More epic riding heading SW down the Tok cut off then onto the Glenn HWY, amazing scenery, there seems to be glaciers around every bend. Passing the Wrangell Mountains we could see the mass of the tallest peak Mt Sanford at 16,237ft the summit was just occluded by cloud.
Decided to call Palmer our destination as we had planned to ride the hadgerpass which runs past the independence mine, a friend had told us it was an epic ride and the photos we had looked at on-line before our trip had looked stunning.
Lived it up in Palmer at the Colony Inn which was quite luxurious including a Jacuzzi bath tub.
As we pulled into the Colony Inn parking lot we noticed across a small field a band was playing and people were gathering. Low and behold a pub with an outrageous selection of beers on tap was a mere stone’s throw from our humble abode….off we went :)
Heard from Miller. We were a little saddened to hear he is not riding the mighty Versys up to Haines
and back down (pussy) he will be flying in (and out)!!!
Enjoy the pics!!!
Excellent ride out of Dawson, had to take the car ferry across the Klondike River. We had heard some horror stories the day before about people crossing the Top of the World HWY in greasy conditions in 6 inches of mud! With the journey taking 5-6 hrs. We hoped conditions were better today.
Trip across the Top of the World was nothing but epic. Stunning vistas and some cool riding made for an awesome day on the bikes. Christine is looking pretty comfortable standing on her pegs on a fully laden adventure bike—she is such a good rider!
Crossed back into the US at the most northern US border crossing then stopped briefly in a town that was supposed to be name Ptarmigan, however, they could not spell so they called it Chicken.
We had heard from a fellow biker about an all biker camping place in Tok, so we sought it out. The options were a cabin for two or an ambulance for two (really an ambulance), the ambulance would have been a sure thing if it did not smell so musty, so we opted for the cabin. Private sauna was awesome, clothes optional;)
Tomorrow we will probably be heading SW towards Anchorage and the Kenai peninsula. The Alaska Range looms on the horizon, it's quite a sight.
Enjoy the pics, stay tuned
Bret at MOTOTREK (http://mototrek.net) just reviewed our recently-refined Alcan motorcycle hand cover. He did a smashing job telling our story (Bret is a helluva storyteller!!). Anywho, we thought it is more than share-worthy...
The ride from Skagway took us through BC and then into the Yukon. This section of road simply leaves one saying "wow". We could barely keep our eyes on the road the scenery was so epic.
The obligatory cavity search by Canadian customs, then we were on our way. Made a stop in Whitehorse for a coffee, bustling capital city. Onward… The Yukon is a vast territory with minimal to no people on the roads most of the time, countless lakes, rivers, spruce and deciduous trees, making us feel quite small in comparison. Lots of road signs that look similar to ^^^ which means uneven road. One area was quite gravelly, muddy, and greasy .
Made it safely to Carmacks where we made camp for the night. Met some other bikers there from France, Columbia, US, and Argentina. Federico from Argentina has been traveling for a year now on a 250cbx Honda.
Today we traveled from Carmacks to Dawson City—a cool old mining town. Dirt roads through town and most of the buildings appear to be from the early 1900s. Lots of adventure bikes in town to our surprise. Apparently the bikers and some big adventure bike outfitters are here to watch the summer solstice and do some sort of poker run.