A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem

(Apologies for what I am sure are a bunch of typos. I’m in my sleeping bag using the iPhone on-screen keyboard to type this.) Earlier to bed and earlier to rise this time. I put the Kindle down around 11, and actually made it to 5:45 before my eyes popped open. I briefly considered just getting up, but I wasn’t in that much of a hurry, and there was another motorcyclist camped right next me. I figured there was no need to disturb him, so I went back to sleep. I worried needlessly as he’d been up for a while,...Read more

Remote and Unconnected

I apologize to the three people that are reading this for getting the posts so backed up. This is the first time since Prudhoe Bay that I’ve had a data connection. (Could have found a Starbucks in Fairbanks, but didn’t feel like taking the time.) And just where did I find this connection? Outside the public library in Eagle, AK. Look on a map. It’s the last place in the U. S. I’d figure to get connected. Hell, the phone says I’ve even got a T-Mobile connection. Go figger.Read more
Good Fortune Awaits

Good Fortune Awaits

  Up at eight this time, having had the first good night’s sleep in a long time since my tent is buried in trees and the constant daylight is a little more muted. I spend time fixing my stove that has been an otherwise maintenance-free servant for over 15 years. I spend time talking to the third RV owner since last night, talked to the other bike rider next to me. Before I knew it, it’s 10:30. So much for an early start. By the time I wait for the ferry crossing, it’s 11:00 before I get rolling out of...Read more
Eagle, Alaska

Eagle, Alaska

In Chicken the night before, the proprietor of the mercantile/liquor store/bar/cafe asked if I was going up to Eagle, AK. “I suppose not, since I’ve never heard of it.”   “Oh, you have the time, on *that* bike, you have to go. It’s like this”, she says as she makes back and forth motions with her hands. “You’ll love it.”   Alright, I’ll add that to the list. And bright and early at 7:00 to pack the bike and head up to Eagle. Coffee first, though. Susan, the proprietor, had said to knock on the door of the cafe if...Read more
The Road to Fairbanks

The Road to Fairbanks

The ride back to Fairbanks is going to be (say it with me) awesome. I have a delicious breakfast in the hotel cafeteria, eggs and potatoes, a big bowl of fruit, and wash it down with coffee and a huge glass of orange juice. A bit cloudy, but it’s 47F when I load the bike up. Fairbanks is supposed to be 70F or so. I could actually do this in one shot.   One the road, and through the construction. Did the road suddenly get better overnight? Nah, I guess now that I know what it’s like, it’s not so...Read more

The Road to Chicken…Alaska, That Is

A hoity-toity BMW motorcycle and its matching hoity-toity “BMW” tent in Fairbanks This is as close as I’ll get to “midnight sun” this trip. Sun’s not actually up this far south, but close enough. Taken at midnight on the dot. Not many pictures today, and not a lot to say. I’ve done most of what I rode today on the way up, so I was just going to hammer it through to Tok, hit the Taylor/Top of the World Highway to Chicken and on to Dawson City, YT.   I did get a picture of the flowers I’ve been seeing...Read more

Deadhorse: The Details

With 300 miles left to Deadhorse, it was time to get up and finish this off. And get up I did, considering that my body clock just keeps going backward and backward. If the sun bothered to go down, it didn’t try very hard. So up and at ’em it was, at 5:30 in the morning. Since I was up so early, I took the time to make some coffee and enjoy some delicious freeze-dried eggs. I’ve never had them (not a big fan of eggs in the first place, but I eat them anyway for protein), so let’s see...Read more
Deadhorse

Deadhorse

Long day, and low on battery. I normally charge my battery pack that I use to recharge all of my devices by plugging it to the bike during the day. Today that plug was used by the electric gloves. So a photo dump with brief descriptions, then more later. And yes, bringing a 110V USB charger would have been a damned fine idea.   Me, sporting my bitchin’ on-clearance goose down vest.   Look, people, if you’re going to walk your dog around the Arctic Circle campground, please pick up after it. Wait a minute…this just in: it’s not dog...Read more
Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

Today’s goal was the Arctic Circle. My new riding buddy and I had decided to make that the day’s end and camp at the campground. Unfortunately I received a text from Jared over lunch that said he had some trouble with an item that had shipped to the trading post in Tok, as well as not being able to get a tire until tomorrow. I know how it goes, but I’m a bit disappointed. Jared’s a nice guy, and I looked forward to hanging out with him. I also was hoping to have a companion down the treacherous Dalton Highway....Read more
Alaska!

Alaska!

After “the ordeal”, I was going to treat myself to sleeping in. Sadly, the Harley-Davidson owners parked next to my room didn’t feel the same. Ya know, those things come out of the factory quiet. Oh, you didn’t know that? Probably not, because nearly every yahoo that buys one feels the need to announce “oh, did you know I own a Harley?” by putting loud pipes on them. Yes, it’s illegal. No, no one ever writes tickets for it. All that noise, and it still only puts out 90bhp? Sad, that’s what it is. I’ve had more than one person...Read more