June 07, 2006 GMT
Fort St. John to Dawson City

Hit the road again on June 4th, and cruised thru Pink Mountain, Prophet River, Fort Nelson, Toad River, Laird River, Coal River (did I mention that there a LOT of rivers up here). Entered the Yukon Territory (another one of those "I always wanted to do that moments"). I took this great picture

and didn't notice till later when I was looking at them on the camera, the big pole in the background that says "Welcome to North of Go!" I think that must be a play on the "Do Not Pass Go" thing. Thought it was very funny. Got to Watson Lake after a fairly long riding day. It is impossible to describe the great scenery let
alone trying to capture it on the camera but I have it "locked" in the old (and I mean old) memory banks. I left the Alcan and cruised Hwy. 2 thru Carmacks and Stewart Crossing into Dawson City. Planned to stay here for a couple of days also. Parked the KLR in front of the Downtown Hotel http://www.downtown.yk.net/index.html

and was immediately greeted by the owner, Dick Van Nostrand, well know Downtown Dick, who is also a rider. Very friendly fellow. And before you ask, "No", I am not a member of the Sourtoe Society (you will just have to look that up for yourself). I took a room that was across the street in the annex. There is a VERY nice spa there that I put it to good use. Dawson City is a great little town with dirt roads and board sidewalks. Has a very "Old West" atmosphere to it. Very cool internet access (it is in a bar and you can drink while typing). I had to go back a LOT and re-read stuff I think I typed :=) LOTS of travelers from around the world here and at night a very "party" attitude. I am too old for this :=) I received a weather report that says Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay will both be good for the next three days which is exactly what I was hoping for so I am out of here for the Artic Ocean.

Posted by Rick McDermed at June 07, 2006 12:00 AM GMT

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