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Day 14 July 7 Dawson City to Whitehorse. Leaving Dawson for parts south after having a good breakfast, and bike fill up. Very nice day to start a ride south, and on the cooler side. Fires are still burning in the Dawson area, but we didn't encounter smoke until some 60 Kms outside the city. The smoke persisted until Stewart Crossing where we stopped for the amenities and to stretch the legs.

Stopped at an old overland station, at Montague on the Overland Route, attachment Montague-Overland Trail. There are some of the old buildings left, not much but the history is a good read. Here is the main building and the meat locker, attachments Montague-Overland Trail 2 and Montague-Overland Trail Meat Locker.

The rest of the ride into Whitehorse was uneventful, not much to report as we are just retracing our steps. The wildlife signs we have seen are not representative of what you can expect. WE have seen very little wild life during the trip, but have seen enough to make the claim that we did see some.

Had dinner at Tim's in Whitehorse, fueled up and went to the Pioneer RV Campsite about 15 Kms outside Whitehorse. First night of camping on the trip, wasn't too bad, attachment Camping Whitehorse 3.

No cell reception, have to pay for WIFI, and no restaurant even though the web site mentions it. There are laundry facilities, pet showers, people showers need tokens from the office at $2.50 for 8 minutes, RV wash area as well. The RV site is on the flight path into the airport and planes didn't stop landing until somewhere near midnight still daylight at that time. Planes come in quite low I think I could read the tire manufacturer. Would not recommend this RV site for a stopover too noisy, and the camper sites are closest to the road.

Have to thank Sonya for her sacrifice to the mosquito and black fly gods, attachment Camping Whitehorse 1. First time I've not been the sacrificial lamb.

Played a few games of cribbage you know that old person's game. Not a lot else to do so we got an early night to bed.

Tomorrow is supposed to be another good day so more to follow. Cheers
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Day 15 July 8 Whitehorse to Baby Nugget City just outside Watson Lake. Another nice day of travelling. Retracing our route as I mentioned in my previous post, but there is more to this day than yesterday.

We packed up after having a breakfast of quick Quaker oats and coffee with a blueberry muffin. Have a small water boiler, a Jetboil. Very nice unit, boils 2 cups of water in just under 2 minutes. The hydrated food packs we have require just this amount, one criteria when shopping.

There was the requisite road construction and gravel sections to transit. We did see some wildlife, but not too much. The road construction was transited by following a pilot truck, only had a 10 minute wait to go through.

Dropped down into Carcross (short for Caribou Crossing) to see the Carcross Desert, attachment Carcross Desert 3, a dune desert left over from the last ice age. There are several in northern Canada in different provinces. There is also the Emerald Lake noted for the brilliant green colour that is a result of limestone in the water, attachments Emerald Lake and Emerald Lake 2. Road was surprisingly good.

Stopped at Johnson's Crossing for brunch. We went with the standard breakfast, but before we left picked up a cinnamon roll and 2 cranberry scones. This place is apparently renowned for the cinnamon rolls.

While there a young woman came in and talked about her camping experience from the night before. She paid $97.00 USD for a camp site and only had a Johnny on the spot for toilet facilities, no shower or other amenities. The ladies at Johnson's were very sympathetic and explained the cabin facilities in that the cost is $99.00 CDN taxes in with hotel amenities. Another local lady came by and offered this young woman a shower and place to stay for the night free gratis at her house, only 10 minutes from Johnson's. The young woman did not apprise herself of the offer for whatever reason, but the fact that it was offered gives one hope that not all is lost with the human race. Would recommend stopping/staying at Johnson Crossing.

Carried on to Tetlin for gas and a leg stretch. Lots of RVs on the road and using the same gas stops. Have to wait in line sometimes.

Left Tetlin and endured the longest grated bridge going. Understand why these are there, but still don't like them.

Stopped at the Continental Divide restaurant/gas bar. Only needed a leg stretch and coffee/tea with the requisite muffin of course. Very friendly place and lots of chatting going on. Before stopping we saw a dead moose on the roadside, and pondered what the vehicle looked like. The vehicle was an F-250 type truck, could be one of the competitors as well, but the right front was rather demolished. The couple with the truck were there for a bit.

I mentioned in a previous post on the way to Whitehorse that a couple with an RV had a rad leak and was limping into this stop. They were still there but hubby had managed to get the rad out and the stop owner loaned him a truck and he was off to Whitehorse to get it repaired, left at 0400 hours this morning.

Another couple with an RV had fuel problems so he went to Whitehorse as well to get parts to fix his rig.

While the gents were travelling the women chipped in and were helping at the cash register, doing cleaning and dishes. Thought this was very friendly of them, and mighty neighbourly.

Continued on to the Baby Nugget RV park for the night, attachment Baby Nugget Camping.

Again no cell phone coverage, no WIFI, but we were camping for the night. There are showers, laundromat, restaurant and gas. Prices aren't bad.

I have mentioned that I have the Delorme inReach Explorer. Have been sending out preset messages to family and friends letting them know where we have stopped. Had to use it tonight to send an email to Sonya's family as she does one every night. Moral here is that when there is no cell service, you can use the inReach as your email provider. Check the different plans and see what is available, don't leave home without it.

Met a fellow from Chicago and he was doing a trip up into the north, camping and seeing the sites. Wife was meeting him in Fairbanks, wasn't into the camping thing, but she did do research into the trip for him. He also had the new Garmin inReach Explorer, but said he couldn't get it to work. Had a look at it and pointed out some things to do and how to get it started. He should read the book and look at some of the tutorials on line. He had an ARB cooler in the back of his jeep, used it as a fridge/freezer. Comes out of Australia, and apparently works as advertised. Going to research this company and what is available.

Another early night and off down towards Hyder, Alaska tomorrow. Cheers
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Day 16 July 9 Baby Nugget City just outside Watson Lake to Bell II, BC just before the turn to Hyder, Alaska. Another nice day of travelling.

Up early, packed up, gas in the bike, and a nice breakfast. Hit the road about 0800.

Took the highway 37 junction towards Dease Lake, about 240 Kms. Saw black bear, red fox, and deer on the road. Sonya glimpsed a moose disappearing into the bush.

Road south is good, and as can be expected, rest stops are frequent and well advertised, but not much else going on.

Stumbled onto Jade City that is not on the maps, attachment Jade City 1. Nice stopping spot to look at what is happening in the BC jade market, attachment Road to Burn's Lake at jade City.

On with my rant, there are several grated bridges, but tried something different. Kept the speed up around 40 Kms/hr and the ride over these bridges is much better at speed. Will test again tomorrow.

Gassed up in Dease Lake at the local and I think only convenience store. Had a bite to eat at the deli that is shared with the hunting gear.

Almost the most expensive gas, but not quite. Have paid $1.89/litre, today paid $1.58/litre. Only saving grace is the bike is performing quite well with fuel economy of 18/19 Kms per litre. Doing very good through the mountains.

The road is quite good, scenery is spectacular, but blurs after a while, can only look at so many mountains, rivers, lakes and such.

Stopped at Bell II for the night just north some 155 Kms from Hyder. Nice place, not inexpensive. One hour free WIFI only with room. The room we have has no TV, microwave, fridge, and only cost $230.00 CDN for the night. The restaurant prices match as well. No cell coverage. There is gas at $1.51/litre.

We're cooking up some of the supplies we brought with us. Have to use them sometime. Boiled the water in the Jetboil, attachments Jetboil 1 and Jetboil 2. Re hydrated the stroganoff sauce, egg noodles, beef & mushrooms from Backpacker's Pantry, very tasty. Started with some teriyaki beef jerky, and finished dinner off with 1/2 of a cinnamon bun. The first night of camping we had the creamy beef and noodles with mushrooms by Alpineaire, also quite good. A fellow I met at the RV site at Baby Nugget mentioned that the breakfast ones aren't bad either will be trying these at home.

Now for a daily rant. We are so attached to our electronics, some more than others. It may not be all the time, but when we stop, we like to check emails, and at the end of the day update our blog and such. Also need power to charge cell phones, and helmet communicators. This is a challenge when camping so it is recommended to have USB ports installed on your bike to do charging during the riding part of the day. Sonya did a great job researching all the places where we have stayed and WIFI was a requisite. What was not mentioned on some sites is that you have to pay for WIFI, and this can be expensive. It is further compounded when there is no cell phone coverage. Would recommend that before starting out, contact the places you are considering as nightly stops and get the info on what is available as the web sites do not always mention the little details such as no cell coverage, and having to pay for WIFI.

For those of you who have SHOEI Neotec II helmets and the integrated Sena communicators just a heads up. Charging the communicator takes the communicator offline. Don't know why, but ours do. Something else for your list.

Enough for tonight. Thanks for reading. Cheers
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Day 17 July 10 Bell II to Burn's Lake. Day started off very nice. Got up shortly after 0600, SSS, packed then had coffee and 1/2 a cranberry scone. We loaded the bike and set off around 0730. Road was good, as was the weather. Decided before we left to have breakfast in Stewart or Hyder. Road in, took some pictures, didn't see any advertised wild life.

Attachment Stewart - Hyder junction 2. Sonya has coined a phrase for this part of the trip. It's the end of the 2 province, 2 territory, 2 country portion of the trip. BC/Alberta, Yukon/North West territories, Canada/Alaska. Great trip title Sonya has coined.

The glaciers have a blue hue, attachment Blue Hue Glacier 1. Don't know what it is from. The snow pack was also down to the road level, attachment Snow at Road.


Attachment Welcome to Hyder 2. Decided to try Hyder first for breakfast, attachment Hyder Looking into Canada 2, but since we arrived around 0930, the only restaurant was not open. Did get a pic of the inn and the need to be Hyderized, attachments Glacier Inn 2 and Hyderized 1. Now on to Stewart for Breakfast, so back across the border, thru customs.

Found a nice, small breakfast joint - Temptations, attachment Temptations 1. Quite nice, good sweets as well. Wrote our names on a ceiling cross piece, attachment Temptations 2.

Left Stewart and headed for parts south. Turned onto 37 south and headed for Prince George. About 30 Kms down the road ran into bridge construction. The wait and ride thru was about 25 minutes, pretty good considering.

We gassed up in Stewart, and next when we hit highway 16 to go to Prince George. Stopped and had coffee/tea with a slice of back forest cake. Nice, nourishing lunch.

Left for Prince George area, and because we had nothing planned for this area, we decided to ride thru to almost Prince George; however, the weather gods were not on our side, rain started outside Burn's Lake so we decided to hole up in Burn's Lake for the night.

Tomorrow heading to Quesnel with a side trip to Barkerville, a gold rush period town. Depending on weather and such, may be able to do the ride and see Barkerville same day, then head off for home. I expect Barkerville to be similar to Dawson City, Dawson Creek in that having never been there, the romance associated with the name may not be as extensive as one might think we'll find out.

Thanks for reading, more tomorrow. Cheers
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Far and few between, but nice when you can get them.

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Now for a daily rant. We are so attached to our electronics, some more than others. It may not be all the time, but when we stop, we like to check emails, and at the end of the day update our blog and such. Also need power to charge cell phones, and helmet communicators. This is a challenge when camping so it is recommended to have USB ports installed on your bike to do charging during the riding part of the day. Sonya did a great job researching all the places where we have stayed and WIFI was a requisite. What was not mentioned on some sites is that you have to pay for WIFI, and this can be expensive. It is further compounded when there is no cell phone coverage. Would recommend that before starting out, contact the places you are considering as nightly stops and get the info on what is available as the web sites do not always mention the little details such as no cell coverage, and having to pay for WIFI.

For those of you who have SHOEI Neotec II helmets and the integrated Sena communicators just a heads up. Charging the communicator takes the communicator offline. Don't know why, but ours do. Something else for your list.

Enough for tonight. Thanks for reading. Cheers
I have two USB Charging ports on my bike, one in the left rear pocket which is a great help for recharging phone while riding. When I am stopped w/o power available, I use an Anker 26,500 mAH rechargable battery pack. It will charge my phone 5 or 6 times before it has to be recharged.... which is a 24 hour cycle

Wish I had an InReach Delorme tracker.... am considering that, but if I don't make long rides anymore, not really needed. My SPOT has 2 pre-canned messages which is marginal, but works for me.

My Shoei helmet has the Wired plugin headset, not batteries to charge up. I prefer it myself.

You are doing a terrific job on your "Offline Posting", we need to talk about that on the phone when you get home.... remind me if I forget, but that is something that I want to learn how to do.
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that top of the line, ARB freezer/fridge is expensive!
ARB Elements Fridge 63 Quart $1444.00

which one do you have, suspect is the smallest one?

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that top of the line, ARB freezer/fridge is expensive!
ARB Elements Fridge 63 Quart $1444.00

which one do you have, suspect is the smallest one?
I do not have the ARB product (yet). The fellow I talked to was from Chicago, and he was on a drive-about and decided he wanted one, and yes he mentioned it was the cost f a good regular fridge/freezer. It is also the size of a small bar fridge.

I'm thinking of researching it because Sonya needs to take Humira weekly and when we are on the road, Humira must be refrigerated or it's only good for two weeks.

Something more to consider. Cheers
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I have two USB Charging ports on my bike, one in the left rear pocket which is a great help for recharging phone while riding. When I am stopped w/o power available, I use an Anker 26,500 mAH rechargable battery pack. It will charge my phone 5 or 6 times before it has to be recharged.... which is a 24 hour cycle

Wish I had an InReach Delorme tracker.... am considering that, but if I don't make long rides anymore, not really needed. My SPOT has 2 pre-canned messages which is marginal, but works for me.

My Shoei helmet has the Wired plugin headset, not batteries to charge up. I prefer it myself.

You are doing a terrific job on your "Offline Posting", we need to talk about that on the phone when you get home.... remind me if I forget, but that is something that I want to learn how to do.
I have two 10,000 mAH battery packs and one smaller 5,000 mAH pack. Didn't need to use this trip, but handy to have.

I only did the daily thoughts as a word document, and when I had cell/WIFI I posted and added pics (used cell as a hotspot if required).

Just home this afternoon, will be doing the last two days tomorrow, and then a closing epilogue.

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