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I woke up in a trailer…

(A post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) It was cold the night before. The campground was filled with tons of hunters roaming (and shooting) on the landscape, and the overall wet conditions prompted us to look for shelter. The RV shelter in the campground had a little trailer … [Read more...]

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Blogging by headlamp on the Denali Highway

(a post-trip blog) The Denali Highway was the first road access to Denali National Park and opened in 1957. Less than 15 years later, a major paved highway would eliminate the need for this 135 mile dirt road. Today, it serves as access to valleys and mountains along with three large river … [Read more...]

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Mozzies, lorries, backhoes and bulldozers

*Pictures to come later Back in Fort McPherson… We were hopeful. We woke up to the news that the road was finally open. Now the pressure was on the ferry men to get the boat going. We could see the traffic starting to stack up on the other side of the banks. This was wonderful! The banks had … [Read more...]

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FM3

(Fort McPherson (FM): Day 3) We got up and evaluated. We had a very nice and comfortable night, we actually slept in. We need to make the most of our sleep time, as we can only stay here one more night. Room cost is a premium; I have paid less for a room at the Marriott in the heart of … [Read more...]

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Shopping Inuvik

We spent an extra unplanned day in Inuvik. The closing of the Taylor Highway bumped our reservations at Eagle Plains. They could not accommodate us coming back, unless we stayed an extra day in Inuvik. We opted to stay and see the sites, rather than camp in Eagle … [Read more...]

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Barbie does Chicken

We pulled out of Tok without breakfast. We figured a couple of protein shakes and an apple was good enough to get us to Chicken, Alaska. It was a lot smokier this morning than yesterday, enough to sting your eyes and make you cough. I tied a bandanna, damp with water, over my nose. It helped to … [Read more...]

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Looking For Death

I flew into Seattle for the weekend. Tickets were so cheap that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. My good friend Marla rode the train up from Portland and met me at the airport. From there we headed north to the border. During my travels by motorcycle in Canada the last few years, I’ve … [Read more...]

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Monk’s Mistress clothed in bubble wrap

Michael and I drove out of Grantsville, Utah heading south on 36, crossing over the range through Eureka. The cutoff from Grantsville to 36 was riddled with potholes large enough to take a bike down or do tire damage. Michael (riding in front) would wave a leg off the bike to point it out for me … [Read more...]

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Construction 129

We met Craig, a co-worker, at this nice little place that served homemade chicken sausage and potato-carrot pancakes for breakfast (Home Plate). Craig has worked out on Alcatraz for 20 years. He spent an hour telling us about the ins and outs of riding a boat to work every day and what it’s like to … [Read more...]

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The trail of closed lighthouses

We woke up in some town, not sure where. Was it Cambria? No wait. It was Monterey Bay. Losing track. We drove the coastal highway today, stopping at fruit stands and nibbling on fresh berries all along the way. We drove from state park to state park, looking to see what we could … [Read more...]