How tall is too tall?


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I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”?  So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”.  My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ ;-) with an in seam of 30.5 inches. 

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Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5.  Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes.  She has more footing than I will ever have.  So, this post is for the vertically challenged.

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The DEMPSTER HIGHWAY


I found a great web site for anyone to peruse if you are traveling Canada on a bike.  I will be posting some of its content here but use this link, GRAVELTRAVEL.CA to read all about the many back country roads up here.  The site also include the TCAT-Tans Canada Adventure Trail.  Plus, like last year….anyone planning to ride to Alaska please feel free to post any comments or questions if you feel we might be of any assistance in your planning.

The DIRT

Name: The Dempster Highway
Duration: 2-5 days
Rating:  Class 2
Accomodations: Camping, motels
Distance: 734 km one way, 1468 km return trip
Location: Yukon and North West Territories

Photo by Russ, Dempster Highway, Yukon

Photo By Russel Higginson

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Adventure Riding Night


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I am honored to be invited to speak at PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS our BMW dealer.

Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me!  Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors!  What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer?  Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it!  ;-)

Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22!  I think it’s going to be a fun night!

Special Guest speaker: LESLIE SOFARELLI

Friday, March 22, 2013 (6pm – 9pm)

Dempster Highway after the rain


What a bike can look like after riding the Dempster in the pouring rain….this is from July 9th 2011. Have fun 2012 adventurers to the North! ;-)

 

I selected this post to be featured on my blog’s page at Personal Blogs.

Welcome to the DEMPSTER


Again like our post about the Dalton Highway, we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce the Dempster for those who are going to embark on this specific road this summer.  Also, for those who missed our summer 2011 post about this amazing road.  The DEMPSTER…what to say.  All depends on the weather and you own riding sanity and tolerance.  Take extra gas on this trip and we hope everyone has nothing but SUN!


Click on the links below if you want to read our posts from last year when we were blogging live from the road.

DOING THE DEMPSTER

RESPECT THE DEMPSTER

VIRTUAL TOUR OF DAWSON CITY

The Dempster Highway, also referred to as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, is a highway that connects the Klondike Highway in Yukon, Canada to Inuvik, Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie Riverdelta. During the winter months, the highway extends another 194 km (121 mi) to Tuktoyaktuk, on the northern coast of Canada, using frozen portions of the Mackenzie River delta as an ice road (the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road). The highway crosses the Peel River and the Mackenzie Rivers using a combination of seasonal ferry service and ice bridges.

The highway begins about 40 km (25 mi) east of Dawson City, Yukon on the Klondike Highway and extends 736 km (457 mi) to Inuvik.

Much of the highway follows an old dog sled trail. The highway is named after Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector William Dempster, who, as a young constable, frequently ran the dog sled trail from Dawson City to Fort McPhersonNWT.

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Is Dawson City Sinking?


CBC Report on Permafrost Problems here

I can really appreciate this story because we were up in Dawson and experienced first hand the permafrost heaves in the roads up there and you can see buildings settling into the ground.  What to do about this problem?  The cost factor is HUGE to repair and not really have a solution.  Have a look at the video and what do you think?

It’s not just Dawson City having this serious problem…the whole north is experiencing the permafrost complications.

RECONNECTING CANADA – THE NORTH


Brilliant ride! Curbsyde Productions.  I follow these guys when I can…top notch videos and of course unbelievable rides. 

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My dream job!

The Northern Lights


AURORA BOREALIS

Two things we did not see while traveling this summer, the dark and Aurora BorealisJust another thing to add to the bucket list.  :-)

 

 

Last Batch from our 44 Day Adventure


Loon Bay right outside 100 Mile House BC, Our pit stop for 3 nights before heading home!

 

 

 

The cutest BUTT there is!

 

 

We loved this little cabin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THAT’S A WRAP FOR OUR SUMMER ADVENTURE 2011

Most likely will be starting a new BLOG just about our motorcycle travels in general and no matter what bikes we own that will be our BLOG from now on.  Feel free to leave a comment if anyone thinks this is a good idea.

BEER & More Scenic Pics


Only time we road in the dark and it was in Skagway for about 1 mile

 

 

 

 

Saw nothing while riding through Whitepass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to figure out how to stop the stalling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little thingy I was using to clean my camera screen. never again could I get a picture like this again!

 

 

 

Part of our foot care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barkerville, BC