Much nicer and cheaper than Coldfoot! You should remember this place if you are going to ride the Dalton! We promised the owners of this lodge we would post a review on Trip Adviser and I finally got around to doing just that…the review was just approved.
We rode our motorcycles up the Dalton Highway this summer, 2011 and were told about this Lodge by some fellow ADV riders. Much better than the Coldfoot accommodations and half the price. Only about 13 miles north of Coldfoot and 3 miles off the Dalton and you get a wonderful host family, clean facilities and just a nice place to stay warm for the night en-route to Deadhorse. Don’t expect cook meals but the main Lodge has some canned goods and staple foods for you to buy. Coldfoot is not far away if yo must have someone cook for you.
This is a video not only depicting possible climate change in the Arctic but also opening a portal into the lives of the Inuit people, how they feel about their land and wildlife, as well as their culture. This is truly a well done “documentary” covering so many issues but at the same time you get to see how beautiful the north really is…a place that many of us will never personally get to see. I love this video for many reasons but the one that stands out most is just the people and scenery. Enjoy and as always please feel free to comment.
The defining question of this century will be: how do we simultaneously preserve the environment and shareholder wealth?
Cheryl & I want to thank all the supporters of this BLOG! We hit 50,000 views last night! Since we have been back from our summer trip on August 11th we have more hits to the BLOG then when we were on our trip. Thanks for getting word out, I am seeing more and more referral sites than ever, more forums getting wind of the BLOG and even other ADV riders and web sites.
We have many folks from all ages both men and women alike coming along as we develop the BLOG. As always we are open to suggestions, comments as to how we can make this a better site. So, feel free to share what you want to see and share your thoughts.
Once again we both want to send out a HUGE thanks to everyone and sure hope this continues.
Brilliant ride! Curbsyde Productions. I follow these guys when I can…top notch videos and of course unbelievable rides.
My dream job!
Really like this picture
Cheryl and her Sour Toe Cocktail certificate from the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City
Look at what Cheryl is looking at……too cute this little squirrel was
To be Continued!
Quiet on the Blog these days but I will keep adding little videos and bits of info as they pass by my computer not only to add to this BLOG but to continue with our own documentation of this trip. We have been looking back on the trip and taking our time to read what you all read while we were on the road. Seems like a blur but the scenery and experience we will have forever. Looking forward to our next adventure.
This is also where we met Ray Jardine our friend from Deadhorse.
Just two songs I was listening to while riding this great road.
Music by: Cold Play “Yellow” and Alison Krauss “The Lucky One”
To the Arctic Circle, and back
Published: August 26, 2011 3:00 PM
Motorcycle enthusiasts Leslie Sofarelli and Cheryl Letkeman are known for taking long road trips around North America on just two wheels, but their latest joyride not only allowed them to live out a dream, but give back to their community as well.
On June 29, the women embarked on a 45-day trip taking them from Maple Ridge, up into northern B.C., across the Yukon and into Alaska in order to collect donations for the Autism Community Training charity group. The charity is close to the couple’s heart as Letkeman’s nephew has autism.
The duo recently returned home on Aug. 11 and estimate they’ve raised $5,000 for ACT.
Prior to their journey, Triumph Canada had heard about their charitable trip and lent the women two Triumph Tiger 800 XC bikes as part of an extended road test.
That inspired the couple to mount high definition cameras onto their helmets and bikes so they could digitally record their journey for everyone to experience through an online blog.
The duo never experienced any problems with Internet connectivity while camping in remote spots and were able to update their blog on a regular basis.
Overall, they logged 13,683 kilometres in their effort to reach the Arctic Circle and if they could they’d go back.
“It was amazing. It was beyond our expectations. It’s absolutely stunning and beautiful,” Sofarelli, who’s been around motorcycles since childhood, said.
“The landscape is just incredible. The terrain changes so quickly from alpine mountains to tundra and there are no people or buildings. Just one way in and out roads. It’s just very vast, colourful and beautiful.
“At the same time it can be absolutely intimidating with the weather, but the biggest thing we learned was to appreciate the beauty of rain,” she added.
She estimates 94 per cent of their trip was spent riding through heavy rains with temperatures hovering between three and 16 degrees Celsius.
The weather wasn’t the only aspect of their trip that wasn’t cooperating. The Triumph bikes lent to the couple had stalling problems, which they documented on their blog.
“Overall the bikes did really well. The bikes did have a stalling issue but as soon as we got to Anchorage Triumph took our bikes to get fixed,” Sofarelli said. “They released a statement on Tuesday saying they’re hoping to get the stalling issue fixed as soon as possible.”
“The bikes had stalling issues for a predominant part of our trip but we just learned to live with it. We would tweak the bikes to keep them going. Triumph wanted to fly us home when we hit Whitehorse but we figured since we learned how to live with it that we wanted to carry on with the rest of the trip.”
According to Sofarelli, most bikers dream of riding either the Dempster Highway in the Yukon or the Dalton Highway in Alaska, which both lead to Arctic circle crossings. The duo took on both but admit the roads’ rough mixture of clay, calcium chloride, shell and rock made it nearly impossible to navigate through the rain.
Despite the rough weather and mechanical problems, the were positive experiences on the trip. The women saw an endless array of wildlife up close, including grizzly bears, bison, cariboo and eagles.
“The bison are humongous. They just stream down the hill and block off the road so of course you have to wait for them to finish,” she said. “We were completely in their territory so we were being as respectful as we can.”
The most memorable moment came on an off day in Alaska where the girls took a private plane ride to the top of Mt. McKinley.
“We actually saw the peak. We are one of 30 per cent of people who got to see the peak on a clear day,” Sofarelli said. “It was so overwhelming. We probably took about 350 pictures in that hour and a half. It was just spectacular.”
Last year the couple ventured off on a road trip to New York. They clocked 11870 km crossing five provinces and 17 states.
“It just goes to show you how big B.C., the Yukon and Alaska really is. We racked up more miles on this trip heading west and north than across country to New York.”
“For us, it’s just the best way to travel. You’re not only experiencing it on two wheels, but you’re in it, you smell it, you feel it and you’re exposed to the elements. Sometimes it does feel like a survival game but it is the most amazing way to travel.”
With the Alaska trip crossed off their bucket list, the couple would like to take a motorcycle trip around the world sometime in the near future . If their plan works out, they would also like to help out more charities as well.
“If we could figure out how to take a leave of absence from work and be prepared financially then that’s what we want to do. Each trip is just getting bigger and bigger but we need to do things big to keep our attention,” Sofarelli added.
“I think most people associate charities with these big rides people do. The biking community is very generous. I think we’ll always be attached to some sort of charity when we ride from now on.”
Even though the charity ride is over, the couple and ACT are still collecting donations
• For more information visit Sofarelli’s blog at advgrrls.com.
Recent article that our local rag wrote about our trip. Thought we would share it. I did mention that even though we had technical issues with the bikes that we truly enjoyed riding the Tigers all the way!
Owner’s should contact their Triumph dealer in reference to Service Bulletin 431 and make an appointment to have the new download installed ASAP. Straight from Triumph. We know nothing else but thought it would be useful to pass this info along.
This announcement was released to the Global dealer Network Today, August 23rd, 2011
Good luck to all of your who have been experiencing what we did on our trip. Hope this new download works!
The stalling issue has been resolved by the Triumph factory with a tune update that was released today to the Global Dealer Network. This new computer tune will be downloaded in all 2011 & 2012 Tiger 800 models build prior to a specific vin#.
Depending on your web browser you can search the archives or find the calendar on the Home Page and click on the highlighted dates. I posted almost everyday and the BLOG started in April. So, just FYI for those who have emailed me and asked, I thought I would just put it out there that all previous posts links with all the pictures etc can be found on our Home page by looking at the Archive months or by scrolling down to the end of the page to the calendar and take it from there.
Hopefully this makes sense and helps those out that are having issues with navigating this BLOG. Any questions or comments please feel to post them here to help others out as well. Thanks! Advgrrls
As someone pointed out on the ADV Rider forum
44 Days – we also had free lodging in Anchorage for 4 nights so that brings us down to actually 40 days of riding.
Gas and Lodging
$2447 + $1664 = $4111 / 44 days =$93.43 per day / 2 people = $46.71 a day per person
And to add
Groceries, including food, snacks, beer etc…
Ferries, flight over McKinley and other side track adventures
Total for 2 of us
We thought it was going to be much higher.