Day 21, 6/19/15, Friday
Weather: Partly sunny all day. Temperatures were in the high 60s to low 70s
While we were still in the camp grounds, we were able to wash the RV. The owner had installed a RV washing station. It cost a “tunnie”, the Canadian $2 coin. There are no pennies in Canada so prices are rounded up or down; no $1 or $2 bills either, only coins. There are lunnies ($1) and the tunnies. With almost three weeks of travel through dust, gravel surfaces, partially paved roads, and mud the freshly washed and waxed RV was very dirty.
We departed the Downtown RV Park in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory at approximately 10 am. We took a short tour of the “Sign Post Forrest”. It started during the construction of the Alaska Highway by the U.S. Army. Soldiers made a sign post with the distances to their hometowns and famous cities. Now there are thousands of signs. I found one from Ocean Township, N.J.
We planned on driving for four hundred miles today. The drive today proved to be more pleasant than yesterday. Some of this was due to the more gradual turns around the perimeter of the mountains. Inclines and descents remained at 6 degrees at the worst but then emptied on to straight roads rather than surprising tight turns or switch backs. Also, there were more guard rails that we have seen for most of this trip. We also ran into some work areas where the road was being resurfaced. No long delays though. The only wildlife we saw today was a coyote sauntering across the road.
Even though we have been on the road for three weeks, it is still an inconvenience that we do not have ready access to cell service. Last night we had cable TV with 11 channels! If any, we usually have 1-3 channels. Satellite radio is intermittent due to the mountain terrain.
Late this afternoon as we were approaching Whitehorse we needed to shop for food. As with times before, Walmart was convenient for the stop. It also became convenient once again to stay in for the night (N 60° 43’ 59” W 135° 04’ 13”, elevation 2,092 /ft.). There are also about forty to fifty RVs already here and we’re spending the night.
Tomorrow we will leave early and drive through to the Alaska border crossing near Tok, AK.
G & P