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Travel Blogs from Tok
... a cattle and sheep farm, before continuing to Delta junction for a late lunch.
After a good Burger we got back into the saddle and rode to Tok, where we met to guys Greg and Steve from Boise Idaho. They just finished a 700 mile day at age 67 and 71!
Tomorrow we are heading towards Chicken followed by Dawson City.
We had rain off and on...but the temps were the mid 50's to the 72. Jealous yet!
The Alaska tundra and stubby trees extend around the globe just outside the Arctic Circle. So it is the same in Russia, Scand...etc...the temp and water seems to determine it. The Pass we came over was somewhat like 4500 feet, so that is not the factor. Seeing it in person helps to clarify.
We will push on to Fairbanks tomorrow, then take a long needed stop ...
The ride to Tok was once again a delite. Great weather and awesome scenery. By this time we had become accustomed to the Alaska highways. Any place there was frost heaves and pavement breakup they dump 1 to 1 1/2 inch round gravel about 2 inches deep on the road and leave it there creating a marble like surface to drive on. That, combined with the dust it creates, makes driving a ...
... cross the Yukon River about 7:30. Fortunately it didn't rain much overnight, and the mucky streets had a chance to firm up. The brown layer of mud on the road after a rain has the consistency of topping compound drywall mud. Temperatures were a balmy 55 to 60.
We headed up Highway 9, the Top of the World Highway, which would bring us back onto the Alaska Highway 2. After about two miles, the pavement ended and we are greeted with ...
... had to do with early gold mining. This method uses a rocker box to shake the sand gravel and gold in such a way so it washes away the lighter material. The gold gets trapped in the riffle frame with its canvas bottom. Panning was also demonstrated. Then, the demonstrators melted an ounce of gold and poured it into a mold and stuck the mold in water to cool it off. When gold is heated , impurities float to the top. ...
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