With a good night’s sleep under our belts, we headed to Chad’s place first thing this morning to load up the truck and rental car. We tied down the two canoes and Chad’s kayak, headed out to pick up a few last minute essentials (like beer and ice… what did you think I meant??), and got on the road heading North towards Mento.
The sudden realization that we were without tunes led to us pulling over at a gas station and making the most of a pretty ordinary selection of CDs. TJ and I ended up with the Def Leppard Greatest Hits 2 CD pack – a brilliant selection if I may say so.
After driving for what seemed like a lot longer than I think any of us had anticipated, we eventually arrived in Mento, packed the rental up with all the gear we didn’t need for the canoe trip and made the decision as to who was going to make the 3+ trip further North to Dawson City (our take out point), to drop the extra vehicle. Duke lost the quick and nasty game of ’rounders’ (the equivalent of drawing a short straw), buckled up in rental car and headed back onto the road following Chad northwards.
Meanwhile Chris, TJ and I set up camp on the banks of the Yukon River and tried to fend off the relentless dusk onslaught of mosquitoes with a purposely smokey fire, and witnessed a truly stunning sunset.
At 11:30pm as the sun was finally kind of falling in the sky, a weary Duke and Chad returned and we all called it a night.