Day 5. Dawson Creek, BC to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (888 miles)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Because the previous day was so tiring and we were not sure of the road conditions on the next stretch of driving, we decided that we would stop Watson Lake, instead of our previously planned stop in Whitehorse. We arrived in Watson Lake at a very reasonable 10:30 however, again, no rooms were available. To our defense we did plan on calling ahead however at no point on our drive did we have service to actually make a call. It was still fairly early and we were all still awake so we decided we could just drive the 25 or so miles to the next town and stay there. The only room there was $250. Out of our price range, even with the three of us splitting it. The next town was only 15 miles away and supposedly there were rooms there so we kept driving. We got there and there was a sign stating "The hotel is closed however feel free to chose any open room and we will come by in the morning to collect money." While this seemed a little sketchy the only thing that really prevented us from finding a room was the omission of a price on the sign. We continued on. By now it was close to 2 in the morning. It was getting very difficult for all of us to stay awake. We kept switching up the drivers however it became increasingly difficult. We soon realized that the only option that remained was to drive all the way to Whitehorse, a larger city with multiple hotels. Around 4am (I think) I took over. Kori and Elizabeth had been driving all day and, while I had trouble driving at night, I did not want to spend the night in the car. We stop and took a 15 minute nap and then I drove. We had to stop one more time because it was so painful to drive. I took a nice little walk down to the river we were driving along to get some air. By now the sun had risen and I was hoping I could trick my body into thinking that I was supposed to be awake at this time. Finally we arrived in Whitehorse around 6:30 am. We stayed in a hotel that, had we all be awake and functioning, we probably would not have stayed, however there were beds and that was more than we had in the hours before.