July 5th On our way to Tok, Alaska

image image imageas usual we had the bike packed before 7 and then met Tracy for breakfast.  We then struck out and caught the ferry across the Klondike and started out on the Top of the World highway.   It climbed dramatically to well over 1100 metres.  Despite its reputation of being almost impassable, the highway was no worse than other gravel roads and much easier than the road from Whitehorse to Dawson – that was dangerous due to the construction and loose gravel.   As we approached Chicken, I was ready for a break and ended up drinking Expresso and talking to local artisan who sculpts with whale bones, antlers.  Leaving Chicken, we began a series of descents and significant evidence of placer gold mining showed up along river streams.  we ended up in Tok by early afternoon with not much planned.  Internet wasn’t available, the local helicopter pad was super busy, and TV was almost non existent but the local beer sure hit the spot.  Ended the night with Mexican food.  Wildlife today consisted of a scampering marmot and moose in the swamp just outside Chicken.

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