Sirius Rally Team

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Day 3 Review – Mass Transit

Yesterday we drove 750 miles from New Hazelton BC to Whitehorse YT. At the end of such a long day in the car we preferred beers and karaoke over updating the website, and, it turned out, setting our alarm clocks. That’s technically a day 4 story, so more on our sleep in later.

The Sirius Team stuck close together on day 3, accompanied by the truck’s transit buddies Stevan and Kristin, in their blue Subaru. We left early to enjoy the sunrise and to make time for a quick detour west to see the Bear Glacier. A quick TSD section in the afternoon was all that was on the schedule aside from the transit, but we had a great time stopping for some photos and snowplay all along the route. We’re learning to use our in car camera, but the roads are so picturesque that we end up with a lot of video. The experience reminded me of driving the Icefields Parkway, because it’s very hard not to stop at every corner and marvel at the mountains. August was the driver and tour guide all the way to Dease Lake, because he works in the area occasionally. It’s a popular heliskiing destination that gets massive snowfalls, and in many places the banks were so high we couldn’t get good photos. Since I’m the camera happy one, I’ll be in the back seat for the scenic stuff from now on – Gord was (understandably) unimpressed with being blasted with cold highway speed winds whenever I opened the front window to snap a shot.

At the end of the TSD section our little convoy of cars 16-19 had agreed to wait for one another. When I set my feet out after we pulled over, they sank into perfect packing snow, and I could not resist the temptation to start a snowball fight. The huge truck offered a great barrier and we were lobbing snowballs over it onto the other blue Subaru, as well as pelting the Keatley’s windows and interrupting Josh’s calculations. It occurred to us that we were the last competitors through the rally, as most of the other cars had elected to take an earlier time through, so we joined forces in preparation for the control crews that would exit the reg soon after. We ambushed the first car, who promptly reported our hooliganism to the rest of the crews, but we waited for the next crew anyways. Since I can’t aim or throw for anything I underestimated the impact of a crowd that can! The scores at the end of the day showed terrible numbers that we’re calling ‘snowball penalties’.

We’re on to Dawson now, after an outstanding time at the iceX this morning.


February 20, 2008 - Posted by | 2008 Winter Alcan 5000


  1. Great to hear from you. We missed your update this morning – I get up to read it at 6 A.M. before heading off to work. Sounds like another wonderful day of adventure. Thank Bill & Doug for their regular reports on their blog and for the pictures.
    You’ve been organizing snow ball fights – and anything else that needed organizing – since your were 2 years old, so it’s no surprise that Bill & Doug branded you as instigator. At least you didn’t try building Moose snow sculptures, yet.
    Clear and cold here – much colder than the Yukon!! It should be perfect for the lunar eclipse. Enjoy.
    Luv Dad (Mum is in Owen Sound, weather permitting with the snow squalls, and will be following you from there).

    Comment by dad | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. HI
    We also are really enjoying tracking your adventure as you
    head farther and farther north. Particularly like the
    picture at Bear Glacier—“we’re not cold, we’re Canadian!”
    Sounds like you all are having a wonderful time.Nice to be
    in the sunshine every day. Dad and I are completely tuned
    in to the rom tracker, marking your route on google earth.
    Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
    Mum and Dad

    Comment by Marg Ryall | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Just in from watching the lunar eclipse. Some red wine, tunes on the satellite radio (C&W of course, with Mum away – and Corb Lund on the CD). Very special knowing you guys will see the same thing 3 hours from now. The stars around the eclipse look great, but the Big Dipper pointers – one pointing as usual to the ubiquitous North Star, the other end pointing to the eclipse is kinda neat. Of course, the brightest star is found by following the Orion stars to Sirius in the south, eclipsed only by the brightest in the Yukon – Team Sirius – the seven person, 3 vehicle team of the finest adventurists out there. Enjoying the blogs, comments, and everything else we kind find about your trip….. I’d love to hear from Josh again and his Dad if you can encourage them to write again on the web site
    Wishing you all well
    Philosopher Bob (J’s Dad)

    Comment by dad daly again | February 20, 2008 | Reply

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