Phillys Big Trip (Alaska to Chile or is that Argentina)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dean10, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. dean10

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    Thunder Bay to Winnipeg, Friday, 22 June 2012, Day 18



    Seriously long day in the saddle think I did more than 700 km today and it was hard going. Got out reasonably on time and started heading out of Thunder bay where it went from quite well built up to nothing within miles and before I knew it I was in the middle of nowhere with very little petrol and when I typed fuel into my GPS is kept pointing me backwards 60km in the direction I had just come from a dilemma do turn round and go back and refill or do I push on and I needed to make the decision fast or I was going to run out anyhow. After a while I bottled it and did a U turn and started heading back there was no one around to ask until I saw someone who had broken down on the side of the road and asked him. It turned out that there where 3 petrol stations in Uppsala (Not Sweden), which was about 40 km in the direction, I wanted to go so after another quick calculations decided to go for it. (Bloody GPS not one of these stations showed up on it but all fully functional they probably have to pay to show up on the GPS, which is not much use to me!


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    I found and Esso station in the middle of no where so I filled up the bike and had breakfast as I had not passed a Tim Horton’s and was not expecting one for a while on the route I was taking. Long ride between forest and lakes interesting enough but me bum ain’t half sore. Later in the day in Dryden I was talking to a chap outside a Tim Horton’s (afternoon snack of a cinnamon roll and French vanilla drink) and as you do we were talking about sore bums and he mentioned a place up the road that sell sheep skins which are good solutions for long distance riders. Now I have always thought they looked a bit silly and served no purpose but 30 minutes up the road I saw the place and I stopped to have a butchers. Well to cut a long story short I am now the proud owner of a black sheepskin tied to me saddle. It only cost 60 buck so its worth a try. Does it work well difficult to tell as I had already done 400km today so was already stiff but I think it did make a difference so maybe there is something to this?

    I crossed the border (feels like and looks like a border to me) from Ontario to Manitoba and dived into the tourist info to swop me Ontario tourist blurb for Manitoba tourist blurb and maps and then dived on to a fantastic little back road on my way to Winnipeg and I thought if the roads are going to be like this then it is all good however this was short lived as the last 80km to Winnipeg the road was straight with not one corner for mile after mile and considering how many clicks I had done today it was very hard to concentrate. I spotted a bear, which made me focus a bit more for the final run to Winnipeg. I had also crossed a time zone today so gained and extra hour. Booked into the hostel and had a vegetarian burger for me dinner (Tim Horton Offset) and I wander into town as there was free techno electric music festival so plonked myself down there and chilled to the music. Tough but another good day. Rest day tomorrow and there is another festival this time an aboriginals festival at the forks as well as electric festival at the old exchange square (I am talking like a local already) I went to bed a tired little bear.




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  2. dean10

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    Winnipeg, Saturday, 23 June 2012, Day 19


    Winnipeg[/caption]

    It is supposed to be a rest day but I do not seem to be very good at these so I was up and out looking for you guessed it the nearest Tim Horton’s for breakfast (I should ask them to sponsor me as the number of mentions they are getting in this blog ?) and I spent the rest of the day wandering around Winnipeg it was another gorgeous day weather wise.


    Winnipeg[/caption]

    I headed down to the Forks for an aboriginal festival but as I was up an out so early for a Saturday this had not really got started so I crossed the bridge to St Boniface and admired the ruined cathedral (burnt down in the 60’s) and they have left part of the ruins and built another not so grandiose as the old one inside the ruins of the old (I guess not so much money around for cathedrals these days) interesting enough.



    I went to the Louis Riel museum traitor or hero you decide I talked to a very informative young guide in the museum who told me her version of the story and it is one of those things dependant on what side of the river or fence French or British on what your view is on this very interesting story though she was half French and half Anglo so I presumed her tale was unbiased :-)

    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Riel">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Riel</a> for those of you like me originally have no idea on what I am whitering on about. I wandered about the Forks for awhile and bumped into a French girl who was also stayed at same hostel as me in Thunder Bay and I took a nice walk along the river to the legislative building where we were also allowed just to wander in and about with no escort or controls. I do like the way the Canadian give total access to the public building it should be like this everywhere. I have been on my feet all day so I went back to the hostel for some dinner and then I hit the town again back to the aboriginal festival as that should be getting going by now and spent a pleasant evening watching various bands and people watching and just updating this before I go to bed. I have decided to stay another night and go to Lower Fort Gary a historical type museum just outside of town and I also sorted a route out for Monday which looks interesting to the Saskatchewan border fair old drive but takes in a national park and yet another Park Canada historical site thanks to the very helpful and friendly people in the Manitoba information centre these places have been a wealth of information.















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  3. dean10

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    Winnipeg Lower Fort Garry, Sunday, 24 June 2012, Day 20


    Lower Fort Garry[/caption]

    It looks like I have lost my ability to sleep in or maybe that is just due to living in a shared room environment only 3 of is in a 6 man dorm so you think it would be quite but the first bloke was up at 6am and I final got up at around 8am ish even though I am still tired. Sunny day again and the plan is to go to Canada parks Lower Fort Garry one of the national historical sites here in Canada about 30km from Winnipeg.I spent a good couple of hours in there as I love these kind of places interactive historic places I can tootle around them for ages and this one was especially good.


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    I headed back into Winnipeg with the intention of grabbing a few art galleries which I thought were free but they turned out not to be so I wandered round a department store and watched England loose to Italy in the penalty shootout on the television in the electrical department so England true to form I am glad I have not been following the football this time as it is not so big over here. I went back to the hostel for a little lie down which was nice as I had the place to myself and then I cooked myself some dinner Thai Chicken and prawns (I say cooked nuked (microwaved)) and I am mucking around with the computer debating on whether or not to go see if I can find another festival or just chill out here. Back on the bike tomorrow.


    Winnipeg[/caption]



    I ended up going back at the electronic music festival which was still going strong great just to chill and watch the folks it looks like hula hoops are all the range again as that is what the in accessory is to have along with flashing lights cool :-) at this festival


    Winnipeg Sculpture[/caption]
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  4. dean10

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    Winnipeg to Russell, Monday, 25 June 2012, Day 21


    More dead straight roads with only grain elevators for interest[/caption]

    Up and away and on the road by 9am and back in the saddle again. Most of the journey was on dead straight boring roads with not very much with regard to interesting scenery but it was hot and the sun was shining so not all bad. I had the usual run out of petrol scare as usual I thought I had more than I actually did and I whizzed pass the last petrol thinking there will be one along soon guess what nope so back to the standard creeping along and waiting to see when the engine will cut out I do not know why I keep doing this as it would be less stressful just to fill up in a timely manner and stop more often but I always seem to screw myself somehow. One short part was vaguely interesting through Riding Mountain National park but that was only 60km out of 600km, the rest of which was straight flat, rough roads for the most part and it looks like it will be like this until I get across the Prairies :-(


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    Riding Mountain Nat. Park[/caption]





    Today’s culture was a stop at Elgin grain escalators. In the middle of nowhere 4 old grain escalators and the lad there gave me a grand tour of the place, as I was one of only 3 visitors that day. Nice break from the bike.


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    I am back under canvas again tonight a girl in Winnipeg VIC told me about her home town Russell that has a free campsite right in the middle of town (town? one street!) and that is where I am now typing this and watching the sun go down as it is only me and a Czech bloke called Tad here but it has slowly filled up with some RV’s This is better than some of the paid campsites I have stayed at only problem no showers so I may be a bit pongy tomorrow. I think I will head to Saskatoon tomorrow or maybe further and get this dull bit of countryside done and dusted. No hostels or cheap motels that I can find between here and Edmonton so this may mean more camping yuk and I was looking for places to buy new tyres and a service for the bike and it looks like the last place to do this in Canada is Edmonton as I cannot find anything further north than this so I will have to figure how to do all this and will I need a new set of tyres then it is difficult to judge I will definitely need a service as considering the distances I am planning to do I need to look after the kit that is going to get me there.


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    Russell to Saskatoon, Tuesday, 26 June 2012, Day 22


    the prairies[/caption]

    A good night kip I got up and it was still a bit overcast but still warm I slowly broke down my campsite and packed the bike no one around so quite and peaceful. I headed out to get some breakfast the usual at Tim’s it was a bit hot and sweaty as there was no showers at the free camping so looked a bit worse for wear as I hit the road it was interesting for a short while I saw some dear then I nearly squashed a snake that was crossing the road yuk and then the road turned into a straight flat one with very little traffic big yawn hard to focus and sticky and hot to add to me woes.


    Old car for Sale[/caption]



    So instead of looking at the scenery I start looking at the sky which is excellent and pretty however it is getting darker and darker and then before I know it I am watching a great electrical storm in the distance and the wind is picking up and blowing me all over the road mmmm should I be out in this and the chap I spoke to earlier did mention tornado warnings around Saskatoon area this morning mmm so what did I do I nailed it trying to stay ahead of the rain its was on the fine line if I was going fast enough then I would not get wet as the speed will dry the rain if it is not raining to hard eventually I decided to pull over and get the wet weather kit out and continue at a more reasonable rate to Saskatoon no point in taking any unnecessary risk and it was raining so that the roads had turned greasy and a lot of wind debris on the road so I doodled into town for the last hour.


    Dull scenery except for these every now and again[/caption]

    At least the weather made the dull route a bit livelier. I headed straight to the tourist info to try and find some cheap digs and I was debating on pushing through as weather was crap and I was wet already but they told me of place which was reasonable price and as I had a free night last night was feeling a bit more generous with the budget. So I headed there booked in and had a shower as I was a bit pongy and I headed into town as there was yet another festival this time it was a Jazz festival it is a Tuesday so a bit quite. I was there 5 minutes when they shut the whole place down due to lightning threats in the area so I head to the mall to see if I could find a food court for some cheap nosh but this is shut at 5.30pm so I found a small Vietnamese restaurant and had the days special fried beef and prawn with noodles which was good as I had not eaten since breakfast. It was now pissing down outside so not ideal for sightseeing so I headed back to the lodge and got soaked to the skin. I had to get across the river on a bridge that had a footpath on it but as the cars went past you got sprayed and there was no escape as the was no shelter and this was the only way home so was well pissed of but not a lot I could do but laugh like an idiot much to the surprise and amusement of a passer by who was also getting soaked by every passing car. I am now dry and the plan is to go to Edmonton to check out a couple of Suzuki dealers to see if they can service my bike and put a couple of new tyres on for me I am not sure if they will need some lead time but I want to check them out before letting them do any work as just looking on the internet does not always give me confidence. If they need some lead time before the service the plan B is to go and play between Jasper, Banff and Calgary until they are ready for me as there is plenty of nice countryside to rediscover as I have been in that area before and I had enjoyed it.


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  6. dean10

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    Saskatoon to Edmonton, Wednesday, 27 June 2012, Day 23


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    Its official I am a bloody idiot and what a day it feels like I have just done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. This is the toughest day since I began this trip and this is why. I got up looked out of the window and it looked like it had been raining and was damp so I slowly pulled my kit together I was glad I had not been in the tent last night and I went outside to load the bike chatting to a guy about the wind as it was a bit blustery. Me telling him I come from Holland and I am used to riding in strong winds blah blah etc. I finally hit the road and have to cross the river same bridge as I had fun with last night and it not just blustery but the wind is quite strong and it is difficult to stay in my lane oh well onward and forward I stop to fill up with petrol I have to be careful that the bike does not blow over and I decide to skip breakfast for a bit and see what the weather is going to do it is still dry but there are strong winds. I hit the road out of town and within 5 minutes I was regretting the fact that I had left the safety of Saskatoon and I was being blown all over the highway fortunately it was a 2 lane highway and I had very little traffic to contend with but the wind was horrendous so I decide to keep going struggling to get up to 100km an hour and the speed limit is 110km so for once on this trip on the right side of the law speed wise sanity wise I should not have been out there at all. I kept going just trying to get as many km under my belt as possible fighting the bike and the wind all the way I stopped looking at my instruments this was depressing 530km still to go and not any less at any speed. Then it started to rain so I tried to find shelter from the wind so that I could manage the bike and I pulled out all my wet weather gear I batten downed the hatches and I kept moving forward. After about 140km in North Battle ford I decided to stop for some food, as I needed some comfort food as I was not a happy bunny as I had been scared shitless for the last couple of hours. So Tim Horton’s for some nourishment. I took some comfort that maybe I not totally mad as I had seen 2 other motorbikes out on the road today. Time to hit the road again it was cold wet and windy and I was already knackered but I think the wind had let up a bit or I had just got used to it or I was getting hit from an another angle it seems easier not altogether pleasant but doable.

    Next incident was the usual issue that there is never a petrol station around when you wanted one and I was busting for a pee and a poo (to much info I know but the next bit you will laugh at as it is relevant) I did a 10km detour to a 1 horse village with petrol station and I rushed in and asked for the loos and then had a hilarious struggle trying to get my waterproofs, boots and leathers off while trying not to piss and shit myself it was a close call loo covered in bits of wet motorcycle gear which I had to get back into afters. I walk out after god knows how long I had been in there, there was a different girl on the till than when I first went in which was a relief as I had really dashed in like a mad man.

    I filled up the bike and hit the road again it was now dry and bit warmer and the wind had dropped or maybe I had come oblivious to it. I got to Edmonton just in time for rush hour, which was quite difficult as there where still strong gust of wind but this time with traffic to contend with. I went straight to Alberta Cycle to see about a service and new tyres for the bike and they told me to come back at 10am tomorrow and he will see if he can fit me in during the day which is excellent if this works as I was expecting not to be able to get anything done so fast.

    Next to the hostel, which unlike all the others I have been to it was remarkably full, all they had was a space in a 2-man dorm still reasonable rate though. I went to get some food and I am now writing this and reflecting on the day I just looked at the internet and it says that it was gusting with winds of 25km/hr. currently but it had been as high as 50-75 km/hr. bloody hell and there where allegedly a couple of confirmed tornadoes today in the region I should have stayed in bed I am getting to old for this ;-0

    Not many photos today as I was to busy fighting the weather and for the stats guys amongst you on average I am getting 21km per litre of fuel today it dropped to 15km per litre of fuel so it is not only me that was suffering but the bike had a tough day fighting into the wind as well so some TLC for her tomorrow.

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  7. dean10

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    Edmonton TLC for the bike, Thursday, 28 June 2012, Day 24


    serious TLC for me bike[/caption]

    A very domestic day the first thing I did was get the bike to Alberta Cycle Edmonton that opened at 10am there was a bit of queue but the guy I had spoken to yesterday said I could be served first. Cool. They where not able to do a full service at such a short notice and in such a small timeframe but they where able to do a an oil change fix a the tube from my chain lubricator and put on 2 new tyres and it would all be ready by 4pm this afternoon so you cannot get much better than that and at reasonable prices as well which was a pleasant surprise. I got the bus back to the hostel which is always exciting in a strange town as you have no idea of the route and only a vague idea of where your stop is I missed my one by one so a bit of an extra walk for me. I did my washing and while I was doing this I was researching routes to Alaska and yet I still do not have a clue. After all my domestics I wandered back into town hot sunny day and a big hills to climb I found yet another festival but before I could get into this it was nearly 4pm so had to go and pick my bike up. The question that I need to double check is there anything vitally important needed doing for the bike at the 12,000km service interval the only thing that needs replacing are the spark plugs but I think I can live with doing that for a while but I need to a double check on the internet to check for certain.



    I picked the bike up and headed back to the hostel for me tea tonight I nuked a lasagne and it is 7.30pm and I am debating whether or not to drag myself back to the free festival in town or veg in the hostel as I am still very cream crackered. I have got itchy feet so I will be hitting the road again tomorrow so this could be last chance to see Edmonton. Decisions decisions?

    Big Thank you today for Mike at Alberta Cycles Edmonton for looking after my bike and me so well at such short notice it is much appreciated.

    I ended up staying in and trying to get blogger (replacement for iWeb) to work with a dodgy Internet connection, which was a pain. It is a shame that I did not get to see more of Edmonton but I also need some down time so I cannot be out and about all of the time and it was good to have a night doing nothing much.




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    Edmonton to Grande Prairie, Friday, 29 June 2012, Day 25


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    Back in the saddle again a great day and I have finally reached the Rockies. Got out on the road at a reasonable time shame I had not seen more of Edmonton but you cannot do everything and choices need to be made. I had breakfast at Tim Horton’s and I hit the road pleasant rolling countryside so it looks like I have left the prairies behind and later just coming into Hinton my first sight of the Rockies and I knew that I had got across the prairies. I hit the road to Grande Cache and it was a wonderful winding roads with interesting scenery and I finally ended up in Grande Prairie camping again which sounds wonderful except the place is crawling with mosquitoes and the campsite for tents is miles from the loos complex I am watching the sun going down but not sure how much longer I can stand this as the mossies’ are driving me nuts its only 10pm but I may be diving in my tent to escape them!!!

    I couldn’t stand it any longer so I am hiding in my tent doing a Sudoku what an exciting life I am leading


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    Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson, Saturday, 30 June 2012, Day 26





    The surprising thing about sleeping in the tent is how well I actually do sleep so I did not wake up till 9.30am and slepped the miles to the shower complex. It had been raining and was still drizzling a bit so thought I would be packing a wet tent but it dried pretty quickly. Showers need a dollar coin to work of which I had but only one as I thought one should be more than enough but halfway through the water switched of and I was still covered in soap normally you are left with just cold water but this one stopped completely and it was miles back to the tent so I was well pissed of by now. By the time I hit the road it was 11.30am after I had some breakfast my usual at the first Tim Horton’s that I passed. The roads where straight and long as I had come out of the Rockies and was in the prairies again I guess the clue is the name of the place I was leaving but soon I hit the British Colombia border and Dawson Creek Milestone 0 of the Alaska Highway and the scenery vastly improved.


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    I got some maps and info at the visitor center so that I have a better idea on where I am going and I am all excited and I cannot wait to hit the road. Cackling and giggling to myself in my helmet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and now British Colombia at milestone 0 of the Alaska highway I have done about 9,000km already and yet it feels like this is just the beginning of the trip. Somebody at the campsite last night said the run from Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson was dull well if that was dull I can’t wait for the rest as I was well impressed even when it started to rain this could not dampen my spirits. I gained another hour coming into BC so got to Fort Nelson at about 7pm a hard day of more than 600km so the first port of call to see if there was any affordable (my budget) non camping options, unfortunately not bugger so I found a campsite in town and I am swamped with mossies’ yet again I hate the little fecker’s. I brought a little yellow bracelet today, which is supposed to keep them away for 200hrs! It did not work me thinks but what do you expect for 2 bucks. I have just finished a huge Prime Rib dinner with a bake potato that was just what I needed and I am charging my computer and updating this. I will go for a bit of a walk and see if I can get on the Internet to publish this back at the campsite and see if I can avoid the mosquitos but I think that is doubtful. It is Canada day tomorrow and there is a parade so I may hang around for that and then back on the road as the next town which is only 600km away!




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  10. YukonTracker

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    :lurk Keep it coming. Really enjoying your report!
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    Good Stuff... I think the Tim Hortons are going to be a little harder to find in your next installments...
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    i see a lot of typing in your future to get us up to date...:lurk
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    I amended your thread title to attract more readers to this epic adventure.. if you'd like it to say something else, PM me. :thumb
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    Wow. You are on one of the most scenic, and it seems practical, trips to be had for the majority of us in North America. Thanks for taking the time and effort to bring us along with your report and pictures. Looking forward to more. :clap
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    You are going to be surprised at what lengths I go to for my Tim Hortons addiction :D
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    Hi Paul lots of CTRL C and CTRL V and edit edit me thinks but promised myself I would get round to doing this when and if I had time don't you be giving the ending away :deal
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    I am just a modest English chap no need for all that razzmatazz :wings
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    Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, Sunday, 1 July 2012, Day 27


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    What a most enjoyable day I loved it I saw 7 bears 3 where a grizzly a mum and 2 cubs and the rest where either black or brown and I got some photos as well. I saw a Moose and there where Bison on the road that needed avoiding as well so from a nature perspective brill. (Joke for the day what is the difference between a buffalo and a bison?) From a scenery perspective gorgeous winding roads through forests lakes and rivers also brilliant. Weather stayed dry most of the day a few drops and a threat of rain but it never happened. It pissed down last night so the tent was wet when I got up but the sun was shining so I had a shower and got some breakfast at the campsite a weak version of Tim Horton’s. I just heard the next one is not till Whitehorse so I am having withdrawals! Tent was sort of dry so packed it anyhow as I had an appointment with the big parade that Fort Nelson was throwing as today was Canada Day. So Happy Birthday Canada, Fort Nelson is not that big and either was the parade it was charming and I enjoyed watching it some nice old cars and some very simple floats from one end of the street till the other.




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    Excellent I hit the road at about noon and had about 650km to the next big place Watson Lake that was next on my target. Beautiful day on the bike new tyres scrubbed in roads very rough in places so I had to keep my wits about me with that and all the wildlife. To fix the road here they fill large section with gravel and just let the traffic compress it over time and these are large stretches that goes on for miles and miles and in the most unexpected places so not much grip on a motorcycle especially in the corners and blind brows when you suddenly hit a patch at speed. A few brown underpants moments. Arrived at about 7.30pm after long hard drive and went to the info center in the hope of finding some cheap motel in town.

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    No joy but there was a government run campsite just out of town but no showers so another pongy day tomorrow. I went for some dinner and then headed out to the campsite where I am siting with my sleeping bag inner sheet wrapped around my head looking like an old lady but it allegedly been treated with DEAT but it does not seem to keep the fecking mossies’ at bay it looks like another early night running away from the moggies. I need a solution to them as they are bugging the shit out of me and I am covered head to toe with bites (moan over) Still its been a fantastic day and the bloody mossies’ are not going to ruin it for me. Oh yes and the punch line to the Joke of the day you can wash your hands in a Bison not in a Buffalo teehee. Oh yes I am in the Yukon who would have thought ;-)


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    Watson Lake to Whitehorse, Monday, 2 July 2012, Day 28


    Signpost Forest Watson Lake[/caption]

    It was cold in the tent last night the temperature has dropped considerably but I still managed to get a good nights sleep but it was hard getting out of me cosy sleeping bag into cold clothes. I am getting more efficient at breaking down my campsite but it is still a slow process and being eaten by mosquitoes does not aid the process but it does make me more efficient. I am heading back to Watson Lake info center as I had a coffee and film date with the nice lady there it turned out it was not only me but every one gets free coffee and the film was a 18 minute film on the Alaska Highway which was interesting I had a cookie a coffee and a mars bar for breakfast whilst watching a documentary a nice slow way to start a day. I also walked around the signpost forest for a while and it was 11.30am before I hit the road.


    Signpost Forest[/caption]


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    The scenery was a bit harsher than yesterday maybe this was because the sun was not shining but it was still very interesting. Not so much wildlife today I nearly squashed a squirrel as I left the campsite and also saw a fox on the way into Watson Lake I have seen a few of these over last couple of weeks.


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    The weather got colder and wetter as the day went on so on went the jumper and the winter glovesI will need to think about pulling out the thermals if this continues as I was just on the edge of being comfortable if it gets colder I will need more layers.

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    Whitehorse[/caption]

    I found a hostel in Whitehorse last bed going which was I relief as I was cold and wet and smelly and dirty. I had a shower and went to the supermarket to get some dinner and something against the mossies’ I am going chemical on them even if it kills me the process. Charging everything up as I have not had easy access to power and the net during the last couple of days and enjoying lashings of Jamaican Ginger Beer and chocolate biscuits burp! A day of the bike tomorrow I do hope it stops raining.
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    Whitehorse, Tuesday, 3 July 2012, Day 29


    nice hostel in Whitehorse[/caption]


    Whitehorse[/caption]

    Rest day today. I was looking forward to a night out of the tent but this turned out to be one of the noisiest rooms I have slept in for a while. Snorers, a guy having nightmare, girl above me had headphones on and you could still hear the music so a restful night it was not so maybe the tent is not that bad after all. It also never gets dark here so that is also a mind f**k as you think it still early and it turns out to be lot later than you expect. I spent the day wondering aimlessly around town I found a Tim Horton’s for breakfast and another one for afternoon tea so got my TH fix for the day. I think the attraction I have to this place other than the cinnamon rolls is that is something familiar and is the same everywhere you go so when you are on the road it is nice to have something that you know will always be constant as you move daily from place to place (How about that Sigmund Freud!) I went to see SS Klondike, which is a museum ship of one of the old steamboats that used to work between Whitehorse and Dawson City on the Yukon run by Park Canada so my discovery card got me in I am not sure if I got full value form it yet so I will have to find a few more of these places to ensure I get me monies worth plus they are fascinating and interesting place to visit. Its 11.30pm and it still light weird but must go to bed hitting the road again tomorrow destination Dawson City I cannot wait.


    SS Klondike[/caption]



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