Yukon Territory: Bears and repairs without slowing

June 4: No internet for the last two days. We have now covered Smithers, Watson Lake and Whitehorse and now Dawson: I’m behind on blogs. We’ve had some long days, the run from Smithers to Watson Lake was 530 miles. We are now in the Yukon Territory and it feels like it. First, it is cold, second, daylight last until midnight, third, fuel stops are far apart and fuel is not dependable (we nearly ran out when the stop we planned did not have fuel)

Fueling in YT

  and, finally towns are isolated (no urban sprawl here!) and definitely feel like outposts.

The weather has been a factor too. We’ve had lots of on again, off again rain sometimes mixed with snow. Then this; I was driving, Ed was navigating and the windshield wipers quit. You may remember, back in the lower 48, Ed disassembled the temporary repair the ERA mechanics concocted and replaced wiper parts that we had shipped in. All has been well since then, other than an occasional clicking noise. Ed knew that the fuse box had corrosion in it. He couldn’t see it, but he could reach it with his hand under the dashboard on the driver’s side. He reached under, pulled the cover off, and started twisting fuses. The wipers started again.

Our scenery has been dramatic. I can’t begin to post all these pictures. On the day from Smithers to Watson Lake we saw 7 black bears and a fox. Others have photos of Caribou and Moose but the rarest animal that I photographed was a black gopher. Seems this guy is very elusive at least according to the photographers who were patiently waiting to get his photo.

This is a typical scene in the parking lot every afternoon and on days off.

Jan and Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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5 Responses to Yukon Territory: Bears and repairs without slowing

  1. Susan Attermeier says:

    Jan and Ed – this sounds like material for a new book!

  2. Wow, the black bear picture is spectacular!
    So is actually the repair picture. I’m holding my breath seeing that one guy hanging in the car, while the other is under the car, with the vehicle balancing on the jack…..I assume this went well, otherwise it would have been in the blog 😉
    Sounds like a great trip!
    Drive safely,

  3. TBC says:

    So, did you see the triple-decker outhoue in Whitehorse? It is too spectacular for words! And did you go through Kluane National Park? Very special.

    Glad you are surviving, and hopefully having a great time.

    Take care, from the Isle of Skye,

    TBC and Arnie

  4. John says:

    How are you and the Beetle getting home from Anchorage?

  5. ejhowle23 says:

    John, We had planned to drive back to NC, but have decided that is more than we want to take on since we have only 13 days until we fly to France. So, we are shipping Stewball from Anchorage and we will fly home on June 12.

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