25-26 July – Days 3 and 4
Beaver Creek, Yukon to Whitehorse, Yukon
Distance: 446kms then 0kms
Whitehorse is the biggest city in the state of Yukon. We’ve decided to stay here for two nights and have a day off the bike which will be nice. Whitehorse has a good vibe to it and I was looking forward to having a bit of a look around… including at the 5km walking track around the Yukon River that starts and ends downtown.
After getting soaked on the way here (again! – Adrian was literally pouring water out of his gloves when we stopped for a break/hot drink/chance to warm up), we were definitely heading for a motel of some kind rather than a campsite. There were quite a few hotels in town, and quite a few of those had motorbikes parked out the front. We picked one that looked good (and had a heap of bikes out front – including one group of four or six bikes from China travelling with a support vehicle, complete with spare tyres on the roof racks!!) – and it was booked out. As was the second one we checked. Third time lucky though, and we’ve got ourselves a nice albeit older motel in the downtown area.
Half the population of Yukon live in Whitehorse – so it’s definitely a regional centre, with all the things that go along with that… like nice cafes, and an interesting gallery etc! We didn’t do too much that first afternoon other than walk the four or so blocks of the city to check it out before finding a Mexican place for dinner… we figured we may as well start getting our tastebuds in; we’ll be in Mexico before we know it! We then went to a bar that was having an open mike night. It seemed like there were heaps of locals there – and we got to hear some Yukon ukulele and country singing. Actually, it was pretty good.
Today we’ve moseyed around… if you can use ‘mosey’ to include a 10+km walk along the Yukon River up to the Whitehouse Dam wall. The most interesting thing about the dam is the fish ladder build alongside the wall so salmon can swim upstream and ‘climb’ over the dam wall to get to their spawning grounds. We’re a week too early for the salmon – it was still impressive though. We also made time to personally inspect and test the two best looking cafes in town.
Adrian has also put a coat of silicone on the inside of each pannier… it turned out the heavy rain on the way here didn’t just drench us and wash the bike; it also saturated the contents of one of our panniers. BMW pannier fail.