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Dempster Highway to the Arctic
By David Cambon - (contact)

Fort McPherson to Inuvik

Wednesday September 2, 2009, 185 km (115 miles) - Total so far: 3,224 km (2,003 miles)

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Heading down towards the lush Mackenzie River Delta there are hundreds of these lakes by the sides of the road.

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The last cyclist of the season to head south on the Dempster Highway.

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No, wait, there are two more!

Actually I have been hearing about these three cyclists since they got off the plane in Inuvik 4 days ago. There are no secrets in the north. The whole place is one big small town. We have a short chit-chat on the highway and they are on their way. I suspect they will have a break in the weather and have really good road conditions the whole way to Whitehorse (their destination). They are very well equipped and seem to know what they are doing and all they needed was a bit of info about the food and water situation along the Dempster.

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The village of Tsiigehtchic and the Mackenzie River ferry at the confluence of the Mackenzie and the Arctic Red River.

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View from the bridge of the Mackenzie River ferry.

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Like most of the Dempster this part of the highway is really one lane (a pair of tracks). When cars going different directions meet they play chicken with each other to decide which one will slow down and pull off the track onto the muddy part of the road. While cycling it is best to move over and let trucks use the track. Otherwise the trucks will move off the track to give you room but throw mud and dust at you because they are off the track.

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This truck is giving more than enough room by moving off the track but driving off the track helps raise some dust. If it was wet (and therefore slippery) it could actually be quite dangerous for a truck with such a heavy load to drive off the center of the road onto the cambered part of the road because it could slide right off the road and flip over. Make sure you give the trucks room if they need it. It's not as if you are going to be grossly inconvenienced, as you may only see two or three trucks a day.

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Vadzaih Van Tsik (aka Caribou Creek) Campground 44 kilometers south of Inuvik.

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Caribou Creek beside the campground.

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Gwich'in Campground.

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The final stretch on wet sticky calcium fortified gravelly mud.

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Jak (pronounced chook) Campground 5 kilometers south of Inuvik. Note the observation tower at the Jak campground. It is a very nice campground.

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Obligatory sign photo.

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Campsite at Jak government campground, $22.50 with free showers.

When I returned to this campsite the following afternoon after spending the day in town I found a delicious and gigantic hazelnut chocolate bar the size of a brick with a lovely note from two German tourists with whom I shared a particularly crazy night of Yukon government campground mayhem a few days before. They left the note to congratulate me on my arrival in Inuvik. Meeting such nice people has almost restored my faith in humanity after having such a bad experience living in Vancouver for 20 years. There were other heartwarming people on the highway. I met a lovely couple from Colorado who were celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary in Inuvik by driving there in their RV. Further south on the Klondike Highway another RV tourist from Colorado stopped me on the highway and gave me a very much appreciated banana and he also made a video of me hamming it up for the camera, which is now somewhere on YouTube. A man from Inuvik stopped to get me out of a tangle with a grizzly bear and another man from Inuvik helped me avoid a nasty encounter with a black bear. A truck driver I met at Eagle Plains later stopped to give me a road report and the location of the German cyclists headed south towards me.

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View of the delta from Jak.

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Sunset over the Mackenzie River delta with the Richardson Mountains in the distance. I took this picture on the Jak campground observation tower. It is a beautiful night.


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