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Hey hey, dont quit on us. I have nothing to go with my coffee in the AM. Thanks for the report and pics
You definitely need a new project if this goes with morning coffee!! No worries, going to see this thru, it's a good experience and keeps me thinking of ways to hopefully keep it interesting.

In Dawson City, internet is at a premium, none in the hotel room, just the lobby. Will get today's post started and hopefully posted in time for your morning coffee. Cheers.

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You definitely need a new project if this goes with morning coffee!! No worries, going to see this thru, it's a good experience and keeps me thinking of ways to hopefully keep it interesting.

In Dawson City, internet is at a premium, none in the hotel room, just the lobby. Will get today's post started and hopefully posted in time for your morning coffee. Cheers.

I stayed at a few hotels that were like that, very strange, I had to think that it was the owners not being willing to install a good WiFi network for the whole building?


I bought a DoDoCool dongle that acts like a repeater. Once it was set up for the WiFi signal, it would repeat it on much further than the original WiFi router could. too late for you, you are already on your trip.


One thing you can do, and you may be doing it already?
just write up your posts in Word, or LibreOffice, or just a Text Editor... at your convenience, at the Subway, or cafe, etc...


Have it ready to go with your pictures.....


once you login, just copy/paste the text to the editor, upload the pictures, and you are done.


you are doing a Terrific job, and kudos to doing so.
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Day 12 – July 5 – Whitehorse to Dawson City. First, part of the song from the “Littlest Hobo”, a great Canadian feel good TV series from the '70s. Here's the full version: https://halifaxukulelegang.wordpress...bo-theme-song/

“There’s a voice that keeps on calling me
Down the road is where I’ll always be

Every stop I make, I’ll make a new friend
Can’t stay for long, just turn around and I’m gone again.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down,
Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.”

I've had this song in my head for the better part of the trip, always liked it, and it really goes nicely as a theme song for the journey.

Back to the thread, it started out as a gorgeous day, sunny and warm, good riding weather, attachment Great Riding Day

Road is quite good and makes for easy riding. The turn off the Alaska Highway onto the Klondike Highway is about 20 Kms outside Whitehorse. When you turn onto the Klondike, there is a sign about the Top of the World Highway US Customs hours. The crossing is open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily then closed, literally.

Nice riding up through, attachment Great Riding Day. Gas is available at Carmack and Pelly Crossings. Carmack has food. Pelly Crossing was overcast, attachments Pelly Crossing and Pelly Crossing 1.jpg.
Just after you leave Pelly's Crossing, you encounter the only STOP sign on the Klondike Highway. Unusual place for a STOP sign, but it is a junction where you turn left to Dawson City or right to Mayo.

Bumps are identified in advance with "bump" signs. After this there are red flags on posts to identify the actual "bump". This is a lottery, sometimes there are, sometimes there aren't.

The road is otherwise good. There are several forest fires burning in the area and we had to drive through quite a bit of smoke, but thankfully it cleared up before we arrived at Dawson City, attachments Dawson City 1 and Dawson City 2.

Got to the hotel without a hitch, Dawson is not that big, can see the town in 1/2 day, but most roads are dirt and there are boardwalks throughout.

We spent a bit of time walking around the town, getting our bearings so to speak. Found Diamond Tooth Gerti's saloon/gambling casino.

Diamond Gerti's was opened in the early '70s in memory of one of the iconic figures of the gold rush days. We saw a stage performance and I donated my $20.00 to the casino revenue, attachment Diamond Tooth Gerti 1. Can't forget the dancing girls, attachment Dance Hall Girls 1.

Night will not be seen in Dawson for several months. Sonya took a picture of Dawson at midnight, looks like daylight to me, attachment Midnight in Dawson.

Tomorrow is another day. Cheers
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Day 13 – July 6 – Second Day Dawson City. If you're coming this far north and are stopping at Dawson City, a two night stay is more than sufficient to see the sights and do some close touring. We had planned on three nights, but realized that was too much so have shortened our stay to two nights. Will be off south in the morning.

Had a good walkabout first thing. Talked to a couple of gents who were touring. One on an F6B and the second, Larry, on a Vstrom 650. The F6b was heading for parts north west, and taking on the Top of the World Highway through to Fairbanks and on. Had a further discussion with this gent and he mentioned that he had been up the Dempster Highway and it had done a number on him and his bike.

Larry mentioned that the adventure bikes were being well challenged on the Dempster Highway and on the Top of the World Highway as well from fellows he had talked to. Asked Larry why he was on a 650 – had to do with weight, and fuel economy. He mentioned that he upgraded the seat to an All Day Long one, and did a suspension upgrade to accommodate his weight and what he intended to do with the bike. He was very pleased with the performance and mentioned it would go all day in the 60 to 80 MPH range without an issue.

Talked to two young riders, one from Utah, one from Colorado who were on their way to Whitehorse to do maintenance on there bikes. They mentioned that the Top of the World road where it is all gravel, ruts and dips was challenging for their adventure bikes as well.

Lots of adventure bikes going through, 650s, 800s, and the big boys as well.

Having mentioned all this, if you're coming north and are on a cruiser/touring bike, pick your route carefully. This goes for adventure bikes as well. Getting into trouble up here can be a PITA.

After browsing my emails and having breakfast with Sonya, we headed for Dome Hill where you can see Dawson City and surrounding area from a very commanding view, attachments Dome Hill 1 and Dome Hill 2.

We headed out to ride a few Kms on the Top of the World Highway. Had to cross the Yukon River on a small ferry, attachment Yukon River Ferry 1. This ferry operates 24/7 during the tourist season, but is pulled for the winter months. Short 10 minute boat ride.

Sonya's research indicated that the Top of the World Highway was paved all the way to the border, wrong. It is under construction and will probably be so next year as well. We rode for some 14 Kms to the Welcome to Dawson City sign and came back, attachment Top Of THe World Higway to Dawson. Now we can say we rode this highway, BTDT.

Came back, went to the farmer's market, saw Pierre Burton's childhood home, attachment Pierre Burton House 1 – he's one of Canada's literary giants, saw Robert Service's cabin as well, attachment Robert Service Cabin 2, another literary giant – penned the Sam McGee poem.

Took some pics of the local sculptures and buildings, attachments Local Sculpture 1 and Local Sculpture 2.

Tonight it's back to Diamond Tooth Gerti's to voluntarily donate another $20.00 to the casino and see another performance.

Had dinner at Sourdough Leduc's Restaurant. Asked why the word Sourdough is used so much here. A Sourdough is a miner who lived through at least one winter during the gold rush days. He had a sourdough bread kit and beans for food. As a Sourdough, you'd be one smelly dude after a winter stay here. A person who had not spent at least one winter here, or was seasonal – yes seasonal, was a Cheechakos. These terms are still used today for the new residents. Have met a lot of people from Ontario.

We discussed an entrepreneurial venture that could be started here, and no I'm not moving here. There are a lot of motorcycles of all makes travelling through here. There is no motorcycle parts/repair shop anywhere near here. Closest shop is Whitehorse, or Fairbanks, and in Whitehorse probably limited supplies. The Dempster Highway plays havoc with bikes, as does just getting here. Just a thought, be a good summer business.

Cheers
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What an adventure.
I tried to see the border crossing from Canada to AK but Google street stops a few hundred yards short. I guess they want it a secret.
Coming from AK to the border the road looks really bad.
Your postings are entertaining and informative.
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What an adventure.
I tried to see the border crossing from Canada to AK but Google street stops a few hundred yards short. I guess they want it a secret.
Coming from AK to the border the road looks really bad.
Your postings are entertaining and informative.
Thank you
You can jump out of street view in Google Earth and jump back in again from the Alaska Side, gives a good look at the crossing. I checked out Chicken AK, not much there. Pretty desolate all the way to Tok. Hard to say what the road is like today, pictures are all 10 yrs old.

Sounds like they must have got some paving done in Dawson City, in Street view (images also from 2009) shows ALL dirt roads, the pavement ends as you are coming into town (but looked like operations were underway for road improvements, survey flags and detours were seen).

I also saw the "Hours of Operations" sign for the border crossing in street view!

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Rednaxs60 where are you?
he is in between Internet locations.....
will have to be keeping his log on his laptop, and briefing us when he can find a WiFi.

wish he was using a tracker.
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Good evening - still here, have done offline posts and will be posting tonight. Have a tracker, the Delorme inReach Explorer. Using it to send out preset messages to family so they don't worry.

John - know what you mean about a tracker. Working on getting better at blogging, lot of work. Bucket list has the 4 corners on it as well.

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