Dawson City

 

A pretty restored gold rush town, nestled at the junction of the Klondike and yukon Rivers.

WE nearly froze getting here and then the sun came out and I was still basking in a rude state behind glass at 11pm. We are just beyond the 64th parallel and this settlement of 1000 perminant residents is a tough place to be in winter with access roads closed for 7 to 8 months, the river able to be driven on for 6 months and mushing the favourite winter activity. The men are gorgeous with full beards and that rugged appeal, driving utes with kennels on the back and being followed by white/grey huskys with blue eyes.

Went to see HUGE dredge No4 10 miles out of town and did a bit of unsuccessful gold panning. Nearly bought a nice fur hat but 100% polyester and made in China was a turn off. Had the first nice coffee for a week or two also.
Tomorrow we set off across the top of the world highway to Tok in Alaska. Gravel and rough in the wet but a nice compacted surface if it dries out.

I feel the odd “man” out here as lots of these keen blokes ride into town on their bikes after doing their adventure rides and I’m yet to find a fellow “girl” to talk to about issues that the men just don’t get.

Must away to the bar for a nightcap. Gareth is asleep the sun shines in the window, nearly 11pm.

Write me please anyone.

Jo

7 Responses to Dawson City

  1. SEAN June 30, 2006 at 8:10 pm #

    YOUR LAST SENTENCE SOUNDS A LITTLE DESPERATE. I FOLLOWED LAST YEARS SILK RIDERS TRIP AND NOW THIS ONE. I FIND IT FASCINATING AND THINK YOU GUYS ARE GREAT. LOVE TO READ THE TALES AND OBSERVATIONS. KEEP IT UP. WONDERFUL TO HEAR OF ALL THE KIWIS SCATTERED THROUGH THE WILDERNESS.

  2. Ron Melville July 1, 2006 at 4:16 pm #

    Garth & Co Good to read your comments. Am surprised you are finding it so cold at this time of year up there. My cousins from Calgary and I drove up to the 60th parallel in July 2002. Went as far as Watson Lake, Yukon. It was 28C, very pleasant but the moskiters (as called by Canadians) were viscious. So only covered up because of them. It was daylight enough to go walkiing around the lake at 9.30pm and it was still twighlight at 12.15 when I went to sleep. If you are coming back via Fort Nelson, BC see if you can catch the Alaska Highway museum. Enjoy yourselves, Ron

  3. Fionna Hill July 1, 2006 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi Jo,
    I am so enjoying following your journey. I think I may have become a Worldbybike Groupie!

    I loved the photo of the Grizzly with cubs, Gareth’s interview with Paul Holmes this week and MOD’s with Brian Crump a couple of weeks ago.

    Enjoyed Silkriders and looking forward to the next book. I will be thinking of you all at the ‘top of the world’.

    Hello to MOD and Gareth.
    Cheers Fionna

  4. Ann Clausen July 1, 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi guys Its great to hear you have been in the Yukon and experienced the Westburg hospitality It would be great for Roger to catch up with Judy. I have been lucky to stay with them to.Hope you didnt get eaten with the mosquitos. Or buy a carved gold panner We nearly did but turned it over to see it had been carved in Our Arrow town. Do not know you Jo but Hi to you and especially Roger

  5. ken pratley July 2, 2006 at 11:10 am #

    Still enjoying reading about your travels. I followed your journey along the silk road, bought the book and sue & I found it fascinating as have the members of the book group I have lent it too.
    Regards Ken

  6. Paul & Sandra Bevin July 3, 2006 at 9:28 pm #

    Great to hear your stories & see your pix Jo. Sorry to hear your feeling lonely amongst all them boys. I can understand you heading to the bar with G asleep. ‘Bars’ of all kinds can be dangerous up there I hear so take care. Things are going to plan with us & I should have news shortly on the next stage.
    Love P & S

  7. Tim Udy July 4, 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    I am really enjoying your pictures and comments. Can’t stop looking at your site when I get on the net. First wet day in Palmy after a string of frosts, more snow due country wide this evening. Cheers to you all from here in Anders road Palmerston North and safe riding.

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