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post #1 of 158 Old 11-29-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a KLR to ride to Inuvik NWT & Alaska

I bought my KLR to ride from eastern Maine to Inuvik NWT to see the sun not set. I got it in June 2011 and planned to go for the Summer solstice, 2012. Family emergency caused me to cancel, but I did go this year.

I left on May, 29, 2013 and got home over 6 1/2 weeks later. I was, of course, 6 1/2 weeks behind on everything. This week I finished painting the windows that I just installed in the motorcycle shed, so I'm about ready for Winter.

I'll post most of the report and pics one day per day -- I'll post June 3 on December 3 and so on.

The usual variety of roads and camps will appear here:





I didn't see a "forum rules" thread here, so I hope I'm not violating any rules about pointing about another forum.

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I didn't see a "forum rules" thread here, so I hope I'm not violating any rules about pointing about another forum.
Fear not, Grinnin!

Do NOT confuse this website with another KLR website, which shall remain nameless!

No restrictive, paranoid censorship hereabouts.

Proving my point: I hereby disclose, I'm heading over to http://www.advrider.com to read your ride report!
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Not a problem Grinnin..........you know, you can crosspost over here !!! I'd like to see the rest of your RR here.

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I would like to see the Ride Report here too. On this site it will be the main attraction. Over at ADV Rider not so much.

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I would like to see the Ride Report here too. On this site it will be the main attraction. Over at ADV Rider not so much.

That's for sure. I post about a KLR going to the same destination as half the ADV trips while other posts this time of year are about RTW trips.

I might not be able to post to both forums every day. But I can add the report here later. I can also add more KLR-specific content here since I won't be inviting the response that I should ditch the KLR for a DR or KTM.

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2013 May 29, Wednesday

The idea: ride from my home in eastern Maine to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to watch the sun go around instead of setting.

The trip almost ended on the first day.

But that what wasn't until late in the day. I'm an early riser and today was no exception -- up at 02:30 and gone at 03:15.


Light fog from home though Bucksport and on through the town of Swan Lake and out Maine Rt. 139. I can't tell you all the road numbers or names. There's a fairly pleasant string of tertiary roads going east and west through Maine. The fog lifted just before sunrise and the weather was dry for nearly an hour.

Then rain. I put the camera away so there aren't many pics today. I stopped for breakfast in Gorham, NH.

I rode on some entertaining mountain roads in VT then the northernmost roads in NY. And rain. At breakfast I had decided to cross into Ontario at Ogdensburg, NY, but at lunch I checked another map that showed no bridge there. I turned north at the next "customs" sign and crossed at a tiny customs station. The cute customs woman and I talked about motorcycles for over a half-hour while two cars passed, one going north and one going south.

By evening the weather had dried and I was riding southwest along the north shore of the St. Lawrence. When I stopped at a bank to exchange money, the bank was closed. Next bank too. Banks close at 4:00 in Ontario. I stopped at a couple of campgrounds that were also closed. What? The May Long Weekend was a few days ago and campgrounds are usually open. I stopped to pick up some groceries and found . . . no wallet . . .
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I had already delayed this trip by a whole year. Did I have enough cards, cash, and document copies to continue? Without the original of the driver's license it looks like I'd have to go home and try again in '14. (Getting a new license would make me miss the summer solstice, the purpose of the trip.)

Did I handle my wallet when checking the doors of the banks that were closed? I couldn't remember. Without the wallet I still had cash and one credit card, but the wallet had my driver's license, two other credit cards, and my ATM card. I had to go back to the last place I remember having the wallet -- a gas station over an hour earlier. This time I got on 401 (a freeway) and may have exceeded the speed limit since I may have been a bit panicked. May have been. I went in and asked if anyone had turned in a wallet. The cashier said no. He wouldn't look at me which was a bit unsettling.

I rode out of the station while watching the pavement and there it was -- right in the middle of the drive. Now I felt bad for suspecting the cashier who was obviously shy instead of shady. I looped back toward the building but the cashier was outside and around the side of the building watching me. I gave him a big thumbs up.

It's late. I've already ridden a long day -- with backtracking it's something over 700 miles before I camp. I am relieved, but also drained. I finally got some groceries and found "Happy Green Acres" campground. The mosquitoes, at least, were happy. I cooked some noodles and soup while wearing a headnet.
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2013 May 30, Thursday

Slept great with the Crazy-Creek chair as the only sleeping pad. I got up late today and spent a long time re-organizing my luggage. I didn't get on the road until 06:58.


The GPS put me on some really great roads including twisty black-top with a wooden bridge. The GPS routed me N then W then N then W again, exactly the roads and directions that I was hoping for so I started to trust the GPS.




Trusting the GPS was my mistake. It took me far enough north to make 17 -- the Trans-Canada Highway -- the best option. The Trans-Canada has nice scenery, it's just too straight and efficient.

My paper map showed Mattawa River Provincial Park near North Bay. The park wasn't named on the GPS, but the GPS showed the dirt roads in small loops that mean "campground" to me. I followed the GPS again out the north side of North Bay and onto a gravel road. So far so good. But there were no signs for a park. The road was getting narrower as driveways split off and the chance of finding a campground was looking less likely. This road is getting too narrow . . .
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Eventually I arrived at an ATV park along the lake. For $30 I had a grass site, clean and spacious shower, and another big dose of mosquitoes. I prepared noodles and a big salad and took them to the windy beach to eat without being eaten. Warmer weather let me put the fleece pants, an insulated jacket, and the handlebar muffs in a compression sack and make it all smaller. Next trip will certainly include more compression sacks -- sacks to reduce the diameter instead of the one I have that makes a soccer-ball.

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