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Eating wild blueberries at Wonder Lake

A nice lady that I met while at Cheena Hot Springs told me to skip going into Denali park. The best views of the mountain are from the South side at around mile 135. I had already reserved my spot for the 11 hour Denali transit bus ride to Wonder Lake. You can drive your own vehicle the first part of the road, but to really see the park, you have to take a bus. I was interested to find … Read More

Ride to Denali National Park

I left camp north of Fairbanks heading south toward Denali. There are still a lot of views on the Steese Highway that I had to stop and enjoy. I stopped briefly in Fairbanks to resupply, then on I went. I didn’t have a reservation (the place I tried to reserve near Denali, sent me a cryptic email, but basically they had had no vacancy). The weather was getting overcast and I started to have concerns about my Denali 11 hour … Read More

Circle Alaska – The Steese Road

Circle was established in 1893 as gold was discovered in the Yukon.  It sits on the banks of the Yukon river and was an important site for offloading goods shipped up the Yukon and then transported to a number of mining camps. The miners named ther settlement “Circle” ad they believed it was on the Arctic Circle.  The actual Arctic Circle is still about 50 miles north. On my was to Circle, I stopped at a pullout with a view … Read More

Sidetrip to Cheena Hot Springs

Only a few hours north of Fairbanks is Cheena Hot Springs.  I headed there with a reservation for one of their Yurts.  I have thought of Yurts as “glamping”, but have never stayed in one. I found the Yurt to be cold.  The cot provided was fine, but I have my own cot in my camping gear. While it was nice to enjoy the springs and ice house, it would have been nicer to camp on the Cheena River and … Read More

Fun in Fairbanks

I stayed in Fairbanks at a hostel – a first for me. On an overcast day I took the opportunity to get an oil change and a new pair of tires.  Now I am all set for the rest of the trip. And while my bike was getting some TLC, I enjoyed a breakfast of reindeer sausage, hashbrowns, and scrambled eggs. I took in a couple of cool museums – each of these deserve a photo album of their own… … Read More

Direction Fairbanks

While it rained all night, I rested well on the cot provided in the wall tent and slept in late.  I enjoyed chatting with the few other bikers who had stayed there. A V-Strom 650, GS 1200, and DR 650 got us there.  While I debated about the best bike to make it to Alaska, I think that almost any motorcycle can get you here.  You just need a range of ~200 miles on a tank of gas and expect … Read More

Arrived in Alaska- Tok

While I enjoyed the blue skies, in order to reach Fairbanks or Anchorage. I will need to pass through Tok – and that means riding through rain. I fell asleep last night with the sleeping bag and a Kentucky bourbon in the hammock.  It was a nice evening with a good campfire to keep any bugs away. I’ve found the perfect size pine that sways in the breeze to gently rock the hammock. It was still light outside after midnight … Read More

Decision Morning- Heading South

Decision needed…  The bad weather is projected to hang over Dawson, Chicken, Tok, the Dempster through next weekend.  A severe weather advisory for high winds in the highlands north of Chicken makes this path pretty risky.  I sat on the Yukon River bank overlooking the ferry landing for a reality check.  Not many trucks or cars are venturing out. While I expect I could find periods where it isn’t raining and make my way across Top of the World- it … Read More

Wandering around Dawson

Today is a day just to sightsee.  Dawson was a thriving town of 30,000 people in the frenzy of the gold rush.  Here are a few highlights of my wandering around. This 1957 film shown in the Dawson History Museum is posted on YouTube.  Many of the photos in the film came from glass prints.   Walked by the Robert Service cabin and read a few of his poems including The Cremation of Sam McGee. Just a block away is Jack … Read More

55 in Dawson

I made it to Dawson for my 55th birthday.  After a couple of weeks on the road, and a number of days of camping, my first order was to get a beard trim and do laundry. I have one of the nicest cabins for the next two nights – a restored 1896 cabin by the riverfront.  

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