Tuesday, June 30, 2009

AK '09 - Day 10

Last night was probably the best night's sleep I've had yet. The phone alarm went off at 5:31 CDT which was only 4:31 local time. I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep. When the real alarm went off at 6am we all got up and started getting ready. By 6:20 we were ready to go to breakfast.

Fred, Dick and John went next door to the Husky restaurant while Jerry and I enjoyed the free continental breakfast. Who could pass up english muffins, toaster waffles and juice. Jerry snagged a muffin for later in the day.

By 8 o'clock we were finally ready to go. We went across the street and filled up, then headed out of town on Hwy 43. The plan was to make today a short day, to do laundry and get some rest. We stopped in Hythe to do laundry because it was early in the day and no one was at the laundry mat. After an hour or so we were done and back on the road.

When we got to Dawson City we stopped for the customary Alcan highway start photo. Then we rode around until we found a coffee shop called Hug A Mug. We got in out of the rain and took some time to plan our destination. We looked through the MilePost and found the Shepherds Inn at mile post 72. We made a call and liked the rate for 2 and 3 beds so we made the reservation.

After a little more coffee and conversation, we decided to head out on the road. We stopped along the road to check out a stretch of the old Alcan hiway with a wooden curved bridge. Then continued along the road until it met up with the current hiway.

We got to the inn at 2:30 and checked in. There was only one gas pump so we all filled up before calling it a day. We all unloaded our bikes and relaxed.  Total mileage for the day was 156 miles. Most of the time was spent riding in the rain, fortunately my gear worked great. I didn't have a single leak. Things worked well.

Tomorrow we are going to try to go to Watson Lake but there are several options before we get there. So maybe it'll be a 600 miles or maybe it'll be shorter. We'll see what happens.

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