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Thanks for the head's up. We should be there day after tomorrow.
We've been chilling in the Anchorage area. Ran down to Seward today despite the rainy forecast. Turned out to be a sunny blue sky day!
Sometimes we take the weather reports with a grain of salt. We finished putting tires on the bikes, shopping, fixing a few odds-n-ends, and regrouping while staying at the house of friends who had gone to Europe. So today we looked at the weather forecasts trying to decide whether to take a day-trip down to Seward, or to head north towards Denali National Park and Fairbanks. One of our friends who is a lifelong Alaskan (I think) told us the ride to Seward was spectacular in nice weather and not worth the bother in the rain.
So this morning the forecast for Seward was for a cloudy day with some rain, predicted to total up to a third of an inch over six hours. But the weather in Anchorage was partly cloudy but dry. So we decided to head down toward Seward and if/when we didn't like the weather we'd just turn around and come back.
We rode down to Seward - all the way! It was cloudy but reasonably warm. As we crested the last hill before descending into Seward we saw blue skies. We stopped at "mile zero" of the original 1910 Iditarod - the sled dog caravan from Seward to Nome carrying medicine to halt/cure a diptheria outbreak. We had to go to the harbor, and found a nice bakery with great sweets for a snack. We hiked to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fiords National Park on the way back north.
We stopped at the local supermarket and bought a mix of seafood - squid, crab meat, mussels, cuttle fish, and shrimp - and cooked up a mess of seafood, sauted in a garlic butter sauce to eat with blueberries for dinner.
Tomorrow we head north towards Fairbanks, into predicted sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Given the reliability of recent forecasts, I think I'll wear my long johns and rain gloves.
It all sounds so impressive from this perspective. I hope you are keeping a written log of these adventures.
Paul is ; )
I just keep a picture log.
Greetings from Fairbanks.
Met AKBeemer and his wife by serendipity at the Harley/BMW dealer. Great fun talking about living in Alaska and riding. Really added color to our trip. Most gracious invitation to help eat killer Halibut.
Off today to find Musk Ox and reindeer and hot springs.
Picstures are through arrival at Denali. Haven't seen the mountain yet.
Thank y'all. I am saving fuel! I won't have to make any more trips up that way if y'all keep doing this good a job with the pictures. I can't even remember Valdez being that nice. If y'all keep doing this good of a job all the way through Gillette I may sell my bike and just hang out at the computer.
Greetings From Dawson City, Yukon Territory
We have settled in at Dawson City for a few days. The Adventure Riders "Dust to Dawson" get together is Friday here so we plan to stay until Saturday. We left Fairbanks and rode to Tok - camped there at "Thompsons Motorcycle Camp." Small campground in the woods with a delightful couple who own it. A bit rustic but perfect, including the sauna done the old fashioned way. Ceder cabin, wood stove, hot rocks, water for steam! If ever in Tok you should find Thompsons.
We left Tok headed up the Taylor Highway from Tetlin Junction to Chicken, Alaska, population about 17 give or take. This is an outpost on the way to Eagle, Alaska, or to Boundary, AK and back in to the Yukon by way of the Top of the World road. Back in 1991 when last we visited, the entire road from Dawson City to Chicken was unpaved. Now the 48 or so mile stretch from Chicken to the border is unpaved. The 60 or so mile stretch in Canada from the border to Dawson City was theoretically paved a few years ago. About 10% of the paving remains: the rest has returned to its rocky roots. And to make it worse they keep trying to improve it with grading, and new gravel, and water. The old road in the U.S. was much better than the improved in Canada. Progress isn't all it's cracked up to be. But nobody crashed and nothing got broken so it was a good day in the north country. Beautiful country as the road winds up and down and around, often above the tree line.
I did have one unscheduled stop - beside the road - about half way up to Chicken from Tok. Flat tire!! We removed the wheel and installed the spare inner tube. Pumped it up! Off we go again!!
Now back to the "Hey You Two in the Tent." We arrived in Dawson late yesterday afternoon. Found the campground, set up the tent next to a couple from Europe riding a Honda Africa Twin, and headed back downtown for a good restaurant dinner. When we got back Voni wandered off to the store, or laundry, or restroom, and the guy said, "You are five minutes late. There was a bear just here." I pointed towards Voni and said, "Don't tell her." But secrets are hard to keep. An hour or so later a conservation officer drove up and asked, "Did he come back?" So the cat was out of the bag, or the bear was out of the woods, so to speak.
About 12:15 in the morning (it was still light out) we were awakened to, "Hey you two in the tent." It was an RCMP officer - a real Mountie, but in a car, with no dog sled in sight. He just wanted us to know that the pesky bear had once again been spotted in the campground just down the road, about 100 yards from ours. I said thanks. After asking Voni "What do we do now?" and having no answer, I went back to sleep. Voni will have to speak for herself regarding her overactive imagination and nervous system.
Today is a "tourist" day here in Dawson. Laundry, etc!! The riders mostly start arriving on Thursday so today is a "chill" day until friends and soon to be friends arrive.
Paul, can you out run Voni? That is all that is required.
Tm Pterodactyl MT Outpost
Pictures from Denali to Fairbanks to Chicken to Dawson:
Thank goodness the bear was not in your tent as well. Thanks to the RCMP who do a lot. Here are what they do to get their jobs. Hope you enjoy.
try that with you drill instuctor
Great ride report Thanks.
They told us this morning that bear won't be bothering anyone.
This next is from Paul, too . . .
We are hanging around Daawson for the Adventure Rider's "Dust to
Dawson." Maybe it ought to be renamed "Mud to Dawson."
Today is Thursday. The busiest business in Dawson on Wednesday was the
car wash. Cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles, including a very nice
Ural two=-wheel drive sidecar rig lined up to remove mud, grime, and
calcium chloride slime from everything they could spray with the washer
Last Friday we looked at the weather and decided Tuesday was the day to
ride from Chicken to Dawson on the Top of the World Highway. The
forecast was for a few showers (maybe) Tuesday, but rain Tuesday night
and Wednesday. We rode on a few slick spots from earlier showers, and
one soft spot where a grader had been disinproving the road. But we had
it easy compared to Wednesday's riders.
One pair of riders came in on a Triumph Bonneville scrambler and Harley
of some sort. I asked the Triumph rider"How was the road." He said,
"It was pretty slick. I would have been scared if I'd been able to see
but I had mud and fog all over my face shield." I nodded to the Harley
rider but he wasn't much up to talking just yet.
We spent two days camped at a pretty nice campground just at the edge of
town. Some RVs, but a nice wooded circle for tents near a nice babbling
creek! Today we are moving in to town to a room at White's Cabins - in
a block of three rooms/cabins arranged by our friend Barb at Alaska
Leather. Barb is bringing a new front tire (which we will need later
down the road) for Voni's bike and a replacement spare inner tube so I
don't havae to patch the semi-shredded one from my encounter with a nail
When we leave here Saturday we will head down the Alaska Highway to
Whitehorse, Watson Lake, and Fort Nelson. We plan to detour north from
Fort Nelson up to Fort Liard in the Northwest Territories before we
continue southward, eventually to Lacey, Washington to visit Voni's Aunt
Genevieve. Then on to Gillette, Wyoming for the BMW MOA rally in mid
I just hate this having to be in such a hurry all the time
for us from Malaga, Spain. One of these years we may make the ride but the world abroad keeps us away for the summer! We meet up with Griz and Sherri next week back in Germany! Glad you are having a real adventure with bears, mud, rain, sun, and all that... We are all sun for the last week here on the beaches of the Mediterranean. Back on the road tomorrow. Enjoy Dawson and tell Dick (you'll meet him) that Gina and Jerry wish him luck maintaining order in Dawson!
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Still enjoying your visit from my arm chair. Sounds like a great adventure.
Most likely will win the most miles award at the Rally?
soon to join the Eurodactyls in Germany, as well.
Please give everyone my best - Katoomer, Dapman, Barb, Dick... wish I could be there, too. Hey ask Dick about that ticket he got a few years ago at Glacier National Park on the way to Spokane. heh heh
Sounds like you're having a great time. Too bad about having too be in such a hurry all the time.
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