From Vancouver Island to Yukon Territory
01.11.2011 -2 °C
We finally got our asses in gear and left the island on the 25th of October. Many unecpected repairs/ unforseen preparations came up making our departure later than anticipated, but nothing we could not fix.
Anyways, we are on the road now, hanging out in beautiful (and cold) Whitehorse, YT. We went north to Prince George, took the 16 west to Kitwanga, the Cassiar (# 37) north to the Yukon, then north on the Alaska Highway. The driving conditions have been variable with some snow and ice, but overall not hard to manage.
Firstly, We want to give a shout out to a few special people who helped us get up and running. A thank you to the folks at Gurton's garage in Sidney, BC for mounting one of our spare tires for free. We are stoked to have our first sponsor! Also, big thanks to the Lorraine and Richard Lalonde, who hosted us in Smithers and made us feel so welcome and at home. Another thank you goes to Annie Miller and Ian James for the good times and great pizza in Nanaimo.
Other than that, one thing that has stuck out for us on the route north are the short days. The sun has been setting around 630pm and rising at a fashionably late 830am. We had our first full day of winter driving from Dease Lake north to Whitehorse. We crossed the Yukon border, and travelled the Alaska highway seeing a bunny, 2 foxes, an eagle and many caribou on the road. We also saw a semi trailer flipped over in the ditch. We are staying safe on the road and making decent time.
We are including a bunch of photos from the first week since they are really more eloquent and descrptive than I can ever hope to be. Stay tuned for more sights and stories from the northern territories.
Ok so no pics at the moment. The camera card is not loading or some such deal. We will post them once we get it sorted out. sorry.