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North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks September 17th 2015

After two days (or nights) of driving long distances in the dark, rain and snow, we made the decision to push on from Denali towards Fairbanks rather than returning to the park. Our first objective was to find somewhere for a hot breakfast, as surviving on cold food in the snow was beginning to lose its appeal. We sped past Healy and made our way to the railway town of Nenana. The whole town seems geared towards tourism, but as we were there out of season, almost everything was closed, from the wood cabin tourist office to almost every diner and restaurant bar one. The Rough Wood Inn was open and serving breakfast, so we headed in out of the cold. There we were treated to the uniquely American experience of listening to the locals deride ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 23rd 2015

Click here for photos from Day 1, Fairbanks Alaska, an excellent choice. On the other hand, I never thought I’d return from anytrip saying, “Can’t wait to get home to the sunshine.” I often say to whomever would listen that Northeastern Pennsylvania is the second most overcast place on the planet; we’re right behind Seattle on that list. Since humans are naturally happier when the sun is shining, I go on to claim, those of us fortunate enough to live in NEPA learn to find happiness even in gloom. Certainly I exaggerate our climate’s place on the overcast list, but this trip to Alaska has made me appreciate the happiness of home even more. It seems a bit odd that this blog would be (ostensibly) about the photos when it was conceded before we departed that ... read more
Captain Binkley reflecting Discovery I
David Monson at the Trail Breaker Kennel

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 14th 2015

We have four nights in Fairbanks. The roads were good, the distance about 111 miles from Denali ... a short drive on a chilly day. Along the way we made a stop in a small town named Nenana. The story has it that a lady won the entire town in a pool game. It was also the starting point of the 1925 Diphtheria Serum Race to Nome. As we pulled in to the small town, we had a caravan of at least 8-10 motorhomes with tow cars lining the entire length of this town, only to find most of the town closed down since the death of this elderly lady. Nenana also has the Ice Classic yearly, where they place a huge iron piece out on the frozen river and sell chances on the day, hour, ... read more
We Made It!
Nenana Ice Classic

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 10th 2015

After leaving Fairbanks our adventurous team headed as far North in Alaska as we could ride our motorcycles. We picked up the Dolton highway and rode across the Yukon river bridge where we had lunch and refuelled. We reached The basic service town of Coldfoot where we refuelled again and had our dinner as we were heading onto Wisman and there was nothing to eat there. We left the three Harley Davidson's in Coldfoot and Radar, Nikki, Pistol Pete and Julie jumped in the truck with Wayne for the challenging ride to Deadhorse the next day. We stayed at Boreal Cabins in this rustic village. The sun was still shining at 10.30 pm and the night only went to dusk before the sun rose again.With such a tranquil setting Cupid was active with his arrows and ... read more
Rocky Road Tailgate Lunch up the Dolton Highway
Yep, rolls were pretty good!!
This Goob sets like concrete!!

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 9th 2015

We woke up this morning rearing to go, albeit slightly hungover after a very social evening! We got into our riding kit and loaded the bike, I jumped up onto my perch and Trev turned the key to the bike and it turned over but wouldn't start! Trev tried it again and then it wouldn't even turn over. We were upset and perplexed as to why it had run so excellently the previous day and then just wouldn't start. Anyhow, we loaded the bike onto the back of the chase truck and jumped in for the drive back to Fairbanks with the hope of having it diagnosed and repaired at The Outpost (a BMW dealership in Fairbanks). We went there first thing the following day and naturally they were VERY busy and could "maybe fit us ... read more
Rosco, Jerry, Trev, Lawrence and Bart

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 5th 2015

We all arrived in Vancouver on Sunday night and we were ready to ride our motorcycles by Tuesday afternoon, thanks to the great organisation of Greg and his team at Mondiale in New Zealand and Vancouver. We left Vancouver on Wednesday morning in stinking hot weather as we headed North to Alaska via Whistler and some great scenery to our first over night stop at Williams Lake. The riding in this part of Canada is very picturesque along with many little lakes surrounded by the millions of pine trees. The further north we went the denser be came the Pine trees it was like we were riding along in a tunnel. By the time we reached New Hazelton everybody was set in their pattern of Riding in their little groups, I even got to ride ... read more
Picking up the bikes
Rocky celebrating the recovery of our bikes
Good to be on the road again.

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 5th 2015

The Parks Highway continues northward from the entrance of Denali to Fairbanks. My past impression of the 2ndlargest city in Alaska was one of a bleak downtown populated with drunks and not much else. To add to the malaise, it averages 13 below in January and the mosquitoes are notoriously vicious in summer heat. Our time in Fairbanks this year gave me an entirely new appreciation for this thriving and vibrant city. We were heading to Fairbanks to see a childhood friend and extended family member, Mark Ross, a naturalist at Creamer’s Field, a migratory waterfowl refuge. He is a marvelous artist who creates Field Notes for the sanctuary. After a tour of Creamer’s Field, Mark shared some local culture with us at the Howling Dog saloon, the North Star Golf Club (the northernmost course in ... read more
Terry and Mark in local Howling Dog saloon
Mark Ross field sketch regarding moose
Mark Ross naturalist at Creamers Field

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks August 4th 2015

A fairly short ride today of 325ks. The first stretch was very straight with not a lot to see but soon enough we had some bends, bridges and small villages. We had a few stops to stretch and stopped for lunch at the City of North Pole. The town is true to it's name with candy cane stripes on the lamp posts and Christmas decorations everywhere. We went to Wendy's and inside was fully decorated; even the police car was decorated. Had a walk through Santa's house and had a photo on Santa's knee. Next we just had a small ride to Fairbanks where we are staying for the next two nights before heading up the Dalton Highway. ... read more
Santa Clause Lane
What seems to be the problem officer
Wendy's North Pole

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 16th 2014

Si il existe de journée sans, et bien aujourd'hui en est une. Hier au soir je suis allé souper dans le centre d' Anchorage, j' ai eu beaucoup de mal a trouver un resto, Même pas de fast food. Je me refuse d' y mettre un pied mais pas Mac Do, non plus. Tout en marchand dans la ville, par hasard , je suis tombé sur une brasserie, assez animée. ce doit être la seule de la ville. Un bon fish and chips, un tour de ville en voiture. Je n' ai pas trouvé, non plus, une belle photo a faire. Vous ferez le constat vous même. Depuis que je suis en Alaska je n' avais pas de dollar US sur moi. A Valdez, une banque, ma carte refusée. je pense pas d' accord avec la ... read more
au moins 50 m2
mes adieux au Pacific

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks June 7th 2014

My trip to Alaska was one of the best trips ever. It is one of the very few places in the world where you can find true wilderness and still accessible by road. This place comprises vast breathtaking mountains and tundra planes, diverse wildlife, dense forests, valleys, rivers, frozen lakes, glaciers and many more. There is something for everybody. Thanks to all those people who shared a lots of information about this place on internet which changed our point of view from a life threatening place to an adventurous and beautiful place. It was a budget trip in last week of May, 2014. We were group of five and the trip was focused on Dalton highway. We started from Fairbanks in evening for Coldfoot. Before we started we took bear canister from Fairbanks visitor center. They ... read more
Dalton highway
Way to Atigun pass
Atigun pass

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