Tagged with " Whitehorse"
May 8, 2010 -

A Change of Plans… and a Dawson City Homecoming!

I got twenty kilometres up the Klondike highway today and decided to push on to Dawson, then do a circuit by toad and tent in late June or early July when more things will be open. It’s been a pretty lonely winter and I just couldn’t wait to see my friends again! It was a long, hard haul as the trip from Whitehorse to Dawson always is, and the numerous frost heaves have left me terrified to open any of my cabinets!!!

As expected, everyone was shocked to see me pull in today and there were so many hugs all around! I washed the rig and then got squared away in what will probably be a temporary spot. I don’t care, it has sewer! πŸ˜€ And I can get online with my Telus key!

An invitation to go out for a drink came quickly from two of my French-speaking friends, so we headed over to Bombay Peggy’s, a cozy pub I never got around to visiting last summer! I savoured a Yukon Gold as we each three shared our story of our winter adventures. Oh my, how I missed French! I think I spoke it twice this winter and that’s it. πŸ™ Reading books and watching movies wasn’t nearly enough; there’s something to be said for a good gab fest in your native tongue!

I’ve put on some laundry and will be heading over to the public showers since I have a ton of stuff packed in mine and there is debris scattered all over the dressing room floor. I’m too wiped to even start to sort it all out. At least, I’ve had a hot shower every night since Les played with my water heater in Prince George. The water heater is still misbehaving, but I can coax it into submission thanks to his adjustments. He and it must have had Words. πŸ˜€

I can’t believe that was just a few days ago and that a week ago this day I awoke in Nanaimo! I’ve done 3,400km in that time. I didn’t mean to go so quickly and I honestly wasn’t ‘rushing.’ I really savoured this drive, much more so than the one last fall, and I had fun driving the RV for the first time! It was an awesome trip and an equally awesome summer lies before me. I’m really going to be able to get back on track financially and maybe even get some painting done.

Everything on my journey from Campbell River went well with the minor hiccups of the fuse and the windshield hardly worth mentioning. I boondocked solidly except when I had a chance at free power and lacked for nothing; I had all the heat and hot water I wanted, and when there was cell service I got work done. I read a lot, cooked a bit, and really got a taste of what life with the new layout is going to be like (even if I missed my dishwasher!). This week my good life has had no shortage of good days and I am the happiest that I have been in a very, very, very long time.

And, so, a second Klondike summer begins!

Share on Facebook
Appliances, Boondocking/Dry camping, Canada, Communications & Electronics, Driving, Finances, Internet, Itineraries, Nice Folks, Social, Technical, Travel, Water Heater, Yukon    3 Comments
May 8, 2010 -

Never Again

The Whitehorse Walmart is officially the worst overnight stop, free orΒ  pay, that I have encountered in my cross-country journey. While my previous night here wasn’t too bad, last night was an amplified repeat of last year. There was a tractor ‘cleaning’ the parking lot for five hours last night, from ten to three AM. It was five hours of ‘whee, whee, whee, beeeep, beeeeeep, beeeeeeeep, whee, *scraaaaaaaaape*, bang, whee, beeeeep.’ Forget sleep. Even the cats couldn’t get past the noise.

The Walmart is a great location because you can walk to everywhere of consequence from it, even the Super Store, but this fall I’ll pay the $18 (or whatever it’s at by then) to dry camp at the only RV park within city limits (and that’s a stretch).

I had to be up early this morning to move the rig before I got pegged in by customer cars, so I got about two hours of interrupted sleep. Gah.

The propane place should be open by the time I finish my coffee, so I’ll head there, gas up, and then get the heck out of dodge. Whitehorse has once again failed to charm me. πŸ™‚

Share on Facebook
Boondocking/Dry camping, Canada, Travel, Yukon    3 Comments
May 7, 2010 -

Toad Gymnastics Ahead

I pulled into the Walmart in Whitehorse and was about to unhook when ‘something’ told me not to. As it turned out, the toad would not start, something I discovered when the key fob wouldn’t lock the doors.

It seems like the battery is completely depleted. How I did that between Watson and Whitehorse is beyond me, but, then again, the car hasn’t run in a week other than when I unhooked and moved it around in Prince George and at Nugget City.

At any rate, I knew I wasn’t going to get a moment’s rest tonight unless I confirmed that the issue was a dead battery that would be solved with a boost. It made no sense to go through all the trouble of unhooking, jockeying the RV in position to boost the toad, doing a boost, and then manoeuvring the RV to rehook up when the battery wouldn’t really be recharged until I ran it a good long while. So, I flagged down a good samaritan who took five minutes out of her day to do the test and that confirmed it.

As it turns out, the campground I want to stay at is opening tomorrow (!!!) and it apparently has some pull throughs. So, I will go there, pull through a site, unhook, boost the toad, leave the toad running while I move the RV into another site, and then recharge en route to where I’m heading.

In other news, there’s a circa 1986 Royal Classic sharing the Walmart parking lot with me tonight! The owner came by to see how I like mine and asked if I had the same battery set up as him and, if so, if I had any tips for him. Unfortunately no, and no.

Since I’m here with walking access to both a Walmart and a Canadian Tire I went through my list of stuff I need to bring and realised that I was missing something vital!!! I bought a new water hose and a new water pressure regulator, but forgot to grab the third key component to my fresh water system. I ran out last week in Campbell River. This item costs all of sixty-nine cents (plus tax) and is, of course, Teflon. πŸ™‚

While at the CDN Tire I ran into my cousin’s boyfriend, how funny is that?! We’ll be meeting up in July when I make a run back down to Whitehorse for a supply top up.

Last, but not least, I decided that, really, I hadn’t bought enough toilet paper and I went to stock up. Rationing the stuff is no fun and it is outrageously expensive in Dawson! πŸ˜€

Blog Widget by LinkWithinShare on Facebook
Boondocking/Dry camping, Canada, Nice Folks, Plumbing, Social, Technical, Towing and Toad, Travel, Yukon    3 Comments