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Dempster Highway

Here we come Dempster

Here we come Dempster

 

It has been a while but we made it. We arrived in Inuvik yesterday and went as far North on the road as possible in Canada. We left Dawson City on Saturday to satisfy our urge for adventure. The Dempster Highway stretches 740 km through some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery. The gravel road winds over two mountain ranges, crosses the continental divide three times, passes through three natural regions and traverses the Arctic Circle, loosely following the old dog team routes on its way to the great Mackenzie Delta.

Tombstone Mountains

Tombstone Mountains

The first two nights we stayed at Tombstone Territorial Park. It was rather cold the second day with some snow that we encountered on a hike on the Goldensides trail. Thank God there was an enclosed picnic shelter on the campground that we heated up with the woodstove inside. If you heat it up they will come. Soon other tent campers were joining us and we got to know a lot of interesting people. Two older ladies from Quebec were actually sleeping in the Picnic Shelter and I chopped wood for them so they had enough supply for the night – they were so thankful.

Tundra vegetation

Tundra vegetation

After two days at Tombstone we continued in the hope of finding better weather. But it was raining soon and the road turned to mud, which can be very dangerous. But soon it cleared up and we made it to Rock River Campground. We were exhausted and Feli had it – just one comment I will remember forever. She said: “Why are we doing this shit?” Good question – but I think we enjoyed it. We met Malcolm as well at the campground who lives in Newfoundland and is doing the Dempster on his bicycle, what an amazing thing to do. Compared to him we were traveling in a luxury.

Richardson Mountain Range

Richardson Mountain Range

It is a challenge, but it is really cool to see how the vegetation changes, you see the tundra, pass the Arctic Circle and you are almost at the Arctic Ocean. The most amazing thing on our way up were the clouds and how different lights reflect on the Tombstone and Richardson Mountains – just a gorgeous sight.

The good news so far before we are heading back: no break downs and no flat tires. The Dempster Highway is known for tough on tires and lots of people have to deal with flat tires.

Welcome to the NWT

Welcome to the NWT

We will explore Inuvik today and then head back on the Dempster to Dawson City. The 24 hours daylight right now is tough as well, we are not used to that at all – very strange. But it shows you how diverse and big this country is. There is one person per 30 square km living here in the North West Territories. So except for Prince Edward Island  and Nunavut we have seen every province and territory now. I love this country!!!!

It will take us at least three days again so the next post will have to wait again when we have access to Wi-Fi again.

Heinz

Crossing the Artic Circle

Crossing the Artic Circle

Yes it was indeed a challenge, not to say that we, as well as our bikes look like we went through a mudbath!! To enjoy the scenery and at the same time avoid potholes is not so easy. We encountered a big black bear on the road, stopped to let him pass but he came running right at us. Only after Heinz honked the horn wildly and yelled at him did he turn around and disappeared in the bush. Phew!!!

Endless gravel and sky

Endless gravel and sky

Many times did I ask myself why am I doing this but then again it is an accomplishment and the scenery is truly magnificent. So now we have to go back the same way…one more challenge!!

Feli

5 thoughts on “Dempster Highway

  1. Mike Campbell

    Hey guys! I have been enjoying your updates and pictures from your trip. I am leaving Edmonton Saturday for my own trip up the Dempster. Looks like we will just miss each other by a couple days. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    1. winterscheidth Post author

      Be prepared for a lot of mud. The trip back was really bad. Our bikes and both of us were covered in mud – but it was worth it.
      Cheers, Heinz

  2. Domi

    Huhu ihr Zwei,
    man das sind tolle Bilder, was für ein tolles Land! Schön zu lesen, dass ihr bisher Spaß habt!
    Wünsche euch einen guten Trip gen Süden!
    Küsschen Domi

  3. Zue

    OMG FELI!!! Trying to catch up on your trip and so far sounds amazing!!!! Hope you’re having a blast!! Stay safe!!! Miss you xo

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