Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Whitehorse to Dawson City

Day 30

Strange day was up and out quite early filled myself on Tim Horton’s for breakfast and then filled the bike and hit the road. Was quite cold so stopped and put my new sweater (Moreno wool supposed to be brilliant against the cold and does not get smelly very quickly which is a bonus jury still out on its capabilities and whether it will live up to all the hype) later it started raining so pulled out the waterproofs that helped with the cold. Did quite a few km today but do not remember much the day seem to wiz by. The scenery was pleasant but stark and passed a lot places that had been damaged by forest fires and for each they had the year so you could see the different levels of rejuvenation.  Finally got to Dawson city and headed to a hostel I had read and heard about which was a ferry ride across the river from Dawson City with view over the Yukon to the City (strong word city more of a town or large village) No electricity water pumped from the river and heated by woodstoves but cheap and cheerful and a great location. Got the ferry back to town to get some supper and the place has a nice vibe to it and looks like a film or museum like an old town from the cowboy films. Going to enjoy wondering road this place tomorrow. I am only 100km short of Alaska and then I can commence the trip as per the title Alaska to Chile but that will have to wait for a while as I going to enjoy this place tomorrow then the day after the on top of the world highway into Alaska so close yet so far away and it is +-120 km dirt track and I did some today where they where digging the road up single file behind a pilot truck which I could not even keep up with in the dirt. Ended up loosing sight of the truck and was on the wrong side of the road following a huge road smoother which was leaving a berm of mud which I had to cross. It is official Phill is a crap off road rider do not have the confidence when it is muddy or deep gravel can just about cope with harden dirt but that about it so could be long drive ahead of me must get more practise and maybe longer legs would help.

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