I have the best hosts! Waiting on the table beside my bed at Anne’s was a copy of The Last Great Road Trip. She had remembered me picking one up when I was here before and I had been raving about it. Can’t wait to have a read through it. Took a photo out my borrowed-bedroom window at midnight last night and there was still plenty of daylight. I didn't even realize it was 11:30 p.m. while I finished writing yesterday's blog. Maggie kept me company and made me laugh when I looked over to see her sitting on the arm of her chair! What a goof.
After a couple of hours of work this morning, I jumped on the bike and went for a quick visit with some friends before heading to my acupuncture appointment. Had a relaxing, albeit somewhat painful one-hour session that left me feeling much better and smelling like a walking wintergreen candy stick.
I stopped at the Yukon Visitor Centre, having told the young lady that was there in February that I would stop again when I came through on my trip. She was not working today, but I did chat with a couple of gentleman from Saskatchewan. They had been up to Inuvik by vehicle and were on their way back. They were riders as well and were interested in the trip. After chatting about it a bit and having a look at my bike, I handed them a card and the guy said “I’ve seen this before! I’ve been to the website. That’s you?” So that was really fun. There are days when I may not really feel like doing the blog, but I am always glad that I did because it is a great way to journal the adventure and share it with people. So it means a lot when people let me know they are enjoying it and it was really fun to meet a complete stranger that was already familiar with it.
My final destination downtown or the day was Gold Originals by Charlotte. I found this little jewellery store on a previous trip to Whitehorse and chatted a bit with Gerry about my upcoming trip, saying I would be back to say Hi. This store makes jewellery using little bits of raw gold nuggets and has some really nice designs in both gold and sterling silver settings. They also have work from local artists and carry a good Keith Jack selection (one of my favourite Celtic jewellery designers). It’s a unique store and worth a visit if you’re in Whitehorse.
The sun peeped out when I arrived back at my “home away from home”, and I promptly prepared to give my poor Night Fury a bath. She had mud everywhere, and probably still does in places I can’t see. There is no question about who is doing the hard work on this trip. I also noticed earlier today that the chain guard had been caught up on a screw and was resting slightly against the chain. This was a new thing from the inspection I had done yesterday morning and I can almost guarantee I know which bump it happened on that I didn’t see in the rain yesterday. So I fixed that up, lubed the chain, checked the tire pressure and gave her a good wash. She looks much better in her rock star parking spot, and will go in for a proper shop inspection on Monday before I head out again on Tuesday.
Making a road trip by vehicle with my friend tomorrow as the weather is going to be a bit inclement again. I’m looking forward to all the new wonders I will see!