The next morning we met up at Fast Eddy’s for breakfast. The parking lot had already started to fill up with other riders and by the time we left there must have been over 50 other bikes parked there. We were on the road by 1000 and it was a cloudy start to the day. We would later get rained on sporadically throughout the day..
We got into the little town of Chicken, AK just in time for lunch. Of course while in Chicken you must eat Chicken (for lunch), so that’s what we did. It’s an old gold rush town that’s fairly off the grid; no paved roads, no cell phone reception and I think a population of about 7 people.
Right outside Chicken is where the Top of the World Highway starts. It’s a very scenic dirt road that winds it’s way for about 100 miles through the mountains over into Canada. It’s very scenic with lots of spectacular views.. the following pictures don’t do it any justice. We cross over into Canada at Poker Creek, AK, which is the most Northerly lander border crossing in the US. Dawson city is about another 50 mile ride from here.
Just before you arrive into Dawson city, you must cross across the Yukon river. There’s no bridge here, so you must take the ferry (which is free).
We arrive into Dawson and there’s already a bunch of riders in town. It was an awesome site seeing all the Dual-sport bikes.. you never see this many of them all together like this (unlike a Harley or sport bike rally).
We get settled into our hotel rooms (we both stayed at the Downtown Dawson Hotel). I was going to camp at the local camp ground but a fellow rider (thanks Jeff!) was looking to split his room, so that made it worth while to just get a room.. it’s a good thing because it ended up raining all night and into the following day.