Alaskan Bike Trip - Golden Circle Tour
Klondike Highway over White Pass to Skagway

July 1, 2006

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On the last day of our ride we left the Yukon and reentered British Columbia as the coastal mountains rose around us as we biked towards the historic White Pass and the US border. Bucking a head wind and working our way up the "gradual uphill" (according to Thom) ascent was challenging to say the least. From the pass the descent to the gold rush town of Skagway was most exciting as we cling to our brakes for dear life. In Skagway we had a celebration dinner and stayed at the White House B&B.
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Sunrise over Tahish Lake

Morning view from "Hilton" room

Thom and Ted

Preparing for assault of White Pass

Part of Venus mining operation

The railroad passes along alpine lake

Summit Lakes near White Pass

Waterfall on the Canadian side of White Pass

White Pass (Elev 3292') - preparing for the fast ride down

Yukon railroad bridge on route from Skagway

Entering Skagway

Kevin, Thor, Dave and Thom at dinner in Skagway
About Skagway

Skagway was the first incorporated city in Alaska, incorporated in June, 1900, and was the gateway to the Gold Rush of 1898 (see history). It is located in the Upper Lynn Canal and is considered the northern most point in Southeast Alaska, - 80 air miles from Juneau and 110 road miles from Whitehorse. Skagway's history and spectacular natural setting combine to create unparalleled sightseeing and recreation opportunities. Skagway is one of the most popular cruise ship stops in Southeast Alaska, with as many as 5-6 cruise ships in port on some days. Gift shops abound and about 30 day tours operate in Skagway during the summer including the White Pass railroad, gold planning, biking, etc. It has about 800 year round residents, but its population grows to several thousand during the tourist season.

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