Day Six

Day Six

Left Dease Lake about 8:30 AM heading to Teslin in the Yukon Territory.  While packing up in the parking lot we met Ford from the UK who is riding solo and heading for Inuvik then to Nova Scotia on his BMW.  He had planned to do the trip with friends but everyone else couldn’t make it due to wives and work.  He asked to join us as we were heading the same direction so we had a 4th until we turned off to Skagway and he headed to Whitehorse.

The morning was clear and cool riding in the shadows of the trees in the morning.  We stopped about 20 miles down the road so David and I could put our jackets on and warm back up.

Stopped at Jade City to see if I could find something for Judi.  Didn’t find anything I could carry on the bike but there were lots of stones she would like I’m sure.

There was a big fire along the way a few years ago.  I stopped to shoot a photo at a small lake and Marcus and Ford who had been a ways behind came by with an RCMP following close on Marcus.  The speed limit most places is 100k or 62 mph, we were usually going a bit faster.  The RCMP had been sitting t Jade City when we left so he must have been driving pretty fast to catch up to us in his Yukon.

The roads were good with only a few very short patches of gravel.  We had a short stop for a construction site as we headed to Waston Lake for gas, lunch and the sign post forest, there more than 70,000 signs in the sign post forest.

Had lunch at Kathy’s Café, filled up and wandered around the forest for awhile before setting off towards Teslin.

The forecast for the day was 60% chance of thunderstorms, and all we had gotten were a few sprinkles as the rain seemed to miss us.  The cooling effect was nice though as it was in the 80’s again.

Got to Teslin about 5 PM, it was warm, muggy, and full of mosquitos.  Skagway was 150 miles so we decided to head there for the night.  Of course shortly after Teslin it started pouring.  David was wearing a t-shirt and I had a light piece of fleece on, we were both getting wet though not cold.  Stopped after about 15-20 miles to put on our jackets and Ford added his goretex liner, as thunder crackled above us.   A little while later we parted with Ford as we turned off towards Tagish and Skagway and he headed on to Whitehorse.

Got to Skagway about 8, it’s a beautiful ride down the canyon.  Found a hotel, grabbed some dinner and got a shower.  We’ll start it all over again tomorrow.  Our original plan was to take the ferry to Haines and head up from there but I think we’ll head to Beaver Creek from here on Thursday as the ferry to Haines isn’t until later afternoon.

 

Ford on the road not too far from Dease Lake

Ford on the road not too far from Dease Lake

A friend at Jade City.

A friend at Jade City.

A large piece of jade at Jade City

A large piece of jade at Jade City

Met a guy driving a Ural sidecar to Alaska, not sure he's going to make it.

Met a guy driving a Ural sidecar to Alaska, not sure he’s going to make it.

Signpost forest, Watson Lake.

Signpost forest, Watson Lake.

On the road between Watson Lake and Teslin

On the road between Watson Lake and Teslin

Downtown Skagway

Downtown Skagway

Dinner at the Skagway Brewing Company.

Dinner at the Skagway Brewing Company.

Sign post forest in Watson Lake

Sign post forest in Watson Lake

David and Marcus at the Yukon sign.

David and Marcus at the Yukon sign.

A small lake in the burned out area between Dease Lake and Watson Lake.

A small lake in the burned out area between Dease Lake and Watson Lake.

Selfie at a small lake in the burned out area between Dease Lake and Watson Lake.

Selfie at a small lake in the burned out area between Dease Lake and Watson Lake.

A friend at Jade City.

A friend at Jade City.

David and Marcus texting at dinner, we had cell service in Skagway.

David and Marcus texting at dinner, we had cell service in Skagway.

 

3 thoughts on “Day Six

  1. Ol' Guys Rule!
    August 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I was almost positive that Tracy was a little farther south! Must be losing my sense of direction! Awesome pics!

  2. Freya
    August 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    What did you guys post in the sign forest? Don’t you have to leave something behind there…isn’t that the point?

    We are “north” on the other coast visiting with mama. We also have no cell reception. Just finished picking blueberries for dinner. Must be some good foraging in Alaska…. lots of berries and road kill.

    (mama say, “don’t call me tonight, Marcus, I won’t be home… I’ll be eating blueberries at Freya’s place.”)

  3. Jimmy
    August 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Great stuff on the blog. Glad to be able to keep up with you guys. Wish I could have joined you. The only bike I know is powered by my legs though. It has been 10 years since I was in Alaska. I’m certain things have not changed much. Beautiful part of our country. Continue to travel safe