2010 Yukon Solo Motorcycle Trip

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Day 10 — Dawson City, YT to Whitehorse, YT

The effect of building on permafrost — the heat from the building causes different parts to settle at different rates. These two buildings are abandoned, but were left as an example for the tourists to see. And photograph, of course.

All streets in Dawson City but the Klondike Highway (that parallels the dike keeping the Yukon River from flooding the town) are dirt. This is 3rd street, and the hotel (the Eldorado) where I stayed.

The Commissioner's Residence, built in 1901, served as a model for what Dawson City hoped to become. It was home for the Yukon's Administration and the setting for exclusive social events. It was last occupied by a Commissioner in 1916.

The Westminster Hotel was about a block away, and captures what I imagine the buildings may have looked like in 1900 when Dawson City was booming.

Jack London's cabin and food cache. I didn't visit it, just grabbed this shot as I was leaving Dawson City.

Not much scenery on Tuesday, so I shot mushrooms and flowers...

The 330 miles between Dawson City and Whitehorse is mostly fairy monotonous, and looks like this — except for the construction parts which are many but short. The longest being 8km. Short thin aspens, cut way back from the road. There are a few interesting parts, like the first crossing of the Yukon, but on the way home it feels like a long slog...

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