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explores Canada's Yukon Territory, continuing across the Top of
the World Highway into Alaska, and ends in Anchorage. The Yukon
Territory has about 1/3 the population density of Alaska, and is
a vast empty land of forests mountains and huge rivers. The
roads are paved, yet in a rougher manner than usual. This is
not an easy tour. The daily mileages average 75, and there are
many options for centuries available.
The rewards, however, are great! The
biking is fantastic, the scenery magnificent , and most of the time is
spent on some of the most remote paved roads in North America!
Standard mileages are long, but the van is available for any who want a
Day 1: We meet in Skagway, orient
ourselves, and have a ball in this scenic, well preserved, gold rush town.
We get on our bikes, and cycle to the Gold Rush Graveyard,
and to the start of the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea Total
cycling: about 15 miles.
Day 2: After breakfast, we van fifteen miles to the top
of White Pass. From the top of White Pass, we
begin our ride to 'the lakes' through some of the most
amazing scenery in the world. we pass through the Canadian Customs station at Frasier,
and continue to bicycle down from the pass along a magnificent string of
alpine lakes into the Yukon Territory. Riding distance
67 miles. (The
aggressive can take the opportunity to get in 15 'bonus
miles, by cycling up White Pass The first four miles
Day 3: From
Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, we van to the 'marge of
Lake LaBarge' where we start bicycling north on the Klondike
highway. We stop for lunch at Braeburn lodge where we
witness ... and consume... some amazingly large
food. We continue riding through the vast
uninhabited Yukon interior to Carmacks. Riding distance
Day 4: We cycle along
the banks of the mighty Yukon River. The road offers an
excellent view of Five Fingers Rapids, where a rocky canyon
breaks the river into five channels. This was a major
navigational hazard for the stampeders! Our ride for the day
ends at Pelly Crossing Riding
distance 65 miles.
Day 5: We cycle north from
through the hills and forests. The road moves away from the
Yukon River the next few days, entering a trackless and
largely uninhabited wilderness. The Yukon is home to some
mighty rivers, and we cross two of them today; the Pelly
River, and the Stewart River. We divert to the east on
the 'Silver Trail' and spend the night in the village of
Mayo.. Riding distance 80 miles.
A possible century day as we ride into Dawson City. The first
half of the day winds on primitive, but paved highway,
through a land of hills and lakes. The road is
increasing in altitude, but winding through so much varied
terrain, you are scarcely aware of the gradual climb...
We reach the Tantina Trench 40 miles from Dawson and take in
a beautiful view north across the valley to the Richardson
Mountains far to the North. The next 40 miles are all
downhill... Rapidly we descend to the Klondike river,
and then continue along its banks the rest of the way into
Dawson City, Riding distance: up to 100 miles.
Day 7: Dawson City!
Destination of the gold rush of '98 Dawson was once home for
30,000! Now only 1500 remain through the winter. Many of the
original buildings remain, along with a multitude of shops,
eateries, and other attractions. We take a Van ride to
Bonanza Creek in the morning where we try our luck at
panning for gold. You can actually wet your feet at the
Junction of Bonanza and Eldorado creeks, once the most
valuable address in the world! In the evening we visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's - the first legal casino gambling house in Canada,
and see show with the northernmost Can-Can dancers in the
Day 8: The Top of
the World Highway! We take the ferry across the Yukon River
(We have now gone too far to be able to expect a bridge!)
And start up the Top of the World Highway. It is 66 miles
from Dawson to The Alaskan Border, and it is not an easy
start. From the ferry landing the road immediately climbs
steeply over 1500 feet. It crests a long line of ridges
that take us all the way to the border. We spend
the night in Tok Alaska. 20 - 50 miles of bike
Day 9: We take a scenic bike ride
along the Tok Cutoff as we head into Anchorage. The
enormous volcanoes of the Wrangell mountains on the left,
and the Alaska Range on our right. up to 50 miles bike
riding.nto the Copper River Valley. We finish up
with a van ride into Anchorage, stopping in Eagle River for
an emotional Pizza Party!