After replacing my clutch in Teslin, the scoot held together for the remaining push to Whitehorse. The city remains one of my favorite in the north, not too big and not too small at 30k residents. Surprisingly, the food prices are quite affordable so I stocked up on granola bars and kippered herring for the Klondike Hwy.
While in Whitehorse, I messaged my friend Bastjan who lives in town. He invited me over to catch up and do a little laundry. Dinner at Boston Pizza was my first meal at an establishment since crossing into Canada! The Slovenian cheese and pumpkin oil he shared was a real treat and he wouldn't let me leave without some dehydrated camp meals. Thanks buddy for your amazing hospitality and generosity.
The ride on the Klondike Highway started wet and cool but improved as the long daylight hours progressed. Fellow rider Aaron from New Zealand and I had been crossing paths since Prince George and finally camped together on Tatchun Creek and the Yukon River. A fish camp down on the water made for a perfect site to weather a wet zero mile day. It was fun hearing his stories from the ride up from Argentina on his Ktm 500. With his collapsing rod, he hooked a big Enacanum (?) Similar to a whitefish which we prepared on the campfire for breakfast.
The rain had mostly cleared out yesterday so I pushed on for Dawson, deciding to camp at 50 mi short of town. Curling into my hammock at 9pm, the sun still shone brightly and I tried to put those two large brown bear I saw on the highway out of my mind. I awoke at 4am to something nearby and startled a lynx that was perhaos 20 feet away stalking me. I scared it off but later got a clear look at the bob-tailed cat within close proximity. A real treat but good juice to get packing and make some miles. The Dempster Hwy is on tap next where the gravel crosses the Arctic Circle. Catch ya'll on my way back down!
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 69'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.