Day 47 – July 22, 2001 – The drive from Tok to Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, is only 112 miles so we slept in a little and tinkered with cars a little. It was another pretty day so we would drive for a while, stop for a while, drive for a while, stop, etc. Usually we have at least 200 miles in a day (about 8 hours if we don’t have problems) so a 100 mile day is like a vacation. We stopped at a roadside picnic area to have lunch (sandwiches, chips) and had a great view of the mountains and the valley between us. Lucky and Taylor ran up and down the hill by our picnic table like they had been set free and we all enjoyed the sunshine and the temporary lack of mosquitoes. The new car ran pretty well (for a Model T) and Ben and Ross both tried driving it. Now we have five cars and six drivers – Bruce and Ben say it is time for me to learn to drive.
We drove through some beautiful scenery, rolling hills and lakes, but could see rain in the distance almost as soon as we passed through customs. The Canadian customs agent asked about the trip and the cars and asked Ben, “and how long have you had this car?” Ben had to tell him, “Since yesterday.” (I thought later we should have added that we couldn’t find a tee shirt we liked.) He was a little surprised but passed us all through without too many more questions. We were driving in rain by the time we reached our motel. Lovely place with no phones and no TV. It did have a bathroom in the room which is an amenity we have learned is not as common as you might think. More tinkering with the cars and then to bed. We have a 200 mile drive tomorrow and we’ve heard that the road is under construction.