Dempster 'Highway' above Arctic Circle

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Peter Sever | November 27, 2010 | America > Canada Motorcycle Roads > Yukon

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Its not about the edgy riding - its the mind blowing summer Arctic scenery. As far North as you can drive in North America. I have ridden most of Africa, N Am. Europe, Asia. 90 Countries. This is as stunning as it gets I promise. The road is a berm on top of the permafrost, easy to ride gravel on any bike/car, but at edges of road are tire-slashing slices of shale, and many cars change their tires. Have a great patch kit and thick new coarse tires. Knobbies are nice but not necessary. Dusty bikes make it all the time. I was among the lucky, no flats. You and bike will get very dusty but can clean up at both ends of the road. Best (free) camping you can imagine en route in wilderness. Be bear-conscious however and learn the avoidance tricks. If riding to Alaska take this once in lifetime detour. Or rent a camper conversion in Whitehorse Yukon and do it that way (easier.) August is best month, midnight sun and no black flies. AMAZING twisty 2-lane riding on paved roads en route up there! I hope to do it (again) this time on GL1800. Awesome: Its 3rd world and raw mind-blowing nature within Canada.

Peter Sever
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