Wednesday, 23 May 2012

June 19th-23rd, 2010 pt.3

Breaking camp this morning was just as difficult, if not worse, than setting up last night.  The mosquitoes are unrelenting.  Never in our lives have we experienced mosquitoes like this.  It was brutal.  The only way we could stand a chance was to don all of our motorcycle gear.  Even then they would still manage to find their way buzzing around inside my helmet.  Breakfast was simple, just a carrot and an orange.  Taking the time to prep something here would be impossible without getting eaten alive. 

 We found a nice spot high in elevation to have lunch

Up here the mosquitoes weren’t as bad

Our second time entering the Arctic Circle

We ran into Manuel and Mira here; their station wagon still in tip top shape.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would travel to the Northwest Territories.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would have someone crazy enough and special enough to accompany me.  I am so happy. 

The Richardson Mountains.  For us, this section of the highway was the most difficult.  It was very windy and construction crews had recently laid fresh gravel on the road, thus making steering very squirrely. 

There are 2 ferries along the Dempster.  Both are free and run very late. 

We ran into 3 motorcyclists in Fort McPherson while we topped off our fuel tanks.  One was riding a Moto Guzzi with a side car; his name was Walter.  The other two gents were riding old BMW 650s and their names were Tommy and Hal.  They were a jolly bunch and had air horn canisters zip tied to their windshields; a smart idea to ward off unpredictable wildlife. 

We made it!  It was quite chilly when we arrived in Inuvik.  We were tired and very relieved that we got here safe and sound.

I wonder why they commissioned China to produce the welcome mural

It doesn’t matter how far from civilization a town is located, there’s always a Chinaman crazy enough to open up a restaurant. 

We had a bag of sour cream & onion chips and tried their homemade coffee crisp flavored ice cream despite how cold it was outside.

We asked our server if there were any places to camp and she directed us to a park nearby.

538 km

Far in the Northwest.

In a place that’s wild and free.

Chinese food prevails. 

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