The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    onto the Klondike Highway, which follows the Klondike River west to where it empties into the Yukon River at Dawson City.

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    The whole area has been turned into a tourist attraction for the Olde Timey Gold Mining era, but frankly, aside from the rehabbed buildings, it's kind of a SuperFund site.

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    along each side of the road, there are big piles of slag, and toxic cess pools left over from the mining days.

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    It would be one thing if this were held up as an example of how NOT to rape the environment, but it was being celebrated via Yukon's "Discovery Day" holiday weekend.

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    Meanwhile, it's hot as blazes, we're trying to find liquor and gas and groceries, and we're both getting hungry and thirsty and tired...

    :dog
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    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Heh....
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Seemed quaint,

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    and under other circumstances I could see spending some time,

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    but we had an agenda, it was getting late in the day, and we still had some miles to cover if we were to get to our destination.

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    Besides, we just weren't in the mood to have to deal with holiday tourists

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    and closed liquor stores. :becca

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    So when we had to backtrack to get gas, only to find that the bathroom was out of order... well...

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    :kboom
    Meltdown.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    'Ole Hull 159...

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    The ride was notable only for the ferry worker chatting up the Betty in the car behind us, :brow

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    and the squeegee guy cleaning everyone's mirrors for tips. :dunno

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    It felt good to be moving again on the other side, climbing out of the valley into cooler air.

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    (small print explains the time change crossing the border). :doh
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    sorry.

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    Morale improved substantially. Trust me on that one.

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    Top of the World Highway:

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    :thumb

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    :D
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    all you gotta do is...

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    alternated between gravel and paved,

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    we could see our right turn approaching on the GPS

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    and then we saw the road we wanted as a cut in the trees:

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we met this ADV guy who's name neither of us can remember. :doh

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    he's from British Columbia and was visiting his brother who is working in the area. We had a nice chat. He was out exploring on his own, and gave us the 411 on the road out to the camp, townsite and mine.

    Again, if anyone recognizes him, send our regards! :wave

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and the road straight away narrows and becomes a bit more deteriorated and grown in...

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    :D
  10. DR. Rock

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    or are we just hungry?

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    augh! A cliffhanger!
  12. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Ahhh and a cliff hanger it is...you just wait.....:evil:eek1:huh:webers:freaky:lol3
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    you're just being evil.... :evil :lol3 :deal
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of three washouts... :eek1

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    :lol3
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    water crossing... :eek1

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    :rolleyes

    How could you miss that sign?
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    shadows getting long.

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    :wink:
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    section: crazy, just crazy.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the end of the road, there was a little parking area, and these signs:

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    Just beyond that, was a shack with a lovely front porch,

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    and these two guys who were working on the restoration project who gave us instructions on how to get to the campsite.

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    Not a bad view... it's the Yukon River. They were lamenting on how with the Top of the World being closed, the canoe trips had all been canceled.

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    so we got back on the bikes, and headed along the river bank.

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    Coming up... Nachtflug makes a guest appearance. :wink:
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    who had apparently taken a couple of French tourists up the river in his little motorboat. The old prospector / guide looked a dead-ringer for Nacht. I kid you not. In his scraggly beard phase. Is that still going on?

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    The Frenchmen looked so out of place and a little freaked out. :huh
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    where we'd stopped was the town site. Joe, the caretaker was in his hut with a wood stove burning. He had us sign the guest book, and told us there was firewood out at the campsites on the point.

    Back on the bikes a bit further. And we were there.

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    We wasted no time getting some appetizers on the table, water filtered, and fire burning -- the bugs were a bit thick.

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