Friday, May 20, 2011

Dawson City, YT to Chicken, AK Via The Top of the World Highway

After over a week spent in Dawson City, YT the Top of the World Highway border crossing finally opened at 9:00am on Friday, 5/20/11.  We got everything ready to travel and headed down to the ferry launch.  Our ferry is on it’s way to our side of the Yukon River.


We’re loaded onto the ferry and ready to cross the river.


We’re almost to the other side.


The ferry has landed on the other side of the river and we wait for cars to unload before we can move.


Unlike the tractor with the crawler hoe we watched the other day, we off loaded without any problems and they didn’t need to place any boards beneath our tires at all.  We’re off the ferry and headed on over the Top of the World Highway.


Here are a couple of photos as we travel the Top of the World Highway.  This one shows how good the road can be.


And this one shows a rougher patch of road.


The green buildings are the Canadian/US border buildings.  We passed through without any problems.


After a little over three hours on the road, we arrived at Chicken, Alaska for the night.  Here are a couple of photos from the town of Chicken.





In our travels today, we only saw one snowshoe rabbit.  We didn’t have enough fuel to comfortably get to Tok, so we did take on some diesel at town of Chicken and that gave us a free boondocking campsite for the night.  Chicken is just gearing up for the tourist season and we helped them initiate their credit card processing equipment.  We spent some time in the afternoon to collect some diamond willow, had a beer at the Chicken Saloon, and are now back at camp for the evening.  Tomorrow we plan to drive to Tok where we will probably stay for 2-3 nights.

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