July 12, 2005 GMT
On the Marge of Lake Laberge, I Cremated Some Chili.

Some photos for your enjoyment below.

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It covers the Keno City to Dawson Creek ride; most of the Yukon, in fact. It covers Mayo, Atlin, some Canol Road, some Campbell Hwy, Liard Hot Springs, Muncho Lake, some wildlife (I saw buffalo, elk, a black bear, a marmot, and something else--oh, a moose, and a caribou all in one day) and Ft. St. John and Sacha's crash site, and Dawson Creek (not the TV show). The food varies from canned salmon (i think they just put a whole salmon in the grinder--after removing the meat) to cinnamon rolls. The people in the photos include Ivan (the Argentinian former motocrosser who was once nearly paralyzed in a snowboard accident) and Anne, with whom I started this trip. Ivan has a great attitude and he's enjoying the Cassiar as we speak on a very bald tire. He rides very slowly (45 to 50) for all the same reasons I mentioned in an earlier post. He's also most afraid of winding up a quadraplegic after his snow-boarding accident years ago. Yet after Anne and I gave him a push start in Whitehorse (after 1/2 hour of electrical work had drained his battery), he popped a wheelie on his Africa Twin for about 100 meters (sans helmet). The guy could outride all of us put together but he takes his time. He tells great stories about outrunning Argentine police too. Like "MacGeever." I wish him well. He's on his way to Argentina too, so I'm sure I'll run into him again.

Off to Jasper National Park tomorrow. Should be spectacular. I may spend as many as 5 days there, we shall see. Then Glacier Nat'l Park, Yellowstone, Tetons, and south to as many parks as I can find. Some guys are trying to talk me into Sturgis for August 1. I don't think so. I rode into a Honda gathering today with all my gear, dirt, and miles apparent on my bike and riding gear. I got a few nasty looks (jealous looks?) from the Honda guys. Heh!

Turned 10,000 miles since the start of the trip yesterday. Awesome. Hopefully I can install a new chain, sprockets and rear tire in Wyoming. Many bugs on the praries today. Mustard opened in my tank bag. Argh. The bears will smell me for sure now.


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Posted by James McPherson at July 12, 2005 02:50 AM GMT
 



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