June 20th, 2014 – Whitehorse, AK to Liard Hot Springs, BC ~400 miles
We eventually made it to Watson Lake in Yukon, which is home to one of the coolest stops on our trip – the Sign Post Forest.
The short story is that engineers building the Alaska Highway would usually put up a sign post indicating how far certain communities were from their given camp. A Private Carl Lindley was hurt during construction and went to Watson Lake to recover. During his recovery, he repainted the sign post, but he also decide to add a sign from his hometown of Danville, Illnois – I have no idea how he had that with him.
Again, this place was truly huge. And they have maintenance workers constantly working and setting up new posts for the forest for more people to seemingly steal signs from their hometowns and then bring them here.
Earlier in the day we saw a guy on this sweet KTM, he had been exploring all over the area and we coincidentally ended up at the Hot Springs together. He ended up taking off early to continue riding – I think he was averaging 550-600 mile days.
That night, I was trying to figure out why I felt like I was seeing more mosquitoes than I expected. When I examined the window to see if there were any holes in the screen, I saw a bison just outside of our building. I ran outside to get a closer look. My camera didn’t do great in the low light, but this has to be the closest I’ve ever gotten to one of these things, even if I was basically hiding behind a car.
Go to Day 18
June 21st, 2014 – Liard Hot Springs, BC to Pouce Coupe, BC ~480 miles
Go back to Day 16
June 19th, 2014 – Tok, AK to Whitehorse, YT ~385 miles