Friday, July 18, 2008

Day 65: Haines Junction, YK

Another day, another would think that sooner our later, especially the further we find ourselves north we would somehow not able to find internet. I'm not going to lie finding the internet in these parts hasn't been easy, but where there is a will there is a way; Right now Andi and I are parked outside a hotel in the little town of Haines Junction freeloading off their internet connection. Don't judge us too harshly...

Now we knew we were going to have to pay for watching the midnight showing of The Dark Knight. I might add that we saw it in Yukon's largest theatre, which boasts at having 3 screens. After the 2 and a half hour movie we headed to bed knowing of the 100 mile day ahead of us. About the time we were headed to bed the sun started to rise (Yes here in the summer they only get about 4 hours of dark, which isn't really black but more like a dark blue). Its hard to get used to.

I fell into a deep sleep once I hit the pillow. All I can remember after that is Pastor Clayton waking us up and then staring at my watch, which read: 10:00. Knowing of the long day we had ahead of us we forced ourselves to wake up, I could have still slept for another 3 hours. But that's the price you pay for a Movie Premier, it was a sacrifice we were willing to make....

After saying Goodbye to the most excellent host, we took off again on our bikes. The temperature is a lot colder then what the Yukon is used to in the summer, I had to pull out my jacket and ride through. The clouds maintained overcast for the entire day, with a little bit of rain. Regardless of the chilly air, I was happy to get back on my bike. I've never been more happy to be on two wheels.

The scenery up here is beautiful. Right now I am looking up at snow covered mountains blanketed with thin gray clouds. Evergreens barricade the road, and flowers are plentiful. At first we were afraid of the Yukon. We were told it was dangerous here. I'm sure it has its dangers, but like I've been saying for the whole trip "There is a fine line between danger and beauty". Part of what makes it so great is that it is dangerous. It is isolated. It is away from the outside world. The Yukon is better then we could have all expect.

We are camping tonight. It has been 4 days since we have last taken showers, unless of course you call burying yourself under a faucet a shower. So we are all smelly and dirty. After we finish dinner and set up camp we are heading to a place to freshen up. We miss home and can't wait to see our families. 9 days and counting.

-Justin Brown


sonia said...

Praise God you found internet connection! It's always a pleasure reading your blog. Something I look forward to every day.

Look out for the bears a future host told me.

Love You,
Justin's mom

paradocs said...

Hope the shower was as refreshing as you wanted! Miss each of you!

Christina Raye said...

I saw a group of bikers the other day and it made me think of yall. And yay for stealing internet, I've been guilty of it myself.