On Top of the World–171.1 KM (Dawson City to Chicken, AK)
July 10th 2011
What better way to start the day off with a tiny little ferry ride from Dawson City to the other side of the Yukon. This ferry seems to be a vital mode of transportation for anyone wanting to head to the Top of The World “Highway” to Chicken, Tok and then back to the Alaska Highway.
Waiting only took about 10 mins. This is their fancy ramp made of the same crap they use for their roads. JK. it’s all good.
We were first to board among big gigantic motorhomes.
While crossing thought I would show my burnt finger and how I am really trying to keep it clean to avoid infection.
Nice burn I got but it looks worse then it is. That is old second skin on there just dirty. Oh yeah I am supposed to be keeping it clean.
Getting off the other side. Just want to make note here. We have videos to post but never have we had enough wifi power to load them up. I am falling behind but one day will get my act together and get some up soon I hope.
We saw this sign over and over and over again. Thank the weather Lords that we actually had a nice day to ride this beautiful road and it only rained on us when we hit Chicken. Yeah us!
Those are clouds among the hills, mountains and valleys. This road is absolutely dead gorgeous and actually really fun to ride. However, once again if it were raining on us like the Dempster I would imagine this would be a very long 171 KM.
We have been off pavement more than we have ever have in our ADV riding “careers”. Seriously we are doing really well and have become much better riders since June 30th when we left.
Views and more views. I could have taken a million pictures today but I hope the next few you get the idea of what you could see if you came up here or what we just saw.
Just goes on and on.
Not sure what we could say about these pictures so I will keep my mouth shut.
OK this picture above is just an amazing view of what this road is all about. Being on Top of the World.
we did not take this road today.
Some daily cloud pictures. I am sure by now you know I have a thing with clouds. The dark one’s hit us in Chicken of course.
lot’s of pot holes up here and what I would call decent jumps for motorcycles. I almost bit the dirt when a big heave came up on me when I was not paying attention. Cheryl said I looked as though I was going down but didn’t.
This snow looked like foam
One more about today, was the first day we actually felt some heat from the sun.
And look here we made it to ALASKA! The most northern border crossing. It has a population of 2.
Waiting our turn. We were not sure how this crossing would go. we have Ontario plates, no insurance in our name really, BC license etc…but went smoothly because Cheryl did the talking and not me. Cheryl says I say too much to border guards and confuse them.
we came across this little tiny miner hang out that had gas, beverages, out houses that were very smelly and real hippy dippy dudes who said they were miners running the “store”
Inside the store
Doug, Shel, Brad & Teri this is for you!
I guess when you live in a place where there is really nothing to do you shoot up cars.
Smelly out house and she is not faking the look.
On the way down close to Chicken we got to see this
How awesome to be so close
what a beauty!
Then around the bend, we were here….CHICKEN, Alaska!
Our traveling buddies!
The rain came soon after but only lasted about 20 mins.
So we got a bite to eat and then headed to set up camp.
I feel sort of rich since this is the first time we are dipping into our US cash. Won’t last long I know. Hey, here are some facts about Alaska for the more rural area. No income tax, no property tax, no sales tax. There are over 600,00 residents in Alaska.
Pretty flowers all over this place
cute campground with nice smelling out houses! Chicken Creek Outpost! Met the owner nice guy but I do not think we got his name. Stop by his campground if you are in this neck of the back woods!
The Dredge! There is gold here we think!
Tons of barn swallow nests living on the Dredge. very cool and lot’s of babies being fed.
Getting to the end of this report. We are both pretty eat, me especially since I have been getting about 4 hours sleep a night. So, last few pics and we will be off to Fairbanks in the morning.