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North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City September 9th 2016

Dawson City September There is a chill in the air and the nights grow colder, the colours of fall are starting to peak out in patches of amber, copper and orange on the mountains. The town is slowly shutting down stores starting to close up for the winter and yet the locals are coming to life soon there friends and family will be done working at the mining camps and the tourists will disappear they'll have there town back the real parties will begin the town will come together and the new locals will meet the lifers. what was just a tourist town in the summer will become a community of neighbors and friends, with stories of life at camp and everything they did over the summer. Its a place that lives and dies in the ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse September 4th 2016

2 Sep 2016: Alaska is a large State. It is 811 miles from Anchorage to Skagway, much more than we can drive in one day. There are almost always occasions when the road is under repair and your speed is reduced to 10 mph or even zero if you need a pilot car to lead you through the construction zone. We always like to wave to the flagman or woman at the side of the road because it has got to be a very boring job. Why not try to show our appreciation by giving them a friendly wave and a smile? The flagwomen respond with more enthusiasm that their male counterparts. I wonder if they do that all day long or if they take turns driving the construction equipment? We toyed with the idea of ... read more
Turn from Green to Yellow
Canadian Border

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City August 26th 2016

I arrived in Dawson City in April 2016. The First thing I noticed was the ghost town feeling this place seemed to give off. The buildings reminded me something out of an old western movie, probably because most of them are from the early 1900's and are historical, eerie and/or deserted and yet as i walked through the empty streets taking in the silence of a town, I started to fall in love with the place for what it was... Gold Rush History and a New adventure. Being as I got here in April with nothing more then 100 dollars and my giant backpack I wondered the place alone noticing not much was open, and it was literally a ghost town. The streets had barely any cars on the roads and there was this overwhelming stillness ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon August 21st 2016

It’s said the North & Yukon casts a spell on people (who never leave) and it’s easy to see why! We have spent the last two months exploring the wilds of Alaska and remote northern communities in the Yukon territory, Canada. To put the words isolation, remoteness and wilderness into context – the Yukon territory is larger in size than Germany, but with a population of 40,000 people! I have been fascinated by Northern living for quite some time and decided where better to start our working holiday in Canada than in the far North. To begin with, we spend a month living and working at a lodge and cabins near Carcross, with splendid views over a lake. During our free time, we hike, bike, canoe or kayak on the lake, ride a quad bike into ... read more
Start of the Chilkoot Trail
Lake Bennett, BC
Northern Lights above Dawson

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 31st 2016

We are now in Whitehorse, Canada, in the Yukon Territory. Yes, we are headed home and I am catching up with our last week in Alaska but before I do you have to indulge me for a few minutes……. from Tok to the Canadian border is 90 miles, our last 90 miles of Alaska, and from the moment we made the turn on to the Alaska Highway, poured some fresh coffee from the thermos and began to roll east, it was a very quiet in the truck cab. Neither of us were talking much as we internalized our personal feelings about leaving. A sadness overtook us as we rolled farther east, we both could have stayed longer but the tug of our home and our family is very strong so this was not an easy time ... read more
The Taylor Highway to Chicken
Downtown where the Top Of The World  highway ends, we drove that for about 25 miles as well
Now that's a big Chicken

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City July 30th 2016

30 Jul 2016: Today's departure from Whitehorse was the most troublesome we've had. First, the sewer opening in the ground was situated too far foreward for my hose to reach. I tried pulling forward but that blocked the road. I had to wait until we were ready to retract the slides and raise the leveling Jacks so I could drive over to the central dump site, empty the holding tanks, drive towards the exit, park, walk back for the Jeep, drive it over and hook it up. Next, we were to drive North, find the gas station we were told was on the right side of the road and fill up. We hit an unadvertised traffic circle and I either got out too soon or I took the right path. We don't know because there were ... read more
Montague House
Bonanza Klondike and Yukon convergence
Dawson City from above

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 28th 2016

28 Jul 2016: Today's drive up to Whitehorse, YT was not as interesting as the drive to Waton Lake but it was not without its moments. First, we saw a Black Bear early in the morning looking for it's breakfast. I didn't have enough time to pull over and get a picture. Next, we encountered rock messages alongside the hjghway just past Nugget City. According to our Milepost guide, rock messages were first started in 1990 by a Ft Nelson swim team. One may also see inukshuks, rock cairns build by the natives as landmarks. We crossed several rivers and the Continental Divide, which we have crossed and recrossed on our travels. There were a few old lodges which have been closed for many years. Crossing the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, the longest span on the highway ... read more
Yukon River Dam
SS Klondike1
Cargo and fuel

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 27th 2016

Comme un fou – Harmonium I had not taken everything in consideration when I babbled with Em about her meeting me in Whitehorse and eventually leaving with me on my next adventure. We got so excited after bonding so strongly back in Banff that we forgot a lot of things. Of course in the discussion came bike training, gear shopping and fund raising. We knew that some days would be heavier on our friendship and some others would make it all worth it. But had I plan to open my eyes and completely (finally) morph into a responsible adult? Nope. I’ve been careless and adventurous. For the last year or so I have simply given up on society and decided to establish my own rules for my little world. Using some tools that were provided and ... read more
Clay Cliffs, Whitehorse
Emerald lake, on the way to Carcross
Heartbreak hill, Whitehorse

North America » Canada » Yukon » Watson Lake July 27th 2016

27 Jul 2016: The gentleman at the adjoining campsite in Ft Nelson was returning from his third trip to Alaska. He advised us to stay at the Downtown RV Park in Watson Lake. Reviewing my itinerary, I found I had tentatively selected that during the planning stage so I felt my good judgement had been confirmed. Driving North out of Ft Nelson we encountered a sign reading something like, "No services next 152 km. Check your gas. I Checked my gas. One quarter full. Whoops, better turn around and fill up. We drove 17 miles before we could find a place to turn around. Seventeen up, back and back up or 51 miles was about an hour's worth of driving, not to mention seven gallons of gas. From now on, we will drive BACK to the ... read more
Watson Lake Some Signs
Rock Messages

North America » Canada » Yukon » Watson Lake July 19th 2016

Well plans change. We left Tok and planned to go to Watson Lake to stay but instead got to Whitehorse and we were tired so we found a motel. Whitehorse is and interesting town with lots of history. It is the capital city of the Yukon. 27,800 folks live here and it was part of the big Yukon gold rush. Supposedly it has the least air pollution of any city in the world. Since I have already been this way I took few pictures. Same on Day 17 as we went to Dease Lake BC Dease lake is in the middle of nowhere and we had no phone service and no internet hence the combination of two days. We did meet a few other bikers who were at the same establishment and we sat and shared ... read more

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