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 Cindie's Daily Journal: Yukon, Canada

Beaver Creek to Junction 37, Yukon, Canada (July 14 - 29, 2008)


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July 14 Beaver Creek to Snag Junction Campground 22 km. We had a lot of bike work to do this morning and it kept us from getting on the road early again, that was probably a good thing because an hour and a half after we left Beaver Creek the skies opened up again.

We were in luck, we were near Snag Junction Campground and it even had a cooking shelter that we made use of.  We met a group of Germans and we had a huge gathering for dinner.  It sure beat being on the side of the road.

July 15 Snag Junction to Km 1916 100 km.   The morning was sunny and the wind was behind us.  We were cruising along when out of the corner of my eye I saw movement.  I looked over and saw a momma grizzly bear and her two cubs. She was across the road and up a rock slope, the cubs were eating berries from the bushes.  Momma didn't see us stopped on the road but I did notice when she smelled us.  She put her nose in the air and stared right at us.  The cubs ignored us and traveled on so momma was not too concerned with us either, Tim caught some great footage on the camera and it will be showing up on his new Alaska and Canada video.  Now that the book is done he has time for video again.

I can't say I wasn't a little scared but we kept our distance and everything worked out just fine.

July 16 Km 1916 to Destruction Bay 73 km. We expected the Alcan to be really busy this time of year but traffic is light and some places have told us that tourism is down 80%. Well we saw the reaction to this and the high gas prices today.  We passed three no maybe four places that were closed.  We later learned the lack of tourism and the price of diesel put quite a few businesses under.  It wasn't just he lone RV park either, it was the entire Kluane Wilderness Village.

We rode on to Burwash Landing and had lunch, it was a little disheartening when the waitress didn't give me the proper change.  For some reason the place just didn't feel right so we slogged on in the head wind to Destruction Bay. The RV Park wanted to charge 10 dollars per person for a piece of ground covered in gravel and in the wind. We decided to look around and found Talbot Arm Motel, where we could dry camp for free behind the hotel. The people were nice and very accommodating, we decided to stay the night and spent our money here.

July 17.  The wind was gale force again so we decided to take a day off the road and catch up on laundry and computer work. There is free wireless here, it is great to be in North America where the grizzly, moose and wireless run free.

July 18 Destruction Bay to Sulphur Lake 63 km We were greeted in the morning with a stiff head wind, the locals said the wind would die down at the end of Kluane Lake so we pushed on thinking things would get better. Then we hit the construction zone and it took us over a hour and a half to get through.  This always breaks up the rhythm of the ride.  Back on the road we could have pulled over at Kluane Base Camp but decided to push on because it wasn't raining. Well we fought the headwind all the way up the passes, finally we made it.  We set up camp and watched a beaver build it's dam while we ate dinner. We also heard wolves howling in the night.  A nice peaceful place to spend the evening.

July 19 Sulphur Lake to Pine Campground 49 km More head winds with rain and sleet to the point where I felt like I was being pushed backwards, we knew once we were over Bear Summit it would be a nice downhill to Haines Junction, well almost all downhill, it was so cold on the way down I felt like a Popsicle. We found a great bakery in town, had lunch and got on line to check a few things. Earlier in Destruction Bay we had posted to a bike forum that we had completed our second book and were back on the road in Alaska.  You would think that other bike touring cyclists like ourselves would be interested in our book or just plain ignore it.  That is when we saw the nasty posts, we were called shills, freeloaders, our web site was ugly and my blog was boring. Ok not in all one post but in a combination of many. There were a few good ones in there but they were trampled by the trolls. We were really bummed to read all the nasty comments and responded the best we could by apologizing and moving on, we chose not to engage anyone and hoped the whole issue would drop.

July 20 Pine Campground to Rest Area 90 km. The provincial parks in the Yukon are stellar, nice camping areas with a table, cook shelters, and firewood.  We set up camp about 6 km from town and tried to dry everything.  The weather has been wet, windy and miserable. Today however, we had an awesome tailwind and we cruised along, a pleasant change.

July 21 Rest Area to Robert Service Campground, White horse 62 km It was mostly a tailwind today and around town the wind swirled around us, we were in town early enough to stop at the bike shop to pick up some derailleur cable. I popped into walmart, a haven't seen one in years and that was in China, picked up a few things and set up camp at the Robert Service campground.  It has wireless but our computer is getting old, our wireless is acting up, we get bumped off all the time, Canada is not the place to fix this so we will limp our way down to the lower 48 where things cost less.

July 22 - 24 White horse. I had plans to do some work with the book, online stuff and marketing letter.  Not my favorite thing to do but books don't sell by themselves. We spent a lot of time in the White Horse Library, and a good thing too because it rained on and off.  Summer does not appear to be coming anytime soon.

While in Whitehorse I started getting back pain that moved from my spine around to my front.  I thought I was just sleeping wrong or not use to sleeping on the ground. I also felt run down but that is a bit normal when getting in shape again. So I thought

July 25 Whitehorse to Wolf Creek Campground 17 km. Being fully loaded slowed us down and we got out of town late.  Again the weather didn't help much, it was raining again so when we saw Wolf Creek we stayed the night and once again pitched the tent in the rain and made dinner in the cook shelter.  Really nice place.  I collected wood from a number of places and must have gotten a spider bite on my back because I had a few bumps on the lower left side of my back.

July 26 Wolf Creek Campground to Squanga Lake Campground 94 km.  We stopped near swan lake to have lunch and when Tim stepped around a tree to go to the bathroom I went back to my bike to put some food away.  When I did I about came face to face with a large black bear, he was so close that I could see the whites of his eyes. I yelled to Tim, so much for being calm, Tim Tim a bear. Calm cool collected Tim, immediately said to me, everything will be all right calm down.  By this time the bear was off in another direction.  I try to stay alert for bears but they seem to take me by surprise every time.

Boy did I feel tired at the end of the day.

July 27 Squanga Lake Campground to Teslin Lake Campground 59 km. Augghh!  the head winds were tough and the rain showers were relentless, we had to choice but to push on.  Luckily we made it to Teslin Lake Campground and made a fire in the cook shelter.  I was so worn out I took a nap.  I am beginning to think that something is wrong with me. I had Tim take a photo of my back and show me. When I saw it I realized that I did not have spider bits but something else.  Then I remembered my little sister Darlene telling me that she had shingles.

We rode on into Teslin.

July 28 Teslin Lake Campground to Teslin 17 km. We arrived in Teslin and went to the restaurant and used their free wifi to look up shingles, I saw the photos and knew that is what I had.  Luckily Teslin had a medic center and I went there before they closed.  I had to pay for treatment up front first, to see the doctor I had to pay $450 CN, yikes, I am back in North America, it is much more reasonable in Australia and New Zealand. whow.  But there are some things that are worth money and that is my health.  The doctor confirmed that I had shingles and prescribed an anti viral  and hydrocortisone cream.

We met Stu and Kathy and their granddaughter at the campground, when they found out that we were going the same way they offered us a ride. Wow, I never thought about getting a ride, I tossed and turned about whether or not to take the ride and then I realized that we do not have any reason not to. We knew it would save us three days of head winds and we could stretch our food longer.

July 29 Teslin to Junction 37 turnoff - 240 km.  We were not a pedalin today.  Kathy and Stu loaded us up quite easily and we were down the road in style.  It was certainly a different perspective of the road, enjoyable to.  We were dropped off at Junction 37 and stayed at the campground.  Tim fell asleep in the front seat as the wipers cleared the rain from the windshield


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INDEX #6: Alaska, Canada, and USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present


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Alaska, USA
Valdez, Alaska to Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada (July 1 - 13, 2008)

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- Valdez Alaska, USA: home of the oil pipeline
- Valdez to Glenallen, Alaska
- Glennallen, Tok, Alaska to Beaver Creek Canada


 Yukon, BC, Canada

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- Canadian Border- Beaver Creek to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
- Northern (BC) British Colombia, Canada
- Bob Bell II to Prince Rupert British Columbia, Canada
- Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada


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- Bicycle Touring in Washington State on the Adventure Cycling route and maps
- Oregon #1: Pacific Coast bicycle touring route
- Oregon: #2 Pacific Coast Bicycle touring
- Northern California and the Red Woods National Park
- Northern California #2, Red Wood National Park and avenue of the Giants scenic drive
- Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and the wine vineyards
-San Francisco Bay Area
- Phil Wood bicycle hub Factory
- San Jose to Santa Cruz, California.
- Santa Cruz to Oxnard, California


Arizona
Tucson/Yuma to Jacob's Lake, USA

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Computer Crash and Selling Books at El Tour De Tucson
Return to America
Winter Break in the Arizona Desert
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- Tucson City and El Tour De Tucson Bicycle Expo
- Winter Break in Yuma Arizona
- Yuma to Phoenix Arizona
- Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Why and Ajo, Arizona
- Phoenix to Prescott to Flagstaff
- Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park
-Grand Canyon NP to Jacobs Lake the Utah border


Utah

Kanab to Monticello, USA (May 2009)

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- Kanab to Bryce Canyon, Utah
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Bryce Canyon to Torry, Utah on Adventure Cycling's Western Express
- Capital Reef National Park to Lake Powell National Recreation Area
- Lake Powell to Blanding and Monticello, Utah on Adventure Cycling's Western Express


Colorado
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- Delores to Telluride, Colorado on Adventure Cycling Western Express
- Telluride to Montrose to Monarch Pass, Colorado
- Monarch Crest Pass, Salida, Pueblo
- Pueblo to Sheridan Lakes, Colorado and the Kansas border


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- Colorado Border, Tribune, Kansas on Adventure Cycling Trans-America Bicycle Touring Trail
- Fort Larned, Kansas
- Scott City, Kansas to the Prairie Grasslands National Monument and the green Flint Hills
- Council Grove, Manhattan, University of Kansas to the Nebraska boarder
- Nebraska


Bicycle Touring in the Mid West: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario

(July - August, 2009)

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- RAGBRAI Bike Ride Across Iowa
- Cycling in Indiana
- Ohio: bicycle touring on Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier
- Ontario Canada, Bicycle Touring Lake Erie Coast, Canada


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- Niagara to Ithaca On the Erie Canal bicycle touring trail and Tow Path
- Ithaca to Fort Stanwix in Rome, upstate New York
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- Rome to New York City - NYC
- Bicycle Touring in New York City NYC
- Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York City NYC
- 9/11 Trinity Church near the Twin Towers Terrorist Attack Site Under Construction
- Wall Street and the Manhattan Financial District in New York City
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liberty Bell, Independence Hall on the C&O Canal Tow Path Bike Trail.
- Valley Forge National Park and Historic Site through the Amish lands to York and Gettysburg
- Gettysburg National Historic Site and Civil War Battlefield Park #1
- Bicycle Touring in Gettysburg National Park and Civil War Historic Battle Field Site.
- Gettysburg - York - Maryland - DC
- Washington DC District of Colombia Capital of the USA United States of America
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC


1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
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