We took full advantage of the hotel room and slept in until 7a (That really isn’t sleeping in). I didn’t actually get out of bed until 8a or so. After surfing the web and posting yesterday’s blog, we started to take things down to load up the bikes. I opened the left pannier and the nastiest smell came out – I’m pretty sure the towel I was using to clean the windshield finally accumulated enough bug parts to smell rotten. On top of that, the pannier had quite a bit of water in it and I didn’t see any obvious leaks.
We finally got the bikes all packed up, and after searching for my Dad’s glasses for 20 minutes, we were off. First stop was the Honda/KTM dealer to see if they had any heated gear. We both decided that some heated socks were in order after yesterday. But alas, they didn’t have any. Then it was off to walmart to restock some food.
My dad kept complaining about his pants falling down, so he bought a pair of suspenders. He kept using some excuse about a busted zipper, I just think he likes the old man look.
The ride today was pretty short (by design). We left the Alaska Highway to start on the Klondike Highway. The scenery is a bit different, not as many mountains but lots of cool streams and swampy areas that should have a moose in them…yet we have seen none. There are also some pretty big areas that are recovering from forest fires, so the trees are pretty small.
The first food we had all day was lunch at the Braeburn Lodge. We split a giant hamburger and got a giant cinnamon roll for dessert. We couldn’t actually finish the cinnamon roll, so we saved the leftovers and ate them for dinner.
We pulled into Carmacks to grab some gas. Hooray! they had premium. I moved my bike away from the pump to park it, and I dropped it again as I stopped. Argh! A couple of locals sitting on the porch watched the whole thing and were kind enough to come over and help me lift the bike. I banged up the right pannier again.
We stopped for the night at the Coal Mine Campground, about a mile from the gas station. I spent some time banging the dent out of my pannier (again). Then I looked at my leaky pannier to see if I could figure out how the water was getting in. Nothing was obvious – I had replaced some small screws to install a cargo net on the inside of the pannier lid. I figure I didn’t tighten one enough, so I started to tighten them…and busted the head off one. Of course I don’t have a spare. I gave up and plugged the hole with gorilla tape. So now I have a leaky pannier with a saggy cargo net 🙂
We really haven’t taken too many pictures the last couple of days – we haven’t seen any wildlife since the day with all the bears, it poured down rain yesterday, and we really didn’t cover much ground today. We’ll try to be better about it in the future.
So, I’ll close with a picture of my dad surfing porn or whatever he does on the computer sitting in his tent.