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North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 20th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Ce matin en levant, après une très bonne nuit....Je me suis dit le salaud de Pier, il est parti avec le soleil. Hier au soir, ce matin encore de la vraie pluie, pas un petit arrosage, et 9° à 8h. Je suis donc sur la Glenn highway, qui relie Anchorage, jusqu'à Glennallen, jonction avec l'Alaska highway. Ce nom vient du Capitaine Glenn, de l'armée américaine, qui mena une expédition, vers les gisements d'or en 1896. Je me trouve juste sur l'autre versant de la montagne que nous avions à Whittier en face de l'hôtel. Le mont Marcus Baker 13176 pieds (4400m). Au départ la route est classique pour la région. Montagnes et larges rivières alluvionnaires. Après avoir basculé dans une descente, s'offre à moi le plus beau panorama, que j'ai vu depuis longtemps, ... read more
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Palmer arrière hôtel

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 7th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Nous avons retrouver la terre ferme avec une bonne étape de 700km. Pas le choix entre Haines et Tok, que des forêts, des montagnes, pour certaines enneigées, des lacs, mais pas de village à proprement dit. Seulement de temps en temps un poste d'essence épicerie, tenus par amérindiens pratiquants des prix très, très dissuasifs. Nous quittons à 7h30, notre belle bâtisse hôtel de Haines, Alaska, à 100km nous revenons en Colombie Britannique (Canada), encore quelques km et passons au Yukon (Canada), 400km de plus, et revenons aux Etats Unis, en Alaska. La première partie se fait en haute montagne. Les décors de montagne sont toujours magnifique avec du soleil même s'il ne fait que 12° ce matin. Pier m'accorde la bonne idée de pas ouvert le toit au départ. Souvenez vous de mes ... read more
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roue à poissons

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 3rd 2017

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 While I am starting this blog off by wishing you a happy 4th I have to back track a little. We left Whitehorse, YT Sunday after staying two days in the Walmart parking. We were told that the road after Whitehorse was not very good but how bad could it be right? We had the intention of traveling about 200 miles to the town of Destruction Bay and then going on to Tok, AK the next day. That way we could break up the trip if the road was bad. Well let's just say that the road was as bad, if not worse, than we expected plus it was raining the entire day. Not a hard rain but a steady drizzle. The good thing about this was it made it so ... read more
Road sample
Tok RV Village
4th of July Parade

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok May 29th 2017

Up at 6am, temp. 42 deg., body clock 5 am (I think). We all took a stroll half a mile down the path to Kathleen lake, with Dorrie carrying 2 bear bells just in case any bears were in the vicinity. The Lake is still partially frozen. Great spot for a day trip/overnight camp. Paid our $15.70 camping fee at self-service kiosk (cheapest yet) and headed out for Tok, AK at our usual 8 AM departure time for 310mi. day. Last day in Canada. First town we passed through was Haines Junction which was established in 1942, during construction of the Alaska Highway, as an army barracks for the US Army Corps of Engineers. The day was generally a pretty boring drive except for passing several lakes along the way including Kluane Lake, the largest lake ... read more
Alaskan Mountain Range
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok May 29th 2017

Up at 5 AM, temperature 42° and clear. Left Tok at 8 AM and stop to top of our propane at station across the road from the camp… May need in Denali as temperatures expected to be in 20s overnight with highs in the 40s during the day. Good view of Alaskan Mountain Range as we left Tok. Boring ride from talk to Delta Junction, the first town on our route today. If you like spruce and birch trees this would be heaven, as that's all you see lining both sides of the road. The trees block any vistas except for mountains peeking over the top occasionally. Delta Junction is the official end of the original Alaska Highway, which was originally completed in 1942. We continued our 200 mile trek to Fairbanks along Rt. 2, the ... read more
Leaving Tok, AK
Alaskan Mountain Range  on way to Fairbanks
Richardson Hwy. to Denali

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok April 12th 2017

World Atlas website says: The Arctic is a region of the planet, north of the Arctic Circle, and includes the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, Baffin Island, other smaller northern islands, and the far northern parts of Europe, Russia (Siberia), Alaska and Canada. The Arctic Circle, incidentally, is an imaginary line located at 66º, 30'N latitude, and as a guide defines the southernmost part of the Arctic. The climate within the Circle is very cold and much of the area is always covered with ice. In the mid winter months, the sun never rises and temperatures can easily reach lows of - 50º F in the higher latitudes. In the summer months (further south), 24 hours of sunlight a day melts the seas and topsoil, and is the main cause of icebergs breaking off from the frozen north ... read more
The famous Trans Alaskan pipeline
bush plane from Fairbanks
Coldfoot, Alaska

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 16th 2016

After another fantastic breakfast at the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at. When I found out that the lady that owned it had another one in the next town we are staying at I booked it for the night. Rode from Willow Alaska south to Wasilla then caught highway 1 to highway 4 for a bit to the 1 again called the Tok cutoff road. Many miles of beautiful mountains as the pics show and also the Manatuska glacier which is very visible from multiple lookouts. We went from mountains to plains and back to mountains again. Ran into some fine folks from Minnesota and rode with them for about 70 miles. Had a great time. Also drove past a very large forest fire off in the distance and it was very smoky. Took quite a ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 12th 2016

Forgot to mention that back on day 7 a chicken hawk swooped down from above when I was going down the road 75 mph and hit my mirror. Bent the mirror back and feathers went everywhere. This is the second time this has happened to me and it killed the hawk. Scared me pretty good and Bob had to dodge it following me. Spent the night in Tok Alaska at a great place and great value. Fast Eddy's and also had a wonderful restaurant on premises. It was at mile 1313 on the Alaskan highway. Couple of bikers in the room next to us heading to Prudhoe Bay. I would love to do that trip but not with my bike as its no built for 400 miles of gravel. The restaurant is highly rated on TA ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 11th 2016

Could not leave Hains Junction without taking a few more pics of this awesome view. So I have included them on this day as we left for Alaska Well,, the rain hit us today. Twenty minutes into our ride it was 51 degrees and rain for 300 miles. 50 miles of this was gravel under construction. Honestly I was dry and warm as I have the right gear for this but the gravel had a slippery surface so it was intense. Made it through fine and in Destruction Bay Yukon even though it was heavy overcast and rain, the views were very cool. All of theWm are unedited and I just bulk upload them. We got through customs into Alaska with no problems. We got about 100 miles into Alaska to the small town of Tok ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Tok May 25th 2016

Left at 7:15. Anxious to leave the Kluane RV Park. Sally remarked that there is glamping and there is camping, but this park was tramping... Electricity was all that was provided - except the view, which was spectacular. Who knew that phrases like "pull through sites with full hookups" and "sani-dump station"would be so meaningful to us????? Cousin Eddie from 'Christmas Vacation' comes to mind... Stopped for breakfast at the Cozy Corner Motel and Café. Not far out of town we saw the beautiful Kluane Lake AND our first GRIZZLY bear! Heading for Destruction Bay - an extremely violent storm destroyed buildings and much of the AK Highway building materials during the construction, hence the name. We have been warned about treacherous roads (frost heaves have caused sudden dips in the road) beyond DB. How apropos ... read more
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