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Thursday, 4 August 2011
Aug 3 Day 33 Chicken, AK to Dawson City, YT
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We took 4 hours to do the 110 miles of gravel and pot holes with a little pavement here and there on the Top of the World Highway. The highest elevation is 4,200 ft just past the border; most of the time we were at 3,000 ft. just below the tree line. As you move higher you get above the tree line and have gorgeous views of the streams and valleys. The road is only open in the summer so the border crossing is just a few small buildings on either side. Just after the boarder, we caught the caribou crossing the road and climbing the hill. At the end of the highway, there is a ferry crossing of the Yukon River at Dawson City. Dawson was a major port on the Yukon River which runs south to Whitehorse and west to the Bering Sea. It's the Mississippi River of the North. The river is very swift running at 7 mph. The ferry does a controlled crash on each side of the river to stop. A front end loader is constantly building a place for the ferry to load and unload. Dawson is an amazing place built for the gold rush at the turn of the 19thcentury. You are truly moving back in time as you walk the unpaved roads on board walks. We had a very good dinner at motorcycle friendly Klondike Kate's Cabins.

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Posted on 08/04/2011 2:36 AM by Bob Duthie
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