I like to read (and re-read...
) "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" on my long rides, so when I got back from the hotel and finished chatting w/ neighboring riders, I read 3 chapters, then
. Didn't have any idea that it was raining all night till I got up, stuck my head out - oh NO! The "Moose Pelt" was obscured by low clouds and fog.
After cooking my camp breakfast I phoned my wife, only to learn that Alberta was declaring a state of emergency due HUGE dumps of rain that had flooded a large part of downtown Calgary, washed out various roads including the Trans Canada Hwy between there and Banff, put a town called "High River" UNDER WATER, as well as other problems, so I hurried to the D2D sign-in place and made sure that the "powers-that-be" would check into it and make announcements at that night's BBQ supper for those whose plans included southern Alberta!
Later when the heavy rain moderated to merely light showers, we rode our bikes to the street in front of the host hotel to park w/ everyone else, and prepare for the "poker-run". Decided NOT to ride it due to the mud, plus the fact that some roads included in it were 'gnarly' at the best of times.
Returned to our tents to change out of our gear, then back to the Midnight Sun Hotel for a few ales with a bunch of riders.
To our good fortune the same fellow went to the piano, playing his heart out!
to much applause from us.
The dinner was at 6PM, and to our surprise it was sunny again when we left the bar - yippee! - to walk the 2 blocks to the arena where it was being held (catered by the Dawson City volunteer fire department who did one helluva GREAT job - steaks, spuds, several salads - mmm good!
After that GREAT supper there were a few speeches, then the flood announcement, followed by awards. One couple was there from Key West, but they didn't get the 'Long Haul' award
, and the young fellow (shirtless, standing behind the Africa Twin - first pic in the post BEFORE this one) who won the 'Hard Luck' award for going swimming on his GS800 when he failed to negotiate a curve at 'spirited' speed on the Campbell Hwy between Ross River and Carmacks talked about his 'crash' to cries of "Up periscope..." (Some people can be so cruel...
A passel of door-prizes were handed out, and I "won" one donated by a Harley dealer.
Twisted Throttle donated enough 'neat-o tees' for everyone to get at least one, then downtown for the 'games' (slow drags - there's an antique DKW in one pic; pylon race; blindfold race; and water-balloon race) which went on till near midnight - the equinox (OFFICIALLY anyway) at which time photos were taken for ADV forum, and the official "DUST TO DAWSON 2013" stickers were handed out to everyone with his bike on the street.
As far as the Dempster was concerned, we had decided NOT to ride it if it wasn't dry, and today's rain had pretty much ended that idea, so tomorrow we would take the ferry across the Yukon River onto the "Top of the World Hwy" to Chicken!
Luckily my '09 trip had included the Dempster over four GREAT sunny days, tho' Greg and Nick hadn't been so lucky on last year's ride where the mud got to them, and they turned back after fighting it for 160 miles.
Parked the GREEN HORNET by the tent, then