Thursday, July 15, 2010

Anchorage to Fairbanks

Mike and I just returned from this year's vacation. Mike talked me into riding a motorcycle up the Dalton Highway in Alaska. The rest of the time we explored Canada. We went to the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and Alberta. We ended in Seattle. Mike tells me that in 14 days we drove about 4,700 miles.

The trip was very nice and we luckily had good weather (mostly). These pictures are in reverse order of what I intented. I'll have to fix that problem on the next post.

We got into the hotel in Anchorage at like 5:30am East Coast time or 1:30am Alaska time. Got up after a descents night sleep and went to pick up the used rental bike we purchased. The shop recommended that we take a slight detour on our way to Fairbanks. They suggested the Hatcher Pass. This was a dirt road and it was beautiful. It was a very good recommendation and got the trip off to a good start.

Mike tried to ruin that good start by losing our tank bag after a gas stop. Upon realizing the bag was missing we retraced our steps and couldn't find the bag. We went back into the gas station and no one had turned it in. There was another gas station just a short distance up the road so we stopped there too. By some miracle, they had our bag!!!! Someone saw it drop off the bike and thought we'd come from that gas station. They took the time to stop and turn the our bag into the store. What a super nice thing to do!!
I think this is on the way to Fairbanks.

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass

And we're off...this was the cleanest the bike would ever be!!

Mountain peaks as seen from the plane.


Annette Hudson said...

Glad you got back safe and sound. Pictures are great! Can hardly wait to see the rest!

Susan said...

I am totally NOT jealous...

Myra a.k.a Mom said...

I want to go. . . .but on a bus.