The Arctic Circle!

What a drive today. That was tough.

I had no idea what six and a half hours of washboard, potholed, slick, muddy road driving was like.

And, now, I do.

I get to do that three more times and I think I’m done for life!

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After the first 100 miles, I didn’t think I was going to make it. Every time I’d hit an especially rough patch, I’d tense up my body. After three hours of that, I was completely worn out and didn’t know how I would survive 800 more miles of the same.

Desperate, I recognized that I had to focus on keeping my body relaxed as I hit the hard spots and flew around on the road.

I realized that it was not so much the Dempster that was wearing me out, but my overly tense response to it. (Seems to be a theme in my life.)

Once I remembered to loosen up, it got a lot easier. That said, it was a constant mantra that I had to keep repeating to myself and did not come naturally.

(The mantra also didn’t help when I was going down a muddy decline, felt my Mini loosing traction, and started to slide sideways down the hill.)

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Okay, so now that I’ve told you how challenging it was, I can show you how extraordinary it was!

I was a lucky driver with a rare blue sky day.

this must be the arctic

This must be the arctic

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Moose on the Dempster Highway

Early in the morning on the Dempster Highway

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The Dempster Highway

Not much traffic

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I saw my second moose in Two Moose Lake

I saw my second moose in Two Moose Lake

The long and winding Dempster

The long and winding Dempster

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