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North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 27th 2010

I now know how Creedence Clearwater Revival came up with the song "Stuck in Lodi". Although i have been to Lodi and Dawson is a far better place to be stuck in. Basically the "top of the World Highway" is washed out again and the Yanks are trying vigorously to fix it as i type. Adam and I will be here until Thursday morning when the road allegedly opens and execute one of 2 plans..... Plan "A" .....the road opens and we head north to Prudhoe Bay and resume our itinerary. Plan "B"......the road is still closed so we head 650 kms south and attempt the North Canol Highway via Ross River and....depending on time constraint....head north to Prudhoe Bay again. Plan B means that my new knobby rear tires will be shot before Prudhoe Bay ... read more
There's a bike under there somewhere.
The Dempster wins again...camping here tonight until the road opens!
The ogilvie/Peel valleys from our campsite sunday night

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 27th 2010

Oh my what a trip so far. I've been humbled twice in the last 12 months. Once by a stroke and once by a road.....the Dempster. After just completing 1500 kilometres of dirt road (that's almost one thousand miles folks) I can quite safely say that we've seen it all on that one piece of highway. This road is, quite simply, unique. It takes the traveller through so many emotions and regions that I don't know where to begin. I can quite safely say that the scenery in many areas is worthy of a John Ford Western! The people along this dirt road,speaking mainly of the native peoples have very little but would give the shirt of their back to help you out. We could all learn humanity6 from these wonderful people. The weather.....well you've seen ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 24th 2010

pul·chri·tu·di·nous (pŭl'krĭ-tōōd'n-əs, -tyōōd'-) adj. Characterized by or having great physical beauty and appeal. So where did we leave off... Oh yeah we just spent the day in Skagway Alaska and now (July 16, 2010) are off to explore the Yukon. We left Skagway at about 9:30am and headed over the White Pass. The White Pass was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. It climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and we got to see very LITTLE of it because of the rain and clouds. O.K!!!! enough clouds already!!!! We were seriously riding in the clouds over the White Pass and saw very little of anything. ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 22nd 2010

Hi Folks, For any of you folowing this blog please accept humble apologies. I didn't realize how sparse coverage is here in the north of Canada. Anyway today's jpurney to Dawson City was goodbut long (550 kms) and at present Adam and I are sat outside and internet cafe called Tasty Bytes that is about to shut down for the night so what I've done is copied and pasted the last few days worth of notes below for you all to read. I'll return to this cafe tomorrow to update further. Regards Nevil Sunday, July 18th Where do we start… It’s been an interesting day today. We set off from Smithers in British Columbia around 8am, enjoyed our last Tim Horton’s coffee for a few days, and pressed on towards Kitwanga. After a brief fuel stop ... read more
Mountain bath!
These guys rode up from San Fran!
Fixing the thermarest

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 22nd 2010

So, Another wet day here in Dawson. It doesn't matter which way we go from here....we're gonna get wet! We made the decision last night to head north to Prudhoe Bay Alaska and get the wet/muddy bhit out of the way early in the trip. Today we spend time at our wet campground changing out our road tires for knobbies/dirt tires for the gravel mud roads ahead. Breakfast was British Army ration "sausage and beans" and we then caught the ferry into Dawson to get internet access and rain gear. We'll be off tomorrow morning early and hope to ride the "top of the World" highway to Chicken Alaska (possibly even further) before heading to Fairbanks the next day. I doubt I'll be in internet coverage until Fairbanks so please be patient in the meantime. I ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 20th 2010

We were on top of the world today. Or, to be more accurate, we drove along the Top of the World Highway. We've just spent a couple of days in Alaska, due to a last minute change of plan. Originally, we had planned to journey in a giant "U" shape through the Yukon from Whitehorse: up the left arm of the "U" via the Alaska Highway to Beaver Creek, then back to Whitehorse to do the right arm of the "U" up to Dawson City. Our reason being that even the Canadian guidebooks say the road between Beaver Creek and Dawson City is bad. And going from Beaver Creek to Dawson City direct involves crossing into the States. Well, that was our plan before we drove from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek up the Alaska Highway. ... read more
Sitting in different countries
Gold Dredger in Chicken
Old supply hut, in the "town" of Boundary

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City May 23rd 2010

Monday 24th May 2010 We went to a gold dredge in Dawson City. Dad and I saw a beaver swimming in a stream next to the dredge. My favourite thing was going panning in Gold Bottom creek .The water was cold and we found tiny specks of gold in our pans, after shaking the dirt and rocks in the stream. My pieces of gold were the biggest. ... read more
How a dredge works
Me and Callum driving the gold dredge
Dredge No4 - Front

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City May 16th 2010

16th to 24th May - By Darryl: DAY 34: Sunday 16th May 2010 - WATSON LAKE This twilight thing is pretty weird cos as I write this it’s 11:40pm and still strangely light outside. Not daylight, but the sky is still bright blue and clear. Looking at the Aurora Borealis report on the net, the next best chance for seeing the Northern Lights is tomorrow night. Its not a good time of the year for viewing as the sun is always too close to the horizon so there is a bit too much light around, and its not cold enough, but will keep a look out anyway. Some of the locals here in Watson Lake are your stereotypical small town back country folk. The only place I could get a fishing licence here on a Sunday ... read more
The Sign Post Forest
So this is where all those old signs go to...
Finally a Kiwi one!

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City September 26th 2009

Should have waited for the rain to stop before tackling the Top Of The World Hwy. Got cold and miserable. To get gas in the town of Chicken instead of a chicken burger would have been a good idea. Got to Dawson city in the Yukon with 5 miles to spare. Lesson learned. The spell of long goneby days of the gold rush in Dawson City as in Robert Service, Diamond Tooth Gerties and Jack London. Huge indigenous population. Sense of freedom and harshness, even more laid back than Alaska?... read more
Gold dude
Gold !!!

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 18th 2009

One of the things I wanted to get out of this trip was to experience living in as self-sufficient a way as possible, by working as a volunteer on organic farms listed by the WWOOF organisation. The farm in the Yukon (just outside Dawson City) was pretty remote: you park the car on the side of the road, honk the horn repeatedly, and wait. Eventually John (the farmer) appears on the opposite bank of the Klondike river, and paddles his canoe over to fetch you. Once back on the other side, you walk for 100m or so across what turns out to be a large island, where there is another canoe. This you paddle across the river and up a creek until you reach the farm. Home while on the farm was the WOOFer cabin that ... read more
The WOOFer cabin
View of the creek from the cabin
Walking the dogs

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