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    Voni

    Thanks for the link to the pictures. Having a great time "arm chair" riding with you all. Looks like you are having a wonderful trip.
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    Great shots. Thanks for taking the time to post them! It's good to see you've had at least a little bit of sunshine ... and lots of sMiles.
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    Darn, I can't view photobucket at work. Guess I'll actually have to work and check out the pictures when I get home.
    Sounds like a fun trip so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post


    The pictures stop in Hyder. More when we next have internet.

    http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...%20Alaska%202/

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    voni - what tires are you running on your bikes?

    and... looks like you've seen woolie in florida and alaska. you all are having too much fun!!

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    My turn again.

    We left Hyder Sunday morning and rode north on the Cassiar Highway to just outside Dease Lake. There was one 25 mile stretch of "gravel breaks" - broken out pavement with the gaps filled with gravel. These were mostly short spots, all the way across both lanes. A bit bumpy but not really very loose.

    There was one 8 to 10 mile unpaved stretch. Very well compacted. Nothing loose at all but a few spots where it was ridged a little bit from rolling tires. Not ruts, but the ridges could be felt when they went off one way and you were trying to go straight.

    We camped about 6 miles from Dease Lake at a nice (we were the only campers) Lion's Club campground abutting the Dease River. There were rapids right at that point so the white noise made sleeping wonderful. 31 degrees F when we got up, but the Sun quickly warmed things to a more tolerable temperature.

    Monday we rode the rest of the Cassiar up to Watson Lake in the Yukon. Got some provisions and settled into a nice campground. Lots of RVs, but grassy shaded sites for tents too. The north end of the Cassiar is generally narrower and rougher than the south end, but not bad on a dry day. There is one 12 (or so) mile stretch not paved. It was like the one further south, except that the water truck with calcium chloride had driven it maybe an hour before we got there. It was still damp, and even wet in some of the shady spots. Nothing to worry about but that mixture can be a little slick when first applied.

    The very north end of the highway for maybe 20 miles is quite rough and broken in spots. Nothing very loose in the gravel breaks, but rough enough to be real equipment breakers if hit too fast/hard. I think if I started out on that road heading north to south I might wonder what I was getting in to.

    All in all this is a very decent motorcycle road - in good weather. I would not have enjoyed either of the unpaved sections in the rain. I'm sure they would have been pretty firm, but probably slimy.

    Since the weather forecast for Watson Lake was rain on Tuesday I wanted to get up the Cassiar on Sun-Mon. Sure enough, it rained very lightly much of the night and is still raining lightly here as noon approaches. I had semi-planned today to be a lay over day, and since the forecast is for the rain to stop today and then sunny skies tomorrow we are staying put. I have some shopping and futzing to do, so this seems like a good place/day to do it.

    Here's some pics I've shot along the way:

    http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...Alaska%20Paul/

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    I continue to enjoy the pictures. I'm glad y'all are having fun. It reflects in your pictures. That's a lot of gravel road, but I'm glad it is dry. I haven't been up the Cassiar yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing more photos. 31 degrees is too cold for camping, but it sounds like Paul has a good answer for it.

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    Thanks Paul

    If this is the Cassiar, then it is a lot smaller than I anticipated. I assumed it was much wider like the Alcan only gravel instead of pavement. I'm not a big fan of gravel riding myself, but it is on the list "to do". I'm not a big fan of camping either, but your pictures make it look inviting. Keep up the good work.



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    Outstanding! Thanks for bringing me along!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogriffinrides View Post
    If this is the Cassiar, then it is a lot smaller than I anticipated. I assumed it was much wider like the Alcan only gravel instead of pavement. I'm not a big fan of gravel riding myself, but it is on the list "to do". I'm not a big fan of camping either, but your pictures make it look inviting. Keep up the good work.
    The first road pictures are of the road up to Salmon Glacier from Hyder.

    The one with the Yukon sign is pretty typical of the width, paved or not - except the centerline stripe just started at the Yukon border. It is unstriped and a bit narrower through much of BC, north of Dease Lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    voni - what tires are you running on your bikes?

    and... looks like you've seen woolie in florida and alaska. you all are having too much fun!!

    ian
    We're running MEFO 99's except one was backordered so Paul put a TKC 80 on the front of my bike . . .

    Can't have too much fun!

    The rain gave us an excuse to spend one more day in Watson Lake, home of the Sign Forest and Northern Lights Center.

    And time to upload more pictures. This will catch you up to now:

    http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...%20Alaska%203/

    Off to probably Skagway with sunny dry weather tomorrow.

    Or somewhere else ...

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    Cassiar

    Ok, the last picture with the Yukon sign shows the road more of a size I would expect. What are y'all doing to prevent a meeting with a bear at your campsite? I wouldn't be able to hang around there very long.


    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    The first road pictures are of the road up to Salmon Glacier from Hyder.

    The one with the Yukon sign is pretty typical of the width, paved or not - except the centerline stripe just started at the Yukon border. It is unstriped and a bit narrower through much of BC, north of Dease Lake.

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    Me, either. We've sure seen lots near the road and two separate times, bears have run across the road in front of us! We'd stop and give them - and mooses - plenty of time to disappear when we're riding.

    When we camp we take the usual precautions. One good sign we've found are regular garbage cans. Where there are bears with any regularity, they have special bear proof containers. Probably won't camp there.

    So far. So good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post

    When we camp we take the usual precautions. One good sign we've found are regular garbage cans. Where there are bears with any regularity, they have special bear proof containers. Probably won't camp there.



    Remember us telling you the story about about the bear being caught in our campround with regular garbage cans
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    Hey you two, thanks for keeping us all up to date and posting all the great pictures.
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    I'm headed down in another month or so (for the 16th time). What are the gas prices like in the Yukon Territory and along the Cassiar? I'm enjoying your photos! Thank you.
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