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (55)

We can never get enough of seeing Grizzly bears in the wild.  Cheryl thought this guy was going to get her so we motored out of his way pretty fast.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (56)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (57)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (58)

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Yet another Grizzly foreging for food.  Cheryl put her bike in gear and he did not like that.  i got a short video but when he turned back to look at me it was time to split.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (64)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (65)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (66)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (67)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (68)

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This is Mike from Quesnel, BC.  He took a liking to the Tiger’s right away and of course heard our story.  Grab one of our traveling cards for ACT and off he went on his own adventure.  Nice to have met you Mike, enjoy your trip!Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (75)

We made the decision to head towards Dease Lake even though it was another 130 KM away.  I was starting to feel a little well done being up since 0430 and riding over 400 KM all ready.  But off we went.Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (76)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (77)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (78)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (79)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (80)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (81)

The road turned to gravel for about 53 KM and they warn you about the dust.  here we go again!Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (82)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (83)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (84)Alaska Aug 1 11 White to Dease River (85)

Lucky for us Dease River about 60 KM short of Dease Lake showed up to our left.  I was ready to stop and here we landed.  Very cool campground with cheap site.  $15 for right on the lake.  No power, no WIFI, just the lake and tent.

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Looks at our VIEW from our site.  They have cabins here too for $60.  Very nice as well.  If it was raining you know where we would be tonight.Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (5)Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (6)Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (7)

We are getting so much smarter with our beer stash.  Buy and bring it to camp and find a cold lake to chill it.  or a cold river like we did at Liberty Falls.  Perfect!  Fire and beer.Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (8)Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (9)Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (10)Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (11)

Beautiful

This inverter is awesome and working out really well for the essentials.  Our intercoms and camera batteries.  Things we need everyday to work. No issues with my battery and as for my stalling?  Sure did stall today but we found a quick fix and have no really idea why it works.  Every time my bikes dies, we stop.  Turn the key off, Cheryl plays with throttle cable, turn the bike on, let the computer do it’s thing and bingo, the bikes starts and runs for quite awhile.  So, this is our routine to keep my bike for not ever starting. Once is stalls same routine all over to get me going.

We really believe this problem has to do with the throttle position sensor.  Something do with the throttle hence idling.  Now all we need is a permanent fix.  Still LOVE the bikes tough.Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (12)

So, after a slow start to the day, got rained on just a little bit today, nothing too serious we end the day with sun, a great road the Cassier Highway and fantastic night to camp.Alaska Aug 1 11 Cheryl (13)