Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 49 – Watson Lake to Kilometer Post 1194

Today’s Mileage 131
Miles to Date 4588
Miles Remaining 5054

We crossed the Continental Divide in the Yukon and are spending the night in a Pullout atIMG_0341 Kilometer Post 1194. There is a small lake near the pullout. We are just over halfway to Whitehorse from Watson Lake.

This turn-out is the height of land that separates the massive Yukon and Mackenzie River watersheds. Water flowing west from here goes to the Swift River, then the Yukon River, then the Bering Sea. The water that flows east from here goes to the Rancheria River, then the Liard River, then the Mackenzie River, then the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean).

As you can see, it is another cloudy, rainy and cool day. Day temperatures are in the low 50’s F and nights are in the upper 30’s to low 40’s F.

We stopped at the Continental Divide Lodge for our first cinnamon buns of the trip. Fresh baked cinnamon buns and bear claws have been very elusive so far. On our last trip the Mile Post and road signs advertize cinnamon buns all along the highway.

As these were our first sampling at $4 each, all we can say is that they were good until we find other bakeries to make comparisons.

I should mention that the highway, so far, is in much better then when we made the trip in the summer of 2005.

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