North to Alaska
Can a Valkyrie float?
There is no alarm to wake up to this morning.
I wont even swing a leg over the bike today.
A day off in Whitehorse.
Homeward bound takes a new turn tomorrow. When I had to do surgery on the itinerary a few days ago, I made arrangements to float back to the U.S. from Skagway, Alaska to Bellingham, Washington on the Alaska Marine Highway System.
I had hoped to ride all the way back down through Alberta and British Columbia, but in order to get a National Park Stamp in California, I would have had to schedule 6-700 mile days to get home in time to get back to work on schedule.
The alternative was to book passage on the ferry they had room for me and the bike, but the cabin space was all booked. However, Im told that they allow you to pitch a tent on the aft deck of the ship so perhaps, I will be camping and floating my way back to Washington.
The ferry leaves Skagway on Monday evening about 8:00 p.m. and arrives in Bellingham approximately 8:00 a.m. Friday so I will have four nights aboard ship. The way the ferry scheduled worked out, I was able to schedule one and a half days of contingency time it the event the trip to Alaska was more difficult than predicted. Fortunately, I didnt have to use any of that time so I have the luxury of just sitting around and, of course, catching up on laundry a whole day in Whitehorse.
I am grateful for no alarm this morning the walk along the Yukon River waterfront is refreshing and my imagination can see the riverfront teaming with boats and travelers on their way to the gold fields of yesterday.
Tomorrow a short drive to Skagway some sightseeing there then board the ferry and me and the Valkyrie will float home.
Since this is my last night in Canada, I should say how delighted I have been with the hospitality in this country and it truly is a bargain for Americans. The exchange rate between U.S. and Canadian dollars is about .65 so everything, except gasoline is a comparative bargain.
Thanks, Canada for a wonderful time I hope to see you again, soon.
So to you and Iowa Sioux and Cody, Golden, Long Island, NY I say goodnight from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
On the Yukon Riverfront[photogallery/photo28686/real.htm]
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