The Yukon river is the longest watercourse in Alaska and Canada. It starts in British Columbia, Canada and empties in the Bering sea, running for 3190 kms. It was the most important waterway during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1800s and also very important strategically during the construction of the Alaskan highway.
The ride on the dalton highway to the Yukon river took two days. On this route I encountered lovely creeks such as Fish Creek and Hess Creek but also faced my most difficult challenges with the most arduous climbs of the journey. Climbs to Beavers Slide and Finger Mountain will remain etched on my mind all my life. Each took me over an hour to get to the crest. The descents were great! Along the way I also witnessed many parts of the boreal forest that had got burnt down in fires. It was a fascinating landscape of spruce, aspen, balsam poplar, fireweed and sprawling mountains! Beautiful landscapes unfolded every few miles and the aches and pains of my body would just fade away.
On one of these hills I also met Eric Svensson who I had earlier spent a long time talking to at Coldfoot. Eric and his wife were both very friendly and gracious and it was wonderful to share my travels and dreams with them.