Hi Everyone. Today I leave Whitehorse and travel to Tok, Alaska. it is a 397 miles (639 km) ride over some very messed up roadway lying upon semi-frozen perma frost. I’ve had reports of some nasty frost heaves, with some sections of roadway dropping as much as five feet. So it will be slow-going to say the least.
I’m staying at a place called The Golden Bear tonight in Tok. I’m not sure there is a whole lot of internet access in Tok, so I may not be able to do any updates. I’m betting Verizon will not work up there either.
Tomorrow, Sunday, I travel an easy 204 miles From Tok to Fairbanks. I’ve just had another rider inquiry about the Dalton, and possibility of renting a vehicle for the drive up. There must be something up with the road as I hear so many people talking about renting a vehicle. I watch a website that Alaska has for road conditions. All I see for the Dalton is lane restrictions, delays, pilot cars, heavy roadway equipment on the road, lane closures, etc, etc, etc. So it sounds like for me, with a big heavy bike and load, the safer route for me is definitely the Ford Escape.
I would tell you all that the BMW id performing flawlessly, but that might jinx me, so I won’t. Even laiden down with what I guess is at around total weight of 1000 lbs. BMW says it is rated to 1045 lbs. So I’m good, right? After riding it continuously for 3,276 miles in the last 8 days, I love riding this bike. And Rocky Mayer did a great job on my seat. I ride all day without getting a sore butt.
So I’m off to Tok soon now. The hotels here do not have elevators and I’m on the 2nd floor in the middle of the building. So I have at least five trips to haul everything I bring into the hotel at night. The panniers have ben staying on the bike since they are too heavy to haul up and down and back and forth. I just take the essentials in at night.
Have a nice day everyone.
Riding between Watson Lake and Whitehorse, I happen to pass my twin. Same bike, same helmet.
Today an easy ride in pleasant weather to Whitehorse from Watson Lake. Only about 270 miles, or 436 kilometers. I started off my day yesterday losing my riding partner as his father has taken ill and he left in search of a plane to get him back to Colorado quickly. So I am all alone again. Well, not really. I’ve got about ten other people who are taking the same route I am, so we run into each other during the day and evening.
The weather yesterday for riding was yucky. Upper 50’s, raining off and on, and riding thru freshly sealcoated roadway. Which means lots of dust. I am officially coated with dust mud as is the bike, cameras, and everything else exposed to it.
But having fun and I’m off the Whitehorse.
Yesterday morning, just west of Fort Nelson, I stopped off at Testa Rivers Outfitters to try one of their famous cinnamon buns. Paul, here in the picture, is the third generation famly member to run the shop. Been here for 39 years. Great shop, and the buns had just come out of the oven about half-hour ago. They are huge. I got two breakfasts, yesterday and today’s off of one bun. If your up that way, please check Testa Rivers Outfitters out. Really nice people and great buns – cinnamon that is.
I am officially on the Alaska Highway. Spending the night at Fort Nelson. Have a new riding buddy. We are still evaluating the ride up to Prudhoe Bay on the Dalton. A group of guys staying here at our hotel tonight just came down from the Dempster. Said extra calcium chloride is being put down on it too, but it just slows them down. Oh, and makes one big mess of the bikes.
Riding Along On the Bighorn Highway
Visiting the Athabasca Glacier
Along the Icefield Parkway in Alberta, Canada, I came across a Glacier known as the Athabasca Glacier. I stopped and took a little walk up to the Glacier hoping to have a chance at walking on it. I am preparing a video on my little excursion today and hope to have it up for you all soon.
I have met some really fantastic people today along the Icefield Parkway. If you were one of them, thanks for spending some time with me. This is what traveling by motorbike is all about.
Today I traveled from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Glasgow, Montana. I intended to travel to Havre, Montana. However, I had a few sidetracks today.
Each time I stop for fuel, a bite to eat, or even just for a brief stop, people come running over to talk to me about the bike and ask where i’m headed. I won’t go into anymore detail as I discussed this issue already. It is really great to meet everyone. I especially enjoyed talk with a fellow who works at the McDonalds I ate lunch at today.
My Gopro after riding 40 miles this evening.