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.

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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.

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We were first to board among big gigantic motorhomes.

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While crossing thought I would show my burnt finger and how I am really trying to keep it clean to avoid infection.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Just goes on and on.

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Some pavement

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Not sure what we could say about these pictures so I will keep my mouth shut.

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OK this picture above is just an amazing view of what this road is all about.  Being on Top of the World.

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we did not take this road today.  Winking smile

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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.

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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.

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This snow looked like foam

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One more about today, was the first day we actually felt some heat from the sun.

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And look here we made it to ALASKA! The most northern border crossing.  It has a population of 2.

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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.

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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”

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Inside the store

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Doug, Shel, Brad & Teri this is for you!

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I guess when you live in a place where there is really nothing to do you shoot up cars.

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Smelly out house and she is not faking the look.

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On the way down close to Chicken we got to see this

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How awesome to be so close

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what a beauty!

Then around the bend, we were here….CHICKEN, Alaska!

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Our traveling buddies!

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The rain came soon after but only lasted about 20 mins.

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So we got a bite to eat and then headed to set up camp.

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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.

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Pretty flowers all over this place

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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!

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The Dredge! There is gold here we think!

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Tons of barn swallow nests living on the Dredge.  very cool and lot’s of babies being fed.

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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.

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19 Comments

  1. Devon (DWS) says:

    Did you meet the entire population of Poker Creek?

  2. Michelle says:

    Have really enjoyed your trip!!! Definately on my list of ‘things to do’.

  3. K says:

    Be careful with that burn. Sterilize it, and keep it covered. I had a small burn on my wrist once, from brushing against a hot head pipe, that started developing into septicemia several days later because I didn’t treat it properly. No one wants your gnarly journey to turn into a dash to the nearest hospital.

  4. Howard Millichap (blacktiger) says:

    Are these campsites you’re using secure from bears and the like?

  5. Mike Tettenborn says:

    You girls rock!

    We met just as you got off the Dempster after riding through 100’s of km’s of snot and we were about to start.

    Thanks to you and to others for your advice in riding the Dempster when it is wet. We kept it slow when it was raining and did not go down. Had to stand on the pegs most of the way from Engineer’s creek to Eagle Plains. That stretch it did rain and was the hardest ride of my life. 150 km of snot and peg riding took about 4 hours.

    The rest of the Dempster was dry and we zipped through it and enjoyed the most incredible ride of our lives.

    Now back home in Ontario and planning the next adventure ride.

    Cheers!

    Mike (tett) Tettenborn.

    P.S. I have a kid with Autism and will be checking your site out in detail

    • advgrrls says:

      I totally missed you comment when you posted this back in July. great you had a safe trip up the Dempster. Yeah when that road is wet it can take a few years off your life if you are not patient. Glad you made it home safe and as always we are planning as well how to entertain ourselves next year. Only to have more time eh? Hope all is well and you get this message.

  6. advgrrls says:

    Reblogged this on Cheryl & Leslie's Motorcycle Adventures and commented:

    Going to reblog some posts from when we started this blog. We have way more followers and to make navigating a little easier reposting from the past will help the newbies get to see where we went and where we will go! Enjoy!

  7. Kevin Brent says:

    Wow… awesome pictures. Even the out house…lol

  8. Kevin Brent says:

    Reblogged this on World Events and commented:
    These ladies really do some serious traveling, and on motorcycles. They see some incredible places and sights and share them with their readers her on WordPress.

  9. gpcox says:

    Found your site thru Kevin Brent, excellent photos.

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