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Offline Old Baldy

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14000kms to the Arctic Circle and back - with my son
« on: February 23, 2010, 03:17:25 am »
My RR on our 2008 trip from our home near Detroit, Michigan, USA to the Arctic Ocean.

Didn't make the final push to Inuvik, as the rains took out the Dempster dirt road with a major mudslide, so we had to turn back only a couple of hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. We will be back.

Warning - the RR contains gross exaggeration, lies and general BS...to make us seem like "real" adventurers. :)

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Re: 14000kms to the Arctic Circle and back - with my son
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 05:22:51 am »
There goes todays productivity ...  :thumleft:
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Re: 14000kms to the Arctic Circle and back - with my son
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 09:26:36 pm »
Fantastic trip! Really epic - You managed huge distances with no breaks!  :eek7: Thats seriously hard core.  So cool that you did it with your lightie!  :thumleft: He will always remember it, as will you. I notice he has african blood in him, the fire thing says it all!  ;D

Very interesting to read about the immigration people, I find I get the same treatment coming in at NYC or Miami, we will see how it goes at LAX next month.

Why no photos of all these beautiful women?  :biggrin:

Another question: Is it possible to do the same route (roughly) sticking to dirt roads? I imagine it would take a lot longer and would require some stretches on tar and also extra fuel. Im not sure I would enjoy so much tar as you had.

Your boiling fuel analysis I think is correct. On the Dakar rally this year nearly every bike had that problem on Stage 3 at altitude, in high temps, the fuel boiled in their tanks and it was only once they had allowed the bikes to cool down that many of them were able to restart the bikes. Over 20 bikes dropped out on that day!

Thanks for sharing this with us!
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Re: 14000kms to the Arctic Circle and back - with my son
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 07:31:09 am »
Great RR! Thanks for sharing. :thumleft:
 

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Re: 14000kms to the Arctic Circle and back - with my son
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 03:03:55 am »

Another question: Is it possible to do the same route (roughly) sticking to dirt roads? I imagine it would take a lot longer and would require some stretches on tar and also extra fuel. Im not sure I would enjoy so much tar as you had.

Yeah, unfortunately just getting to the cool (dirt) Arctic riding roads means running across the country first....and that means about 5000kms each way of highway or secondary roads. Yes, there undoubtedly would be some dirt alternatives along the way...probably none that would take you all the way without tar, but the issue is always time. I couldn;t spend more than 3 weeks, which for 14000Ks was pressing it enough even using the tar main roads. We rode 8-12 hours each day, almost without stop....and any slower/longer would really have been tough for a soft old arse like my office-chair loving rear end! :)

Our upcoming Labrador/NewFoundland/Nova Scotia trip is half the distance and we're taking 2 weeks, so we will enjoy a LOT more dirt roads up in the North East of Canada, compared to the cross-country Arctic Circle trips.

We'll be riding these roads which get a touch of snow in the winter....

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