Leaving Dawson and the wildness of the Dempster took a bit of adjustment, we had nearly 600 kilometres with one small town. Once again supplies had to be planned to last. Luckily in Dawson a cyclist from BC, Julian connected up so we agreed to ride the Dawson to Whitehorse leg together. Fortunately our cycling speed kept us within reasonable proximity, and the daily camp find was a joint choice. The days went something like this: ride 50 km, snack, ride to 100km find a sheltered cooking spot to cook dinner, ride for another 20 km or so until we found a good looking camp site, sleep. A couple of days had a lonely outpost cafe to have a second breakfast after a couple of hours riding. Our campsite choices were all good, including one with deep sphagnum moss for ultimate sleeping comfort.
We were lucky with wildlife along this stretch, we saw a black bear yearling, a bobcat and a very rare cougar. The lasting impression of the landscape was the huge water volume of the rivers. Firstly the Stewart then the Perry and finally the Yukon itself. A vast network of intertwining rivers.
Many thanks to Nancy of Beez Kneez backpackers in Whitehorse for providing my accomodation free of charge for the Cancer cause.
The gold rush rustic character of downtown Dawson
The Stewart River
Coming down to Pelly Crossing and the Pelly River
Moose rack Minto Resort a short snack stop