Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 24

Thread: North to Alaska

  1. #1
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67

    North to Alaska

    In an attempt to let ya'll get to know me better I offer this ride report and pictures of my trip to Alaska - my first long trip on a BMW.

    My friend Pat O. and I left Maple Grove, Minnesota on June 20. We rode North to Winnepeg. and then West to the coast near Prince Rupert, B.C. This first leg of the trip was a good test of the BMW's weather protection as it was cold and rained at least part of each of the first nine days. Fritz ( I know not original for a BMW but that is the name I came to call him anyway ) passed the test with flying colors as did my riding gear and luggage.

    We had till July 26th to catch the ferry in Skagway, Alaska so we had plenty of time to let the weather be what it was and enjoy seeing the land in all its guises.

    We took Hwy 16 from Jasper to Hwy 37 (the Cassiar Hwy) in BC. I must say that in the end Hwy 37 was my favorite part of the trip. It is only 200 miles long and is 20% gravel but this road was a delightful ride. We saw more wildlife and felt closer to the wild on this highway than we did the entire rest of the trip. The side trip to Hyder, Alaska was also a highlight of the trip for me. Hydar and its gravel road up the Salmon Glacier are a must see.

    From Hwy 37 we rode the Alaska Hwy in the Yukon to Whitehorse where we caught the Klondike Hwy north to Dawson City. Here we went from clouds to smoke. This was a bad summer for fires in Alaska and unfortunately the smoke made the Dawson City to Fairbanks area unviewalble. We tried twice but had 1/4 mile or less visibility each time - and the 2nd try was 3 weeks after the first.

    The smoke drove us south to Valdez. What a ride ! Nice even in the rain, It cleared in Vadez and we had mostly nice weather for the rest of the trip. From Valdez we went up to Denali Natl. Park and spent a few days there.

    I had a 6k service scheduled in Anchorage on July 13th. I was well treated and served by the BMW dealer there. I had an appointment - a good idea for any traveling that way - but I did witness them attempt to help several ride in travelers that day. They be good folk.

    After my service appointment we spent an enjoyable two weeks touring the Kenai Peninsula and then workin our way back to Skagway for the ferry ride.

    The ferry was a great way to end this adventure.

    Pictures to follow:
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  2. #2
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    Got to start somewhere - the beginning seems good. Pat O and Bugslayer on the left - me and Fritz on the right.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  3. #3
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    First Camp.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  4. #4
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    Jasper and the Columbia Ice Field - now the trip really feels started. Pat in the foreground.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  5. #5
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    A view from the Cassiar Hwy - my favorite part of this trip.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  6. #6
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    err.... good bear - stay there please - nice bear ....... ?
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  7. #7
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    Pat celebrates getting closer.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  8. #8
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    Fire makes its first appearance - the smoke really hung around and limited our chance to see the NE part of the Alaska circle.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  9. #9
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    finally - West of Dawson City on top of the world hwy - we enter the real Alaska.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  10. #10
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    we ran from the fire into the rain - ahh but it was still a wonderful run.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  11. #11
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    When the rain clears - well ......
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  12. #12
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    Denali in the clear - an awesome sight.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  13. #13
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    The lakes were nice also.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  14. #14
    Registered User edge51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    St Paul Minnesota
    Posts
    67
    but all things must come to an end. Thanks for letting me share with you all.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ted
    R 1150 RT

  15. #15
    Brrr YB in IN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Posts
    1,185
    Cool man. Sounds and looks like you had a great trip.
    Garth Eppley
    1990 K75s
    Yankee Beemers Midwest
    Rounder No. 7
    Midwest Clan

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •