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Old 12-21-14, 02:34 PM
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Cool! Sounds like a great trip. Maybe we'll see you on the road. My wife and I are riding from Seattle to Whitehorse via the Cassiar in June. We won't be going up North for this trip, but we might see you on your lower half of the trip. Have a great time.
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Old 12-22-14, 12:07 PM
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The comments regarding mosquitos don't mean much. Mosquitos hatch at various times and there are multiple sub species. The first to hatch are large and slow and no problem. Later batches include little fast nasty buggars. One person can ride a stretch and report little problem then the next rider a week later will be tortured. It's important to be prepared for really nasty mosquitos and flies with plenty of DEET and a head net as well as bite proof clothing that isn't too hot. That entire area can be pretty boring and Dawson to Whitehorse has little to see with trees on both sides of the highway but there's no problem. Have a water filter and do NOT drink from lakes or streams without filtering the water. You may very well get away without a problem on many occasions but sooner or later you'll get Giardia and regret not filtering the water.
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That would be great. I'll be out there!! If you have the time, take a left just before Whitehorse and ride to Skagway, Alaska then if you have more time take the ferry to Haines and ride to Whitehorse via the Haines highway. I did it a few years ago. Spectacular!!!!!!!
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Have you been there?
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Old 12-29-14, 11:58 AM
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One thing to note is that if you pass by the Northwest Territories visitor center in Dawson City, they can send a box of supplies for you at Eagle Lodge. (You may be able to do the same if you are in Inuvik too).
I've had great time with "No mosquitoes" in mid-late August (but the weather may get cold!)
Did it on 700x32 last year and 26x2.00 this year (bigger tires were nice but you can do fine with less. be prepared to wait out or walk in the mud if it gets bad).
The 100km stretch with no water is right after crossing the eagle river (there is a road maintenance camp) but worst case you can ask some of the tourists who stop to talk to you for water!

and for the ice highway: Early-mid april is the best (still cold at night but it could get warm during the day). Keep in mind that for 2016 the overland highway may be complete (not sure if they would still have the entire ice highway).
There is also an unmarked road from Aklavik to Fort McPherson (another ~160km of ice road) if you are looking to spend more time on the ice!

Do all shopping in Whitehorse if you can, everything will cost an arm and a leg up there!
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Originally Posted by kpasa1 View Post
That would be great. I'll be out there!! If you have the time, take a left just before Whitehorse and ride to Skagway, Alaska then if you have more time take the ferry to Haines and ride to Whitehorse via the Haines highway. I did it a few years ago. Spectacular!!!!!!!
And the best thing is that it's nice and flat and has a smooth surface with no potholes or cracks.
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