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    8.10.02 Watson Lake, Yukon

    It rained all night but I stayed dry in my little nylon dwelling. I woke up early and started off the day in search of the laundromat. Turns out it was about 2 miles away, so I headed out to it with all my dirty goods and dirty self. I first showered, nothing like Rancheria, this time it was 5 minutes for 2 bucks. Hurry, Hurry! Try not to leave any parts soapy. I threw in a load of laundry after my shower and began the task of cleaning and reorganizing my BOB trailer bag. My stuff was laid out all over the table and bench. I repacked it nicely and chatted with a few other patrons that came in. One was a schoolteacher, Rhonda, who I enjoyed chatting with. She didn't ask me the most commong questions, like how many miles do you do in a day. She was familiar with the Cassiar Highway and I asked her questions about it. I also spoke with a cyclist from the Neatherlands, Cees (Case). He will be cycling the Cassiar as well, but Thomas and I will be a little bit ahead of him at the start. I cleaned and lubed my bike before packing up and heading to the hardware store for a tarp and then the grocery store to get some stuff for lunch. I went over to the library next for some email and met an interesting couple outside. They were asking me about my bike and trailer and we started talking about touring. Then they told me about their epic journey. Mark and Evie have been sailing for 9 years. They started in Vancouver Island and have made it to Thailand. Their goal is to sail around the world, eventually. After some time on the internet, I chatted with Mark and Evie for a couple of hours about their exotic experiences in middle of nowhere islands in the pacific. They were happy to share their stories and I was captivated as thoughts ran through my mind of experiencing such things myself someday. Time flew as we sat and talked. We traded emails and said our goodbyes. I went to the supermarket to stock up on food for the Cassiar. I got some dehydrated soup mixes, noodles, more granola bars, and some ground meat and rice to cook tonight. I went back to our camping spot and took down my tent and packed up for the ride out of town. I cruised around looking for Thomas but couldn't find him. I met a man named Ernest who was very interested in my travels. We talked for a bit and then parted as I continued my search for Thomas. I finally found him near the Sign Post Forest and he had just finished his dinner. He told me he found a sign from his town in Germany and wanted a picture near it. I started looking around for Miami but couldn't find it. I met a couple from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and told them I went to school very close to that city. So I started looking for Cedar Rapids as well. I found it. Then I found a Miami Beach sign. Close enough. I ran into Ernest again and he said he wanted to take a photo of Thomas and I. We posed for a few photos and he said he's send us copies. Ernest makes photo cards as a side job and he showed us a folder with some awesome photography of his from Alaska and Western Canada. Ernest is an older guy and he had lots of bicycle touring experience in various parts of the world. We said goodbye to Ernest and went to Thomas' sign for a photo. As I took a picture of Thomas near the Koln (Cologne) sign, I noticed a sign for Miami, Indiana. So I had Thomas take a picture of me with my hand over the 'IN'. We cycled a few miles towards the junction, more than half way, before stopping near Albert Creek to set up camp. I cooked up my dinner amongst many mosquitoes. I made so much food I barely finished, but I managed to eat the entire pot of ground bison and wild rice that almost filled up my 2-liter pot. After that nice meal I ate a snickers bar, wrote about my day and went to sleep. (16 miles)

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    Dave
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    Pic: Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake.
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    Pic: Dave posing near Miami.
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    Pic: Thomas Daniel by his hometown sign, Koln (Cologne)
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