Published: June 30th 2012June 29th 2012
No wifi last night, really up in the boonies, stayed in a rustic cabin in behind buckshot Bettie's. We left the Dawson's peak resort by 8:30 am.
We had a nice evening there with some beers and chatting with a couple of brothers from Kansas. The oldest one was turning 75.
As you come down the hill of the highway into Teslin, we crossed our longest bridge on this whole road trip. Another one of those damn metal grated ones. Beautiful view, and a beautiful day. All of our riding has been with beautiful views. Riding thru forests and mountains like this is my favorite riding! We headed up into Whitehorse and went thru town to find the Yukon brewing company. Only place in the Yukon to brew their own beers. Tried a few samples, but we arrived there too early for a tour. It's certainly not like the Coors brewery I visited in Golden CO.
Roads were fairly decent. Some more road construction and about 30 miles of gravel. Coming into Haines junction we came off the hill and into the platue you get a stunning wide angle view of all the mountains surrounding us. It was
like they rose up. We had a quick meal and then hit Kluane RV park to meet up with Bruce's friends Chris and Linda. They are also touring around in their pimping RV toy hauler. Chris had his road king with him and they rode with us the rest of our way up to Beaver Creek. Omg amazing amazing views especially the first leg of the way. I would have liked to stop for photo ops, but it's hard enough to get Bruce to stop for them, and with them with us too I decided I will stop on my way back down as we will have to cover the same roadway when we head back to catch our ferry later tHis coming week. Its nice for Chris and Linda cause she's on the back taking tons of pictures as he rides. After Destruction Bay the road really was awful. Super rough and bumpy, tons of frost heaves, and busy dodging potholes. You really had to be on your game alert and aware. I was happy to finally get up to Beaver Creek for the night. They joined us for dinner, and then headed back to their campground. We did
just over 400 miles for the day. Saw only one bear, and I'm sure it was a woodchuck on the side of the highway standing up nibbling on a flower. It was so cute it didn't look real. It made me laugh thinking of that geico commercial with the woodchucks.
We got a fire started in our wood burning stove in the cabin, but it didn't take long and the place was cooking hot!!Woke up early this morning to the sound of thunder and pounding rain. I was dreading the thought of leaving. We never did get away as early as we thought. A few complications. Luckily it worked out. Rough road again heading to the border. Some yucky washboard gravel.The rain had stopped which was good. Almost smooth sailing after that, but still some rough roads and patches of gravel. The further we got the roads smoothed out, and we found ourselves in a nice long straight stretch of road after some twisted, and started hauling ass past a state trooper coming the other way. He flagged us, nice guy let us off with a warning to slow down, and told us to enjoy Alaska. Yay! Shortly after
that we came to the end of the Alaska highway. We conquered it all! Stopped at the milepost 1422 landmark to get our photos. Geared up with rain gear cause ominous clouds were in our future. We carried on up highway 2 and made our stop at The North Pole! I even got to see Santa! I saw 3 moose on our way up, and the woman at the visitor centre showed us pictures of the moose that hang out in her backyard. We also got to see the reindeer at Santa Clauses house.
We arebone sitting comfortable in our awesome hotel with a big suite in Fairbanks. Sun is a shining! It won't really even go down. I think tonight it sets at like 3:24 am and rises about an hour or so later! It's nice and warm here, and we've bought a case of this cheap American beer to stock our big fridge. I still need to check my mileage for today.
There are more photos below