Day 44

13. June 2000, Tok to Dawson City

Today was meant to be a relaxed day but the second section did not turn out that way. After Tok we saw nothing but forest, marsh and grassland (mostly forests, though). The first human settlement on our route is Chicken. The funny name and the fact that it lies somehow halfway between Tok and Canada must have contributed to its business as its only business seems to be selling "Chicken" merchandise and "Chicken" refreshments (we only had plain apple pie and ice cream). Still it is quite an odd place and therefore worth a stop if you happen to come by the same route.
Most of the roads are now gravel and dust as tarmac roads are difficult to maintain with the cold temperatures in winter. 70 km after Chicken we cross into Canada. Again no soul to be seen: Other than cars on the road (mostly recreational vehicles), a fox is the first living creature we see shortly before Dawson City.
The section to Dawson City is irrationally fast timed and the border crossing takes some fifteen minutes from us as we have to wait in queue for other rally participants. Additionally, there is a hail storm awaiting us in Canada, so we end up losing one minute, which we are satisified with.

TC 124: Tok OUT
TC 125: Chicken IN
59 126.96 km
TC 126: Chicken OUT
TC 127: Dawson City IN
58 (one minute penalty) 176.29 km

Overall 1 hour 11 minutes penalty

The official results can be looked up on this website

Outside of Tok, forest fires in 1990 have done a lot of damage. In cold regions like these, trees need a long time to regrow.

Memories of China: No flush toilets in Chicken.

Border crossing into Canada, somewhere in the mountains.

Snow on the right

waiting for the (free!) ferry across the fast-flowing Yukon, across lies Dawson City. In the winter, there is no ferry - but people can drive over the frozen river to the other side.


The whole of "Downtown" Chicken fits on this photo: A mercantile store, a saloon and a cafe. Chicken has somewhere between 15 and 40 inhabitants (depending on time of year) and is normally cut off in winters. Strangely enough it can be found on most maps of Alaska, which probably says something about Alaska.

The roads are mostly gravel with lots of dust, as can be seen.

Hail on the tracks

Hailstorm during a short-cut section