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Alaska by bike, Juneau!!

I hear it rains frequently in Juneau, quite frequently.  However, we were treated with an absolutely spectacular day today. When the weather's good in Juneau, the town sparkles.

We are camping at Mendenhall Lake with the massive glacier as our back drop, complete with floating icebergs. Today we went on a brilliant hike up Mt Roberts, spectacular views and such fantastic weather today. The only thing to spoil the view looking down are the obnoxiously large cruise ships, I cannot believe the size of these floating hotels, no wonder they excrete so much waste.

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Women ADV Riders Christmas gift guide

Women ADV riders just gave us a great shout out in their 2017 Holiday gift guide!

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Alaska Inside Passage

What a sweet place to park our bikes for a few days!

Two beds, room to stick our gear and to my surprise another door that I immediately thought was a connection to the adjacent cabin, is an en-suite bathroom! Pretty sweet.

The trip up has been a mixture of rain and high cloud, we have already seen a majestic humpback shoot water in the air and flip it's mighty tail fin out of the water, very cool. Bald eagles seem to be everywhere, chilling in the tree tops like the the crown of a totem.  Sharp mountains rise up from the water, very reminiscent of the Milford sound, it’s a beautiful sight.

The grub on the Malaspina has exceeded our expectations, we were prepared for an onslaught of nasty fried food, although, the nasty stuff is available, there are lots of options, and I had a killer pork roast with mash and Christine had a surprisingly good Chicken Adobo

Onward to Juneau!






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Alaska Marine Highway here we come!!

Words from Christine…After months of planning and preparation we finally set out on our epic journey.  The weather was quite pleasant, well at first. As we rode the rain came and the wind picked up. I thought we might be blown away to Kansas!  Luckily the bikes stayed on the ground and we made it to Kirkland, then off again to Bay View campground where we got to rest our tired selves.

545 miles total! The longest time I have ever ridden on a bike in one day.

Really glad I purchased the butt pad!  BMW stock seats are very hard!.  Quality gear that keeps you protected from the elements is essential , we are sol glad we could keep our hands dry and therefore warm!

About to get on the Ferry! Let the journey begin…

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Two wheels to the Arctic...An Alaska Travel Blog. Preparation

Fitting the right tires.
Using the hitch mount for the NOMAR tire changer, works well, perfect working height. Two Heidenau K60’s are mounted and balanced. We have a lot of experience with these tires and have been very impressed.  The F650(800)GS is now pretty much set and ready to head to the Arctic. Heidenau tires for the Tiger have shipped, I will mount them a week before departure to get every mile out of them as possible.  Alaska beckons...
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Two wheels to the Arctic...An Alaska Travel Blog

One month in Alaska.... Barely enough time to make a dent, however, enough time to scratch the surface.  Carried by two Adventure motorcycles, a Triumph Tiger 800 and a BMW F650GS (800) on our journey. Alaska has always been on the list of places to travel across on a motorcycle (my list anyway). There is no better way to experience a country or a continent than by motorcycle and I hope through this blog you will feel like you are a part of our adventure. Not being in a position right now to take on the entire Pan American highway, we decided to bite off a large portion and take on Alaska. Our trip does include the inside passage, for some this is their Alaska trip, for us this is only a small portion of this adventure. We will be traveling through the Yukon, BC, hiking in Denali in the shadow of the highest mountain in the United States, and across the Arctic circle to the shore line of the Arctic ocean. Stay posted, it's gonna be a fun ride!!

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