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Alaska Motorcycle Trip

This is my solo motorcycle trip to Alaska in June, 2009 (timed for the summer solstice). I drove to Dawson Creek, B.C. to start the Alaska Highway at Mile 0 and took it to Mile 1422 at the terminus of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction. I continued to Fairbanks and drove the Dalton Highway (featured on "Ice Truckers") to Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay. I returned to Fairbanks to run the Midnight Sun Fun Run for the Solstice Festival. I cut out Denali National Park in order to have sufficient time to drive (400 miles!!!) back down the Alaska Highway to catch my ferry in Skagway. From Whitehorse to Skagway I drove through White Pass, an incredible drive. Absolutely incredible. From Skagway I ferried to Juneau where I spent 2.5 days hiking and touring Tracy Arm Fjord by boat. I also toured the State Capitol but I did not get to meet Sarah Palin! From Juneau I ferried to Prince Rupert, B.C. and drove home from there. Besides weather and bad roads, I worked through a stretched drive chain, burnt out headlight, several blown fuses (until I figured out how to use my heated clothing within the limits of my power outlet), complete rear brake failure, a dump in some deep gravel, a blown head gasket (discovered after I got home), a failed water pump seal (caused by the head gasket) and a coolant leak that almost nixed my getting home.
New Tires and Brakes
New Tires and Brakes
Higher Windscreen
Higher Windscreen
Gerbing Heated Clothing
Gerbing Heated Clothing
Wash-In Waterproofing
Wash-In Waterproofing
Birch Bay State Park at Blaine WA
Birch Bay State Park at Blaine WA
Hell's Gate Airtram, B.C.
Hell's Gate Airtram, B.C.
Wildfire in Ashcroft, B.C.
Wildfire in Ashcroft, B.C.
Chainsaw Carving Championships in Chetwynd, B.C.
Chainsaw Carving Championships in Chetwynd, B.C.
Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Midge and Me at Sikanni River
Midge and Me at Sikanni River
Impromptu Motorcycle Gang Raisin' Hell on the Alaska Highway
Impromptu Motorcycle Gang Raisin' Hell on the Alaska Highway
Stone Sheep on the Alaska Highway
Stone Sheep on the Alaska Highway
Bison Along the Alaska Hwy
Bison Along the Alaska Hwy
Black Bear Sow and Her Cubs Along the Alaska Highway
Black Bear Sow and Her Cubs Along the Alaska Highway
Brown Bear Along Alaska Highway
Brown Bear Along Alaska Highway
Liard Hot Springs
Liard Hot Springs
Wildfire Near Liard, B.C.
Wildfire Near Liard, B.C.
Watson Lake, Yukon
Watson Lake, Yukon
Yukon Harley Davidson in Whitehorse
Yukon Harley Davidson in Whitehorse
Welcome to Alaska
Welcome to Alaska
Mile 1422, the End of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction
Mile 1422, the End of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction
The First Indication of What Lies Ahead on the Dalton Highway
The First Indication of What Lies Ahead on the Dalton Highway
Impromptu Motorcycle Gang at the Yukon River Camp
Impromptu Motorcycle Gang at the Yukon River Camp
Hot Spot Cafe at Mile J60 on the Dalton Highway
Hot Spot Cafe at Mile J60 on the Dalton Highway
Moose With Calf Along the Dalton Highway
Moose With Calf Along the Dalton Highway
Arctic Circle, Mile 115 on the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse is Mile 415)
Arctic Circle, Mile 115 on the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse is Mile 415)
Coldfoot Camp
Coldfoot Camp
Entering the Brooks Range Near Coldfoot, AK
Entering the Brooks Range Near Coldfoot, AK
Buried Alaska Pipeline
Buried Alaska Pipeline
Approaching Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
Approaching Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
Climbing Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
Climbing Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
The Top of Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
The Top of Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range
Approaching Galbraith Lake; The Alaska Pipeline is on the Left
Approaching Galbraith Lake; The Alaska Pipeline is on the Left
The Brooks Range on the Dalton Highway
The Brooks Range on the Dalton Highway
Arctic Wolf
Arctic Wolf
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
The Arctic Plain
The Arctic Plain
Refuelling Stop Near Happy Valley
Refuelling Stop Near Happy Valley
Herds of Caribou and Muskoxen
Herds of Caribou and Muskoxen
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Traffic on the Dalton Highway (aka The Haul Road)
Traffic on the Dalton Highway (aka The Haul Road)
The Dalton Highway into Deadhorse
The Dalton Highway into Deadhorse
Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean
Filling Up at America's Northern-most Gas Station, Tesoro Alaska in Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay
Filling Up at America's Northern-most Gas Station, Tesoro Alaska in Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay
Tough Road Conditions on the Dalton Hwy
Tough Road Conditions on the Dalton Hwy
Total Rear Brake Failure
Total Rear Brake Failure
Midnight Sun 10K Fun Run in Fairbanks
Midnight Sun 10K Fun Run in Fairbanks
White Pass, Yukon
White Pass, Yukon
Camping in Carcross
Camping in Carcross
Caught Red-Handed!!!
Caught Red-Handed!!!
Cruise Ship Diesel Cloud
Cruise Ship Diesel Cloud
Alaska Ferry Southbound to Juneau
Alaska Ferry Southbound to Juneau
Juneau, AK
Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Humpback Whale Near Juneau, AK
Steep Rock Walls of Tracy Arm Fjord
Steep Rock Walls of Tracy Arm Fjord
Seals in Tracy Arm Fjord
Seals in Tracy Arm Fjord
Bald Eagle on an Iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord
Bald Eagle on an Iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord
The Mendenhall Glacier at Juneau
The Mendenhall Glacier at Juneau
Ice Cave Under Mendenhall Glacier
Ice Cave Under Mendenhall Glacier
Motorcycles on the Alaska Ferry
Motorcycles on the Alaska Ferry
Cribbage Nemeses
Cribbage Nemeses