Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wed, Aug 19: On the Road to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canadn

We wake to a beautiful morning again and are on the road by 9AM. After a gas stop we head up the ALCAN and turn right...north...on the Klondike Highway to Dawson City 318 miles away. The road starts off in good shape and we drive along the shores of Lake Laberge for a while through wooded rolling hills. About half way to Carmacks, one of two "towns"...a service station/all purpose store and a few dwellings...on the way to Dawson City we stop to stretch our legs at pretty Fox Lake. This section of the highway follows lake shores or rivers and is nice and scenic. The road is deteriorating as we go north though.
We cross the Yukon River againand pass through Carmacks, established as a trading post in 1890's. We stop for a picture of the river valleyjust before Five Finger Rapids, where the river divides into five channels. The road is really rough now with many gravel sections but fortunately there is very little traffic.
At this point we leave the Yukon River and head to Pelly Crossing, the second "town"... a gas/food station and a campground. We stop at an overlook,fix lunch and enjoy the view out over Pelly River. From now on the road is mostly built up with bogs on either side that your car could disappear in or small streamsand beaver lakes.We feel like we are riding a roller coaster due to all the frost-heaves. They are marked with orange flags just before you hit them so you know the heaves are coming and can "hold on"! We also get into rain so that just adds to the thrill. About 4PM we get to Dawson City in a misty, sunny rain and find a gravel parking place for the rig at a campground in town. The campground is well maintained and not full, so it really is not as bad as it sounds. We relax for a while and then fix some Mexian food. It has been a long day so, Dick goes to bed early and Carolyn works on the around the world picture books for a while.

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