That bloody bear from the Dalton showed up last night, beat me around the head, messed up all my stuff and shat in my mouth before leaving. This morning was a groggy start at best, but at least the shopkeeper who works in every shop in Dawson seemed to find the sight of a comatose idiot with his stuff strewn along the side of the road amusing.
We eventually wobbled the bikes out of town and managed to ride the 340 odd miles to Whitehorse. Thankfully there was no wildlife to report today as this would have no doubt ended up in the cashing of medical insurance policies.
Quiet bivi tonight on a road construction site. Much needed. Mav out.
Had a good sleep last night, only disruption came from a weasel (or something else?) biting at my hair in the middle of the night... I pulled my sleeping bag over my head and went back to sleep.
Today we updated the website first thing at an internet café in Whitehorse then stocked up with food and hit the road at around midday heading for Watson Lake, on the way we stopped at a small service station where we were greeted by a real nice owner who gave us free coffee and advice on a cracking wee camping spot by the lake.
No excitement today although both George and I seem to be loving every mile we ride.
We have been on the road a week now and I can honestly say that it (the riding/roads/country's and people) is all I had hoped it would be.
Roll on tomorrow.
Hit BC at some point toady and discovered more free coffee, just as well with the dehydration induced from the chicken poulet noodle breakfast. Bears were the order of the day, lots of the buggers including cubs. These were the black variety and judging by how small they were in comparison the the one spotted on the Dalton; that one was probably more likely to be brown. Anyway, we didn't make it to Hyder before dark so have to sleep with them; and I may also find out if they indeed do what I need to in the woods tomorrow.
Broke out the emergency instant fire kit tonight, everything now stinks of smoke.
300 miles ish
Well, it rained all night and all our camping gear is now wet, I think both of our bivi bags leak.
We rode down as far as Stewart which is just this side of the border, decided not to go to Hyder as it was still pouring with rain and we could not see anything anyway, plus the fact Hyder was a dead end and also in Alaska which was another border crossing and all that just to see more rain... we could not be bothered.
So we headed towards Prince George, on the way we saw another black bear and then a big Grizzly fishing for Salmon, the river was full of Salmon so when the bear wondered off for a nap I sharpened a stick and had a go at catching one for lunch.
It seemed a good idea at the time but half an hour later with wet feet and no lunch I gave up.
We are now just north of Prince George and are camping in a lay by, should be nice getting out of my wet boots and into a wet sleeping bag, mmmm
We have been keeping a close eye on our rear tyres since we rode the Dalton last week and they are about bald now, I am hoping to make it to Calgary before buying a new one, so that is about 1200-1500 miles, im not sure as we dont have a map and of course our sat nav broke on day1.
Whilst on the subject of gear, both our helmets sun visors are playing up, We have not been able to get our autocom bike to bike radios working, £250 worth of gear and its SHIT, its only worked for a few days in Europe last year and never since. Oh and 2 out of 6 latches on my new boots have broken.
Health wise we have decided that one meal a day is not good enough as we have been real tired since leaving Dawson, so we will make an effort for breakfast from now on.
My leg is holding up well and is giving me no pain hardly, it was more problem sitting on the tractor at home. My shoulder is sore though, it starts hurting after a couple hundred miles but not much I can do about that so its fine.
George couldnt trust his farts for a couple of days last week but has not mentioned it for a while so I guess its ok again now.
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