Knowing that we weren’t arriving in Prince Rupert until nearly midnight we had booked an Airbnb so headed straight there. Keys had been left for us and it was glorious to stay in an immaculate home with a comfy bed, internet, power shower and a coffee maker! However, aside from the house and the supermarket we didn’t see that much of the town as it was chucking it down and we headed on north once we had restocked and googled as much as we could remember we had to.
We had anticipated not reaching Stewart/Hyder until the next day, but 500km and a few black bear spottings later we rolled into Hyder – the most southern ‘town’ in Alaska. So remote they don’t bother with a border but the gateway to Salmon Glacier where we parked up for the night. This is one of the spots where you see pictures of grizzlies fishing the salmon but we are still too early and the salmon haven’t arrived yet so the grizzlies weren’t in town yet either.
At some point coming down the mountain the next day we got a puncture… which we noticed about 200km later by which time we had ruined the tire… oops! We had checked the spare so we knew it was good to go; less sure about whether the jack would still work with the lifted suspension as it was something we had been meaning to check – you know how it is. Luckily all good and we were underway again before you could say Jack Robinson. A black bear with 2 of her cubs helped cheer us up (playing on the side of the road rather than by buying us beers).
Then onto Whitehorse, via Watson Lake and their signpost fiesta where we had hoped to replace the spare. Whitehorse is a pretty cool little town, first ‘proper’ shops we felt we had seen in a while and its claim to fame is the world’s longest fish ladder, built so the salmon can get past the hydro electric dam. No fish in it though – we’re still a bit early. Camping spot for the night was Takhini Hotsprings, after more than a few nights with no hot water they felt great.
Onwards and upwards, literally…