In order to complete the Yukon loop we had to travel into Alaska on the Top of the World Highway. This was actually the road in the worst condition of any road we traveled on, but had a great view as a lot of it was on a ridge line. We came to the Northernmost border crossing at Poker Creek Alaska, population 2 (the customs agents). This security at this crossing had been improved substantially since 9/11, but was fairly relaxed as far as border crossings go. Another hour on the dirt road, and we were in Chicken, Alaska.
Legend has it that the ptarmigan sustained the first settlers who came in search of gold. Unable to spell ptarmigan, they named the place Chicken. Chicken’s main business is serving tourists as a rest stop and souvenir stand. Excellent pies are available at the rest stop!
Back on paved road, we drove to Tok, which is the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Richardson Highway, which goes to Valdez, Alaska. Tok was a quiet town, which had more gas stations than restaurants, but did have an excellent view of the Alaska Range, home to Mt. McKinley. The weather cleared up in Tok, and was the brightest sunlight either of us had ever seen as a result of the incredibly clean air.