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Had a good time as usual up there. canned up a dozen cases of smoked salmon, took care of some business and headed home. Saw 22 black bears on the way home and almost hit one that was over 400lb. He was as tall as the hood on my exterra. Had the brakes planted hard and was still moving forward when he went by my rig missing him by only a few feet. I came upon a cub that had just been hit, the mother and sibling was still there. I turned around so I could put myself between the mother and dead cub. Picked it up and checked for a heartbeat as there was no sign of blood. Was hoping it was just knocked out. If it had had a heart beat I would have given it a few puffs to try to bring it back. Sad to see a baby anything killed. Will download some pics, thought I had but could not find them, will try again.
 

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Alaska is indeed the great land....I have made several trips..... on the Alaska Marine ferries from Prince Rupert.....up the Alaska Highway.....but my favorite is the Cassiar now that it is paved....

I go in a variety of RVs and use dispersed sites as I have no need for campgrounds and you can fill and dump your holding tanks for free when you get gas...the guide books and signs say you have to stay in a campground in Canada....but a Mountie told us that is BS and we have never been hasselled and there are hundreds if not thousands of dispersed sites mostly along a river or a lake...when you hear a Loon call or a Wolf howl you know you are in a wild place...

I take the TW to explore the backcountry roads and trails....
 

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Plumbstraight, you are a good man.
How we treat animals - wild or domestic - is a great measure of character.
 

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Hey Randall, we just got back late Monday night from a month up North. Took the Alcan up and the Cassiar back. Saw 15 bears on the Cassiar and one roadkill but it was an adult. Have about 40# of Kenai Red Salmon in the freezer. The trip of a lifetime. The Alcan beat us up with really rough roads and tons of construction. Cassiar was smooth but narrow and windy. We came home to 103 temps and are now melting
 

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Hey Randall, we just got back late Monday night from a month up North. Took the Alcan up and the Cassiar back. Saw 15 bears on the Cassiar and one roadkill but it was an adult. Have about 40# of Kenai Red Salmon in the freezer. The trip of a lifetime. The Alcan beat us up with really rough roads and tons of construction. Cassiar was smooth but narrow and windy. We came home to 103 temps and are now melting
Yes the cassier was where I saw all the bears. At one time within a half mile I saw 5, mothers with cubs and a boar. It is narrow and not cleaned back like the Alcan so wildlife can be just a few feet off the roadside and not be seen. A person has to be alert to something jumping in front of you. I wouldn't care to drive it at night. That long stretch where there is an Elk warning through the Yukon, I was coming down at night. Saw a couple eyes reflecting and hit the brakes. As I eased up I could see ears and it was an elk. There was one standing in the road so glad I slowed. As no one was coming and I could see for a mile each way I pulled up and back around fanning the area. Oh my, must have been a hundred of them, beady eyes looking at mee all over, was hauntingly eerie, but sure something to remember. could not see the bodies, just the eyes.
 

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The ones that scare me most are Moose at night. We go to Maine and the northern reaches. You simply can't see them at night and as tall as they are they end up in your lap and through the windshield if you hit them square. The fire and rescue squad up in Rangely had a car on display that hit a Moose at 60 MPH. Not sure if anyone died but hard to believe they could have lived. We drove slow right past one that was trotting down the road ahead of us in our F-250 and his head was above the top of our truck and his body was about eye level.

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Yes the moose are scary....my sister lives on Ragged Mountain in N.H. and one time when I was leaving she told me to "watch out for the moose just up the street on the left". Sure enough about 50 yards out of her driveway there were about 20 of them in a field just out of the woods near the road!
 

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Bright lighting to double the output of OEM headlights sure helps in rural nightime driving where there is a risk of encountering wildlife.
I typically run mine with an arming switch tied into the high beam circuit which is then triggered with the OEM hi-beam switch.
Of course with a doubled output one practice double diligence in dimming lights for oncoming traffic.
While usually illegal used with proper diligence one may never have to explain those lights to an officer of the law.
 

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Yes the moose are scary....my sister lives on Ragged Mountain in N.H. and one time when I was leaving she told me to "watch out for the moose just up the street on the left". Sure enough about 50 yards out of her driveway there were about 20 of them in a field just out of the woods near the road!
Being moose are solitary to see twenty of them in one place is incredible. I would have to take a second look thinking they were elk.
 

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Being moose are solitary to see twenty of them in one place is incredible. I would have to take a second look thinking they were elk.
My thoughts also Plum. In one section where they did a clear cut going from Greenville to Rockwood Maine we did see 14 Moose in less than a half mile of travel but only 4 of them were close to each other Cows and calves. All the others were a good 100++ yards apart and only two with small head gear.

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My thoughts also Plum. In one section where they did a clear cut going from Greenville to Rockwood Maine we did see 14 Moose in less than a half mile of travel but only 4 of them were close to each other Cows and calves. All the others were a good 100++ yards apart and only two with small head gear.

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I would imagine a clearcut with a lot of new browse for them is a great draw for feeding.
 

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My brother and I were driving back to Anchorage from Whittier in summer 2001 when we slowed to watch an Alaska state trooper try to rescue a moose that he thought was stuck in a bog by the highway around Turnagain. He stepped into the water and immediately disappeared over his head. The moose chewed his grass and casually walked out and on his merry way.
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I love Alaska, for motorcycling your season is short mid-june to mid-august but the endless daylight, lack of traffic and natural beauty makes it the best place to ride. I have taken my KLR650 down every highway in the state. My favorite of course is deadhorse. The 500 mile ride from Fairbanks to Deadhorse is absolutely amazing. I would encourage any rider who wants to do it, to do it. Has anyone ridden a TW200 up the dalton? I am probably the only numbskull on here who managed to get a speeding ticket north of the Arctic circle on my KLR650. Maybe if took the TW200 I won't get pulled over again. The speed limit on the whole highway is 50mph.
 

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Wow! That's a ticket worth framing. Traffic regularly exceeds 65 mph on the Dalton-especially in the early spring when the ground is frozen and the road is flat! It's the best time to be a truck driver in Alaska. I have been passed at 60 mph by truckers on the Dalton hauling dual tankers, south of Deadhorse. I guess they must get excited about the 5 Star accommodations!
 

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Used to do the run from Anchorage to Cantwell each night. I would stop in sunshine to grab a treat and take a break. Three were two rigs that would pass me each night. They were there when I pulled in and I waited for them to leave before me. Not far up the highway they were pulled over. One had hit a nice bull moose and tore the front end off the truck. That should slow them down a bit. I worked for Carlile a couple different times when operating heavy equip was slow. Loved the scenery and the wildlife I would see on the many trips. Seeing Denali at midnight with the top glowing red from the midnight sun was a real treat as not everyday or night as it makes it's own weather. Just something about that country that becomes a part of you that wants you to go back.
 
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