|Day 16 Wednesday, July 15
Distance for the day 122.4 km
Distance remaining 1808.0 km of 3300 km
Time in the saddle 5 hr 34 min
Total riding time 69 hr 50 min
Total meters climbed 1020 m
Total meters climbed 12987 m
Jade City does not show up on the maps used by My Trip Journal. But it is a stopping place; there is no place else close by. And Jade City allows free overnight parking for RVs and other travellers. Which means our night times dreams kept getting interrupted.
And on the map in the My Trip Journal menu,it shows Watson Lake as the destination for the day. If we screwed up on the turn then we would end up there. Nugget City does not show up on the MTJ map.
There are some rain showers as we head down the road toward the Yukon. This is a big day for us. We have to make a turn. For days now we have been on Highway 37. There were no turns to confuse us. There was even a highway 37 sign in the middle of the stretch of road in case one worried they had made a wrong turn. But that sign was days in the past. Today we would be exiting Highway 37.
There were some nice views on the way but the clouds partially obscured the particulars.
The views disappear and we are hemmed in by trees. It becomes a tree routed route. To compensate there is a tail wind and we rush down the highway.
The highlights are coming across a brush clearing crew. We are stopped on the highway till it is safe for us to go through. The far end flag lady is cheering us on as we ride through. Yesterday we had encountered the same crew and I talked to her about what we were up to.
Another highlight was that Clarke and Kathy saw a bear in the woods that was standing up to scout us out as we rode by.
There is a large forest fire area that we travel through for almost an hour.
Alec and I grow tired of the trees in the forest view and start challenging the hills; racing down so that we can race back up. It was on one down and up that we got more chill than thrill.
There was a steep downhill followed by a sharp uphill and we raced down to carry as much momentum up as we could. As we climbed I heard a truck coming up behind us. It was taking the same approach to the hill as we were. It was roaring downhill. We were too far up the hill to do anything but go forward. There was a drop off on our edge of the road of about forty feet so we stayed clear of the gravelly edge. The gravel truck bearing up on us had a drop off of forty feet on its side so it was staying away from the edge. Nothing to do but hold on tight and hope we all stay professional about it. The truck whipped by. We were still upright going uphill.
Shortly thereafter we left British Columbia and entered the Yukon.
Then there was more anxious time; it was time to turn. We elected to turn left. We were on our way to Whitehorse. About 5km later we came to Nugget City and our camp for the night.
While looking through the rides for the days ahead I noticed an anomaly. The ride after tomorrow was noted as 178km. What! That wasn’t in the literature. It was the difference between plotting the trip on paper and then checking for places to stay. 178 it would be.
That caused a flurry of worry in the camp. Talk of the long ride dominated every sentence. I wanted to say Shut Up and Ride but held my tongue.
Then one of the riders was able to download the weather for tomorrow. We would have a head wind of about 30km per hour. That caused a flurry of worry. We have had a tail wind for days; tables have turned. Shut Up and Ride.