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Day 10 - July 3 - Part 2

Next stop was Johnson's Crossing, named after one of the military Commanders from the highway build, attachments Johnson Crossing 1, Johnson Crossing 2, and Johnson Crossing 3.

Apparently this stop has the best cinnamon buns in the area, not hard to do when you are the only game in town.

Rest of the trip into Whitehorse was uneventful, no sign of the wildlife that is supposed to be there. Road was good and weather pleasant.

Whitehorse is a nice little town, attachments Whitehorse 1, Road into Whitehorse, and Whitehorse 2.

Another little tidbit before signing off for today. Met a fellow from Ontario riding an F6B. He was having an extended stay in Watson Lake because his rear tire was threadbare. He was having a tire sent in from Whitehorse, but the tire fellow he found in Watson Lake went on holidays. He mentioned that he was going to try and do it himself, had been on the internet to find out how to remove the tire and such. He mentioned that he was going to remove the tire by laying his bike on the side. Was hoping to see him this morning, but that did not happen, would like to have talked to him about this issue. Moral of this story, if you are heading North to Alaska, start with new tires and consider a change in your furthest destination. I have read where people have contacted shops in the north and arranged for tire changes. barring this for you touring bike riders, go to the dark side. Tires are about the only concern I have, but mine were new before I left.

I mentioned in yesterday's post that the clutch MC had acted up. Fluid top up and all has been well today. Still monitoring.

Thanks for reading. Cheers
 

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Really enjoying your posts, and with the well documented pictures, it is a treat.
Feel like we are with you.
 

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Coming into Teslin there is a very long grated bridge, hate grated bridges, attachment Teslin 1.
I learned to let the bike do its thing. It will self correct in a short period of time. So just relax.

Great pics!
 

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I've been following your trip somewhat on Google Earth, Dropping in to street view and looking around in the towns. Surprising the coverage where street imagery is available. Seems they've shot the entire length of most every highway and got the streets of even the smallest towns. Looks like HWY 1 has coverage end-to-end.

When I dropped into Watson just by chance I landed right in front of the Sign Forest. That place is huge, your photo doesn't do it justice, neither does this wide shot from Google Earth street view! (photo from 2009)

Safe Travels!
 

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I've been riding along with you following your nicely narrated and picture documented trip. since I cant ride with a broken leg it's great to see a good road trip. Hopefully I'll be riding myself soon. Really enjoy the ride along with you for now.
 

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Day 11 - July 4 - Whitehorse. Where to start. I can understand why a travel thread may, or may not get completed. Takes a lot of thought and for us non-journalistic types, even more.

Started the day off with coffee and a muffin at the local McD's, then a stroll down by the Yukon River to the other side of town. Whitehorse is not that big and you can walk from one end to the other. There are some nice parks with interesting sculptures, attachments Park 1, Park 3.

There is a trolley that operates at the height of the tourist season, attachment Trolley 1
We took some pics of the mighty Yukon River, once the lifeline between Whitehorse and Dawson City, attachments Yukon River 4, Yukon River 2, Yukon River 3.

We walked over the the SS Klondike exhibit, attachment SS Klondike 1.

There were several of these boats on the river and during a 5 month season made approximately 5 round trips from Whitehorse to Dawson City, attachments SS Klondike 2, Engine Room Machinery, SS Klondike Upper Deck.


Part 2 next
 

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Day 11 - July 4 - Part 2

We left the SS Klondike and headed for some lunch at the Klondike Rib and Salmon Restaurant. This restaurant was featured in the Canadian food show called "You Gotta Eat Here", similar to the US "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives", attachment Klondike Rib and Salmon. Good food, friendly staff, and prices commensurate with the north.

Left here and went to the local museum. Got some pics of local town murals, attachment Whitehorse Mural 1.

The museum was well laid out and informative. Had a lot of murals as well, attachments Museum Murals 4, Museum Murals 1.

There was Sam McGee's cabin, the original, and the story of his life, attachment Sam McGee Cabin 1.

Robert Service penned the poem about the Cremation of Sam McGee, attachment Robert Service.

The reality is the myth caught on, and Sam McGee who loved the north, but moved south, came back once and a street person wanted to sell him an urn with the ashes of Sam McGee in it. He apparently laughed and carried on, not wanting to burst the fellows bubble. Here are a couple of more pics of the Sam McGee exhibit, attachments Sam McGee Cabin 2, Sam McGee Cabin 3, Sam McGee Cabin 6.

The rest of the day has been laundry and for me, reflection on the trip so far. Reality and the romance of a place is totally different, but a person must travel and see these places. For us Canadians, we have a beautiful and great country, and lots to see. It's nice when I get back home and hear people talk about places, and I've been there. Know people who have never ventured too far from where they live, but will travel to Europe and down south. So much to see, and so little time.

I have been thinking about lesson's learned from the trip so far. Not too much to date except that a good tool kit is required, not a large one, but one that is strategic to what you may need to do. Had to buy a small socket set, a hex key set, but it could have been worse. If you have maintenance to do that you may think can wait until you return home, do it before you leave, not a lot of help up here and towns that can provide service are a ways apart. New tires before you leave and a possible replacement half way depending on your destination and mileage/kilometers to be traveled. There's more I'm sure and the list will probably get longer.

Been a relaxing day, we are off to Dawson City tomorrow. Cheers
 

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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!!:toast: 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!!:toast: 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.com/2009/10/06/full-lyrics-to-the-littlest-hobo-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.

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I read a book about a "Robert Service" in Canada....
wonder if it is about the same guy?
 

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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! :cam:
 

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Rednaxs60 where are you?
 

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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.

Cheers
 
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