Sunday, June 21, 2015

Day 5 - Nugget City

Today's riding goal was Nugget City, actually, that's just the name of the RV park that is at the upper end of the Cassiar Hwy. About 250 miles from Whitehorse. I've stayed here before and the wi-fi was decent. Plus, it will give the rain a chance to pass me by. It rained yesterday evening a little bit in Whitehorse and I went through it again (with hail) around the continental divide. Once I arrived here, I sat in the restaurant having coffee while the storm caught up with me and dumped quite a bit of water. Hopefully, tomorrow, it should be nice and clear again when I start south on the Cassiar.

The picture is of the bridge over the Teslin River. It has some notoriety among moto travelers as the longest steel grate bridge on the Alaska Hwy. Some have been known to turn around rather than ride across the bridge.

This is a very smoky shot of Five Finger Rapids just north of Carmacks on the Klondike Hwy. It was a real navigation challenge to those heading up to Dawson City. It was a hot 80°F on Saturday. Not so warm today especially when it was hailing.

Here are just a couple of pictures from the bike rodeo at D2D. This is fellow Fairbanks airhead Steve trying the blindfold ride. They have to aim, ride and stop with the front wheel as close to a paper plate lying on the ground. He had a bad start as you can see he's starting to turn to the left towards the spectators. And, yes, he is wearing a helmet under the cover.


This is an Anchorage rider dropping tennis balls into containers on the ground. They say that there were about 300 riders in attendance and for the first time, the Canadian attendees out numbered the U.S. attendees.

10 comments:

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Next time you should try those games on the Ural. Or better yet, I'll be there with you. They can blindfold me! lol. Or you drive and I drop the balls into the can. Now that you have written to me, and you wrote today's blog, what are you going to do with your day? You know what I'd do.......

RichardM said...

Rodney tried to enter and was told "two wheels only".

Unknown said...

That Five Fingers Rapids area looks pretty cool, those forested, rocky islands--a neat pic, Richard.

RichardM said...

I think only one of the channels is deep enough for the riverboats. And they needed to be winched through from anchors on the rocks.

redlegsrides said...

Those metal grate bridges feel weird on three wheels, so I could see how some riders might feel "trepidation".

RichardM said...

It actually felt more "squirrelly" on three wheels than it did on two.

SonjaM said...

Hey, isn't that discriminating? Go Ural!

Trobairitz said...

Hope your weather improved today.

Sounds like the D2D is getting bigger and bigger.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Finally trying to get caught up Richard, thanks for the reports!

VStar Lady said...

Bike rodeo ... I like Bridget's ideas best though.