I was looking forward to riding the Top of the World Highway today to Dawson City, Yukon.
After a day of thinking yesterday in Tok, one of my resolutions was to take more photos and video. It is hard for me to do since I enjoy riding so much. It is just hard to stop. And to get really good photos I would need to set things up, taking even more time. Anyways, I envisioned stopping at various points along the Top of the World Highway and setting things up with me riding etc.
The first stop was the town of Chicken at the start of the Highway. I had read a lot about this little town. It was a regularly stop for people to get stickers, “I got laid in Chicken,” and to take cheesy photos behind wooden chicken cut outs.
Perhaps because it was early in the morning and dreary out that I just didn’t see the attraction. But that is me. I did get a photo though.
Fog, Cloud, Freezing Rain
As I climbed up the Top of the World Highway I entered cloud and rarely left it. Sometimes I vcould barely see in front of me. Other times I encountered freezing rain pellets. My plans for great pictures were dashed. I did get these though during the cloud breaks.
The road itself wasn’t very good. The rain made it muddy. And there were a lot of potholes.
Eventually I descended out of the cloud and Dawson City appeared. Very cool. To get to the city I had to get on a small ferry to cross the Yukon River. The river was running fast and I was fascinated to see how the ferry was going to navigate it. The river carried it downstream and then it had to turn around and power its way upstream to the earthen dock.
I rode on and the ferry powered its way upstream to the other side.
I was in Dawson City.The first thing I needed to do is get some coffee. I was freezing. I found Riverwest Bistro.
After I warmed up I went to the hotel I booked.
The Bunkhouse is the cheapest place in Dawson City that I could find. At $85 Can, you get a small, but clean, room with a bed. There are shared toilets and showers. The building itself is really cool, just like a lot of the buildings in Dawson City. I love the veranda!
Walking Around Dawson City
I had arrived early in Dawson City. After I had warmed up and checked in to The Bunkhouse, I decided to get something to eat. Trip Advisor said Klondike Kates was the place to eat. So off I went.
It was nice to relax after a tough ride. I wandered around town a bit after but I was tired and it kept raining in spurts. Time to call it a day. I would have all day tomorrow to explore.