I awoke again this AM around 6am.
The sky remained cloudless for the most part and I went outside to walk around a bit in Whitehorse before returning to my room to begin loading my bike.
On my way back into the Hotel, Geoff was already packing his bike, so I promptly went to my room and started grabbing all my items.
Having not having to setup camp, everything was already packed up.
Once packed, I grabbed my gear, and said goodbye to Doug, and wished him safe travels to Alaska, and for his return home with his wife, who he would be meeting at the airport come Tuesday morning.
Geoff and I both decided to grab a coffee before leaving, and went to a small bistro in downtown Whitehorse, ordered our coffee’s (I ordered a snickerdoodle as well, which I can say wasn’t all that great), and we then soon headed off down the Alaska Highway towards the Klondike Highway.
Shortly after, we had our bearings headed up the Klondike. Gazing at the scenery, I noted that I have been in forested area since I left on Friday of the week before. As we continued to drive, we came across a beautiful lake, where the waters where as calm as glass itself.
A quick photo op, and we were back on the way.
There was a lot of beautiful country, again something you see plenty of on this journey. The cloudiness soon parted, and we had the full heat of the sun baring down on us.
We later came to the Yukon River, and a place called 5 Fingers Rapids. A channel with large rock formations in the middle of the river and a swift drop, caused this channel of the river to run much swifter than the rest of the river. The history of how they used a cable to pull boats through the channel, some pictures, and we were again on our way.
We fueled up in Carmacks, a small town along the road, and pushed on further. After making our way across Pelly Crossing, and then decided to break for a bit once we were across Johnsons Crossing, another bridge crossing.
After that, we rode on straight into Dawson, both of us hitting our reserves.
First stop, was the Downtown Hotel for D2D Registration. I decided since I was here, I may as well stick around for it.
Secondly, we headed across the river to the Youth Hostel.
This my first experience with a Hostel, I must say I am rather intrigued with the concept.
I know they are very common in Europe, and I’ve read about them, but never realized exactly what they were. I’m not entirely sure I could stay in these for nights on end, but for now, the 2 nights I will be staying here is only costing me 46 dollars, which is just over the cost of a campground, and it gives me a place to stash my belongings during the D2D.
So far this trip has introduced me to a wide variety of new things. Things I never would have normally been apt to try. Being extremely antisocial for the most part, and taking time to actually listen and talk to others, has given me a new look on life.
I came to a realization the night before, one of how much this trip has changed me personally. Embarking on this trip, and doing it alone has brought out a side of me I have never had the opportunity to explore in the past.
The ability to talk to complete strangers from distant area’s and form friendships along the way has become an experience and adventure all in itself.
I have found that talking to the locals is a great source of information, and a great way to find a solution to any problems you may be encountering. I have seen people for who they are, generally good at heart, and willing to help.
Maybe it’s because they are on a major tourist route or maybe it is just good nature, whatever it is, it has opened my eyes to how good the world really is around us. With hearing of so much crime in this day in age, it is a relief to see that good is still very common.
As I sit here writing this, and it is Eleven PM, the sun is still high in the sky. Current sundown is at 12:50am, with sunup at 3:15am. To experience no darkness at night (Just a couple hours of twilight) is completely astonishing in a way.
Hopefully tomorrow I can get on the net, and see if I can figure out my webserver. If not, this will have to wait until I return.